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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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Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed today via mobile

This visit started off very well as we made a very late, short notice booking, then got delayed and arrived when service should have been ending, nonetheless were welcomed very warmly by the owner and our waitress. The food was delicious, brie and black pudding...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had read the menu outside before we walked in. They offered a pre set menu during the week as well which was very nice. The own went above and beyond and we got to learn the history of the building and the name because...More

Thank Kblanch929
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I just wanted to write to compliment Petronella, and especially Frank, on a wonderful meal and night. The food was absolutely delicious, with our waitress giving great recommendations. I had the black pudding starter and it was amazing, great portion sizes too. The restaurant had...More

Thank OrlaMcGann
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of eating here and were so happy we did !! The staff are so friendly and make your dining experience so special !! The food was more than amazing !! We tried the pasta the beef cheeks and the rack of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

wonderful food wonderful athmosphere, great service very friendly very helpful, will definitely return

Thank JoeD1970
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal here midweek. Standard really high and service exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble. Looking forward to returning. Thank you

Thank Judy V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Found right in the middle of Kilkenny's medeval mile. (Vegetarian dishes on the menu).

Thank Bumblebee37
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place for a family to eat. Friendly owner and staff. Lovely building. In the centre of Kilkenny city.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really good honest tasty food! Delightfully presented and a perfect portion size. The owner was exceptionally friendly and made us feel so welcome! A really lovely touch to have the owner on the floor chatting to patrons. Lovely atmosphere and a charming venue all round.

Thank Rozzybella
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a party of 6 on our first visit to Kilkenny, we booked ahead due to the 5 star reviews we had seen online. It is fair to say we were not disappointed!! The food was absolutely delicious and plentiful, and the staff were lovely....More

Thank bobfur
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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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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