Café Sol, Kilkenny
Café Sol is an intimate bistro restaurant in the centre of Kilkenny. The ethos of the restaurant, like that of its sister restaurant Sol Bistro in Thomastown, is to provide good honest local food, freshly cooked and tastefully presented at value for money prices.
Where: William Street, Kilkenny City
Mon – Thurs, 11.30am – 9.30pm, Fri – Sat, 11.30am – 10.00pm,
Sun, 12.00pm – 9.00pm, Closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan.
Reservation recommended for dinner.
Phone: 056 776 4987
Lavistown Pork Meatballs with Fettuccine Pasta in Tomato and Oregano Sauce, Parmesan Shavings.
GPS: N +52° 39.116’ W -7° 15.187’
Zuni has gained a reputation for being one of Kilkenny’s best food outlets. Zuni Café for casual dining, opens for breakfast from 8.00am; serving all day to eat in or take away and great tapas with a local twist in the evening. Chef Maria Raftery and her team work in the open kitchen of Zuni Restaurant and use the finest ingredients from the best local suppliers to create colourful and inventive dishes – it’s a popular dining choice with locals and opens for lunch and dinner. Zuni’s boutique hotel bedrooms offer contemporary city style in a great location.
Where: 26 Patrick’s Street, Kilkenny
Restaurant: Lunch Mon – Sat, 12.30pm – 2.30pm;
Sun, 12.30pm – 3pm; Dinner Mon – Sat, 6pm – 9.30pm
Sun, 6pm – 9pm; Café: 8am – 5pm; Tapas: 6pm – 9.30pm
Phone: 056 772 3999
Zuni’s ‘Kilkenny on a Plate’ – features local produce like Goatsbridge Scotch Egg or Beetroot Tarte Tatin with Knockdrinna Goats Cheese.
GPS: N +52° 38.989’ W -7° 15.096’
One of the regions most celebrated restaurants, Garrett Byrne and Brid Hannon have won Best Leinster Restaurant for the last three years and Garrett was awarded RAI Chef of Year 2012. Garrett and Brid’s philosophy is to serve modern food using the finest Irish produce in a relaxed, contemporary setting. Garrett works with best suppliers to produce food that is stylish and described variously by critics as ‘gastronomic excellence’ and ‘one of the most perfect dining experiences’.
Where: 5 The Arches, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny
Lunch: Fri & Sat, 12.30pm – 2.30pm; Sun, 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Dinner: Tues – Sat, 6pm – 10pm & Sun of Bank Holiday Weekends.
Closed Tues after Bank Holiday.
Tel: 056 777 2858
Mobile: 087 686 8585
Surprise 5 course Tasting Menu available Tues, Wed, Thurs.
Pre-booking essential – mention TASTE to get special menu price €55.
GPS: N +52° 39.346’ W -7° 14.786’
Marble City Bar & Tea Rooms, Kilkenny
The Marble City Bar is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Visitors will experience and savour an atmosphere made tangible by the aroma of international coffees, freshly baked breads and extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce and service. The Marble City Tea Rooms is an ideal meeting spot, with both indoor and outdoor seating areas it is the perfect setting in which to experience a varied selection of international coffees and teas, cakes and pastries along with a full and comprehensive menu.
Where: 66 High Street and Kieran Street, Kilkenny
Open: 9.00am – 10.00pm
Phone: 056 776 1143
Experience: Tapas in the bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
GPS: N +52° 39.175’ W -7° 15.225’
Tea Rooms, Set Theatre & Bridie’s
An institution in Kilkenny since 1938, Langtons is owned and run by two generations of the Langton family and still trades on its tradition of genuine hospitality. Priding themselves on their reputation for good food and service, each of its John Street venues has its own distinct character and charm – Langtons hotel, bar, restaurant, rooms and suites, the Tea Rooms next door, Bridie’s General Store & Bar and the Set Theatre. Langtons is a happening place where there’s always a welcome whether for a reviving cuppa, a pint and chat or a good meal.
Peter Greany and Maeve Moore’s ethos at Foodworks café style bistro in
the heart of the city is focussed on freshness. Vegetables and herbs are
supplied direct from their family farm on the outskirts of the city and
pork from pigs they rear there makes it a true farm to plate experience.
Foodworks is both airy and inviting in a restored bank building.
Where: 7 Parliament Street, Kilkenny
Tues,12.00pm – 4.00pm; Wed & Thurs, 12.00pm – 4.00pm
5.00pm – 9.00pm; Fri & Sat, 12.00pm – 4.00pm, 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Phone: 056 777 7696
Experience: Foodworks’ own Spit Roast Free Range Pork, Pomme
Puree and Roast Vegetables with Apple Sauce, followed by Lemon
Drizzle Baked Alaska.
GPS: N +52° 65.390’ W -7° 25.440’
Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny
Ristorante Rinuccini is a family run restaurant in the heart of Kilkenny
City. We are committed at all times, to delivering fresh local produce
whenever possible. The quality of our produce is of utmost importance
to us and our customers and has been one of the key factors in our
success for more than 23 years. “Being from Lazio, Italy, and owning and
running an Italian restaurant, I strive to produce classic Italian cuisine
using the very best Irish produce sourced locally” – Chef Antonio Cavaliere
Where: The Parade, (Opposite Kilkenny Castle), Kilkenny
Lunch: Mon – Fri, 12.00pm – 3.00pm; Sat & Sun, 12.00pm – 3.30pm,
Dinner: Mon – Sat, 5pm – 10pm; Sun, 5.00pm – 9.30pm
Phone: 056 776 1575
Experience: Local Tasting Menu with an option to pair with Italian
wines (Sun – Thurs). Pre-booking essential.
GPS: N +52° 39.038’ W -7° 15.038’
Sol Bistro, Thomastown
Sol Bistro is an intimate bistro restaurant in the centre of Thomastown.
The ethos of the restaurant, like that of its sister restaurant Café Sol
in Kilkenny City is to provide good honest local food freshly cooked
and tastefully presented at value for money prices.
Where: Low Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Lunch 12.00pm – 3.00pm; Dinner 5.30pm – 9.30pm;
Closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan.
Reservation recommended for dinner.
Phone: 056 775 4945
Mobile: 087 286 26 34
Experience: Goatsbridge Smoked Trout Paté with Crisp Tortilla,
GPS: N +52° 31.530’ W -7° 08.260’