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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London
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The Winding Stair has longed been a favorite with its seasonal menu and good wine list. The views of the H'penny Bridge and the flickering Liffey gives this well-oiled establishment a warmth and magic thus time of year. I call by for meal every time I visit Dublin.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, lovely atmosphere and great service. Time and time again the food and service is great

CI
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there with four other friends three of which had never been there before and they were very impressed. Food was delicious, beautiful setting and the staff were really nice, efficient without being in your face. I'm looking forward to a return visit!

t
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic evening at this restaurant. The wine selection is huge and we picked a lovely spanish wine that complemented our food choices really well.

The food was delicious and flavorful, unique tastes and ingredients were mixed together which created a culinary journey. The steak was amazing, but what really stood out to us was the venison dish we had. You have to try this out! :)

As a dessert we picked a cheese plate with irish local cheeses from farmers. Definitely worth the experience! It was so delicious!

NO
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fab and the service was great, apart from one waiter who barely spoke to us even when asked a question. We did feel we were putting him out of his way by being there, but he was the exception all other staff were incredibly friendly and helpful

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu is limited, but all the dishes we had were beautifully presented and the flavours were fantastic. The Chowder was one of the best we have had. The steak was cooked just right and the home made chips were gorgeous.
The staff we very friendly and efficient and nothing was a problem.
The only down side was we didn't get the side of vegetables we ordered.
We had a window seat which was lovely looking out across the Liffey.
A great place to celebrate a special event.

C
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and excellent service. Great space. Casual and comfortable. Nice view of river and bridge.

A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, but not particularly attentive service.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mangiato tutto sommato bene e con un vasta scelta di vini

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L
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a cute, quaint restaurant/bookshop. Vegetarian options were few in number but extremely high quality, and the wait staff was very knowledgeable about the food. One of the best meals we had in Dublin!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Service was a little rushed but it was New Year’s Eve! Definitely one of the best in Dublin and worth a return visit.

FM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Great place to sit and see the city!

P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely find just opposite Temple Bar. Great service and fabulous food.

LC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A stalwart favourite in Dublin. Always delicious fare to be had here, and the staff are professional, helpful and friendly, in a rather Irish, not overly cloying kind of way. The food also tends to showcase the best of Irish produce, especially the fish, with the comprehensive wine menu adding some international flavour to the experience. On this occasion, I opted for venison, which was scrumptious. The atmospher is also buzzy, but not oppressively so, and the location is ideal. I always make a point of recommending this place to foreign friends visiting Dublin, as I think it is a great exemplar of Dublin's vibrant restaurant scene. A mix of old and new, all executed with aplomb.

GH
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited The Winding Stairs on Christmad Eve with my sister and Mam. Atmosphere was warm and friendly. Staff were attentive, smiling and chatty. Food was absolutely fab. We had real carpaccio, crab and goats cheese pancetta for starters with trout for my self and my sister- my Mam had turkey. We fair licked the plates clean. Food was absolutely delicious! So tasty and full of flavour. Dessert was choc mouse cake whilst I had the best bread and butter pudding I have ever tasted. Highly recommended. I will definitely be going back.

KL
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed with our experience. Overpriced for average food. On the plus side, staff are very friendly

KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had dinner here just before Christmas and it was truly lovely. The food was excellent, they had a great beer selection, and we had a fantastic view of the Hapenny Bridge from our table. The only downside was that our original server was cold and short with us - but he eventually disappeared and a lovely man (whose name I can't remember!) took over and was friendly and very accommodating. All in all, would definitely dine here again!

NW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious but the portions were too small for the price.

MG
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal here - so festive! Lovely table by the window. Will be back

C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haddock was beautiful, great service, all our group enjoyed their meals. Definitely recommend.

DK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It can be difficult choosing a restaurant for groups. Lots of different tastes to accommodate, the winding stairs was perfect! The staff were friendly and helpful. The menu had something to suit everyone. The food was delicious and a fantastic wine selection. I'll be back!!

p
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just beautiful food and excellent abd friendly service
I would and will be recommending the Windibg Stairs

AM
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience overall. Busy little spot with a fantastic atmosphere. Service was great, wine list would be hard to beat and the food was divine. Highly recommend a visit.

RJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my family during our vacation over the holidays. Very charming.

D
London
80 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

As always good food and goo see fun,! If in Dublin fantastic

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Have been to Ireland twice and had dinner here both times. The good is terrific and the service is great. This visit 2 of us had the steak, one had duck and the other chicken. All very good. The appetizer meat board is fabulous! Desserts did not disappoint. We had the chocolate cake and bread pudding. Bread pudding was outstanding.

g
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Winding Stairs never fails to impress. Can't fault it. Consistently super food, service and ambience.

PH
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch experience as always at the Winding Stair. Compliments to the whole team 👌! Paul

DB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for upscale yet authentic Irish food. Impressive wine menu with offerings for all pockets and even though slightly more pricy than average Dublin restaurants, value for money was really good and there was not room for a leaf after the 3 course menu. Only downside: No GnT or other Apero drinks, but nice bubbly offering instead... Will go again next time I am in Dublin.

FN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant, it never fails to impress.

M
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was tasteless, damp, under AND over cooked and cold. Didn't finish the main course which was totally overpriced. Waiting staff were nice. Disappointing.

PS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

my only criticism is that we were served our food far too quickly, two courses done and dusted within the hour. I appreciate it is a busy time f year but a little time to sit and chat with our friends would have been nice

JM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely venue, packed in pre-Christmas rush. Told we could have a table for 2 hours but stayed much longer than that with no pressure from staff to leave. Food was very good with excellent starters. Will definitely return

JW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good and the staff performs top! Nice food, good explanation about the menu.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

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

GL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Overall we had a nice time but it was way too noisy unfortunately :-(

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

NC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
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.