The Winding Stair

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€31 to €50
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Irish
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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dublin
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Central location & the atmosphere is warm. The staff are very nice. Highly recommend.

p
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Everthing was lovely from start to finish the only negative was the tables were a little squashed together, would highly recommend this restaurant

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

Delicious food, great service and recommendations - lovely atmosphere.

CC
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and delightful service. I will definitely be back.

KK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely setting, yummy food, excellent service and pre-theatre menu really good value, what’s not to like!

VO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

We ordered our main courses and not even 5 minutes later they were at our table . I ordered the vegetarian my friend ordered the lamb . these could not have been cooked fresh . The vegetarian dish was more like a starter size and lukewarm. The lamb was warm not hot and dry . Obviously sitting around for a while! For the prices you are charging I expect freshly cooked hot food. Very disappointed with our meal .

ER
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 1

People standing in front of us waiting for their table with their backs at us for the entire period.
Table was dark, in the corner and they were not willing to change it. Staff was watching football on their phone instead of taking care of customers.

CC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic location, beautiful building and interior, great service and staff (thank you Fiona) and most importantly delicious food with very generous portions. Wonderful twists on simple dishes with top quality produce. 100% would return and 100% would reccomend. Thank you for a lovely evening overlooking the Liffey

KK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and drink and very relaxing and enjoyable lunch.

JN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The steak was delicious with the garlic butter. It was a great night with my girlfriend.

DD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good and service are very good, and the view of the river nice. It’s a little pricey and the staff are very good. The food is different from regular pub food.

B
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service as always. Knowledgeable waiters who were unobtrusive. The bacon slipper was so salted though, that while the first two mouthfuls were delicious, the two of us that ordered it were unable to finish it. The wait staff missed the opportunity for us to raise our concern by not asking if everything was ok when removing two plates with substantial pieces of bacon still on it. The leek and potato soup was also quite bland, but then I suppose I should not have expected much from this overdone dish.
Despite these slight let downs, I will still be returning as the other starters, smoked eel croquettes, were fine and the mackerel was truly excellent.

MR
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Unfortunately, i was underwhelmed by the food, i had high expectations and they were not met, portions too big for lunch time, food lacked favour, pork was tough and needed a steak knife to cut it. Such a pity when it's such a lovely location, staff were without fault very attentive

KM
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

As we had reserved the table we were given a table by the window with a fabulous view over the River Liffey/Halfpenny Bridge. The lady serving us was very friendly and attentive. Food was tasty while a bit expensive for what you got.

T
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious! Many kinds of fish. The desert was great too. It is a bit pricey comparing to other restaurants, but it is worth it. Make a reservation, they are busy on the weekend.

BR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great spot and great food. The waitress wasn't the best but overall a great experience.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely room, good atmosphere, relaxed but efficient service. Food is outstanding if a little pricey.

GK
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Winding Stair was absolutely wonderful! The service was excellent - friendly and informative!! All of our dishes were divine - so many different and wonderful combinations!! Don’t miss it!!

K
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great window table on the second floor. The food was grreat and the waiter appropriately friendly. Convenient location.

PL
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not the cheapest place to eat, wine €44 tad expensive for Marlborough Sauvignon but overall, a jolly good meal.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. It’s our favourite restaurant in Dublin for a reason! Always a delight to dine there.

CL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative menu pairings and beautiful plating. Portions are generous. It was too good not to eat, but a little less entree and I would have had room for dessert. Fab wine list! Enjoyed everything about our evening. Thank you all the staff at The Winding Stair!

SM
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious, modern, outstanding

BD
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great setup. Lovely food

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely 1st anniversary dinner here. Great food and service.

E
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience on all measures. Food. Service. Ambience. View.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was lovely but our waitress in particular was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable and made some excellent recommendations.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Across the board amazing. The wait staff were the most knowledgeable and engaging, the food incredible the wine list extensive and fairly priced. All in a picturesque setting overlooking the river

Unqualified recommendation

OT
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We came to this restaurant for special night out with my daughter. Although at first I felt the wait staff were a bit pushy once they realized we were not going to be rushed they settled in. Every bite was delicious.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always exceptional

JB
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Meeting cousins from USA in the restaurant and were seated at the window over looking half'penny bridge which was a great start. Soup was homemade and oysters great too. The pork belly, Salmon, and Cod were cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Deserts of Pear Tart, bread and butter pudding and cheese board were greatly enjoyed. Drinks were ginger ale, Irish strawberry wine and water and service was extremely friendly, knowledgeable regarding drinks and a very relaxed enjoyable evening. The secret to this hidden gem is the book shop below and the books on the shelves in the dining room. The industrial feel enhances the older room and that ambiance is only available in very few places.

RM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ate in early evening and availed of the pre-theatre menu which had a selection of wonderful options at a good price. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable who gave a great wine recommendation.
My wife and I had a delicious meal and were very satisfied at the end.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Winding Stair is one of my favorite restaurants in the world but I haven’t been back in a decade. This recent visit brought back all the happy memories I had in this place. Everything is as delightful as it always was—perhaps even better, if that’s possible!

JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For our first night in Dublin, it created a perfect night and a welcome to a city we won’t soon forget.

DS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My third visit and each one better than the last. My go to dining experience in Dublin.

MS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A casual atmosphere with very good cooking - not "haute" but honest and very good. Highly professional staff. The noise level was high - largely due to two tables.

RC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is in I perfect location overlooking the river. The staff were so friendly and enthusiastic about the food and the city. The food was excellent, definitely worth visiting if you’re in Dublin.

PP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, nice and warm atmosphere and interior. Really friendly staff and superb food.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and atmosphere with a tremendous wine list! Would highly recommend The Winding Stair to anyone looking for an evening of incredible wining and dining. Thank you for making our evening special!

PH
Mainz
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice Irish restaurant that blends the traditional and the new, both in terms of the food and the room. Modern presentations using local ingredients, with sources for all ingredients proudly displayed. Dishes were innovative and interesting, while still grounded in the comfort of tradition Irish cuisine. Lovely room overlooking the river. The staff were friendly and fun, and knowledgeable about the wine and beer. I'd love to go back.

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