Woodlands Restaurant Piccadilly

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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Pre/post Theatre
Casual but smart restaurant with wenge wooden tables, light brick walls and and parquet wooden flooring. This is a very popular Indian vegetarian restaurant established as part of the Woodlands Restaurant group in 1981 in London. There are over 40 branches in India!

The restaurant is ideal for easy dining with a buzzy brasserie atmosphere. Based in the heart of Theatre and just a stone's throw from Leicester Sq ideal for a pre or post theatre dining. Our menu includes a delicious and healthy Tandoori / Bar B-Que menu (Spicy broccoli, paneer, cauliflower etc). We are proud to serve delicious Dosas and traditional north India fayre such as rich jack fruit curry and delicious Channa Bathura (famous football sized bread). Don't forget to sample our Organic Wine List...you really can taste the difference as these wines are much purer and lighter with a longer finish.
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L
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Food is good. But the service is poor. Takes ages for the staff to respond to requests and have a very cold ambivalent attitude.

JK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Woodlands is fine if offering little value. There are better options locally with more authentic, fresher food.

A
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

We booked a table for 6pm as we were going to the theatre nearby at 7.30. This should have been plenty of time, but the service was dreadful!
It took 15 minutes for someone to take our order and by 7pm our food still hadn't arrived. We had to ask three times for three bill and were almost late to our show - a very stressful experience.

KH
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service but we resent 12 per cent bring added automatically. We would have tipped but almost felt like not doing because of this. It should be voluntary.

j
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Super friendly staff. A fantastic evening, excellent veggie London choice

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, ideal portion size, convenient location.

We arrived early for our 6pm reservation and there was no problem getting a table. It was super quiet and there was a one waitress on. She seemed a bit stressed and was clearly struggling to attend to the four tables of guests. We sat for nearly 10 mins before being asked for a drinks order and we had thought about leaving numerous times.

We chose to stay and had our order taken. Later on more staff came as more customers arrived and suddenly it felt like they could cope with the existing customers and be attentive.

I’m pleased we stayed because it was delicious food and incredibly convenient for a pre-show meal before seeing Ian McKellen at Harold Pinter Theatre.

Would go again for the food but might check out other places in the area first.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been visiting the Woodlands almost from when it first opened. The food is always excellent and the service fast and friendly. Highly recommended!

d
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Woodlands tonight, for the second time. I wanted to share my experience with my friends as I had a lovely time in my previous visit. The food is tasty and a great value for money. The service was great and the staff were attentive. I will definitely go back again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food, attentive service and thoroughly e notable evening.

TC
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had a lovely meal and were served quite quickly! It was very busy and loud outside but inside was noticeably calmer

NC
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food is really nice and well presented, Dosa was delicious and a good selection. Restaurant was very quiet for a Saturday night! Service was excellent and staff were very attentive, maybe because they were quiet, and helped talk through selections. Good selection of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. On the expensive side, but then it is just off Leicester Square.

HB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice to return after several years, meal was delicious and really welcomed the range of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options suiting all ages and tastes. Pricing reasonable for the location. Waiters were friendly and professional. Slight downside are the toilets could do with a bit of a refresh and they are down a steep flight of stairs. However would recommend this restaurant

J
London
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Outstanding and authentic Indian food. Friendly but inattentive service. Drab dated decor. I would still go back for the terrific food.

J
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was brilliant to eat in a fully vegetarian Indian restaurant and every dish that we ate was sublime. If I am in London again I will definitely go for another meal at Woodlands.

JK
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food, good service and clean place!

TG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience4

I was asked for a tip on top of a 12.5% service charge. I didn't like refusing to give a second 'tip' and I won't go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok and I have had better considering the price we paid

JV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent! Perfect size portions and excellent quality. Exactly what you crave when you want Indian food. Restaurant is very small and quaint — in a great walkable location too.

EM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Food was really bland. We paid 55 quid for two beers, one naan bread, one starter and two curries. My sister is vegan and her aubergine curry was really bland whilst my jalfrezi lacked spice and was a tiny portion.

Really quite disappointing as the menu sounded great.

F
London
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go here a lot. A well known but also undiscovered spot with great quality food. I love the Thalis because you can try so many things!

VG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Delicious food but tiny portions make it expensive to actually eat and fill up here!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

HR
London
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Woodlands is an international chain of Indian vegetarian restaurants. Customers at this branch always include a number of Indian people, who presumably are satisfied with what they will get. We’ve eaten here many times, and have always enjoyed the food. This is not a restaurant for an occasion or for a whole evening, in some ways it’s more of a cafe, but if you like this sort of food, it is ideal for a quick meal before or after a film or play.

MP
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was tasty, on the whole, but the service really let Woodlands down. We had to call the waitress over to order our drinks, and the mains were brought out while we were still eating our starters (notwithstanding that there were only 2 other tables of customers in the restaurant, so the timings shouldn't have been that hard to work out), and as we were on a 2 person table, we had to wolf our starters to make room for the main courses and sides. When it came to paying the bill, we added a (just over) 10% tip, and the waitress rudely tapped the bill - when I pointed out that the 12.5% charge was discretionary, she didn’t say anything and just took our payment. The food was nice, but I’ve eaten tasty Indian food for elsewhere, and for less (albeit the restaurant is in central London, so the prices were in line with what you’d expect there), and because of the service issues, I won’t be going back.

j
London
69 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service!

AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent as always. Loved the old favourites such as the street food starters and the dosas. The Hyderabadi aubergine was delicious. Portion sizes were much smaller than they have been in the past but the menu is still great for sharing and so works well overall. Great choice of beers. Love that they still have Cobra on draught. And great to see a new IPA on the list. There were hiccups with the way our dishes were served which was a first in all the 20+ years of coming here. However, the way this was handled by Management as soon as it had come to their notice, with ice cream being on the house and an extra gulab jamun, is testimony to their overriding mission to leave the customer happy no matter what, no matter new or loyal. All I’d done was point out the facts to the waiters. Didn’t have to say anymore. Reassuring to know that there are places that make no excuses. I’ll definitely be back!

RL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious vegetarian food, friendly, though in a few cases inexperienced, staff.

GV
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Dont go there if you dont like spicy food even if they said that some food Is not spicy, becouse Is not true.

BW
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazed I'd not been to this place in picadilly before. It was good. But pricey but that's to be expected with somewhere quite so central.

u
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent vegan south Indian food.Value for money. Recommend reservation as it does not seat many.

r
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. I am a vegan and there was so much choice. The food was totally delicious. Service was excellent. I asked about a sauce and was told how the ingredients and method. Would thoroughly recommend that everyone eat here.

TC
Hertfordshire
41 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I've been here a few times and it's always lovely. The food is really tasty - especially the Bhel.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, good service. Look forward to coming back soon. Highly recommend this restaurant.

WW
London
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Too expensive and tiny portions, service level is ok.

PK
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

South Indian cuisine is comparatively difficult to find, and this is an excellent representative with a broad menu. Every item was well prepared with delicate flavouring and enjoyable spice. Worth a detour.

F
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food with some unusual touches. A but dark on the lighting front.

b
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I booked online and was expecting a more pleasant and cozy restaurant. the seating was decent but felt like sitting in a hallway. The food was too cold upon arrival and the waitress was not so friendly. She started clearing off the table when one of us was still eating. the food overall was very tasty, but i would definately order more vegetables next time. we only had a curry sauce and some rice although i did ask the waitress what we should order out of all the categories. overall not bad, but not good either.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Really lovely evening just very slow to get served, think they were short staffed though, would go again

JM
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and the staff were so friendly and helpful - explaining the dishes so well - would definitely recommend

PM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I really liked this restaurant and was surprised to find it right at the heart of the West End, though I hadn't heard of it before. The menu, provided you can cope without meat or fish, is strong and we received clear guidance from the staff about the kind of dishes that would best suit us. Everything we tried was very tasty and I would definitely go back. The only disappointment for me was that, as well as adding a 12.5% service charge, when I went to pay by card, I was asked if I wanted to add a gratuity. Had I not looked at the bill in detail, I could easily have added another 10%, meaning I would have been paying nearly an additional one-quarter of the total sum set out on the menu. I really think the restaurant should change this. But, to be fair, it was the only negative in what was a very good experience.