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“Great lunch”
Review of The Winding Stair

The Winding Stair
Ranked #103 of 2,690 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: $30 - $70
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Had read some slightly mixed reviews about this but we were nearby so decided to give it a try. Staff not overly friendly but service was good and the food was great - especially the polenta cake with chargrilled veg. Lovely view over the river too.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Went with my cousins to Dublin on Holiday and had looked up restaurants to try and this was the one we chose for the first night. Up the Winding Stair case we entered a room that looked like a library. The tables are pretty close together we even made friends with the tables next to us. The food is very flavor able and nicely presented. The service was just ok but we learned very quickly Dublin is not known for attentive service. I recommend it to anyone visiting that wants a yummy dinning experience.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Winding Stair in Dublin is an excellent choice for dinner. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and attentive service and the food is excellent. The choices for the two course price fixe menu we were offered included fish prepared in a unique but delicious way to chicken, potatoes and creamed corn just like your mother would make at home. This causal and fun restaurant is well worth the visit. There is a respectable wine list as well.

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1  Thank Martin E
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I loved this little gem of a place. The restaurant is small, so, either go early, or get a reservation. The tables are also a little tightly packed in together, so, be prepared to meet your neighbors! The view is outstanding, overlooking the river and the Haypenny Bridge. Also convenient to Temple Bar if you want a walk for an after dinner nightcap. I felt a little rushed as we made a last minute reservation, and had a limited window before the table was promised out, but, I went into it expecting that.

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1  Thank cfortan
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

If it was down to view from the window alone, the Winding Stair would get the full-star rating, as its direct gaze over the Liffey and across to Temple Bar at the Haypenny bridge makes for a classic Dublin view.

This restaurant has a good reputation and I'd wager a decent enough PR machine, as it's one of those ones that appears in the media fairly regularly, with emphasis on food provenance and quality of produce.

I've been twice or three times and have always felt somewhat underwhelmed at the end of the visit, and this was no exception.

There's a couple of reasons, the main one being the layout of the restaurant. It's cluttered and its natural acoustic leans towards noisy, not helped by the number of tables in a small enough open space. And this layout just doesn't match the menu price. That's my gripe. For a starter, main course, desert and coffee you can expect to pay around 90 euros for two, and you could pay plenty more depending on what options you go for, e.g. 27 euros for steak.

Add to that a bottle of wine, cheaper end 30 euros, and we're talking about a pricey enough meal out.

Add to that a brusque waiter who appeared to be taking his lead a certain Parisian model of aloofness, barely concealed discontent and a strictly no-smile policy, and you're beginning to feel that what should easily glide into a four-star experience just isn't quite making it.

Having said that, this isn't an average restaurant and a star-rating is always a crude way to take a lead on any experience. The food is very good, it has got great provenance and it's of a consistently high standard. But I do think the kitchen standards are let down by the outward reality of this place. Not that it matters much, as it always seems to be busy and clearly attracts a good tourist trade, being at the heart of the city. If you venture there, expect a certain level of clamour courtesy of the hard wood floor and bare wall acoustic and, if it's busy, uncomfortable proximity to your nearest neighbours. But also expect great food, much of it produced in Ireland and, hopefully, a more friendly service than we had, as I do think in general that's the case.

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