The Winding Stair

4.5
400 reviews
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Irish
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The Winding Stair is an award winning Irish restaurant overlooking Dublin's famous Ha'Penny bridge. The restaurant originally became a Dublin landmark in the 1970's named after a Yeats poem, giving it some true local history. It opened again in 2006 and became what it is today. Serving micro-brewery beer and food produce sourced from Artisans from the Island The Winding Staircase enjoys sourcing locally. Serving dishes from Marcoom's Irish buffalo mozzarella on their A la carte to roasted pumpkin wedges on their lunch menu there is a great twist on Irish dishes throughout the day.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had their seafood chowder over two years ago, and it’s still one of the best things I’ve ever eaten :)

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T
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food ans service

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JM
17 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Winding Stair is a lovely dining space located upstairs and looking out onto the River Liffey. The restaurant has a very comfortable feel to it, cosy warm, muted lighting and a very relaxing atmosphere. They have a fairly narrow menu with good meat, fish and vegetarian options. I had the poached smoked haddock, cooked with onions and served on a creamy cheddar mash which was a delicious dish. The vegetarian dish on the night – potato cakes with mushrooms, kale and other ingredients was also excellent. There is a good selection of interesting wines available by the glass. We enjoyed excellent, friendly, professional and efficient service. The food is reasonably priced and I would be always happy to recommend this restaurant to friends.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Buon ristorante, buona cucina e vista sul fiume.
Servizio veloce e cortese. Semplice la prenotazione on-line.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New Year's Eve Dinner with a fantastic 3-course menu and lovely wines. Elevated price level but worth every coin. Any time again!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New Years eve

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DC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was amazing, great atmosphere with attentive staff....

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H
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal. Service was so professional without being intrusive. Best steak I had in years. Lovely ambient location looking over the Liffey and soaking up Dublin night life.,

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and great atmosphere!

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AS
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was really good. We had a table at the window which was really nice. Service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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BK
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Steak was delicious

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BH
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent staff. Highly recommend.

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B
20 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Last minute reservation during the super busy holiday dining season in Dublin (and a Friday evening to boot). Small space at the top of (wait for it) a Winding Staircase, and quite loud but also quite packed, so understandable.

I chose the holiday menu and was delighted with all three courses. My waiter suggested a delicious wine by the glass to pair and was attentive without being intrusive.

Great meal! Great service!

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LA
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fantastic restaurant but we felt a bit rushed. The minute you finished your meal, the next course was on the table.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Food was tasteless! Really poor quality salmon! If you got that quality for pub grub you'd be raging! Service was excellent and they did take things off the bill...but really disappointed! Was there 2 years ago and was amazing! Hope it was just a bad night for chef!

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TT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

I was here for a late work lunch the week before Christmas. We all opted for the set menu. The food disappointed. The parsnip soup to start was bland. Salt & Pepper did not help and the soup was not finished. The goats cheese starter was OK, barely. The salad leaves were undressed and the dish lacked any flair. Mains were steak, salmon & turkey. The salmon was good, steak OK but turkey was terrible. The turkey was dry and overdone. Served with a dish of stuffing and roast potatoes. The cranberry sauce was the best part of the dish. Desserts were bread pudding, chocolate tart, and christmas pudding with ice cream. The christmas pudding was served cold...not good. I will not be returning. Service was also terribly slow.

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WP
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really enjoyable, friendly staff and excellent food

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o
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great grub, lovely staff, very friendly and attentive, nice chat at the end with one member, lovely experience overall.

Three courses all excellent, the goats curd n beetroot starter highlight of the day, superb. Will definitely return. Chocolate cake delicious too but a little rich for my palette still ate most of it. Steak n chips top notch too

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SM
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and the service were so good that having been a guest at lunch mid week, I booked for dinner on the Sunday. The service and friendliness of the staff combined with an innovative menu is well worth a visit no matter what the occasion.

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A
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely afternoon pre theatre with family. We were off to see the Great Gatsby so were all dressed up. The food was Fab! Great atmosphere.

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JD
7 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the potatoe cake and the muscles could have fed the entire table! Lovely wine selection as well. Will certainly be back soon.

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HI
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice place, good ambiance, view over river, the food is ok, not super.

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m
27 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic early dinner before going to the Gate. Service was friendly and efficient.

Great showcase of Irish products. Particularly praise for the venison and the chowder

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LH
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Really great food and service. Beer and Wine only. Great options. Will return.

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B
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The reservation was easy to make and a phone call while we were on our way to confirm was helpful. The décor was very nice and the waiting staff were friendly and offered to take our coats, which is a nice touch. The starter was a gorgeous soup while my mum had the crab. Both were amazing.
For the main we both had the turkey and ham which was delicious. For dessert we both had the bread and butter pudding which was to die for. Price was very competitive too.
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a nice lunch or dinner venue in the city centre.

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r
9 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A very good restaurant I would recommend to anyone
Great value and fantastic wine list

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CK
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant we have been to in dublin! The food was just fantastic!!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We were seated at a very uncomfortable table near the warming tables for the kitchen. This despite the fact there were many other tables open when we arrived and we had made a reservation far in advance. There was a very glaring light and nearly constant traffic inches from the chairs on that side of the table. The service was friendly and informative and the food quite good. Lunch may be a better option.

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent service. Very friendly staff. well recommended

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CG
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The location is excellent the décor has a rustic charm with no frills with a vibrant atmosphere. The food selection is not huge (less than 10 mains) but should suit most (although not many vegetarian choices). The quality was excellent, reasonable portions and prices are quite reasonable. I would highly recommend this venue and will certainly keep this on my list of favorites.

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R
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

No nos gusto nada. La comida horrible el servicio regular y el precio muy caro. No lo recomendaría nunca.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Winding Stair presents an extremely enjoyable culinary experience. From the perch overlooking the Liffey, to the exquisitely crafted fare, there's little to have complaints about. And all topped off with friendly and efficient service. One for the notebook, for sure.

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EA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and eclectic, but we mean delicious first and foremost. Highly recommend.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were underwhelmed this visit to the winding stairs We expected a lunch menu and though advertised as such it was a brunch menu with breakfast dishes to the fore.what we picked was nice enough The breakfast fry was tasty but very expensive for one plate .smoked fish with onion and mash was good but the vegetarian option was disappointing .More substance less pizzazz would be good idea at lunchtime .

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MW
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The small restaurant was a lovely recommendation from a friend for Thanksgiving dinner and it was perfect!

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MF
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal served by interested staff. Good range of wines at teasonabld prices.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

It's a nice place but the food was not good - 4 people and nobody enjoyed the meal. The braised meat had grizzle in it and was inedible.

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TR
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal overlooking hapenny bridge. Great steak & fish, wonderful drinks, and really good service. I would highly recommend the Winding Stair - absolutely fantastic!

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MM
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I've dined at the Winding Stair four times in the last few years. Essentially, I've had the same experience every time: a rather indifferent waitstaff and a hefty bill at the end of the meal. The food is good, but there are better places in Dublin. My guests complained that their meat was tough and stringy. My food allergy was treated as though it wasn't relevant to the ongoing business of the evening. Guests should be prepared for a very loud atmosphere and high temperatures (don't wear your new Aran sweater).

However, the wine list is excellent and the view is beautiful.

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D
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went for our anniversary date and it was great. Reservation Got us window table with a view of the Liffey River. Food was unique and delicious. I had the smoked halibut boiled in milk with cheddar mashed potatoes and it was delicious. Great wine selection and good variety of beers. No spirits, but enjoyed our bottle wine just fine! Would definitely go there again.

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