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“Americans love it” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kate Kearney's Cottage

Kate Kearney's Cottage
Ranked #12 of 182 Restaurants in Killarney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $24
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, European, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bar, Restaurant, Entertainment venue, souvenir shops, Pub grub and much more. Our multi award winning banquet style themed "Irish Night" runs from March through to October, a must if your visiting. In the high season you can expect the show to run at least 6 nights a week. We're also situated close to many walking trails in the world famous Gap of Dunloe. There's Jaunting cars and horse riding within a minutes walk and at least 5 golf course within a 10 mile radius. We also cater for weddings and after wedding parties. Live music and BBQs are never too far away either during the summer
Youghal, Ireland
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150 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Americans love it”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

I visited Kate Kearneys on a few occasions and without exception there was always a crowd there.I must admit that I never opted for a full meal.There is a fairly good and interesting menu here and is reasonably priced.It appears to be a big hit with the visitors.I had sandwiches on all my visits,and the coffee is amongst the best ever.The only problem that I encountered was the Coffee was delivered well before the sandwhich,which meant that I purchased another.I have a suspicious mind.A nice pleasent pub and restaurant

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Liam p
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Canberra, Australia
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70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“An Enigma... Pub/Restaurant or Music Hall or The Local???”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

My wife and I went to Kate Kearney's on the night of 20 August as members of an Insight Tour Group. We normally ignore the evening "optionals" on Tours but thought on this occasion we actually might get some .....'great atmosphere or 'craic' at our ceilidh evening'. But did we? Nope, and it is hard to blame Kate Kearney's for that.

We arrived in darkness from our Coach and left in darkness so any location/geographical effect was not to be had. As the web-site video shows and others have commented we were welcomed into a separated area faced later by the musicians and the two sisters who danced. Beyond a 3/4 wall, to our right and the musicians left was the normal bar/table area accommodating, I assume tourists, visitors and locals? stuck with a sideways view of the action, such as it was. ALL A BIT DISJOINTED !!!

Our set dinner was fine, service was ok, the music and playing was ok, the dancers performed, and our talented Tour Director, Patrick Kealey sang (the only singer). Was it our fault, the general layout, segregation or separation, or overblown expectation BUT the night was a disappointment. No life, no atmosphere, no spontaneity or excitement. So for this little duck Insight's claims were not met at all.

Those who choose to go to Kate Kearney's knowing what is there and what to expect will probably be quite satisfied; but Tour groups I am not so sure.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DarcyJA
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Smith River
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65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

This pub/restaurant is at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe and gets a lot of tour bus traffic. We were very pleasantly surprised by the exceptional quality of the food. Just as you enter and to the right are some cozy little snooks for those of us who wander in. We ate there twice and had very good food and service. Their specials really are! Recommend going at a hour without the tour bus there, service is very efficient. Especially of a rainy day it is a great place to warm up and have a terrific meal.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ddwildbird
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Great Evening”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

After driving the Gap of Dunloe, I headed to Kate's for dinner. They had live music and Irish dancing. The food was great, the entertainment was fantastic and the whole atmosphere is a lot of fun. Worth a visit for sure.

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Ellen T
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food and music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

Was recommended by our hotel for food and music, wasn't disappointed although the music was set up to play to a coach party in a side room, whilst we could here them just fine the view from the bar was a little side on. A good night of food and music, service was excellant.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Paul H
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