The Winding Stair

4.6
238 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday 12.00-22.30
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Phone number
(01) 872 7320
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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What 238 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service and food couldnt fault it. Everyone working with a smile and an all round great atmosphere

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The atmosphere was cozy & made me feel really comfortable - with a girl beside us reading a book by herself to the family on the other side, it's a place for everyone. I had the haddock was it was simply amazing, well balanced and a highlight of my trip. I'm from Australia and would happily recommend Winding Stair to anyone I know.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I have been to the Winding Stair dozens of times and have never been disappointed. Everything about this restaurant is charming and cozy. Not to leave out how incredibly delicious the food is. Always a wonderful experience and a great restaurant to visit.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Been previously and unfortunately the cuisine was not as good as I remembered. Nice staff however underwhelming for the price

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

The Winding stair was a surprise to us. It's a fantastic venue, very local, very comfortable. It's small, and comforting, you just feel at home there. The food is great, very there's, and interesting. It is a Theater venue restaurant and is quick, but not rushed. Every time I'm in Dublin I make it a point to go there.

You'll just love it.

Barry

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Great food, great wine, great venue - unpretentious, understated classy

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

The lamb is excellent! The view is great! The staff is helpful.

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2018

A nice place to eat surrounded by books; they have good food and an extensive wine list.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

The food was fantastic, have the lamb or cockles mussles & crab they are amazing.

Our waiter knew everything about the food & had a great knowledge of wines & beers.

A must for anyone in Dublin.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Really Enjoyed your Restaurant, good food and excellent staff

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

The Winding Stairs is one of the few places in Dublin where you can eat plenty of food that is not only unique and delicious but it also feels like it was giving a hug to your stomach. Will definetly come back

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Lovely location over looking the Liffey. Very friendly service. My main of cod and purple potatoes was average and a small portion size. My friend's steak and chips was very good. Good range of beers and ales.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

I absolutely loved the ambience and food here at the winding stair. I had the ray wing and my husband had the duck. For dessert we had the assorted cheeses with plum chutney paired with the strawberry wine.y perception of Irish food has completely been transformed! Hope to come back again sometime soon!

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Lovely meal had at the winding stair. The food was divine. My steak was cooked to perfection. Our waitress was excellent, very helpful. The only slight complaint I would have is the noise level, I found it very loud. I am slightly hard of hearing and because there was a lot of background noise, I found it quite difficult to hear what my friends were saying. I love this restaurant though and would highly recommend it to everyone. Will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Nosiy - Tables too close together - chairs uncomfortable - no tableclothes-esoteric menu

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3.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Terrific energy and ambience. Great service. Initially quite chilly with 2 windows wide open but very prompt response to closing window when asked. Starters delicious (apparently). Two out of three main courses beautiful (dumplings and duck). Cod disappointing/bland - accompaniments (ice lettuce/purple potato/pickled onion rings etc) individually were 'interesting' but overall there was a lack of cohesiveness about the dish. Again, two out of three desserts lovely - bread and butter pudding/cranachan. A 'Guinness' cake dessert was dubious to say the least - almost a glorified slice of brownie served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A dessert that looked and tasted like it was quickly 'cobbled together' (which I am sure it wasn't!!) but again, lacked the 'wow' factor. Strawberry wine beautiful and hit the right note on a summers evening.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Very good and tasteful food, great service with an very nice and attentive waiter!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

We had a lovely evening at the Winding Stair on Saturday. The staff were brilliant, they made us feel very welcome and were extremely attentive. I cannot fault the food, I got the chicken and the Guinness cake from the pre theatre menu. It arrived promptly and was so nice! Would highly recommend the Winding Stair, I can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Lovely place, super service, excellent food but ... people were engaged in animated conversation (good) but the staff seemed to turn up the music to try to drown the chat. With hard walls and lots of glass and nothing to absorb the noise, it became a negative element for us. I'd happily go back but for the noise.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Just amazing food and service. Cannot recommend highly enough

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

The Winding Stair kindly accommodated our party of 12 although we were required to choose from a Prix Fixe menu due to our size. They offered a beef, fish, and vegetarian option. For those who got steaks they were good and cooked to order. Although not as tender as other places they were very tasty and topped with an herbed butter. Our server did her best to see we were taken care of a large group. Desserts were very good.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Great resturant, locally sourced ingredients and creative menu so food was delicious. Seating very cramped but good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner for my mom.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

It was really good. Steak amazing! I went with my girlfriend

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

A great experience all round. We had been to a matinee in the Abbey and the Winding Stair is really close by. We had booked but still lucky we got a table by the window overlooking the Liffey and there was a lovely breeze coming in. The food was delicious, well balanced flavours and beautifully presented (we went for the pre-theatre menu). Staff were really friendly and helpful and the service was excellent - even though they were really busy. I can't believe there are a couple of negative reviews - don't think these people can have been at the same restaurant. We will definitely be back! (ps you should try the Wicklow strawberry wine with the cheese for something really different!)

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Excellent except for the side salad that was just a bowl of bitter greens. The Irish beef steak was delicious as well as the ginger cake.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Really enjoyable lunch with my parents. Attentive staff, delicious food & a wonderful airy room.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, friendly and attentive waiter. Our last night in Ireland after a great 2 week visit. Turned out to be a great pick on our part for our final evening. Thanks

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4.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Our dinner at the winding stair was very nice. It was our last meal in Ireland so we wanted to go somewhere special. Great menu and atmosphere, however the service was lacking as there was only one person attending to the whole dining room. But overall, great!

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Excellent food and exceptional service in an atmospheric setting. Be prepared to climb one or two modest flights of stairs, as the name suggests.

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2.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Food was tasteless but the staff were very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Food was outstanding with a great vibe! The crab appetizer was so unique and delicous!

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5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Excellent chef put together marvelous dishes that balanced many different flavors in harmony. Truly enjoyed it! Thank you.

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4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

service was superb, engaging, funny, knowledgeable. made for a lovely night.
our American friends thought it was great

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

The food and service were both amazing. We will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Had a really great brunch here. I’d highly reccomend it to anyone. Ingredients were fresh and the dish was well prepared.
Tiny bit more pricey than I’m used to but that’s the city for you I suppose.

Special mention to the staff they were all lovely, had a great chat with a lady about food. It’s great to see staff passionate about what they work in.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Wonderful experience at The Winding Stair. Small, intimate restaurant with the friendliest of staff who accommodated us even though 45 minutes late due to a delayed flight.
Lamb and duck were cooked to perfection and the wine recommendation was spot on!
Such an atmospheric place with lovely views on an evening overlooking the lit river.
Would definitely come back if visiting Dublin again.
The highlight of our trip to Dublin!

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2.0Dined on 6 July 2018

To be honest we did not sit down to eat so cannot comment on the food. This is the type of place that absolutely packs the tables together in a very very tight space, making it very loud too. It does have a reputation for good food so if eating on top of another table isn’t a problem for you then I would give it a try.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Great Service - great quality -great evening

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Brilliant in every way, great, friendly service, fantastic food, €30 for 3 courses, good value and if you get a seat facing the window it has an amazing view of the Liffey and the Hapenny Bridge.

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