The Winding Stair

4.5
178 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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 178 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I went to the winding stair solo and had a lovely dinner. I also visited the bookshop downstairs, which had a great selection of texts. The steak I had was well cooked and my waitress was very kind and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Online booking supported wonderfully. Service with a smile and good humour. Good size portions for the main meal which was lovely. Delightful. Really enjoyed our night.

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Fabulous food, lovely ambience. Friendly service. Good value!

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Fantastic place, we celebrated my husbands birthday and loved it. Its our favorite place in Dublin we will keep going back.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

We loved our meal here. Everything from the food to the wine and service were excellent. We were only in Dublin for 2 nights, I would definitely recommend or return if we were to come back to Dublin in the future.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Wonderful place - we were running late and rang ahead to let the restaurant know. Staff were friendly and patient. We ended up having a fantastic meal with great service.

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Superb place! Had an evening in Dublin and was recommended the restaurant and it didn't fail to live up to what we were told!
Fantastic and friendly staff, lovely food and an extensive wine list. The ambience was charming and was a hidden gem right in the heart of the city. The wine was superb! If you can, visit the book shop downstairs!
Highly recommended - not necessarily the cheapest but worth the money!

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4.0Dined on 14 June 2018

RAUCOUS! Even midweek. Hard to hear servers let alone dinner companions. Food made up for it and the wine list was novel.

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Incredible food experience at Winding Stair! Cockles and mussels were so fresh and perfectly steamed, crab appetizer was out of this world and chowder was packed with fish and shellfish! The cheese plate was a perfect desert with paired port- divine!

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Boys night out/holiday

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

An absolute gem; small but interesting menu with delicious locally sourced ingredients. The 2/3 course set menu was great value. Loved the Dingle Gin cured salmon!

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Winding Stair is lovely respite. Food and drinks delicious. Atmosphere is very cool. If you can get a window overlooking the Quai, even better. Service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

As others have said the food is quite good. Very good to see Irish chefs getting in to high quality meals... They have great raw food to work with.

Service here was so-so by international standards but consistent with other Irish experiences.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Very cute restaurant right on the river-nice casual ambiance

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

This was possibly one of the best meals and best restaurants I’ve ever been to. We were in town from the states celebrating my husbands birthday and everything was amazing. The table by the window, the service, the wine list and mostly - the food. I compared every other meal we had while on vacation to the winding stair and was continually disappointed - nothing came close. 100% reccomend!! Phenomal!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Everything was perfect except the red wine was too warm (unfortunately the red wine was too warm in every restaurant i ate in Dublin)

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3.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Hi there, I must say the food was absolutely delicious. We also really enjoyed the ambience and would very much like to return however we were quite disappointed with the service. Our waitor appeared quite disinterested and was not very friendly to us. We were let down by this but the good was exceptional. It's u fortunate that the service let down our perception of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Excellent starters, the duck pate and soda bread was delicious, as was the stracciatella of mozzarella and beets. The wine list was also varied and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Second visit and the second time we have left smiling! We had a wonderful table with a great view of the Liffey and the Ha'penny Bridge.

The food is good and the service both prompt and friendly. The potted crab is a firm favourite and the chips are spectacular.

If you want a fantastic meal, come here!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

What a delightful evening spent with my family at the winding Stair! Beautiful food - I tried cockles and mussels ( of course) as this is Dublin! Lively atmosphere and great service. I am confident in recommending this place to people who enjoy good food.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Good food (30 euro 3-course menu was great, also plenty a la carte options), nice view, good service.

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Very friendly staff, verygood food. Great value pre theatre menu.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Lovely place, wonderful food, verrrry busy - definitely book in advance. The place to go to have a posh but cool version of Dublin. Here, and Fallon & Byrne.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Great place, great food and very friendly and professional service.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

One of the best meals I have ever had! Highly recommend the lamb.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

We found the meals to be outstanding and enjoyed every bite. Only wish we could have eaten more but we got full quickly, as the desserts looked amazing as well. It was a cozy atmosphere in a small space and I enjoyed watching the various people chatting up at their tables and the view of the river via the windows too. Thanks for a nice dinner!

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Came in from NY and was told " Winding Stair is a must." IT IS! Lots of great restaurants in NY for Foodies( obviously) but this is Special. Not especially large portions but great food. Only disappointments were the tasteless Pea Soup and Haddock( both Specials ordered by 1 friend)Oh well- just stick to the menu!

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3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

A very busy and lively restaurant. It was not quite the fine dining experience I had expected, but it was still good. Waiting staff friendly and engaging.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

I took old friends from Canada who were first time visitors to Ireland and we had a delicious meal with excellent service. A lovely and memorable meal- I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

We had an awesome evening at the Winding Stairs with great food, wine and a perfect service. Everyone should have been there and tried

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3.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Restaurant was too warm. The potted crab was good and salad side was excellent. Polenta attractive but bland, lamb breast a bit greasy. Good value on wine by the glass. Nice view of Ha’penny Bridge and river. Hard to get waiter’s attention—he was very busy. Pot au chocolat looked delicious. Aged steak would probably be best entree and seemed most popular.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Every time, when I stay in Dublin, it is a special Event to go to the "Winding Stair". This time I have had a dinner with my wife, my brother and his wife and his daughter - and it was fantastic like every time. Directly in front of the Halfpenny-Bridge and the Temple Bar is it a pleasure to be there !!

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

The restaurant, food and service were exceptional - plan on dining here!

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5.0Dined on 23 May 2018

Exceptionally fresh and locally sourced food. Original menu. Im not a vegetarian but chose the nettle polenta with broccoli as a welcome break from the touristy "full Irish" . Husband had the fish with boxty which was first rate. Loved the selection of wine by the glass written on the board.

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4.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Read about this in an article recommendation. Beautiful, elegant and fresh surroundings. The staff are responsive and professional, yet fun.

We went here on our last night in Dublin on vacation. The food was delicious, absolutely worth it in all aspects. The views of the bridge are a romantic backdrop, up a flight of ordinary stairs.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Excellent fare!
Efficient, friendly and helpful service!
Lovely warm atmosphere!
Thank you!

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3.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Very good !
Big plates

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

We had a great meal here on Friday night with friends , very tasty succulent steak , fab red wine and very friendly staff, can well recommend.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

What a gem - I would almost venture back to Dublin for this place. The starters were amazing, the mains perfect and the bread pudding was to die for. Friendly, attentive (but not overly) staff. Good wine list. Well priced for such a splendid meal.

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Very nice authentic restaurant with nice waiters and tasty food

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