The Canteen on Portland

4.8
1500 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Farm-to-table
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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Canteen is taking all of the necessary precautions during COVID-19 with appropriately distanced tables, strict sanitation practices and masks for all restaurant team members.

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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 1500 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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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Pdtugs
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had their special of the day sandwich with Turkey, it was the most amazing sandwich. Friend had their carrot soup and it was very good. All in all a lovely afternoon and great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always- excellent food and service, this place is truly a gem. Scallops were PERFECTLY cooked.

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. All four of us were extremely satisfied with our respective dishes, scallops, chowder, burger and spicy peanut soba bowl. The carrot cake was as good as you will get anywhere.

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Jared
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wonderful service. Would easily recommend.

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BillS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steak was cooked perfectly..service was prompt..efficient and warm. Server was knowledgeable and skillful.

BS
BiblioSiren
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food with solid service and a good atmosphere.

JC
JonC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a great experience. Staff were there when you needed them but not overly around. Food was delicious as always. A big fan!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome causal atmosphere where the focus is on high-quality food, not on being fancy or stuffy. Love it! Best restaurant meal we have ever had!

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eatingadventures
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I appreciated the hostess moving us to a quieter table when I requested it. One of our party has hearing difficulties and the music playing made it hard for her to hear. Our server was attentive and professional. We all felt safe with the COVID protocols in place. Will be back again!

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jane
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

simply outstanding. always. food and service are top notch. classy yet casual and friendly.

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MichaelD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Canteen is consistently the best place to enjoy a fantastic meal for our special occasions. Amazing food, service and atmosphere.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Service top notch. Great atmosphere. Staff were hustling and courteous. Love this restaurant and share with others. Cocktails arrived two minutes before main course - no time to enjoy red wine ordered to accompany steak main course. Main course barely warm, steak tough to cut and chew, with only an occasional hint of butter, lots of pickle taste and absent of the spectacular memory of horseradish sauce of the previous experience. Dessert of carrot cake phenomenal. Coffee really flavorful. Look forward to my next meal there. Last night was an off night.

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JLSDartmouth
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful! Warm, welcoming, and delicious gem of a spot.

DM
DebbyM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and so was the service! Highly recommend!

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CharleneD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I felt very safe dining at The Canteen. All safety protocols were in place for Covid. The staff was very curtious and personable. My meal was delicious. Thank you.

LM
LizaM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fresh and well made food, only one vegetarian option, would like to see more.

MM
MMcFaul
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was wonderful. So kind and thoughtful and efficient. Such an incredible treat!

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billv
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seafood chowder was outstanding
Highly recommend it
Service was great too

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vipBman
Toronto
183 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A friend recommended this for lunch in Dartmouth and we loved it. Great casual plates paired with a beer on a patio - perfect for a vacation lunch. It is super close to the ferry, and on a street with a couple of interesting shops. We would definitely return

JR
JulyRich
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Kale Caesar is unmatched by any other salad in the city.

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ColinM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about The Canteen …the food is amazing , I’m never disappointed.The service is outstanding and the ambiance is perfect , very relaxing and casual . I highly recommend this restaurant !

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karlf
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good experience. The meal was awesome and our server very attentive

LW
vipLeanneW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great local, fresh menu with friendly professional service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. If you’re looking for fresh high end food this is the spot

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DesW
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service from waiter, Michael. Tasty lunch menu. Canteen chowder delicious! Recommend the Canteen for lunch and dinner!

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JanetM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the haddock burger and soup of the day! Was so yummy!

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GretchenP
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent and the server was very attentive to dietary issues. A lovely lunch!

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CMB11
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is always consistently great and staff are super friendly.

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esphixiet
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had the peanut soba bowl. It was delicious but I was very surprised it was served cold, it doesn't say anything about it being cold on the menu. Still, I'd order it again in a heartbeat (though there's so many other things I'd want to try).
I had the seasonal shortcake for dessert and it was the *best* dessert I have eaten in ages. It had fresh strawberries instead of a compote and I could not have been happier with that, though I'd also want to try other types of fruit/compote, too.

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Amber
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Server was sarcastic/rude. We asked for a well done burger came out raw.

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cmo12
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best food, awesome service, good prices and will recommend to everyone I know!

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RobbJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

This is a great spot for lunch. Food is always good but a tad noisy.

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goDining
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favourite and always reliable, The Canteen is also inventive and has a seasonal menu. Great food and service and a good vibe in the dining room.
Highly recommended.

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TomL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent restaurant, would highly recommend it.

JM
JulieM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous brunch! Planning our return for lunch or dinner!!

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SmokeyMom
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great brunch served promptly. Great wait staff. A little surprised that the eggs for the Eggs Benny were fried, not poached...but it worked with the tender biscuit which I liked better than the traditional english muffin. The house made ketchup was tangy & tomato forward...a very pleasant change from the run-of-the-mill stuff.

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DawnC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing did not disappoint!! There was a travel blogger video on YouTube that referenced this place. Highly recommend!!

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JessicaI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Kitchen was quick to respond and good with meal options for food allergies.

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MattT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service!! We will definitely be back.

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 1500 OpenTable diners.

The Canteen on Portland does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thecanteen.ca/gift-cards.

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.