The Winding Stair

Price guide: Mid-range

40 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Price guide: Mid-range

Dining room

By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#20 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, No fuss, People watching, Sightseeing

Expert review of The Winding Stair

The Winding Stair has matured into a hip Dublin eatery while holding onto its quirky appeal.

If those stairs could talk. I used to count my pennies to buy soup up these winding steps in my broke student days but thanks to a complete refurb, The Winding Stair has blossomed from a shabby chic café into a proper restaurant with sparkling wine glasses and superior service. It was a landmark hangout for writers, artists and musicians in the 1970s and I believe there’s a special something in the air! The old wooden floorboards, heaving bookshelves and simple tables, remain as an ode to the brilliant café that was. I love the intimate table settings and atmospheric views of the Ha’panny Bridge and River Liffey. Oh, and the food is top notch. 

Food and drink: 

This is a showcase for the best of Irish food, with lots of organic ingredients and seafood. A cute blackboard (again from its café days) offers wine specials.

Recommended dishes: 

Try the bacon, cabbage and parsley sauce (on the lunch menu), an Irish classic, done to perfection!

Ambience: 

It’s cosy! If it’s complete privacy you’re after, or a serious discussion, this isn’t the place for you, but I love the relaxed intimacy of the modest dining room and there's a chatty din when it's full creating a congenial feel.

Service: 

The staff are relaxed and not the most efficient, but super-friendly.

Location: 

Hidden on the ‘wrong’ side of the Liffey (Northside!), it's up two flights of twisting, narrow stairs. 

Price advice: 

A new lunch menu offers excellent value; 17.85 euros for two courses or 22.95 euros for three. A pre-theatre menu before 8pm offers two courses for 25 euros and three for 30 euros.

Tables to book: 

By the window for views of the River Liffey, especially for the night lights. 

More information on The Winding Stair :

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
Irish, Seafood, Steak, Traditional
Address:
40 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Telephone:
01 872 7320
Website:
http://www.winding-stair.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Sun–Thu noon-5pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Fri-Sat noon-3.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Art gallery, bookshop

Have you been to The Winding Stair ? Would you recommended it?