The Woodlawn Inn

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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
A Northumberland classic serving Cobourg and Port Hope for over thirty years. Perfect for anniversaries, date night, business lunches and dinners, the Woodlawn Inn is known for high-quality Canadian products, and an extensive wine cellar. Catering to traditional, vegetarian and gluten-free diners, The Woodlawn Inn invites you to experience our intimate and historic building, artisan-crafted ambiance and our fresh, creative menu. We invite you to enjoy memorable cuisine within our warm and charming country inn setting.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very nice place for date night, the food was outstanding with great service.

KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A wonderful dinner. Had not dined here in over 30 years. Food was excellent, staff were very friendly. We will be back again.

PP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This has been our favorite restaurant since moving to Cobourg over 10 years ago. This is no fast food or franchise restaurant.

It is Cobourg's only fine dining establishment. It is best in class. The owners are excellent inn keepers and know how to make those evenings out an extraordinary experience. Service, the menu, the wine cellar, chef and ambiance are outstanding.

Highly recommend.

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great dining experience. Great food, atmosphere and the wine is always on point.

AC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to the restaurant for the first time to celebrate my sister's 60th birthday. The service and food were exceptional. Everyone in the party really enjoyed it. Very welcoming and never felt rushed. Definitely a do again

A
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant with a strong feeling of history when we dined there. The chandeliers are beautiful, the setting is wonderful and the food is second to none. I loved my meal. The staff were wonderful. I felt a bit like royalty actually. Wonderful place.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb experience. Everything from the ambience, the food and the service was A1.

SB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed everything about our dinner to celebrate my husbands birthday! The food, service and atmosphere were perfect!

c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent service and atmosphere.
Food was delicious.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely prix fixe dinner- the butternut squash soup was delicious (but was served waaay too hot and burned my mouth), schnitzel was perfectly cooked and presented, creme brule was the best that I have had!

CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WE HAD A LOVELY LUNCH WITH SUPERIOR SERVICE AND DELICIOUS FOOD

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I true great vintage inn. The service the quality is over the top!
Have been many times and look forward to returning!!!

A
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience as usual, food is always high quality.

A
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Holiday Menu is a great choice, gave me a chance to try different dishes which are available during the Holiday Season.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food - fresh and delicious and wonderful attention to detail. Will be back!

LO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Brunch on a Sunday for four......lovely old inn but the food was mediocre at best. My Reuben was very dry with the rye toasted and burnt rather than grilled properly.Very little sauerkraut...had to eat with a knife and fork. The apple pancakes and eggs benny were ok but the ravioli as a main was very small. Our server was attentive and pleasant. Would not return

U
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

The steak had to be send back twice. Seriously, twice. I asked whether it is cooked from frozen, given how tough and overcooked. Bigger concern is the wait-staff. Slow, unhappy, uninformed. It isn't appropriate to approach a patron with"What do ya want?" in taking an order. We and the couple beside had to keep asking for things, could we have our drinks, could we have the bread. Seriously inadequate wait-staff. Two meals at the Woodlawn Inn. There won't be a third.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

My cousin and I drove out from Toronto to The Woodlawn Inn for a get together birthday celebration for the both of us. We really enjoyed the food and ambience at Woodlawn and would be delighted to return.
Most likely around Christmas.
Thanks very much for a wonderful afternoon.
Mary Majidi and cousin Jane Anne.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not have enjoyed our one night (Classic Package) any more. Arrived post golf and checked in to a nice large room (up a long set of stairs - but our bags were light!). Enjoyed a beer in the bar where the Inn Keeper (and so sorry to not remember the name!) introduced himself and made sure all was good. Had a wonderful dinner with excellent service, a nice bottle of wine from a very extensive list) and as a result enjoyed a great sleep. Up early for breakfast as we had an early t time to make. Breakfast was outstanding. Check out a breeze. All in all a great stay and will be back.

AV
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it. Went for a 50th birthday celebration. Perfect spot!

KS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

We had high expectations but...Crab bisque tasted like tomato soup with no hint of crab; Vegetable tower was all the same texture (mush)...the lentils were OK; my caesar salad was totally limp and tasted like it was made days before; my lamb, if that's what it was, had very little meat (which was overly done) but lots of fat and was way overpowered by the sauce ($36+!); the mashed potatoes tasted like they were made yesterday and had no flavour. My wife had the Prix Fixe (fish) and was happy with it but not $50 worth of happy.
This was to be a celebratory gift from one of our sons. My wife and I live in Cobourg so this was convenient but that's about it, although the setting was pleasant enough.
Had my son not been there I would have returned the salad and the lamb but I didn't wish to spoil this for him although he did mention the soup and tower to our server who offered to get him something else.
All in all, we will not be going back.

LR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It's always a pleasure to dine in the lovely dining room at the Woodlawn. My two guests and I enjoyed the evening and we were all fully satisfied by the meal. The lobster bisque was excellent as was my wife's Manitoulin trout entree. I enjoyed my dish of lobster tail, scallops and shrimp - just thought there could have been one or two more scallops and shrimp; but the sauce was delicious. My granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed her pasta dish. We all had dessert - generally good. The service was outstanding and the ambience was perfect.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our group of 3 stayed overnight and also enjoyed dinner there. Marisa was pleasant and most helpful when we arrived. The Inn is centrally located and parking is included. We would like to return and stay longer the next time.

ND
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great food and service.reasonable price for a fine dining experience. I would definitely recommend

DM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we always enjoy the Woodlawn and definately recommend to others. We find it great for business meetings and the ambience is more conducive to talking than many spots

l
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I got the Prix fixe menu and it was some of the best food I've ever had! Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, and the service was wonderful.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I hosted a lunch for friends, brothers who live in Kenora and London, U.K. The food was wonderful as usual and the setting very comfortable. The service was excellent, and she was able to deliver the bill to me so that I could pay before the long-armed men could grab it. Because there was a large party in the next room, we did nicotine rush to leave and say good- bye to each other for another year.
One point, most of us ordered the prix- fix menu as it makes sense at lunch; however, my daughter who is vegetarian could not substitute a vegetarian entree, the ravioli, that was a lower price and had to order a la Carte. As a younger person who watches the expenses, she felt awkward about that. Although I was not concerned about the cost, perhaps it is time to include a vegetarian option to the Menu
I look forward to my next good reason to dine at the Woodlawn.

N
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My son and daughter-in-law were visiting from Texas and I wanted to treat them to a nice dinner out for one of their evenings here. The service was excellent and the food was excellent. My 2 sons had a steak that they both raved about. I would certainly recommend it to my friends and/or anyone visiting. Our thanks to the Chef for a delicious dinner!

DB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great and the service was very good.

TC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First date! Was very quiet with excellent food and quiet enough to chat in length! Thank you your meal special was great value and we enjoyed every course!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The shrimp and crab omelette my husband had was tiny but delicious. My apple pancakes didn’t have enough apples on them (1/4 apple total at most) and the pancakes were dry. The service was good I just wouldn’t go back for brunch.

TS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! And my wife is
Picky! She loved it!

JB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was everything that we expected and hoped for. The food was excellent - great taste and good portions. The service was also excellent -- very pleasant and efficient server. The ambience was good, but nothing particularly noteworthy. It was a quiet room, although there was only one other occupied table at the other end of the room with about 10 women. It was quite expensive, but, then again, I expected that. It is a place that I would recommend for people to go to celebrate something, not a place to go for dinner each week.

DS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Woodlawn is an excellent choice. It is elegant and subdued with excellent food and very pleasant surroundings.

JG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyable evening. Thank you
Food was excellent. Service fast and friendly

SB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mother's Day Brunch made this a special occasion and the Woodlawn Inn carried this out with flying colours. The blending of a hot meal with the buffet for a single price was a nice touch. The dessert table was spectacular.

T
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual the food and service were exemplary Good attention to detail and personal contact between owners and guests is always appreciated. A GEM in the unfortunate world where such fine dining establishments are few and far between.

DB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service. Our favourite restaurant in Cobourg. Never disappointed.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice restaurant. The wines were unusually good.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was phenomenal. The employees courteous, and accommodating. The gluten free bread was great. Friday night the volume was quite loud, but Saturday and Sunday breakfasts were nice and quiet.