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All reviews steak baked camembert pork belly hake mash early bird background music front of house fine dining from start to finish visiting kilkenny excellent food and service lovely atmosphere last weekend kilkenny city castle ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large group for a birthday gathering and it was really excellent from start to finish, service was very good.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 30, 2022 via mobile

Had the pleasure of stopping off at this lovely restaurant for an evening meal. We ate from the early bird menu and the choices were great. The chicken was was tender and cooked perfectly, my shoulder of lamb was excellent and the mash and veg...were very tasty. The house red wine is great value at €7.50 per glass. The staff were friendly and very helpful they even brought out a bowl of water for our little puppy. Overall we had a great experience, well done and keep up the great work.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 29, 2022

This was by far our favorite place in town - first the bar and then we discovered the restaurant. Prices were reasonable, food was excellent, service could be a bit slow - but the atmosphere was unique in a really great way, good background music......we ate at the bar twice and the restaurant twice in just a week... it was that good. My husband said it was his favorite steak in Ireland - he had it twice. I'd recommend the Coquille - it was an appetizer which I had three times. YUMM. YUMM. YUMM.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 13, 2022 via mobile

Just found the place by luck. Sat outside next to the road. We had our 5yr old son with us. They've got kids options which was great. We had their deep-fried fish and their main burger. Food is great, well priced and it's right in...front of the castle! Unfortunately no pics of the food!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

The food was wonderful, the drinks were great, the service was great and the atmosphere was excellent Really nice place for lunch and drinks. The desserts were outstanding.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 7, 2022 via mobile

Despite the name they serve contemporary Irish food, not French. But it’s done in a French brassiere style. So nice atmosphere. All the food was nicely done though the portions were sometimes too small or too big. I thought the staff could have been more...personable.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 28, 2022

If you are a vegan, this restaurant has basically NOTHING to offer, which for a busy restaurant in the centre of Kilkenny is so disappointing. Went there last night after doing a 25km cycle with the Kilkenny cycling group. The vegans were offered a salad...or beetroot and goats cheese without the goats cheese! Then they told us the salad was off! We had bread and wine - patheticMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022

We have been to RG quite a few times - I do not know why we go there. Very often disappointed. It is a restaurant, not a hostel where food is slapped onto your plate. Last night had the pork belly. the plate was stacked...to all corners. A mountain of mash with a piece of pork belly on top. The look of the plate completely spoiled the food!! The atmosphere, decor and service is lovely BUT the food................ PLEASE MAKE YOUR HELPINGS RESTAURANT STYLE AND SMALLER - THE MOUNTAIN OF MASH SPOILS IT AS DO THE HUGE VOLUMES OF OTHER GOODIES ON THE PLATEMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 17, 2022 via mobile

This is a great pub with multiple different areas to eat and drink in. I have visited lunchtime and evening and both were great. The decor is tastefully done , service is terrific and easy a location to find in the centre of Kilkenny opposite...the castle. Expect to pay more than in other pubs.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 2, 2022

Wonderful food, credit to a fantastic team in the kitchen and front of house. Amazing service, attentive, warm and friendly. We would highly recommend a visit.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022 via mobile

Popped in for some food yesterday and with friends. All I can say is that the food was unbelievable, huge credit to the chef/chefs, all complimented with friendly staff and a fantastic environment. Definitely returning

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, attentive staff, food was so good. Had the Hake and it was delicious. Looking forward to going back to try the rest of the menu

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 12, 2022 via mobile

From the second we walked in the door, we were impressed. Very cosy, the most romantic restaurant in Kilkenny city. Staff were friendly and attentive without being too much. Food was excellent. Brilliant effort by the chefs with the vegan dishes! Flavours were amazing and...portion sizes were perfect. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Kilkenny.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022 via mobile

Had dinner here and it was absolutely amazing. My friend had initially recommended it and we were happy we took her advice. The team were friendly, the food was delicious and the place itself was warm and cosy. Will defo revisit.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed February 13, 2022 via mobile

This was definitely the highlight of our break in Kilkenny. The food was first class. The staff were courteous and knowledgeable. The chef Ger was the icing on the cake. An all round great experience.

Date of visit: February 2022
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