The Canteen on Portland

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517 reviews
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Farm-to-table
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and very good at reading the table and providing exceptional service .

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly the best restaurant the HRM!!!! Restaurants are a dime a dozen but great restaurants are few. Not pretentious and every experience has been outstanding!!!!! I recommend to everyone I can.

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GO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and friendly accomplished service. We will return.

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MF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We highly recommend The Canteen and especially the crobster. I initially didn’t realize it was only available for lunch so, when we were there for supper our first night in Nova Scotia I asked if they had any. Our wonderful waitress checked with the kitchen and sure enough they had 2 left. What an introduction to east coast seafood!!
Needless to say we made a reservation for our final day and each got a crobster as our farewell meal.
Our only question...can you deliver to Saskatchewan??!? Lol

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p
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Some sound dampening would make your dining room much more appealing. It can be hard to speak and hear currently. Great food and service though.

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

The food was delicious, the ambiance and decor were really nice and the service was great. Highly recommended!

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

Wife’s birthday

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JC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, presentation was beautiful and food was delicious, thanks for a great dinning experience.

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Brett-Marie was outstanding. A total professional and so fun!
The food was absolutely delicious. Cannot wait to come back!

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CH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! Too bad we don’t have a Canteen in Moncton, it would be my favorite spot for sure!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review! We'll see you again next time you're in town!

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j
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good, although had I known that brunch was only served on Saturday lunchtime I would have gone another day. The hangover breakfast sandwich, although used good ingredients was small for $12. Having been there on a lunch in the week, that I would highly recommend

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The atmosphere is energetic, the service is on point and the food is always satisfying. What could be better for a Saturday brunch ?! The Canteen does not disappoint.

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Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is delicious and creative. The chef recognized that farmers are producing tomatoes with little flavor so used grape/cherry tomatoes in a “Caprese” that was inventive and flavorful. And, so it went for the lobster tagliatelle: quite delicious lobster in a supportive sauce over perfect tagliatelle. Dessert was a treat!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very good food- I love that the food is consistently wonderful.
Excellent wait staff- Efficient, knowledgable, friendly.
A little noisy, but manageable.
We live making the trek to Dartmouth for this place!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for visiting us in Dartmouth! We look forward to seeing you again .

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Customer service was great but the food was amazing!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks Janice! We look forward to seeing you again.

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AP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food. Accommodated kids and gluten free options. Only small issue was being seated right beside the kitchen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing service, great food and wine. Server was extremely helpful making suggestions and made our mom feel special on her birthday! Always the best choice for a special occasion.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

We're so happy you chose us for your moms birthday. We look forward to seeing you again !

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C
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food using fresh and seasonal produce, super friendly staff, refreshing cocktails - we'll be back!

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was excellent—innovative salads, great tartare and the lobster tagliatelle was amazing: wonderful broth and tons of succulent lobster! Desserts good, not knock your socks off. Excellent cocktails and v good wines.

All in all, a fab place. Noisy, yes, but I’m a good way. Great service.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review! We appreciate all feedback and hope you join us again .

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NW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and great service as always!!!! I had the lobster tagliatelle and the strawberry shortcake - fantastic!

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CD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Brett-Marie was really nice and the food was perfect. Good service, beautiful place and I would recommend.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

We'll pass this along to Brett Marie! And can't wait to see you again soon!

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m
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfection! Great value, flavour and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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LW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. The waitress was lovely and pleasant , the food was brilliant and everything was so clean and welcoming. We certainly will be back .

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New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lunch at Canteen. Crobster Roll was delicious cpmboof crab and lobster on a very tasty roll. The roll makes the sandwitch. This is how they should be made. Good prices. Worth the ferry ride to Dartmouth - just steps away from terminal.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review! We think the Canteen is definitely worth the ferry ride! We hope to see you again soon :)

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N
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious. Michael was our waiter; his service was fantastic. Thank you for a great brunch!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic. We had the scallop and risotto as well as the lobster tagliatelle. Both were cooked to perfection. The seasoning and portions were on point. Would definitely come back again!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 5 days ago

We appreciate the great review and hope you join us again soon !

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The food was ok. Service was great. Very busy and extremely loud inside...not easy to have a conversation. We made a reservation far in advance and were left with a table right near the entrance. I dunno, it was ok but in no hurry to return.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Treated my sister visiting from Toronto who had read about the delicious Crobster Roll. Also enjoyed the marvellous seafood chowder and mussels and frites. Our bellies are happy and chock full of delicious Nova Scotia seafood. Thank you The Canteen for the great service, hip decor and fabulous food! We’ll be back soon!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on July 3, 2019

We're so happy you enjoyed your time here and we hope to see you again soon!

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s
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a great evening at The Canteen. Lively atmosphere; creative, healthy, and really flavourful food; consistently lovely, knowledgeable servers and of course, we love the owners!

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TD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and flavors were enjoyed by all 4 of us. We all raved about it, and sampled each other's meals. Our server was fantastic - very friendly, helpful, and attentive. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone that appreciates good food!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks so much for the review, we are always happy to hear great feedback about our team !

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ML
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience! We were disappointed that it was brunch only but we were mistaken! It was spectacular!!!!

The food was sooo good! Can’t wait to go back!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks for the review and we hope to see you again!

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best lobster eggs benny ever!!!

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SO
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly server. Food was terrific. Great ambience. Keep up the good work!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had family from out west for a week they went for chowder to the Canteen very impressed.
We went back for dinner all four us enjoyed the meal had three courses.
Our visitors work in the hospitality industry and really enjoyed the quality of the food and the service.

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food is always good and our waitress Brett Marie was absolutely fabulous

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The server was excellent and the food quality was exceptional!!! A little too much garlic for my taste in the steak but still very good . The chocolate brownie was to die for

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for the review! We always appreciate feedback on any dish and will pass this along.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another amazing meal at The Canteen. Great atmosphere and service.

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HG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at The Canteen for a graduation lunch. Our graduate had never been there before and watching her experience the atmosphere, the service, and the food was extra special for me. Everything was wonderful and upon leaving our grad was negotiating when our next trip to The Canteen would be. Thanks for helping make her graduation day so special!

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LW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yummy soups and sammies. Server was great and helped out a lot with the somewhat confusing menu.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and incredible service !!

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