The Canteen on Portland
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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
two beef patties, Havarti, special sauce, lettuce, pickles, frizzled onions, sesame bun, hand cut fries
haddock, smoked haddock, mussels, lobster, bacon, dill, house made biscuit
The Crobster Roll
4 oz Nova Scotia snow crab & lobster mix, grainy mustard, truffle aioli, fresh dill, on our house-made toasted long bun, hand cut fries
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.
As always- excellent food and service, this place is truly a gem. Scallops were PERFECTLY cooked.
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.
Great food, wonderful service. Would easily recommend.
Steak was cooked perfectly..service was prompt..efficient and warm. Server was knowledgeable and skillful.
Great food with solid service and a good atmosphere.
Had a great experience. Staff were there when you needed them but not overly around. Food was delicious as always. A big fan!
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!
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!
simply outstanding. always. food and service are top notch. classy yet casual and friendly.
Canteen is consistently the best place to enjoy a fantastic meal for our special occasions. Amazing food, service and atmosphere.
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.
Always wonderful! Warm, welcoming, and delicious gem of a spot.
Food was amazing and so was the service! Highly recommend!
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.
Always fresh and well made food, only one vegetarian option, would like to see more.
Our server was wonderful. So kind and thoughtful and efficient. Such an incredible treat!
Seafood chowder was outstanding
Highly recommend it
Service was great too
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
The Kale Caesar is unmatched by any other salad in the city.
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 !
Very good experience. The meal was awesome and our server very attentive
Great local, fresh menu with friendly professional service!
Great food and service. If you’re looking for fresh high end food this is the spot
Excellent service from waiter, Michael. Tasty lunch menu. Canteen chowder delicious! Recommend the Canteen for lunch and dinner!
I had the haddock burger and soup of the day! Was so yummy!
The food was excellent and the server was very attentive to dietary issues. A lovely lunch!
Food is always consistently great and staff are super friendly.
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.
Server was sarcastic/rude. We asked for a well done burger came out raw.
The best food, awesome service, good prices and will recommend to everyone I know!
This is a great spot for lunch. Food is always good but a tad noisy.
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.
An excellent restaurant, would highly recommend it.
Fabulous brunch! Planning our return for lunch or dinner!!
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.
Amazing did not disappoint!! There was a travel blogger video on YouTube that referenced this place. Highly recommend!!
The food was absolutely amazing and the service was great!
Excellent service and delicious food. Kitchen was quick to respond and good with meal options for food allergies.
Amazing food and service!! We will definitely be back.
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.