The Winding Stair Restaurant

40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North

Dublin 1

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354 reviews
4 stars - based on 354 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

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CUISINES
Casual Dining, Irish, Vegetarian

FACILITIES

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The Winding Stair Restaurant

Kittykats
Dublin
20 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:75%

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:32%

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:47%

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:72%

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
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:75%

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:37%

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
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

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.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

deirdreemoore
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 10th July 2014 (visited 10 July 2014 )

Very enjoyable visit for late lunch. Lovely food and great service.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

Joanlouisesugrue

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:20%

Reviewed 31st May 2014 (visited 30 May 2014 )

Good atmosphere and service but disappointed with selection of mains on lunch menu and the chop was very fatty salty. Also the mash was tasteless. Dishes fron the main menu were nicer than the lunch menu. The orange and rhubarb dessert delicious. Outrageous twelve and a half percent added to bill for a party of 5 which added 38 euros to our bill. I like the buzz of this place and the location but it is not good value for what you get.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

GrubGrapeGrain
Dublin
26 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:47%

Reviewed 21st May 2014 (visited 20 May 2014 )

Great setting. A super spot to bring visitors as it has great views and offers some quintessential Irish food in a modern way. Perhaps a bit on the steep side price wise. Some great flavours in the dishes. Service was attentive and friendly.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

jm1014
Dublin
34 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 16th April 2014 (visited 2 March 2014 )

Went for the brunch menu on sunday afternoon. food was lovely but very expensive. the menu was quite limited and may not suit everyones taste. the service was pleasant and the setting is lovely. would go back for the pre-theatre menu

The Winding Stair Restaurant

pmcginn393719023
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:30%

Reviewed 09th April 2014 (visited 21 February 2014 )

This restaurant is consistently excellent.. I never fails to deliver. The food is always excellent and the staff are first class....always knowledgable about the menu and the wines ...also good for a bit of banter!! The atmosphere is cosy ..We've eaten here as a couple but also in a big group...Get a table by the window...best view in Dublin..Love this restaurant, never disappointed

The Winding Stair Restaurant

niamh.byrne29
Dublin
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 09th April 2014 (visited 15 February 2014 )

The setting of this restaurant is lovely. It is a small room but very cosy - great place for a date. I found the food unusual but very tasty. The service was great too. I'd definitely go back to this restaurant.

The Winding Stair Restaurant

anoirtiac
Kildare
23 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:37%

Reviewed 03rd April 2014 (visited 7 February 2014 )

Gorgeous food, great atmophere. Probably one of the best retaurants i have been to in a long time. A must for foodies

The Winding Stair Restaurant

tiggsy

13 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:25%

Reviewed 13th February 2014 (visited 12 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!

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