The Canteen on Portland

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350 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
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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GC
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first visit and it won't be my last. Casual upscale atmosphere with fantastic service and excellent food. Great gem in the heart of downtown Dartmouth!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Overall ok. Inattentive service and honesty the greasiest burger I’ve ever had. Nice atmosphere. My wife loved her fish.

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AB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

As above. Only complaint is the high noise level. Difficult for conversation.

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IK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, and awesome service. Always pleased with my experience!

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CC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Not a review. Just wanted to say thank you and the food and service were outstanding!! But the noise was very loud! It was busy and you were full. But wonder if there is something that can be adds to walls to absorb sound

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JR
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The dinners we had were very good, the menu was limited. A very hard balance I know!

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always good. I would eat there every day if I could.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I had made a reservation about 3 to 4 days previous to our visit and the table reserved was the table right at the door. If I had to sit there, I would not have stayed. My question is if I made a reservation, why did I get the worst table in the place when there were other tables available?
The waiter was nice and available and the food was very good.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The experience was OK....was great to see good friends. My food was cold. Bacon was great though.

I do recommend this restaurant a lot, as I live in Downtown Dartmouth and wish to see it flourish.

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The overall asthetic upon waking in makes you feel at home. The service was friendly, efficient, and overall excellent! The food is 100% photo worthy and offers great value for price. Flavourful and beautifully presented, you’ll definitely be back!

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EB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WOW! One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Had the special appetizer which was a mussel and clam ceviche and it was incredible. Had the handmade pasta with mushroom for a main and I can’t wait to have it again. Amazing dining experience.

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RF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My sister and I really enjoyed our brunch on Saturday. She had the "Hangover Breakfast" which she just loved. I had the Portland street breakfast. I enjoyed my meal, but the beans were a bit cold. Next time, I'm getting the Hangover Breakfast!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is nice that they have the kitchen open to the dining room, the only downfall is the glare of the florescent light from the kitchen beaming into the dining room which has such a warm dark atmosphere. Food was amazing. Highly recommend the creamed lobster, although everything was fantastic.

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HM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food. The decor. The people. It's all the more reason to go to The Canteen. Whether it be for breakfast, lunch or supper, this restaurant never seizes to amaze me. It's like a chameleon or a shape shifter, and suits the dining needs for any occasion or time of day.

Love love LOVE.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always awesome food and outstanding service! The crusted haddock along with potatoes and leeks was so flavourful. I’ve always enjoyed every meal I’ve eaten here and will continue to have the Canteen as one of my favorite restaurants in Dartmouth!

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r
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

food was excellent the menu is refreshingly different and no excess carbs!! Pasta dish was light on pasta and the sauce was delicious.

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KE
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, the food was delicious, and the service friendly!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a favorite. First time we tried brunch though, and it was delicious!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meals were exceptional, the service was impeccable and the energy in the restaurant was fun!

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q
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was terrific (faro salad with beets and pomegranate - yum!). The pecan tart was just SO good. The kitchen is thoughtful and very skilled. We came at the "lunch crunch" and it was very busy. Nevertheless, the service was efficient, helpful, and professional. I started checking dates for dinner as soon as I got back from lunch, which is a rare thing for me. I am eager to return.

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M
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love The Canteen! Food and service is always amazing. Highly recommend!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my third time here and it was fantastic each time. I've had different wait staff each time, and they have all been so great! Dartmouth is lucky to have such a great place!

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CW
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely drinks, apps, mains and desserts were enjoyed tonight! Thanks so much for an always enjoyable experience 😊

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best Lobster Eggs Benedict In town! Loved that it was on a cheddar and chive biscuit rather than an English muffin, hollandaise sauce is delicious and the lobster plentiful.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was great. The food was outstanding. My only complaint would be that it was very loud.

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HL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

A great spot and food was amazing. We found it difficult to talk during the meal as it was so loud

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AA
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous meal with wonderful atmosphere, and impeccable service. Would highly recommend the Canteen!

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PZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I love the Canteen on Portland, primarily because the staff are all so lovely and welcoming! The food, of course, is delicious. Local, fresh ingredients that turn a regular meal into a culinary experience. One of my favourite restaurants in HRM! Brunch and lunch menus are my fave.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The burger is 12/10. Chocolate cake was tasty. Love The Canteen 💘

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding in every respect, can't wait to go back soon!

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely Valentines dinner, service was exceptional, helpings were good and the food absolutely delicious.

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HP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at the Canteen is consistently very good, I’ve tried all the menu items, it’s a small menu, with each item beautifully prepared.
The staff is always friendly and helpful.
I would recommend making reservations, as it’s always busy.
With more and more restaurants opening up downtown, The Canteen is still a favourite.

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LD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Love the atmosphere and the food and the service is always amazing.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great service. My first time coming here after hearing good things. The burger was unbelievable! Next time the seafood chowder, it looked delicious.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined at the canteen with a couple of friends, we all had different dishes and all equally enjoyed them! Service was great. The place was packed but we never waited too long between courses! Will definitely be back !

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l
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

This was my first time at the Canteen. I ordered the Beef Brsiket with Spätzle. Being German I was very much looking forward to she Spaetzle...and was thoroughly disappointed.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the most beautiful brunch! Lobster Eggs Benny was a real treat!

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C
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was delicious. I had the steak special with fries and peppercorn sauce.
Ordered med rare and that is how it was served.

Can't wait to try some of the brunch specials.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Early reservation for 5:30 beat the rush and was quieter for conversation. $30 set menu for February with choice of appetizer, main meal and dessert was wonderful! Carrot salad was delicious, awesome burger and frites, and a decadent chocolate dessert ensured we left very full and happy! Highly recommend.

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J
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Love eating at Yhe Canteen. Food and service were top notch. Only thing I would change are the uncomfortable chairs.

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