Garden Cafe of Woodstock

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    ( 47 reviews )
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6 Old Forge Rd (at Route 212, Hudson Valley), Woodstock, New York, USA, 12498

All organic vegan cafe with menu featuring items like curried fresh green pea fritter with toasted coconut sauce, Tuscan arugula and white bean salad with roasted garlic dressing, portabella panini on homemade foccacia, special entrees, strawberry shortcake, and smoothies. Serves breakfast (including tofu scramble), sandwiches, entrees & vegan desserts. Serves organic wine, beer and sake. Dine inside or in garden patio. Previously named Garden Cafe on the Green. Open Mon 11:30am-9:00pm, Wed-Thu 11:30am-9:00pm, Fri 11:30am-10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-9:30pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, International, Organic, Beer/Wine, Middle Eastern

Reviews (47)

First Review by biolibrarian

delicious, delicious - Edit

We absolutely LOVE The Garden Cafe in Woodstock, NY. We eat there weekly and have tasted just about all the dishes. Leah, the owner, is an extremely warm, caring and thoughtful person. The food is great, the wait staff is always friendly and accommodating. You've got to try the Italian Tofu Scramble. The scramble has veggies mixed in and is really delicious. It also comes with roasted potatoes, and toasted slices of baguette. We usually have the chef mix sausage in there also. We love the Garden Bowls, which change just about on a daily basis. You get tofu or tempeh with a fabulous sauce, along with a flavorful grain, and greens. A very well rounded meal for a really great price. PLUS the deserts are to die for...chocolate mousse, layer cakes, cheesecakes, apple pie, etc. Once you experience the Garden Cafe you will be back. See you there...

Pros: Great food at a great price., Friendly owner and staff, warm and friendly vibe

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my favorite restaurant. - Edit

Everything is amazing about this place.

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Best of the best! - Edit

This restaurant gets everything on its menu right! Everything I have tried is not only good, but fantastic. From the lasagna to the Portobello Panini to the cheese plate to the raw blueberry cheesecake to the carrot cake and beyond! Just wow!

Pros: Flavor, Portion Size

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A Special Treat! - Edit

This is my second time to dine at the Garden Cafe. I've been vegan for 10 years. In that time, I have sought out the best vegan restaurants I could find on 4 continents. I can say without hesitation that the Garden Cafe is at the top of the list for food quality, taste, uniqueness, presentation and service! You have to check this place out. My server, both times, has been Megan. She is extraordinarily pleasant, professional and polite. Bravo!

If you are skiing at Belleayre, the Garden Cafe is conveniently located in Woodstock (a charming village) on your way back to the highway!

Pros: Food quality and taste, Ambience (clean, light and bright), Drink options (incl alcohol)

Cons: Too far from Summit, NJ

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Super delicious! - Edit

Great food, cool atmosphere, and super friendly service. We can't wait to go back.

Pros: fresh and delicious food, friendly service, great selection

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most excellent - Edit

Food is beautifully prepared and the staff is super friendly.

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excellent - Edit

This place was awesome. Don't miss the red lentil enchiladas. Staff was friendly and helpful and atmosphere wonderful.

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delicious - Edit

Great delicious and healthy food, and also good deserts
Nice outdoor sitting garden

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see? it's not that difficult - Edit

clean, pleasant, friendly, tasty... the way a restaurant should be. the food is great - even the plain brown rice tastes better than I've had elsewhere, so the more inspired and complex dishes compete with any other superb restaurant.

Pros: generous portions

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Nice vegan resto - Edit

Woodstock may not be that big, but it seems like most people know about this great resto. Definitely busy on the weekends and they only take reservations for large groups.

Nice menu with sandwiches, salads and entrees. The veggie lasagna was massive - it was nice to have such a veggie centric meal. The Indian burrito was also lovely. No room for dessert!

Pros: Reasonable variety

Cons: Busy, No reservations for small groups

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filling Sunday brunch - Edit

Great service, friendly staff and atmosphere. Only negative comment was I didn't know they were serving lunch and I wish I had ordered off the lunch menu. Although my Italian scramble was amazing! Will be coming back :)

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Veggie Paradise - Edit

So good. So happy we came. Wish I could take one bite if everything on the menu.

Our 7 year old ordered seconds on the broccoli soup!

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Fresh and Friendly - Edit

This was mine & my husband's first trip to Woodstock. We came on the suggestion of Catskill Animal Sanctuary & we're not disappointed. The food was absolutely delicious. For an appetizer we shared the black bean quesadilla SO fresh! For dinner I had the Chickpea Enchilada with sautéed kale & apple coconut salad. My husband has the pasta marinara with "meat"balls. And if you didn't think that was enough, we shared the famous brownie with cashew vegan ice cream. Yummmm. Awesome meal. I believe the owner just recently took over and she is a sweetheart! Our server was very nice. Going back to the sanctuary because we sponsored an animal so we will be back!!
Updated from previous review on Saturday May 30, 2015

Pros: vegan, fresh & delicious , friendly

Cons: bathroom next door & have to ask for a k

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Good Food And Fast Service - Edit

Tasty food, well presented, by a charming angle friendly staff. Local artists' work decorated the walls, and you can even take some home as a momento of your visit.

Pros: Vegan, Quality, Ambience

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Wonderful flavors, creative recipes - Edit

Well established vegan restaurant in the heart of Woodstock-- on the village green. Great sauces and eclectic flavor combinations. The create your own Garden Bowl gives lots of diverse options. Their sauteed greens are tender and well seasoned. The baked tofu and the tempeh are very good. No microwaves used, so food prep takes awhile. Reasonable prices for gourmet food. Busy in the summer, service speed varies, reservations needed on Friday and Saturday. Outdoor seating is pleasant in nice weather.

Pros: excellent vegan food, Great recipe combinations

Cons: limited seating

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Best Vegan Eats!! - Edit

I took my girlfriend out for our anniversary and this place is amazing. Our server Lisa was very kind and helpful. The menu was as great as the service there were so many options and they were ALL vegan! The food came quick and was delicious. I had read the reviews before going and saw a few negative comments about the service. I can safely say if lisa is your server you will have no issues. When we arrived there were a few tables opened and before leaving I spoke with the server about comment on here about making reservations, She did say on the weekends you pretty much have to (we went on a weekday) also in the summer it gets very busy. While i was there i learned that the owner (wasnt there) has become very ill :( so if your in town stop in and grab some damn good food and feel good about helping a small business and you just might contribute the helping the owner recover from her cancer

Pros: Great Food , Great Staff, Great artwork lines the walls

Cons: small beer selection

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Excellent Vegan Restaurant - Edit

This is an exceptional restaurant for vegans. A creative and highly delicious menu. The service was fast and very friendly. The desserts were extraordinary! I would recommend this restaurant to any vegan or vegetarian. You will not leave hungry. It is a smaller restaurant and reservations are recommended.

Pros: Creative Menu, Excellent Desserts, Friendly Staff

Cons: Reservations needed

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Charming vegan eatery in the heart of Woodstock - Edit

My wife and I were fortunate to get a table for dinner without a reservation. Great food and great service. The night we went they were out of a lot of items due to an extra busy lunch service. Seating is extremely limited so I would highly recommend a reservation.

Pros: Great food, great service

Cons: limited seating , small kitchen may result in menu items being unava

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lovely outdoor seating - Edit

After visiting Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, we stopped in for an early dinner. Our B&B owner had wisely told us to make a reservation in advance. The indoor area is small, but the outdoor area is lovely nestled between the trees. It was so peaceful to eat there. We ordered beers to start. Dirk got the garden bowl special and I got the Southwestern burger. Both excellent. I just wish the burger was a little bigger. We ended with the brownie and ice cream. It was more like cake and very moist which we preferred. The service was nice and friendly and since we weren't in a rush, we sat back and enjoyed the food and scenery.

Pros: lovely outdoor seating, tasty food, nice staff

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Awsome! - Edit

It's so difficult to find completely vegan restaurants. It was so relaxing to be able to walk in to a restaurant, order anything on the menu and know its is cruelty free! Delicious smoothies! The food is delicious and has a great presentation.

Pros: Great food , Outdoor seating, 10% off for WFAS members

Cons: Small inside, need reservations

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I LOVED it! - Edit

I loved how this place was so down to earth and didn't emphasize the vegan factor. You would forget it was vegan after awhile! The food was homestyle and delicious! I would drive 700 miles again to go back and have the tofu scramble wrap.

Pros: atmosphere, food, decorations

Cons: small, no bathroom, small drinks

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Totally vegan - Edit

My husband has always favored this restaurant and loves their garden bowls which are very filling. It is nice to eat outside when the weather is permitting. Most non-vegans I've brought here have liked the fare as well and there is always something for a sweet tooth on the menu.

Pros: Excellent food, Moderate prices, Organic

Cons: Run out of specials , Service can be slow, Bathroom is in an adjoining building

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zen belly - Edit

Yum! Very tasty food... very nice little place with a pretty full menu. I truly enjoyed giving my belly such peaceful contentment. I highly recomend this little restaurant!

Pros: excellent cuisine, full menu, tasty tasty tasty

Cons: may be understaffed when busy, staff was very pleasant regardless...

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the best vegan food - Edit

I love this place. I have enjoyed everything I have had there (I usually eat the garden bowls--they change frequently). The servers are always nice to me, even when they are very busy.
I could eat the sauteed kale they serve everyday for the rest of my life!

Pros: beautiful garden, fresh, delicious food, organic!

Cons: the restroom is next door, few tables

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Yummy & Friendly - Edit

I just had dinner there tonight with my friend and I was very pleased by the great service and delicious food. I had the all you can eat buffet dinner (sadly it was the last one of the season) and my friend ordered the portobello mushroom panini sandwich. I especially enjoyed the polenta with coffee sauce and who knew kale could taste so good. I have tried to come here a few other times and they were so busy they could not seat me. I am glad we made a reservation for this evening. I can't wait for the nice weather to enjoy the garden outside.

Pros: friendly knowledgeable waitstaff, generous portions, nice music

Cons: wish there were more tables

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tasty, but expensive and marred by bad service - Edit

The Garden Cafe in Woodstock makes some very tasty vegetarian food. Also some very bland food, but most of it is tasty. The restaurant itself is small but charmingly decorated. The owner is often on the premises, she obviously cares about making delicious, clean vegetarian food. I wish that she would care more for the staff, however. It might be a problem of the area, as there always seems to be a new wait staff, but I have had several really bad experiences with rude waiters at this restaurant. I'm a local, and for a while was ordering from them at least once a week. The staff is often disorganized, and a bit cold and rude. Truly it's a shame, because aside from this (and the relatively over-priced menu - 21 for a plate of Polenta with Peas and Mushrooms BEFORE TAX is really pushing it!) the restaurant would be very easy to recommend. As it is, however, I can just say the food is sometimes delicious.

Pros: delicious, clean, vegan

Cons: over-priced, rude staff, poorly trained staff

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misharyan 22 Feb 2013 - Hello,
This is Pam Brown, the owner of the Garden Cafe. I am sorry that you have had bad experiences with our waitstaff. While rude service is inexcusable, I will mention that we often can only have one server working at a time, so they may not be able to be as attentive as we would like. If you feel that you are being treated rudely, please feel free to ask for me at any time to rectify the situation. As far as the price of the polenta entree, I would like to explain how that entree is prepared, so you can understand our pricing. First of all, the polenta is purchased from Wild Hive Farm, a local farm providing organic corn. This is much more expensive than regular bulk polenta. This polenta is cooked, the vegetables (peas and mushrooms) are prepared, and blended into the polenta. Each sauce on the entree is homemade, as we do not used pre-made sauces. A tempeh round accompanies this polenta. This is first boiled, then marinated, then baked. It is then mashed, and mixed with other ingredients, and formed into patties, and brushed with mustard, coated with cornmeal, and lightly pan fried. In addition, the asparagus in the salad is very expensive, along with black kalamata olives. This is also served with organic sauteed kale. The reason I have gone into such detail regarding the entree is to illustrate the amount of labor that goes into preparing all of our food. It is not 'scooped' on a plate before serving.  


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Thursday Night Sushi & Saki - Edit

Anyone who loves Sushi but could do without the fish will have the best meal. Great variety and very reasonably priced. Its awesome. Have patience because it is all made to order.

Pros: quality, menu, service

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misharyan 25 Apr 2011 - To the orginal poster: Thank you!

This message is directed to the last person that responded (Woodstock):
Hello,
This is Pam Brown, the owner of the Garden Cafe. Every sushi roll was made to order. Our sushi chef spent hours prepping the vegetables, and each roll is different. You may have noticed that the rolls took a while to come out--this is because they were being made after you ordered them. As we are a busy restaurant, some other items on our menu are prepped in advance, but they are all cooked to order--they are not scooped onto a plate (buffet style). When an order comes in, our line cook places each item into the oven, or into a sauce pan to cook. That is why things can take a little longer at the Garden Cafe, as the entrees are complicated, and have many elements. We also do not use any time saving devices, such as microwaves.  


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Woodstock 22 Feb 2013 - Just to correct you, it's not all made to order. There are large portions on the plate that usually have been made in bulk and just scooped onto the plate when the order is put in.  


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