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

The Winding Stair

4.6
4.6
2171 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 43 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Irish, Seafood, Vegetarian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (01) 872 7320
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 2,171 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dublin 1

    Best Overall

  • Dublin 1

    Best Food

  • Dublin 1

    Best Service

  • Dublin 1

    Best Ambiance

  • Dublin 1

    Best Value

  • Dublin 1

    Good for business meals

  • Dublin 1

    Good for business meals

  • Dublin 1

    Neighborhood gem

  • Dublin 1

    Great for fine wines

  • Dublin 1

    Romantic

  • Dublin 1

    Good for special occasions

  • Dublin 1

    Most Booked

2,171 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly Tasty and lovely food atmosphere peaceful elegant surroundings

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  2. LiaP

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique, quaint, friendly and caring! The food was wonderful. Scotch Egg start and Bread pudding and espresso finish. Loved it! Being surrounded in nostalgia, the view and antique books simply added to the enjoyment. My first trip to Dublin. I loved it! Thank you!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Old building with lots of charm above a privately owned bookstore. Great food with friendly staff. Great place for a special dinner.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much for giving us a quiet table as requested! The food was very nice, service friendly and food very nice. Great wine list. Wasn’t very impressed by the sharing platter of salamis, that’s all.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were extremely attentive and chatty. Good service. Whilst a little pricey as are most places in Dublin...the food was excellent. I loved my smoked haddock in mash. My husband's pulled lamb and dumplings were very tasty. I had read some bad reviews just before . They were unjustified .

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always one of my first choice when I have a guest from outside of Ireland. I cannot count how many times I’ve eaten here over the years, never disappointed with the food and service. Great Irish good with generous portions. Lovely atmosphere and excellent selection of wines. Definitely I’ll go back.

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  7. MichaelM

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was bland, service inattentive, tight space and loud overall.

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  8. Mootyttt

    Austin

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good as usual. Service really fell short. Waiter seemed rushed and disinterested and was totally useless for wine selection (which was odd considering their emphasis on their wine list). Every dish was delivered to the wrong person in our group of four. We struggled to get his attention to pay the check.

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  9. ddev

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great place i’ve been a few times. for the first time the food wasn’t great - clearly prepared and reheated. server was fab and took care of us. i’d recommend not going on a saturday nite.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They do what they do very well. Great to see homely dishes like smoked haddock with mash and bread and butter pudding on the menu. I love a restaurant where they bring complimentary still and sparkling water to the table as soon as you sit down!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food - dumplings excellent, not so keen on the polenta Amazing starters crab and courgette salad Noisy and fun restaurant Lovely Irish wine cocktail

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Place was packed and a little noisy. Food was excellent and a little mistake was promptly fixed by the staff which was kind and friendly. It is an expensive spot, but ingredients were incredible and treated with competence and respect. Well worth it.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked this little gem of a restaurant for my birthday dinner and it tolally exceeded expectation! Food, ambiance, staff..all amazing! We give it FIVE STARS!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  14. IonaD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very nice. Generous portions, soda bread was delicious. I did find some crab shell in the potted crab but other than that food was lovely. Service let it down however, waiters were generally not very friendly or attentive.

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  15. Jennifer

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very, very disappointed. The library was closed. We were at a table hidden behind the bar, so no view for us. My overpriced steak (42 euros !!) was average with poor sides : undercooked vegetables without any sauce or dressing, and simple chips. The haddock dish was very good though. Service cold and expeditive. We did not feel welcome and we won’t recommend this place we were so happy to go at first.

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  16. SallyS

    Orange County

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely space. Knowledgable servers. Great wine list. Interesting dishes. Book a table!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend this restaurant. Every dish was delicious, the steak was excellent. Had a great table overlooking the Hapenny Bridge.

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  18. KatherineL

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Crab Starter was delicious,mushroom main was good but not great, sides v good, desert was nice but overpriced. All in all lovely but a bit pricey

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice environment though a bit noisy when full. Excellent service. Food more than agreeable (although we would have preferred the vegetables a bit more steamed or cooked, but that's a personal choice). All in all we very much liked our dinner.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very disappointing across the board :-(

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wir hatten uns mehr erwartet vom Essen. Warum das Restaurant so viele Auszeichnungen hat fürs Essen können wir nicht nachvollziehen. Es war auch nicht anspruchsvoll dekoriert oder mit Liebe angerichtet. Für ein Restaurant mit so einer Auszeichnung hätten wir doch was anderes erwartet. Angus war Mega Zäh haben wir sogar reklamiert und in die Küche zurück gegeben. Der Service hat dafür aber sehr gut reagiert und war freundlich. Das Lob geht a den Service aber auf gar keinen Fall a die Küche.

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  22. KateS

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, and we had great serivce!

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  23. LisaE

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were lucky to get a reservation. The service was outstanding, the food’s amazing!

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  24. Lawlom01

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Prompt service with great recommdndations by the service staff. Tasty food well presented. We were give a by the window which overlooked the liffey on a beautiful sunny evening which was lovely.

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  25. DominicM

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten there several times over the years and the food used to be better. Hope it improves again

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  26. SarahD

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Expensive compare to the quality of dishes and portions

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  27. MiriamS

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Extraordinary food! Good service! Very cramped and warm space and access. Charming experience..highly recommended.

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  28. Benjamin

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It is incredibly delicious food, in a wonderful setting. It’s not the cheapest restaurant, but it is all worth it. Especially the scotch eggs.

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  29. CamilleS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had such a delicious meal here! Great view of the river and general ambiance. I came alone and never felt rushed. Thank you! Will be back to see the bookstore!

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  30. CharlesG

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even after 15 years still has to be my favourite Dublin restaurant for food, location (especially on a sunny evening), ambience and fantastic staff

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  31. LisaL

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious local ingredients, thoughtfully prepared, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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  32. SenR

    Dublin

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time here, excellent as always! Would highly recommend.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delightful. The scotch egg was good inside but it was still delicious. Exquisite fish plate for starter to share. Steak was divine. White chocolate mousse was fantastic. We enjoyed seating on top floor.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. They clearly choose ingredients very carefully and prepare them carefully. Friendly and attentive service without being intrusive.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch with great service. Can’t wait to return.

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  36. KimberlyB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bread and fish plate were as good as ever, and are not to be missed if you like smoked fish spreads and salmon. The side of greens and lamb main were a bit full by comparison.

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  37. diner

    Greater Boston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quaint restaurant overlooking Ha'penny Bridge. The food is fresh and delicious. We will come back!

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  38. MSPR

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and really helpful service - good size of portions allowed us to try lots of different tastes but still leave full!

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  39. KateW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend recommended for my first night in Dublin. Couldn’t have picked a more perfect beautiful delicious place. Had the crab appetizer and grilled fish main. Superb, and view of the river.

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  40. HelenB

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely as always.

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The Winding Stair is rated 4.6 stars by 2171 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 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
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • 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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