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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe
Ranked #2 of 255 Restaurants in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: 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........
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This is a cozy little restaurant that reminded my husband and I of "Bella on the River" in San Antonio, TX. Service was excellent, and as many have noted, Frank is extremely gregarious and welcoming - although my husband was a bit unsettled by the big hug he was given! We both started with the soup of the day - a vegetable soup with unique spicing that was most delicious. For mains, I had the Paperdelle pasta while the husband had some type of fish (can't remember the species that Frank told us) in a curry sauce with Basmati rice. My husband was afraid the curry would be mild, but said it had a good heat and was very glad that it wasn't "gringo" style.

Overall atmosphere was very warm and welcoming, and we love being able to take our time and enjoy a proper dinner. Well worth stopping in to enjoy a great meal!!

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The staff here are really friendly & helpful particularly the convivial joint proprietor Frank who seems to love aiding customers.

Thank Mangaire
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Just dined in Petronella this evening for a friends leaving do. First time to eat there, from starter to desert everything was fabulous. Frank the owner was so welcoming, he had done the background on why we were there, made everyone of us feel welcome, spoke to us all individually. They girls servicing us were also lovely. Great selection on the early bird menu, and also a great vegetarian menu.

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Thank mdjroche
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We dined at Petronellas on the recommendation of staff at Butlers House where we were staying and what an inspired choice it was. The restaurant is a small intimate place in a beautiful building dating from the early 1600s and down the Butter Slip lane in the Medieval Mile area of the town. The owner (Frank) is incredibly passionate about the restaurant and the history of the building and it shows in the quality of everything at the restaurant. The food was great (Brie starter was incredible) with large serves. Overall we had a lovely evening at Petronellas and would strongly recommend.

Thank tregsact
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

We showed up fairly early and didn't have a reservation, yet the owner was extremely accommodating and seated us right away. The owner was incredibly friendly and really wanted to make sure that we had a good experience. The building itself is historic and the early bird 3 course meal is a great value. The food itself is exceptional! When we were there, the place seemed to be filled with locals and not as many tourists, which we loved.

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Thank 283kristind
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