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The Winding Stair

#86 of 1,949 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin D1, Ireland
+353 1 872 7320
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We shared the amazing Burrent smokery as a starter. Its basically a selection of smoked fish and seaweed (dilisk) bread. So tasty and very different. One was plenty for the two of us. We both chose the Sirlion steak too and it was perfectly cooked. We didnt succumb to desserts but enjoyed good coffee to finish. The Malbec was a... More 

Thank Clare H
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been here several times before and have always enjoyed it. It's a fabulous location with a great view over the ha'penny bridge if you're lucky enough to get a seat by the window. A bright airy room accessed via a steep, winding stairway, hence the name, so, be warned, not a place to bring your 90 year-old mother. Which... More 

Thank David F
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Winding Stair is a bustling, popular riverside classic in Dublin. It is upstairs, a little noisey older place where the tables are small and close together, but somehow you don't mind. The menu is small, but they had three additional starters and three additional main courses, so the choices were more than adequate. Portion sizes were generous and the... More 

Thank Jack C
Warsaw, Poland
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everything here was great: service, ambience, food and wine. I took Blackstair Mountain leg of lamb steak - it was a good choice for a medium dinner. Portions are just right, not too big and not too small. Choice of wines is fine, service very friendly and ready to recommend. A place to go back to.

Thank CiderBubble
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was great. It's small and cozy so a reservation is necessary. We had some great charcuterie to start, some incredible chicken and duck that were cooked to perfection, and some really tasty coffee after. The atmosphere was relaxed and inviting, it was a great place for my mom and I to eat. Would also be ideal for a... More 

Thank Erika B
New York
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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Didn't love the food. Felt it was just alright. Feel we would have been happier somewhere else. Service was wonderful.

Thank Cici0833
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with great expectations. Arrived to find a fab wine list and an enticing menu. Then reality hit. Over large portions. Over cooked food. Somewhat compensated by friendly good service. Had planned to return on reading menu but no way. I'm out.

Thank Tony G
Claremont, California
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went with my pal Nigel Boyle and a bunch of his friends to this small out of the way restaurant. I was not disappointed! Really enjoyed fine local food made from fresh veggies and fish and meats in an updated Hibernian style. Really felt like a special non-touristy find, don't mean to ruin it for locals. Friendly staff and fun... More 

Thank hahuang2016
Penhook, VA
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Winding Stair is a restaurant on the second floor of a book shop. It was recommended by the front desk of our hotel - the Morrison (separate review). It was a bit short on ambience but outstanding in food and service. My wife had smoked haddock with a sauce, onions and mashed potatoes, which she raved about. Having been... More 

Thank VATraveller3
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here for the first and only time for a meal with about 20 people for a celebration. The food was good, but not great and not anything that I would recommend to anyone. We were given a bottle of champagne as a present and we asked could we open it - didn't need extra glasses. They wanted to charge... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $70
Irish, European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
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

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