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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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Noise level way too high, food only ok overall for what we got too expensive

GL
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have visited each year for the last 3 years when in Dublin.
Great food and wine in a nice setting.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

NC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Steak was over cooked and we set it back and at the same time ordered a glass of wine. Meanwhile the two other guests were finished their mains and no sign of either the wine or the steak, we duly cancelled it and complained to what was a very stroppy lady. I fully understand that restaurants make mistakes but it’s how you deal with them is what counts. Two guests finished and the other without food or drink and the attitude was appalling. Have been many many times but never again.

AR
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff are super friendly and made a great effort for my friend's graduation. The food was gorgeous as well, we all loved it. 10/10.

CS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Really enjoyable evening.

JC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant. food and service was excellent. Great view of the river and Ha'Penny Bridge

MC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Haven’t been here in years and was keen to return having such great memories of great food and value for money. I cannot fault the staff, they are most welcoming, accommodating and friendly. The place was full and buzzing as I remembered it. However the menu was disappointing, we had veal carpaccio to start which was cut far too thickly for me, and I didn’t consider it palatable as a result. Carpaccio for me to enjoy needs to be so thin you can nearly see through it. My venison main course was equally disappointing, it was tough and sinewy. At €16 for most starters and well over €30 for mains and extra for sides it’s is not good value for money. The saving grace was the attentive staff.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Eclectic and interesting setting with excellent food, friendly service and easy access

NC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in a great location. Friendly staff and fabulous food & wine!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top class local restaurant. Cosy room, warm hospitality and thoroughly enjoyable food. Can’t ask for more. Highly recommended

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved a table for one and then ended up arriving about 15 min late due to my Uber canceling and having to find another (Uber isn’t nearly as available in Dublin, you’ll have much better luck with the Free Now Taxi app which allows you to order a taxi, pay on the app, and there are 20x more taxis available at any given time). I called to let them know I was running late and they were kind on the phone and when I arrived.
The ambience is very warm and noise level is due to happy conversations at each table. The tables are close together so keep that in mind if you want real privacy.
This restaurant is a wine lovers haven. They hand you a multi-page wine list along with the menu but also have wines by the glass and the days specials on chalkboards around the room. I ordered a delicious Malbec, the veal carpaccio starter, the lamb main, and the chocolate mousse pie with boozy strawberries (at my server’s recommendation) and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Everyone seemed happy and the staff were friendly. Order to table time was quick and the servers moved like lightning around the room to refill drinks, take orders, deliver food, and bus tables. To top it all off, a kind stranger paid for my bottle of wine. While that was not under the restaurant’s control, I think it shows what the atmosphere and attitude of its patrons are. Definitely recommend!

SB
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It’s a great spot in a lovely location
Great ambience . It’s ok value (for Dublin)
The staff seem overworked. seemed like the head guy was most narky .
They have taken their good beer list off the menu but I was told it’s back on from next week
The fish (ray) was a little overcooked but a nice meal all the same

L
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely food, really nice place, the only negative is the tables are a little close together so our neighbour complained when we used the torch on our mobile phone to look at the menu because the glare was to strong for him!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food everything was cooked to perfection and we were both so happy with not only our meals but the service and ambiance in the restaurant was perfect

KV
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and location. Have recommended to others and will continue to.

AB
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined for lunch on Sat 23/11/19 ,we ate from the A La Carte menu as the set lunch menu did not have a have a wide choice of options .The food and service were good and there was a great atmosphere in the restaurant.We very much enjoyed the experience and they have a very extensive and interesting wine list .

l
London
24 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food. It is our second visit and both times we were impressed with all three courses. The restaurant is in a good location by the hapenny bridge with nice views of the Liffey

DR
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Winding Stair is an old favourite and we always try to fit in a meal there on our visits to Dublin. They maintain consistently high standards of food and of service. There is an excellent selection of sherries and wine by the glass. The smoked fish platter is highly recommended. The room is usually crowded and noisy which is something to be awf if that is not your thing. I commented to our efficient and friendly waitress Alison that my bacon collar dish would have been better on an ordinary flat plate rather than the more dish like, high sided crockery it came on. Every time I put my knife down it slid onto the plate and into the sauce. Bring back proper plates I say.

OT
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always

SK
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
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
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
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 on 16 November 2019
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
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
1 review
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
Dublin
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
4 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
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

AN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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