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The Winding Stair

4.5
102 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Cosy
  • 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 102 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

One word fantastic lovely service beautiful food great ambience loved it already plannning our next visit!!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent home made Irish meal

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Engaging service staff, take the small door beside the book store to get up to the restaurant with limited window seats overlooking Ha Penney Bridge. All three courses were flavorful and of generous portions.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The best thing was the big smile on the faces of the staff. High quality food contributed to it, too... :) Thanks!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service. Good choice of wines at reasonable prices including by glass. Good atmosphere. Regular customer here, will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Food was fresh and beautifully presented. ..delicious. ..authentic surrounding's and helpful unobtrusive staff.
I would definitely recommend it to friends. Catherine

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

I am Lactose intolerance, and the waiter(sorry can't remember his name except he's from Kilkenny) he knows about the ingredients in all the dishes and was able to advise me, he really was very friends, and we will definitely come back again.

Kind regards

Antoinette

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

We enjoyed dinner here while in Dublin. We had a lovely table by the window, dinner was really good, and the waiter gave a great tip on a pub nearby to hear an excellent trad session. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Delicious modern Irish food, great table overlooking the Liffey. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

One of my favorite spot in town! Great atmosphere, amazing food - seafood chowder is my choice ... you can’t go wrong with this place

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

really good food and lovely atmosphere - thoroughly enjoyed it

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

5 years + since I dined in this restaurant........TOOOO long .
Great Menu and delivery of what was promised. Excellent food !! .....Generous portions
Great cosy atmosphere with the windows picture framing the illuminated view of the Ha penny Bridge.
We had a great time ( got a little bit stiffed when I ordered a bottle of Malbec without asking the price) Didnt stop us from drinking it though :)
In any way ...Why should I be telling you how good it is !! ( Its hard enough to get a table) DELETE! DELETE !! :)

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Hugely enjoyable - food excellent - service was a little too fast and one of us was continually knocked by speedy servers.

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2.0Dined on 5 April 2018

This was our third visit to The Winding Stair, distinguished by extremely slow and inattentive service. The restaurant may have been short-staffed that night. We waited close to 45 minutes for our food. The glasses of wine were brought straight away, leaving my white to warm unpleasantly. I love the cockles and mussels; they arrived coolish from the kitchen. Water glasses were refilled only after we had finished eating. The odor or burning filled the room and I spied a half-charred napkin at a neighboring table; the tea light candles had been placed by themselves on the tables without benefit of a glass to hold them or base on which to set them . Service on our previous visits was better.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Really fabulous food, excellent value for the quality! Lovely place for a special meal out!

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Excellent food and service. A real gem in the heart of Dublin with excellent views of the Liffey. Will be back next time I’m in town!

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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

We got a beautiful seat right by the window. Wonderful views. I ordered the seafood chowder with a side of mash, and the waiter almost was condescending about it telling me I didn’t order a meal only a starter. I felt guilty about that but kept my order. My friend ordered the mussels. I was so stuffed about halfway through my chowder there is no way I could have eaten any more. The food was delicious, the views were excellent however the waiter seemed almost disrespectful and it usually takes a lot of me to notice something like that.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

The food was amazing and the service excellent.
It's a great venue with a great atmosphere. I would definitely want to go back there.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Went for Easter brunch with my Mom. Service and food were great. One of the best Bloody Mary’s we’ve ever had!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

On an overnight stay in Dublin, before ferry back to uk and didn’t want typical tourist tat.
Friend suggested the winding stair and I booked online.
Wine a tad pricey but lovely.
Food was very very good. Food comes out quickly, but is exactly what you ask for.
Service was very friendly and has the feeling of a cozy friendly cafe.

I liked it a lot. I would definitely go back and would recommend to family and friends as a local, lovely little restaurant, with fantastic food and service, a stone’s throw from temple bar by the river, that shows the real Dublin.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

The Winding Stair is just brilliant. Overlooking the river in the centre of Dublin by the Half Penny Bridge.
Great atmosphere, the place was alive, eclectic , unpretentious, buzzing and truly the place to be in Dublin.

The menu was a extensive, specials on the board, and through the open kitchen you can see the chefs hard at work which was a great attraction in itself. The food was excellent and the service was just the same.

Probably one of the most comprehensive wine lists I have ever seen and do try the Cremand de Bourgogne, better than any champagne I have tasted and recommended some years ago by the Sunday Times Wine List.

Not cheap, but not expensive and all in all one of the best restaurants in Dublin and not to be missed

Thanks to all the team, a great night, one to remember and I look forward to visiting again.

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

The food, the environment and the atmosphere were nice. The entrees impressed and the main courses were not bad at all either. However, I was served the wrong main course. The staff apologized very much but asked if it was ok. I said that it was ok, but was a little surprised that we were not offered a free dessert or anything else as an excuse.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

I can't say enough about this place, the food, staff and location were perfect, could not fault it in any way.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Fabulous restaurant. Best dinner of the weekend. A piece of traditional irish cuisine

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4.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Beautiful restaurant. Ask for window seat if possible. Big picture windows looking on to Liffey and Halfpenny Bridge. I haven't lived in Ireland for quite some years but I found it expensive for what is basic but well prepared food with quality ingredients but I don't have a lot to compare with. Had a lovely Austrian red with my steak...

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Amazing staff and wonderful food. I am looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Friends of ours recomended the Winding Stair as a "must do" on our recent trip to Dublin. We would agree, now having been! The food is excellent and the staff was wonderful. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

The Winding Stair was on my top list for Dublin, we only had 3 nights to discover many of the great restaurants. The team of employees were amazing, the food exceeded my expectations. All around we had a great evening and we highly recommend WS as a Must visit when in Dublin.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Amazing food and service. The seafood chowder was incredible! Will go for weekend breakfast every time we are in Dublin.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

The Winding Stair was so cute! I went for my birthday dinner. The ambiance is cozy and cute. The windows overlook the river and at night it was beautiful to look out and enjoy our meal. The food was something out of the norm but great. I felt like I was trying something new with every course, but it still felt like I was eating comfort food.

While I went for my birthday, I feel WS would be perfect for a date! Cozy and elevated casual with a good view and good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Friendly staff and yummy food & cocktails. Lovely local choice for dining in Dublin on the water.

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Always a delight dining in Winding Stair. Celebrated an early anniversary dinner here recently and as always, the seasonal menu and wine never disappoint. Fantastic dishes at affordable prices.

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2.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Unfortunately the main dishes were not good. The Dry aged Steak was either cold or chewy. The haddock was drowned in sauce. Too expensive for the value.

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Nice place. Food was tasty.

I dunno if it was the acoustics but I could hear the guy at the table next to me much better than my partner so I now know much more about all the ins and outs of his wonderful career and achievements and investment portfolio than I ever wanted to. I didn't notice this problem the last time I dined there so could depend where you're sitting, and who you end up beside.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

As Always, including the previous night a great mixture of food, wine and service. No pretensions but super located on Ormonde Quay.

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

As usual absolutely superb. Location on Ormonde Quay, food and wine is only beaten by the food.

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3.0Dined on 15 March 2018

Staff and ambiance were great but unfortunately the food was underwhelming but the menu was interesting and varied.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

What a fantastic restaurant in terms of food, wine, service, ambience - so good I'm going back tonight ☺

The duck was rich and really tasty and the bread and butter pudding with whiskey sauce was absolutely lovely - and I don't usually eat puddings!

Staff were helpful, efficient and really good fun.

I'm new to Dublin and this has been a great find - thank you

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Amazing meal in this traditional restaurant. The service was outstanding from the moment we walked through the door, despite the place filling up rather quickly. Recommendations of food and drink were spot on and everything was delicious

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

We really enjoyed our food. Great location. Shame they don’t have a children’s menu

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