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Winding Stair

Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland (North City Centre)
01 872 7320
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Ranked #106 of 1,827 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $70
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: North City Centre
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84% Recommend
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I ate here for the second time in about a year last week with two colleagues. The food quality was truly excellent as was the service and the ambience. I had a smoked fish platter to start and it was huge - enough for two! Absolutely delicious too. My colleagues were both totally blown away with the food and atmosphere... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Wonderful restaurant in the city centre! Great concept quite traditionally Irish inside! Good was brilliant, I had the smokies which was fantastic and the steak for main which was delicious! Well executed ! Service was great despite the Saturday night rush! Would done here again!

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Went for the Sunday brunch with a large group of American friends. Food and service was generally excellent. Maybe serve a few plates of toast or at least offer it up. Although not breakfast for brunch we expected a little more. I also hate asking for condiments! Every restaurant should offer these up! I would recommend the Gubeen Huevos Rancheros!

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Dublin, Ireland
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We had a very enjoyable night in the Winding Stair. It was very busy but the service didn't miss a beat and the atmosphere was vibrant. While the food was really good I thought the menu was a bit restricted and had too much of an wintery feel to it. My starter was the smokies which I would recommend to... More

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Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was a little worried about what I was getting into as I mounted the dilapidated winding staircase. The door opened into a room bathed in sunlight (it was a fine day in Dublin!). Lunch was fresh, delicious and wine light and crisp. Perfect.

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Rome, Italy
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We had Winding Stair on our radar when our five star hotel recommended another restaurant closer to our hotel near Grafton. We were tired, went to the recommendation and walked out when the insolent staff served a first course that was tasteless, soulless and just bad. We hopped in a cab and went to another world -- Winding Stair. Waiters... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My husband and I were given a voucher for Christmas from my in-laws in Ireland and on our most recent return trip together we were looking forward to tasting what we had heard as great old fashioned Irish home cooking. I had the potted crab to start, with a generous portion of soda bread and beautifully dressed salad, and my... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Took my old dad here as I knew he wouldn't want to try anything trendy or too far from what he gets at home...Think Traditional Irish Cuisine but done expertly compared to the rip off "plastic pubs" in Temple Bar where the food leaves a lot to be desired. Opted for the 2 course lunch menu, I had the Farm... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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109 reviews 109 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great smart/casual atmosphere and great views/location. The food is just amazing, and options for wine are endless (literally), however if you don't drink alcohol your options are horribly limited to organic coke (avoid) and water. I think the staff give off a vibe of casualness which works, but nearly every staff member has several tattoos which really made the place... More

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103 reviews 103 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our first meal ever in Ireland destroyed some preconceptions about Irish food. After tramping up the stairs (which were indeed winding) to the second level, which was much quieter than the completely full main level of the restaurant, we had a wonderful dinner that combined local products with some traditional food ideas and some innovative ones. We started with a... More

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