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The Winding Stair Restaurant

40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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365 reviews

Reviewed 30th May 2009 ( visited 30th May 2009 )

Ate here - totally amazing. had 2 course meal lunch thingy for €15.95. Food came really quick; a little bit 2 quick if you ask me but the waitors are lovely and the atmosphere is just lovely. Really great value for money - in my top 5 restaurants in Dublin
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Elephant & Castle restaurant

18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 09th June 2009 ( visited 07th June 2009 )

Ate here on a Sunday evening in search of hangover food. I've been here loads and only ever get the chicken wings because they're amazing...especially when you're hungover. Service is nice and laid back and they serve nice beers as well. Always a good reliable
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12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Came here for an early bird on a FridaY. I've been to deep a few times a few years back and wasn't totally mad about it but I've to say twas pretty nice. There's a really good choice on the early bird. I had deep fried calamari to start (yum - amazing batter) and a szechuan prawn stir fry which was also tasty (yum - even for a stir fry). Nice chilled out atmosphere. good. nice


Ristorante Romano
12 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here for a casual lunch one day. They do a lunch special which is excellent value. A starter, main course and tea/coffee for 9.95. All the pasta is homemade as well as pizzas and the pizza bases taste just like the ones in napoli. The coffee is also really good - nice, strong and freshly brewed. A greasy spooner with kitsch decor but lovely staff. wud defo come back.


Casa Pasta (Howth)
12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin

Just got a main course here on a Friday after work. Service is good and laid back which is nice and it's a good restaurant for families and young kids. I had meatballs with tomato and was okay, the meatballs were good and big but there was only 3...also the pasta was overdone which is a shame. To be honest I could probably have made something as good if not better. My sister got chicken primavera which she was happy with. I don't have anything bad per say to say about it...but it's not up there with the authentic italian restaurants.


Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here on a Monday night for a quick bite. Nice friendly staff, the wine list is okay-ish but they have both cheap and more pricey wines. I had yaki soba which I always get which was lovely and my friend had a haddock tempura. Would go again for a casual the aul chop sticks.


Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Came here for an early bird. It's a bit of a pain location wise if you're not based Northside but a nice cosy restaurant otherwise. Staff were friendly and accomodating and all ingredients are top quality and seem very fresh. The early bird menu is excellent value - I had a stuffed portobello mushroom which was tasty and a salmon steak with potato rosti which was also good. I can't fault the food but the whole experience wasn't up to the standard of other restaurants.


Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely friendly staff and excellent quality of food. Came here on new years day and was super hungry so of course indian hit the spot. Always get chicken tikka masala and this was very good. The service is great - the staff are lovely and we wer given free chicken pakoras as a nibble which was very sweet. Nice relaxed casual atrmosphere with good food washed down with cobra beer. yum


The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for a Christmas lunch with my friend on a lovely Christmassy Friday!The food was excellent - I had a goats cheese tart with tomatoes and for main I had pigeon which wasn't as nice as I had expected! But i wouldn't blame the chef for this. The service was nice. One criticism I have is that the food came way too quickly so there wasn't much time to enjoy. Also, the coffee wasn't very good quality - I expected better for a restaurant of such high quality.


The Gallery Restaurant @ the Gresham Hotel
The Gresham Hotel, 23 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here for afternoon tea with 2 friends on a Saturday avo after a bit of Christmas shopping. We got 2 afternoon teas between the 3 of us which was more than enough - we weren't able to finish it. There were sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, petite fours and a few different cakes. It was lovely and we had such a lovely friendly waitress. Really nice atmosphere and the Gresham is looking great. Highly recommended.


Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came for a quick bite with a friend. Really nice location with a great atmosphere - great for people watching. Good wine list and excellent menu - if a little small. I got chicken breast in a ham broth with winter veg which was delicious. My only complaint is the service - a little bit lax and one of waitresses was a touch snotty but that's ok. I'll definitely be going back. They also charged us for tap water and refilled without asking (basically charging for 2 bottles without us knowing).


Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I really like this place. It's a great place to meet mates for a casual bite after work. The waiters are always really friendly and the atmosphere is pretty good too. I shared a veggie antipasto with a friend...really nice but could have had a bit more. We both had a rigatoni dish with aubergines and a tomato sauce which was gorgeous...the pasta was a little bit too al dente but not to worry. definitely recommended. They do a great breakfast as well.


The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Have been dying to come here for ages. We came on a Wednesday eve...i had booked through a website for an early bird and on their web site it said early bird was available. When we arrived we were refused an early bird menu...which is acceptable for the festive period. What wasn't acceptable however, was the manager's attitude. He was totally unaccommodating and really unapologetic for the mess which wasn't our doing. When we paid for the water and went to leave, he shoved a bill in our faces. shame really...the other waiter was very nice and the food really did look nice...bit pricey but nonetheless....won't be going back in a rush.


Fahrenheit Grill
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Wow - totally pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. We came here for our Christmas dinner with work. We went there on a Monday and the place was pretty full considering. I had really good quality food, the lamb for main course was really tender and then had one of the nicest desserts i've ever had....a banana and gingerbread baked cheesecake...amazin. the service was super slow but there were only 2 waiters manning a pretty full restaurant and they were kinda nice. really really good and a super place to go for a xmas vibe.


Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Came here for some wine after work one friday with friends. nice atmosphere and friendly staff. The wine list is quite good and staff seem to know their stuff. we just had some antipasti which was quite tasty and olives (from a jar) which were very disappointing. Good place to go for casual bite but the food isnt out of this world.


2 Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Came here for a quick bite with a friend and was impressed. You can't book which is a bit annoying but just make sure you get there on time. I had a chorizo and scallop salad which was delicious and a salad which was also very tasty. They have a small but very tasty wine list. staff are friendly and very chilled.


The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Come here loads with the aul familio. really nice chilled vibe and the food is really nice. I think i've tried pretty much everything on the menu and love the fish and chips. The prawns pil pil are also yum yum. I love coming here for a boozy lunch with mates and getting loads of tapas. staff are super 2.


Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Came here for an early bird with work on Monday night. Yum yum yum. Really good value - 2 courses €18 I think. I had a lovely chicken soup in coconut milk with something else and twas delish. Had stir friend prawns with veg and steamed rice for main course which was quite special. We all picked at an amazing cheesecake as well and had teas and coffees. The service is excellent too...would totally come back!!


La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

It's not that it's the worst restaurant in the world but with such a high standard of authentic italian restaurants in Dublin; La Caverna is a disappointment. Myself and a friend shared a pizza and pasta and had a bottle of wine. The pizza base was too doughy for a proper italian pizza (which i was expecting) and the mozzarella tasted cheap and plasticy. I could have made a better pasta dish myself. The wine was pretty expensive too. Will not be returning.


Kudos Restaurant (IFSC)
Clarion Hotel Dublin, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here with my family before a gig at the O2. the menu was pretty small and didnt offer alot of variety...there were also not many thai options. we just went for a main course each...i had prawns stir fry which was pretty good and not too heavy. the wine was kinda expensive too but the staff were really really nice...


Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Nice place to come for hangovers. Service was so so but they were super busy. I had a chicken blt which was pretty good and yum shoestring chips. They were of a pretty high standard but I wouldnt be in a major rush to come back. there are places which are far superior for brunch and gastropub food.


20 Main Street, Howth, Dublin

I come here quite regularly for some pub grub when i come out to stay with my dad and sister. For pub grub in Howth Krugers definetely has the best. They have a good choice in the menu with daily specials which change all the time. The food is always fresh and they have variety in their choices. The pub is quite dark so the atmosphere isn't then best. Bit crappy for a summer's day.


14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for the early bird which is exceptional value. The food is superb without being too fous fous. I had a mushroom risotto to start with goats cheese and garlic mushrooms which was really hearty, cod with a tomato sauce, chick peas and aubergines with squid which I didnt really enjoy...but that's just cos I'm not a massive fan of cod. had a delicious apple and blackberry crumble which was full of super fresh fruit.....yum. staff are lovely and friendly....some of them are a bit OTT but I'll definitely definitely go back again. Is worthy of top 5 restaurants in Dublin. great value and chilled out vibe.


The Cheese Pantry
104 Drumcondra Road Upper, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Came here for a quick bite before meeting a friend.They have an early bird menu which is good value but I just opted for a one course. I got grilled chicken breast with a lemon and tomato sauce with chorizo, butterbeans and lettuce. The sauce was basically tinned tomatos with lemon squeezed in it. There was no chorizo and I got about 4 lettuce leaves. That was 14 quid...a monkey with roller skates could have done a better job.Definitely won't be going back despite the fact that the staff are lovely.


Stonechat Cafe and Restaurant
8 Flemings Lane, High Street, Killarney, Kerry

Really nice healthy eats if you don't feel like eating stodgy food. We came here before a big hike. The menu has good healthy choices for veggie and meat eaters. We both got a hummus plate with pita bread and a gorgeous big salad with nuts and loads of veg. Really tasty good food and very friendly staff


Treyvaud's Restaurant
62 High Street, Killarney, Kerry

Was in Kerry for the weekend and came across this lovely place on the main street. We just got one bottle of wine and a main each as it was pretty late. I got a seatrout with creamed spinach which was delicious. The fish was so moist and the skin was was amazing. All mains come with potato and veg or salad and fries.....yum. Would definately go back again - an irish restaurant with a modern take. Service was friendly and laid back. Defo recommended after hiking and looking for tasty winter food. Slightly pricey but definately worth it.


13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for the fivers menu here - all portion sizes are somewhere in between tapas and starter. We got yummy garlic prawns, mezze plate, chick pea stew and calamari and it was loads for the 2 of us.They also gave us bread and pesto and oil...yum! Got a lovely bottle of malbec as well....really lovely food and staff. The bill came to 42 euros wih espressos. The best value in town for that standard of food. Definately would come back - really good for a date.


The Abbey Tavern, Howth,
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin

Came here for dinner with my family for the early bird which is pretty good value. I had a crab and avocado salad which was fine but slightly insipid. I had a stuffed chicken breast which was lovely but once again nothing totally amazing. The staff are friendly and there is a good atmosphere but wouldn't be in a hurry to go back.


Queen of Tarts (Temple Bar)
3 - 4 Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin

Came here for lunch with a friend. There's loads more space and a lovely outside area for sitting when it's sunny. The food is great - I had a houmus and roast veg sandwich which was lovely, and they make their own bread but it was quite pricey.I wouldn't be in a major rush to go back...there are many other places as good as that aren't as pricey.


Louies Bistro
20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here for special offer - amazing value. 3 course meal + tea/coffee with bottle of wine for 65 euro...which is ridiculously cheap. The food was quite good - but not amazing. I had goats cheese salad but there was way too much cheese and about 5 leaves of salad, a rib eye steak which was ok and a really beautiful white chocolate hazelnut terrine. The value of the menu makes it worth going but i wouldn't be in a rush to go back. The service was quite good - the waiters were looking after alot of tables and there were only 2 of them!


Okra Green Howth
1 Island View, Harbour Road, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Came here for dinner one evening and it was really nice. The staff were really nice and smiley and the food was super good...i've never had pakistani food before but it was nicer than indian and the meat was amazingly tender. It was pricey enough but we didn't get the early bird.


Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here loads actually and its amazing value for money. i've gotten pretty much everything on the menu and they do great pizzas and burgers and sandwiches and they're chunky chips are yum. The only thing that's not great is their goats cheese and veg pie. The staff are so cool and they make a good mojito and nice beers.


Pizza Stop
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here with a friend for a super quick bite. I just ordered a salad with crostini...which was gross. It was a really boring salad with unripe tomatoes and a bottled dressing...eugh. The crostinis were just tomato puree like with gross plastic mozzarella on them. Nice enough staff but wouldnt go back.


ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Came here with a friend for the VAT free tuesday - all wine is VAT free so its extra cheap. We asked the waiter for recommendations and he gave us 5 wines to sample before we made our decision which was so nice and we ended up getting the most amazing wine. Lovely atmosphere, really nice on a sunny evening sitting outside. Got a small bite to eat which was lovely as well. Definately recommended to go on a Tuesday as you can splash out on an amazing wine.


Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for lunch on a Sunday and they have a kind of cheaper menu with mains for 14 and starters for 6. I had a mozzarella and tomato tart and pollock for main - both of which were beautiful. the atmosphere here is great! would definitely come here again - service was slightly slow.


Taste Food Company
South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came in here on a Friday morning as i was well hungover and ordered a fry. but its an extra special fry and i'd definately eat another fry there. They have beautiful herbed sausages and a lovely relish and yummy potato cakes. Nice to sit outside and have a coffee.


ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Really nice staff....friendly and chilled out and recommend wine 2 complement your food. we went on a Monday night and they let us share one table d'hote which was lovely except the fondant was slightly burnt at the bottom.they also have vat free tuesdays...which is where i'll be going.


19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is without doubt my favourite place in town. The food is slightly pricey but the food is so healthy and totally scrummy so its 100% worth it. The staff are all lovely and chilled out and there's great choice of food. Yum yum yum, love love love


7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for a birthday party and karaoke after...yum! food was really good, i had salmon teryaki which was really delish but I didnt think it was very good value. The service was excellent and they were well patient with us cos we were quite rowdy.


Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here with a couple of friends after the pub. One of our friends was well lairy so they were really annoyed with us. however, I didnt order any food and they still brought me out a tikka masala which I was made pay for so wasnt really impressed. foood is pretty good though I have to admit. Probably the nicest late night indian takeaway in Dublin.


Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here on a Sunday evening in search of hangover food. I've been here loads and only ever get the chicken wings because they're amazing...especially when you're hungover. Service is nice and laid back and they serve nice beers as well. Always a good reliable


Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Ate the lunch menu a while back which is excellent value but obviously doesnt include the steaks which are it's specialy. The staff are friendly - if a little bit 2 over friendly! I wouldnt give it the high standard it has been given. I don't know if i'd go again to be honest - unless I was 2 av a steak.


3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Friendly staff, food is quite good. Not as authentic as other Italian restaurans in Dub but good all the same. There's no early bird menu i think which sucks slightly but in a great area for a sunny avo for wine n bruschetta outside


The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Ate here - totally amazing. had 2 course meal lunch thingy for €15.95. Food came really quick; a little bit 2 quick if you ask me but the waitors are lovely and the atmosphere is just lovely. Really great value for money - in my top 5 restaurants in Dublin

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