Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers a selection of vegan choices, marked as such on the menu, which includes kale salad, seitan donair, nachos, vegetable stir fry, and a chocolate tofu pie. Uses mostly organic, local produce. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 11:30am-9:00pm.

54 Reviews

First Review by KelseyApple


Points +113

14 Oct 2023

Good options

Wasn’t sure when I first reviewed the menu, as options seemed limited. Once we got there, there were good options—not numerous, but more than enough choices, and everything we got was delicious. Pretty space, and good drinks, too. I had the seitan donair!



Points +1784

29 Aug 2023

Local food, lots of vegan options

Lovely restaurant in downtown Halifax that supports local Nova Scotia farms with an emphasis on sustainability. Plenty of vegan options, which are clearly marked on the menu. The seitan donair is delicious and filling.


Points +83

25 Aug 2023

Excellent vegan donair

The donair was tasty. Friendly staff.

Pros: Food, Service


Points +58

03 Jul 2023

Healthy, Local & Organic

So many vegan options available, I would have loved to try them all! Very accommodating and lovely staff.


Points +45

09 Jun 2023


A great place to take your friends for yummy food with options for anyone vegan, veg, gf, or other allergies.

Pros: Delicious food, Gf options, Patio


Points +24

30 Apr 2023

So many options

They had so many options on the menue that were vegan and vegetarian friendly. Additionally most things could easily be made vegan if not already. Had awesome cocktails and a tofu desert!

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Super tasty

Cons: Not the best atmosphere


Points +75

01 Jan 2023

Great spot!

The rice and tofu bowl was really good. #Veganuary


Points +788

30 Oct 2022

Needs improvement

I used to dine at The Wooden Monkey on Argyle back when there was only one vegetarian restaurant downtown and that place was part of that Sri Chinmoy cult.

WM made a solid chickpea veggie burger for the time and circumstances and then moved location to Grafton where they are now just as I was graduating. They also had fairly affordable bottles of organic wines.

I went back to see if it still held up and the answer is not really. I was afraid to get the lentil burger lest it disappoint my memory and instead got the vegan Donair, which was never an option in the 2000s. Sadly, the pita was stale and cold, as were much of the ingredients. It was largely void of vegetables until the last few bites and the coconut donair sauce was very sweet. The whole wrap was not substantial and not worth $17.50. Not good value, or flavour.

Tofu pie was also just so so. Sad this place isn’t what it used to be and for all the claims about environmental responsibility they still serve meat and dairy in mist menu items and use Daiya cheese (the worst) on vegan options.

Updated from previous review on 2022-10-18

Pros: Location is convenient, Labeled vegan items

Cons: Pricy for mediocre food


Points +530

27 Oct 2022

Excellent beer selection

What a cosy little pub! Tasting paddle of beers was a real highlight - great way to sample everything on tap. Lots of vegan and veggie options - including a great chocolate tofu cake.

Pros: Good beer, Friendly service, Delicious food


Points +24

27 Aug 2022

Our best meal in Halifax

I was a bit apprehensive because this is not a vegan restaurant, but the experience exceeded my expectations. The vegan donair was probably the best use of seitan my partner and I have ever tasted and the lentil burger I ordered was delicious (note that it comes with a honey dressing, but the maple dressing I had was amazing). Service was kind and conscientious. They are clearly used to catering to different dietary preferences. I hope they will make a larger proportion of their menu items vegan in the future. I would absolutely go there again. Great food, great service, fantastic playlist.

Pros: Vegan donair, Excellent service , Playlist/overall ambience

Cons: Limited vegan menu items


Points +1079

10 Jul 2022

Great place for folks of many different tastes

From the outside, you think it's just a popular restaurant with pub fare. But a quick glance at the menu, you realize you're in for a treat. Vegan options are plentiful and clearly marked. And all of the food is meant to be both fun and healthy. Sadly, they had just run out of their vegan donair, but we had the delicious curry with quinoa and a black bean burger. Both were really delicious!

Updated from previous review on 2022-07-10

Pros: Fun environment, In the heart of downtown

Cons: Service can be slow, Because it's a popular, fun place, it can get loud


Points +22

28 May 2022

AMAZING!!! Great place to take non-vegan family!

I took my non vegan ( and borderline judgemental) mother here, she got some meat dish. I convinced her to try my vegan donair meat, and she was WOWED. She always recommends it to people and suggests we go there all the time. (Not to mention that I personally love their food)

Pros: Lots of vegan and gluten free options, Environmentally aware , Some meat options for family


Points +326

03 Mar 2022

Great Place

Eaten here a few times at two different locations with large groups including Omnis. Enjoyed everything that I have had here—though one time I didn’t get the vegan nachos and wasn’t thrilled. Aside from this I would highly recommend this place they cater to just about every type of dietary restriction and are extremely accommodating!


Points +1390

06 Sep 2021

Great food

Some of the best vegan food in Halifax can be found at the Wooden Monkey. Great donair and garlic fingers and the kimchi tacos were the most flavourful tacos I’ve ever had. Don’t miss the chocolate tofu pie for dessert!

Pros: Tasty food , Good vegan options , Lovely waterfront location


Points +16

16 Nov 2019

The Wooden Monkey - Delicious!

You have to try the spicy napa tacos. They're amazing and like nothing I've eaten before.

Pros: Fantastic food, Clearly labelled vegan options on the menu, Friendly staff


Points +228

27 Oct 2019

Great for VEGAN and GF

Lots of vegan and gf options... perfect!

Pros: Lots of options , Delicious dessert , Friendly staff


Points +292

07 Oct 2019

Great atmosphere

Delicious vegan options and great atmosphere! Labelled GF and vegan options, also they make an effort to implement small environmentally friendly changes (like sourcing local ingredients, offering water and straws upon request)


Points +208

17 Sep 2019

PDG pretty dam good

I had the Lental burger with the apple side salad and baked potato wedges.
The burger spoke to me.

Pros: Lots of V & WF options.

Cons: Can't think of any


Points +24

30 Aug 2019


I had the lentil burger and it was very good. Too much pepper on the potato wedges for my liking.

Pros: Lots of vegan options


Points +29

01 Apr 2019

Great curry and rice bowls

Tasty good food downtown

Pros: Add tofu to meals, A few great options, Pub hours


Points +64

15 Oct 2018

Vegan cheesecake

I love the seitan sandwich. I order it every time. You need to ask for vegan cheese. They also have a chickpea curry. And a vegan cheesecake that is to die for.


Points +364

05 Aug 2018

Really nice atmosphere, decent selection of vegan food

I had the rice bowl. It was very tasty. I was a little disappointed that the cheese they had for pizza was daiya but the other vegan options looked pretty good !


Points +276

03 Aug 2018

Many great vegan options

What a great find in Halifax! Many vegan options on the menu. Both the seitan sandwich and the tacos were excellent!


Points +51

13 Jul 2018


Tout nous a plus, j’aurais d’ailleurs donné 5 étoiles si c’était possible! La bouffe était excellente et le service était amical et chaleureux. J’y retournerai sans hésiter!

Pros: Option véganes délicieuses!, Serveur très amical

Points +31

07 Jul 2018

Wonderful Dinner

We happened to find this restaurant close to the hotel we were staying in. There were several vegan choices or things that could be made vegan. We had the beet salad, the veggie pizza, the lentil burger and shared the chocolate tofu pie. All was delicious. The service was friendly and timely. Hope to be back.

Pros: Lots of vegan options Environmentally conscious

Cons: none


Points +78

07 Jun 2018

Loved it!

I tried the vegetable curry and it was amazing! Staff was very nice ! I recommend it!

Pros: All organic


Points +21

Mostly Veg
15 Apr 2018

Good options local fare

Staff was very friendly and helpful! Food options were good, not a fully vegan menu, but lots of vegan items to choose from! Owners have also taken a good approach on environmental changes that I appreciated, including their policy on not offering water unless it is requested.

Pros: Vegan friendly restaurant, Friendly staff, Variety of options

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