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“Go!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Campagne

Campagne
The Arches 5 Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 (0)56 777 2858
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Ranked #3 of 147 Restaurants in Kilkenny
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This place is really worth seeking out. The food is excellent in every respect, beautifully presented by well trained and efficient staff and the wine list is good and well priced (by Irish standards) . The atmosphere is relaxed with tasteful decor and, while tables are formally dressed as you'd expect, the whole place has a nice, intimate atmosphere with plenty of space between tables. Emphasis is on all the right things. Toilets are impeccable.

This restaurant is well above the usual "very good" rating or even the often easily awarded "excellent". The food is not far off Galway's Aniar or Dublin's Lock's, recent recipients of a Michelin star and the dining room more spacious and seating more comfortable. It is a close call between these 3 establishments - and that's a compliment to all three.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ireland
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“REALLY EXCELLENT FOOD SERVICE AND AMBIANCE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Ate here on March 9, 2013. This is really excellent cooking, inventive, seasonal, and definitely on a par with most Michelin star restaurants. The duck, venison and turbot was delicious and perfectly cooked. Vegetables were also perfectly cooked. The other really pleasant thing is that it's not pretentious or fussy. You can ring up and not have to go through hoops to get a reservation. The value is also excellent. So well done Campagne and don't change a thing. It's all working perfectly!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“one of the best if not the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

dined here last summer on advice from a chef friend of mine[zach irishfoodguide.ie]said it was one of the best in ireland,no point going on but he was right

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Visited again at the weekend not for the first time nor hopefully for the last. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for and what you're guaranteed to get in Campagne is quality, you do taste the difference. Located near the top (railway) end of John Street, it's not on the main track if visiting the city but this ranks not just with Kilkenny's best but with any top restaurant in the South East or the entire country and is well worth seeking out.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Disappointed with the food.......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent... Lunch is not cheap and we were disappointed with some of the food. Fish cakes with poach egg starter....perfectly poached egg on top of fish cakes whose crispy coating was tough, leathery and impossible to puncture with a knife...as if cooked and reheated and reheated then deep fried to try make them crispy again. Shame. The main course of pheasant was spoiled by five reheated brussels sprouts which had long-lost their green colour, and were added, it seemed, as an afterthought and left on the plate by almost all customers who ordered that dish. I understand a kitchen can have an off-day...but we would be reluctant to return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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