Serves meat, vegan options available. Nice setting, with many vegan/vegetarian options listed separately on the menu, including a vegan cheesecake. Vegan options may be ordered in Early Bird menu (discount). The dishes include a lasagne, nut loaf, a burger, a curry, aubergine caviar and brushetta. Open Mon-Thu 12:00-15:00, 17:00-21:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-16:00, 17:00-21:30.

22 Reviews

First Review by natascha64


Points +102

30 Aug 2023

Very good and good selection

They have a large and interesting section. We had the lasagne and nut loaf, and both were very tasty.

Pros: Comfortable space, attractive decor.



Points +42

07 Aug 2022

Delicious vegan options 🌱

We booked a table having heard how popular Petronella is. So glad we did… there were some tasty looking vegan options to choose from the menu. Between us we had the satay cauliflower, vegetable lasagne and nut roast. All were delicious. So much flavour. The staff were friendly and welcoming, very knowledgable about their menu and even accommodated our request to take away some desert. The vegan apple slice was amazing!!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Everything was full of flavour, Charming location and beautiful interior design


Points +427

14 Mar 2022

Delicious food

Petronella is such a part of Kilkenny lore which is reason enough to go there. The vegan menu is quite diverse, the staff is very friendly. I was so happy with the food, I had an Early Bird and tried bruschetta and the vegan lasagne, which I loved! Can’t wait to go there again. Also the dessert was perfect 👌

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Great location, Friendly staff


Points +22

09 Jan 2022


Inspired by Cartoon Saloon (yay)😄Petronella have a few Vegan/Vegetarian options!

The vegan nut-loaf with tomato pesto was super tasty! Staff were very friendly. A cozy little restaurant with some beautiful art!

Pros: Friendly staff, Cozy atmosphere , Can pesto be a pro?

Cons: Perhaps more options in the future


Points +151

10 Dec 2021


food was delicious & staff friendly & welcoming

Pros: Good selection, Friendly staff , Nice atmosphere


Points +282

12 Oct 2021

Top Class

Top class restaurant, lovely atmosphere and stunning decor, excellent staff and welcoming owner Frank. A variety of vegan and vegetarian options available. All three dishes ordered at our table Top Class. No room for desert on this occasion.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Lentil nut roast brilliant , Lovely ambience


Points +11356

31 Jul 2021

Great restaurant in the heart of Kilkenny

Went here because of the reviews on HappyCow and it did not fail to impress. Great selection of vegan options. Portions are quite big but really tasty. I could hear the waitress tell diners about the vegan/vegetarian menu which was great. Frank the owner was very nice and friendly even on the phone for booking beforehand. Will definitely visit again when in Kilkenny.

Pros: Many vegan options


Points +1619

17 Jul 2020

Cozy, Great Food & Lovely Service

So happy I stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant. It is located down a nice little pedestrian alley way which has so much charm and character. As you enter the restaurant you enter into a small cozy lobby and greeted with a friendly smile. They then proceed to take you to the second floor where the quaint dinning room is. It’s the perfect size - intimated. As you look around the room you can just see the history in the old stones and the exposed rafter beams which are original to the building.

Time to order! They have a great menu with a great selection of dishes. Everything from a curry to lasagna to a lentil walnut loaf and more! I ordered the lasagna and it was perfect! One of the best vegan lasagnas I have tasted in a restaurant. Good balance of everything. For desert I tried the sticky toffee pudding and a lovely chocolate cake with a warm chocolatey centre. Both were very tasty. And they pour a great pint of Guinness as well.

Really enjoyed my experience. Great drinks, fantastic food, nice presentations, great service and a cozy, intimate dining experience in a beautiful historical house.

Pros: Great value , Cozy, intimate dining , Great vegan menu


Points +69

19 Feb 2020

Little hidden gem 💎🌱

Really top restaurant whether you’re vegan, veggie or meat eater.
We had portobello mushroom burger (veggie)
Nut loaf (vegan)
Chic pea burger type thing (vegan)
Each accompanied by lovely seasoned salads.
There were a good few other vegan options too.
Dessert we have vegan cheesecake and vegan sticky toffee pudding.


Service/Staff very friendly and quick.

Pros: Lots of vegan options., Vegan desserts, Lovely cosy atmosphere


Points +294

11 Sep 2019


The chef really knows how to season everything. We got the early bird dinner with avocado toast starter and a main. Elevated, delicious, vegan food


Points +134

04 Sep 2019

Very classy place with good food

We came for dinner, there was a deal about start-main-desert. We took the only vegan start option- avocado toast- was very good. We took the lasagna it came with delishes fries and salad.
For desert we took the cheese cake- which wasn't cheesy at all, but was good tasty.
We took one deal for 2 people, was enough.

Cons: The place smells fishy, and the meals aren't cheap


Points +80

21 Aug 2019

Definitely recommend Petronella!

First of all, the place is super cozy, try to get one of the in front of the window tables upstairs. Second, I was on a budget but still the lady in my hostel recommended Petronella as a vegan meal option for me, I went there and the price was cheaper than the menu exposed outside restaurant. I ordered lentils and nut loaf w salad and fried potatoes, I’m known for eating a lot but still I had to ask to bring half home cause I couldnt finish, it was delicious and I really appreciate places where they have more than burguers or pizzas as vegan options😄
I loved my experience there, the service is great and you can’t miss this place when in Kilkenny!

Pros: Delicious vegan options , Okay price, Cozy place


Points +28

15 Aug 2019


Small restaurant with delicious meal. Vegan lasagne with fries is unexpected combination but so tasty. I was full for rest of the day and first hour I couldn't move :)

Pros: Big portion, unobtrusive


Points +119

01 Jun 2019

Delicious food, lovely welcome

We usually prefer to go to places that are solely vegan - if possible - but Petronella has excellent reviews and we were with an omni friend. We weren’t disappointed - there was plenty of choice and we were all really pleased with our meals. I had the vegan lasagne (beautifully done and chips to die for) and my partner had the Jaipur curry - “deeply tasty and gently spicy” was his report. The guy in charge was so friendly and helpful; indeed all the staff were great.
So... Petronella was an unusual choice for us (and top of our price range) - but very well worth it.

Pros: Delicious food, Lovely staff, Beautiful historic building


Points +69

09 Apr 2019

Great food and service! Non-vegan family liked it too.

Got there at 19:25, just in time to get early bird special 17-19:30. Got avocado toast app, lentil/nut loaf main, and berry crumble dessert. All were delicious and the presentation was pretty.

Pros: Good vegan options , Early bird special


Points +362

16 Feb 2019

Amazing vegan options

Had a great vegan meal here, lots to choose from! Had chickpea escalope with a superfood salad which was delicious. Could have also picked a lasagna or nut roast. The vegan dessert selection was really impressive, had 4 to choose from and got a chocolate fondant filled with melted chocolate. It was incredible. Would definitely come back for more great vegan food!

Pros: Impressive vegan options , Lots of dessert choices, Really tasty food

Cons: Expensive but worth the money


Points +22

02 Feb 2019

Birthday dinner

Lovely food, service was great and the owner is an absolute gentleman.


Points +567

01 Nov 2018

Definitely worth a visit

The atmosphere of this restaurant is absolutely lovely. The staff are friendly and helpful and the vegan options are clearly marked on the menu. The menu doesn’t list non-dairy milks, but they do have them (at least soy milk).

Pros: Great atmosphere , Friendly , Clearly marked options

Cons: Could use more options


Points +89

03 Jul 2018

Tasty dishes, helpful and friendly staff

I’ve eaten in here three times. Had the chickpea croquettes, the vegan lasagne and the nutloaf. All were delicious. They have vegan desserts too. The manager /owner is very kind and friendly. All the staff are very helpful. I wished they opened Sundays!

Pros: Tasty, hearty vegan food, Separate vegan menu

Cons: Close on Sundays


Points +106

29 Jun 2018

Yummy vegan food

Super tasty vegan food with a separate menu. Got the lentil loaf, chickpea croquette and vegan cheesecake (not on menu). Kind of expensive but fancy and good

Pros: Vegan menu, Fancy

Cons: Expensive


Points +79

13 Jan 2018

great vegan comfort food

Fantastic options - hearty comfort food


Points +107

23 Aug 2017

Great food

Great food, the vegan options were refreshing and good tasting. I would definitly come back!

Pros: Many vegetarian and vegan options, fast service, f

Cons: A bit more expensive

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