The Winding Stair

4.5
528 reviews
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Irish
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  • Good for a Date
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
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! The drinks, the food, the service, were all wonderful

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, it was a pleasure to take visiting friends to Winding Stairs... the consistent quality of food and service is impressive. The view outside is charming, specially for someone visiting Dublin. Whenever we have any close family / friends visiting us, we make it a point to take them to this place... so much of heritage plus the good food. Best of Irish !

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PC
Dublin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The food was slightly disappointing. It sounded much better in the menu than it tasted on the plate. For example, one of the specials was a trout cutlet that was undercooked in the middle and the entire dish was not warm enough. I suspect this was an exception to the rule as most other dishes were great.

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I love The Winding Stair. Great food and a lovely location. Our only concern was a long wait between when we finished our dinner and when we were served our dinner. Otherwise it was a great evening.

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T
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service, unfortunately to warm and loud.

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GL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Charming, attentive staff. Fabulous food. Hip contemporary environment. Would definitely return.

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AL
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal, smart and warm service. And the view is lovely.

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D
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

All the staff were really lovely and very attentive. Food was delicious and service surprisingly efficient given how busy the small dining room was. Would thoroughly recommend.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Winding Stair is a firm favourite. I eat here every time I visit Dublin. This time, we ordered off the pre-theatre menu which was excellent value for money. The starters and mains were perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were quite generous. We had friendly, efficient service. I really can't recommend this place enough!

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HL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service, and love the book store downstairs.

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g
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very attentive staff, excellent food and great ambience.

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j
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Relaxed atmosphere with fantastic food. Very happy

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IC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took a friend for a birthday lunch knowing she liked very good food and especially fish. I'm a vegetarian. She eats out a good deal in good restaurants and said this was 'the best lunch I've ever had out'. I was delighted the choice of The Winding Stair worked out so well for both of us. My vegetarian options were excellent. The sun shining through the huge Georgian windows, with the Liffey drifting by, and the charming and unfussy waiter made for a lovely, long, interlude.

I've recommended The Winding Stair previously, but will be doing so with renewed enthusiasm!

Thank you for a very successful treat.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is a great restaurant. Enjoyed some nice Irish wine. Server was good and give good recommendations.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible! Server, setting and sunshine in top floor dining room were grand.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous meal. Deffo recommend. I think the main menu price is a little too expensive but the early bird is very reasonable. I would suggest a better vegetarian option and a revamp of the bathrooms. But defo be back and defo recommend

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, Grand Service, Spectacular View of the Liffey

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FL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food! Excellent service! Nice cozy environment! We were so glad that people introduced this local restaurant to us!! Highly recommend!

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MH
Miami
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Ben our waiter was both knowledgeable and professional he was most helpful from seating to advising the menu. Our first time there and we struck up a conversation with fellow diners and made new friends. Wonderful evening

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RN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous food, fantastic "homey" feel with the bookshelves & store.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was incredible and the staff were very friendly. One of the best meals I’ve had in a while.

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LS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent as was the service. My soup and entree both had a similar cream base and my waiter made sure I was aware of it. My wife and I enjoyed the experience very much. Reasonable wine by the glass.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious and the servers and ambience was just lovely.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Never disappoints! One of my favourite places in dublin, fantastic food, great service, very reasonable early bird deals!

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DB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great restaurant that accommodated our group easily. Food was amazing, - fresh, and delicious. Atmosphere was lovely - a beautiful room. Service was excellent. A little bit pricey tbh.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks for the great food and hospitality! Special thanks to Susann!

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OT
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very lovely place, service and food were at the top !

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Views of Dublin fab. But what really did it for me was the staff. They were wonderful and seemed really passionate about the place and it showed.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was excellent if a little pricey. Service was excellent. Found it hard to hear each other times as we were under a speaker and there was music on even though the place was full and noisy enough on it's own.

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ZS
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was my first time in this restaurant and I really liked it. Would come again soon. The service is amazing, I loved the food, atmosphere, felt really good. Thank you

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is fantastic and there’s an excellent wine selection. The haddock poached in milk was especially good and the bread pudding dessert was delicious.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food delicious, service brilliant. A lovely twist on some beautiful Irish dishes! Loved it as much second time around.

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EB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A lovely, quirky restaurant in a great location in the city centre, overlooking the River Liffey and the Ha'penny Bridge. The restaurant decor is very nice an the ambience was good, although the tables were quite squashed together in places.
The food was great and the menu was very different! A modern take on traditional Irish food.
The service was friendly although it did feel very rushed at times.
I would certainly recommend as a meal out with friends, family or on a date, when visiting Ireland. The menu was quite pricey but I've learnt that Dublin is quite pricey in general!

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VP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Average food with Michelin starred prices. Presumably due to its location. Had better food in lesser priced places. However service was great .

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JB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. Would recommend and return. Visited early evening so noise level was low compared to previous meals at later time.

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LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Best meal I have had in Ireland, and one of the best ever. Inventive cuisine, perfectly prepared and presented. Warm, friendly service. Incredible location! Only downside is the noise... dining room decibel level can probably be detected by NASA. Suggest that the restaurant look into noise reduction options? A shame to that to enjoy this wonderful food one has to shout/lip-read all night.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sensational food, friendly helpful staff, great location, excellent value - cannot be faulted !

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, memorable food & service. Thank you for having us!

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KC
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent and at a great location. Restaurant itself is a little small and you are very close to other tables, but I would recommend.

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KF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A gorgeous meal for 7. We had a great table, great food, great service and a great night. The seafood platter starter was my favourite item on the menu, but everything was just delicious.

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