The Canteen on Portland

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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.6
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always The Canteen surpassed our expectations. From the service to the outstanding food.

TM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great for brunch!!

RM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent eating experience.. from walking in the door and being greeted by hostess, seated and drink order taken, with excellent recommendations. Meal was served and did not disappoint excellent taste. Server was very friendly and helpful as always by far one the best dining experience in Dartmouth and or Halifax. As always will will return, attention to detail is everything.

Thanks for what you do...

LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A true community treasure. Had an excellent meal in a variety brant atmosphere.

JS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A simple restaurant, hence the name, with great ambiance and wonderful food items from a simple menu of choices. Great flavors captured in the entrees. Had a very good lunch and would love to go back to try the evening menu selections. Wait staff very friendly and helpful with menu choices.

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lobster Benny and a mimosa!! What’s not to love?? Will be back.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and very nice meal. Good size portions and reasonable prices!

LC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a table of four with different menu choices. We all loved our meals, taste, portion size and price. The Canteen on Portland is now my favourite place to eat. Will highly recommend to all my friends and family and anyone and everyone else. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Service was friendly, cocktails delicious. Ambience awesome.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much Linda! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and we love hearing when a guest has a great time. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was amazing and the ambiance was great. Not too big of a restaurant so there is an intimate feel to it.

B
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! Can’t wait to try the scallops next time.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing meal! One of the best we have ever had. We never get dessert but did as well and it was so worth it. We will be back for sure!

BY
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience1

The noise level was off the grid....couldn't hear anyone talking and as a result couldn't focus on the food or the ambience. It is unhealthy to have such a noise level - I can't understand why anyone would want to eat here after one experience...it caused an elevated anxiety - had to sit in a quiet space to bring myself back to normal after.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always excellent!

CW
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A friend was in town so we decided to give her an evening of Dartmouth fun! The Canteen was the perfect place to start the evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food & beverages and our server was wonderful!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for putting us on your list for a Dartmouth stop! Hope to see you again soon!

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MG
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fish sandwich was cooked and presented perfectly on a fresh bun. The depth of flavours are always consistent with the light house tartar sauce and pickled onion. This is the most awesome fish sandwich you will ever eat!

J
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious, the best scallops! The waitress was lovely! My third time there and my experience is always the same. Highly recommend

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much!

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SB
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience all round. The food was very tasty and well priced. Waitstaff were spot on. I’ll go back for sure!

E
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Overall was a pleasant experience good value but could be better. If you want something particular on the menu then book early. We had an 815 booking and one dish was sold out and almost missed out on the other. The dessert was not very good the mains were good but not something I would be encouraging people to have to have. Nice atmosphere.

AM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Canteen is always great. I love their seasonally available ingredients and menus. The service was wonderful, our waitress was very kind and attentive. Still a favourite! I didn't leave enough room for dessert, that's my only regret because the crème brulee is amazing!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much! All points we try and accomplish here every day! We hope to see you again soon :)

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The creamed lobster might be the best thing that I have ever eaten! I've been to the Canteen a few times and I have never been disappointed. Delicious, exciting flavours, and great use of local ingredients.
Amazing service! Kudos to the entire team. There is little wonder they are always winning accolades!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the review ! The creamed lobster is definitely a crowd favourite. Hope to see you again soon!

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T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience. Visiting Dartmouth and The Canteen was recommended by several friends. We sat at the bar (by choice) and had a fantastic evening. Food was Delish! Service was excellent. Ambiance was perfect.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the review! We hope to see you on your next visit to NS.

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ST
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Wow food and service Devine. Way too noisy at 11 45 to have a conversation without raising your voice. Reminded me of the old Il Mercato on Spring Garden . 5th time there and love it but one must be selective who you bring. Absolutely no one with a hearing aid.
We will go again for sure and recommend but will contact restaurant for least busy time to at least have a relaxing experience. The food was spectacular and maybe the price to pay is to have Mic Mac Tavern ambience.

EL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Our waitress was one of the best I have had in metro.

B
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, well seasoned food. Friendly staff, love the menu and also love the choices for the kids menu! Love love and love this place :)

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the review!

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DM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant is bright, modern and spacious. There are cushions for the hard chairs. The service is quick and efficient. The server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. The appetizer portion was large. Both the appetizers and main meals were really delicious. They were full of flavour, all locally-sourced and filling.

MO
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wicked chowder and green curry!

DH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our 5th time at the Canteen and the food / service has always been excellent.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for visiting us again!

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CB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Actually, I met three friends there as one had not been before, and I had recommended the lobster beni, which I love. Unfortunately, she is a craft seller in the market at Alderney and had people come right at the last minute so she was a bit late for 1:15. Therefore, when we ordered the lobster was all gone. That left 3 of the 4 of us a bit disappointed, but we have learned and next time we will order for her (and us) when we arrive. Everything else was good, but just not your lobster beni. Service was excellent and we are pleased that you are doing so well.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

Unfortunately the noise level was too great to create a really positive overall experience. It will definitely limit the number of times we go to The Canteen in the future. This is unfortunate because the food is outstanding and the service is among the best.

PA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants that I had dined in the past 35 years... the chef is gifted!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on November 16, 2019

Thanks so much for the great review! We look forward to seeing you (and hopefully your colleagues) again !

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KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic spot. Cozy and modern decor, warm and knowledgeable service. Fresh, local seasonal food well prepared, cooked and presented. Depth of flavour and complexity to the dishes, and very well balanced. Can't wait to go back!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on November 16, 2019

We're so happy you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. This is my second visit - and I introduced a friend to The Canteen for the first time. We’ll be back many more times!

RP
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

We went to The Canteen for lunch, a group of 4. The food was okay; the Cuban sandwich lunch special, which two of us had, was just ordinary. Nothing wrong with it but nothing special either. The service was good. The restaurant was very busy and was pretty well full and the noise level was intolerable. The four of us could not carry on a conversation at all.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there, we're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. As for the sandwich, we would have happily replaced the food if you weren't happy! We are also always trying to improve on sound quality in the space and appreciate your feedback. We hope you try us again!

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there, and we really loved it. Great menu, great food, great staff, great ambiance.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on November 16, 2019

We look forward to seeing you again!

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food. We had a wonderful night celebrating my dad’s 80th at The Canteen.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on November 16, 2019

Thanks for thinking of us for your special occasion! We hope to see you again soon.

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CB
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have enjoyed The Canteen before so suggested meeting there with friends to introduce them to your Brunch Menu, as I was sure the Lobster Eggs Benedict would be a hit and I was correct. While only two of us ordered it (as the other two had had a large breakfast earlier), the two of us who did thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for continuing to serve wonderful food. We will be back!

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious as always!

CB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The eggs benny for brunch is incredible. The biscuit was very good and the hollandaise sauce was excellent. It was not too rich. I would definitely go back for brunch or to try dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabby meal as always

LL
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved this restaurant. The food was outstanding, the service was too. I was concerned from photos that the atmosphere might not be great for dinner but it was dimly lit and really comfortable. I’ll be back for sure. The only thing i would like to see is some higher end wines by the bottle. They were also great about my gluten intolerance.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on November 16, 2019

Thanks so much for the review! We will pass your note along about the wine list, we appreciate the feedback!

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