The Top Restaurants of Kilkenny

A man and woman reading the menu at the Riverside Restaurant in front of Kilkenny Castle

Dining Out in Kilkenny

Kilkenny offers a diverse dining experience that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. Here are some of the most reviewed and highly rated restaurants in Kilkenny.

Zuni Restaurant

Zuni Restaurant and Boutique Hotel is a culinary gem in the heart of Kilkenny serving phenomenal food. Whether dining with family or a partner, Zuni never disappoints. The menu dances with excitement, offering delightful surprises. Don’t miss the early bird menu—it’s exceptional value for the quality of meals served. For recent reviews, check out, Zuni


Foodworks, located on Parliament Street, is a hidden gem that beckons food enthusiasts. With a high ceiling and an airy, fresh ambiance, it sets the stage for delightful dining. The menu features unfussy yet exquisite dishes crafted from quality local produce, including their own home-reared, free-range pork. Awarded “Best Casual Dining” in the Irish Restaurant Awards for Leinster and recommended by the Michelin Guide, Foodworks promises a relaxed and casual experience. For live reviews, check out, Foodworks

Mocha’s Vintage Tea Room & Restaurant

Mocha’s Vintage Tea Room & Restaurant is a perfect for tea enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike. With its whimsical decorations and cozy nooks, it invites patrons to step into a bygone era. The menu offers a delightful fusion of tradition and innovation, from hearty Full Irish Breakfasts to healthier options like scrambled eggs. And let’s not forget the extensive tea selection. Check out the online reviews here Mocha

The Fig Tree Restaurant

The Fig Tree is a celebration of locally sourced and freshly prepared food. From juicy minced beef burgers to handcrafted cakes, their menu blends tradition and innovation. Gluten-free options cater to dietary needs. Whether for brunch or dinner, The Fig Tree promises a memorable dining experience. Click across here to read the reviews Fig Tree

Butcher Restaurant

Butcher offers a quality contemporary dining experience in the heart of Kilkenny. Their menu features delicious steaks, comfort food, and carefully crafted cocktails. The inviting atmosphere is enhanced by an elegant industrial design, inspired by traditional meat factory elements with a modern twist. Located on the historical Butterslip lane, The Butcher offers a very memorable dining experience. Read the reviews here Butcher

La Rivista

This charming eatery offers a tasty fusion of Irish and Italian cuisine, with a menu that caters to a variety of dietary preferences, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The wine selection is praised, especially when paired with their meal deals. With a commendable 4.5-star rating based on over 600 reviews, La Rivista stands out for its consistent quality and warm hospitality. Check out the reviews here La Rivista

Two ladies being served dinner outside a restaurant in Kilkenny



Langton’s Hotel, a family-run establishment, offers a unique blend of traditional hospitality and modern luxury. The award-winning Edward Langton’s bar and the fine-dining Langton Room restaurant serve a diverse range of traditional and international dishes, earning high praise for both their cuisine and atmosphere. Have a read of the numerous recommendations here Langtons


Aroi is one of our favourite restaurants in Kilkenny. The casual dining restaurant specializes in street food that spans the flavours of Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Guests often praise Aroi for its incredible dishes, particularly the Pad Thai and the Massaman Curry, which are both bursting with authentic flavours. The service is quick and friendly, making it a perfect spot for a lunch break or a relaxed dinner. Be sure to check out the mid-week early bird menu and have a read of the reviews here Aroi

The Riverside

The Riverside Restaurant in Kilkenny offers a picturesque dining experience with views of the River Nore and the iconic Kilkenny Castle. It’s known for its Irish and international cuisine, with a variety of dishes to cater to different palates. With both locals and tourist alike, appreciating the stunning views and the quality of the food, it is a perfect spot on a warm summers evening. Check out the latest reviews here Riverside

Rive Gauche

Rive Gauche in Kilkenny is a charming addition to the city’s vibrant dining scene, offering a delightful blend of French sophistication and Irish culinary passion. Guests have lauded the ambiance as elegant and relaxed, perfect for enjoying the extensive range of wines and freshly made cocktails. The food receives high praise for its quality, presentation, and flavours. Have a read of the most recent reviews here Rive Gauche

Matt The Millers Bar & Restaurant

From the moment you step into Matt The Millers Bar & Restaurant, you’re greeted with the warm ambiance and the vibrant energy of a place that knows how to make an evening special. The menu is a delightful journey through Irish cuisine, with each dish crafted to perfection. Whether you’re indulging in the succulent steaks, savouring the fresh, beer-battered fish and chips, or treating yourself to the vegan options, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Click through and read the reviews here Matt The Millers


Simply put, this Michelin Star restaurant will not disappoint. Upon entering, guests are greeted with an impeccable service that sets the tone for an incredible dining experience. The staff are friendly and attentive, and the exquisite food offerings cater to a range of palates, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Read the reviews here Campagne

Petronella Restaurant

This is one of my partners favourite restaurants in Kilkenny and I have to agree. The food at Petronellas is fresh and delicious, with a variety of options cater for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. Located in the historic Butter Slip, the restaurant is not only known for its delectable food but also for its rich history and warm ambiance. Check out the most recent reviews here Petronella

Ristorante Rinuccini

Ristorante Rinuccini sits opposite the magnificent Kilkenny Castle and not only offers a historic setting but a dining experience in a theatre-turned-restaurant. From the light-as-air pasta to the decadent tiramisu, each dish is a love letter to Italy. Gluten-free options? They’ve got you covered! Their extensive wine list sings harmoniously with the cuisine. Overall, a must dine experience. Buon appetito! For recent reviews, check out, Ristorante Rinuccini

Culinary Delights of Kilkenny

If food is your thing, be sure to check out the Savour Kilkenny Festival held in the city each year or see our Guided Tour’s page for Foodie Tours

7th April 2024


Clifford Reid

Written by Clifford Reid


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