Woodlands Restaurant Piccadilly

3.8
775 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Spicy
  • Vegan
Casual but smart restaurant with dark wooden tables, beige bamboo wall paper and 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. Woodlands has recently launched a delicious and healthy Tandoor menu in which dishes are cooked in a clay oven. Also introduced recently is a innovative Organic Wine List...you really can taste the difference as these wines are much purer and lighter with a longer finish.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday 12pm to 11pm
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Phone number
020 7839 7258
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Mr Selvarajan
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Private Party Facilities
Possibility of hiring a section of the restaurant
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Catering
Weddings, parties, corporate
Party packs for large takeaways
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Parking Details
Easy to get parking in NCP accross the street or on the many meters on the surrounding streets.
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Public Transit
Baker St (15 min walk) or Bond St (7-10min walk) Underground.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 775 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Use to be my favourite place. I am not sure what happened. Is it a management change. In spite of complaining they didn't had sense to remove service charge. Won't recommend to anyone. Food was disaster too.

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

The food is outstanding. However the service is the only part that lets it down as often you have to get their attention to get served. The decor is just minimal, but you don’t go for that, you go for the food!

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4.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Good food, a little bit noisy. Service could be better (explaining the food).

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1.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Absolutely terrible. Service was chaotic, everyone's orders were wrong. When food eventually came out was dried out and inedible

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3.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Really good food, very mediocre service. Impressed by how interesting their taste palette was, not impressed by the bad service.

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2.0Dined on 28 July 2018

A lot of chaos and noise around our reserved table. Could not get to the table as there was no space to reach the area!
The food we usually eat without onions ( sambhar) was no longer on the menu. My idli was a small misshapen ‘thing’. Not 2 fluffy idols I usually love to eat there!
One does not mind paying more for good food.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Nice casual place for a good range of vegetarian Indian food and conveniently located.

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2.0Dined on 21 July 2018

We used to love this restaurant, but on this occasion the food was disappointing (meagre portions and some items not available). Decor is shabby, and whilst staff were nice enough, there was zero ambience. Loos need refurbishing. We were left feeling disinclined to eat there again.

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

It really needs total refurbishment. Food was good. Service was ok but can be improved.

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Conveniently situated in Piccadilly . The platters were ideal for our small party at lunchtime.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Best dosas and great vegetarian southern Indian menu

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Fantastic food - some of the best vegan/veggie Indian food I've ever had. Friendly, efficient service and good variety of choices n menu. Great for groups

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2.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Unwelcoming decor and unhelpful staff .
The room is dingy and long overdue updating
The waiter took no care over explaining the complexities of South Indian food to us.
Our one course took 45 minutes to arrive ( on a not very busy Tuesday lunchtime . The dishes were of reasonable quality but unimaginatively present
Altogether , a rather dour experience, not to be repeated

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1.0Dined on 13 June 2018

Went here a number of years ago and had a great time. Went back for the wife's birthday to discover place had lost power.

I had included both my number and my email address in my booking as such could have been contacted before arriving to say that they couldn't open.

Staff were flippant and didn't appologies for failure to open or for not contacting me.

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3.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Very shabby outside and old and dingy inside. The staff were pleasant and the food was very good. It suddenly became packed out with lots of indian families and their young children. Cute but incredibly noisy! We went for my husbands birthday as we were staying in a hotel just around the corner but wouldn’t go again. Shame it could’ve been so much better.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Excellent vegetarian and some vegan options. Great service and really tasty food.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Got together with friends for a meal here at the weekend. Had a lovely, relaxed afternoon. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Also there was a separate vegan menu with many options. I have been to Woodlands several times and the quality of the food and service is consistently outstanding. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Great meal with friends at Woodlands. Good food and prices with friendly service. They also have a full vegan menu with awesome dosa!

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Consistently excellent veggie indian food. Dhal makhani and chana masala are favourites! Service prompt, friendly, and made special arrangements for Birthday. Will be back!

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4.0Dined on 23 April 2018

My first time eating at Woodlands, but not my first time eating Southern Indian cuisine.
The staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive and the vegan menu was excellent. I had medu veda to stat with which are a lovely spicy doughnut served with 2 chutneys and a sambar, medu vada was lovely and light and not at all greasy, the cocunut chutney was delicious as was the other chutney (it might have been peanut can't remember) and the sambar was beautifully spiced. My partner had the chilli garlic mogo which she enjoyed, again nicely spiced. For our mains I had the Pesarattu Dosa (mushroom masala filling) which was thin and crispy and again expertly spiced and delicious, my partner had the Mushroom Chettinad with pilau rice which she said was "incredible".

The portion size was very generous, so we didn't have room for dessert!

Great food, really nice restaurant and very friendly staff make eating at Woodlands a very enjoyable experience.

We will definitely be going again, next time we are in London.

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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Nice food, decent service

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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Excellent food -we are vegan and there was a whole vegan menu for us to choose from. We've never had Indian crêpes outside of India before -they were delicious and we found the food very authentic. Our children loved it and we ate absolutely every scrap, despite having massively over-ordered!

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

enjoyed the dining experience and the good quality of the different dishes consumed.

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3.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Food was very nice but service disappointing. Waiter did not seem to listen. Tasty spicy veggie curries.

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Excellent food. We were a rushed by the waiter to order when we explained it was a pre-theatre dinner....but fine overall.

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3.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Great food but terrible service. We were squeezed in far too close to other diners when there were plenty of other tables available. Very grumpy waiter who was incredibly off hand. Other staff were much nicer but he needs training!

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3.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Staff is either rude or clueless... half of them could not answer the simplest questions about the items on the menu, the other half was knowledgeable but really rude. The food was good though and it is conveniently located close to the theatres.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Great food really appreciated by my visiting relatives from the USA, who were not familiar with Indian food.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Good vegetarian option near Picadilly circus. Not really sure who our waiter was, three different people brought food, took orders, and then basically forgot about us. For some reason though they added gratuity to the bill!

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4.0Dined on 13 March 2018

Good food and service . Our first try of a vegetarian/vegan Indian restaurant. Fairly quiet Tuesday night so not a great atmosphere but nice overall . Manager very kindly provided a birthday dessert for one of us

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Lovely. Great options for dietary requirements. Loved the aubergine curry. Poppodums were light and crispy.

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3.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Utterly shambolic service redeemed by delicious food. Nice ambiance but they really do need to get the service sorted.

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4.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Great food. Also appreciated they had separate vegan menu as my wife is a vegan. Helpful staff and nice ambience.

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3.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Food was very tasty and reasonably priced, but in comparison with their sister restaurant in Marylebone, this restaurant wasn't as nice. The tables didn't have cloths and it was all quite basic. Service was ok, though our food all arrived at different times and one dish was very late.

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Very nice staff and most of the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Food is always good at this branch of Woodlands and service is pretty good too. you wouldn't go there for ambience.

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1.0Dined on 29 January 2018

The food was very poor and awful tasting. service painfully slow . i will never go there again or recommend this restaurant to anyone. i am sure this is the worst restaurant i have ever been to and i eat in restaurants every day.

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4.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Improve the service as it was slow - and I found food was cold - Thali . Could improve on sitting arrangements - small otherwise not bad experience .

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Great welcome
The food was so tasty, wish I had a local this good

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4.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Despite almost every table being full within 15 minutes of our arrival and being short staffed, the 2 wait staff managed to get dishes to hungry diners quickly - though the food is worth waiting for. My Malabar Medhu Vada - a cheerily irregular savoury doughnut was hot crisp and delicious dunked in the accompanying chutneys, and the dal makhani which followed, luxurious and earthy. Mango curry was new to me - I suspect it is made from me green mangoes so it was refreshingly sour in its creamy yoghurt gravy. This isnt a glitzy restaurant and it isnt very cheap but its good value and the food is good.

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