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The Winding Stair

#147 of 1,986 Restaurants in Dublin
#160 of 2,172 Places to Eat in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
French, Irish, Bistro
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40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin D1, Ireland
+353 1 872 7320
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

This was a really well hidden gem on the south side of the river. Really beautiful and delicious restaurant. I had the steak and it was amazing with the melting garlic butter. Great service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Louis C
Paris, France
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Paris, France
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a really well hidden gem on the south side of the river. Really beautiful and delicious restaurant. I had the steak and it was amazing with the melting garlic butter. Great service.

Thank Louis C
Limerick, Ireland
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So disappointed. Stairs & entrance door need a good clean & scrub very grotty. Front of house guy un-friendly no welcome. Food not good so disappointed as was looking forward to eating here for a long time. Menu limited. Waiting staff on 2nd floor were excellent ,helpful & nice . Wont be back & will not be recommending.

Thank norsenjy11
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had theatre menu with a group of friends. Very simply a poor menu, and overall disappointed with main course (I had pork). Over priced for what you get. The consensus between ALL ofbthr group was that it was "ok". I was very surprised as I had heard alot of good things about this restaurant!! On the positive side, staff were... More 

Thank rhdublin
Houston, Texas
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The location is a few blocks from the train station and walking distance from O'Connell street which takes you to Trinity University (Book of Kells) It was by happenstance that we choose this restaurant. It is a quaint restaurant on the second floor, with a view of River Liffey . The staff was friendly, engaging and offered great suggestions. It... More 

Thank Julie B
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wet November saturdays in Dublin are not a recipe for an easy reservation but we got lucky with a fly-by here last Saturday lunchtime for an 1830 dinner which allowed us the option of pre-theatre or a la carte. I really like the way the name reflects the entrance to this place and the wow factor as you burst into... More 

Thank Andrew M
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If I hadn't read a review in a travel book about this Restaurant and just walked past the door, we wouldn't have gone in. It is so much more inside and the food is fantastic. We sat at a table in front of the kitchen and it was good to seeing the Chefs cooking, very calm with no shouting in... More 

Thank FVC
Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Turned up on spec without any prior knowledge.. We were passing and it looked interesting! Friendly staff, delicious food, good wine list and plenty of choice for wine by the glass. Definitely one to go back to!

Thank David B
Farmington, Connecticut, USA
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time we are in Dublin we decide to go back to the Winding Stair because we loved it so much before. AND we Wind Up never going anywhere else! There are always so many things we want to try on the menu [or try again every night...such as the bread pudding!] that we make the next day's reservation on... More 

Thank The_Traveling_Tom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Winding Stair on 13th November for a friend's birthday, ordering off a set menu for a group of 18. What a fantastic place. The service was exceptional - we ended up ordering at about 10.30pm due to people arriving from the airport but they were perfectly understanding. Food and drinks always arrived promptly and with a smile.... More 

Thank Will J
Kent, Washington
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386 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On our first night in Dublin, we met up with the rest of our group for dinner here. What a great time! The food was wonderful, there's a good selection of wines by the glass, and as a first taste of Irish cuisine, it was very special. I'd definitely come back again.

Thank Lissa M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin D1, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 872 7320

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 70
  • Cuisine: French, Irish, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?