Sol y Sombra

Old Church of Ireland, Lower Bridge St, Killorglin, Kerry
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Sol y Sombra
Old Church of Ireland, Lower Bridge St, Killorglin, Kerry

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Sol y Sombra

"Sol y Sombra (meaning Sun and Shade) came about when we set out to find a fitting use for the wonderful old church next door to our restaurant Nicks in Killorglin. Having visited many bars, restaurants, markets and wineries in many parts of Spain we discovered the diversity of regional tapas and a variety of different wine styles both modern and traditional. Most of all we fell in love with the concept of the local tapas bar - the diversity and seasonality of simple yet well-prepared food, the informality of the dining experience, the buzz of people coming and going feasting on tasty bite-sized snacks and quaffing a variety of different wines by the glass, a place to enjoy conversation and the buzz - we believed that this could work in Ireland."

Salted almonds and mixed olives. A duo of croquettes. Garlic chilli prawns or Killorglin beef cheek. Patatas bravas. The combinations are endless when tapas are on offer, and we at Sol y Sombra love pairing flavours that complement each other — whether it’s a hint of spice or a burst of bright, or even a rich and creamy sauce elevated by fresh herbs. Take your pick. The aim at Sol y Sombra is to combine the best of Kerry suppliers and produce with Spanish cooking techniques and mouth-watering specialities. They have created a delicious menu with the best of Irish produce combined with essential imports from Spain, and an extensive, mainly Spanish wine list is in place. Many of the Spanish wines are imported directly. 

Type of Cuisine: Mediterranean / Spanish / European 
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  • Restaurant Features
  • The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
  • Authentic Spanish Cuisine
  • Maginicent Setting in a 200+ year old Church
  • Best of Irish produce with direct Spanish imports
  • Outdoor terrace in the Summer months
  • Live music/Events/Weddings
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September 2021
From start to finish the meal was outstanding and staff couldn't do more to look after you and make you feel welcome. Set in a beautifully refurbished 200+ church with stained glass windows, it takes your breath away as you walk in.

Starters were delicious, I could have happily eaten a huge plate of the mixed croquettes alone, but the sweet peppers stuffed with cod and hake starter had a sauce that we had to ask for a bread basket to mop it all up.

Mains were chicken cadiz and the beef cheek. Chicken luxuriously coated in gratinated gouda and toasted almonds, and beef that was so tender you could eat it with a spoon. The chicken dish doesn't come with its own vegetables or accompaniments which is a shame, but there are plenty of options to choose and add to it.

Had a very well made and delicious buttermilk panna cotta to finish along with a lemon polenta cake which was slightly overcooked and dry, but still quite nice. We finished our evening by moving outside with a tasty jug of fresh sangria and enjoyed the beautiful outdoor terrace that Sol y Sombra has to offer. Very reasonably priced overall and well worth booking in advance as this place is busy!

Thank you very much for such a lovely evening. Your reputation is well deserved.
September 2021
Lovely food, very nice atmosphere, had the pleasure the last three times to be served by Grzegorz, whos really kind and professional. Defenitly will come back- love the outside tables, they have heating lamps and blankets if your cold. Perfect place to pop in just for drink
September 2021
Our meal at Sol y Sombra was outstanding. The tapas and main courses were all delicious. The old Church of Ireland is beautifully renovated and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The whole experience was fantastic.
September 2020
Fabulous restaurant in an old refurbished church in the heart of Kilorglin. The food is absolutely wonderful. Great choice, amazing flavours and perfect portions. Loved every morsel! The staff are fantastic too. Highly recommend this place. Can’t wait to go back!
September 2020
We brought our 3 kids here yesterday. Great food, great service, great value. All loved their meals and emptied their plates. What an amazing atmosphere for any family to dine here- I would recommend it to any family. It was such a treat. Don't visit Killorglin and not experience eating in sol y Sombra.
December - 2019
"Incredible! Great food, great vibe, great drinks"
What a damn gem. Their menu is limited but absolutely excellent. We had four tapas, two salads and small plates, then shared the large plate meatballs. Finished off with the chocolate fondant which was OUT OF THIS WORLD.

We opted for cocktails which was great, but they have an amazing wine list too.
December - 2018
"Really good would recommend"
I was here for a wedding last year and I found it quite good. The food was nice and the bar service was also good. I wasn't waiting long to be served. The staff were also helpful. The venue itself was also interesting. It looked like an old church. I must try to find out more about it.

I should stress that as I was there attending a wedding we had a 3 course meal. I did not have tapas. I'm not sure what tapas is.
Jamie CIreland
May - 2018
"Worthy five stars"
From the moment you walk up the lane to the entrance, the music on the way gets you in the mood for seriously good and authentic tapas. We were not disappointed in any way. The setting food and service were excellent throughout. The restaurant and bar are very well set up and the wine and food menu is superb. Lovers of proper cocktails will also be thrilled as was my daughter and the prices are fair for the superb quality. This restaurant is the easiest to recommend and is worth the journey. We will be returning very soon and look forward to trying other tapas on the menu that we were too full to attempt. Excellent management and team, please please please keep it up !!
May - 2018
"To die for!"
We stopped here one evening as we were passing through Killorglin. Best decision ever. The restaurant is located in an old church building and was a beautiful setting. Tapas were excellent, we had 6 different dishes all were to die for except the shrimp. Service was very good. Will definitely be back.
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