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The Winding Stair dining room - The Winding Stair, Dublin, Co. Dublin

The Winding Stair

4.6
4.6
2206 Reviews
€31 to €50
Irish
The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café became a famous Dublin landmark in the 1970s and 1980s. Named after the Yeats poem and in honour of its winding staircase, it is overlooking the river Liffey, with an iconic view of the Ha'penny bridge. As a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artists, it was a well known hub for debate and creativity with many poems written, novels penned and movies shot within its walls. In 2006, Elaine Murphy brought this much-loved spot back to life as a restaurant, championing seasonal, Irish produce. The bookshop, located on the ground floor, was retained, as were many of the old bookshelves, photos and memories. The room retains its timeless charm with stripped wood tables and floors, and Bentwood café chairs.The view remains as quintessentially Dublin as ever.
The food is good, old-fashioned home cooking, with produce sourced from artisans within the island. Drink sare local and international craft beers & wines from stellar producers.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 43 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (01) 872 7320
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 2,206 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin

    Irish

  • Dublin 1

    Best Overall

  • Dublin 1

    Best Food

  • Dublin 1

    Best Service

  • Dublin 1

    Best Ambience

  • Dublin 1

    Best Value

  • Dublin 1

    Good for business meals

  • Dublin 1

    Good for business meals

  • Dublin 1

    Innovative

  • Dublin 1

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dublin 1

    Great for fine wines

  • Dublin 1

    Romantic

  • Dublin 1

    Good for special occasions

  • Dublin 1

    Most Booked

2,206 Reviews
  1. AlistairA

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely incredible, I highly recommend getting the crab starter. The atmosphere was cosy but lively. The staff were lovely and helpful, all around wonderful evening!

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  2. JohnnyW

    New York City

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    what an amazing table with one of the most magical views over one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Thanks so much to Felix and Brian and all the crew for making our evening so wonderful!

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    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service, amazing food and a great view to boot. We had the charcuterie board, fried oyster mushrooms, lamb and dumplings, and white chocolate mousse with rhubarb. We can highly recommend each of these dishes and can safely assume everything else on the menu was just as high quality.

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  4. CiaM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lovely place to eat. Casual vibe but great atmosphere. Staff were all friendly and very present. Food was excellent and very good value for money. Would highly recommend

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    Naples

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Disappointed our waiter paid no attention to us after ordering the food until he brought the check.Other kitchen help served the food . Never asked if our food was good , if we needed more water or another glass of wine ( we would have asked for both).

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    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal I had at the Winding Stair was, hands down, the best I had in Ireland—and that’s saying a lot. The staff made me feel welcome, even though traveling solo. Added bonus, there is a great view of the Ha’ Penny Bridge. Highly recommend to all!

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  7. davidm

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great space with a very interesting menu and a surprisingly large wine list. Service was excellent and engaging. Oysters were perfectly presented and ice cold. We both had the hake, shared vegetables and French fries. Vegetables fresh and tender. Fries perfectly cooked and seasoned. Food was flawless from start to finish.

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    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a gem. The service from when we got there, until leaving was great. But the food was even better. I had the pork, and I can say it was easily the nicest I've ever had. Definitely worth a visit.

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  9. Jwilli

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience! Unique setting in a small venue. Unique menu with great service.

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    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere, service was excellent, food was lovely. Nice view of the river. Something a little different.

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The Winding Stair is rated 4.6 stars by 2206 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for The Winding Stair

40 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin, Co. Dublin D01 R9Y5

Additional information

  • Area
    North City Centre
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, View, Wine
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