The Winding Stair

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632 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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DP
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Since moving to Dublin this was the best meal we have enjoyed. Highly recommend it.

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

Amazing as always, fantastic service, sublime food! My favourite!

AW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome venue with some amazing dishes. The service was top notch and the meals were prepared wonderfully. Highly recommend this place!

D
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A very good experience food was excellent and the service was outstanding and very kind. Would highly recommend.

IO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and superb service. We sat beside a window overlooking the Liffey Boardwalk on a sunny August day - couldn’t ask for more.

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

La carne, del plato más caro, estaba durísima y sin sabor alguno. Fué el plato de dos de los cuatro comensales. Mal.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I really enjoyed the restaurant! The food was lovely. I would definately recommend it to others.

PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Loved our food and the atmosphere. Great wine list!

EG
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good staff and food, but too much noise. The acoustic on the upper floor is not suited for the amount of people.

K
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot with a really nice atmosphere. Lovely city views

AO
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful night. Food was superb. I had the potted crab to begin with while my husband had the seafood chowder. Both were fabulous as were the two main dishes. But what I was really impressed with was the service. Never too much, never too little and incredibly thoughtful. Thank you.

MD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From arrival to departure our dining experience was second to none. Really warm and friendly staff and the food was delicious. Great range of dishes on offer and quick service. I would highly recommend a visit. Book first so as not to be disappointed.

PL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food and service veggie cauliflower crochets were outstanding.I would have liked the opportunity to pass on good feedback about them but the team were too busy to talk to

LN
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is expensive but it's worth it for a treat. I bought a friend from the states for lunch and he really enjoyed the Irish menu. It's a great spot, lovely staff. I've never not had a good time

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great night here recently. Had 2 friends visiting from the UK and wanted to bring them somewhere with excellent food. Has been there years ago and loved it but wasn’t sure if it was still as good. I was not disappointed and my friends raved about it all weekend. An extensive wine list with lots of choice. The quality of the food is superb and every morsel was delicious. Service was brilliant. Orders taken quickly and starters served soon after. Enough wait time in between. We had a lovely waiter, full of the chat, some really interesting stories but not overdoing it. Definitely value for money. It’s not cheap but neither wildly expensive. There’s other restaurants in Dublin charging the same or more and you don’t get the quality or quantity you do here. Highly highly recommend and won’t leave it as long to go back.

BH
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely fabulosity meal. Food delight and service charming. Highly recommend ❤️🐝❗️

EO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal with friends here - staff were friendly and relaxed and very accommodating when asked if meals could be adjusted to suit dietary requirements.

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and wine, modern irish. Old-world setting, not fancy.
Great views over Liffey to Temple Bar.

AB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was very proud to have brought my American friends to lunch at the Winding Stair.
The menu and the staff, the ambience and The quality and presentation of the food were all excellent.
They were very impressed with the restaurant, as was I.
Thank you for making us so welcome.
Ann Bourton

N
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice authentic Irish atmosphere. Good food and good service

SS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience, delicious food, friendly staff. Definitely recommend!

AF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic dinner- the smoked fish appetizer and trout dinner were so delicious, and the desserts (ginger pear, and bread pudding with whiskey butter sauce) heavenly. The upstairs room has great views, high ceilings and great acoustics.

MT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

A very good food but unfortunately the service and the ambiance didn’t support the cost. There was very little selection in terms of local drinks and food. Saying that, the meals that we’d ordered were very delicious. Anyhow, I think, the overall experience was expensive. The restaurant is a gastropub and not anything more elegant that we’ve expected.

FM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful meal and excellent service,as always! Wonderful experience.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

There is a nice ambience to the restaurant and the seafood was very good, my partner had the steak which was also very good.
Staff friendly and food & wine reasonably priced. Perfect for an anniversary night out

DA
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always make a stop at The Winding Stair when I am in Dublin. 5 stars in my book. The freshest and most delicious food. Perfect atmosphere and charming location.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable summers evening meal, pre-theatre visit, initially thought the menu a bit limited but thanks to the very informative staff it became much easier to choose, and the result was empty plates all round. It's a while since we were there, we won't leave it so long the next time

NS
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were referred to this restaurant by our hotel, the Dean. We were going to the Abbey Theatre for my dad’s 75th birthday and could not have had a more incredible meal. Every single thing we ordered was so good! The service was great and it’s such a cute place. I’m so happy that we found it, and it was only a couple of blocks away from the theater.

MK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great location and view. Food superb. Our Dublin go to restaurant.

N
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, I couldn’t recommend it enough! Everything on the menu is outstanding and the staff where lovely!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Lovely setting and service plus great food. However, the full room was very loud and made conversation very hard. How about investing in some sound proofing and allowing diners to eat and converse in comfort. We left without dessert because it was too loud.

K
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, professional and attentive yet unobtrusive service in a charming and uplifting environment.

MO
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

With my main course 3 slices of potatoe were served. They were of such poor quality , just awful. Would expect better especially this time of year. Meat and veg were lovely and enjoyable. Would expect each element of the dish to be really good.
Had bread and butter pudding for desert, flavor good, crust on pudding like rubber. Sauce I enjoyed immensely. My friend disappointed with amount of bones in her fillet of trout. I thought fish was deboned before serving.
I really do have an issue with the quality of potatoes served in restaurants in Dublin. We have such beautiful potatoes available in our shops I don’t see why the restaurants can’t provide customers with a high quality potato.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was fabulous.

DR
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Staff very welcoming and attentive, food presented magnificently and tasty.
very busy and loud restaurant , wooden floor/chairs - no soft furnishings to dampen sound, tables set up in very close proximity to others, chairs not conducive to any form of comfort

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a birthday meal. Great buzzy atmosphere. Quirky setting above an old bookshop. Waiters were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Generous portions with a vast wine selection - they don’t have a spirits licence.

ND
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

We had a wonderful time at The Winding Stair, mainly due to the combination of FANTASTIC food and wonderful service from the staff. The only bit that disappointed a bit, was the noise levels in the room, it is too loud to truly fully enjoy the wonderful rest--- it is so easy to fix with some noise absorbing decorations, which I would recommend, as it does not need much toning down at all. I'd still recommend heartily as the food is really worth it!

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I was so impressed by the food and ambiance here. Wonderful!

RB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Food was delicious. The service was exceptional, informative friendly obliging staff. Highly recommend.

EB
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable meal at this venue, we will return

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