A sweet old bookstore downstairs and a chic restaurant upstairs, Winding Stair is just a stone’s throw from the Ha’penny Bridge. The views of the Liffey are romantic, but it’s the inventive modern Irish cooking that pulls in the crowds for lunch and dinner. After a starter of Irish chowder with chorizo and treacle bread, you could opt for slow-braised beef with parsnip mash, or sea trout with trout caviar and pickled cucumber. The enormous wine list, which is helpfully arranged by character rather than region, features several decently priced options. The fixed-price lunch (€22–€27) and the pre-theater menus (€27–€31) are great value for money.
The Winding Stair
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Our Rating Neighborhood O’Connell Street Area/North of the Liffey Hours Mon–Thurs noon–5pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Fri noon–4pm, 5–10:30pm; Sat–Sun 5:30–10:30pm Transportation Luas: Jervis. Bus: 39B, 51, 51B, 51C, 51D, 51X, 68, 69, 69X, 78, 78A, 79, 79A, 90, 92, 206 Phone 01/872-7320 Prices Main courses €23–€28 Cuisine Type Modern Irish Web site The Winding Stair
Map40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 Dublin
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