South Dublin's Award-Winning Restaurant Destination
cook with the seasons | sustainably source direct from farms | ferment | forage | cure | minimise waste
Welcome to Woodruff. We are a multi award winning restaurant located in Stepaside Village at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. Our ethos is to showcase the best of what Ireland has to offer, we write our menu weekly focusing on provenance, seasonality & sustainability.
Founded by friends Colm Maguire & Simon Williams, Woodruff is a produce led restaurant. Our food is focused on quality local products, wild foods & proximity to producers. Complementing this is a handpicked selection of over 100 European wines, echoing our love for organic and authentic flavours.
Unforgettable Dinner Experiences in South Dublin
Woodruff’s menu is a tribute to the best of Ireland – a true farm to fork journey. We source directly from farms whenever possible & have built wonderful relationships with some of Irelands greatest producers. For the quintessential dinner in South Dublin, look no further.
Lunch in South Dublin: A midday treat
Thursday, Friday & Saturdays are for lunch at Woodruff. Alongside our à la carte, we offer our set menu from 12.30pm until 7pm (6pm on weekends)
2 Courses for €35 or 3 Courses for €42.
Whether for a business meet or a casual catch-up, our menu promises a memorable lunch in South Dublin
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Woodruff, Unit 7, The Village, Stepaside, Dublin 18.
Typically, when you see charcuterie on a menu, it’s on the snacks section, a nice quick plate to have with a pre-dinner drink. But here, it is served as a substantial course, so gather up your friends and order it. All the charcuterie, which includes beef salami, lomo, coppa, and air-dried lamb rump, is made in-house, and aged with Himalayan salt blocks in a dry ageing fridge, each piece tasting quite different, with the subtle use of herbs and spices.
Sustainability or Community Initiatives
At Woodruff, our connection with the land & its produce is essential to our culinary philosophy. This connection is not just about procuring ingredients; it’s about building relationships, supporting our local communities and championing sustainability.
- Local and Organic Vegetables: We source weekly from the esteemed McNally family farm in north Dublin, Castleruddery organic farm in Wicklow & Beechlawn organic farm in Galway.
- Pioneering Pork: Our pork comes directly from the award-winning Andarl farm in Mayo. Dave & Anna Milestone have been recognized for their exemplary pig husbandry, being the first in Ireland to receive an award for the same.
- Premium Irish Beef: Our beef is procured from Higgins butchers in north Dublin. Rick meticulously hand-selects the finest grass-fed Irish beef and dry-ages it to perfection, guaranteeing unparalleled quality.
- Artisanal Dairy: We believe Ireland has some of the best pastures, cheese & cheese makers. Currently we are using Rockfield dairy, Hegartys, Ballylisk & Young Buck. Also the indispensable velvet cloud sheep yoghurt.
- Sustainable Seafood: Delivered daily, we always opt for the freshest and best-conditioned catch. We make a conscious effort to choose sustainable fish, aligning with our commitment to protect our oceans and marine life.
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Unit 7, The Village, Stepaside,
We provide 15 dedicated parking spaces directly behind the restaurant for our patrons. Please take note: beyond these spaces, the metal gates lead to underground parking, which is reserved exclusively for residents. We kindly ask guests to respect this and avoid parking in the residential areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bus: The 44 bus route stops right outside our doorstep. Additionally, the 47 bus stop is located just around the corner.
Luas: For those using the Luas, the nearest stop is at Leopardstown Valley. It’s a scenic 15-minute walk through the Cruagh Greenway to reach us from there.
Woodruff specialises in Modern Irish cuisine, a blend of traditional flavours with contemporary techniques. Our philosophy is grounded in a genuine love for fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. We take immense pride in crafting as much as possible in-house from our breads, butter and crème fraîche to our handcrafted ricotta and charcuterie.
Yes, vegetarian options are always available for each course on our menu. For our vegan patrons, we will always adapt any dish to vegan whenever possible, we can best accommodate specific vegan requirements with advance notice. If you have vegan preferences, please let us know when booking, and we will ensure to prepare dishes that align with your dietary needs.
At Woodruff, we believe in creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for all our guests and as such, we do not have a dress code. Whether you’re joining us for a casual lunch or a special dinner occasion, we want you to feel comfortable and enjoy your meal.
While we gladly accept walk-ins, making a reservation is advised, especially during peak times or on weekends. Booking ahead ensures that you secure a table and helps us provide you with the best possible dining experience. If you decide to drop by spontaneously, we’ll always do our best to accommodate you, but a reservation gives you the certainty of a confirmed table.
For dinner, you can expect an average cost of approximately €55 per person. For lunch, we offer a set menu priced at €35 for two courses or €42 for three courses.
Absolutely! Children are always welcome at Woodruff. For our younger guests, we offer a kids’ menu that includes choices like sausages, plain breast of chicken, or the pan-fried fish of the day. These dishes can be served plainly with veggies, fries, or potatoes, all priced at €9. If your child has a more adventurous palate, we’re happy to prepare a half portion of any main from our regular menu whenever possible.
Yes, we do. All allergens are clearly listed on our menu. We are committed to accommodating our guests’ dietary needs and will always make every effort to adapt any dish if necessary and whenever possible. If you have specific dietary requirements or concerns, please let our staff know, and we’ll do our best to assist you.
Yes, we have 15 shared parking spaces directly behind the restaurant. Additionally, there is free on-street parking available outside the restaurant and across the road in the housing estate. We kindly ask our patrons to be respectful of our neighbours: please ensure that driveways and footpaths remain clear at all times.
Absolutely! Woodruff is available for private events and parties. We pride ourselves on offering a unique and memorable experience tailored to your needs. Whether it’s a birthday celebration, corporate event, or any other special occasion, our team is on hand to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. For booking inquiries and more details, please contact us directly.
Yes, we offer takeout services. However, please note that takeout is not available during our peak times as our dine-in customers take precedence. Our takeout offerings mirror our weekly à la carte menu. Unfortunately, we do not offer delivery services at this time.
Yes, gift vouchers are available for purchase both on our website and in-store at Woodruff.
You can find our current wine list in the menus section of our website, presented in PDF format.
We are dedicated to ensuring the comfort and safety of all our guests. Currently, we only permit guide dogs within our restaurant and on the patio.
We are located at:
Unit 7, The Village,
Stepaside, Dublin 18,
D18N26H, South Dublin.