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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CP
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. My only gripe is that it was a little too warm in the restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The professional service was great as the waiters were welcoming and very knowledgable. The ambience was lively as we were next to the kitchen but it was a warm, friendly and relaxed buzz. The food was delicious, particularly the venison dish for my main course-it was cooked to perfection and had oodles of flavour.

MC
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely table at the window. It was a cold day and the restaurant was warm and cosy. Service and food were excellent. Would have no hesitation recommending this restaurant.

ER
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch in comfortable surroundings with a great view. Excellent staff.

MA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Stellar food, extremely hospitable and friendly staff. Excellent wine list. Recommend a reservation prior to going. I’m from the states and am sure to have a meal at Winding Stair with each visit to Dublin.

DN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious , lovely atmosphere , great service , really good selection of wines by the glass and bottle and a pretreated menu that is great value . Would highly recommend

JH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and good service with pleasant ambience.

b
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

To be honest "The Winding Stair" is loud. But you forget about it very quickly, because food and ambience are great. The view to the Liffey very nie - be sure you get a table next to the window.

MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Although the food is not that great, the ambiance and location make up for that and so did the friendly waiter we had. The food was served in a murderous tempo so it felt not like staying and ordering dessert or more wine.

L
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super views in an open room, staff were knowledgeable about the food and wine and friendly, good choices on the pre theatre menu but the a la carte was pricy. 12.5% service charge on party of 5 is excessive for a pre theatre meal. Bread and butter pudding was very stodgy

C
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, clever bistro type food, with some smart wine recommendations, all served by lovely waiting staff in a very lovely room.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The restaurant is in a lovely space but the food was just fine. Nothing special.

AT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. One member of the party has some serious allergies and the staff were incredibly helpful with accommodating them.

M
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Pros: Cool space, good view if you can sit next to the table, excellent food, easy to get to.

Cons: Service was hit or miss (he did comp our drinks without us saying anything), portions were pretty tiny for cost, biggest one is that it was LOUD. We are in our late 20s our hearing is fine, but if I had a dollar for every time we had to say “what?” at each other I could have paid for dinner.

LH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Dublin. Always a cheery welcome, great food and ambiance, easy to find. We visit everyvtime we can.

KP
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant, very helpful and nice waiters, happy overall

MN
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had heard about this place from my Daughted. She treated us to a voucher for Xmas. We both had a main and dessert and a coffee. My husband had one non alcoholic beer and I had tap water. We went at 6.30 pm. Although my husband's steak was nice enough, it was badly presented. Nothing on the plate but piece of steak with chips (32euro). I had Cod (only 3 choices on set menu) which was nice, but the mash potato was cold. The desserts were ok. With a small tip, the bill was 100 euro. In my opinion, this was very expensive for the standard of food. Also the table kept rocking.

GS
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food interesting, different and you didn't leave feeling hungry.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I’m normally eat in washerwoman and thats why I picked winding stairs . Washerwoman is a far superior restaurant. Friendly staff and better food variety . I asked for a bottle of wine I was told I would only have time for a glass it was myself and my friend there it was a special occasion I felt that was very rude .

ED
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing wine and friendly staff. Will definitely be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Last minute booking but our request for window seat was accommodated .
Ambiance was excellent as well as staff. There was no rush to leave. Ie we were allowed to linger without any pressure.

P
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the lively atmosphere at the Winding stair on a Saturday evening. The service was very efficient and friendly but couldn't give us much information when we asked about a Portuguese wine on the board and unfortunately the Spanish white wine I had choses was virtually tasteless. The food was very nice, fresh and well presented. I had two "specials" starters as both appealed to me, and no main course. Both, salmon and pigs head were delicious. The lamb my husband chose was very tasty too. The portions perfect, not huge, just right. We had no desert, good coffee!
The location is perfect, Ha'penny Bridge at night so pretty to look at.

MM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I've been a few times. Brought my visitors there they loved it so much that they returned . Lovely atmosphere great staff. overall very pleasant experience.

a
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Limited selection on early bird menu. A bottle of Craigies cider was 8.50 - very expensive. Too many tables with limited space between them. Good service and convenient place to have dinner in the city centre. Found it hard to recommend for dinner based on the limited early bird selection, cost of cider and limited space however food was good so will recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Great service and value for outstanding food.

LH
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing little find with lovely lunch menu and great value. Wine list was impressive and staff were friendly. Food was delicious and nice open kitchen. Ambience was perhaps a little flat, but it was a Monday lunch time. Thank you for a special lunch for my partners 30th!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time in Dublin & wanted to try serving Irish foods. We both had irish steaks & they are spot on, simple as yet tasty. Servise was attentive & efficient. Only thing was it was quite noisy so we had to speak loud to each other. Still enjoyed the whole experience.

GM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not the best of food to be honest. Disappointing. Staff very nice but they are not for eating.

K
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely place for dinner! Food is always great and service is very good!

w
London
84 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
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
2 reviews
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.