The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North
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Reviewed 13th February 2014
Three of us had dinner at The Winding Stair last night, and it was excellent. The room itself is great. Best tables are at the window, overlooking the Liffey and Ha'penny Bridge. Staff are very friendly and helpful, with plenty of knowledge about the menu. Food itself was delicious and portions very generous - I'll save more room next time! We each had a starter and main, and skipped on dessert only because we were so full. It's not particularly cheap, but well worth what you pay. Highly recommended. I can't wait to go back and try more dishes!
Reviewed 13th January 2014
Loved it, dined with 4 others, between us we had the duck liver parfait, venison, chowder which came with lovely warm treacle brown bread. Absolutely stuffed after our mains but still managed to order and devour a brownie which was gorgeous, bursting with black cherries. Can't fault the place. Staff were very welcoming. Will definitely be back.
Reviewed 05th January 2014
I have eaten at Winding Stair a few times and loved it for the food and the quirky atmosphere of the place. It is a little pricey for what it is but the quality of the food tends to make up for that. I have found the staff friendly and knowledgable without being overbearing or intrusive. With that in mind, we ate there last night and it was very busy which is no mean achievement for a restaurant in early january. We had a wonderful wine which the waiter rightly enthused about (Alento Tinto, 2010 for €35). Our starter was a shared pheasant and game terrine which tasted like something out of a french farm house. it was perfect. My main course was a millines stuffed chicken with kale and duck fat roasties. The chicken and the kale was delicious but the potatoes were really terrible. They tasted like reheats or as if they were cooked in overused fat which was not likely but there was something not right about the texture or taste. I pointed this out when asked and the staff seemed a little defensive rather than accepting of a criticism. I was not asking for anything and made it clear that everything else was wonderful. We were offered complimentary dessert which was thoughtful. I wasn't in the mood for dessert because I was quite satisfied and my partner chose a rice pudding which was a little too al-dente for both our tastes ( I had a spoonful). We were brought coffees with the dessert and the coffee was really good. Nobody came to ask how we were or how dessert was and we had to struggle to get attention for the bill. Gently, my partner said that the dessert was not eaten because it was not fully cooked. The waiter ignored the comment and processed the payment and and the contrast between the earlier friendliness was so stark that he appeared utterly rude. Unusually for this place, there was no farewell shouted either. We did not leave a tip which would be exceptional for us. We thought afterwards that we were obviously dismissed as complainers. I won't be back!
Reviewed 20th December 2013
Great venue. Delicious food. Our waitress was fantastic! No house wine available as such, although lots of choice by the glass. Will return.
Reviewed 12th December 2013
Great food wonderful service. A bit pricy for what it is
Reviewed 01st December 2013
Ate at the Winding Stairs for lunch. Lovely settings over looking the ha'penny bridge. The rooms is nice and bright with a very good atmosphere. I couldn't complain about the food. It was well prepared and tasty, I'll definitely be going back.
Reviewed 12th November 2013
Had a wonderful meal with some business acquaintances. Dined off the a la carte although a very reasonable set menu was also available. The food here is excellent and service was superb with our waiter giving some great suggestions on food and accompanying wine. Although it was a Monday night the place was nice and full.
Reviewed 27th October 2013
It was the first time I went there but I had a great time. Location is simply amazing (windows look over the Liffey), decoration/atmosphere manages us to feel cosy and relaxed. Food was really delicious; I had the potato cake, the chocolate brownie and a glass of Sauvignon blanc = it was excellent! I was a bit afraid seeing previous reviews but I will definitely go back for sure.
Reviewed 19th July 2013
Visited on a Friday lunchtime with a work colleague as we both fancied something nice and a bit of a treat so we eventually settled on The Winding Stair. It's a place we've been to numerous times and do enjoy. We were a little stuck for time so we went straight to mains and both had the free roaming chicken with black pudding and boy was it good. I don't have a huge appetite but I managed to almost finish the plate. My colleague as usual all but licked his plate clean. I particularly liked the creamed corn but I did think the bacon could be a little more crisp. That said I'm a little pickie and if I'm honest it was a really tasty dish. We skipped desert and I had second glass of a reasonable house red while my colleague had a coffee. The service was friendly and efficient, in my book it was nicely casual while being professional. I don't know what the bill was as I wasn't paying and while I'm sure you'll get a cheaper lunch in the vicinity you won't go far wrong if you visit here.
Reviewed 07th February 2013
The Winding Stair used to be my favourite restaurant in Dublin and my girlfriend was kind enough to bring me here for my birthday. Was not impressed at all unfortunately. The food was only average (compared to what I used get there) and quite expensive for the portion size. The wine was also very expensive. I miss the way it used to be.