Woodlot
Woodlot

Woodlot

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.woodlottoronto.com/
  • Phone: 6473426307
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Vegetarian, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: David Haman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Negotiable

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College
  • Public Transit: We are located at College St and Palmerston Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot available
A word from Woodlot
Woodlot Restaurant offers honest and simple handmade cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Woodlot reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (128)neighborhood gem (99)special occasion (69)romantic (54)great for outdoor dining (47)notable wine list (37)hot spot (36)good for groups (26)late-night find (17)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Phenomenal Food
    woodsrupVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food and service was great and was sourced locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our second time at Woodlot. This time we came early on Sunday (5pm) and brought our 11-week-old baby (I told them when I made our reservation that we would be bringing her). The staff was super accommodating with her. Also, I'm vegan, and the server knew exactly what was (or could be made to be) vegan. It was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • almost all great
    dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were 4 and the service was excellent. The recommended wine was great and my sweet potato and chard anglonotti was spectacular. Other dishes were also excellent, but the gnocchi was just "good" and the breaded clam starter was more dried bread crumbs than anything else. I would take it off the menu. The restaurant hits the mark on many levels, but if it is to be considered in the elite, it needs to never miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Served by the owner
    mortgagejake
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The night started off great when (we didn't know) our server was also the owner! He could not stop smiling and beaming with pride of his establishment, and rightfully so. The service was amazing, our server was great (after he left), really knew her wines and pairings, and the food. I had the ribs, fall-off-the-bone. Friends had steak, the tofu and agnaletti (SP) pasta. Overall a tremendous night out on a Wednesday, I've been there before and will definitely go back asap.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and friendly service
    BiBiTiTi
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Originally a garage, the restaurant retained a lot of the rustic characteristics to create this new interesting two level space. We sat at a table on the upper level and was able to over look the kitchen and the famous wood burning stove. Menu is small so selection was limited but each dish was very well executed. The pork chop was the best I've ever had. Ribs and the meatball spaghetti were absolutely fantastic as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh what a night!
    Bigbadcliff
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My vegetarian wife and carnivorous self decided to celebrate our fourteenth wedding anniversary with a nice dinner at Woodlot. What a meal! We started with the Yukon Gold and Scamorza Cheese Croquettes which were good but not outrageously fantastic...but that's okay. I ordered the 1lb of Dry Rubbed Wood Fired Ribs and wifey the Hand Cut Sourdough Spaghetti w/ san marzano tomato sauce, smoked mozzarella, basil and Parmesan and a side of Warm Kale Salad. Two words....WOW! Okay that was only 1 word. Sue me. Seriously some if the best food that I have ever had. The ribs were perfect! And as a big appetite boy....I was plenty full with the generous portions. We loved our drinks, we enjoyed our wait staff and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Gigi
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We reserved at Woodlot on a friend's recommendation. Very casual but food is excellent. The wait staff was well informed and fun. Would only hesitate to recommend it to someone with hearing issues as it is quite loud when full but that is not a bad thing as everyone was having a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The agnolotti was absolutely devine. Depending on what you order though, the "large" sized portions can be quite small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    KMP1VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Woodlot is the best restaurant in Toronto. The ambience is warm and inviting. The food is sensational: I had the pickerel which was the best dish I have eaten in Toronto in a while; my spouse had the spaghetti/meatballs: delicious. The starter of buratta and in season Ontario tomatoes was elegant to look at and scrumptious to eat. All in all, a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my birthday dinner celebration
    Farenheit
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It is my favourite restaurant in the city, cozy, rustic, low-key, fresh and amazingly tasty food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food, great atmosphere
    kaskmi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Came here for dinner with two friends. While it's a little more expensive, Woodlot is a treat. The menu is fairly small, but we tried almost everything and loved everything. The wood-fired ribs especially were killer - just fell off the bone and had such a delicious smokey flavour. The steak and fish also looked great, the appies were delicious, the cheese board and dessert sampler board - lovely. The atmosphere was dark and rustic yet modern with a good playlist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night
    pdhlondon
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We truly enjoyed every minute of the 2+ hours we spent at the Woodlot. We were greeted with warm smiles from the hostess and our server. The atmosphere was delightful -- even though the house was full the noise level was never distracting and we were able to carry on a conversation easily without having to raise our voices. The food was outstanding and the service was friendly, efficient, and helpful. We were particularly pleased to be able to order half-servings of our entrees. The prices were in the top tier, but the value was there so we did not feel that it had been an overly expensive evening or meal. I highly recommend the Woodlot to anyone looking for a unique dining experience and a pleasant night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Woodlot
    Loveagoodmeal
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I received a gift certificate for the Woodlot. Didn't know the restaurant beforehand. Thought I would give it a go. It was the best food I have had in 2014. Just coming back from 10 years in NYC and the food at this restaurant matches anything NYC can offer. What a pleasure dining there. The food was perfection. The music was a bit loud, but then I was the oldest diner there. Would certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    ab90
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A friend and I had heard of Woodlot but had never been so we decided to give it a try and we loved it! We chose to eat off of the fixed menu which allowed us to try a whole bunch of different things. We got the croquettes and mushroom dish to start, and for our mains we got the sourdough pasta and meatballs and the pork. SO good! You can tell that the ingredients are high quality. Our mains were accompanied with 3 sides: the polenta fries, warm kale salad and the rapini. By ordering off of the fixed menu, you definitely get your moneys worth. We also got the treat board which is a must try since you get to sample a few mini treats! Service was great (with the exception of waiting ~20 minutes to pay) and would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarian abundance
    BitterosityGirl
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    As vegetarian-almost-foodies we have resigned ourselves to choosing 1, maybe 2, options on most menus (especially at the intimate hipster places) - but at Woodlot we suffer the embarrassment of vegetarian riches! Thoughtful and charming ingredients on both the meat & veggie menus meant we felt like we were being treated as eating-equals. For a visiting young German relative it was the perfect place to introduce her to Canadian ingredients, smart vegetarian cooking and a very Gemütlich environment. The only down side was the very cold temperature inside (wore my outside jacket all night and it did feel a bit ungracious that none of the wait staff made any sort of comment - I was not the only one wearing a coat & scarf) and the noise volume.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gdfdym
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Crostini and mushroom salad for starters were very nice. The ribs just melted in your mouth and the warm kale salad was the perfect pairing. The selection of six delicious bites for desert, simply the best. Very delicious food with no pretension. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I recently went back to Woodlot for the second time. The first time was on a first date with my current girlfriend. The experience was incredible, and I was excited to go back again for our 1 year anniversary. The food was excellent as always, but it was everything else about Woodlot that truly made it a wonderful experience. The ambiance is perfectly balanced, with the noise level being perfectly calm enough to speak in a regular voice to the person accross the table. The service was perfectly timed, and always attentive. I especially liked receiving wine samples to try because I was unsure about which wine would go best with my main course. The evening was perfect, and I look forward to going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Woodlot was recommended to me by a friend and it was amazing!! The food was amazing and the wine suggested by the waitress was perfectly paired with the food. I recommend Woodlot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Rick
    RestaurantRick
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have returned to Woodlot several times for its rustic decor, cleverly crafted and well executed dishes and charmingly casual service. On this trip, service slid to unfocused and slow. When execution fails, casual comes off as too cool for school. The kitchen was out of our favourite Pickerel so we both chose Rainbow Trout, prepared with the Pickerel treatment. Nicely done! The Warm Kale Salad was remarkably remeniscent of Collard Greens, not one of our favourite tastes. We will regard this visit as a blip and try another visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always returning!
    TODiner
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Despite always looking for a new restaurant to try, we find ourselves regularly returning to Woodlot for a night out. Excellent and reliable service, great atmosphere and superb food. An absolute pleasure of a dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a really nice setting
    Loren
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent vegetarian menu with some really interesting flavour combinations. The sourdough pasta in particular was excellent. To be highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timer
    ChefFan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Ordered the following: - Ember Grilled Hen-o’-the-Woods Mushrooms: mushrooms themselves were excellent. Smoky, charred flavour. I ended up picking them out of the rest of the wild rice, black walnut, beet root and dill on the dish. - Chop of Whey Fed Pork: I was expecting melt-in-your mouth tenderness but, it was slightly dry and not as juicy as I had hoped. Loved the lollichop cut, though! - Stone Ground Polenta Fries: Perfectly salted and crisp. I can see myself just ordering a few batches of these to enjoy on the patio. - Chocolate Cheese Cake w/ graham, burnt marshmallow and fresh raspberry: nice, large portion size. The raspberry cut the sweetness of the chocolate perfectly. The burnt marshmallow was pleasantly sweet and gooey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Hen o' the woods mushrooms? The most beautiful textures! Fresh angnolotti with corn butter? Soul-warming. I came here with my boyfriend; we both work in a busy fine-dining restaurant so we know the drill, and let me tell you we left very, very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and Delicious
    kiki
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant takes pride in using fresh products that are in season. The food is obviously prepared with pride, care and creativity. The friendly staff was quick to explain the menu, the homemade items and wine list. As the evening wore on, and the restaurant was filled to capacity the noise level rose a bit higher than I would like. Nice to see a neighbourhood venue doing well with their clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish we had a better experience
    CuisineConnoisseurs
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We travelled from Stoney Creek and were really excited to try this restaurant. We were late due to bad traffic and when we arrived the waitress was minimally polite and short with us. Thankfully I had done research beforehand because the waitress did not explain the vegetarian menu versus the regular menu. We observed other couples receiving a proper introduction to the resteraunt and we did not get the same treatment. It was obvious the chef had professional training and everything blended together nicely. The food was unique and delicious, but not something we would want too often. We enjoyed our appitizers and my boyfriend loved his steak but I don't think we will be returning because the service really effected our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great spot
    Casualfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a bottle of wine and a great meal at Woodlot. The service was very good, the food excellent and we really enjoyed the setting - they've done a great job organizing and designing the space - feels very casual yet upscale. Prices were very reasonable as well. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Vegetarian Food
    MarissaCoulter
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My friend and I ate here for her birthday, and our entirely vegetarian meal was superb. The flavour combinations and use of herbs were amazing, the cocktails were delicious and the service was quick and friendly. We were also impressed by the number of veggie choices available. The food is very creative and high quality. the meat options- which they have- also looked great. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    soodaroo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Loved this restaurant. Some of the best food I've had in years and this includes Michelin starred restaurants in NYC. Casual elevated dining for sure. We had an all vegetarian menu - the sourdough agnolotti was the best al dente pasta i've had, the mushroom appy was awesome - so smart and well-balanced. We need more places like this.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Handcrafted Perfection
    ThatsNachoCheese
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Every detail of your woodlot experience will be made from scratch, have rich earthy flavours, and will leave you checking your calendar to plan your next reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner!
    fabfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were pleasantly greeted upon arrival. Service was prompt and our server was knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. Food was plated beautifully and was absolutely delicious. Servings were generous. A perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take your friends
    Dineswithfriends
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We needed to seat a group of 7, and we wanted a menu with vegetarian options for some of our group, great food and great ambience, and a great neighbourhood to show off Toronto to visitors. Woodlot delivered on all fronts. We sat at the chef's table, which gives a combo of almost-on-the-patio and right by the vibrant kitchen and fascinating mosaic covered bread oven. Our server took time to explain and answer the myriad questions we had. We went for the prix fixe - $45 per person for a starter and a main and then you share a selection of sides. I highly recommend it. Woodlot has a whole separate vegetarian menu, and the menu is included in the prix fixe option. The food was excellent. We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    MtlerinTO
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very competent and friendly service. Very well executed, fresh, local food. Will definitely be going back. We mentioned in passing we thought the sides were a touch salty for our taste and they took them off the bill, even though we ate every morsel. And they comped our desserts! Wow! We insisted that wasn't necessary, we just don't salt our food much, but they persisted. Needless to say, left a huge tip. We were there with our 7 year old who also loved it and who was made to feel completely welcome. Great, informal place for everybody, with A+ food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty and noisy
    RobandB
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have been to Woodlot 3 times for business or most recently pleasure as friends gave us a gift certificate. I wouldn't spend a dime of my own money on this place. The acoustics are lousy, the waiter a little too cool for school and the food was mediocre especially given the price. The ribs were tasty but salty, the greens were really bitter and salty and the steak was drowned in butter. And I feel I'm a fair and reasonable patron so i am sorry to sound harsh. Sadly, it just isn't worth it especially given the room is not exactly relaxing after a long day.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and Fun
    Ruth
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food at Woodlot is terrific. It is both creative and tasty. Also a great variety to choose from. The ambience is lively and relaxed and although a bit noisy is much less so than most restaurants these days. We could comfortably talk among the seven of us at the table. Definitely a fun and delicious dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    TaraPepper
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went for my son's 25th birthday. It was EXCELLENT! Such fantastic tastes ... such great service. A huge thank you to Woodlot for making the evening special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Locally Sourced Food
    UrbanHermit
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was very impressed with this restaurant. The place is pretty small so that makes for a nice cozy atmosphere. The appetizers in particular were fantastic. My only regret is that I the fantastic appetisers filled me up tremendously so I was pretty full for my main. The sevice was friendly and not at all intrusive. They were also all extremely knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and innovative
    Dareats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've dined at Woodlot several times and it does not disappoint! Dishes are equally unique and delicious. Restaurant has a lively ambience while still feeling laid back. Kale salad, polenta fries and desserts are a must! Definately one of my fave places to dine in T.O.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best bread in TO
    ottawafoodies
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our second visit here. The food was fantastic, fun, and of course the in-house baked bread is divine. Menu changes regularly, so you won't have the same experience twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & veg-friendly
    chicagogirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Woodlot is cute & casual, but I ate at the bar & the seats are uncomfortable--small, hard, & backless. If it's a strategy to prevent people from lingering too long after eating, then bravo! Mission accomplished. The Aperol cocktail I began with was okay, however, my dinner was tremendous. I had the small portion of stuffed agnolotti, which was lovely, & the side of rapini. The rapini was among the best I've had die to the added zing of chili. I finished with the chocolate cheesecake, which tasted okay but was too dense/heavy. They provide traditional & veg menus to each guest. I don't know why they aren't incorporated into one menu, but it's nice that it's not an afterthought. It's rather expensive for what it is, but I'd still be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved my first time at wood lot. The food was delicious, the space warm and welcoming. Our server was very helpful and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.