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Cafe Sol Bistro

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William Street, Kilkenny, Ireland (Formerly Cafe Sol Bistro)
+353 56 776 4987
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Dublin, Ireland
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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner on a cold November Wednesday evening was a pleasant experience and 3-courses for €28 was excellent value. The solitary waiter did a good job and there were no major delays between courses. We'd particularly recommend the pear & blue cheese salad (starter) & the slow-cooked pork belly (main - with €4 supplement)). Also my Upside down Pear & Almond... More 

Thank peteramolloy
County Cork, Ireland
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever we find ourselves in Kilkenny - a few times a year, we make a point of dining in Cafe Sol. The staff are friendly, helpful and eager to please. The food is consistently good with a wide ranging Menu. The location is convenient to the High Street, yet peaceful and conducive to a very pleasant experience. Thank you, once... More 

Thank Hanora B
Guanajuato, Mexico
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food with good variety and a charming atmosphere, however, there was just a single waiter working the entire restaurant. The waiter was absolutely lovely but just couldn't provide the table service we would have preferred. I'm not sure why the owner doesn't hire an additional server????

Thank MBandME
Noel M, Owner at Cafe Sol Bistro, responded to this review

Dear MBandME Thank you for the kind words in your review. Apologies that the table service could have been better. I guess you dined midweek when we have 1 waiter on duty at this lean time of the year. The main difficulty from a staff rostering viewpoint is that most midweek customers these days don't reserve a table - they... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was here recently with two friends and a toddler. Staff were very accommodating. I had been here a few years ago for dinner and had found the choice not to my liking. However the other day for lunch, what can I say, the good was amazing. Would def go there again

Thank Sheila C
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful Bistro. Beautiful food and lovely ambience. Moderately priced. My husban and sister both had the pork belly and are still raving about it. I had the fish dish of the day and it was amazing. Service a little slow, but there was only one waiter there. He was very good but could have done with some help. Still a... More 

Thank _proe01
Wexford, Ireland
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82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I visited this restaurant last week and were lucky to enjoy a musical performance as part of our meal. The music was fantastic and the food was good. I had a salad for starter which was advertised as containing prosciutto - I was a little disappointed that there were only 2 small pieces of meat amongst my... More 

Thank TheWexican
Santa Barbara, California
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on a quiet street off the main street, Cafe Sol was a very pleasant surprise. It offers a quiet contrast to the traditional Irish Pubs found all over Kilkenny. What we needed on our fourth day of being tourists was a candle-lit vibe with fresh, upscale food offered as a 2 or 3-course option. Thanks, Cafe Sol! Over the... More 

Thank Pinner5
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Nice candle lit restaurant, excellent food, nice atmosphere. The shine was taken off significantly by the waiter who insisted on walking around the restaurant clearing his sinuses which was revolting. For this reason won't be back.

Thank Bernard F
St. Davids, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

A lovely little restaurant on a quiet street in the centre of Kilkenny. We were recommended this place by someone who used to live in Kilkenny and it didn't disappoint. Delicious food using fresh and thoughtful ingredients, in a chilled out informal setting, great service with a smile. Will return for sure.

Thank Steve P
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

You *must* go here. Sol is a nice little restaurant, lovely simple light setting, tucked away in an alley just off Kilkenny busiest streets. It has extremely good dishes. The plates are not just very nicely presented, the food is cooked with love and it shows: tastes are excellent. The waiting is very friendly. The wines are decent, if not... More 

Thank Joris V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $31
Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: William Street, Kilkenny, Ireland (Formerly Cafe Sol Bistro)
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Kilkenny  >  Kilkenny
  • Phone Number: +353 56 776 4987
CAFE SOL BISTRO KILKENNY uses quality local suppliers and our dishes are prepared fresh daily from the best ingredients. We offer a great value all night menu priced at €25 for two courses and €29 for three courses (some supplements apply). Craft beers and your favourite aperitifs digestifs and cocktails are now on the menu! We welcome customer feedback - please email with any queries you may have. Thank you!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?