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Woods Restaurant & Bar
Woods Restaurant & Bar
  • Address:
    45 Colborne Street
    Toronto, ON M5E 1E3
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Canadian
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Woods Restaurant & Bar Details

  • 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: Canadian, French, Italian
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend it"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Amazing meal with exceptional attention to service by Elaine and her colleagues. Will definitely be back"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The service is outstanding and our server made sure that we have everything we need without us asking for it."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We celebrated a special anniversary with some friends. The menu is small but very good. Service is attentive and pleasant. Served complimentary port and wrote Happy Anniversary on the dessert plate which was lovely. The room was quiet enough so that we could have comfortable conversations."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Woods is my new favourite dining spot in Toronto. From fantastic staff who were patient and accommodating to our party's many demands (vegetarian, no shell fish, gluten free) to the delicious menu (the duck was to DIE for) I can't wait for my next visit. The only one draw back was that it got a bit noisy but chalk that up to people just having a great time!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The extraordinary food is only outshone by the remarkable service. Our server had an intuitive and deft touch. I often take clients there for that reason. It is a hidden gem."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "First time there and loved it! The atmosphere was fantastic and the spaghetti with Bison meat balls were amazing! I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Woods did not disappoint. It was my party's first time dining there and we were all impressed. Not only was the food incredible and a bit better priced than some of the restaurant's competitors, they gave us a complimentary charcuterie plate for no particular reason. The service was also top notch."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have dined here several times, and have found the service and food to be consistently excellent."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "It has been a while since we have been impressed by a new restaurant in Toronto. There were great choices on the menu. We both fish dishes, one had the halibut with kale and farro and one had the wild salmon. When did clean healthy food taste and look so good. We were very impressed. The desserts were delicious and creatively presented."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We made a reservation at Woods for a Friday night. We arrived to find our table not ready, so we were seated at the bar. Not too disappointed to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, the wait took a little longer. No worries! We were treated to a charcuterie plate, gratis, as an apology. THAT is great service. The staff was very attentive to our wait and needs, although we did not even outwardly complain. The drinks were very nice, and we found the food to be excellent. 5 star service - it wasn't perfect, but they acknowledged it and made it right, which is all you can ask for in my opinion."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Woods is an adventure in local food and produce. Every step of the meal was an exceptional exploration of what local Ontarian and Canadian food producers can bring to the table. The menu offered unsuspected possibilities. The staff were well informed and were able to give detailed explanations for each proposed dish. There were no annoying questions about how good everything was. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have been to Woods times for different occasions and appreciate the service as well as the quality and consistency of the food. I have tried many of the dishes on their menu and whenever I go with a group the table always makes a diverse selection, so I would say they do everything well given the positive response received at the end of the night. The lamb burger with fries is my favourite and I always start off with the green organic salad. The duck breast is my second choice depending on mood and the soup topped with duck confit is always tempting."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went for lunch and thought both service and food were great. Will definitely be going back"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The space is lovely and the service very attentive. All dishes at our table however were overcooked and a bit dry."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Met all expectations and exceeded them in all categories. From great service to great food I was more then satisfied at the end of my meal. Going with the pacific cod I couldnt have made a better decision. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Celebrated a friend's birthday. Have not been to Woods before. The food was very fresh and tasty, and well presented. The appetizer- scallops was exceptional. The yellowfin tuna and the pacific cod was well done and tasty. The only food disappointment was the cheese plate for dessert - portion was too timid and not innovative enough - would have preferred more artisanal cheeses from Quebec, France and England. Loved the restaurant decor! Waiter unfortunately did not know enough about wine-pairing with meal and was not attentive enough."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent, professional, friendly service. Food was high quality and a memorable taste experience."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "In a quarter filled restaurant appetizers came over 1 hour from ordering. One of the longest waits for food I have ever had. If this place hires a few more employees it could be great. Stay away for lunch."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "What a treasure Woods turned out to be. Gorgeous dining room, nice private seating near the back window, the waiter was incredibly kind and made everything taste better. The fresh breads, home-churned butter, gorgeous plating of the the dishes we ordered. Coffee and dessert were equally impressive. Very nice washrooms that are private and clean. There is a private room downstairs for a good size group as well. Go try it and become a regular while you can! "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "we went to Woods for my husband's birthday dinner. we enjoyed a cocktail each before the meal and they were tasty and thoughtfully made. i loved my tuna tartare app and my husband's steak tartare was also delicious. we both had fish dishes for our mains - he pickeral and me pacific cod. I though the fish was cooked well and the accompaniments were terrific (me: mushrooms; he: kale). The cheese plate was terrific - i appreciated the fact that the cheeses were at room temperature as they should be. overall a very nice meal with good service and price point was upper end but still reasonable. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Pretty room, sophisticated, food was very good. I highly recommend Woods to anyone who wants a sophisticated meal with a date or group of friends."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "While it isn't particularly cheap, its the kind of expensive that feels worth it; quality of food and quantity match, nice decor without being pretentious, great staff, and an interesting menu, that is very accommodating. Lovely wine and cocktail selection, and would be nice in a group and for couples. A real treat. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This place is a great place especially for celebrations. But, skip the appetizers and go straight for the entree and dessert. For our meal, we got the Scallops to start. They were ok. Not worth the price tag in our opinion. We then got the soup, which was Sweet Potato puree with duck confit and we also got the beet salad. Both were delicious and I would highly suggest this. Next was our entree. We got the Duck and the Cod. Both were exceptional. Definitely the best part of the meal in our opinion. Both were cooked perfectly and left us wanting more. While the portion sizes are small, they are still delicious nonetheless. We then got a Raspberry something for dessert which was a great end to our meal. Definitely would come back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This restaurant had a lot of things going for it (including a strong mention from Toronto Life), but the service was mediocre, we waited over half an hour past our reservation time to get a table and the food was very poor quality (regardless of the price, which was relatively high). The duck breast was overcooked and heavily salted with unappealing sides, and the spaghetti was tasteless with dry meatballs. The decor was quite interesting and the cocktails were good, but neither could make up for the food and service. This is the first restaurant in a long time for which I've proactively discouraged friends from attending."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "In a nutshell: The food was incredible; the service was an absolute delight; the mood was very memorable. There is no doubt that I will be coming here every time I visit Toronto."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food, wine and service. We really enjoyed ourselves. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "first courses : seared foie gras, the scallops and beet salad where very good and beautifully presented. the three fish dishes our party ordered - pickerel ,tuna and the cod where flavourful . the coices for dessert where a bit too heavy ,too many contain dairy and hardly any desert with fruit. the one dessert we shared - the Pavlova was good. great selection of wines& great service. we where happy to find that woods is a much nicer restaurant then the former - colborne lane ( although the decore remain the same) "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Took clients for lunch. None of us had been before and all were pleased. Lovely room, great service, delicious food. The soundtrack was all Canadian which is a nice touch but the playlist a little too cliché. An updated list of Canadian artists would be better, Rita McNeil and Michael Buble didn't really suit the place."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I read a lot of reviews on this WEB site for Woods restaurant. I should have listened to those that rated the restaurant less than good. The food was very bland. It seems so strange to say that but we tried 5 different dishes and that is what I have to say about all 5. The best part of the dinner was our cocktail and the incredible bottle of wine we had. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our group thoroughly enjoyed our lunch experience. It was quiet when we ate there, but we got to check out the restaurant and meet the chef. The homemade bread was delicious! Every dish was uniquely prepared and ingredients were very fresh. The decor exuded the fresh earthiness of the dishes. We would definitely go back. The service was impeccable! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was fine but could have been more friendly. We were there for an early dinner before theatre so can't really comment on the noise level as it wasn't very busy at that time."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Lovely decor and friendly staff, apps came out quick and they have a separate gluten-free menu for those who may want to go that route. Mains lagged over a lunch hour that took about 30 minutes too long as a result. Considering there were about a dozen people in the restaurant, and 3 of 4 people at the table had fish, it was slow. Downside was that our expectations weren't managed or any recognition that the mains were taking so long. Reservation was for noon, we didn't get out until almost 2pm. Admittedly, the delay in service overshadowed the food in those who dined with me...I don't blame them."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Woods was recommended by a friend as a great place to take our guests from New York! We all enjoyed the food, the service and friendly waiters. There was something on the menu for everyone, down to meatballs and spaghetti with a, dare I say, New York twist?!! Due to the ridiculous traffic in Toronto on Saturday, we were 50 minutes late. I called the restaurant 5 minutes before our reservation expecting to be about 20 minutes late and the receptionist pleasantly explained the table was booked for other guests at 9:00. Once we arrived we never made to feel that we were late and at no time felt they were rushing us out to get the table ready! Very professional and courteous!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "that was a wonderful experience... I really enjoyed the evening "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went early on a Friday to get to a show. Friendly staff, great service and delicious meal. Duck was great! Thanks"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great food and location. Had the steak and it was excellent and I love the $25 corkage fee. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014