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“A nice restaurant hidden behind the café.”
Review of Zuni

Ranked #2 of 227 Restaurants in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Kendal, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
271 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“A nice restaurant hidden behind the café.”
Reviewed 2 July 2010

Two of us went to eat here in July 2010 following a recommendation from the guesthouse we were staying at. Once we found the restaurant we were very happy with the first evening meal of our visit to Kilkenny.

When we arrived we were not sure if we had found the right place, it appeared absolutely empty and did not seem to be as high class as we were told. We plucked up the courage to peruse the menu, which looked expensive judging against the décor. A chap appeared and asked us if we wanted to eat, so we decided to take up the offer to which he said he would check for a free table. This seemed most odd as the place was totally empty, but he returned to guide us down a corridor to the back of the building. We walked from an area of dead quite into a hub of busy social extravagance, it was a surreal experience. We were now in the restaurant rather than the café! The ambiance had changed from an almost embarrassing emptiness to a vibrant scene of smartly dressed customers digging into well-presented food.

This place now looked like it deserved the prices it was charging. We sat in sumptuous surroundings and I enjoyed an imaginative fish platter starter followed by scallops, while my wife had the locally reared lamb. The service could not be faulted. From the street this place does not appear to do itself justice but if you find your way in and through to the restaurant your will have a pleasant surprise. It was not cheap but it did provide excellent food. A bottle of wine started at about twenty-two euros. Our meal of one starter, two mains and a bottle of wine came to about seventy euros altogether. I would recommend this place to others for a special night out.

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Thank MaffUK
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Cork, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Worth a try”
Reviewed 27 June 2010

We went there for lunch which was good value, my seafood platter looked and tasted amazing although it was tiny.

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Thank Cailina
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Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2010

Have been a few times in the past. Attended with friends last night and had some special requests....nothing was too much trouble...food was delicious...staff friendly and helpful. Standards are high and consistent. You can count on an excellent experience.

Thank FridayRoi
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Deplorable customer service”
Reviewed 18 January 2010

We arrived at 9pm without a reservation and asked would there be a table for four available. The hostess went to check and came back with the manager. He told us that if we didn't have a resevation we were wasting our time and we would be better of finding some where else rather than hanging around here. WOW we were totally taken back by the answer and the tone of his voice. Ok so we never got to taste the food but if is anything like the manor in which we were dealt with I would avise you to stay away.

5 Thank DublinColm
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Province of Leinster, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Standards have dropped”
Reviewed 11 January 2010

Dined here on New Years Eve & felt it's not as good a place as it once was, service especially hit & miss and felt like they were trying to get you served as quickly as possible.
Food so-so, fish cakes for starters were undercooked with no Thai flavours at all.
Striploin steak for mains was good although the chunky chips were tasteless (Superquinn down the road sell Duck/ Goose fat - just an idea?).
Decor at entrance to Restaurant where a small bar is located is now jaded looking & is really nothing more than a corridor with tables & chairs.
We were probably spoiled as we had gone to Campagne Restaurant the previous evening & to be honest it was in a different league to Zuni with actually very little price difference.

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