The Winding Stair Restaurant

40 Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North

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The Winding Stair has become an iconic bookshop and restaurant in Dublin. Located on Lower Ormond Quay overlooking the River Liffey and in the heart of Dublin city, this is an excellent restaurant that offers a wide Irish and European menu. The Winding Stair is named after the Yeats poem in honour of its historic winding staircase, and this is one of Dublin's favourite restaurants. As a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artists, it was a well known hub for debate and creativity with many poems written, novels penned and movies shot within its walls. There are a selection of different menus available including a pre-theatre menu and a lunch menu.


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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

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22 reviews


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.

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!

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.

3 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.

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.

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.

26 reviews


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.

34 reviews


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

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 view in Dublin..Love this restaurant, never disappointed

3 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.

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