The Canteen on Portland

4.6
296 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was absolutely delicious, I love the atmosphere of the restaurant. The waitress was knowledgeable and awesome!!

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D
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I ordered duck. Not much taste...a little overdone. Not sute it was the correct pairing with the sides that it came with.
Also couldn't see my meal when it came out as there were greens all over the food. I understand presentation. It just looked like the throwing on of the greens was the last quick grab and throw on before my meal arrived.

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

Great place. Good food. Great service. Busy but worth it. Looking forward to our next visit.

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LH
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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BK
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot. Great spot. Great spot. Great spot. Great spot.

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R
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! A wonderful place to enjoy food with friends and replenish calories burnt during our early morning run.

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The Canteen is one of my favorite places to eat in Dartmouth and I always enjoy my meal. However, the food was good on New Year's Eve, but not exceptional, and the table that we had was horrible. We were stuck in the middle of the floor, and it really affected the enjoyment of our evening. All three of us hated sitting there, and for an evening that is intended to be special, it really felt like anything but.

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LG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I had a lovely New Year's Eve dinner here. Food was outstanding, service impeccable and overall experience enjoyable. So nice to have a fine dining experience in downtown Dartmouth. We look forward to a future visit.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was delicious and our server was extremely friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back!

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HF
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Too noisy for lunch time, food was okay but was better the 1st time I went there last year... pretty salty though which seems to be happening everywhere these days. We were not told the special and a dessert was taken away from us with a bite still left on the plate i.e we were not finished, felt like we were being rushed to leave.

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VT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My mom, sister and I went to the canteen and we absolutely enjoyed every part of it. The service was very friendly and professional. The wine selection was ok. And the food was fantastic.

Will be back for sure.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The host/owner (?) met us at the door and showed me to the table where my friend was sitting. The service was excellent. I ordered the crab/lobster bun with a salad and my friend had a burger. Both were fresh & tasty. Our water was refilled frequently which I enjoyed. The restaurant had cheerful decor and the bathroom was very clean. I would recommend this restaurant to others.

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EY
Morelos
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything is amazingly good, but still find it a bit noisy when every table is full. Not much that can be done about that but I long for a time when it isn’t full so I don’t have to work at conversation!

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CA
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food at a reasonable price. Friendly service!

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D
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One word. Amazing. There were 5 of us. We all ordered something different and we each loved our choice. Highly recommend.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely experience And excellent food!!! Will definitely come back again.

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RP
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the chicken veg soup and a biscuit. It was really great. Canteen never disappoints !

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a great lunch with coworkers. Loved being able to book online. Parking is sometimes hard to come by. Selection was great, service was friendly. Atmosphere was relaxed. Will go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved how fast everything was. Drinks came out right away. Appetizers right away. Felt like the flow was really impressive, especially seeing as how busy it was. Food was delicious. Definitely going back!

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HL
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time at The Canteen, both times the food was delicious and truly beautiful. The service was above and beyond amazing. Very attentive, and made suggestions as well as had great knowledge of all menu items. Very personable! We will definitely continue to return.

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JN
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for always making it such a lovely dining experience! I truly love this place! Your staff are wonderful!

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KM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great new find in Dartmouth for me!! Will be back!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was phenomenal as always! Service delightful! Our favourite downtown Dartmouth date spot.

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SA
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It was my second time at The Canteen and both visits have been outstanding. My friends have also been impressed with their meals. Our server gave us her recommendations (we asked) for the meal and the dessert and she was 'spot on'. A bit loud but otherwise fantastic evening.

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JK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was delicious but there was too much. Need to figure out how to baffle the sound. The noise detracts from the experience.

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t
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, nice staff.. The noise level is very high and conversation can be difficult. I thought the cider was overly expensive.

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Love the food, but find it difficult to carry on a conversation sometimes because of the noise level.

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ND
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I just love this place. They have the most interesting breakfast/brunch options. Dinner is always fantastic as well. The wine is good and priced well.

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SF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had brunch on Saturday - our second time there. Great both times. Friendly attentive staff and interesting food selection.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very delicious! Food was amazing, pricey but it was good. Dessert was tiny so don’t plan on sharing! It was really loud , but that could of just been these two loud tables beside us.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, always excellent value and atmosphere.

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AG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Customer service was friendly and efficient, good at recommending items on the menu.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My second time here and with more friends, so tried some more appies as well as meals. So fantastic! This has become my new favourite restaurant in downtown Dartmouth! Actually in all HRM. Everyone in my party really enjoyed everything.

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l
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and dining experience. The staff were incredible and the food was exceptional! We will be returning very soon.

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H
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I used my GoStarter coupon & took my friend. The starters were phenomenal!! I'll have to go back to try more Mains. However, the noise level was quite loud, but the food was so good

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm still dreaming about the fried brussels sprouts...soooo good!! Everyone was delighted with their mains as well; Scallops, Haddock and the Chowder are all highly recommended by our table. One of our favorite spots to congregate! #Dartmouth

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C
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First trip to your current location (I know, why did it take so long...) and had a really fantastic meal! Server had a great knowledge of the menu, nice cocktail selection and awesome food! We will be back again soon.

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AR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Exactly as advertised. Food and drink selection is limited but very well thought out. I had the scallops. They were deliciously prepared. And the service was terrific. Friendly and efficient. Highly recommend.

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DW
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, fascinating food. Such a lovely surprise when I taste the combination of flavours.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delighted to visit The Canteen! Great food, atmosphere, service and awesome use of local ingredients in their drinks and food.

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