The Winding Stair

4.5
380 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
Top tags:
  • 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.
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 380 People Are Saying
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JD
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the potatoe cake and the muscles could have fed the entire table! Lovely wine selection as well. Will certainly be back soon.

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HI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice place, good ambiance, view over river, the food is ok, not super.

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m
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic early dinner before going to the Gate. Service was friendly and efficient.

Great showcase of Irish products. Particularly praise for the venison and the chowder

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LH
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Really great food and service. Beer and Wine only. Great options. Will return.

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B
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The reservation was easy to make and a phone call while we were on our way to confirm was helpful. The décor was very nice and the waiting staff were friendly and offered to take our coats, which is a nice touch. The starter was a gorgeous soup while my mum had the crab. Both were amazing.
For the main we both had the turkey and ham which was delicious. For dessert we both had the bread and butter pudding which was to die for. Price was very competitive too.
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a nice lunch or dinner venue in the city centre.

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r
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A very good restaurant I would recommend to anyone
Great value and fantastic wine list

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CK
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant we have been to in dublin! The food was just fantastic!!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We were seated at a very uncomfortable table near the warming tables for the kitchen. This despite the fact there were many other tables open when we arrived and we had made a reservation far in advance. There was a very glaring light and nearly constant traffic inches from the chairs on that side of the table. The service was friendly and informative and the food quite good. Lunch may be a better option.

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent service. Very friendly staff. well recommended

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CG
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The location is excellent the décor has a rustic charm with no frills with a vibrant atmosphere. The food selection is not huge (less than 10 mains) but should suit most (although not many vegetarian choices). The quality was excellent, reasonable portions and prices are quite reasonable. I would highly recommend this venue and will certainly keep this on my list of favorites.

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R
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

No nos gusto nada. La comida horrible el servicio regular y el precio muy caro. No lo recomendaría nunca.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Winding Stair presents an extremely enjoyable culinary experience. From the perch overlooking the Liffey, to the exquisitely crafted fare, there's little to have complaints about. And all topped off with friendly and efficient service. One for the notebook, for sure.

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EA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and eclectic, but we mean delicious first and foremost. Highly recommend.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were underwhelmed this visit to the winding stairs We expected a lunch menu and though advertised as such it was a brunch menu with breakfast dishes to the fore.what we picked was nice enough The breakfast fry was tasty but very expensive for one plate .smoked fish with onion and mash was good but the vegetarian option was disappointing .More substance less pizzazz would be good idea at lunchtime .

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MW
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The small restaurant was a lovely recommendation from a friend for Thanksgiving dinner and it was perfect!

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MF
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal served by interested staff. Good range of wines at teasonabld prices.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

It's a nice place but the food was not good - 4 people and nobody enjoyed the meal. The braised meat had grizzle in it and was inedible.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal overlooking hapenny bridge. Great steak & fish, wonderful drinks, and really good service. I would highly recommend the Winding Stair - absolutely fantastic!

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MM
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I've dined at the Winding Stair four times in the last few years. Essentially, I've had the same experience every time: a rather indifferent waitstaff and a hefty bill at the end of the meal. The food is good, but there are better places in Dublin. My guests complained that their meat was tough and stringy. My food allergy was treated as though it wasn't relevant to the ongoing business of the evening. Guests should be prepared for a very loud atmosphere and high temperatures (don't wear your new Aran sweater).

However, the wine list is excellent and the view is beautiful.

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D
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went for our anniversary date and it was great. Reservation Got us window table with a view of the Liffey River. Food was unique and delicious. I had the smoked halibut boiled in milk with cheddar mashed potatoes and it was delicious. Great wine selection and good variety of beers. No spirits, but enjoyed our bottle wine just fine! Would definitely go there again.

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AO
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Really lovely food and beautifully presented. Not overly large portions but I was happy with the size. Noisy venue which added to the atmosphere for me but maybe not ideal for people with hearing difficulties.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I love the Winding Stair. I bring visitors from outside Ireland, and also have booked groups for meals there. The food is interesting, thoughtful (as in seasonal and local) and most important, tasty.

The only issue I had on my last visit was that they did not publish the time that orders end for the pre-theatre menu. I was with a friend on a budget, and we booked early so we could leave our table by 8:15 (as stated online) but apparently we had to order by a set time for that menu which was not stated. A little disappointing, as we weren't able to order from that menu, and I didn't feel they placed much importance on this feedback when we mentioned it.

I'll still go back, but for anyone wondering, order by 6:45 for the pre-theatre menu!!

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PG
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Had a Business meal on a Monday night. The place was buzzing, the service was excellent and the food very good. Clean plates all around. Thank you.

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IS
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time in Dublin and a friend recommended it. We made a last minute reservation for brunch and so glad we did. Fabulous. We will definitely be back!

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PB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, lovely environment, busy but intimate restaurant - a delight

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DL
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely evening well relaxed no pressure put on us we were early and we got seated while chatting made feel very welcome, only thing is we had a elerly women with us and there lift doesnt work but we all managed. Lovely evening

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MN
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We have gone for lunch /brunch many times and have always found the restaurant enjoyable. Saturday night dinner is an altogether different experience though - its extremely noisey, packed tight with people and the food seems rushed and delivered with indifference. Ambience is completely the opposite to daytime experience.

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LR
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent and would recommend to friends -lovely atmosphere and ambience

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AS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been meaning to go to the Winding Stair for a while now and it was worth the wait! The food was excellent as was the service. Will definitely be going again.

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s
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Winding Stair is always a solid bet and the first place I book whenever I visit Dublin. The ambiance is lovely, laid back country casual but with very good and attentive service. The staff are always friendly, the food is excellent - think high end traditional Irish dishes - and with the fixed price pre-theater menu the prices are quite reasonable - just around 30 euros for either an appetizer + main, or main + dessert, and slightly more for all 3. Compared to the a la carte menu this is an excellent value. But no matter the cost, it's always a great meal when visiting Winding Stair.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. Definitely coming back.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely spot, great food, excellent service, never disappoints.

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ET
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is fabulous where i enjoy so much. i come here every time i visit Dublin. Loving it.

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EW
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food. Loved the sole. Would be nice to have liquor/cocktails available. Definitely would return!

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MA
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an awesome dinner! Everyone made us feel at home and we left with full hearts and stomachs.😇

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AM
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were brilliant very attentive. Interesting menu - fit for a foodie

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NA
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding meals from an original menu. We were very well looked after with the food well paced and properly hot. The ambiance was lively with a room full of people enjoying their food and each others company. We had a memorable evening.

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GO
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. Great food, service and ambience. A little pricey though.

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AB
25 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place. Very cool and local. Gar was a really good waiter. Great recommendations and super friendly. Muscles, cockles and crab dish was outstanding. Steak was excellent and our appetizer, which was a special of day was really good. We would go back tomorrow if we could.

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PO
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The restaurant is upstairs so accessibility may be a problem for some. We ate from the set lunch menu which had three starters and three main courses with options for one, two or three courses and glasses of wine. The food choice was slightly unusual but the quality of food and presentation were excellent. The service was very good and unintrusive at the same time. Food was served quickly to fit in with customer's lunch breaks.

I noticed that the waiter charged the couple at the table next to us for one lunch special only because the lady had a starter and her partner a main course. So top marks for service and value.

Seemed to be a popular spot with tourists when we there.

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