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“OK, But Disappointing”

The Marble City Bar
Ranked #21 of 217 Restaurants in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary, Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Winner of Best Gastro Pub in Kilkenny for the last 4 years! 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. Situated within walking distance from Langton House Hotel, The Marble City Bar & Tea Rooms is one the oldest public houses in the County it has still retained many of the original features and exudes a warm & friendly atmosphere. The Marble City Bar is a favourite with locals and residents alike, offering extensive menus boasting the very best in fresh local Irish produce and service. Food is served from 9am - 10pm daily Down stairs and situated on a bustling pedestrianised shopping street is the The Marble City Tea Rooms. An ideal meeting spot with both indoor and outdoor seating areas it is the perfect setting in which to experience a varied selection of international coffees and teas, cakes and pastries along with a full and comprehensive menu. Food is served from 9am - 9:30pm daily
Westfield, Massachusetts
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“OK, But Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Let's start with the caveat that I am not a regular pub goer. We wanted lunch on a busy bank holiday weekend and saw some favorable reviews in a couple of guide books. When a place aspires to be a "gastro-pub", I expect a little higher food standard. The menu was varied, but based on out entrees, a Moroccan spiced lamb shank tagine and beer battered fish and chips, fall short of the mark. The tagine might look vaguely like the real deal, but anyone who has been to Morocco would be disappointed. As to fish and chips, its not easy to muck this up, but they did. One can't complain about the Smithwick's and the service was fast and courteous.

In these hard economic times, I hesitate to knock any hard working publicans. Still, in a city where every third door leads to a bar, if they advertise they are award winning, they should do a better job. Not bad, but not worth repeating.

I like the wide array of black and white photos of famous and near famous musicians and actors. It takes one's attention away from the generic banquettes. Is this place living on its reputation and did it once have one?

  • Visited May 2013
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Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

For the best Casear Salad or Fish and Chips do drop in. Staff nice. Excellent value for money. Great menu. Food all day.

Visited April 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“OMG, YUM.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Many in our group ate at Marble City and not one of us was disappointed. I got some cream cheese stuffed pasta dish (that doesn't appear to be on the menu anymore) and it was to die for good. I wish I would have asked for at least the ingredient list so I could try to replicate it at home.

Service was a wee bit slow but then again, I'm American and we're not the most leisurely diners in the world so I'd say for most folks, the pace was perfect.

Don't skip this place. You'd be missing out if you did.

Visited March 2013
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“Whilst Langtons establishments arent generally noted for food, The Marble City is an exception! Worth a try at lunchtime if in K”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Stopped by the High street side of this ever popular bar and tearooms, and had a late lunch. Opted for a Thai red curry, which was really quite good, with nice flavours of coconut milk and ginger coming through, and a decent serving. Service was fast, efficient and friendly, from a very warm and welcoming Irish girl, although have had less than pleasant service here from a foreign waitress in the past. Good value at €10.50. Would definitely recommend, and return.

  • Visited April 2013
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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“Taste great and exceptional value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Been going to this place on and off.Quite simply the food here is always excellent menu is very broad hard not to find something to choose. Price range is also very reasonable. It caters for all types with a tapas restaurant and coffee shop down below. Well worth a look if ever in Kilkenny

  • Visited April 2013
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