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The Winding Stair

#80 of 2,035 Restaurants in Dublin
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 608
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  • 345
    Very good
  • 113
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  • 47
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Family Meal....

We visited the Winding Stair with our two kids (11&15) and found it to be very busy, buzzy atmosphere. We were sitting on the first floor overlooking the river which was lovely. There are no kids meals so they simply split an adult meal between them and the kitchen was happy to divide the meal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Alipali77
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Hertfordshire, UK
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Hertfordshire, UK
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100 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Winding Stair with our two kids (11&15) and found it to be very busy, buzzy atmosphere. We were sitting on the first floor overlooking the river which was lovely. There are no kids meals so they simply split an adult meal between them and the kitchen was happy to divide the meal in the kitchen. All food... More 

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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely fantastic food in a really cosy setting. Wonderful variety on the menu and food was prepared and presented excellently. Great big portion sizes too!

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Thank irishadventurer1
Rockledge, FL
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a birthday recently & I chose Winding Stair for a meal with friends. They called asking about a birthday cake & were told it would be €30 for a cake, so needless to say they didn't bother. I didn't know this until after our meal. Have been a number of times, love their food, but on this visit the... More 

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1 Thank Owiedub
Kilkenny, Ireland
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here recently for dinner with friends. We'd heard good reviews about it and were really looking forward to it. The restaurant itself was nice but a little cold. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The food unfortunately did not live up to our expectations. Presentation was disappointing. The food was grand but not worth the price.

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1 Thank voyager529
Ireland
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197 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had heard a lot of good things, but was disappointed with this. The location, decor and so on all fine. Service is friendly and efficient. The food was very disappointing though. Had the boxty and Jaysus but did they ruin a great dish. A tiny pancake smothered in semi raw leeks and a cold sauce around it. The starter was... More 

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Skerries, Ireland
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant is on the quays beside the evocative Ha'penny bridge. We went for the pre-theatre menu. At 5.30pm the restaurant was almost full and the service was friendly and professional. Good starters and mains from a set menu. Bill came to €100 including a bottle of (good recommended by waiter) wine. Style is a bit rustic, food is excellent... More 

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California
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61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Whether we are on our own or with Dubliners, somebody always suggests Winding Stair and we keep going back. I know there are tons of great restaurants in Dublin, as in any city, I feel bad for missing them, but Winding Stair is just so cozy and good. Strong flavors. Comfort food. (The name is accurate. I don't know what... More 

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falls church
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stumbled upon this restaurant wandering around the Liffey and fell in love. There's a cute little book shop on the first floor and once you climb the actual "winding stairs" to get to the second floor there's a cosy little restaurant with great views of the river. I visited twice in one week and ordered the same thing, a... More 

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Wicklow
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Waiter very helpful, service efficient and courteous. Manageress rather supercilious - was surprised in this day and age of to find such a hostile, defensive attitude when I was unhappy with the way my steak had been cooked. I had ordered steak medium rare, on advice from family who had eaten there before, but this steak seemed a little too... More 

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Thank CatherineWicklow
Waterford, Waterford, Ireland
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a recommendation from a friend. I booked via email a few weeks before hand and was very excited by the menu online. The reality was so much better! Our table had an amazing view of the ha'penny bridge and the food and drinks menus had us spoiled for choice. I went with crab for my starter, my boyfriend... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
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?