Fodor's Expert Review The Winding Stair

$$ The Northside Irish

Once Dublin's favorite secondhand bookshop–café, the Winding Stair now houses an atmospheric, buzzing little restaurant, with old wooden floors, simple decor, a downstairs bookshop, and grand views of the Ha'penny Bridge and the River Liffey. Hearty portions of upmarket traditional Irish food rely on Irish-only ingredients; the pork chop with crispy pigs’ ears and hispi cabbage is a standout. Upstairs, former habitués will enjoy seeing the old bookcases around the walls (some of which are now stacked with wine). An inventive wine list and a wonderful Irish farmhouse-cheese selection are two more treats on offer, and your sweet tooth insists that you try the rice pudding with melted plums.

Irish Intimate Lunch Dinner Dessert $$

Quick Facts

40 Ormond Quay
Dublin, Co. Dublin  Dublin 1, Ireland


Known For:
  • Views of the River Liffey
  • Historic location
  • Irish produce–inspired cooking

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