The Winding Stair

4.5
600 reviews
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Irish
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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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Dublin
1 review
Dined a day ago
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.

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MO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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

The food was fabulous.

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DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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

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JB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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ND
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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RB
Dublin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went to the Winding Stair for a date night in Dublin while we were on vacation. We stumbled upon it while exploring, and we decided to eat there because it looked like it had a cute bookshop attached (which it does, but it was closed when we went there for dinner). The view of the Liffey is spectacular, the service was excellent, and the food was very good as well. I highly recommend the duck breast for a main course! They have an excellent wine selection, but I’m not a wine drinker, so I didn’t partake. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a romantic setting with great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best lunchtime dining experience around city center. Pork belly was divine and vegetarian option was a taste sensation. Never disappoints.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place as always: excellent cooking

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JW
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Main dish good, but the accompanying vegetables poor. Starters good, desserts limited.

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CC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Table to small for 2.
Table was not steady.
Service very quick, as if we had to hurry

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic food in a quaint location. Highly recommend!

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j
Denver
55 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It is fun climbing the stairs from the bookshop. The wonderful server helped us decide on a good wine from the extensive list. My husband said his cockles and muscles were good but not exceptional. The monkfish and trout the rest of us had were excellent.

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MO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The food was acceptable, but for the price point there are better options in Dublin. It would have been helpful to, before we offered an upstairs seating option, that we would share the space with a very large table of about 20 diners. Conversation was near impossible,

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CT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The absolute best menu item from any restaurant during my entire 10 day trip was the Potted Dingle Bay Crab w/ toasted soda bread. Amazing! I will try and make it at hope and will surely fail.

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MC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food using high quality Irish ingredients and the lunch menu is remarkably good value; service was friendly without being intrusive; will definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin.

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B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, and great service! Beautiful dining room upstairs on the river filled with books!

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GC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all enjoyed our two-course lunch menu, and the staff were happy to accommodate our kids by adding mashed potatoes to their course. They also had good vegan options.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

lovely restaurant in great central position . very friendly staff . food generally excellent and generous portions .extensive reasonably priced wine list . in summary, what's not to like !

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely the best Dinning experience we’ve had in Ireland. The food was amazing as well as the service. If you want a first class meal it’s must do while in Dublin.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was fabulous! I highly recommend going there.

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TR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere...only downside was not been able to order a single glass of wine. Would have had to buy a bottle which I wasn't going to do as my partner wasn't drinking. Overall though great meal

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CC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Restaurant agréable le long des quais. On a très bien mangé. Serveurs sympathiques.

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Noise is the only negative. The food and the service were exceptional. Highly recommended.

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SJ
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely place and staff

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FD
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went twice so the experience the first time brought us back (so did the potted crab appetizer which was excellent and we enjoyed a second time for lunch). The wine list and wine by the glass was more than adequate for anyone but the experience connoisseur. Beer was by the bottle only (no tap). The fish dishes were all extremely well prepared and tasty. The steak was chewy and not up to snuff. We would go back next time in Dublin but stick with the seafood - all excellent.

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JR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The mussels were the best we have ever eaten, Outstanding! The whisky sticky tart was delicious.

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Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice meal. Little hurried we felt but overall very good experience. Waiter was very helpful

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a
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious different tastes. Crab pot, duck amazing.

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J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

There is hardly any space between tables which makes it very noise.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
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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DD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We visited following a recommendation and the team did not disappoint. The staff were helpful, friendly and attentive and our meal was delicious.

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A
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
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 on 23 June 2019
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
16 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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PH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
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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OT
Fayetteville
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
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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