The Winding Stair

Address: 40 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland
Telephone: 01 872 7320

- Mid-range

4.3

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
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Service
4.2
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Food and drink
4.4
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Value for money
4.3
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Ambience
4.6
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Location
4
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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. 

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

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