The Winding Stair

4.5
318 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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 318 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place in the heart of Dublin , contemporary atmosphere, excellent food & a great wine list.


Easy going but very professional staff, loved it .

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JD
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious, well thought out dishes in the heart of Dublin. The space is intimate and open, a bit loud at timea, though this adds to the experience. The service was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable in the menu and wine selections. He offered great insight into what to order.

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LI
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved this place, staff were welcoming and approachable. Gave suggestions and recommendations, portion sizes spot on.

Looking forward to our next visit

Thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, amazing service, expensive but totally worth it. Can’t wait to go back again!

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RS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Great location and fantastic food. Had the seafood chowder which was exceptional. Restaurant has fantastic views of the Ha’penny bridge.

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BJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our pretheatre meal. Service was excellent and food was great. Fabulous river view.

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CK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Great atmosphere and good service. Food was bland, poorly seasoned and lacking flavour.

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KK
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal...happy to have had the opportunity to eat here on our visit from the States. Great scene, service and food.

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DW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Disappointing experience. Average food. Bland soup. Very expensive. Ordered dessert and was told they actually needed the table back so there was no time. Not impressed with that. They should let customers know time constraints when booking.

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GM
16 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Modern twist on traditional Irish cuisine in a small quaint dining room overlooking the river River Liffey. Food/service was fantastic and the portions were more than generous. Best meal we had during our 10 day trip to Ireland.

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r
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Seafood chowder is as good as any I have ever had

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P
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Discovered this little gem a couple of years ago and we go back every time we are in Dublin. Great location, fabulous dining option and very courteous staff. Thoroughly recommended.

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v
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here was fab and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal - a real gem in Dublin!

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HM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Amazing food and it's actually decent value for what it is. The 1-star for service isn't for the wait staff, they were lovely.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Service staff didn’t have enough support. Too few servers. They seemed overwhelmed and stressed and there was no charm or banter that the Winding Stair is often complimented on.

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J
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely meal. The food was just delicious. From the appetizer - to the main- beef cheeks were wonderful- to the desert - the finer ice cream with the rhubarb was spectacular

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AK
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, good wine and good service. Lokal food.

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BE
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Good service
Lovely wine
Ambience perfect
Menu excellent
Food a wee bit disappointing for the price

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DA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was incredible and very innovative
Great Vibe and a must when visiting Dublin.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hidden gem in central location. Get a window seat for views of Ha’penny bridge and Liffey. Good value 2 or 3 course lunch deals with or without wine. House wine was really good and Guinness cake dessert delicious.

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IL
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great and the service was incredible :)

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JE
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Food was good, but not great. I was hoping for more vegetables on the menu (i.e. salads)

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, the pork neck was outstanding. Good service in a very busy restaurant.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe and location with good regional menu. Loved having a table by the window looking out over the river and Halfpenny Bridge. Fun, lively atmosphere with Irish charm

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The food and service was good; however, was way too noisy to carry on a conversation. I would not recommend for a special outing.

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GA
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Sorry, food is good but having a brunch consisting of a single potato croquet can not cost you 18 euro.

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FG
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We got a last minute table on Culture Night, which is surprising and lucky, as the place was so so good. The food was delicious (only complaint would be the food temperature - not everything on the plate was piping hot) and the service was outstanding. The wine list was interesting and broad, the desserts were irresistible. We look forward to going back!

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V
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A very very good restaurant, plenty of choices, delicious well presented food and prices what would be expected.

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R
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

The worst treatment of customers I have experienced. The manager had the most appalling approach and tone with paying customers. The food was just ok so definitely not worth spending your time or money when there are many wonderful places to eat in Dublin.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was wonderful. This is the second time I have chosen the Winding Stair to celebrate a special occasion and the service was impeccable. The staff are excellent, and even though it was extremely busy they made you feel like you were the most important group in the room!

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OT
48 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was excellent—authentic, well-prepared food, served by friendly servers, with a lovely view. We had the steak and the sole, and both were perfect. For dessert, the bread pudding and Guinness cake were outstanding. We were visiting here from the US and wanted something authentically Irish—The Winding Stair lived up to its stellar reputation!

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HE
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic culinary experience in a beautiful house. Excellent and friendly service.

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EO
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely evening with great food , great wines and really good service. And the location is superb!

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LU
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place! Be prepared to climb some stairs (hence, the name). The Irish cuisine with a new twist was wonderful. I had the poached smoked haddock and it was sooo good. If I ever get back to Dublin I will come here to have that again. My husband had the beef cheeks and he loved them. My son had pigeon and though he thought it was good, he said the smoked haddock was better. My mother-in-law had sole and loved it. The wine selection was good and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was cozy and the service was good. Without a doubt we will come back if ever in Dublin again. I would have to say that we had our overall best dining experience in Dublin at The Winding Stair.

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r
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food. Lively atmosphere. Convenient for tourists. Close to public transport.

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IG
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delivers every time. Delicious, sophisticated and Irish! The food and wine menu is unbeatable.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Winding Stair was recommended by a couple of guidebooks to Dublin. So happy we ate there. We couldn't get a booking till 9PM on a Saturday evening, but so worth the wait. A fantastic vibrant atmosphere, great decor and the table layout was conducive to having a friendly chat with the table next door. We absolutely loved the food....a bit pricey, but with food that good, who cares? Cannot recommend highly enough.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food and the service was exceptionally good and welcoming.

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B
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely location, great arrangement over 2 floors. Food and wine was excellent, generous and tasty portions.
Very good staff and helpful with recommendations.
Overall a great dining experience!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was incredible, and the ambience was great. Also, the dessert and wine were very good. Would come back to Dublin just to go here.

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