The Winding Stair

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€31 to €50
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Nice venue but very loud, tables were very small and unbalanced and kept wobbling, Starters felt limited but mains were really good especially the lamb & steak. Bread and Butter Pudding was amazing. Top notch selection of wine, tad on the expensive side when you include their mark up but still great selection.

GM
Dublin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic seafood starter- as good as it gets.
Main courses had variety and style. The desserts had interesting flavour and complimented the menu.
Wine is pricey but settled on a modest wine that went down well. Superb service with a bit of fun thrown in. 5 stars.

m
London
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal on Saturday night. Friendly staff. Chowder was very tasty and packed with fish and chorizo. The fish platter was huge! Lamb main also a very generous portion. Will be back

LT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, food, wine. We didn't feel rushed, we enjoyed the slow and friendly atmosphere.
The Winding Stair never fails expectations.
It's a place I bring friends and visitors, not as often as I would like, but always a good choice.
Thank you for the good food and vibes :-)

E
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food - creative dishes made with great produce. Service was phenomenal - attentive but not intrusive. The only issue was the ambient noise in the room (from talking) - it was really loud.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food! A bit pricey but definitely would eat here again!

PC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

LOve this quirky little Irish Restaurant, in a great location right on the river. Food is always GOOD. Service is great. Have a good wine list and tasty specials

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a lovely place with great ambiance, wonderful fresh food, and attentive service. It feels special without being stuffy. We will most definitely come again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner out, before going to a show.

V
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

Cuisine de qualité, service déplorable, prix excessifs et salle beaucoup trop brillante

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A
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. Both the service and the food was excellent! I would recommand it any day. I will be back.

PB
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent overall, but noise levels need serious amelioration by some kind of sound deadening material. We both felt battered. Conversation very difficult.

JM
Dublin
19 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The Winding Stair is a very cosy, atmospheric restaurant with a lovely view of the Liffey. Having said that when the room is full, which is nearly always, it can be noisy with conversation rebounding off the wooden floors. I had a tomato tartare starter and poached haddock as a main and both were excellent. I dont normally have a dessert but because I had a very busy day with very little to eat, I decided to give myself a carbohydrate kick with the bread and butter pudding which tasted very good but the portion size was excessive so only managed about half. There is a very good selection of wines by the glass and by the bottle. The service is efficient. Happy to return anytime!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Accommodated our request to add one person. Service was exceptional & wine knowledge was excellent. Food was divine & delicious.

KB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time here, loved the relaxed feel of the place. The food was unreal and our server was brilliant new every detail of the food and wine . Can’t wait to go back

r
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food great atmosphere
Staff were so friendly

OT
N. Ireland
5 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and great service. One of our favourites

MJ
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family dinner in a restaurant with special atmosphere, tasty food and nice views over Ha’penny bridge.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely lovely evening, delicious food and wine and excellent service!

AN
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service in a gorgeous location on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Perfect.

LN
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm welcome, great, well sourced food, delicious wine, friendly service. Never lets you down

M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Overpriced and a little tired. For the starters the crab butter was just taken out of the fridge, very cold and tasteless. Tomato tar tar was bland. The steak was over cooked and rubbery and my special of the night was also overcooked (bacon and cabbage) The wine was also not great, for a 44 euro bottle of white it tasted like gas station wine you’d get for tenner( and it was, I checked the price on Vivino and it was a 10 dollar bottle) Whatever magic this place might have had is certainly not there anymore.

JF
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Been many Before so tonight was a disappointment. Maybe an off night but at these prices should have been better

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Nice restaurant with relaxed but efficient service. It wasn't full on the evening we were there but everyone was seated by the window so it was quite cramped. The people we sat beside were really very close and we could hear each others entire conversation. There was lots of space around the rest of the restaurant! We had the pre-theatre menu and tomato tartare starter was tasty. Bacon main course was ok. Mackerel was ok too.

D
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Wonderful restaurant. Limited choices but everything is superb

n
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It is à little too greasy, heavy... to much food ... not necessary.

KK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful place, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food.

a
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The dinner was delicious but we were surprised by the price compared with the offer

m
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our dinner was outstanding - delicious, well balanced flavors and ingredients. Try the smoked halibut. The best halibut meal I've had. The halibut was smoked and cooked just right. If you like chocolate don't forget to consider their chocolate mousse with whip cream and strawberries. The strawberries were nothing like I can get in the US. The strawberries were so sweet and succulent I could have had a bowl of them with a spoonful of their in house whip cream.

P
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the place is fantastic. Will be back again for sure :)

NN
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved it. Great position, overlooking the Ha’penny Bridge, though I would prefer if the tables were side on so that both people had a view, but I guess that may reduce the number of covers.

The service was very good, though my husband chose a’la carte and was not prompted to order veg so he just had fish, potatoes and sauce, essentially. I had the pre-theatre menu which was absolutely excellent. I had never eaten eel or cockles before and really enjoyed them - also the mackerel was by far the nicest I’ve ever had. The bread and butter pudding with whisky sauce had me considering whether I could get away with licking the plate. The set meal was excellent value; the a’la carte not so much. I have already recommended the Winding Stair to a friend and certainly hope to return myself.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great service

VY
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice small restaurant with good food! Could be recomended.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is certainly one of the best tables in Dublin. The quality of their food is outstanding. From starters to deserts, I simply loved it all. There is a beautiful ambiance and if you get one of the tables by the windows (overlooking the river) your night can be memorable.

ED
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top quality food, good wine, excellent value pre theatre menu and great service to top it all off

SC
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This restaurant is a little gem. A really original and interesting menu, excellent wine list and outstanding service. Would highly recommend anyone who wants a great meal in an interesting setting in Dublin.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

100% recommended.

MO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Tasty food in a great location. We were lucky to have a window seat looking out at the river and the ha'penny bridge. The starters are a bit expensive, but that is my only complaint. Overall the bill came to 300 EUR for four starters, mains, 3 desserts, one bottle of wine and 4 glasses of dessert wine.

The service was very good - friendly and informative but not intrusive.

AK
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

We were at 7 pm in the restaurant and the waiter gave us the Menu a la Carte and told us that was already late for the 2-3 courses menu that we wanted and saw in Internet (but if you leave till 8h15 you can have the menu!!! Is actually in the website).
It was very upsetting because the waiter wasn’t flexible at first, the food was very simple, served cold and expensive for the value. Just the Atmosphere was great, with the view to the Liffey river and temple Bar. It was a shame, especially because it was a special day for us.

CM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is very nice and everyone in Dublin should take the oportunity to have a dinner in the winding stair.