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“Great Experience”

The Old Loft Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner, Seafood, Canadian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Nova Scotia, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
“Great Experience”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Homemade meals at their yummiest! My husband and I really enjoyed our meal at the Old Loft.

The Old Loft is located in Woody's Point, a small town surrounded by Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland. We were camping in Norris Point and decided to hike the Tablelands on the other side of Bonne Bay. Driving there took us past Woody Point, so we stopped for lunch. ( You can also take a water taxi from Norris Point to Woody Point and back.)

The Old Loft Restaurant is the rope loft of an old restored fishing shed. It's a charming, rustic spot. The dining area is half of the loft, and there are locally made handcrafts on display in the other half. Downstairs, there are more souvenirs and items made by local craftspeople, as well as baked goods for sale.

My only two complaints about the restaurant are this: one, there are only windows on the ends, so it's a bit on the dark side (the craft areas are bright). Two, the chairs, made out of barrels, are cute but not overly comfortable.

When we walked in, there was a mix of other tourists and locals. Seeing locals is usually a good sign!

On to the food. We both had hot turkey sandwiches with fries. I also had dressing and gravy on my fries, a Newfoundland favourite. We split a basket of onion rings.

The onion rings were hot, light, crispy, and huge! They were like doughnuts in size, and delicious. Wish I had some now...

The fries were hand-cut and cooked just right. The turkey sandwich was open-faced; the turkey piled on top of a thick, delicious slice of homemade bread. Yum! The turkey was topped with gravy and traditional Newfoundland dressing. I loved it.

My husband loved his, too, except for the dressing. The dressing was loose breadcrumbs, mixed with melted butter, and flavoured with onion and summer savoury. Not what we're used to, and he doesn't like surprises.

Portions are large so no way we could manage dessert! Too bad, I'm sure it was good.

Finally, my beverage of choice when eating out is iced tea. For me, a litmus test of a good, casual restaurant is whether or not they make their own iced tea, or just fob off a commercial can or fountain drink on me. Seriously, it's not hard to make iced tea! At minimum, you can brew strong tea, pour it over ice in a glass, and serve the glass with sugar & lemon wedge on the side. It's sooo much better than pre-made. Really. A lot better. A lot.

I'm happy to report that the Old Loft not only makes their own, but it was the best I've had dining out: slightly sweet and lemony tart. Yum.

Our waitress, the only one working, was friendly, attentive, and happy to join me in a little good-natured ribbing directed at my husband.

I may never get back to Newfoundland, but if you go, and you're in the area, I recommend you try the Old Loft.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Loudonville, New York
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great food, great prices”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

service, food, and setting were very nice; first time I are partridge berry; good atmosphere; across from B&B

Visited June 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Not bad menu & food; exceptional atmosphere”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

This is a really nice place to sit down and have lunch in a relaxed pace. Typical Newfoundland menu choices. Home-made burger patty was really yummy.

Visited June 2013
Thank Karen M
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great spot in Woody Point”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Great little place in Woody Point. I was in Gross Morne for 4 days and I ate here twice. The restaurant is on the second floor and there is a nice patio overlooking the bay. The fish chowder was great and the pan fried cod was outstanding. In my opinion the humble onion rings stole the show. The basket of onion rings looks like a basket of glazed donuts they are so big. The batter is fantastic. Great family restaurant.

Visited May 2013
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Montreal, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Don't miss having a scoff at this restaurant!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

First of all, its call the Old Loft...Trip Advisor you need to update this!

My group of 8, ate well at this restaurant. Definitely one of the best restaurants in rural Newfoundland, and my traveling group were not an easy group to please. Most in my group had the moose pie or the cod o'gratin. I went for the pan-fried cod. All were very delicious - fresh, flavorful, not greasy. Given the quality of the home cooked meals, we opted for dessert too. The berry parfaits were really tasty, and the pies were fresh out of the oven. Last, we didn't leave without buying fresh bread and scones for the next mornings breakfast.

The ambiance is also nice. The chairs are converted wooden barrels, the walls are pine, there is local art on the walls, and there is a nice view of the bay.

I highly recommend a lunch here!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank canuk09
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