The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North
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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.
Reviewed 19th January 2013
Visited here on a cold dark Monday night and had a very nice meal. There were only two other diners when we arrived at 6.30, which meant there wasn't much of an atmosphere, but the music was creating the right ambiance, and the room is beautiful, not to mention a surprisingly romantic view over the Liffey (who knew the Liffey could be romantic?!) We both opted for the early bird menu which is good value, but one of those menus where there's maybe only one dish you really want. That said, the food is really very good. My pork chop was delicious with a sweet balsamic glaze, which was wonderfully complemented by the generous helping of black pudding mash. Dessert didn't appeal to me, but the boyfriend was pleased with his chocolate pudding with pistachio crumb. All washed down with a lovely red wine and strong espresso. Service is friendly and attentive, without being over bearing. I will definitely be recommending The Winding Stair to my friends as its such a lovely space, the food is good and well priced.
Reviewed 01st December 2012
Disappointing meal here last night. We booked a table for the family to celebrate a birthday. It was a cold night and our table was beside the door so every time it opened we were hit with a freezing cold breeze. The staff did their best to minimise it but it wasn't pleasant. Most of the food was ok except for my mussels. The first time they brought them out they were only luke warm. They were piled high in a big dish so there was no access to the sauce. They brought me a second batch and while these were hot, there was no sauce so rather unappetising and by this stage I had nibbled on the chips and so wasn't hungry any more. They took them off the bill.
Reviewed 19th November 2012
The restaurant is in a nice location and the service is good but the menu is very limited and seriously overpriced. We went there for a birthday lunch and my initial impression was that the set menu was good value. However, looking in detail at the set lunch had very limited choice (bacon, fish and vension) Not meats that everyone would be attracted to..maybe tourists? My wife who is a veggie found something but the starter was cold (my starter was cold also) My steak was nearly 30 EUR, quite tough with a big lump of garlic butter and no veg.....not great value. Overall, a seriously expensive restaurant with poor choice (lots of fish but no chicken! dish)
Reviewed 20th August 2012
I've been a regular diner here since the restaurant opened & i've always enjoyed both the food and the friendly service. However... it's no longer the case. On a recent visit - with as many staff as there were diners, the service was appaling... very slow. The food did not make up for it. I opted for a vegetarian main course - cheese & butternut squash in I believe a tortilla. When the food eventually arrived it was a thick soggy pancake, with warm cheese & carrots - no squash, & no mention of the omission. Very unprofessional & discourteousnot not to mention the swap. I then ordered my favourite dessert - bread & butter pudding with whiskey sauce. What was delivered was horrible - bread & butter pudding in a pool of grey milky fluid with oil floating on it. This used to be a delicious cream sauce - what I got was thin milk with grease. It was unappetising looking & it's taste didn't do much for it either. Most diosppointing. Previously dining here with other friends for a weekend lunch one of my circle requested something slightly off menu - to comply with a medical condition. The waitress refused to ask the chef for an alternative, and had to be asked 3 times, while my friend had to convince her that similar requests had been gladly met on previous visits. Eventually with bad grace she complied - then promptly swaped our table with another waitress. The chef was more accommodating. Sadly, my days at this restaurant are over. There have been a growing number of niggles with it over my last few visits, and quite frankly Dublin has better offerings in terms of food, value and service than what this restaurant can deliver. I think it's a case of them getting too big for their boots and forgetting their primary service offering - as Fergal Quin says - the customer is king.
Reviewed 15th July 2012
This restaurant is in a fabulous setting overlooking the Ha'penny bridge, however, the food sadly is no longer what it used to be. The menu remains the same apart from the specials which change and the dishes, although tasty, lacked that extra something you expect from the winding stair. It's overpriced for what you get and I left feeling dissatisfied with my Winding Stair experience. I don't think I'll return and would no longer recommend it for food or value for money. The atmosphere is still great but the food sadly is not.