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Woodlot

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pasta • bread • steak • pork

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  • Photo of TasteToronto
    2 years ago
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  • Photo of Edward W
    5 months ago
    Serves locally sourced foods which are prepared to an excellent level, and also notable as they prepare fresh breads everyday. Not the most obvious place on College Street, but worth a visit for its high quality. The servings are not huge, but the quality of the food makes up for it. We were there for an anniversary meal, and felt as though it was fittingly decadent.
  • Photo of Lynne K
    6 months ago
    When we first arrived at Woodlot, we thought it looked pretty rustic, and then quickly realized that it was truly part of the beautiful appeal of this restaurant. The meals were amazing! The waitstaff were really friendly and the atmosphere was beautiful. We absolutely loved it!
  • Photo of Jennifer W
    7 months ago
    My husband and I found ourselves at Woodlot after leaving a restaurant where we had a reservation because it smelt like a dirty bar rag. We had no reservation but managed to get right in. The food was excellent, so was the wine. Pickerel with green pea sauce and pickled radishes... wow. Also had a delicious simple pasta. Terrific upscale restaurant in the changing Little Italy area. Cool low key vibe with clean bathrooms and friendly service. Really can't wait to go back.
  • Photo of javafinch
    7 months ago
    Simple delicious home made food in a quirky environment. Homestyle food, but interesting twists on ingredients and taste. Lovely. Has both vegetarian and meat lovers options. It looks like a shed from the outside but once inside it's all tasty goodness. Check out their website for menu details.
  • Photo of Linkj1987
    7 months ago
    We visited woodlot for the first time for my partners birthday, which is always a risk. I'm so glad we took the leap of faith as they provided an experience that was unforgettable. Everyone loved their meal, our server was incredibly accommodating (we can be a bit difficult) and the selection of biodynamic wines and ciders was an excellent surprise. My partner is an organic, biodynamic farmer and we are so happy to have found a "farm to table" restaurant in the city that is the real deal. Thanks for a wonderful evening Woodlot, we'll be back.
  • Photo of John G
    7 months ago
    our first visit won't be the last. Food prepared to a high standard, service friendly but unobtrusive, very good value for money.
  • Photo of USMB13
    8 months ago
    Small menu, extensive wine list, mostly local organic food and wines, great service, superb food. Best fresh bread in the city! What else can one ask for?!? Very happy to be back at least once a month for the last year.
  • Photo of John R
    8 months ago
    We met our friends in Toronto and we went to the Woodlot for dinner. I wasn't expecting much because they had a larger vegan menu than meat eater one. However my thoughts changed after I got the pork. Man was it good. It had a nice smoky taste. My wife got the fish and said it was fantastic. So for us meat eaters, it was really good. Our vegan friends also said they had a great meal (somehow :) ). The waitress was also excellent. Afterwards I noticed my cloths smelled a little like their brink oven and wood. It smelled good and reminded me of the great pork I just had. I highly recommend the Woodlot. (To Travel Is To Live)
  • Photo of mbc421
    8 months ago
    I chose Woodlot because it has a nice patio that moves from sun to shade in the early evening hours during patio season. I really enjoyed it. Here is what I found... 1. Separate, yet comparable menus that are vegetarian and non- vegetarian options. 2. While I am not vegetarian, I had a mushroom appetizer and a vegetarian pasta dish with peas, mushrooms, etc that were both supremely delicious. 3. A thoughtfully curated beer and wine list. 4. A casual vibe. The place is classy, yet you will be fine in smart casual or more casual attire. On a hot day on the patio, nicer shorts and a polo will be more the rule than exception. 5. The staff are attentive. I felt rushed slightly at first, yet once I settled in, everything went brilliantly. 6. Woodlot is in a great location/starting point to get a feel for Little Italy, as well as Toronto's neighbourhood scene.
  • Photo of m2347m
    8 months ago
    Our friends from Toronto made the reservation for this place because they wanted something vegan. We were not disappointed. They got vegan and we got meat and fish. We arrived right at 5 as they were opening. the food is delicious. There is something for everyone. When you read the menu you might think you don't know what any of the stuff is. Maybe they are trying to be too fancy. Everything was delicious. I had the fish and my hubby had the meat and our friends had several vegan dishes. all the servings are small so if you are hungry best to order several things. The asparagus was my favorite. A different way of eating it. Fantastic! If we lived in Toronto we would definitely go to this place often.
  • Photo of Janet H
    9 months ago
    Beautiful room, beautiful slow cooked food. Everything we ordered was delicious . Will be returning.
  • Photo of signindoc
    10 months ago
    Our large group really enjoyed the experience of dining at the Woodlot. We had a particularly attentive waiter who accommodated our special needs without missing a beat. Food is freshly prepared, so no fast food service here. There is a separate vegetarian menu with as many choices as the main menu. There is a nice selection of beers and wines.
  • Photo of MJVoyage
    10 months ago
    No fuss, great food, super atmosphere, it's an absolute darling in the over-prices, often filled with attitude Little Italy area.
  • Photo of Super-V-Girl
    10 months ago
    Woodlot is definitely a gem I'd return. I came here for a birthday dinner amongst friends. We had a rather large group of 12 people. The place is better suited for smaller groups. It is not a big restaurant so it is very intimate setting. The menu is not big and usually have items on rotation. One of the staples is their famous roasted pork (very delicious). One thing to note is that al the food is prepared from scratch, if you are in a hurry, this is not the place for you. They even state the preparation time is longer than usual on their menu. Their sourdough bread is baked in house as well. Apparently, clients can buy them but as of last year, they no longer sell to the public. That is too bad.
  • Photo of Harold B
    10 months ago
    While the title of this review might lead one to believe that my focus is on take home food or "doggy" bags, what I'm really getting at is that after arriving home after dinning at Woodlot, my sweater had a slight, pleasant odor of sweet wood smoke from the restaurants wood fired oven, which served as a very poignant reminder of my dining experience. Some of the reviews I have read have been critical of the portion sizes, and while the portions were not “Flinstonian” in nature, they were more than adequate, and we left very satisfied – so much so that we did not have room for dessert – even though they looked very tempting. Service was friendly and efficient, and we were barely in our chairs when a basket of their wonderful house made sourdough bread and butter arrived, and while the restaurant was full, at no time did we feel rushed. We started with an appetizer portion of their Russet Potato Gnocchi, which was smothered in an outstanding wild boar & chestnut ragu, fennel, sage and Parmesan, and the Ember Grilled Hen-o’-the-Woods Mushrooms, with wild rice, black walnut, beet root and dill. The sourdough came in very handy in ensuring that there was not a drop of ragu left in the bowl. Next, we shared the Bavette Steak with shitake bordelaise, ember grilled scallions and sesame, together with the Roast Chop of Whey Fed Pork, served with pain d’épice, caramelized fennel and prune. The steak had a very nice crust, and was a perfect medium rare. The chop was impeccably cooked, with just a hint of pink, and the sweetness of the prune, perfectly complimented the smokiness of the pork. As a side we had the Fire Roasted Winter Squash, which worked very well with our entrees. The wine list was well thought out, reasonably priced, and featured some very interesting selections, including several from emerging regions, such as Slovenia. As noted above, we did not have any room for dessert, even after slowing sipping on a couple of digestives. I will be returning in the near future, and in the meantime have no intention of washing my smoky old sweater!
  • Photo of Annie P
    a year ago
    This by far has been the best place I have ever eaten at. The food took me on a roller coaster ride of flavors. The ambience and the friendly staff members made the exprience even that more unforgettable. Also loved that you can watch the chefs do what they clearly love to do. A huge shout out to JP and his wonderful co-workers for making us feel extra special and sending us on an unforgettable food trip.
  • Photo of Roddy_Halifax
    a year ago
    Pass by the open kitchen and the brick wood oven, breathe in the aromas and soak up the atmosphere as you climb the metal stairs to the dining room overlooking the kitchen. Candle-lit tables packed tightly together, exposed brick and the smells of wood smoke and great food carefully crafted. Two menus: one for the meat eaters and another for vegetarians. A "Game of Thrones" themed drink list displayed a sense of humour and the extensive wine list added gravitas. Ember-charred and wood-fired ingredients in many menu items showed the wood oven put to good use. Friendly and knowledgeable service at just the right pace to enjoy and linger over the meal. Starters, pasta, mains and sides all had interesting flavour combinations. We were four - without reservations on a Monday night - and we all wanted to try each other's meals: a cod, mussel and clam bouillabaisse with smoked paprika and crème fraîche pomme purée; gnocchi with wild boar & chestnut ragu, fennel, sage and parmesan; sourdough agnolotti with crab, saffron and vanilla butter; and bavette steak with shitake bordelaise, ember grilled scallions and sesame seeds served on a board. They were all delicious; flavours and textures to delight. Servings were a surprisingly good size and meals were well presented. We shared a dessert (dark chocolate and banana parfait with coconut crumble, almond and mango) that was tasty but disappointing. Other reviewers have commented on price ... this was not an inexpensive meal and perhaps not what some might call 'fine dining' given the setting. But, we enjoyed it; it was a lovely evening with great food.
  • Photo of Lisa B
    a year ago
    I have been excited to try Woodlot for many eons now & have finally had the privilege of visiting. It certainly WAS worth the wait. I have been to this establishment twice within the last month and cannot rant enough about how delicious, textured and well-prepared our meals were. For the first visit, we tried the mushroom appetizer, followed by the sea bass main. The celery root velouté was beyond words; I could not get enough. The wine (Domaine du Séminaire, a syrah/grenache mix) was pure heaven and very reasonably priced. On the second visit, we both tried the pork, and added an appetizer of winter squash. Both were sublime. The ambiance was soft, warm and welcoming and the service was excellent. HIGHLY recommended. If you are looking for a truly memorable dining experience, this is the place!
  • Photo of Tony B
    a year ago
    The ambiance was the most attractive part of Woodlot. Beautiful candlelight shining on wood gives it a quaint feel and warms you up. Some of the pastas were delicious, but the meat mains could use more flavor. They do have spectacular vegetarian options as well. I loved the innovative cocktail menu with the Game of Thrones theme. This is a splendid, cozy and romantic spot for date night.
  • Photo of Sanchita_Traveler
    This place is a gem for vegetarians who are looking for good flavorful food. I would like you to imagine the scene from "ratatouille" the movie where the critic takes one bite of the dish and gets lost in it. I had ordered the Cauliflower Agnolotti Pasta which they make with carrot and orange mix sauce, and it was delicious. The food was fresh and created with love so I would definitely recommend this place. The ambience is cozy and friendly so it would be a good place of a date or an evening with close friends. Advice: Ask for recommendations and do reserve a table before you step in.

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