The Winding Stair

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554 Reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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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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LD
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent fresh food and very helpful service. Busy and lively - with tourists and locals. Pre-theatre menu is good value.

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

I chose The Winding Stair because my dining companion doesn’t eat meat but does it fish and from my previous visits I recalled the menu leaned heavily towards seafood variety. . I’m not a huge fan of seafood and trying to cut down on meat so o chose the vegetarian option which was a coolea Che’s and cauliflower croquette which I found to be a tad underwhelming in that it was quite tasteless, perhaps using a stronger tasting cheese would have improved it but the accompanying vegetables were decent. The service was ok, we had a late sitting so perhaps our server can be forgiven for a touch of fatigue . I had ordered a glass of wine but it didn’t arrive. When the food arrived, I again asked for the wine and it was as though this was the first time I had asked for it,no apology for the earlier bout of forgetfulness.
Overall I’d still go back but perhaps only if I’m going to order the steak.

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LZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our restaurant of choice in Dublin.
Excellent, creative food. Very friendly service.

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Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated our 10th anniversary here and it was well worth the trip. Excellent service, phenomenal wine selection and a menu to die for.

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MC
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food , great service . Had the duck starter and the steak , beautifully presented and great flavor

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Very creative menu and very good food! Only issue was when my mom and I wanted to order wine, share a few appetizers instead of ordering full entrees, and dessert, the waiter got a bit bent out of shape with us.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place. Bustling and a nice atmosphere. Bit of a rustic feel to the decor. Nice views over the river. Good food with ingredients from all over Ireland. The staff were really friendly. I had a great night.

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G
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Superb, authentic food with great Irish ingredients. Highly recommended

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our waiter came off a bit apathetic, but the staff was friendly in general.

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MG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant by the Ha’penny bridge. Thought it was going to be cafe style but it was a great full restaurant menu.

Had a main and the cheese plate plus a nice wine by the glass selection.

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CD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was well executed, and obviously well sourced. However in my opinion the overall experience wasn't value for money. The vegetarian was 25e - the most expensive vegetarian I have ever seen on a menu. The croquettes were nicely done (and a good size). However there could have been more variety on the plate for that price - it was mainly just leaves. My husband had the pork belly which was lovely - and better value than the croquettes. However for that price, there could have been some more veg plus a few potatoes included. We ordered extra chips. The bread and butter pudding was lovely but - given it was 9e - some cream or ice-cream would have been appreciated.
Service was efficient but not particularly pleasant. Also tables were very close together, and the air circulation wasn't great.
The night we ate there, there were a lot of groups/tourists who are obviously prepared to pay those prices...

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SC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great night, brilliant food and service, buzzy ambiance, love it 😀

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EH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the interior was so beautiful

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PK
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing chowder and sharable assorted smokedfish with yummy sauces and pickled cucumbers. Must haves!! Waitperson was professional and congenial. Also ck out bookstore below...a treasure.

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RO
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

On arrival we approached we think the Manager. What struck me immediately was how unfriendly he was. He did not smile or greet us and pointed to I believe the worst table in the restaurant, tucked in the corner and on top of coffee grinder. I felt like we were having dinner with the couple beside us, we were so close. The waitress was more friendly but very rushed. I enquired about the wine and she did not appear knowledgeable. We were on the pre theatre menu. Starters were ok, thought I might have had bread. I chose the cheese croquettes, and they were very disappointing, lacked cheese flavour. I did mention this to the waitress and she said she would let the chef know. Got no feedback. We left the restaurant, and got the feeling no body was really that bothered.

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TB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Next time we are in Ireland, we would be happy to come back!

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SP
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food!

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, great menu and charming staff. The location and atmosphere were lovely and not too noisy. My only recommendation would be seat cushions as I found the chairs quite uncomfortable after a long day walking around Dublin!

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DG
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The food was fantastic and the staff were polite and attentive but it just wasn't an enjoyable experience. The tables are tiny and crammed in (I I can reach out and touch other dinners without moving my chair then they are too close) it was uncomfortably warm and our table wobbled everytime someone walked past which was every minute as the table was placed adjacent to the bar.

Overall the experience made the food feel over priced even though the standard of it was high. I won't be going again.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 star all the way. Beautiful setting in a vintage building looking over the ha'penny bridge. The staff were really friendly and welcoming and as for the food it was amazing. The duck leg starter is to die for and as for the pork belly main, it was cooked to perfection, the meat was so juicy as the crackling was so crispy. Delicious sides and an amazing wine selection.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect early Friday lunch before Huge Jackman Matinee! They even put on The Greatest Showman music to really get us in the mood! Fab food and lovely staff

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LM
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Maybe. The waiter was slow in getting to us to take our drink order and bring us water. When we asked him to pay the check Because we had another place to be in 15 minutes he went away and didn’t come back. Finally another server helped us pay the bill but the electronic pay equipment didn’t work. It’s small and crowded but the food was excellent.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place & location and friendly and efficient staff. Great choice of wines and well priced. Lovely menu. Starter: sheep curd panna cotta - could do with bit more seasoning / onion jam not best combo. Mains: belly pork was good not fantastic - have had better. But would still go back to taste rest of menu!

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MI
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place, good food, excellent location and good food.

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MO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The room in which the food is served is a beautiful room with a relaxed and friendly ambience! The food is delicious and the new menu is a delight with a very good value lunch with lots of choice! The service is very friendly but unobtrusive!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! The drinks, the food, the service, were all wonderful

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CG
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Booked the Winding Stair on recommendation from friends, whilst on a 2 day visit to Dublin. The atmosphere was good, and already quite busy at 6.30pm. The staff were friendly and the service efficient.
The only criticism of the food was that many of the cockles in my dish of mussels and cockles had not opened, therefore inedible.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, it was a pleasure to take visiting friends to Winding Stairs... the consistent quality of food and service is impressive. The view outside is charming, specially for someone visiting Dublin. Whenever we have any close family / friends visiting us, we make it a point to take them to this place... so much of heritage plus the good food. Best of Irish !

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PC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The food was slightly disappointing. It sounded much better in the menu than it tasted on the plate. For example, one of the specials was a trout cutlet that was undercooked in the middle and the entire dish was not warm enough. I suspect this was an exception to the rule as most other dishes were great.

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I love The Winding Stair. Great food and a lovely location. Our only concern was a long wait between when we finished our dinner and when we were served our dinner. Otherwise it was a great evening.

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T
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service, unfortunately to warm and loud.

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GL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Charming, attentive staff. Fabulous food. Hip contemporary environment. Would definitely return.

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AL
Portland
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal, smart and warm service. And the view is lovely.

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D
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

All the staff were really lovely and very attentive. Food was delicious and service surprisingly efficient given how busy the small dining room was. Would thoroughly recommend.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Winding Stair is a firm favourite. I eat here every time I visit Dublin. This time, we ordered off the pre-theatre menu which was excellent value for money. The starters and mains were perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were quite generous. We had friendly, efficient service. I really can't recommend this place enough!

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HL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service, and love the book store downstairs.

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g
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very attentive staff, excellent food and great ambience.

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j
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Relaxed atmosphere with fantastic food. Very happy

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IC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took a friend for a birthday lunch knowing she liked very good food and especially fish. I'm a vegetarian. She eats out a good deal in good restaurants and said this was 'the best lunch I've ever had out'. I was delighted the choice of The Winding Stair worked out so well for both of us. My vegetarian options were excellent. The sun shining through the huge Georgian windows, with the Liffey drifting by, and the charming and unfussy waiter made for a lovely, long, interlude.

I've recommended The Winding Stair previously, but will be doing so with renewed enthusiasm!

Thank you for a very successful treat.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is a great restaurant. Enjoyed some nice Irish wine. Server was good and give good recommendations.

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