Enjoy the flavours of Kilkenny while on vacation in Kilkenny for the Horizon Irish Open. Kilkenny’s eclectic range of restaurants and award winning venues offer a selection of fine dining and Michelin Stars to the best of pub food. Kilkenny was awarded Ireland’s Foodie Destination for 2018 as it is a haven for food lovers who travel in great numbers to savour the flavours in our Medieval city.
Choose from old favourites to the latest culinary hot spots, from the award-winning restaurants to gourmet gems in the city and county….. our great selection of Restaurants, will to give visitors a full 360 dining experience!
Kilkenny’s Best Restaurants
Rive Gauche Kitchen and Cocktails
Rive Gauche is the latest addition to The Left Bank, one of Kilkenny’s most popular bars and venues. This Kilkenny restaurant offers a French feel combined with an Irish passion for the finest local foods from land & sea. Groups and parties of all needs are invited to soak up the atmosphere in our historic and impressive restaurant and bar.
Call: (056) 777 5604
Zuni Restaurant Bar & Boutique Hotel, situated on Patrick Street, in Kilkenny’s City Centre. Zuni restaurant is highly regarded as one of Kilkennys top restaurants. From their award-winning kitchen you can enjoy breakfast daily from 8am, Lunch from 12 noon with early bird and full a la carte evening service from 5.30pm. Serving great food for lunch or dinner seven days a week since 2000. Arrive early for a cocktail in their chic new cocktail bar.
Call: 056 7723999
Truffles Restaurant and Wine Bar
Nestled in the heart of Kilkenny city, Truffles is an exciting restaurant offering delightful European cuisine using the finest local ingredients, which is prepared using modern French cooking techniques with an Italian twist. A wonderful combination! They also provide an extended menu for Vegan and Vegetarian guests.
Call: 056 770 2748
Food and family are at the heart of Italian culture and at the heart of Ristorante Rinuccini. They are a family owned and run, multi award-winning fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Kilkenny city. Situated opposite Kilkenny Castle, Ristorante Rinuccini is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch, every evening supper and dinner, seven days a week. Chef Antonio invites you to dine with them this restaurant week: whether it’s for business or pleasure, relax over fine Italian cuisine and enjoy a glass of your favourite Italian wine. Their wines are handpicked themselves from the very best Italian vineyards. Choose your favourite wine from over 12,000 bottles carefully stored in their wine cellar.
Petronella restaurant and café combines medieval Kilkenny with what is best in the city’s dining and evening entertainment today. Petronella’s unique location on the Butterslip, one of the busiest tourist routes in the city and its modern Irish and European cuisine, create an irresistible welcome that you are sure to return to time and again. A charming dining experience, whether over a brisk lunch, leisurely evening meal or time set aside for an all important coffee, will always be guaranteed by our friendly and attentive staff.
Call: 056 7761899
Mountain View Kilkenny
Perched high above the village of Ballyhale in Co. Kilkenny with amazing countryside views, lush greenery and beautiful trees – Mountain View is one of the most stylish places around! The Green House Bar & Eatery brings a dash of easy glamour to the hills and is an exciting place to eat, drink and be social. With captivating surroundings, stunning spaces, creative menus and a passionate & attentive team, you will enjoy a memorable lunch.
Call: 056 7768122
The Kings Mill Restaurant, Kells
The Kings Mill offers unrivalled levels of Mediterranean dining in the legendary town of Kells. They are so proud to be based in a uniquely constructed mill in 1782. Steeped in local history, every local has a story to tell about this beautiful mill. All the staff of the Kings Mill Restaurant offer the warmest of welcomes where they use the finest, locally sourced Irish, as well as organic Italian ingredients to suit the tastes and demands of all food loving customers.
They are the future of tradition, offering modern and classic Italian dishes with some Mediterranean influences served in a rustic, atmospheric interior deliver a real “trattoria” experience in the heart of Ireland. Whether you’re after a nutrient packed salad, quality pasta with homemade pesto or you want to enjoy an authentic, sourdough based, stone-baked pizza – You’ve found the right place. The Kings Mill is located in Mullins Mill, Kellsborough, Kells, Co. Kilkenny.
Call: 085 281 0161 or 05677 30654
La Rivista Gourmet Pizza & Pasta Market
Located on Kilkenny’s historic Parliament Street and just a short walk from Kilkenny Castle, La Rivista Gourmet Pizza & Pasta Market offers a casual and contemporary menu to suit all tastes and budgets. From a famous buffalo wings starter, bruschetta and salads to their new recipe of 72 Hour fermented dough 12” pizzas, delicious house made pastas, John Murphy burgers and of course desserts including their ever popular crunchie bar cheesecake. La Rivista have something for everyone to enjoy! Open Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 9pm & Sundays 1pm to 9pm.
Kilkenny’s Best Hotel Restaurants
The Restaurant at Butler House & Garden
Butler House and Garden is the charming Dower House of Kilkenny Castle since 1786. This unique property in Kilkenny brings history, charm, romance and a warm welcome to all who visit. Butler House kitchen is overseen by Head Chef Amy Ryan, who ensures every dish is perfect – her ethos is that the best meals start with the best ingredients. From our breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea menus guests can experience a range of delightful dining options using the best of Irish coastal fish and quality farm to fork meat, with all produce expertly sourced by Amy.
Call: 056 7722828
The Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet Estate
Just like the former Lady of the house after whom it is named, The Lady Helen restaurant is an iconic part of the Mount Juliet story and lives long in the memory of all who visit. The Michelin-starred restaurant has become a true destination for diners, who long to experience the way that Head Chef John Kelly takes locally sourced produce to soaring new heights with every dish. Against a stunning backdrop of rolling pastoral views, Kelly and his team offer a culinary experience that is conjured from that very land, with many of the dishes using ingredients from the Mount Juliet estate and local suppliers just a stone’s throw beyond its walls. Across varied tasting menus and a carefully composed table d’hote, their dedicated team combine influences from around the world with the most evocative of Irish traditions.
Call: 056 7773000
Hoban Bar & Brasserie in the Ormonde Hotel
Hoban Bar & Brasserie at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny City Centre is where a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and a genuine welcome awaits you. The bar is fabulously glamourous with a distinctly Art Deco feel and a cosy snug and warm fire providing the perfect backdrop to an extensive and impressive Cocktail and Drinks List.
Call: 056 7750200
Afternoon Tea at Lyrath Estate
Lyrath Estate offers a one-of-a-kind and unrivalled dining experience in Kilkenny. Afternoon Tea in the newly opened Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Rooms is a picture-perfect setting, with eclectic interiors, to enjoy indulgent afternoon tea with friends and loved ones. Experience savoury delicacies, intricate pastry creations, and delightful sips from your choice of botanical teas to experience the reminiscence of Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe love for botanicals and art.
Call: 056 7760088
Statham’s Bar & Restaurant at Pembroke Kilkenny
Taste the best of Kilkenny’s local food at Statham’s bar & restaurant at Pembroke hotel, Patrick Street! At Statham’s, savour prime local farm-to-fork food, sharing plates, delicious desserts, coffees & cocktails throughout the day and into the evening. From breakfast and brunch, to lunch, dinner and special occasions, each dish is perfectly planned by Executive Chef Ken Harker and his team. Sharing, meeting, chatting, caring; in this new reality that we are all adapting to, one thing has not changed – Bringing their customers the very best food experience has always been at the heart of Statham’s. Dine indoors in a cosy, well-ventilated space, or in the heated outdoor courtyard.
Call: 056 7783500
Visit: Statham’s Bar and Restaurant
The Garden Restaurant at Langton's Hotel Kilkenny
Langton’s Hotel in Kilkenny City is renowned particularly for its impeccable customer service, good wholesome cuisine and genuine welcome. Langton’s executive chef has carefully designed considered seasonal menus for the many dining areas throughout the hotel. With a very strong emphasis on sourcing the finest local produce our farm to fork policy is central to our menu creation. Serving a mix of traditional Irish and international cuisine our ever evolving menus can cater to all. The Garden Restaurant is spread over four tiers with natural light flooding in through the large elegant roof windows and outdoor terrace. It exudes warmth, friendliness, sophistication, charm and character. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Call: 056 7765133
Hibernian Bar in the Hibernian Hotel
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel has earned the reputation of offering a uniquely designed property with the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional. The Hibernian Bar serves contemporary food in a chic and urban setting. The ethos is to provide amazing food, quality wines, select craft beers and great service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Call: 056 7771888
1801 Restaurant & Bar in the Hoban Hotel Kilkenny
The Hoban Hotel in Kilkenny is a vibrant place to stay, meet and socialise. Located within Kilkenny Retail Park, the hotel is just 15 minutes’ walk from the famous marble city. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner 1801 Restaurant & Bar is a bright contemporary open plan restaurant incorporating rich, deep colours paired with statement pieces. Everything is freshly made and cooked to order and has been designed to satisfy every palette. So whether you’re travelling on business and looking for a bite to eat after work, or sitting down with friends or family to celebrate an occasion our menu should get those taste buds tingling. Choose from a delicious selection of dishes from Pastas, Burgers, Curries, Salads, Fish and lots more.
Call: 056 7783100
Gulliver's Restaurant at the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny
Gulliver’s Restaurant in the Newpark Hotel and Spa offers a tranquil area for locals and guests of the hotel to enjoy good food in good company. Their dinner menu features dishes created with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Many of these are selected from local suppliers by their expert chefs. Each option has proven popular with guests, though their personal favourite meal is starting with the Celeriac & Truffle Soup, and perfectly complements their favourite main, Stuffed Pork Fillet & Streaky Bacon Roulade, served with Apple, Rainbow Carrots, Chicken Crackling & Apricot Jus. As one of the most popular restaurants Kilkenny has to offer, booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. Gulliver’s Restaurant can be reached by calling +353 56 7760500, and we would be happy to advise on availability.
Call: 056 7760500
Riverview Bar in The Kilkenny River Court Hotel
The Kilkenny River Court Hotel is a stylish 4 star hotel located right in the heart of this beautiful medieval city. Dine at the stylish Riverview Bar located on the banks of the River Nore and under the shadow of Kilkenny Castle. A picture perfect location combined with superb food and exceptional friendly service. Offering an extensive food menu that is served all day, every day!
Call: 056 7723388
Kilkenny’s Best Gastro Pubs
Sullivan's Taproom & Brewing Co.
Soak up the atmosphere and savour the ancient craft of independent, artisan brewing at Sullivan’s Taproom, located at 15 John Street Kilkenny. Combine internationally award winning craft beer with a delicious daily menu containing items such as wood fired pizzas, burgers, tacos, wings and more! Sullivan’s Brewing Company produces award winning beer – The Malting’s Red Ale was voted Best Draught Ale in the world, 2017/18! It also boasts rotational taps allowing you to sample a variety of craft beer each time you visit, as well as a new and improved heated outdoor dining area, including the extremely popular 8 person outdoor pods!
Call: 056 7797980
Kyteler’s Inn is a truly historic Kilkenny bar and venue dating back to 1324 with an intriguing background – but you will have to visit to hear the whole story of witches & poisoned husbands! The building houses four bars over three floors with a great tradition for music. The Menu in Kyteler’s reflects local, Irish produce and fare served with local beers. Visitors from all over the world join a local clientele for Bacon and Cabbage, Irish Stew, prime Steaks and their famous artisan Beef Burgers washed down with local Kilkenny beers, Harp lager and Guinness.
Paris Texas, winner of the ‘Pub of the Year’ in the Irish Pub Awards 2019 is located on the main shopping street in the heart of Kilkenny City. Newly refurbished the pub has transformed into one of the leading Gastro pubs in the South East and is home to an in-house wood smoking oven offering a fusion of traditional American South West favourites with the sophistication of New Orleans French Quarter. Paris Texas delivers restaurant quality food at affordable prices ensuring its popularity with local and visitors alike.
Call: 056 7761822
Lanigan's Bar & Restaurant
Lanigan’s Bar & Restaurant is a family run Traditional Kilkenny Bar located in the heart of the medieval city. Live Music is on offer 7 nights a week and Irish Cuisine served until 8pm each evening. Famed for its Hooly nights, it also boasts the largest LCD video wall in Ireland for all your sporting events.
Call: 056 7721718
Rafter's Gastro Pub
As one of Kilkenny’s leading pubs, Rafter’s Gastro Pub serves superb food in a friendly atmosphere. It’s great place to relax and nourish your appetite. Saturday nights are very lively at Rafter’s Gastro Pub, as they always have one of the best bands in Kilkenny belting out their tunes! With 14 en suite bedrooms, Rafter’s Gastro Pub offers quality accommodation, centrally located in the heart of Kilkenny.
Great food is a very large part of the offering being served at Rafter’s Gastro Pub and customers can get food from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily.
Call: 056 7722970
Matt the Millers
Matt the Millers is arguably one of the most popular pubs in Kilkenny. The energetic bar features four floors with a bar on each and with an expanse of ground space to dance the night away under the sparkling disco ball and warm atmosphere. Customers are spoilt for choice with great food, a lively bar and music venue in a pub that has maintained its true Medieval Character. So come on down and soak up the atmosphere for yourself!
Call: 056 7761696
Billy Byrnes Bar
Billy Byrnes is one of Kilkenny’s most famous public houses located in the heart of this medieval city. This Kilkenny bar is a popular meeting place for locals young and old with a reputation for good beer, good food and a warm welcome. In this relaxed and informal environment visitors can enjoy a bit of local colour, some top quality live music, or just a quiet corner to read the paper. Billy Byrnes main bar is a big, bright, welcoming space where guests can eat breakfast and lunch, check e-mail, or just meet friends and linger over coffee during the day. At night, the bar fills up with a mixture of locals and visitors, hipsters and sports stars. A wide selection of craft beers and spirits from Kilkenny and further afield is served. There is a dedicated live music room at the back of the bar not to mention a funky beer garden furnished with rescued sofas and home-made tables, like a beach bar in the middle of the city! There’s even an old double-decker bus, converted to a kitchen, serving tasty street food from around the world and a real wood-fired oven turning out fresh, authentic pizzas.
Call: 056 7721783
Kilkenny’s Best Cafés
Arán Artisan Bakery & Bistro
Aran Artisan Bakery & Bistro in the heart of Kilkenny city serves delicious brunches from seasonal local produce and stone baked breads with natural Irish ingredients. All breads are stone-baked daily in the bread oven and contain nothing but salt, water, flour and natural leaven or a fresh yeast culture. No preservatives, no chemicals, just nature.
Call: 056 7756297
La Rivista Market
Just a short walk from Kilkenny Castle, La Rivista’s new Market Café & Gourmet Pizza Market will appeal to those who enjoy great food in a casual setting, at reasonable prices. Located at 22 Parliament Street, La Rivista Gourmet Pizza Market offers a vegan and vegetarian friendly trendy ‘Night Time Menu’ serving customer favourites, from their ever popular delicious hand crafted pizza’s, salads, buffalo chicken wings along with a range of cocktails. Open Thursday to Sunday from 5pm for customers to dine in or take out. The La Rivista Market Café, is also open for customers to sit in and enjoy an aromatic coffee and delicious freshly baked cakes and pastries as well as a wide selection of lunch options including paninis, salads, soups and vegan sandwiches. Open from 8.30am-4.30pm daily.
Call: 056 7771666
MUSE is the perfect place to enjoy their inspired food and specialty coffee, celebrating the best of local, seasonal, homemade produce. A destination in itself or the perfect start or end to an exploration of Butler Gallery’s magnificent collection of Irish art and visiting exhibitions. Lunch in their café or garden courtyard against the backdrop of this magnificently restored building with a history spanning 800 years and enjoy views of the monastic site of St John’s Priory. Delight in the perfect weekend Brunch in their outdoor seating area. Parents can unwind while the kids explore our children’s garden and gallery workshops.
Call: 056 7741169
Face2 is one of Kilkenny’s newest and coolest eateries. The latest addition to the awarding winning Cakeface family, Face2 is serious about coffee, by constantly changing the speciality artisan roasters on bar and with early 60 different beans on their shelves to choose, they’ve got you covered! Breakfast, brunch and lunch is vibrant, fresh and local and just like Cakeface there is a range of delicious sweet treats to choose from.
Canal Square Café
Nestled alongside the historic walls of Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore, is where you will find Canal Square. Offering locally roasted, specialty coffee, freshly baked pastries, and delicious breakfast and lunch items prepared in-house by our fantastic team, headed up by Head Chef Cormac Rowe, it is the perfect place for a pit stop. We offer delicious, seasonally-inspired food throughout the day, to eat in or takeaway. They believe that the customer always comes first – and that means exceptional produce, quality ingredients and a friendly service.
Call: 056 7816245
Cafe la Coco
Cafe la coco is a small, friendly, owned-run cafe with a simple aim to offer fresh and healthy food & great coffee. They’ve become Kilkenny’s No 1 wholefood cafe by caring deeply about the quality of the ingredients from the best local artisan producers. Great for breakfast, lunch or just coffee.
Call: 056 7752726
Kilkenny’s first patisserie located on the Medieval Mile in the shadow of St Canices Cathedral this Kilkenny cafe is the perfect resting point for coffee lovers and foodies alike. Cakeface Patisserie offers of handmade quirky and unusual cakes not to mention pastries and desserts that are works of art which would be hard to find in London or Paris. Locally produced artisan breads and sourdoughs are beautifully displayed and are available to take home but be quick they don’t last long. For coffee enthusiate Cakeface offers a house coffee locally roasted in small batches for freshness plus a constantly changing guest coffee which they source from artisan producers. Lunchtime at this Kilkenny cafe consists of gourmet, made to order sandwich filled with delicious local ingredients on sour dough and artisan breads. Homemade soups and salad are available seasonally and made on site.
Call: 056 7739971