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The Winding Stair

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4.5
1092 Reviews
€31 to €50
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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Booked 19 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 12:00–20:00

  • 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 Dom. de la Renne, Pinot Noir, France, €9.50

    • 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, Voinho Verdhe, Portugal, €8.50

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

          Allergens: Crustaceans, Eggs, Milk. Recommended with a drop of Wild Earth Riesling, New Zealand, €15

          • 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 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€23.00

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

                • Dorans 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 Flat-Cap Mushroom & Young Buck Blue Cheese€23.00

                    Allergens: Wheat, Milk. 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: 14 January 2022

                        What 1,092 people are saying

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                        4.5
                        4.5 based on recent ratings
                        • 4.5Food
                        • 4.6Service
                        • 4.5Ambience
                        • 4.1Value

                        NoiseModerate

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                        • Dublin 1

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                        • Dublin 1

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                        1. DB

                          DoreenB

                          Dublin

                          9 reviews

                          2.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined 5 days ago

                          overall2food1service3ambience3

                          Cold, starter was overpriced and bland, service very slow despite and while they acknowledged our opinion nothing was knocked off bill, not what I’d expect for 120€

                        2. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          London

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined 5 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great to see the winding stair open and serving delicious and hearty dishes from their a la carte menu.

                        3. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          London

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined 5 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Brilliant food so tasty

                        4. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 5 days ago

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Beautiful location and setting, food and wine was excellent, a little short on options for the coeliac in the group but lovely meal.

                        5. M

                          Mart

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 6 days ago

                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                          Menu was a bit limited, especially for vegetarians. The vegetarian starter and main course both had the same flavours. Menu on the website was different from the menu on the day.

                        6. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 9 January 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          I booked a table for dinner. Food was delicious (had the hand-smoked haddock and a desert) and service was impeccable. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Dublin.

                        7. AR

                          AnthonyR

                          Dublin

                          3 reviews

                          3.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on 8 January 2022

                          overall3food3service4ambience3

                          Good food. Some of it a little overpriced - see the charcuterie starter. Great service.

                        8. CG

                          CathyG

                          Dublin

                          15 reviews

                          5.0

                          15 reviews

                          Dined on 8 January 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent lunch , great food, well presented and great service. Will be back !

                        9. F

                          Foodie

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 7 January 2022

                          overall3food4service5ambience3

                          Food was good but felt starter priced at 16 e a bit pricy the main was good but not very substanial extra veg or mash would have been good , wine nice and restaurant decor good other than seats which i found uncomfortable hard to comment on ambience as no one else there til much later felt safe but lacking atmosphere hard in covid times i guess in terms of value and overall experience i couldnt recomend a second visit i had brought a friend as a treat but it didnt feel like that

                        10. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New York Area

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on 6 January 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          A go to place. The food is outstanding and the crew is great. Very attentive and accommodating.

                        11. AB

                          AlainB

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 2 January 2022

                          overall2food2service2ambience3

                          Food was not exciting for such price and reputation so for me too expensive for this reputation Beaucoup trop cher pour un restaurant réputé de qualité.

                        12. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 31 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Really glad we went to the Winding Stair for dinner. Everything from the Dingle Bay crab starter, to the Haddock, the steak and the butter and bread pudding was absolutely delicious. Lovely place! Will definitely visit again when in Dublin, thanks 🙌

                        13. RW

                          RitaW

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 31 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          I would highly recommend this restaurant We hope to be back soon

                        14. PF

                          PaulF

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 30 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The Dingle Crab was delicious on fresh brown bread. The venison was cooked perfectly and the selection of hard and soft cheeses for dessert were the perfect ending. Excellent service from a knowledgeable staff.

                        15. p

                          paulh

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 29 December 2021

                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                          The ambience is great and genuine. Fish dishes are simply fantastic, good wine selection. Service very effective.

                        16. GJ

                          GordonJ

                          London

                          18 reviews

                          4.0

                          18 reviews

                          Dined on 29 December 2021

                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                          Quality ingredients well cooked and presented. Great to see the restaurant busy safely and deservedly

                        17. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 23 December 2021

                          overall3food3service2ambience2

                          We went for the set menu - the crisp and pork scratching were stale. The starters arrived less than 10 mins after we ordered. Things seemed rushed - I know the Covid climate has had an affect but people still want to feel like they are out for the evening and enjoying themselves.

                        18. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 23 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Brilliant - waiter very enthusiastic despite being understaffed due to Covid, food amazing

                        19. S

                          Siofra

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 18 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent, beautiful food, ambience & great service

                        20. DM

                          DeborahM

                          Dublin

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 18 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                          Food and drink beautiful. Staff very attentive. Great views

                        21. KS

                          KeithS

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 18 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Lovely atmosphere and great staff

                        22. BF

                          BrianF

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 18 December 2021

                          overall3food3service3ambience4

                          Cooking while ambitious was inconsistent. Starter of potted crab was nice. Celeriac soup lacked body and depth of flavour. Main of Sea trout had nice crispy skin but was overcooked. Cooking on the rump of beef was on the well done side of medium and bone marrow accompaniment on one plate was not roasted for long enough and was edible. Deserts were not well balanced and were overly sweet. Service was friendly if a little slow. More consistency is required at this price point.

                        23. AO

                          AileenO

                          London

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 17 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                          Great food with really interesting elements including fritters starter and Chinese leaves salad really tasty.

                        24. RK

                          RichardK

                          Minneapolis

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 15 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Just lovely Food is gorgeous Ambiance superb Service excellent

                        25. a

                          allipq

                          Raleigh

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 15 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delightful, especially with all the beautiful Christmas decor. Beautiful view of the river and the Ha’penny Bridge, surrounded by a wonderful and vibrant neighborhood. We ordered the ham hock and the crab, incredible! Pierce was a wonderful host. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid having to wait!

                        26. JG

                          JohnG

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 12 December 2021

                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                          Food beautiful and service swift and polite. Front server at kitchen service station was coughing profusely continuously and he wasn’t wearing a mask while serving up the food- I found this to be very disconcerting. Thankfully for us- he happened not to be there very briefly at the time of serving up ours!

                        27. OM

                          OliviaM

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 11 December 2021

                          overall3food2service3ambience4

                          Lovely room. Service was too much and then too little. Food was not good. The sauce on the venison was too runny and sweet and tasted like the alcohol hadn't been cooked off it.

                        28. MG

                          MituG

                          Dublin

                          2 reviews

                          3.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 10 December 2021

                          overall3food3service3ambience4

                          It's nice and cosy but the lady at the entrance seemed a bit oversmart for my liking.

                        29. C

                          Colin

                          London

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on 10 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          It's the go to restaurant for our trips to Dublin. Hasn't disappointed on any occasion. Service on point, food exceptional. Steak was superb, Christmas turkey was even better.

                        30. S

                          Souffle

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 8 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Lovely Irish restaurant with a view. Great ambience and friendly service, terrific food evidently sourced with care from top end Irish producers.

                        31. EH

                          ElisaH

                          1 review

                          1.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 5 December 2021

                          overall1food1service3ambience2

                          No nos gustó, comida cara en proporción a la calidad, ni si quiera pagas las vistas porque solo unas pocas mesas estan cerca de la ventana. Desorganizacion de los camareros, mucho ruido en la sala con la cocina al lado de las mesas

                        32. DC

                          DeirdreC

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 5 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          A wonderful evening, we were so well looked after from the moment we arrived. Beautiful food, fantastic service!!

                        33. DS

                          DanielS

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 4 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Fantastic food and super service. Very enjoyable evening.

                        34. LN

                          LisaN

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 4 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had a gorgeous Christmas lunch with pre lunch bubbles at the Winding Stair before we embarked on a busy day shopping. Their twist on Christmas dinner was gorgeous, simple quality and flavoursome. Always enjoy a trip there.

                        35. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Dublin

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on 4 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Une tres bonne table et un endroit magnifique Salle située face au halfpenny bridge Je recommande Prévoir un budget assez conséquent pour le menu complet et les boissons, mais la qualité est vraiment au niveau

                        36. A

                          Alexia

                          London

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 3 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          lovely experience! delicious food and sweet waiters

                        37. JM

                          JulienM

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 3 December 2021

                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                          Was very fine but our steack was so hard to cut ? Maybe could you cut before serving.. overall it was a very good dinner.

                        38. E

                          Emma

                          Dublin

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 3 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food was amazing, especially the turkey & the Christmas pudding

                        39. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Washington DC

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on 2 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Brilliant food and superb service.

                        40. J

                          Johanna

                          Dublin

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on 2 December 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We come here every December for a Christmas meal and as usual we were very satisfied. The staff are professional yet so friendly, the setting is gorgeous and the food is to die for. We came away with very full and happy bellies and will of course be back soon again. Best restaurant in Dublin!

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                        The Winding Stair is rated 4.5 stars by 1092 OpenTable diners.

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                        Booked 19 times today
                        Google Map for The Winding Stair

                        40 Ormond Quay Lower Dublin, Co. Dublin D01 R9Y5

                        • Area

                          North City Centre

                        • Hours of Operation

                          Wed–Sun 12:00–20:00

                        • 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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