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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe

80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 1899
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hake” (24 reviews)
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Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to this place when we heard about the history of Petronella at the Medieval Mile Museum. We enjoyed the ambience, including the exposed beams and rocks in the ceiling and walls. All of our servers were friendly, checking in often and telling us...More

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Food was excellent, staff wonderful and friendly, and the owner kind friendly and welcoming , he wants you to have a memorable experience.

Thank Ali12234
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our delayed Christmas outing was no disappointment; the management made sure the evening was a success. The menu was varied enough for all tastes and the food was excellent, the bonus was the service.

Thank terencemorris
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best restaurant in Kilkenny. Went with two friends and all dishes were top notch, the pork belly was a particularly standout. Also the beef cheeks should be tried. If going at weekend book in advance.

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really warm welcome.Engaged staff interested in giving service with a smile. Chef very competent with guest star chefs advising on menus.All meals could be varied to customers need. Definitely worth a return visit.

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice dinner at Petronella, which is located in a quaint little historic alley in the main part of Kilkenny. Very friendly staff, who gave us some great tips about nightlife. Food was good. Not super efficient service, but a relaxed pace. Quiet...More

Thank AgadorSpartacus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Petronella's greeting on arrival is very friendly as is the service throughout and, the service by Frank the manager is a lovely touch also. He makes your custom feel very appreciated. Something often lost in many restaurants, especially in Kilkenny. They offer an excellent Early...More

Thank WhereToTry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very reasonably priced and most enjoyable. As much as I like fish and chips ,I needed a break and some nice restaurant food with vegetables etc was what I was looking for. Found it here, lovely pate starter followed by beautifully cooked beef cheeks and...More

Thank LuboCoffsHarbour
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly and comfortable restaurant with great food and staff. Well priced meals and wine. Would highly recommend and I will be back again. You really have to try the hake it is fantastic

Thank dan1walsh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely Restaurant, lovely staff and lovely food. We went to visit our Son who's currently living in Kilkenny and my parents happened to be there for the weekend too. Seven of us booked in and had a fantastic lunch from a good selection on the...More

Thank Liampoole
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Response from Aiden F | Reviewed this property |
Yes it was very relaxed when I visited with my 2 kids
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 21:30
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17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Kilkenny  >  Kilkenny
  • Phone Number: +353 56 776 1899
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From wherever your are standing on the High Street in Kilkenny, a few minutes walk will get you to the most famous of all the slips, the Butterslip Lane and to Petronella, the city's most recently opened Restaurant-Cafe. Over four hundred years ago horse drawn carriages trundled down this thoroughfare. The charming slip with its pretty name is steeped in history and worn with footfall and remains so today. Duck under the archway and just on the right Petronella is becoming a regular for those who have discovered her. Guest Book entries already bear testament to culinary experiences from both near and far, the last entry from a diner from Seattle says 'as a chef I can truly recommend the cuisine and it blew me away. The presentation was classy and flavour profiles were 'spot on'. No less important is the nine year old from Meath who recommended the 'great chips and good orange'. Petronella seats fifty customers. Situated over two floors, a specially commissioned impression by local artist Brock Butler of the figure herself hangs in the stairwell and is already becoming used to the photographs. Whatever the season and whatever your taste and however much time you have to spend, both the menu and the layout are tailored to suit. Tables are thoughtfully spaced and many have remarked on how easy it is to dine alone if preferred but few can figure out why. Window seats upstairs draw the eye to the timelessness of the lane below. Original stone walls and overhead beams draw comments all of the time and the romance and ambience are pulled together in the specially chosen background music. Petronella is easy to drop in to but harder to leave. The cornerstone of the culinary experience is in the welcoming and attentive staff and the individuality of the customer. Requests and enquiries from diners form part of the spirit of a collective dining experience. Petronella's doors open at 11.30Am with lunches until 3pm followed by those who drop in for coffee and tea until 5pm when the early bird begins, with last orders at 9pm. Throughout the day all of the menus drawon our chefs' wealth of experience and the personal touch of the owner whose daily presence and past years spent in the restaurant business and no less in the area of tourism, continue to be relied on. Whether in conversation or having a direct hand in for example baking Petronella's own in house bread, his plans are to soon introduce both an old Scottish Island bread recipe to the menu and a much loved Halloween brack as soon as the Autumn sets in. Already customers have remarked on 'the delicious tea and crackling biscuits'. The chefs' modern approaches to current demands such as the individualized nature of, for example, gluten free or vegetarian menu, are continually researching newdishes such as Potato Rosties &Smoked Salmon, frittatas with quinoa salads and creme brulees with ratafia biscuits. Petronella has just opened but is already warming to the coffee concerts and other musical events planned for the months to come. Locals' pride in their interest in sharing their knowledge about Petronella becomes apparent when they come to dine. Petronella Restaurant-Cafe looks forward to always dipping into the archives on her namesakes remarkable history as the first woman to be burnt at the stake in Europe. Situated around the corner from where Petronella met her end is where you are invited to dine and where new histories will begin. Welcome to Petronella........
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