The Canteen on Portland

4.8
1621 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Farm-to-table
COVID-19 UPDATE: The Canteen will be reopening for in-person dining on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. >> 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.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1621 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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HeatherP
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The new menu doesn’t disappoint. We had the lamb ragout pasta, mussels in a coconut curry sauce, with frites. Cranberry sours, beers.. chocolate cake. It was perfection!
Excellent meal, service and tables safely spaced.. a wonderful evening.
Lucky to have this gem in Dartmouth

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Susanc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply superb.

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GarethE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at The Canteen. The service was excellent, food was amazing, hard to find anywhere better around town.

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DarrenG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific evening out, desserts were amazing and the ambiance perfect. Impressive use of dividers and spacing to ensure a Covid safe environment without people feeling isolated within the space. A+++++

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Sandra
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect. Always make a point to reserve at The Canteen when we visit Halifax from PEI. Worth the ferry ride over. Delicious food, friendly staff, and wonderful ambiance. We’ll be back, again and again. 😊

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PhilS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfection as usual! Wine list is really great as well

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Lpar
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Kale ceaser salad was great. Surprisingly the frites were not. Everything else was fantastic.

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vipVinayakM
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I NEVER have a bad time at the Canteen. Just wish there were more seafood options on the menu that I got. We went at lunch and I guess we got the menu with the least amount of seafood on it. As I live in Alberta, I guess I will have to call ahead to find out when the chowder and Crobster roll is on the menu.

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DanielleT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. Will be eating there again in the future

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KeriG
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a wonderful brunch experience with no pressure to vacate quickly! Great food and coffee and service!

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CarolA
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. Absolutely delicious!

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RobertaH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Canteen is our absolute favourite restaurant! The food is excellent and so is the friendly service. I would and do recommend it to anyone and everyone I know. During the pandemic it’s a restaurant I know I can trust to be clean, sanitized and following all health protocols.

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CAPJJP
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Dartmouth. Amazing food, wonderful staff, great ambiance and already counting the days until I go back for more.

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Jessica
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Inviting, bright clean space. The staff was very friendly and the food was amazing!

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CMB11
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food, service and hospitality. Welcome back!

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CherieS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love going to the Canteen. Food is always fabulous and staff are very friendly and attentive. Love the Covid partitions they are aesthetically pleasing and gives makes you feel safe.
Highly recommend this restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an amazing experience! Thanks, Mark!

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adaml
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

one of the best spots to eat in the HRM. I have never been let down by the food or service. love this place.

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GaryA
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service and food at The Canteen was fantastic. Highly recommend!

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CarolA
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always locally sourced food uniquely prepared! I wish I could reproduce these recipes at home but know I could never cook like these chefs do. Lovely!

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Alexa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I found The Canteen on a trip to Halifax in 2019 and couldn't wait to return on this trip! I've never had a better Seafood Chowder!

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SueR
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Food was spectacular, service was great. One more Veggie option as a main would be nice.

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DianeW
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server was excellent. The food was good but not hot enough for my liking. It is a noisier restaurant but that was expected. I like the new barriers between the tables.

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Chefbillpratt
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic little place downtown Dartmouth. Creative menu with lot of Maritime flavours and recipes. The restaurant is one of the best in NS so I'm wondering why it still hasn't been recognized on Canada's Top 100 list? Congratulations to Chef Rene, her Partner Doug and team for such an amazing experience.

Thank You

Bill Pratt

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PaulineB
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always exceptional food. Great service from Mark. Noise level can be high depending on time of day. Love the dividers! Favourite spot!!

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Patti
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The creamed lobster on toast was amazing, even better than the crobster roll 👍🏻 Our server was awesome too.

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MelS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't wait to come back! Exceptional service and lovely atmosphere every time.

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BarbD
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an overall excellent experience including service food and ambiance. I would recommend this restaurant to any and all.

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AlexH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great that the 7 of us were able to sit together, but we were seated in their Little C takeout annex, which was quite noisy from behind the counter.
Food and service were excellent, as usual.

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CarolW
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A birthday celebration made even more special by Rene and Doug - cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent, service was fine and overall we had a great time

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BrittanyB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I used to hate going here because of the noise level. Since Covid restrictions are in place I find the experience so so much better. I don’t have to yell across the table to be heard. Staff were great food was great. Will definitely go back.

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monicac
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing drinks, food and service! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The welcome was awesome! Covid Protocols we’re followed. Liz, our server was fantastic. Meals were served efficiently and presentations were eye catching yummy! The food tasted equally so.
I will definitely return. Thanks Canteen Staff!

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CaitlynW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The service was amazing, as the staff was very attentive to my date and I. The food was great as well. The oysters great, chowder great and the Pasta great.

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DaveW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food and our server was very friendly, helpful and made our dining experience very enjoyable!

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MalBC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to The Canteen a few times, and have never been disappointed. They make a mean caesar, and everything I have tried has been out of this world.

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Ally
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious!

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MichelleC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Both the server and kitchen were quite accommodating to all food allergies. Love coming to the Canteen! See you again soon!

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LinS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fantastic food and wonderful servers with an excellent ambiance!

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 1621 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.