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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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“fried brie” (21 reviews)
“hake” (25 reviews)
Opens in 16 min
Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The staff was really nice. We went there with 2 children, the place works well for family. Half of the food was really good the other half was OK. Pastas were clearly overcooked.

Thank yweibel
Reviewed 2 days ago

Brilliant food, atmospheric building on The Butterslip .... friendly owner and staff. Perfect dining experience !

Thank Almostgreynomad
Reviewed 4 days ago

We happened upon this restaurant & it turned out to be one of the best meals I had in the 17 days I was in Ireland. I had the fried Wicklow brie as an appetizer and the hake for the main & they were both...More

Thank nancyW2157AJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this restaurant. My friend is vegetarian and for her 50th birthday she needed a treat! Best decision i ever made as for years she struggled with menus .... thank you we will be back

Thank Kayleigh D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a harrowing drive through the Wicklow Mountains we arrived in Kilkenny in time to quickly change and head out to Petronella. It was a quick walk from our B&B and is located on a side street - such a charming location, We were greeted...More

Thank Jules430
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way back from west Cork to Dublin, we had decided to break the journey and spend a night in Kilkenny. I needed to find a nice place to eat that offered value for money and good vegan options. I am always slightly wary...More

Thank AlanBuck75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alright. This is really cool. In the late 1200s in Kilkenny, a noble was accused of witchcraft. When she fled, her maidservant Petronella was burned at the stake in her place. This restaurant, named after that unhappy victim sits on a medieval alleyway just off...More

Thank ElaineAndGreg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best dinner of our entire anniversary trip!!! The fried Brie, pasta and sticky toffee pudding were all amazing. My husband is lactose intolerant and they had many options for him to choose from including dessert, which was very nice! Service was wonderful and the owner...More

Thank Kate W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in by chance with a Business colleague an we could not believe the quality of the food and the care to detail by the staff. definitely one to go back to.

Thank John H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for an evening meal and being a veggie with a gluten intolerance, they had a great selection. The food was fantastic, the staff were great and the own, was funny, helpful and generous. I would highly recommend it, for the great food...More

Thank Kim F
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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, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • E-mail
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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