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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe

80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 1899
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 today

Had a fantastic meal here when in Kilkenny. Book in as can get busy. The staff here are very friendly. Service great. Food great. Would recommend. We were so full and couldn't fit in pudding so the owner gave us a chocolate bar to take...More

Thank GemM120
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Thank you Frank! Our evening was wonderful. Every bite was divine, your attentiveness was delightful and your wife’s Sticky Pudding was to die for!

Thank Nanaepl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a meal in Petronella on Thursday 13th Sept with my two friends to say it was deliousous is an understatement . Would highly recommend as Frank made us so welcome. The ambiance is as good as the food. As it was a special Birthday...More

Thank P P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very nice ambience, excellent food. Owner presence to uphold quality. A very pleasant experience. I’ll be back.

Thank Bob O
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely restaurant. We chose the early bird set menu. Both starters and main meal were beautifully presented and very tasty. We didn't not have it but I was impressed by the number of vegetarian choices.

Thank dnulc
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a booking at 6pm last Saturday evening. As it happened, we were early and asked if we could have our meal earlier than originally planned. The Proprietor could not have been more accommodating. We enjoyed a really excellent meal starting...More

Thank Liam L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was the best traditional Irish fare my wife and I had on our short trip of southern Ireland. The lamb ribs were better than my own, A bit differentt than our version of rack of lamb Frank, the owner, was an absolute gem,...More

Thank Katie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a restaurant for dinner to celebrate my eldest's recent 21st birthday and her graduation. She is vegetarian and a lot of places don't have a great vegetarian menus. However, Petronella had a good choice of veggie dishes on their menu and...More

Thank June T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant with great food. Staff very friendly and efficient. Frank is a gentleman and makes you feel very welcome on arrival. We have visited here twice in last month, and we would suggest to book in advance. Both times we eat upstairs( which was...More

1  Thank Kilkenny60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I found this gem while on our two week honeymoon in Ireland from the states. What a charming atmosphere, with dim lighting, beautiful artwork, and feeling somehow both modern and like we were transported back in time. Food was amazing- I’ve never...More

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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, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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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