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  • Address:
    293 Palmerston Ave
    Toronto, ON M6J 2J3
    Little Italy / College St.
  • Cuisine:
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Woodlot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.woodlottoronto.com
  • Phone: (647) 342-6307
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Comfort Food, Vegetarian
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Diner Reviews
  • "Table for two, late on Saturday night. Fantastic. Very friendly servers (even if they forgot to top up our wine...who really cares?), fabulous, unique food in perfect portions. Nice to be able to choose appetizer size or meal size for the pastas. Superior ingredients and flavour blends. Would describe it as "Canadian Woodland Gourmet". Great ambiance with no attitude. They gave us a delicious loaf of bread to take home for breakfast the next day. Highly recommend WoodLot!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "it is my absolute privilege to dine at Woodlot each and every time! i feel so fortunate to have this spectacular gem in the heart of toronto. thanks for another fantastic evening!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Laid back and delicious. We sat on the patio and had good and attentive staff."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Woodlot for the first time and it was wonderful in all ways! We dined outside on the lovely patio. The service was stellar and very welcoming. I am vegetarian and was thrilled by the separate vegetarian menu provided. We shared the mushroom appetizer as well as the potato and cheese croquettes. The kitchen plated the mushroom appetizer and two plates just so we did not miss the presentation! Both were delicious! Our mains were also exceptional. My husband had the ribs and I had the agnolotti and both were excellent. Desserts are worth having too! I cannot say enough about the welcoming, excellent service. The whole experience was fantastic and we will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Lovely meal. Great service, even though it was raining!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had an absolutely wonderful dinner at Woodlot. They have a very interesting menu and the food is well prepared and beautifully presented. Excellent wine list!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Staff were attentive but not in any way overbearing - always there if you needed something but not there when you didn't. Made for a good romantic evening out where you don't feel too bothered and can focus on the person you're with. The food was very tasty. We both had the steak ($29) and shared polenta fries ($7) and asparagus gratin ($10). While the steak was cooked perfectly and was a very nice piece of meat I do not think I would pay $29 for it again. For that price it should come with something (it has some beautiful mushrooms on the plate, but that is it). The polenta fries were delicious, and the gratin was good as well, but I don't think really worth the price. I would go back but am not rushing to do so."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is a great spot with delicious food and a unique approach to carnivore/vegetarian dining. They publish two menus which are very similar but vary ingredients to make the course either vegetarian or with meat. This flexible approach ensures there's something for everyone."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Hugely disappointing. Mushy gnocchi, flavourless crostini, overpriced cold entrees, horrible kale salad and cheesy (?!?) asparagus- yuck. Waited 90 minutes for our food. Maybe the worst dining experience I've had for the high price. Will not return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our first trip to Toronto and as it turns out there are a number of restaurants that are closed on Monday. The Woodlot used to fall into this group, but no more. There is a separate vegetarian menu with many of the same offerings or flavors that are on the omnivore menu, the best of which is the grilled hen of the woods mushroom salad."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Woodlot never (and I mean never) disappoints. A great place for dinner with friends."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Wooklod appears to be resting on its opening laurels, hence it is getting tired. Time for a major menu update."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Chef David's food was so beautiful, earthy and thoughtfully considered. It was inventive without being pretentious. My fiancé and I were blown away (and my fiancé is also a chef). We also had the privilege of being the last table of the night so we were beyond treated by the chef while seated at the chef's table right in front of their open kitchen. I love the rustic & raw converted garage space for this warm, intimate and inviting place."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "great for vegetarians and non vegetarians. the oven creates an awesome atmosphere that is pretty unique."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Inventive cocktails, odd wine list. What's with the 4 oz pours anyway? Small, intelligent menu. Mains were uniformly excellent and we'd go back for those any day. Wild rice and mushroom app was outstanding. Halloumi cheese only a little less so. Cheese cake light and not too sweet. But we were there for 2 and a half hours; an hour between courses and the stretch between ordering dessert and getting it was ridiculous (30-40 minutes to slice a cake and add a dab of whipped cream? Really??). Why we'd go back anyway -- the melting piney hanger steak; home made tagliatelle; sesame and ginger infused burdock on rainbow trout seared to perfection. Just make sure you have LOTS of time to savor, cuz you'll need it."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The outdoor patio is great and food is still wonderful. Mushroom dish (woodhen, woodland?) is a knockout. Get a loaf of bread to go."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "loved the creativity in the vegetarian menu "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I could not recommend this place because it was just too loud. Conversation was limited to the person beside you, we rarely spoke across the table. Two mistakes in our order, although they were rectified. Server. brusque verging on rude. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Positives: Attentive service, creative (slightly precious) kitchen, vegetarian choices, yummy dessert Negatives: Noisy; much too loud for easy quiet conversation; plates skimpy for the price and overpriced in general."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent meal and service. Noise level made it difficult to hear companions at times."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "very cute restaurant, great for date night. food is pretty good, a little expensive, but took an hour to get food. service could be improved "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "A lot of hype around this restaurant so our expectations were high going in. The food was very good, but the fact that it took so long to be served made the experience underwelming. Coupled also with the fact that our server had to be flagged down for attention and no one was attentive with the pouring of our wine. Unlikely to return."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I'd been to Woodlot before and loved it so enthusiastically recommended we go with a group of friends. While the food was very good (though overpriced), the service was absolutely appalling. We waited close to two hours to receive our main courses. When my friends ordered another drink at one point, the waiter rolled his eyes at them! We were stunned. I've never experienced this. We will not be recommending this place anymore!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We couldn't get a table upstairs at 7, but we really wanted to meet at Woodlot and give it a try, so we took the communal table. It was great, altho we didn't try the upstairs dining tables yet to compare. The waiter, the food, the table and seating ....all good!!! And one of us has hearing aids.....no problem, we could hear each other fine. Best part....the small but truly excellent menu "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Neat, comfortable appropriately 'woodsy' atmosphere that belies pretty sophisticated dishes and an interesting wine list. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I am always impressed with the creative and wonderful tastes at Woodlot. The mushroom salad and crostini appetizers were very good. Our mains included the salmon, pork chop and duck cabbage rolls - all were excellent. We asked and our waiter receommended a nice, red wine (which we thoroughly enjoyed) which was reasonably priced - it was refreshing not to have an expensive choice pushed in our direction."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed with the menu. The food was amazing! This is a must to try. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I really don't see what the fuss is all about. Great bread. Not family friendly. No kids menu or options. The weather was bequtiful but the patio was closed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was very tastie and well presented!! A simple Menu yet exquisitely balanced,a little pricey..but I would definitely return."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "What an experience! From the moment you arrive you are drawn in by the ambiance. Vibrant, interesting, quaint, trendy, welcoming and comfortable all at the same time. Food was incredible. Each offering a thoughtful melody of flavours. Simply a wonderful night out. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Recently dined at Woodlot for the first time after restaurant came highly recommended. The service was very poor, the food was worse. Total disappointment."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had been looking forward to dining here for months and live just down the street. Steak was great, but lacking a side for $28 is a little too downtown. Duck cabbage balls were tasty but reminiscent of cat food. Waiter was non attentive and typical. Since we didn't order starters to goose our bill and his tip we felt quickly under appreciated. Jeez, we just weren't that hungry! We were never offered another round of drinks when our food came and our wine glasses were dry, nor desert. We won't return. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Woodlot is a keeper. The food is great and INTERESTING. I like the format of having a meat and then a veg menu, but noticing that several of the items were cross-overs, almost the same recipe but modified to be veg. very cool. the "hen" mushroom dish was superb. the cheapest red wine by the glass was the best (we tried them all)! We'll definitely go back. Prices were fair. Bottled Wine list a bit unusual, didn't know many of them, and Im thinking a little pricey for unknowns. the main dining room is upstairs where they stuff about 15 tables in a space fit for 12, so expect to hear the conversations of your next-door dining "friends". Other than that, quite excellent. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Super charming space, smell of baking bread and food cooking is intoxicating. Simple menu but beautifully prepared and flavourful"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Great simplicity, creativity, subtle taste and texture combinations. Definitely worth returning to. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. The food was great, the mushroom starter and sweet potato side stood out most for me. Although the winter vegetable salad had very interesting flavours, it lacked substance, a few more greens wouldn't hurt. The separate vegetarian menu was great and a gluten free option would make this restaurant perfect. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We were eager to try Woodlot and were excited when he got a reservation. After ordering, our appetizers came promptly, but then we waited for over an hour for our second course to arrive. We had ordered a large gnocchi to share as a second course before our mains. Our server stopped by and said that it was on its way. After waiting another 20 minutes, we asked our server about the timing. He said that the remainder of our food was all coming at once and was not apologetic about the timing. He said it would have taken too long to have the dishes coursed out (ironically, seeing as we had been waiting so long already). He was terse and abrupt with us. While the food was good, the timing and quality of the service soured the meal. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is an excellent location when dining for special occasions and date night get together with friends. This gem is excellent! They took the time to read my email present alternatives to our dietary needs! The service is so exceptional and if there are any hiccups that will easily be smooth over by the conscientious and attentive staff retreat exceptional you'll think you your server is the owner! woodlot is a new personal fav this establishment gedts top rating from me! the food and service you get is pheniominol! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Every dish we ate was superb and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great food and service except I felt pressure and rushed to leave once our server was aware we were not ordering anything further."
    Dined on 4/18/2014