Austin >Food & Dining > Woodland
1716 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.246445 -97.751059
Sat-Sun 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: South River City, Greater South River City
great brunch / breakfast spot in a cute, forest themed restaurant. Even the waiters wear lumberjack shirts. Get the salmon eggs benedict or the "morning wood" breakfast platter.
Southern soul food inside a hobbit house: The Woodland serves up buttery, from-scratch shrimp n' grits and chicken pot pies in a thoughtfully-decorated space, like a little house co-habited by a Zen doshi and Bilbo Baggins.
canned and bland – I would like this place to be good. I live a few blocks away and I like the interior. I've given the Woodland 3 tries and I have to say with the exception of the mac and cheese (not hard, see Kraft) the food that I have had there is not very good. Tonight my wife and ordered a salad and some mac and cheese to start. Both were edible but we were only half finished when they brought our our entrees. Annoying. Her fish and chips had all of the ugliness of the real English thing but none of the flavor or crunch. Wet fish with a massive doughy shell. Blaghk! I had the special, a white bean soup with sausage. Canned and bland. The sausage had less flavor than the vienna variety. My advice, sell the ceramic tree and hire a cook.
I guess the customer is NOT always right – I'm not one to write reviews good or bad on places I've been, but we had such terrible service at Woodland that I felt this necessary to report. The food is and has always been mediocre, and we ended up there because all of our other favorite haunts on South Congress were a long wait, so everything was fine, until our Rib Eye dinner plate arrived. It was a really bad and fatty cut of meat which my mother and I were sharing, and we basically had to cut around and find tiny little pieces of edible meat on this plate that ended up being more fat and grizzle than steak. So, naturally we called over the waitress, not necessarily to complain, but merely to show that our $20 some dollar entree was hardly edible. Her nonchalant response was that she would take it up with one of the managers who (according to her) on duty that Thursday evening, which I find odd.... but whatever and even more peculiar was that I knew that a manager was on duty, because I know who he is, but she basically lied to our faces, for whatever reason. Maybe she didn't want to bother him? At this point we realized that suggesting taking it off our bill MORE THAN ONCE and quite politely, was getting us nowhere. We kept being met with the "I'll let our managers know...". And what good is that going to do anyone once we have left? We didn't cause a huge scene, cause at that point we just wanted to remove ourselves from this place and continue to celebrate my sister's college grad weekend. But, seriously folks, if anyone from Woodland is reading this....SHAME ON YOU GUYS. I guess keeping the $24.00 bucks for a less than edible plate of food is more worth it to your establishment than return customers. Thanks for nothing, oh and by the way, at least we do our part....we are always steering people away from Woodland now thanks to that night.
Hello - I was very sorry to read about your bad experience! That is not a proper response from a server and we should have handled that better. While rib eye steak is heavily marbled, it should not be tough. Every now and again, an unpredictable cut is slightly tougher and that is beyond our control. However, it should have been replaced immediately with a smile and then taken off of your check. Sincere apologies - we would love the opportunity to make this up to you. While we are definitely not perfect, we do try to take our mistakes in stride and better ourselves in the process. Please call the restaurant and ask for Chance or Daniel @ 512-441-6800. In the event that neither one of us in that day, we would appreciate you leaving your information so that we may contact you and make amends. Thank you in advance for allowing us the opportunity to correct this. Sincerely, The Woodland
Great restaurant. Highly recommended. – I went to have dinner with a friend of mine tonight and just got home. It was very pleasant. We had today's special and it was very tasty. On top of that, the customer service was really great. Our wait person was very attentive and nice. When we got the bill, we noticed that they forgot to charge one of the drinks we ordered earlier. We let out wait person know that and then the restaurant manager came to our table and thanked us for letting them know. He gave us $10.00 gift card for appreciation. That was totally unexpecting. We eat out a lot but we have never experienced something like this before and it was a very nice surprise. We will definitely come back again!!!
South Congress neighbors find hip, casual dining in this forest-themed restaurant and bar. – The classic comfort foods of the South--meat loaf, Sloppy Joes and chocolate-peanut butter pie--become smart and chic when presented within the faux-earth confines of this restaurant whose decor includes a giant tree in the middle and thatched walls reminiscent of a treehouse. The small space is the brainchild of owners and chefs of the Austin favorite Starlite, making it inevitable that a long line of neighborhood foodies come for supper and stay for the pie.
"...serves down-home comfort food with an equal attention to detail." (ek3113, Citysearch user)
"It isn't a fine dining experience, it's an upscale comfort food grandma's-kitchen joint. You have to try the oysters--some of the best I've ever had, and I'm from Louisiana!" (prettyasapenny, Citysearch user)
"The atmosphere is amazing, pretty pseudo hipster, real shishi swankster type of spot..." (jjhaterhurter, Citysearch user)
"...it was quite loud. The music was shrill- lacking any bass or substance..." (scopeloric, Citysearch user)
"The food was adequate, not bad, but certainly not worth the wait." (alienlovechild, Citysearch user)
"There are very few vegetarian options on the menu, two of which revolve around falafel..." (javaland26, Citysearch user)
"...ambiance is nice but the service was unfriendly and cold." (kge, Citysearch user)
Nice place! Good Food! – This was our first visit. We went on a Sunday evening and I was surprised at the full-house. Seems to be a good indication that people like it here. I loved the servers in jeans and plaid. I liked the decor. It was a bit loud and it made conversation a little difficult. We had the corn fritters to start (total YUM) and a variety of entrees. The only quibble was the Halibut special that night was served lukewarm. The Peanut Butter Chocolate pie made up for it, though! The grapefruit mojito, Grace & Moxie, is very good and gets better and better. :-)
I love Starlite and am happy that Woodland serves down-home comfort food with an equal attention to detail. We'll be back.
Great to hang out and relax with friends – My very first experience at The Woodland, is one that I will never forget. I went with a group of friends about a year ago. We were greeted by a very sweet hostess that seated us at a very large booth to accommodate our group. The staff was very inviting and friendly and made me feel right at home, but they had better food than my house. They offer a great home cooked menu, my friends and I were dying to try everything! I think we might have, starting with: Corn bread muffins (perfectly moist), Arugula & Fennel salad (My favorite...salad), Fried oysters with an amazing sauce on the side (I dream about this one), Steak (tender and juicy), Pork Empanadas (sp?) (wonderful flaky crust and an even better filling)... There was more. Not only was the food amazing the service was to match. The servers were polite and funny, all the people it took to bring us our truck load of food were all smiles. The manager even came by to visit to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and proceeded to be friendly with conversation. At the bar: the drink menu was very unique with a lot of neat twists to plain old drinks. The bartenders are great about helpful suggestions on what would be the best drink for the taste you desire (sweet, sour, etc...) I could really go on and on. The Woodland is my favorite place to take my friends to enjoy great food and relax in a friendly environment.
Remember if you treat the staff like you would like to be treated, you will be treated like gold :) and even if you're a rude person (which A LOT of people are) they are still as kind as can be.
Kind of average food; good service – A group of us went here on a wednesday night. No crowds and we were seated quickly. I got the stuffed tomato and pecan pie. The tomato was a little mushy and lacked a lot of pizazz or spice... just kind of bland. The poXpie (the on-line review system won't take the "T" after po... because it is "inappropriate"... lame!!) was good. One friend got the poX pie and found a 1 inch long bone in it- eekk. The other friend got some kind of steak sandwich that looked good. Overall, I thought this place was just sort of average. I'd pay the extra money for a nicer restaurant on Congress. The service was fast and very friendly though.
How do you say?: "We don't care?" – Went today Jan 6 for brunch around 1:30. Wasn''t busy. Had two little kids with us. Ordered english muffin w peanut butter....10 mins later was told they don''t have pb. Ordered bowl of fruit with two lunches...had to wave down the busboy 15 mins later to have him pull it off the line...it sat for about 20 mins and the cooks didn''t say anything to the waitstaff. Had to walk to the line myself and get spoons for the fruit. Waitstaff couldn''t leave the table fast enough. No one seemed concerned....hugh....so I guess they won''t care when they don''t have jobs...hugh. Bathrooms were filthy..not just from the day...was a couple of days worth of crud. Old saying ...if the bathrooms are dirty...so is the kitchen. Sad that a local place is so poorly cared for...really wanted it to be great!!! Our first time, when the owners were there when they first opened...it was good.
Best Salads and Veggie Burger in Austin! – I attend this establishment on a weekly basis and what I can say is they cater to everyone's needs. Their salads and veggie burgers rock! The bartenders, waitstaff, and hostess are all friendly and truly try and help the best they can given the space (come on folks this is SOCO). This isn't one of those planted post; I truly love this place and will miss it once I move to another coast. Great amazing food, great folks and great management...you couldn't ask for much more! BRAVO GUYS!
Horrible! – My sister and I had been meaning to try this place for a long time. Very optimistic, we entered on a Friday night and were greeted by the hostess who walked us over to a standard, small table. There were many booths open and we asked to sit in one. She said no, because they were about to get busy and needed the booths for larger groups (this was 8 PM). Fair enough, we thought, and sat down waiting several minutes for someone to come over and ask for a drink order. We never did get someone to ask for the drinks. Instead two waters and some stale corn muffins were smacked down without any acknowledgement of either of us. The most insulting part was that every party who walked in after us consisted of two people who were immediately taken by the hostess to the empty booths. However, the small two-person tables we were forced to sit at were available and empty. What happened to the booths being for large groups? It was the same hostess the entire time. Did she suffer a mental block? The remaining staff members were walking around like zombies. The food didn't even make up for it. We speculate that my sister's chicken potpie was the soup of the day (chicken noodle) with some cornstarch stirred in and a slab of pie crust thrown on. Also, make sure to check your receipt as well. They somehow tweaked the dollar amount of our entrees so that the receipt listed the correct dish, but with a mysterious increased price. We had to open a menu and point to the listed price before our waiter corrected the mistake. Just don't go here if you don't want your evening ruined. Save your money.
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