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The Winding Stair dining room - The Winding Stair, Dublin, Co. Dublin
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The Winding Stair

4.6
4.6
1563 Reviews
€31 to €50
Irish
The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café became a famous Dublin landmark in the 1970s and 1980s. Named after the Yeats poem and in honour of its winding staircase, it is overlooking the river Liffey, with an iconic view of the Ha'penny bridge. As a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artists, it was a well known hub for debate and creativity with many poems written, novels penned and movies shot within its walls. In 2006, Elaine Murphy brought this much-loved spot back to life as a restaurant, championing seasonal, Irish produce. The bookshop, located on the ground floor, was retained, as were many of the old bookshelves, photos and memories. The room retains its timeless charm with stripped wood tables and floors, and Bentwood café chairs.The view remains as quintessentially Dublin as ever.
The food is good, old-fashioned home cooking, with produce sourced from artisans within the island. Drink sare local and international craft beers & wines from stellar producers.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 872 7320

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 1,563 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere, great food and good service
  2. AB

    AoifeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were lovely! Would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends.
  3. SF

    SF56

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    The location is beautiful, perfect ambience and lovely view and place. Feels like a special place to be in. However, the food is unfortunately quite average and the service was sub par. Cute place but feel like they could maybe add a bit of pizazz to the food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday, great atmosphere! Excellent food a very nice service!
  5. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place to eat, emphasis on fish but a nice selection from there. It was busy on a Friday evening but staff looked after us well. Good location as well.
  6. AT

    ArthurT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Friendly ambience. Staff were very helpful. Prices were reasonable.
  7. GW

    GWorsley

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful last dinner in Dublin. Delicious food that stands out from the ubiquitous pub fare. Great wine list, lovely cocktails, cute and not stuffy environment…would definitely return!
  8. BF

    BarryFitz

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have to say this restaurant was lovely. We sat at an original table and my partner asked to be moved. No problem at all to them. the starter was lovely. Meat board to share. Mains of Hake for my partner and steak for me. Both delicious. Cheese board to finish off with homemade chutney. Superb taste and flavours. Over all very good and reasonably priced. Definitely be back.
  9. m

    mari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, staff, wine list and hearty good food!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Food was only alright. We got the steak and wasn’t a good cut. Waiter was a little rude. I asked if the had pepper sauce and the waiter said we have whatever is on the menu ha. Won’t go back anyway.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent, however the table was tight in space and considering it wasnt busy, they could have given us a larger table and further away from other tables. The waiter kept bumping into my wife while serving the nearby table. I also accidentally hit a lady behind me getting into my chair. I appreciate the next comment is not unique to The Winding Stairs and the floors are old, but the table was wobbly, i needed to stand on one table leg to stop it.
  12. FT

    FionaT

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    It was a pleasant sunny day so the view was spectacular as was the service. My fish plate was over chilled and tasted fridgey, as a result. My companion enjoyed her hake. The cheesecake was stated on the menu to be baked but was not. Which was a pity. It was unremarkable.
  13. f

    fullimpression123

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my mum's birthday. She really loved the Hake that we ordered. Everything tasted fresh, lovely ambience and even gave us a seat near the window to look out and see the wonderful bridge. Lovely place
  14. AD

    AnnieD

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food very nice friendly service. Spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon with friends No Rushing us out or looking for our table back.
  15. EO

    EdweniaO

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous restaurant with friendly and efficient staff! Food was delicious… will definitely be back again!
  16. CD

    ConorD

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant overlooking Ha'penny Bridge. Staff are really nice and a great place to go to treat yourself and family and friends
  17. JB

    JohnB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as always. We shall be returning soon. JB
  18. PD

    PaoloDonnini

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful location with a lovely panoramic view of Ha Penny Bridge. High quality food and very professional and very nice staff.
  19. SB

    SaraB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant Food is ok but a bit expensive Very nice staff
  20. LL

    LucyL

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great spot in Dublin for food and drinks, river views too!
  21. p

    penwallace

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An intimate space of wooden tables and chairs up a narrow staircase above The Winding Stair bookshop along the north side of the river Liffey in Dublin. Servings sizes are ample and if you order a Starter before your Entree, there may not be room for Dessert. There is a 2-hour time limit per table. Quiet early in the evening but can get noisy when busy. Attentive table service. Less than 10 minute walk to the Abbey Theatre if you're going to a play. Scotch Egg (non-vegetarian version) highly recommended as Starter.
  22. NK

    NatK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scotch eggs are just incredible! Small menu but my goodness the food was incredible. Will be back soon!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely quiet escape away from the bustle of the city. Beautiful views. Really lovely menu. The cauliflower was delicious. A great surprise was the vinho verde on the menu. Finishing a lovely lunch with a boozy affogato..
  24. KC

    KimberlyC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Slav was our server. He made some great drink recommendations as well as post-dinner nightlife/local bars. The ambiance was low lit and overlooking the canal. Food was excellent! The steak cooked exactly how I had ordered it. Food proportions were good, not too much or too little. Would definitely go back.
  25. PA

    PabloA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant was a really good surprise, the view upon the Liffey was amazing, the food is also on the top, and my friends were delighted with the desert. More over, the service was perfect, even if due to New year's eve there was a bit of delay. Will recommand it !
  26. JG

    JonathanG

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely relaxed atmosphere, great location, lovely food and wine.
  27. S

    Shahla

    Dublin

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Disappointing and unmemorable We visited on New Year’s Eve - odd menu, super tasteless and over priced. Staff are welcoming. The setup is cramped. Will never visit and will not recommend.
  28. OE

    OwenE

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have eaten here at least once a year for the last five years lovely restaurant
  29. RC

    RebeccaC

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent quality meal, fairly priced and perfect service. Thoroughly enjoyed it all and will definitely visit again when we come back to Dublin!
  30. SG

    SimonG

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Always a nice atmosphere. Very attentive and friendly service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great food and a cool venue. Service was superb.
  32. m

    matthewk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very happy with our visit. Good food, lovely view over the river and very nice atmosphere.
  33. EC

    EimearC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu. Good vegan options. Friendly service.
  34. SG

    SaraG

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, food and wine delicious. Portions quite large, so sadly couldn’t fit in a dessert - maybe next time! We always try to eat here when visiting Dublin and we’ve never been disappointed by an evening spent in this delightful place.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere, attentive staff and delicious meals!
  36. P

    Patrick

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Tremendous!
  37. GT

    GeorgiaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Fresh and seasonal food with cozy and intimate atmosphere. Highly recommended
  38. LH

    LisaH

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really lovely place, in a great location overlooking the river. Lovely food and great service.
  39. c

    cicada

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    super food great location staff were very professional
  40. MP

    MireilleP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere, food and service, a tad too noisy.

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The Winding Stair is rated 4.6 stars by 1563 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for The Winding Stair

40 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin, Co. Dublin D01 R9Y5

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    North City Centre

  • Hours of operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, View, Wine

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