The Winding Stair

4.5
566 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at The Winding Stair. The food was excellent with locally sourced ingredients. I appreciated the vegan menu. This wasn’t just something they had on hand in case needed. It was a thoughtful menu choice with fresh ingredients put together in thoughtful and surprising combinations. Delicious! Everyone enjoyed their meal whether it was the duck, steak, haddock...! Our server was wonderful!

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A
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great food. Lovely presentation. Excellent service. Good pricing. Couldn’t ask for more.

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MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menus, great dinner, entire families favorite meal on 10 day trip to Ireland.

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FA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant has excellent food, attentive service, and reasonable prices.

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PH
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful place, lovely staff and fantastic food - one of the best places to eat in all of Ireland, not just Dublin!

5 stars!

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Fayetteville
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Get food and service, but it can get a little warm.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was incredible! We really enjoyed the atmosphere & the view! Our waiter was very friendly and made sure we were well looked after! Highly recommend.

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Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Last night in Ireland and we combined it with a visit to the bookstore downstairs.

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

Outstanding Food, Great Service, Wonderful experience. Be sure to pop into the bookshop beforehand!

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

Best meal we had in Dublin. Do not miss the pear and ginger tart.

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HF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. My husband had the duck, and I had the mussels and Cockels. Both were expertly prepared. A great wine list, and fun ambience. Highly recommend!

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

A hidden gem in the city centre. Definitely worth a visit. Excellent food and service

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent fresh food and very helpful service. Busy and lively - with tourists and locals. Pre-theatre menu is good value.

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FL
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I chose The Winding Stair because my dining companion doesn’t eat meat but does it fish and from my previous visits I recalled the menu leaned heavily towards seafood variety. . I’m not a huge fan of seafood and trying to cut down on meat so o chose the vegetarian option which was a coolea Che’s and cauliflower croquette which I found to be a tad underwhelming in that it was quite tasteless, perhaps using a stronger tasting cheese would have improved it but the accompanying vegetables were decent. The service was ok, we had a late sitting so perhaps our server can be forgiven for a touch of fatigue . I had ordered a glass of wine but it didn’t arrive. When the food arrived, I again asked for the wine and it was as though this was the first time I had asked for it,no apology for the earlier bout of forgetfulness.
Overall I’d still go back but perhaps only if I’m going to order the steak.

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LZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our restaurant of choice in Dublin.
Excellent, creative food. Very friendly service.

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Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated our 10th anniversary here and it was well worth the trip. Excellent service, phenomenal wine selection and a menu to die for.

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food , great service . Had the duck starter and the steak , beautifully presented and great flavor

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Very creative menu and very good food! Only issue was when my mom and I wanted to order wine, share a few appetizers instead of ordering full entrees, and dessert, the waiter got a bit bent out of shape with us.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place. Bustling and a nice atmosphere. Bit of a rustic feel to the decor. Nice views over the river. Good food with ingredients from all over Ireland. The staff were really friendly. I had a great night.

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G
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Superb, authentic food with great Irish ingredients. Highly recommended

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our waiter came off a bit apathetic, but the staff was friendly in general.

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MG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant by the Ha’penny bridge. Thought it was going to be cafe style but it was a great full restaurant menu.

Had a main and the cheese plate plus a nice wine by the glass selection.

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CD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was well executed, and obviously well sourced. However in my opinion the overall experience wasn't value for money. The vegetarian was 25e - the most expensive vegetarian I have ever seen on a menu. The croquettes were nicely done (and a good size). However there could have been more variety on the plate for that price - it was mainly just leaves. My husband had the pork belly which was lovely - and better value than the croquettes. However for that price, there could have been some more veg plus a few potatoes included. We ordered extra chips. The bread and butter pudding was lovely but - given it was 9e - some cream or ice-cream would have been appreciated.
Service was efficient but not particularly pleasant. Also tables were very close together, and the air circulation wasn't great.
The night we ate there, there were a lot of groups/tourists who are obviously prepared to pay those prices...

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SC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great night, brilliant food and service, buzzy ambiance, love it 😀

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EH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the interior was so beautiful

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PK
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing chowder and sharable assorted smokedfish with yummy sauces and pickled cucumbers. Must haves!! Waitperson was professional and congenial. Also ck out bookstore below...a treasure.

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RO
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

On arrival we approached we think the Manager. What struck me immediately was how unfriendly he was. He did not smile or greet us and pointed to I believe the worst table in the restaurant, tucked in the corner and on top of coffee grinder. I felt like we were having dinner with the couple beside us, we were so close. The waitress was more friendly but very rushed. I enquired about the wine and she did not appear knowledgeable. We were on the pre theatre menu. Starters were ok, thought I might have had bread. I chose the cheese croquettes, and they were very disappointing, lacked cheese flavour. I did mention this to the waitress and she said she would let the chef know. Got no feedback. We left the restaurant, and got the feeling no body was really that bothered.

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TB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Next time we are in Ireland, we would be happy to come back!

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SP
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food!

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, great menu and charming staff. The location and atmosphere were lovely and not too noisy. My only recommendation would be seat cushions as I found the chairs quite uncomfortable after a long day walking around Dublin!

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DG
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The food was fantastic and the staff were polite and attentive but it just wasn't an enjoyable experience. The tables are tiny and crammed in (I I can reach out and touch other dinners without moving my chair then they are too close) it was uncomfortably warm and our table wobbled everytime someone walked past which was every minute as the table was placed adjacent to the bar.

Overall the experience made the food feel over priced even though the standard of it was high. I won't be going again.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 star all the way. Beautiful setting in a vintage building looking over the ha'penny bridge. The staff were really friendly and welcoming and as for the food it was amazing. The duck leg starter is to die for and as for the pork belly main, it was cooked to perfection, the meat was so juicy as the crackling was so crispy. Delicious sides and an amazing wine selection.

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GH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect early Friday lunch before Huge Jackman Matinee! They even put on The Greatest Showman music to really get us in the mood! Fab food and lovely staff

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LM
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Maybe. The waiter was slow in getting to us to take our drink order and bring us water. When we asked him to pay the check Because we had another place to be in 15 minutes he went away and didn’t come back. Finally another server helped us pay the bill but the electronic pay equipment didn’t work. It’s small and crowded but the food was excellent.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place & location and friendly and efficient staff. Great choice of wines and well priced. Lovely menu. Starter: sheep curd panna cotta - could do with bit more seasoning / onion jam not best combo. Mains: belly pork was good not fantastic - have had better. But would still go back to taste rest of menu!

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MI
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place, good food, excellent location and good food.

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MO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The room in which the food is served is a beautiful room with a relaxed and friendly ambience! The food is delicious and the new menu is a delight with a very good value lunch with lots of choice! The service is very friendly but unobtrusive!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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CG
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Booked the Winding Stair on recommendation from friends, whilst on a 2 day visit to Dublin. The atmosphere was good, and already quite busy at 6.30pm. The staff were friendly and the service efficient.
The only criticism of the food was that many of the cockles in my dish of mussels and cockles had not opened, therefore inedible.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
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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