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Winding Stair

#125 of 1,830 Restaurants in Dublin
#132 of 2,012 Places to Eat in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Irish, Bistro
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40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin D1, Ireland
+353 1 872 7320
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 450
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    Very good
  • 89
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lucky to get a midweek table for two

This is a really popular place and quite small so best to book. It overlooks the river from a first floor location (up a winding stair that might put a casual visitor off). The main room has a curiously cosy "school room" feel to it with a wooden floor, tables and chars but with a deliberately... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Tristram H
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a really popular place and quite small so best to book. It overlooks the river from a first floor location (up a winding stair that might put a casual visitor off). The main room has a curiously cosy "school room" feel to it with a wooden floor, tables and chars but with a deliberately distressed feel, tastefully achieved... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

After finding this address in our travel guides and looking at the reviews on Tripadvisor, we booked our table a week in advance. As the restaurant didn't have any empty tables (as far as I could see), I'd say we were smart to do so! I had the Irish beef with onions and chips, another companion had the duck leg... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

What is it about pre-theatre dinners? Should'nt the early birds merit at least a smile! Sunday evening found the Winding Stair staff less than charming. Sadly the early evening fare on the pre-theatre menu gave the impression that it might have been pre-arranged and sitting waiting for our prompt arrival. We are suspicious when first courses are flashed before us... More 

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Ireland
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16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Good service, average food, dreadful smell from the toilets. We were a group of 5, good chowder to start, disappointing mains and disappointing dessert. Steak and chips were average, poor presentation. Lamb was too fatty to be enjoyed and the duck was left on the plate. Chocolate fondant did not have a liquid centre and to be fair they did... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We tried this restaurant after reading the reviews. We did book first and you will need to as it was ultra busy! We would never have gone in off the street as there is no frontage to the restaurant but a 'winding staircase' as the name suggests and it is on the first and second floor. The flood was all... More 

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14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Great setting, excellent food. I had the beef tongue app and cod main. Both prepared perfectly! Equally good service, really recommend this place.

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Lakeland, Florida
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29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We didn't have reservations so they sat us in the back by the kitchen. The restaurant wasn't full and we asked for better seats. They said they were too busy but suddenly they took us upstairs and there was a whole empty room with beautiful views of the River Liffey. We ended up enjoying everything thoroughly as the food was... More 

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Cracow
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59 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Winding Stair is a restaurant adjacent to a bookshop and books are also feature inside. The atmosphere is lively and informal. Probably getting a reservation could be a wise idea, but we managed without one (for lunch). The food is really good, one may describe it as ‘modern Irish’. Local ingredients, some creativity, a touch of fusion. Make no mistake:... More 

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Brussels
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Restaurant is located right across Ha'Penny bridge in front of Temple Bar area. Went for an early bird dinner (as of 5:30PM) as fully booked for later dinner. We chose it as we were advised by an Irish friend. Very friendly staff, cosy place, nice view on the area. Was advised very well for which wine to go for our... More 

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The food was very good and the staff were lovely. The mackerel was off the menu but they had replaced it with salmon which I choose it was cooked to perfection. My family had various things from the menu and everyone enjoyed there meal. Because the restaurant is up some winding stairs it might be easy to miss this little... More 

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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: Irish, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

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