The Winding Stair

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2 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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The Winding Stair
40, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 Dublin City
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9 votes
Tel: +353 1 872 7320

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Cosy, hip and bustling this lively little Dublin restaurant serves lip-smacking modern Irish food with views over the Liffey
  • Wine Courses
  • Banqueting
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - By a river
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Traditional Irish
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Cool Venue
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Informal
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

The Winding Stair

This much-loved café and bookshop overlooking the Ha'penny Bridge re-opened in 2006 after a long closure and, to everybody's delight, it has turned out to be better than ever.


Although now a proper restaurant with gleaming wine glasses and a fine new La Marzocco coffee machine, something of the old café atmosphere was carefully maintained and can still be found in the wooden floorboards, bentwood chairs and simple tables.


There is a suitable amount of memorabilia from the cafe's hey days in the form of yellowing photographs and heaving bookshelves, and the view of the river and bridge continues to be one of the most atmospheric in town.


General manager Elaine Murphy's strong vision for the reincarnation has happily held firm through various changes of head chef.


Expect plenty of 'the organic and real' on menus that include superb signature starters such as an Irish charcuterie plate (Connemara dry cured lamb and beef, salamis from the Gubbeen smokehouse in County Cork, accompanied by home made chutney & capers), and main dishes including outstanding renditions of classics such as bacon and cabbage with parsley sauce.


To finish, there's an excellent Irish farmhouse cheese selection and delicious seasonal desserts which, like the rest of the menu, are very fairly priced.


Tim Sacklin's unusually interesting wine list, sourced from a variety of quality suppliers, is a pleasure to explore but should you wish to keep things simple, a blackboard with wines of the week offers a more focused choice.


The Winding Stair is that rarity among Dublin restaurants (indeed Irish restaurants), serving simple, high quality food, and it has a lovely ambience.


Aided by nostalgia, it also has loads of personality and has earned a loyal following - book a window table for a view of the river.

Seats 60; L&D served daily, 12-5, 5.30-10.30pm; 1/2/3 course set L with a glass of wine €18.95/21.95/26.95, pre-theatre D 5.30-7pm, 2/3 courses with a glass of wine €27.95/32.95, also a la carte; house wine from €22. Children welcome. Closed 25/26 Dec, 31 Dec, 1 Jan, Good Friday, 17 Mar. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-07-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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On the north quays, beside the Ha'penny bridge.

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