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The Winding Stair dining room - The Winding Stair, Dublin, Co. Dublin

The Winding Stair

4.5
4.5
1216 Reviews
€31 to €50
Irish

The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café became a famous Dublin landmark in the 1970s and 1980s. Named after the Yeats poem and in honour of its winding staircase, it is overlooking the river Liffey, with an iconic view of the Ha'penny bridge. As a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artists, it was a well known hub for debate and creativity with many poems written, novels penned and movies shot within its walls. In 2006, Elaine Murphy brought this much-loved spot back to life as a restaurant, championing seasonal, Irish produce. The bookshop, located on the ground floor, was retained, as were many of the old bookshelves, photos and memories. The room retains its timeless charm with stripped wood tables and floors, and Bentwood café chairs.The view remains as quintessentially Dublin as ever.
The food is good, old-fashioned home cooking, with produce sourced from artisans within the island. Drink sare local and international craft beers & wines from stellar producers.

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Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 17:00–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–22:15 Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    (01) 872 7320

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Menu

Add a drop of something delicious from our board of wines by the glass and complimentary still or sparkling water

Main

  • Pigs on the Green Piggy Scotch Egg with Bacon Dust Mayo€8.00

    Allergens: Wheat, Eggs, Celery, Mustard, Sulphites. Recommended with a drop of Tschuppen Spatburgunder, Germany, €15

    • The Wooded Pig Irish Charcuterie Board with House-Cured Vegetables & Breads€18.00

      Allergens: Wheat, Eggs, Walnuts, Celery, Mustard. Recommended with a drop of Kaiken Malbec, Argentina, €9

      • Winding Stair Fish Plate€18.00

        Sally Barnes, Goatsbridge and home-made smoked fish and shellfish, with our Dillisk bread & house-pickled cucumbers. Allergens: Wheat, Crustaceans, Fish, Milk, Molluscs. Recommended with a drop of Azevedo, Vinho Verdhe, Portugal, €8.50

        • Winding Stair Seafood Chowder with Fingal Ferguson Chorizo and Dillisk Treacle Bread€13.00

          Allergens: Wheat, Crustaceans, Fish, Milk, Celery, Sulphites, Molluscs. Recommended with a drop of Richter 'Zeppelin', Riesling, Germany, €10.25

          • Parsnip Fritters, Poached Pear, Green Grape & Chicory Salad with Walnut & Blue Cheese Whip€15.00

            Allergens: Wheat, Eggs, Milk, Walnuts. Recommended with a drop of Prosecco, La Jara, Prosecco, Italy, €8

            • O'doherty's Black Pudding, Ballymakenny Potato & Gubbeen Chorizo Hash with Apple Ketchup on Toast€13.00

              Allergens: Wheat, Celery, Mustard, Sulphites. Recommended with a drop of Willunga 100, Grenache, Australia, €11

              • Doyle's Hand-Smoked Haddock, Poached in Milk with Onions and White Cheddar Mash€27.00

                Allergens: Fish, Milk. Recommended with a drop of Idiart Rosé, France, €7.50

                • Doyles's Line-Caught Cod with Pea Purée, Saffron Spuds, Crab Claw & Lemon Butter€27.00

                  Allergens: Crustaceans, Fish, Milk. Recommended with a drop of Macon Villages, White Burgundy, France, €13

                  • Boxty Potato Cake with Buttered Garlic Spinach-Stuffed Portobello Mushroom & Cashel Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Crust€23.00

                    Allergens: Wheat, Milk, Hazelnuts. Recommended with a drop of Tokaj Dry Furmint, Hungary, €9.75

                    Snacks & Sides

                    • Winding Legal Homemade Chips with Black Garlic Aioli€5.00

                      Allergen: Eggs

                      • Legal Eagle Homemade Crisps with Bacon Dust & Cheese€5.00

                        Allergens: Wheat, Milk

                        Last updated: 1 February 2022

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                        • 4.6Service
                        • 4.5Ambience
                        • 4.2Value

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                          Lydia

                          Yorkshire

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined today

                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                          The ambiance, staff and menu were really fantastic, as was the fish plate we had to start but our medium rare steak was grey and over cooked and my husband has been quite unwell since eating the mussels. Suspect we just had bad luck on the day.

                        2. RO

                          RoryO

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined today

                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                          The best of Irish food presented in a range of interesting and unpretentious dishes. A little more choice and one or two lower priced offering would be welcome. Attitude of staff refreshingly friendly and service excellent.

                        3. BC

                          BrendanC

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined today

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Outstanding service and Irish, as well as other types of food

                        4. P

                          Patricia

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 1 day ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great atmosphere. Irish food at it’s best. Nice selection of wine. Always a treat.

                        5. AD

                          AdrianD

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 3 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          God that waiter Pierce is the best ever. What a dish. Fnar fnar

                        6. B

                          Brian

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 3 days ago

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          Good quality Irish cuisine. Excellent service. Never disappoints.

                        7. JN

                          JNBK

                          Dublin

                          2 reviews

                          2.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined 3 days ago

                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                          Clearly short-staffed, very crowded with just 2 staff to serve about 50 diners. Food quality not great. Soup served lukewarm. Overall: noisy, over-stretched setup with a drop in quality compared with previous experience here pre-pandemic

                        8. H

                          lindaH

                          New York Area

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 4 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Super helpful and friendly staff and food was graat

                        9. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 14 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Top quality food in the middle of town. Superb wine list.

                        10. DO

                          DeclanO

                          South Wales

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 14 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          went on basis of review and weren't disappointed. Will be top of list for next Dublin visit

                        11. BR

                          BRJBoston

                          London

                          27 reviews

                          5.0

                          27 reviews

                          Dined on 13 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Fantastic. Delicious and creative with relaxed, attentive service. A comfortable atmosphere with terrific wine selection. We will definitely return!

                        12. N

                          Neddy

                          Berkshire

                          6 reviews

                          4.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on 13 May 2022

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          The service was very friendly and the food was great too. We enjoyed the evening.

                        13. CB

                          ClaireB

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 13 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent food, service, ambience and view of the halfpenny bridge!

                        14. LS

                          LucyS

                          Dublin

                          2 reviews

                          2.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 12 May 2022

                          overall2food1service3ambience1

                          Very disappointed with the Winding Stair on this visit. I have been many times before and was sad to see the quality of the food diminished. I had the crisps, which were not very crispy, the black pudding hash and the boxty. The Boxty was particularly disappointing as it was dry and the dish lacked overall flavour. The restaurant was very noisy with a large group. The waitstaff were friendly, but seemed rushed and not overly attentive. We had guests here visiting from overseas and wanted to give them a taste of Ireland and sadly, this was a disappointing meal.

                        15. C

                          Colby

                          Dublin

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on 12 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Never disappointed going here. Lovely rustic Irish food and such a lovely buzzy ambiance too.

                        16. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 11 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious food. Wonderful environment and great service!

                        17. SG

                          SenemG

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 8 May 2022

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          We felt sad the way we have been welcomed in the entrance by the lady. The request of changing plcaes on the second floor was seen a bit awkard by her. Hopefully the waiters again were amazing for both times we had been there.

                        18. E

                          Elpesote

                          Columbus

                          62 reviews

                          3.0

                          62 reviews

                          Dined on 8 May 2022

                          overall3food2service5ambience3

                          booked a table at Winding Stair based on other reviews found on Trip Advisor. Restaurant is on the 2nd and third floors of an old bookshop. As the name implies, a winding staircase up to the restaurant. There supposedly is a lift but it was not working the night of our visit. Staff is friendly, and efficient. Restaurant has only beef and wine service, no liquor. That being said their wine list is impressive. I ordered Scotch Egg as a starter and it was delicious. Unfortunately my main course did not fair as well. Mussels and prawns in a white wine sauce. The majority of the mussels were not edible, either not open or not intact. I reported it to the server who confirmed the bad batch. They brought me a second batch which, though cooked better, were still small and many again not open. For a restaurant of their caliber I was very disappointed.

                        19. LS

                          LSESL

                          San Francisco

                          16 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          16 reviews

                          Dined on 8 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great place with great food!

                        20. LT

                          LetTheGoodTimesRoll

                          San Francisco

                          25 reviews

                          5.0

                          25 reviews

                          Dined on 8 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          I’m traveling and wanted a nice dinner. I was able to get an early table and was seated by the window. Staff were very nice and helpful. The food was excellent. The pot of Dingle crab was actually to die for. I probably should have gotten to appetizers, but I was determined to try some Irish beef that’s grass-fed, so went for the steak which did not disappoint. It was juicy and flavorful. I sadly didn’t have room for dessert, but they had a nice looking selection with dessert wine pairings.

                        21. L

                          Lolo

                          Toronto

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 7 May 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food is outstanding and the servers are wonderful. Ambience cannot be replicated anywhere in Dublin. Our favourite place to dine in Dublin.

                        22. CM

                          CiaraM

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 7 May 2022

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Great service and a good range of main courses to choose from.

                        23. PT

                          PaulineT

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 6 May 2022

                          overall4food3service4ambience5

                          I have always enjoyed eating here usually a real treat however on this occassion I was disappointed. The potato roastie was overcooked, the mussel and prawn main had 2 prawns and the cheese board was very disappointing a couple of carrs water biscuits and poor selection of cheese. Service was good

                        24. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 6 May 2022

                          overall4food2service4ambience4

                          It was good nothing special, some what limited menu.

                        25. AD

                          AxelD

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 30 April 2022

                          overall3food2service4ambience4

                          Steak was chewy Haddock - very good

                        26. E

                          Emsg

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 30 April 2022

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          Food was excellent and the restaurant had a very nice atmosphere

                        27. j

                          jamesm

                          London

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 30 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          A slightly hurried experience but overall very enjoyable

                        28. U

                          Underwhelmed

                          London

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 30 April 2022

                          overall3food4service2ambience4

                          Food was fine, but we were rushed out. When we brought this up, manager tried to blame us.

                        29. C

                          Coco

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 29 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The was a lively atmosphere but not overbearing. We were seated beside a table of 6 but none of us found fault with the noise level from other quests. The staff are great, the best ones I have encountered since covid. The food is delicious and there were clean plates all around.

                        30. AB

                          AdamB

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 29 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Food was excellent and service was really warm, all tied together with a great river view.

                        31. P

                          Peruanisch

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 28 April 2022

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          Lovely restaurant for couples’ dining. Energetic and polite staff. Nice views and traditional ambiance.

                        32. MP

                          MrsPicky

                          London

                          23 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          23 reviews

                          Dined on 28 April 2022

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          We visited on a Thursday evening and the restaurant was nicely busy. The menu is not extensive, but the quality of the food was superb. Great service, nice ambience and overall would highly recommend.

                        33. CN

                          ClaireN

                          Dublin

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 28 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Had such an amazing dinner here for my dad's birthday. Staff were very efficient and the ambience was great with a fabulous view of the Hapenny bridge. Had the mussels and can definitely say they were the best I've ever had. Non alcoholic cocktails were also delicious and good value. 10/10

                        34. JS

                          JohnS

                          New York Area

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 27 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The Winding Stair is definitely worth visiting. The food was delicious and in good sized portions. My hand smoked haddock was the best smoked haddock I have ever eaten. The service was very friendly and attentive, the view of the River Liffey delightful, and the ambience warm and welcoming. I recommend it highly, and will return again.

                        35. PR

                          PeggyR

                          Nashville

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 27 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Winding Stair. The food was amazing, just as we thought it would be. Our waitress was fun and the service was great. We also loved the location overlooking the Ha’penny bridge. Ask for a table by the window. Perfect spot for our last night in Ireland!

                        36. RL

                          RobL

                          Cambridge

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 24 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent food and service and a really lovely location.

                        37. W

                          Winding

                          Liverpool

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 24 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Beautiful food - tradition with a twist. Wonderful restaurant. Great staff.

                        38. 5

                          5dollarshake

                          N. Ireland

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 24 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Attentive and friendly staff, beautiful food , decent portions served piping hot with a smile . Ginger and pear cake with Seasalt ice cream was the best dessert I've ever eaten . Any time I visit Dublin I pre book a table at The Winding Stair . Perfect food ambience and service .

                        39. CL

                          ChristopherL

                          New England

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on 22 April 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful in every way. Thanks for a fabulous meal.

                        40. CS

                          ChrisS

                          Dublin

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 21 April 2022

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          We felt very welcome. The service was friendly and efficient. The amount of food was generous- so I should not have had a snack as I was also having a main. The choice of wine in a glass was matched perfectly to the food.

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                        The Winding Stair is rated 4.5 stars by 1216 OpenTable diners.

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                        Booked 26 times today
                        Google Map for The Winding Stair

                        40 Ormond Quay Lower Dublin, Co. Dublin D01 R9Y5

                        Additional information

                        • Area

                          North City Centre

                        • Hours of Operation

                          Wed 17:00–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–22:15 Sun 12:00–21:00

                        • Cuisines

                          Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian

                        • Dining style

                          Casual Dining

                        • Dress Code

                          Casual Dress

                        • Parking Details

                          Public Lot

                        • Payment Options

                          MasterCard, Visa

                        • Additional

                          Beer, View, Wine

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