The Woodlawn Inn

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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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Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

KS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great and the service was very good.

TC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

SB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. The wines were unusually good.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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.

IM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A very comfortable setting for dining with family or friends. We found an adult-aged clientele in a moderately quiet room. The service was very prompt and the food was quite good. We will visit again.

SR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff was very attentive and accommodating to the celiac person in the party, brought a tear to her eye when a supervisor suggested a creme brulee in lieu of the fruit and yogourt dessert choice available to her. They went above and beyond preparing a smoked salmon eggs bennie on a gluten-free muffin too. The mimosa was delicious.

DB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great and the food was just as good .

T
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service and very good food and excellent menu and wine list

DS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I gave 4 stars as I reserve 5 for something exceptional. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Cobourg / Port-hope area, best I have found.

DC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our first time at the restaurant and will definitely be returning. Food was very well presented, flavourful and the portions were more than adequate. We all did the Prix Fixe menu and were very happy with our selections. The one downfall was the service at the end of the evening, we had to wait quite a while to get our bill at the end of evening due to the fact that our server was overwhelmed, she apologized stating her co-worker called in sick, management issue and not meant to reflect on the server.

CG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved it. The place is charming, our waitress was fantastic and the food was delicious and cooked to perfection. Would definitely go back.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service and ambience. We love eating here and highly recommend it.

OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely dinner - excellent food and warm, friendly service. Large portions beautifully prepared and served nice and hot! Dessert was a generous portion and most fresh & delicious. Thank you.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was amazing, probably some of the best that we have ever been served!

L
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I think our expectations were just not inline with what the experience could offer. The food was just ok... I had the tourtiere and the pastry was woefully under baked and then we had the lamb and it was over cooked. We stayed in one of the
cottage suites and again just okay... There was a large pile of hair in the shower and everything just seemed a little run down. However, the beds were really comfortable and the staff went out of their way to acknowledge a birthday, which was very appreciated! I think we just expected more for the prices that were charged... Nothing was cheap but what we received did not align with the price paid.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal . Great service. Took our son and his wife to celebrate their birthdays. They had never been. It was very enjoyable.

PF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hi quality service for amazing value. The dining experience was exceptional once again as was the hotel experience.

M
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always treated properly, we enjoyed another fantastic meal experience recently for my Mother's 87th birthday. The Inn was busy with a wedding and another birthday celebration, as well as regular guests, but we were treated to delicious meal and just the right amount of personal attention.

LV
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The food was not worth the price. The potatoes tasted like they were cooked on a dirty grill top and weren't seasoned at all. The eggs Benedict were nothing to write home about and the English muffins were stale. The tiramisu was lovely but the presentation was outdated. There was one waitress and she seemed to have difficulty keeping up with the amount of tables judging by how long we waited to order, get our bill and pay. Definitely wouldn't go back.

H
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been to the restaurant on three occasions now.

We love it.

The food has always been excellent and the service is great.

My wife and I love it and will continue to visit for our special nights out.

I will say that I have always stuck with the beef options. This isn’t to say that the rest of their entrees aren’t amazing - I just really love their beef. Kudos to their chef!

My go to is a steak and caeser salad. I usually experiment with the appetizers and try something new in that department. Always been happy

As for a desert, their tiramisu is fantastic as well.

I have also appreciated the owner and he make time to make sure your experience is going well

Top shelf.

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