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Footlights by the River

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French, Bistro
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The Square, Inistioge, Ireland
86 3619411
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Description: Footlights by the River is a bright and fresh bistro located in the...
Footlights by the River is a bright and fresh bistro located in the picturesque village of Inistioge in County Kilkenny. Inistioge is only a short drive from Kilkenny City and you will fall in love instantly with this quaint village situated by the River Nore.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Memorable meal and a lot of laughs

I had booked a table at Footlights and wasn't sure what time we would get there as we were travelling to Ireland on the ferry into Rosslare. Justin by email had told me he would reserve a table and not to worry about the time. Well we were the only ones there for quite some time and as well as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2010
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Adelaide, Australia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

ate there not so long ago it was ok nothing great. the deserts were good but lunch a bit basic

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

Very nice casual cafe -- we shared a pizza and chips and lemonade. Justin was baking apple crumble while we were there and we ordered one to go. Very tasty. Justin was as nice as can be and entertained us with travel stories of his own. We would have eaten there multiple times but couldn't manage to catch it open... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

Myself and my partner were holidaying in Kilkenny and happened upon the stunning village of Inistioge, we found this charming restaurant facing the river and decided to pop in for dinner before going back to Kilkenny. The Staff working were funny and entertaining and full off stories about the village and it's people. I had the fish and chips and... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We ordered coffees and scones with our two year old three days ago. When we took out some of the childs food- some crackers and cheese and a smoothie- prepared by her mother earlier in the day, food we would be certain she would eat, the owner/manager came over and scowled at the childs food. We asked if he wouldnt... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

We were staying in Inistioge and following a walk in Woodstock Gardens (which is an absolute must for all visitors, walk in by the river and up to the gardens and then back towards the main gates and drop down to the village via the Lady's walk). We went to Footlights for lunch on a sunny day and sat outside... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

Good choices for relaxing lunch at riverside......spectacular views....local atmosphere.....near center of small town of Inistioge (two blocks away).....beauitful walks and trails to pursue after lunch either along the river or in the foothills/gardens around the town...."must stop" place

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Adelaide, Australia
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

I had booked a table at Footlights and wasn't sure what time we would get there as we were travelling to Ireland on the ferry into Rosslare. Justin by email had told me he would reserve a table and not to worry about the time. Well we were the only ones there for quite some time and as well as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

Wonderful service, tasty food and beautiful setting of Inistioge by the river...what more can one ask for? Highly recommend a visit to Inistioge and this restaurant. The staff were so friendly/helpful and the manager (or perhaps he was the owner) excellent. A kid-friendly menu as well...pizzas, burgers and chips (one of the best chips I have had). If you are... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2010

Absolutely love this place, the food is fantastic, especially the soups and desserts. The owner is so obliging and helpful. One of my favourite places !!!

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

We stopped in Inistioge for a warm drink and a snack and happened upon this little cafe. It has a nice cozy atmosphere and is in a great setting right next to the river. We had tea and hot chocolate and some very tasty freshly made chips. Our server was really friendly and had a great sense of humor. Definitely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Square, Inistioge, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Kilkenny  >  Inistioge
  • Phone Number: 86 3619411

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 to 22
  • Cuisine: French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Footlights by the River is a bright and fresh bistro located in the picturesque village of Inistioge in County Kilkenny. Inistioge is only a short drive from Kilkenny City and you will fall in love instantly with this quaint village situated by the River Nore.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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