Opened in 2008, this elegant French restaurant with a seasonal focus has won several accolades in its short stint. The restaurant serves exquisite meals prepared with a careful selection of seasonal ingredients, and a lion's share of the menu features meat-based and seafood dishes, although a vegetarian menu is available upon request as well. Few examples of the restaurant's offerings in the past have included dishes like Smoked Haddock with leek sauce, Dover Sole Fillet with porcini butter sauce and Scallop Royale with a lobster bisque. Campagne was awarded a one Michelin star status in September 2013 and enjoys a well-heeled, discerning clientele.
Ristorante Rinuccini is a refreshing eatery in Kilkenny, with its Italian menu. With delicious pastas, risotto, spaghetti and a variety of seafood under 'Catch of the Day' in the list, the food is creative and delicious. You can try their Homemade Fettuccine with wild rocket and roasted almond pesto, and the Seared Kilmore Quay Scallops. Pair the food with the exquisite wine menu; the wines are specially ordered from selected vineyards in Italy. The ambiance is sleek and the staff is attentive. Chef Antonio has won many awards for this passionate venture in the heart of Kilkenny, including 'Chef of the Year', and Ristorante Rinuccini has been listed in the Michelin Guide since 15 years.
With a menu that brings together the gastronomy of the entire Mediterranean along with the Irish, Zuni restaurant certainly has a hand at delicious cooking and gorgeous presenting. From Confit Pork Belly and Beef Sirloin, food takes a turn to Falafal, and then Panfried Salmon with Asparagus Risotto, to name a few. There's an elaborate cocktails-and-wines list to help you pair the food with, and a dessert menu that includes Lemon Meringue Alaska and Passion Fruit Bavarois, amongst the many scrumptious delicacies.
Langton's House Hotel has a variety of restaurants with different menus and ambiances, for various events, occasions, or simply fine dine. With the Langton Room that serves a scrumptious Irish and international menu, there's the Tea and Wine room, and also an Al Fresco that's refreshing in warm days of Irish summer. Starters include global specialties such as the Atlantic Seafood Chowder and Salmon Filled Mushroom Caps, whereas main courses recreate Irish magic with specialties like Traditional Irish Stew and Traditional Battered Cod & Chips.
You won't have to be a drinker to be tempted to enter the Marble City, and the magnificent exterior might well be familiar from the plethora of Irish pub front posters that have appeared of late. Once lured inside you won't be disappointed, as the interior décor is of a like standard. Bar food is available, but the emphasis is on quality liquor and lively discourse. A charming and marvelous pub!
Kyteler's Inn is an excellent example of a medieval tavern and dates back to 1324. The pub takes its name from a local Kilkenny woman, Dame Alice Kyteler, who married four times and was convicted of practicing witchcraft in the same year. Tastefully restored, the pub's traditional interior with timber floors, wooden tables and an open fire makes for an excellent atmosphere. The Irish stew comes highly recommended.
Located within the Kilford Arms hotel, White Oak Restaurant invites tourists as well as locals of Kilkenny for an authentic Irish dining experience. The place serves up fresh local produce in a cosy and casual setting, and is famous for its innovative daily specialties. So if you want to get a step closer to understanding Ireland's culture, start with its food at White Oak. For a detailed menu list, check the website.
Green Chilli is a preferred destination for all those who are in the mood to relish some spicy Indian food. From the vegetable pakoras to the lamb pathias, this restaurant is known for its authentic Indian dishes. Service is efficient and the atmosphere, lively. However, patrons are charged on the basis of per person, if they fail to inform about cancelling reservations within 24 hours of the booking time. Other branches are in Stoneybatter, Navan and Howth.
Located on John’s Upper Street is NORE Asian Street Food restaurant. It is a nice, clean, modern, Asian restaurant and take away, with a seating arrangement for 20 to 25 people. The menu served here is a combination of Thai, Chinese and East Asian cuisines. The must try’s are the Thai green curry, Singapore noodles, Mongolian beef and prawn dumplings. The food served is wholesome, rich in flavors and above all reasonable priced. Meals can be accompanied with beer. Enjoy a complimentary ice-cream after the meals.
This unpretentious coffee shop is within five minutes' walk of the train station and is a good spot for the traveler to rest and refuel. Grills, breakfast sandwiches, steak sandwiches and even roast beef dinners are all available. You might even take a bed for the night upstairs in their B&B, which is quite reasonably priced.
First established in the 1850s, Matt the Miller is a traditional pub overlooking the River Nore. It attracts a diverse range of patrons, although currently, it serves Kilkenny's younger set. The upstairs bar is particularly lively over the weekends, with an emphasis on traditional and rock music, while the downstairs is a little more sedate; its timeless wooden interior is the perfect place to nurse a quiet pint.