What makes Kilkenny unique is its variety; from top quality gastro pub food, a wide range of Irish and international food offerings to two Michelin star restaurants. Here we have selected a Michelin star restaurant; an Italian; a quaint bar and a family restaurant that serves great casual food; – we recommend you visit at least one during your visit to Kilkenny!
Widely recognised as one of Kilkenny’s finest restaurants, Ristorante Rinuccini is a family owned and run multi award-winning Italian restaurant located in the heart of Kilkenny City for almost 30 years. Specialising in classic Italian cuisine, made using the finest of Italian and fresh Irish ingredients, Ristorante Rinuccini boasts an extensive menu selection offering lunch, dinner, group bookings and private dining in our city centre restaurant.
Campagne serves up French-inspired fine dining in a relaxed space filled with bright and colorful art under the railway arches in Kilkenny’s Gas House Lane. Dishes are made from the best local and seasonal produce, and game such as wild venison, partridge, and wild duck features prominently on the menu. While carnivores will get their fill with dishes such as fillet of Hereford beef and duck breast with sausage, there’s also a separate vegetarian menu. Campagne prides itself on having a Michelin star since 2013.
The Hole In The Wall
Hole in the Wall is a traditional music venue housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland. It has an intimate bar, in fact one of the smallest pubs in Kilkenny and an atmosphere like no other. Michael, proprietor of The Hole in the Wall is a storyteller who loves to share his anecdotes in this tavern filled with hidden history and music. Call in for a pint or a coffee from their café and you immediately feel you are part of something special!
For something more less formal like a casual burger; Mexican food or the best buffalo wings in town check out Paris Texas. Situated on High Street Kilkenny this is the ideal place to fuel up after a day on the golf course. The restaurant describes itself as:’ A new concept in food that offers the fusion of traditional American South West favourites with the sophistication of the New Orleans French Quarter’ and regularly has live music in the evenings!
Call: 056 7761822
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
Harpers Restaurant 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. Harper’s restaurant & cocktail 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
The Grill & Bar at Lyrath Estate
Lyrath Estate is home to some of the most exquisite restaurants Kilkenny has to offer. The Grill & Bar is located on the mezzanine level at Lyrath Estate offering views of both the Atrium foyer and the expansive estate parklands. It’s all about taste. The Grill offers a unique and incomparable dining experience in Kilkenny including a Fresh Oyster Bar and Lobster Tank.
Call: 056 7760088
Lady Eleanor 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 Executive Chef Gerard Dunne, who ensures every dish is perfect – his ethos is that the best meals start with the best ingredients. The lunch menu offers guests a range of delightful dining options for leisurely lunches and casual get-togethers, using the best of Irish coastal fish and quality farm to fork meat, with all produce expertly sourced by Gerard.
Call: 056 7722828
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
The Paddock Bar at the Springhill Court Hotel
The Paddock Bar in the Springhill Court Hotel is where you will experience the best of Irish hospitality with great food and friendly efficient service in a relaxed atmosphere. The Paddock Bar is open daily from 12noon offering light bites, carvery lunch, evening bar menu and tempting cocktails. Enjoy live music every Saturday night.
Call: 056 7721122
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.
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. Serving a beautiful Gourmet Lunch daily from 12pm – 4.30pm. Groups and parties of all needs are invited to soak up the atmosphere in our historic and impressive restaurant and bar.
Call: 056 7750016
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
Anocht Restaurant Kilkenny
Anocht Restaurant Kilkenny was established in 2012 after the enduring success of Kilkenny Design Centre’s day-time restaurant. Anocht offers a unique fine dining experience in one of Kilkenny’s most beautiful rooms. Serving modern Irish & European cuisine with added style using the finest local ingredients, Anocht caters for dinner, group bookings and private dining.
Call: 056 7722118
Truffles Restaurant and Wine Bar
Nestled in the heart of Kilkenny city, Truffles is an exciting new 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
Lil's Restaurant at Avalon House Hotel
Idyllically located in the picturesque Irish countryside, just a short drive from Kilkenny City, Avalon House Hotel is an historic manor dating back to the 19th century which has been delicately and beautifully restored. Enjoy the gracious splendour of casual fine dining in Lil’s restaurant. The ethos is simple. Providing exquisite food in an elegant setting by the vastly experienced team, the hotel ensures your visit will be a memorable one.
Call: 056 4441302
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
The Hound at Hunters Yard - Mount Juliet Estate Autograph Collection
Enjoy luxury indulgences at The Hound restaurant… Mount Juliet Estate offers up a veritable cornucopia of dining options. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion that will live long in the memory, unwind after a hard-fought victory out on the golf course, or simply enjoy a wide-ranging choice of premium dining choices… Expect classic dishes executed with a creative flourish alongside entirely unexpected flavors for the more adventurous diner. It all comes together in a way that could only be of Mount Juliet Estate, delivered with the most pristine service.
Call: 056 777 3000
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
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
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 something light, or sitting down with friends to celebrate a special occasion, our menu should get those taste buds tingling.
Call: 056 7783100
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.
The Garden Room Restaurant at Langton's House Hotel
Langton’s House 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 Room Restaurant is spread over four tiers with natural light flooding in through the large elegant roof windows and outdoor terrace the Langton Room restaurant exudes warmth, friendliness, sophistication, charm and character. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Call: 056 7765133