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The Winding Stair

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4.5
1051 Reviews
€31 to €50
Irish

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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 872 7320

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Menu

Legal Eagle Nods, Odds & Snacks

  • Roasted Bone MarrowEUR 16.00

    braised oxtail, Gaelic Escargots, garlic butter

    • Pork ScratchingsEUR 8.00

      with smoked oyster mayo

      • Winding Legal Homemade ChipsEUR 5.00

        with black garlic aioli

        • Legal Eagle Homemade CrispsEUR 5.00

          with bacon dust & cheese

          Starters

          • The Wooded Pig Irish Charcuterie BoardEUR 18.00

            with fermented vegetables & breads

            • Potted Dingle Bay CrabEUR 16.00

              with toasted soda bread and organic leaves

              • The Winding Stair Smoked Fish PlateEUR 20.00

                with seaweed mayo, pickled cucumber and treacle breads

                • Martin Flynn's Local TomatoesEUR 16.00

                  whipped Irish Feta, beets, pickled red onion, shaved asparagus & pistachio dressing

                  • Jellied Thornhill DuckEUR 16.00

                    duck heart kebab, peach & peppercorn chutney, grilled peaches & hazelnuts

                    Mains

                    • Slow-Roasted Olive-Fed Pork BellyEUR 27.00

                      nduja croquettes, fermented fennel, roasted apricot & apricot ketchup and jus

                      • White SoleEUR 27.00

                        with cucumber & brown shrimp, crispy potato & brown butter

                        • 10 Oz Pat Mac's Rump SteakEUR 32.00

                          with Gaelic Escargot, baked bone marrow, horseradish & potato terrine, parsnip & truffle slaw

                          • Cockles & MusselsEUR 27.00

                            Steamed East Coast cockles, Connemara rope mussels and Clogherhead crab with chips & seaweed aioli

                            • Ballymakenny Potato DumplingsEUR 25.00

                              with King Oyster mushroom, cauliflower purée, roasted walnut, shaved Shepherd's Store cheese & black garlic purée

                              Desserts

                              • Chocolate & Stout MousseEUR 9.00

                                Peanut praline & raspberries. Perfect with a glass of Pineau des Charentes, Chateau d'Orignac, €9

                                • Brown Sugar PavlovaEUR 9.00

                                  Peaches & cream & roasted almonds. Good with a glass of East India Solera, Lustau Cream Sherry €8

                                  • Three Irish CheesesEUR 15.00

                                    With homemade crackers and fig jam. Ideal paired with a glass of Barão de Vilar, LBV Port, €7

                                    Last updated: 18 June 2021

                                    What 1,051 people are saying

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                                    • 4.6Service
                                    • 4.5Ambience
                                    • 4.1Value

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                                    1. PB

                                      PaulaB

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined today

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Very very special evening celebrating my sons 21st. Can't recommend enough - views from the table across the river liffey spectacular , food to die for and service impeccable. Not just for tourists...Dubliners treat yourselves to a bit of real Dublin

                                    2. j

                                      john

                                      N. Ireland

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                      The maître d’ could’ve been a bit friendlier on the way in but the food was absolutely excellent and the waiter who served us was friendly and fun- a credit to the restaurant.

                                    3. MW

                                      MaryW

                                      Denver

                                      22 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      22 reviews

                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Friend recommended and am so glad we made reservations- fantastic experience.

                                    4. RR

                                      RebeccaR

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We had an absolutely wonderful lunch at the Winding Stair. Incredible service, food and wine. Would recommend to anyone

                                    5. JH

                                      JessicaH

                                      Dublin

                                      3 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                      overall4food3service4ambience5

                                      We were very happy with the service, ambience and most of the food. We ordered from the set Christmas menu and found our starters (potted crab) and desserts (pear cake) absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, we felt the mains let the meal down as our meat was tough (venison and steak). The sides on the plate were good but the meat let it down. This will not impede us returning in future as we are usually very happy with all the food and will consider this a blip.

                                    6. s

                                      sushilam

                                      London

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent restaurant. Delicious interesting modern Irish food, good drinks (no spirits but superb wines), fantastic location and great decor

                                    7. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      San Francisco

                                      12 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      12 reviews

                                      Dined 5 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Dinner with famikg

                                    8. KB

                                      KatieB

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Beautiful restaurant, lovely staff and amazing food. Can't recommend enough. Thanks for looking after my mum and I!

                                    9. ZB

                                      ZoeB

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 21 November 2021

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      We had a lovely dinner at the Winding Stair! I cannot recommend the bread pudding enough, maybe the best dessert I've ever had.

                                    10. C

                                      Cristina

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellent dinner, lovely staff and adhering to all the Covid-19 safety regulations. Thank you!

                                    11. MP

                                      MichaelP

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Lovely atmosphere in the restaurant, service from the staff was excellent. Food and wine was lovely.

                                    12. SC

                                      StephanieC

                                      Oxford

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Always lovely to eat here, staff and food and ambiance just gorgeous

                                    13. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Very good experience like the times before!!! Thank you to the chef et the team et the great lady who served us tonight!

                                    14. T

                                      Tazza

                                      Dublin

                                      2 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 19 November 2021

                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                                      Staff were friendly but we felt very rushed out. Food was good but slightly overpriced comparing to quality of other restaurants in the area.

                                    15. D

                                      Damnedgood

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 18 November 2021

                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                      We love The Winding Stair. Terrific wine selection with great recommendations. Their menu is interesting, delicious and local based, the food is very well prepared. My only regret was that this time there was no room for dessert!

                                    16. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Miami

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 14 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Amazing food and an incredible wine list

                                    17. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      3 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on 13 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful Irish food, fresh Irish ingredients with imaginative cooking . The ambiance is wonderful with a great view of the Liffey and super service

                                    18. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 12 November 2021

                                      overall3food5service3ambience4

                                      Service rushed

                                    19. M

                                      Mark

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 12 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Consistently great food and service, and a lovely room.

                                    20. MM

                                      MartinaM

                                      Dublin

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 11 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We had a fabulous evening at the Winding Stair, 6 friends to celebrate a 58th Birthday, Thanks for amazing food.

                                    21. b

                                      balletomane

                                      New York Area

                                      11 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      11 reviews

                                      Dined on 11 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Stumbled onto this place next to a bookstore just over the Ha’Penny bridge (North Side). What a delight! The meal was excellent and we loved the soundtrack of the evening. Our waiter was attentive, helpful, and charming…he seemed quite happy, singing and smiling. We really got lucky because we sat on the top floor with a view of the bridge, which was sublime. Don’t miss!

                                    22. TR

                                      TracyR

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 11 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Really good Irish food, excellent service and the front of house staff were really warm and welcoming. Always enjoy nights there.

                                    23. J

                                      Jason

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 7 November 2021

                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                      Food was overpriced for what it was. Location is the only reason to go

                                    24. JM

                                      JackieM

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 7 November 2021

                                      overall3food2service3ambience1

                                      Food was nice and well presented. Thought everything was pricey for what we got. Cheaper cuts of meat and fish at top prices.

                                    25. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 6 November 2021

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      Felt the goat cheese starter needed a kick other than that perfect!

                                    26. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 5 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service4ambience3

                                      Overall a highly recommended experience.

                                    27. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New York Area

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 5 November 2021

                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                      Very happy to see COVID admission requirements applied correctly. Service was excellent from all staff. Food delicious and non fish lover happy with her steak. Will definitely return

                                    28. RR

                                      RobertR

                                      New York Area

                                      30 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      30 reviews

                                      Dined on 4 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We were looking for a good meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The swindling Stair was the perfect choice. The atmosphere was friendly and our dinner was one of the best meals we had during our stay in Ireland. Interesting choices and a true Irish experience but not standard pub food. We loved it and would recommend it to anyone staying in Dublin.

                                    29. KM

                                      KatyM

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 4 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Absolutely amazing place!! Loved the atmosphere felt like a posh meal but also very intimate and cosy :) really enjoyed my birthday meal here- would recommend the fish platter to start and would not recommend sharing the adult affogato with the person you are with as it’s too good! The staff were all really friendly - if you are thinking of booking here… do it !

                                    30. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      London

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 3 November 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We tasted homemade crisps, rump stake with gaelic escargo and smoked haddock. They were all delicioıs. As a dessert, we had Bread and butter pudding with whiskey sauce. İt was marvellous. The atmosphere was good with Ha’penny bridge.

                                    31. JA

                                      JessicaA

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 30 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Service was wonderful, personable and helpful. The food was delicious and portion size was good. It is on the expensive side but it's well worth the treat to yourself.

                                    32. FG

                                      FloG

                                      Dublin

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 29 October 2021

                                      overall3food4service3ambience3

                                      Good food but too expensive. Good wine menu. Not enough non alcoholic choices for dessert.

                                    33. EC

                                      ElizabethC

                                      Tampa

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on 29 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We visited The Winding Stair twice on our recent trip to Ireland, the second time for my birthday dinner. The food is excellent - we had the pork cheeks with scotch egg and I wish I could have it once a week! Service is wonderful, friendly and helpful. We had a lovely view of the Ha'Penny Bridge as the sun set and the city lights came up. Pretty magical! Definitely recommend.

                                    34. MN

                                      MarianneN

                                      Dublin

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 24 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A great place with a lot of atmosphere, nice staff and delicious food.

                                    35. P

                                      Prune

                                      Dublin

                                      2 reviews

                                      1.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 23 October 2021

                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                      Restaurant smell of grease, windows are dirty, very noisy , food is average . Good wine list

                                    36. HS

                                      HannahS

                                      Dublin

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 23 October 2021

                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                      Food was amazing , fresh produce cooked to perfection. Plenty of wine selection by the glass. Waiter was very helpful with advise on size of portions etc.

                                    37. VB

                                      VickyB

                                      London

                                      4 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 23 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A delight from start to finish. Amazing flavours.

                                    38. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Dublin

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on 23 October 2021

                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                                      Good food but a tad pricey. Also the options are quite limited. Nice ambiance though.

                                    39. TP

                                      TPGirls

                                      London

                                      23 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      23 reviews

                                      Dined on 22 October 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Fantastic waiter who was so kind and steered us through the menu. The results were amazing. Irish food at its very best. Quirky interior too!

                                    40. GM

                                      GerardM

                                      London

                                      4 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on 21 October 2021

                                      overall4food4service5ambience3

                                      Overall very good. However, it was very cold in the outdoor area

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                                    The Winding Stair is rated 4.5 stars by 1051 OpenTable diners

                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                    Google Map for The Winding Stair

                                    40 Ormond Quay Lower Dublin, Co. Dublin D01 R9Y5

                                    • Area

                                      North City Centre

                                    • Hours of Operation

                                      Daily 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

                                    • Cuisines

                                      Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian

                                    • Dining style

                                      Casual Dining

                                    • Dress Code

                                      Casual Dress

                                    • Payment Options

                                      MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Additional

                                      Beer, View, Wine

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