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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Woodlot reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (137)neighborhood gem (106)special occasion (82)romantic (63)notable wine list (47)hot spot (45)great for outdoor dining (39)good for groups (28)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Vegetarian for the night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I rarely have a vegetarian meal but after reading all of the rave reviews, I was very happy to have a most amazing dining experience as everything lived up to the expectations. Lots of unique flavors that made something as common as mushrooms really enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for vegetarians!!
    Travelbugs
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Fabulous vegetarian offerings. Needs a better wine list with more Ontario varieties. Needs more after-dinner liquors selection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fall Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my second meal at Woodlot and it did not disappoint. We were a table of four and everyone seemed equally satisfied with their meal. For starters we had the hen-in-the-woods mushrooms, & crab toast (I am vegetarian so I can only speak to the vegetarian friendly meals), my main was the squash agnolotti and we shared sides of the polenta fries, rapini and kale salad. OOOh those polenta fries!! Delish. And the rapini was another of my favourites. I have to say the agnolotti was a bit bland for my taste but I'm sure you can't please everyone... The wine list is quite extensive and bravo for showcasing a ton of ontario wines! The atmosphere is absolutely lovely. I love the rustic feel... It's perfect for a fall feast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious! Just go now.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was beyond expectations - both my boyfriend and I, who go out to dinner often, kept saying how good it was after each bite. Unique meals, incredible service. An ambitious, separate veg menu made me very happy (My bf said the lamb was the best he's ever had.) my only complaint - was a bit chilly. Bring a sweater, if you're going in the fall/winter. Incredible meal - we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    FrenchGirlinTO
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    the food was good, but it was a little noisy and the room was a little cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Memorable Meal in Toronto
    FoodNTravel
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant has a wonderful rustic charm. Our wait staff were intuitive and extremely responsive to our needs. The food was delicious and expertly prepared. I was very impressed that the entire staff went out of their way to deal with my particular food allergy, thus allowing me to relax and dine without concern. Although the restaurant buzzed with energy, we were able to easily enjoy our table conversation. Our meals were prepared in a wood-fired oven that added an amazing taste and generated a wood burning aroma that swirled throughout the restaurant, further adding to the cozy ambiance of our delicious, intimate Toronto evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A little expensive for what you get. the portion size was very small and breaks the bank here. Would only come back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ility
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Excellent small menu, beautifully prepared and presented by knowledgeable friendly staff. A lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JjggVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Super rustic ambiance and food was delicious, fresh, seasonal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Food but Noisy
    SeriousDiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Out for a special dinner we found the food quite good on the limited but interesting menu. Portions were ideally sized. Appetizers and mains were excellent, but as usual everywhere desserts missed the mark as they try to be too creative and forget about the comfort of simple traditional fare. An open kitchen that held some interest, but crowded an noisy. Not a place for romantic or thoughtful conversation. Wine and beer choice was also different, but liquor surprisingly limited - no drambuie or brandy. Service was a bit on the slow side. A fine place for an occasional and different experience as long as you don't mind vibrant crowds and too loud music in an interesting part of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    LoLa
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Check it! A friend recommended Woodlot and I'm so glad I went. Excellent homemade bread, fun environment/cozy, service was exceptional and food was good. Looking forward to next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    FoodMaven
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We brought our mother to Woodlot for her 70th birthday dinner. Our server was lovely, attentive and knowledgeable. She was always available when needed and was incredibly patient with the many questions from my family. The Woodlot menu may seem small but it easily accommodates many tastes (I can attest to this as my siblings are very fussy eaters) and every dish we had was delicious! One small complaint was that my brother's pasta dish (tagliatelle) wasn't an even temperature, hot in the middle but cool on the outside like it sat in the kitchen window waiting on the other dishes. We had dessert plans elsewhere but our server made the end of our night perfect with some delicious sweet lemon madelines and a birthday candle for our mom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Woodlot WOW
    fuschiabird
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I often go for nice dinners in the city and it's very rare that I walk away and am amazed by the food and service. Friendly service, cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and many delicious seasonal items on the menu (with plenty of vegetarian options). Ordered the mushroom starter, never eat bread but couldn't resist since it's baked in-house, had the sea bass which was cooked to perfection, shared polenta fries & rapini sides and ended with the sublime pumpkin pie. I loved both the food and the experience and I can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • :-)
    memorable
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    :-) we will return. Thank you once again for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Mike
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great menu, fresh food and the open kitchen is fun to watch, especially at the communal table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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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    • 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
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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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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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
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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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  • 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
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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
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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.
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    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.
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    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
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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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