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The Winding Stair dining room - The Winding Stair, Dublin, Co. Dublin

The Winding Stair

4.6
4.6
2134 reviews
€31 to €50
Irish
The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café became a famous Dublin landmark in the 1970s and 1980s. Named after the Yeats poem and in honour of its winding staircase, it is overlooking the river Liffey, with an iconic view of the Ha'penny bridge. As a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artists, it was a well known hub for debate and creativity with many poems written, novels penned and movies shot within its walls. In 2006, Elaine Murphy brought this much-loved spot back to life as a restaurant, championing seasonal, Irish produce. The bookshop, located on the ground floor, was retained, as were many of the old bookshelves, photos and memories. The room retains its timeless charm with stripped wood tables and floors, and Bentwood café chairs.The view remains as quintessentially Dublin as ever.
The food is good, old-fashioned home cooking, with produce sourced from artisans within the island. Drink sare local and international craft beers & wines from stellar producers.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (01) 872 7320
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 2,134 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin

    Irish

  • Dublin 1

    Best Overall

  • Dublin 1

    Best Food

  • Dublin 1

    Best Service

  • Dublin 1

    Best Ambience

  • Dublin 1

    Good for business meals

  • Dublin 1

    Good for business meals

  • Dublin 1

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dublin 1

    Great for fine wines

  • Dublin 1

    Romantic

  • Dublin 1

    Good for special occasions

  • Dublin 1

    Most Booked

2,134 Reviews
  1. diner

    Greater Boston

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quaint restaurant overlooking Ha'penny Bridge. The food is fresh and delicious. We will come back!

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  2. MSPR

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and really helpful service - good size of portions allowed us to try lots of different tastes but still leave full!

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  3. KateW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend recommended for my first night in Dublin. Couldn’t have picked a more perfect beautiful delicious place. Had the crab appetizer and grilled fish main. Superb, and view of the river.

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  4. EmilyH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous traditional food, beautiful view and a v cool vibe. Loved it!

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  5. AnnO

    Leinster

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, local produce, interesting menu, marvelous old building,

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  6. JamesB

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful find. The food was great, the wine as well.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and atmosphere. Lovely staff. Great selection of wine.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cologne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Feels like having dinner at a friend‘s house … welcoming, friendly, helpful staff, fresh ingredients, amazing food, lovely wines and the bresd and butter pudding - soooo delicious. We loved everything about our dinner.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have our Anniversary dinner in this place. The service and food is really good. Highly recommended!!

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  10. BenM

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Only issue was it was rather warm in the restaurant. Great experience, though! Would definitely recommend and return.

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  11. IvanoC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A part of Dublin. A very enjoyable restaurant with superb staff. Well worth a visit, and well worth supporting the excellent Irish food and its producers.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Over priced and not good quality food. Didn’t live up to its reputation

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  13. WilliamB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and attentive service. Definitely a highlight of my family’s trip to Dublin ❤️

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  14. Philip

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very very very very very very very very very very good

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  15. Ward

    Tulsa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It takes a LOT for me to write a bad review of ANY kind of business but this dining experience ruined our entire day in Dublin. We had snacked fairly heavily before arriving for dinner but planned to order several appetizers, alcohol, and desserts. We simply did not have the space/desire for "mains" but looking at their menu prices, we knew we could still make it worth the restaurant's while by ordering several small items + a few drinks rather than 1-2 large items. Our waiter didn't hear my request to order a drink with our meal (no big deal) but took our food order, thanked us, & cleared our table of all wine glasses before leaving us. Soon after, the manager came back over to our table to let us know that the restaurant requires all patrons to order mains & that we could not just order the starters & desserts. I'm conflict-avoidant, so we each quickly selected items from the mains section of the menu assuming we would still receive the starters we had ordered. We not only did NOT receive the starters we had ordered, but the mains we were forced to order were disappointing at best, & came with the compliment of the entire staff staring daggers at us the entirety of the meal. Once we finished what we could of the meal, we sat for 46 minutes waiting for our check as the waiters avoided eye contact with us. Mind you, the dining room is extremely small.. you can't miss a table's needs unless you're putting in a genuine effort. Finally (and to my horror), I raised my hand as a waiter walked by & all but begged to pay. We then all but ran out of the building. As I said, I truly hate conflict. I worked in the service industry for close to a decade. I NEVER want to be THAT person at a restaurant but I've never felt so utterly unwelcome and despised like this. And for what? Ordering several starters vs. 1 main each (the same total cost)? I hope future patrons are treated with more kindness/respect. We always try to offer the same - especially to service staff.

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  16. MarcoF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosfera molto ricercata, servizio impeccabile e selezione di piatti molto interessante. Un posto diverso dagli altri ristoranti di Dublino adatto per una serata particolare.

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  17. IwillbebackJack

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun Dublin surprise! Delicious food in a cozy upstairs atmosphere. Very different from a loud, crowded pub. Highly recommended.

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  18. Richard

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, a tasty selection of dishes using irish products. An extensive wine list and lovely staff who can help select something to go with your meal. The location is incredible, try and request a window table and watch the world go by on the Liffey, and make sure you stop in the attached book shop before/after your meal if you can.

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  19. SaraN

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! A ”hidden” gem by the Liffey.

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  20. ddev

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    comfortable, romantic/sexy with great food and service. great vibe. am booking again

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good Selection of wines. From the menu and what we ordered I got the feeling that whatever you order is going to be tasty. Hard to chose 1 dish from the menu, so would recommend checking the menu before going to ensure what’s your best option.

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  22. Olivia

    Gloucestershire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really lovely, especially the veggie poached egg! A great taste of Dublin on a trip away.

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  23. marinac

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful evening in Dublin. Everything was perfect!

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  24. Rachel24

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Its a lovely room, service was very pleasant and efficient. There was plenty of choice on the the menu and the food was delicious. We didn't have wine but there was a good wine list

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great atmosphere! Would recommend to anyone visiting Dublin!

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  26. AMCG

    Kansas City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant has lovely ambience; excellent & delicious food; exceptional service.

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  27. clong3

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and great experience to end our visit in Dublin!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and a great view of the river and ha’penny bridge

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  29. GillianT

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is in a great location, the staff and friendly and professional and the food is absolutely fabulous! Would highly recommend

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t been here in years. Really delighted it’s still going. Beautiful good and a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend

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  31. jnienhuis

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Located on the second floor of an unassuming building next to the River Liffey, if you can negotiate the winding stairs, you'll be rewarded with a great meal. The Winding Stair is a cozy place that seats around 50 people. It's noisy, and tight, with a very attentive wait staff that often take the long way to your table to avoid other happy diners. I started with the cauliflower and blue cheese soup followed by the smoked haddock poached in milk and ending with the bread and butter pudding. All perfect. If you happen to be in the Temple Bar area of Dublin, make sure to get a reservation for this wonderful little restaurant. 8 people, 8 entrees, some starters, a couple rounds of drinks (wine and beer only), 3 desserts, 530 euros including tip.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a mix-team of Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, South African, English and Welsh who all loved the food , drink and ambience . An experience we will remember and hopefully return to next time we are in Dublin

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  33. Rowsh

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Mother’s Day lunch. Lots of families there. Service was great and overall very accommodating for our family with a young baby. Only comment, if you have a buggy be prepared to bring it up quite a few stairs.

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  34. BenR

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent variety of fresh modern Irish food, with an extensive wine selection

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  35. aardvarx23

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the welcome, to the service, to the food both in terms of quality and quantity, nothing could be bettered A perfect meal and occasion Thank you We will return when back in Dublin

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  36. momstur

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delightful and service was attentive yet not rushed. The Scotch egg is a must! Will definitely return.

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  37. Local

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Excellent food and great service. The port and lamb was outstanding

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  38. JessicaR

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeding expectations. Great menu choice. Menu recommendations were tasty. Fully recommend for a beautiful meal in Dublin. Jess the Mrs was also on form after the waiter finding us a nice bottle of red! This a rarity so only 5/5 from me

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  39. MarkR

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Food, Service & Ambience , a restaurant that was on our wish list for a long time and it didn’t disappoint.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Cologne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super friendly staff, quick service, high food quality - great night!

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The Winding Stair is rated 4.6 stars by 2134 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for The Winding Stair

40 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin, Co. Dublin D01 R9Y5

Additional information

  • Area
    North City Centre
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, View, Wine
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