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Zuni Restaurant & Boutique Hotel

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1 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Zuni Restaurant & Boutique Hotel
26 Patrick Street, Kilkenny Co Kilkenny
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Tel: +353 56 772 3999

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Although Zuni is an hotel (‘boutique’ style, and offering a more youthful style of accommodation than other comparable establishments), the atmosphere is more restaurant with rooms: an oasis of contemporary chic in this bustling city, it is well established as an in-place for discerning Kilkenny diners
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Budget Accommodation (under €100 for two)
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Location - Town Centre
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Smoking Area Seated
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary International
  • Atmospheric
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • MSG Free
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Zuni Restaurant & Boutique Hotel

Although Zuni is an hotel (‘boutique’ style, and offering a more youthful style of accommodation than other comparable establishments), the atmosphere is more restaurant with rooms: an oasis of contemporary chic in this bustling city, it is well established as an in-place for discerning Kilkenny diners.


The room is large and airy, overlooking a courtyard (alfresco dining in fine weather) and there’s a separate restaurant entrance so you don’t have to go through the hotel.


Whiles Maria Raftery’s wide-ranging menus offer international dishes, her use of local ingredients lends a distinctive Irish tone - Lavistown cheese gives relevance to a starter of Waldorf salad with green apple sorbet, for example, and the meat antipasti slate offers cured meats from Gubbeen Smokehouse in west Cork. And you can be sure of finding a variation on everyone’s favourite - chargrilled Irish sirloin with chunky chips, mushroom duxelle, and béarnaise sauce.


Attractively presented food is always full of flavour: smart salads make tasty starters and Maria, who cooks with panache in view of diners, is a cool and accomplished chef.


Menus to note include an early dinner menu which offers a good choice and gives great value for money - and an upbeat contemporary variation on the traditional lunch which packs them in on Sundays.


Many - both residents and visitors - would cite this as their favourite Kilkenny restaurant.


Seats 70 (outdoor seating, 24); L Tue-Sun 12.30-2.30 (Sun 1-3), D daily 6-9.30 (Sun 6-9). 2/3 course set D €23.50/28.50. Otherwise á la carte. House wine from about €22. SC 12.5% added to parties 6+. Toilets wheelchair accessible; children welcome before 7pm.


Accommodation:


Rooms have direct dial phones, air conditioning, iron/trouser press, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities; the minimalist décor - recently refurbished in pale tones - is difficult to keep immaculate. Breakfast is served in the restaurant.

Rooms 13 (8 shower only, 5 no smoking, 1 family room, 1 for disabled, all no smoking); B&B about €50ps, ss €20. Children welcome (under 12s free in parents' room; cot available without charge, baby sitting arranged). Lift. No pets. Private parking, but guests must get the receptionist to open the security bar (best to use the mobile phone, perhaps). Hotel closed 23-27 Dec. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 04-05-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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On Patrick Street - leads to Waterford road; 200 yards from Kilkenny Castle.

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