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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
1983 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.



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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Seafood, Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (902) 425-9272

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Renee Lavallee

  • Neighbourhood

    Dartmouth

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,983 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TC

    ThaliaC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m coming back every year! I’m glad the music was just soft because I find that to be a big turn off at many restaurants. Food was great!
  2. EG

    EddieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely wonderful evening. Thanks to Liz at the bar who made our night. And the Crobster roll was amazing!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pea risotto will keep us coming back every week
  4. M

    Michelle

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went for Brunch. The French Toast was delicious!
  5. CS

    CarolS

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar, service and server were great and attentive. Food was excellent
  6. MH

    MellyH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's just so dang delicious! Everyone is friendly, service is great, and the food is a 10. Love it here.
  7. DL

    DouglasL

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We enjoyed ourselves and would go back again. Thanks
  8. AA

    AtagunA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food! Thank you for the wonderful experience.
  9. LA

    LisaA

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always fresh and delicious with wonderful and unique flavours. Welcoming atmosphere and attentive friendly staff.
  10. PC

    PatriciaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hostess took our reservation even when we arrived a half hour early. Knowledgeable serving staff. Menu and dessert menu offers good variety. Had not been there in three years and will certainly return when we are back in Dartmouth again!
  11. TD

    TammyD

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delectable food. Best meal we had in Halifax. Every morsel was delicious. Service was great & loved the decor
  12. AC

    ACPWannabe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and atmosphere was amazing. Server was courteous and attentive
  13. N

    Nibsy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. We sat outside because the inside noise was so "energetic" we wouldn't have been able to visit. Will go there again.
  14. MW

    MWindsor

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Chose the restaurant almost exclusively for their mussels and frites only to show up and be told they were out of mussels. No other recommendations were given and no offers presented after we were clearly disappointed. Our server was awkward and would hover around the table before coming up to us to ask a question or give information. The food and wine that we did order was great.
  15. MK

    MargaretK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent, service was good. Would recommend to all my friends
  16. RM

    RichardM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merveilleux endroit, la nourriture est excellente et que dire du service, les employés sont tous sourires.
  17. SG

    StuartG

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A+ on everything. Ambience, food, and service was excellent. Recommend to check it out!
  18. DA

    DanA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the best, highly recommend! Doesn’t matter what you order, everything is delicious.
  19. J

    Jade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely unreal. I think I could eat the Spring Tagliatelle every day for the rest of my life. The sound inside bounces around a lot so it might not be a great choice if you get overstimulated by sound, but the food is so good that you might want to put up with it anyway!
  20. LF

    LaurenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience… a little loud, but to be expected during a busy brunch hour. Food was incredible and our server was so delightful and cheery.
  21. J

    Janet

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Crobster is a must have, delicious! The Canteen never disappoints.
  22. MM

    MrMac

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Canteen continues to deliver consistency in their food. Fresh, local goods is what they use. We totally enjoy this restaurant and highly recommend it. The staff are well trained and in great cheer. How nice is that ! Whether you live in the area or visiting Dartmouth, Nova Scotia , you should try and fit The Canteen into your eating plans. And.........Co-owners Chef Renee and Doug are fine community people.
  23. T

    Twmw

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food is very good- the noise level is annoying.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious!
  25. N

    Newfieboy2789

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice vibe,unobtrusive and efficient service and,as always,great food.
  26. JS

    JeremyS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We frequently eat at the Canteen for special occasions when entertaining guests from out of town. The food is always excellent, the service friendly and helpful, and the menu changes frequently enough that you can go regularly and always find something fun and new.
  27. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    It was difficult to find a parking space. Our reserved table was not available on time. The waitress was very nice and the food was good, but it was a very noisy environment. Would recommend the take out service only.
  28. FY

    FlorenceY

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting the city on vacation and we came for a lunch reservation. We were not disappointed. The ambiance was nice, staff was friendly and the food was amazing. We will definitely visit again on a future trip back. Make sure you try the seafood chowder, mussels & frites and the crobster roll. Soooooooooooo delicious!
  29. BP

    BobP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time. Everyone we knew bragged it up. We do not regret it at all. Highly recommend!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great spot. Our server, Mark was great! We all get distracted easily and some our hearing isn't the best anymore so he was patient, kind and it was great to joke around with. He made us feel welcomed and comfortable. The food was delicious. Within the group we had the starters; tuna, mussles and carrot and meals of crobster rolls, burgers, salmon. Everyone enjoyed it all.
  31. JG

    JGiles

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is so great at the Canteen. A busy spot and the buzz from everyone eating here says a lot about how people are enjoying their food. Excellent food and the staff are great.
  32. h

    heather

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, super fresh, and the service was wonderful. Great Meal with Family!!
  33. DP

    DebbieP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing restaurant!!The lobster roll is the best I’ve tasted!We will be returning very soon.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was top notch went above and beyond. Best lobster Bennie I have ever had.
  35. CD

    CarolD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious. The daily special of halibut on succotash was amazing!
  36. LL

    LauraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were delighted to be able to find such a gem of a restaurant. Fresh ingredients, tastefully prepared and presented.
  37. JL

    JohnL

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service
  38. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & drinks and friendly customer service on a gorgeous summer evening -- restaurant was busy, but service staff were attentive and all of our meals were perfect. Highly recommended, but make sure you make a reservation!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and exceptional food in beautiful atmosphere. We will be back for sure.
  40. FD

    FrannyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh, and local ingredients prepared with care in a relaxed, comfortable yet chic atmosphere. Chef Renee is one of Nova Scotia’s best! And downtown Dartmouth is so hip!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1983 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for The Canteen on Portland

22 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G9

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Dartmouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Seafood, Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Renee Lavallee

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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