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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
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802 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
The Canteen is a full service neighbourhood restaurant in Downtown Dartmouth, serving up chef-inspired seasonal fare for lunch, brunch and dinner. At the helm in the kitchen is award-winning chef and co-owner Renee Lavallee. Her seasonal menus are influenced by classic French, Italian and traditional Nova Scotian cuisine – with a little bit of Renée’s magic thrown in. Signature items include The Canteen Burger, The Crobster Roll, Seafood Chowder and more.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 802 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.6
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SquirrelSudbury
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice location, beautiful interior.
Very helpful pleasant staff

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GaryM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Would recommend this venue to everyone.

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EricaS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so delicious and I actually thought about ordering a second round of my appetizer (flash fried broccoli) because it was that good. You can't go wrong with any item on the menu and I will definitely be back!

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Kathleen
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed another casual family lunch at The Canteen. The food was tasty and unique as always. Everyone was happy with their menu choices.

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DianneB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My Sister was visiting. The Canteen is a restaurant that she has been looking forward to dinning. I can say that she was more impressed the experience than she expected.
Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual the food was fantastic and the service is great! We will be back for the next occasion.

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LeslieD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had the pan fried haddock, it was perfectly cooked, and we were celebrating my mom's birthday, the server put an extra touch on her dessert presentation, it made her feel really special. I love this place and love how Renee and Doug are reviving this area of Dartmouth.

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SueC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great birthday diner for my mom. Brought two teenagers along and everyone was happy with everything. I had the crispy pork belly and it was sooooo good! I hope lots of people got to enjoy it as it was the last night being served.

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Fizmop
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite places in Dartmouth. Reservations strongly recommended

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Emily
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the seared scallops with Indian spiced couscous and it was AMAZING. I would come back again just for this dish! Great service: very friendly and timely. Love the atmosphere. Will definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service!! Great atmosphere and FANTASTIC food!!!!

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal and cocktails, always nice atmosphere.

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SandraM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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LeslieB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, cheery bright atmosphere. Quick service. Highly recommend!

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SusanN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First but definitely not the last visit to eat at The Canteen. Wonderful atmosphere, bright and cheery. Excellent service and fresh tasty meals. Highly recommend the falafels. Looking forward to another visit.

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LeesDavidReviews
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The Canteen is an excellent addition to Dartmouth’s ever increasing restaurant scene. The menu offers variety without being over burdened. The selection of appetizers is well done and ours were presented well and flavourful, although we were given a mackerel cheese dip that I wouldn’t give to my cat. The mains were good, although the presentation was pedestrian and fries are not always a good match to well seasoned and excellently cooked cuts of meat. The service was friendly although somewhat untrained and seemingly unfamiliar with the menus. This is a restaurant with the great potential. Overall the experience was very good, we would return.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

We're sorry you weren't happy with your appetizer and hope you let your server know as we would gladly replace it with something else. We will also pass the feedback along to your server . Thanks for the message!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice experience. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly, the food was tasty. Will be returning.

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AnneG
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the food here. Restaurant is very noisy and loud.

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CatherineV
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at The Canteen on Portland . It was our first time dining there. The food was delicious and our server was excellent. We will definitely be back.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

We look forward to seeing you again!

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DKeddy
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food and service was great, and the decor is light and cozy. But the place was very busy and felt somewhat crowded. And the noise level was extremely high - to the point it was difficult, at times, to hear what my dining partner was saying.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, friendly atmosphere, wonderful company - worth experiencing :-)

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lisad
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far the best food and service in Halifax. My favourite place to go when in town.

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BillM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’re happy to say that this was one of our better meals in quite sometime.
Exceptional service from everyone, not rushed or too slow, very tasty and visually appealing dishes and we could talk.
Seriously.
The price point was surprisingly low with no scrimping on size.
I left Canteen stuffed and happy.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks so much for the review! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit , we always try to make sure our guests leave feeling full and that they received good value. We look forward to seeing you again!

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winewolf
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As someone that makes their living writing about food, drink I tend to be a bit of a restaurant snob. The Canteen's unpretentious vibe and deliciously simple food were all on points. The service was attentive and appropriately casual. The food was simply delicious. There's something to be said for restraint and avoiding the want of many chefs over-complicate their dishes. Beers were local and tasty. Wine list could improve a little as the international selections were a little lackluster and less inspired than the rest of the drinks and food menus.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks so much for the great review! We appreciate the feedback on the wine list and will pass that along!

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ChristianneH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I liked the atmosphere, however nothing stood out to me that was worth the hype. I'd rather get more for my value eating somewhere like the ikea dining hall if I wanted this aesthetic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was excellent, service could be improved. Most generally on refills were tardy after request. Other than that The Canteen was excellent.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks for the feedback , we'll definitely pass that along to the team!

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PeggyW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first time at The Canteen and we loved it - food was great, service was excellent. The restaurant is very loud, that would be my only complaint - it's a fun atmosphere, but it bothers me when you have to strain your voice to make yourself heard to your dining partners. Still, I would come back, and would love to try your dinner menu yet. Also excited about your new pub!

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AnalisaA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a lovely experience with warm and welcoming service and ambiance. The food was delicious and delightful!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

We're happy you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

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SandraM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful presentation- delicious meals
Best Dine around deal in HRM

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks so much for joining us during Dine Around! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere is great! Wonderful service! Dine Around menu was delicious!!

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BernadetteF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I love the lunch time ambiance of The Canteen. The food is always fresh and served in a timely fashion by friendly staff.

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was much better previous time.
Miss the lobster

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi Heather! Thanks for the feedback and please always let your server know if you're not happy with your meal and we will always find something you'd enjoy better!

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KatherineM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and fast service even though it was packed. Mussels were fresh and delicious, fries were wonderful. Burger is one of the best in the city and the curry was also very tasty. Always a good experience at the canteen.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thanks so much for the review!

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EmilyE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We had a great time dining at the canteen, the staff was welcoming, although a bit confusing as we made a reservation and there was no hostess when we walked in, it was incredibly busy so understandable. The tables are quite close together, doesn't leave much room for privacy, the service and the food definetly make up for what the place may lack in ambiance and noise control.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing brunch. Food was fantastic, and the atmosphere is cozy and casual. Will definitely be back again.

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LenaM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistent and innovative, it is an absolute treat to go to the Canteen. My partner is so in love with the lobster eggs benedict he sees nothing else on the menu. We love it!

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Fn2187
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is what food is supposed to be! Did brunch, ordered the mushroom toast, nice you can look in on kitchen staff preparing the food, a foodies must!

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Lori
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was not our first visit. The service and food were delicious once again. Looking forward to our next visit.

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AbbeyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I eat at the Little C/The Canteen often so i had wanted my hubby to get to experience just how good it is. The meal didn’t disappoint!

FAQs

The Canteen on Portland offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 425-9272.

The Canteen on Portland is rated 4.8 stars by 802 OpenTable diners.

The Canteen on Portland does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thecanteen.ca/gift-cards.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.