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

The Winding Stair

4.6
4.6
2090 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 24 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 2,090 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 1

    Best Overall

  • Dublin 1

    Best Service

  • Dublin 1

    Best Ambience

  • Dublin 1

    Healthy

  • Dublin 1

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dublin 1

    Great for fine wines

  • Dublin 1

    Romantic

  • Dublin 1

    Good for special occasions

  • Dublin 1

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Dublin 1

    Most Booked

2,090 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and a cozy ambience, great for a date night or celebration.

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  2. JenniferM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best gnocchi I've ever tried! Super service. Great location. Staff were very friendly too.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to The Winding Stair many times. It is consistently excellent.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a unique experience. Unreal food and great service.

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  5. MatthewN

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service, great food made with high quality ingredients, and fantastic wine. All round, a wonderful dining experience.

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  6. PamelaK

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined alone with a view over the river. Felt a valued customer despite table for one! Prices a bit high, especially for wine by glass, but this is Dublin. Portion sizes just right. Recommend potted crab with glorious treacle bread, followed by cod with mussels, spinach and samphire. Oust with customer chatter, but no obtrusive music. Would definitely return.

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  7. Elizabeth

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Venison delightful. Superb service. Excellent advice regarding menu and wine. An experience not to be missed while I’m Dublin. Highly recommend.

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  8. WearyTraveler

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience and my favorite restaurant in town.

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  9. Holly

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food - crab was delicious - and friendly staff. Good location too

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  10. Jossnjuice

    Dublin

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, lovely food, and great location!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and experience!!!! The staff is so kind and attentive. Food was delicious

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  12. MaryT

    Perthshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    thank goodness we heard about this place recommended by a family member. It was without question the best meal we had on our short visit to Dublin. The venue and ambience were stunning and service was faultless. Charcuterie platter was nice and good to share. The gnocchi were OK but underwhelming in terms of flavour. The outstanding dish was the smoked haddock - divine. Portions were just right Great wine selection and good drinks choices generally.

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  13. Alovera

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty food with great service. Shared the charcuterie board for 2 which I felt was quite small for sharing. Very tasty, especially the tomato salsa but not great value for sharing. Everything else was spot on, thank you.

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  14. JuliaM

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, lovely vibe, excellent food, good service

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and fantastic food. Great views too

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  16. MatthewF

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully presented and extremely tasty food served in a very relaxed, cost environment with great views of the Liffey. Crab starter was devine and the Haddock is up there with the best mains I've ever had. You can't go to Dublin and not eat here, honestly.

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  17. Soprano

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice Sunday lunch at The Winding Stair. We ordered from the Lunch menu. Starters are available but we looked forward to having a sweet after mains so ordered these. We arrived a little early and were able to take our seats, enjoying the rare sunshine with the restaurants lovely views of the Liffey and H'apenny Bridge just below the restaurants front windows. The rare sunshine made it all the more pleasant reflecting off the room's wood panelling. Staff in passing were very courteous to offer to draw a blind down without us asking. This allowed my partner look out comfortably. We started with drinks, for him the Galway Bay beer -very good. For me, a glass of the White Burgundy which was recommended to accompany the Potted Crab dish I ordered. He had the Striploin steak well done. We were impressed by both dishes - display and preparation. I will admit I wanted the Potted Crab - but the Striploin will be next times' choice. The steak was accompanied by delicious-looking green beans/broccoli spears. It was the chips though that won hands down - beautifully crisp on the outside with the softest potato on the inside - what lovely contrast. Best we have both ever eaten in a restaurant. Desserts were Treacle Tart and White Chocolate Brioche with Vanilla ice cream. In particular, the White Chocolate Brioche was a wonderful surprise - light, fluffy Brioche with plump raisins and the hint of white chocolate along with the flavourful Vanilla ice cream and a caramel sauce. It was just right - not over cloying or sweet. A flagan of sparkling water was served to us on arrival and the music in the background was a mixture of pop/indie -very enjoyable and not intrusive. We found the restaurant staff very considerate. This is an ideal place for Sunday lunch! A good friend introduced us to this restaurant and we will return again soon.

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  18. Lacey

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful all around . food , location and ambience all just perfect

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  19. Geoff

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to eat there. It's a classy spot.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous always. Our go to pre theatre restaurant

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  21. FionnualaN

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, amazing service very kind from Susanne love coming here what an amazing experience

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  22. JanaJ

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful hidden gem. A charming interior, excellent service, along with a well curated wine list and an outstanding meal made for lovely evening.

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  23. HannahM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal out I've had in a long time - food was fantastic and a lovely setting. Will definitely be back - a lot!

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  24. Jenni

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous meal. One of our group said they had the best steak they had ever had. Service was great! Would definitely recommend and will be back!

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  25. PeterC

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. You can’t go wrong with this restaurant

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  26. John

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    an outstanding restaurant with a beautiful ambience and a place I have visited many times and will continue to do so but the waiter at this reservation was not up to scratch for a restaurant that prides itself in customer service - he took our food order and never even asked did we want drinks/wine even though I had the wine menu open in front of me - he never even returned to ask and I had to call him back to our table to do so - I just thought this very odd and someone that was disinterested - everything else was faultless except the bill (but this day and age prices have inflated enormously and this is an economic issue rather than an issue with the restaurant itself ai imagine). Perhaps the waiter can fine tune his people / waiting skills - it's something small but it really showed a disinterest in the guests. I will return to this restaurant in the future and I really hope the service to guests is positively changed.

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  27. Herbie

    Dublin

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, attentive service, and fantastic ambience. We will back.

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  28. Oozchef

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice and friendly atmosphere. Food is not fine dining however delicious and big portions. Wine is good.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best meals I’ve had in Dublin - the smoked haddock is to die for!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    High quality food (both vegetarian as meat and fish), nice but lively environment.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fishy fishy, delicious dishy. Fish plate starter, cod main. Can’t you sea what’s to love? 5 stars.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Busy as expected, waiter appeared tired and hurried. No aperitif menu shared at start, when friends joined us, aperitif menu was provided when requested. Food was delicious and well presented. Will definitely be back again.

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  33. MariaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was quite cold and not big enough portion of lentil stew. Would have complained if we had more time

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  34. Ktggggggggggg

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food quite good nice ambience. Bit overpriced for the offering

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most beautiful setting. Lovely friendly and helpful staff. Gorgeous food. Will be back.

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  36. Avld222

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I absolutely loved the atmosphere / service, however was really disappointed with the food - which was not at all cheap. I decided to splash out as it was my first night in Dublin - I had the steak and specifically asked for it to be cooked rare.. it came as medium cooked. The vegetables did not taste fresh / well cooked and there were about 6 chips. I still had a lovely evening, the staff were great and the atmosphere and view were too, but wouldn't say the food was worth what we paid.

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  37. GerardB

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and wine choices. Staff excellent and attentive. Only downside is it can be quite noisy when the restaurant is full.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably one of my best meals ever. Cozy Irish food! I can’t wait to go back!

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  39. PhilipO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently excellent service and atmosphere Charcuterie board could have a little more variety is only comment

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  40. JimmyM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice Sun afternoon lunch. Good food, good service, relaxing atmosphere

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The Winding Stair is rated 4.6 stars by 2090 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 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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