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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe
Ranked #1 of 233 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 28 June 2017 via mobile

We booked petronella's after reading previous reviews . We booked online and got a response from frank within a couple of days letting us no table was confirmed . From the moment we walked in we were greeted by a lady who promptly took us upstairs to our table . The restaurant was full and everyone was in good spirits . We went for 3 courses( I had bruschetta , beef cheeks and pear caramel for dessert ) whilst my husband had ( black pudding starter, steak, and death by chocolate)and every dish was amazing . The beef cheeks were my favourite .Frank was over chatting to us throughout our meal and was always happy to recommend dishes . If your coming to Kilkenny we would highly recommend that you book here . You won't be disappointed .

Thank francessannh
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

ANSWER....BECAUSE IT IS NO 1!!!!!
From the moment you step in till you leave this is an experience.
Welcomed by a middle aged man[later asked and he confirmed that he was the owner] who spent all night going around the tables to ensure everybody was enjoying their stay. Menu excellent [we had brie/crab] with main hake] Service 10*. Before we left we not only knew the history of the building but why he choose the name. WE HAD THE EARLY BIRD AND THIS WAS REAL VALUE FOR MONEY. BE WARNED GO EARLY AS IT FILLS UP AFTER 6

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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends, great location in the heart of Kilkenny. The Menu is really well priced and the food is excellent quality! I had the Cod dish and it was well presented and tasted great, with plenty of fish on the plate. The girl serving us could have been a bit more enthusiastic and friendly. For dessert I had sticky toffee pudding which was homemade and the sauce was the nicest tasting toffee sauce.

1  Thank conniehalley
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

My wife had steak which was very good. I have a veal stew served over rice. There was very little veal in it. The background music was nice, but it was all USA artists, no irish. The owner spends time at every table which is nice, but he also prepares all the bills himself and we had to wait quite a while to get our check. There is no draft beer available. The building is really nice and the atmosphere is very nice as well. The building has very old beams and stone which is really cool.

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2  Thank John R
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious, a good selection on the menu. The staff were very friendly and the location is ideal, in Kilkenny city, I would defiantly recommend to anyone

Thank Derek-672
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