Woods Restaurant & Bar
Woods Restaurant & Bar

Woods Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.woodsrestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 214-9918
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, Canadian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot available directly across the street at Church St. and Colborne St.

    Meter parking available along Colborne St.
A word from Woods Restaurant & Bar
This special spot is a bucolic celebration of the best of Continental, French, Italian and — natch — Canadiana. As elegant as it is natural, Woods Restaurant serves up seasonal, sustainable local ingredients in a space that is as authentic rustic chic as the day is long. Service of Canadian- and Mediterrean-influenced dishes (like wild buttery Digby scallops with brown butter cauliflower and melt-in-your-mouth Ontario lamb burger) is languid and efficient here, under the wooden branch and raindrop chandeliers and inside the flood of natural light painting the handsome wood interior in front- and back-window strokes. And owner Bruce Woods has furnished the 80-seat St. Lawrence neighbourhood proceedings with a serious international wine and craft-brew list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Woods Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)special occasion (39)romantic (34)good for groups (23)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (14)hot spot (10)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Exceptional Service
    ninny
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a great dinner on Sat night - the service was exceptional (5+stars!) and food was well prepared and presented. The scallops, tuna tartar as well as charcuterie plate were great and mains (fish) were very prepared well but very subtle flavors. Lamb burger was over cooked and would not order again. I would return and recommend to anyone as a good date place or small group dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always like this place
    SterlingzincVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    It is so not "Jump", but at the same time the food is excellent, the service was good, the décor was modern and simple with a rustic flair. Nothing over the top - just well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A fresh outdoor experience indoors
    34time
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    It was like a trip to the country in the heart of downtown. The experience began w super-fresh oysters beautifully served, and continued on w a variety of tastes lovingly presented. We loved the decor-- a bit like eating in a forest w twinkling stars overhead. Alas the duck lacked flavour, but it was,overall, a treat .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded High Expectations
    Vince
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I really have nothing but wonderful things to say about my experience at Woods. The combination a intereting, well executed, delicious food with incredible professional service made this a restaurant I feel compelled to review and will be recommending to all my friends. The space is beautiful and the vibe was energetic and romantic. Refined fine dining, with a wink to some small town Canadiana charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch
    LoveGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I'm surprised this place isn't packed over the lunch hour. The food was simply amazing with the right size portion and so delicious. The service is also excellent. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but slow service
    IslandGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a reservation but as three women ended up with a so-so table and we made do. The servers were all very attentive and our appetizers came out fairly quickly. The restaurant was "Friday night busy" but didn't seem overly crazy but at that point all food seemed to stop coming from the kitchen. Not sure what went wrong but then an extra course of a garnished gnocchi began arriving at a number of tables. I wish that they would acknowledge that things are slow. On a Friday night I am happy to wait but this was a bit much. When the main courses arrived they were all good. I was asked if there was something wrong with my fish and honestly -- I was past it by that time. I'd still go back as I've been for lunch before and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Spot
    allie13
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Cool, quiet and comfortable. Great food, interesting menu (food served a little on the cool side). Approx. $100 per person incl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had an amazing dinner at Woods. Maple Syrup pie with nutmeg ice cream is worth a trip just for dessert but the mains and entrees were delicious too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and the service was amazing. Great meal and all the little extras by the server and owner to recognize our special occasion was very much appreciated. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food was below expectations. The charcuterie board had a nice selection of meat but the pickeled vegetables were not enjoyed by anyone in our party. The temperature on the steak was perfect, but the sauce on the steak had an unappetizing floral taste to it that detracted from the quality of the steak. The one postive note was in the friendliness and attentiveness of the service staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flapper
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The room is stunning and the concept is interesting. Service was attentive and the menu read well. Unfortunately the food was not well executed. The foie gras was overcooked and overall, it didn't represent good value for the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Service/Food
    greeneeiz
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Well-catered service and perfect course delivery timing, along with delicious chef treats for the special occasion. This is second time coming and will not be the last!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JerryJoseph
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    AWESOME!!!!!! Amazing food and waiter was also. Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we tried!
    TBandJB
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were heading to a comedy event at the Sony Centre and were looking for somewhere new to try. We had a selection of four places new to us and decided upon Woods - and we are SO glad we did. Everything, and I really mean everything, was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicous!
    Firsttimer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Delicious food, very accomodating to food restrictions, and wonderful service! The atmosphere was beautiful, we'll definiely be returning
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huge disppointement
    foiegras
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    1) Service was very poor: one server showed up all of sudden (we thought he was someone straight from the street); lck of coordination; slow 2) FOOD: foie gras : a tiny tiny tiny piece of greasy 'something' I could not identify what it was hidden under dry confit de canard. I am from France and have eaten lots of foie gras in my life. And pricey. Pickerel: tasteless. 3) Wine list: okay. The only good thing was the wine. All your examples are extremely positive. But unfortunately this was a very bad experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the verge of being great
    savourydishVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the concept of gourmet, upscale Canadian food is great. I recently hosted a group from the US and thought this would be a fun place to experience Canadian cuisine. The restaurant was busy and it felt like there were only 2 servers. It took about 20 minutes for the server to take our order. The service lacked polish and felt a bit frantic and informal for the style of the restaurant. The food was good but didn't leave a lasting impression. The concept of the restaurant is excellent but the execution needs a little more work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would not return
    Honestbroker
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    While the service was fine, the food was not. The tuna was tasteless. The steak frites was a thick slap of gristly beef and huge wedges of potatoes (not frites), accompanied by oversalted wilted spinach. A weird "amuse bouche" of pasta carbonara preceded the starters. I do not recommend this restaurant nor will I return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Tdotfoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service was amazing and the owner or manager, not sure who it was, wa very polite and attentive. Food was unique and very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new spot
    Awesome
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Woods Restaurant exceeded every expectation I had. My girlfriend and I love to share meals so we get a taste of everything. We started with the Charcuterie and steak tar tar, we were then brought complimentary scallops which definitely brought up the excitement for our mains. For our entree's we had the spaghetti and bison meat balls and the duck breast (the fried scallions were a delightful addition). Finally for desert we had the raspberry macaronnade and the nanaimo bar cheese cake, both were a perfect end to our meal. We were brought complimentary ice wine to go with dessert as well. In the end it was around $140 which is incredible considering all the food we got along with a glass of wine each.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very interesting experience
    OrengoVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The concept of having the food prepared right in front of you is very interesting. The wine selection could be improved however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Place
    Peony08
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Maybe it was because it was my wife's birthday, but this is a romantic place for two people to dine if they're in love. The charcuterie is easy to share and to start a meal with an amuse bouche and end with a complimentary taste of chocolate made the Canadian entrees that much more special. Great bartender and it was nice to see an involved manager walking the floor and shaking hands.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this place is underated
    steakloverVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    4 of us were in for lunch and we all loved our food....solid portion sizes which is rare in toronto !! great dessert list which i plan on trying when i bring my wife back for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All in all pretty darn good!
    Mauerc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu was interesting and had many options for me. I ended up having the tuna tartare (ask for a side of their homemade chips to go with it) - it was fresh and gingery. The main was chicken cordon bleu which was decent. Our waitress was lovely and gave us a small cheese plate complimentary. We had a great wine list and chose Cakebread Cellars which was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mandy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    boyfriend took me there for my birthday, everything is good. i love the foie gras soooo much, they make it just perfect. i would love to go back and eat that!!!! the decor is so good!! wish they will add more stuffs or change a little bit on the menu once in a while though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening at Woods
    psdoesdinner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wanted a special venue for our wedding anniversary and Woods delivered. The food was fantastic and my wife commented that her meal was the best she's had in a very long time. We will definitely go back at some point
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit
    Crob
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was good except for scallops. Was pleasantly surprised by an amuse and an unordered desert. Service was excellent. Decor was not changed much from previous life. Ambience is very good. Would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really wonderful
    anonymous
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I was very happy with my meal at Woods - the white gazpacho in particular was stunningly good. The restaurant is a beautiful space with a peaceful atmosphere, and the service was unfailingly attentive and courteous (particularly impressive in view that I was on my own, and significantly younger than most of the patrons). Very very highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Woods Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • special place.
    mickschoice
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Our 4th time and will continue to return. Have recommended restaurant to several people and received many thanks afterwards. we now bring special guests to dine with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sustainable seafood & great service
    NomaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was so excited to see that all of their seafood was ocean wise. The organic beet salad was great, as was the yellowfin tuna. To top it off, our waiter was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab Find in the heart of downtown
    Fabulous
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Exquisitely prepared dishes, having creative combinations of tastes and attractive presentations. I loved the wood boards, the lack of excess, the wide selection of totally different options. For example, the all Canadian specialties included a perfect green salad and a Quebec sautéed fois gras on toast. For Mains, my husband had a sensational lamb burger while I enjoyed a filleted Pickeral on cranberry- wild rice- risotto.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liv2Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great food, good value and wonderful service. We were provided with complimentary salads while waiting for our entrees. The salad was great and very much appreciated. Will definitely come back again (unlike the restaurant that was previously in that location).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Utir
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We came here for a friends birthday, the service was absolutely amazing. Our waitress was kind, funny and she went above and beyond to give us an amazing experience followed by her recommendation to Pravda.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best meals I've ever had
    Timothyhc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I recently celebrated my partner's birthday at Woods. What a treat! The food was beyond delicious and beautifully presented. We started with the Digby Scallops, Charcuterie and Smoked Fish Trio. I ordered the Lake Huron Pickerel and my partner had the Duck Breast. The meal was paired with a yummy bottle of red from their impressive wine list. Dessert was delicious and my partner's plate even came with a "Happy Birthday" message and candle. The staff definitely went above and beyond to make it a special evening for my partner. Our server was super friendly and the service was impeccable. No regrets - only wish we had more room in our tummies to try even more dishes! The space is beautifully decorated as well. Perfect for a romantic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Wood's Restaurant & Bar
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant is definitely a restaurant we will return to. It was fantastic. Food was great, service was extremely friendly and prompt. It definately is a restaurant I will recommend for company functions. I had tuna tartar with three (3) oysters. Was great!! Overall the experience was outstanding. Hard to judge what the noise level would be as there were not many people in the restaurant for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fois notwithstanding Faux Pas!
    Choosiefoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    In selecting Woods to celebrate my husband's birthday, one criteria outweighed all others...the presence of seared Foie gras on the menu- his absolute favorite. That, and being qualified as one of top 10 best new restaurants in Toronto according to Toronto Life, my bible for all recommendations in this incredibly city with unmatched dining options. Upon arrival at the previous Colborne Lane restaurant (another one of our favorites), we were ushered to one of few tables for 2 not quite the cost table I'd requested on OT- I was happy to let it go. Adding to my annoyance was the wait for our drink orders. Many wait staff dote on one table while others go unnoticed. Seared foie was indeed the highlight. All else was good, not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely perfect
    Tribble444
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Ive never felt compelled to blog about a restaurant until I took my fiance to the Woods. This restaurant has absolutely delicious food, service, and cocktails. Was a perfect evening and I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ZEats
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Amazing meal with exceptional attention to service by Elaine and her colleagues. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for business lunch
    jamjr
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very quite, private, non intrusive service that made for an effective venue to has a private business lunch. To top it off the food was outstanding the the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet