Restaurant Destination Near Sandyford

cook with the seasons | sustainably source direct from farms | ferment | forage | cure | minimise waste

About Us

Welcome to Woodruff, a gem located in the charming village of Stepaside, mere moments from Sandyford in South Dublin, cradled at the base of the Dublin Mountains. Our restaurant, a recipient of multiple awards, prides itself on featuring the finest offerings from Ireland. We craft our weekly menus with an emphasis on origin, seasonal relevance, and sustainable practices, reflecting our unwavering commitment to food artistry.

Elderflower cannelloni Ryan's rhubarb sorbet white chocolate crumb
Fermented organic squash charred baby gem Hegartys sage & brown butter dressing

The Founders

Established by companions Colm Maguire and Simon Williams, Woodruff stands as a homage to the rich abundance of Ireland. Positioned near Sandyford in the scenic enclave of Stepaside Village, our establishment celebrates the vibrancy of locally-sourced ingredients and the allure of wild edibles, with each dish narrating tales of the land’s cultivators and the rhythms of the seasons. Complementing our gastronomic creations is an expertly selected collection of more than 100 European wines, underscoring our profound respect for authentic, organic tastes. Experience a fusion of heritage and creativity, uniquely presented by Woodruff.

Unforgettable Dinner Near Sandyford

À La Carte Mastery: Fresh, Local, Uncompromising

Nestled just moments away from Sandyford in the picturesque Stepaside Village, Woodruff’s dinner menu is a culinary ode to the finest in Irish gastronomy, embodying a genuine journey from farm to fork. Savour the essence of authenticity with creations that emphasise the richness of local produce and the enchantment of foraged delicacies. Each morsel embodies our steadfast dedication to pristine quality, conscientious sourcing, and innovative kitchen artistry. For an unparalleled dining encounter in South Dublin, make Woodruff your gastronomic haven.

Purple sprouting broccoli halloumi pickled shiitake wild garlic gnocchi romesco
Brill organic swiss chard charred leeks rhubarb crab bisque

Lunch Near Sandyford

Woodruff's Commitment: Freshness on Every Plate

Enter the realm of Woodruff, situated a brief jaunt from Sandyford in the idyllic Stepaside Village, and elevate your midday dining affair. Harnessing the bounty of regional produce, our lunch offerings skilfully fuse timeless culinary heritage with modern sophistication. Be it a business engagement or a relaxed gathering, our menu assures a distinctive and unforgettable lunchtime delight in South Dublin.

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Featured Dishes & Specials

🏆 Dish of the Year 2021 - Irish Times Food Oscars Best Charcuterie - Woodruff

Located at Unit 7, The Village, Stepaside, Dublin 18, Woodruff redefines charcuterie, transforming it from a mere starter to an experience in itself. Far from just a casual nibble, our charcuterie emerges as a substantial delight, ideal for communal enjoyment. Indulge in our signature assortment, featuring beef salami, lomo, coppa, and air-dried lamb rump, each meticulously matured with Himalayan salt blocks in a specialised dry ageing refrigerator. Every cut bears witness to our exclusive medley of herbs and spices, offering unparalleled flavours and an immersive gastronomic adventure.


Sustainability or Community Initiatives

At Woodruff, merely a short trip away from Sandyford in the tranquil haven of Stepaside Village, our ethos is deeply rooted in a profound connection to the land, its bountiful produce, and the dedicated farmers behind it. This relationship extends beyond the mere sourcing of ingredients; it’s about fostering genuine partnerships, strengthening our local communities, and vigorously advocating for sustainability.

Supporting Local

  • Local and Organic Vegetables: Our organic vegetables are a testament to the rich soil of Dublin and its surrounding regions. We source from the esteemed McNally family farm in north Dublin. Additionally, Simon takes a weekly drive to Wicklow, ensuring that we handpick and collect only the best from Castleruddery organic farm.
  • Pioneering Pork: Our pork hails from the award-winning Andarl farm in Mayo. Dave, from Andarl farm, has been recognized for his exemplary pig husbandry practices, 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, a maestro in his field, meticulously hand-selects the finest grass-fed Irish beef and dry-ages it to perfection, guaranteeing unparalleled quality.
  • Artisanal Dairy: Our dairy selection celebrates the richness of Irish produce. We get our yoghurts and sheep cheese directly from Rockfield dairy in Mayo. Moreover, our choice of feta and goat cheese is sourced directly from Meadowfield farm in Wexford.
  • Sustainable Seafood: Our seafood selection embodies freshness and responsibility. 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.

Our Location

Unit 7, The Village, Stepaside,
Dublin 18
Eircode: D18N26H

Link to Google Maps here

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 conveniently stops right outside our doorstep. Additionally, the 47 bus stop is just a short 3-minute walk away.

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.

Whether you’re driving or using public transport, reaching Woodruff is hassle-free. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Woodruff specialises in Modern Irish cuisine, a harmonious 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, ranging from our artisanal breads, butter, and crème fraîche to our handcrafted ricotta and charcuterie. As we cook with the rhythm of the seasons, our dishes are ever-evolving, reflecting the best of what Ireland’s land and waters have to offer at any given time of the year.

Yes, we are committed to catering to diverse dietary preferences. Vegetarian options are always available for each course on our menu, ensuring a delightful dining experience for our vegetarian guests. For our vegan patrons, while we always strive to offer appealing choices, 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. As such, we do not have a formal dress code. However, we appreciate when our guests come dressed in a manner that’s respectful of other diners. 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 wine list in the menus section of our website, presented in PDF format. Access it directly by clicking here.

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.

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