The Canteen on Portland
Tuesday-Thursday: 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm-9pm
Friday: 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Saturday: 10am - 2:00pm, 5pm-10pm
CLOSED For all holidays (New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Natal Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day & Boxing Day)
Have never been disappointed coming here. The food is always excellent, fresh and local as much as possible. The bread is made in house, not something you see very often. The service is quick and efficient. If you failed to make a reservation, they do their best to fit you in. You can get a fabulous, high quality, fresh meal for a cost comparable to many chains and you are supporting a local small business in the process. We would recommend The Canteen to anyone.
I took a friend for her birthday, both our first time there. I enjoyed it. The decor is warm and inviting. Decorated with local artists and items. Air exchange/ heat pumps are blended as well as can be, into the walls and shelves, I like how t hff ey did it. Meal was excellent! My 1st cocktail took a bit too long, 15 min. after my friend got her beer, but not a huge deal they were starting to get busy. Meals were so fantastic, I'll be back!
As an occasional 'going out' diner (lunch and dinner), The Canteen is my favourite place to go for a meal. I go there for the sense of welcome, the light and airy surroundings and most of all for the wonderful food. There's a real sense in The Canteen of "high-end for everyone"; up market without a hint of pretentiousness. The food, o the food! Delicious.
We had a fantastic meal - shared the creamed lobster app (wow!), HD their burger and haddock dishes for our mains (another wow!!!) and our desserts were very nice. Highly recommend, our favourite spot to visit when we are in the Halifax area!
Just love what these guys are doing, we both ordered different dishes just so we could taste everything. It was lovely I mean it was sooooo! good. My favorite spot in the city. The staff is so willing to give advice and they know the dishes and what goes well with them and so friendly.
I thought the decor lacked personality- it’s like someone went to the crafter’s market and bought everything that said Dartmouth on it.
I also found the food too safe, generic, and kind of “basic”. It’s like the menu is an insecure teenager trying to wear and do whatever they think is the coolest, without portraying any of their own personality.
The space is bright and a feeling of cheerfulness envelopes you as soon as you step inside the door. You are met with a warm greeting, the service is friendly and efficient and of course the food is flavourful and beautifully presented. I am not a fan of rice (crazy I know) and they don't serve quinoa.
Great meal, as always. Have enjoyed every visit to The Canteen. Will definitely go again in the future.
Very nice dining experience. It was our first time there and our reservation was on time. The service was excellent and the ambience comfortable and upbeat with a nice vibe. The food was very good with ample portions and both seafood dishes properly cooked. There just wasn’t that exceptional flavour from the haddock or scallop dishes to warrant 5 stars. All in all a very pleasant evening and we would definitely return and recommend.
As always, the canteen was awesome from the food to the service to the ambiance. Can’t wait to go back again.
Love the Canteen however do find it very loud.
Difficult to converse with others at the table.
Excellent service and the food is always awesome. The mushrooms on toast was the best medley of tastes.
Great food choices! Still very very noisy! I can't get my husband to go!
Went for a special dinner with family and we all had a great time food was great service friendly overall we were all happy and would go again in a minute.
First visited in April while visiting NS before moving here in August. Took my 17 year old daughter and my friend on Saturday evening and was pleased I did. Food was delicious and the service was great. We all loved our visit.
Food was delicious and ambiance fun and trendy. Really enjoyed our evening!
Had the burger and fries and they were soooo yummy. Highly recommend if a thick yummy handcrafted burger is your jam. Have also had other offerings on previous visits and have never been disappointed.
I had heard such great reviews from friends; however, I was highly disappointed. We went during a Saturday and was not aware they had a separate brunch menu (this was our fault). Everything (there were only 5-6 items) on the menu consisted of eggs (not good for someone with an allergy). I asked if chicken could be added for extra price and I was told that there could not be any substitutions. The egg was eliminated from my meal and it was absolutely disgusting. The burrito bowl was ice cold and the rice was hard and not cooked. Again, absolutely disgusting! I ate two bites and left it. The waitress did offer something else, but everything was egg centered. There was nothing else she could offer.
The crème brulée was amazing. Good job!
The noise level was insane. I couldn't hear my friend speak, as it was so loud.
Despite, the horrible experience, I would like to try this place again, as I have heard such wonderful things; however, it will definitely not be on a weekend or during a busy time.
Service was excellent! So important. All of our food (appies, mains, dessert) were excellent, including the fries but far too many fries proportional to the burger. Overwhelming and wasteful. But delicious.
It was very noisy so we had difficulty hearing each other.
Good food but noisy...hard to have a conversation ...........
Good food, good gluten free options...too noisy to talk to each other.
Always good food. Music was a bit loud on top of the crowd noises.
I never really need an excuse to dine at The Canteen... but that they were participating in Restaurants for Change and donating all profits from dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada (@aplaceforfood) and the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (@dartmouthnorthcfc) speaks really well to their commitment to community. Talk about a good corporate citizen...
And the food... I've never eaten anything there that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, and for my dining companion's first visit, it made an awesome introduction. We both enjoyed every morsel and came away completely satisfied.
The Canteen has a bustling atmosphere and is almost always a hive of activity, which may be offputting to some - it was not to us. Service was attentive and cheerful, and after every visit, I look forward to the next one.
We adore The Canteen - thanks for never letting us down with food and service! :)
Had a good experience here overall, the food was good (expensive, but I understand all the ingredients are local so fair enough). It was kinda loud but not really the restaurants fault-everyone inside was just speaking exceptionally loud. Not many veggie options unfortunately, but the server comped me a salad because I had asked for a few other things that they had run out of so that was awesome! Can’t remember the servers name but that was wicked. Would definitely come back.
The meal was as delicious as the presentation! Very flavorful and the dessert was a great way to finish the visit.
Great food and service! We loved our evening there!
Although the noise level was very loud and needs to be remedied.The food was excellent e.g. fish perfectly cooked and salad delicious. Recommend Muscles as entree.
Overall the value for money and presentation of the meal was really well done.
Went for dinner after a meeting. Although the restaurant was somewhat loud, we had a very good dinner!
Good food, server was attentive a bit pricey but that's what trendy food cost. Overall it was a tasty treat out for our son's birthday.
It's a Best of Halifax for a reason. I love that The Canteen is in my neighbourhood and offers local and creative dishes. It's always yum and accommodates multiple different food needs.
Bright atmosphere, friendly staff and great food! Coffee is nice and strong and the presentation of the food is fabulous!
Great food, moderate price, good service in a casual atmosphere. Would recommend for both lunch and dinner.
Great food and service! Will recommend this restaurant to friends and family. Thanks for a nice evening : )
Have been twice in the last month, for brunch and dinner. Had the Eggs Benny for lunch and the Burger for dinner. Both were delicious and I’d order them both again. It does get very loud when it’s busy, but the quality of food makes up for it!
Great meal as always. Finally got try the burger, as I've been distracted from it on previous occasions. Friend had the scallops, and both were great. The carrot cake was a lovely finisher.
Great pea risotto!
The food and service were both very good. We were a group of friends catching up which proved to be difficult due to the noise level. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go, I just wouldn’t recommend it for conversation.
I shared a few appetizers with my daughter and they were full of flavor and delicious. Pane cotta was the dessert special and I would highly recommend it.
I ordered the halibut a few days ago and it was very fresh, just outstanding cuisine!