The Winding Stair Restaurant

40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North

Dublin 1

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362 reviews
4 stars - based on 362 reviews
The Winding Stair has become an iconic bookshop and restaurant in Dublin. It is centrally located on Lower Ormond Quay in the heart of Dublin 1, overlooking the river Liffey. The Winding Stair is an award-winning restaurant that offers a wide Irish and European menu that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The restaurant is named after the Yeats poem of the same name in honour of its historic winding staircase. The Winding Stair has slowly but surely become one of Dublin's favourite restaurants. As a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artists, it is a well known hub for debate and creativity with many poems written, novels penned and movies shot within its walls. If you’re looking for an incredible dining experience that is also unique, then the Winding Stair is for you. There are a selection of different menus available including a pre-theatre menu and a lunch menu.

AWARDS & PRIZES

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 10:30pm
Tue12:00pm - 10:30pm
Wed12:00pm - 10:30pm
Thu12:00pm - 10:30pm
Fri12:00pm - 10:30pm
Sat12:00pm - 10:30pm
Sun12:00pm - 10:30pm

CAPACITY
140 people

CUISINES
Casual Dining, Irish, Vegetarian

FACILITIES

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The Winding Stair Restaurant

Grumpy

51 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 05th April 2016 (visited 1 April 2016 )

Went here with my partner on Friday .Chairs not very comfortable but cushion was forthcoming for my bad back without demur. Service efficient and friendly. My starter of potted rabbit with toasted soda bread was so so. partners potted crab with toasted brown bread was delicious. My main of fillet of whiting was in my book the star of the evening. I love whiting and this was fresh and perfectly cooked reclining on a bed of colcannon. My partners poached smoked haddock on a bed of herby mash was very well recieved. Both mains were accompanied by nicely dressed salad leaves. We had a drinkable bottle of temperanillo for €25 which was a mistake as this as this meal deserved something better. All in all a lovely meal in a acongenial atmosphere. Recommended.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

PBPM0
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:35%

Reviewed 22nd March 2016 (visited 17 March 2016 )

Very friendly and efficient staff. Food and ambiance very good. Only fault was that some tables are very close together.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

owencassidy
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th November 2015 (visited 31 October 2015 )

A truly efficient service with top quality cuisine. Will return again soon.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

elizblaise
Dublin
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 12th November 2015 (visited 8 November 2015 )

Had been looking forward to trying this place for ages. We booked in advance as otherwise a 40min wait was necessary, even though plenty of free tables around. Our slightly rocking table for 4 was right by the door so breezy even though we were upstairs. Chowder, buffalo mozzarella were amongst our starters which were pleasent. The main courses of haddock, beef cheek and pork were dissapointing however. The beef cheek overly rich and salty and the haddock bland with small portions and lack of vegetables. Nice food but overpriced for what we got. Nice to try it given its reputation but we won't be back to The Winding Stairs.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

tfortune16789154
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 19th October 2015 (visited 17 October 2015 )

Had Brunch there on Saturday. Menu was great but I guess I picked the wrong item, gammon steak too salty. However I will try again.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

fletch
Dublin
38 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd September 2015 (visited 20 September 2015 )

Visited here on a busy Sunday evening. We ate off the Pre-theatre Menu. The food was excellent, decent sized portions and lovely flavours. I had a starter of ‘smokies’ with smoked haddock which was very tasty, mains was less of a success but that was more down to my lack of knowledge that a pork neck steak is fatty. Dessert was the star of the meal. I'm not sure quite how they got the Chocolate fondant's out to us so fast but they were stunning. Small but melt in the mouth. Service was friendly but efficient. I like when a restaurant recognise diners who want fast service and they did on this occasion. At €31, it's not the cheapest early bird around but it was reasonable value for money.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

Martinamck
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th July 2015 (visited 17 July 2015 )

We were very disappointed. Restaurent had character but the table for two which we had booked was very small, crammed in and wobbly. nMenu choice wasn't great but the starters were nice . Main courses were atrocious. My veal schnitzel which was a house special recommended by our waiter was dripping in grease and I had could not eat it. My husbands steak was very thin, greasey and mostly fat. Very little meat. Desserts were ordered because we were still hungry and they were ok, not fantastic, just ok. Our waiter was absolutely lovely. Very attentive and apologetic that I couldn't eat my main course. He took it off the bill. Sad to say for the price we paid we would never return here again.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

nz.oneill

2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th July 2015 (visited 10 July 2015 )

Food was good though portion sizes very big. We were sitting at the kitchen so it was hot and noisy and difficult to hear each other talking.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

Kittykats
Dublin
22 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th March 2015 (visited 11 March 2015 )

This was my second visit - and it was good. Interesting location, nice buzz about the restaurant, and professional service. Food was good but expected better based on previous visit. Had the pre-theatre menu - with the cheese and pear salad (which was ok - not that well balanced maybe overall) and then the smoked pork chop (tasty but fatty). My fellow diners has the ‘smokies’ with smoked haddock, the Potted Dingle Bay crab and seafood chowder and were very pleased. Will visit again happily but maybe choose more wisely.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

Eugenie
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st February 2015 (visited 20 February 2015 )

Great service, very good food but portions are way too big, had to doggy bag half my main and was too full for desert. Great selection of wines, especially desert wines.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

Deeee
Meath
27 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th January 2015 (visited 7 January 2015 )

Came here as a birthday treat and absolutely rolled out of the place. I had the smoked haddock and the steak and my partner had the chowder and another fish dish. it was sublime. The portions are enormous, so try not to wolf everything down. My haddock was amazing. The steak was brilliant and so filling, I left all the chips behind. Gorgeous setting, because it was spilling rain and you feel really cosy inside the restaurant.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

ankos
Dublin
24 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th November 2014 (visited 8 November 2014 )

I have to say i was quite disappointed with our visit. The menu really sounded nice but overall didn't deliver. I had pork belly from the specials menu and that was brilliant. Great flavour and it went really well with the pumpkin mash and beetroot. The pumpkin pancake my wife was having however were a huge let-down. Quite bland, no real flavour. Something you'd only finish when you're really hungry. The desert also left much to desire. The whiskey sauce of my bread and butter pudding was just very sweet, more caramel than whiskey and it made the whole affair just overly sweet. The plum fool was just a glass with cream and crumble. It was really heavy and unpleasant. It's really a shame because i really enjoyed the pork belly. But everything else we ordered was unexciting and not particularly good. Given the price i would have expected much more refinement. But for what we spent we didn't get value for money and we won't give it another try.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

Lynx
Dublin
8 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th November 2014 (visited 3 November 2014 )

We celebrated our 13 year wedding anniversary there and as usual, were not disappointed. I had the Portobello mushroom as a starter which was lovely, the steak and veggies for a main and the ginger and pear cake for dessert. We could not fault a thing. The waitress was really friendly and accommodating. This is one of our top five restaurants in Dublin and would recommend it to absolutely everyone. Top marks!

The Winding Stair Restaurant

sligogirl
All Regions
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th September 2014 (visited 26 September 2014 )

Delicious food, very generous portion size. Good atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

VMalahide
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th September 2014 (visited 5 September 2014 )

Food was very good, irish quality produce done modern way. However, the tables are quite close to one another, being saturday night it was very noisy, my partner had to shout so we understood each other. Really feels squashed, if they expanded the space would be the ideal venue.

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