The Canteen on Portland

4.8
1314 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
What 1314 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
4.8
Food
4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKathrynW
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food!!! Excellent service. Loved the vibe

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Andrea
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite go to spots in HRM for date night. Service is always outstanding and food never disappoints. My husband and I shared the special as a starter which was mushroom toast- absolutely delicious! My husband had the burger which is consistently perfection and I had the haddock and seasonal hodge podge. Haddock was cooked perfectly, fell apart at the touch of a spoon. We were too full for dessert this time but will be saving room next time!

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ShannonJ
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always! Best restaurant in Halifax/Dartmouth. Every single dish was perfect.

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NicoleL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the best meal we have had in a long time. Fresh local ingredients made this meal incredible. I would highly recommend this place to everyone and we will definitely be back.

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RobbieM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Well my friend and I arrived for dinner at 5pm. I ordered the Canteen burger and my friend the seafood chowder. The burger is cooked to medium, I find with a good sear you get a juicy burger either way, but it was very tasty and well worth the months I spent hearing how good it was. It didn't need bacon, it was full of flavor. The fries were super crispy and the parm really adds a great bite. My buddy loves the chowder, which I need to try next time. Our meals came out fast and hot and the service was very friendly, they checked it on us and treated us really well. Would love to see that blueberry pancakes I saw one person have a while back. I think they are a Saturday brunch item (on occasion).

If you want to treat yourself to great food and service, this is the place. Would always recommend. Some of the best fries I've ever had and a damn good burger. Cut my friend off a piece, he loved it to!

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SarahR
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We went on a Saturday and I didn’t realise that only a brunch menu was available at the time we went. From the website they appeared to welcome families and children but there was no children’s menu. As there was only a brunch menu this was very limiting for my kids as especially one won’t eat egg or bacon and there was no sausage/beans available. She ended up eating toast and roast potatoes. The jam is fresh and great for adults as it has whole blueberries but again not child friendly as my children are used to smooth jam. The food was nice. I would have preferred their lunch rather than brunch menu given it would have been easier to feed the children from this. I wouldn’t bring the children here again though.

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JoanC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great- service was top notch.
We couldn't have asked for a better Brunch Experience !

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Adelina
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to the Canteen for brunch and the food was amazing. Great atmosphere, the staff is great, very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food came out really fast. Highly recommended!

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ShaunM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was exceptional as usual!!!!!

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MelT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great to be in the atmosphere at the Canteen. Everyone was happy and it was great to be a part of that. Thank you for the wonderful service Mark, you were an entertaining part of our evening. We enjoyed the meal and will talk about it until we come back and have another meal there :) thank you for the wonderful local meal.

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SylvieB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great quality food that is so flavorful. You don't walk away hungry. The service is always A+

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JaneR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

My “fried green tomato” BLT was absolutely delicious, and my shared dessert of a raspberry shortcake was a divine indulgence.

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Meela
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and friendly service . The Canteen burger is amazing !!

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AnneC
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always such a pleasure to dine at the Canteen. Yummy food and great service!

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SueC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favourite spot to eat in HRM- we are so delighted to have finally moved back to HRM!
Everything is perfect- the staff impeccable- food is so fresh and delicious plus they modify dishes for sensitivities if you are so inclined. Never a disappointment- always a pleasure. You have to eat there!♥️

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Boyds
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always it was amazing! Food/drinks were delicious, service prompt & attentive

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LauraG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect dining experience— a rare occurrence in HRM!

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Christie
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Crobster rolls and cocktails! Would highly recommend

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ChristopherP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The Canteen has a great menu & the decor is very pleasing. We liked that it focused on local. The service was very good and our food was great.
We did not like the noise level. It was hard to carry on a regular conversation. It seems that the space needs some kind of sound absorption technology. And as an aside, I did find the seating comfortable.
The bathrooms were delightful. Clean, spacious and nicely decorated.
I would recommend to a friend if they didn’t want to hold a conversation during their meal.

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vipMarcy
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a treat to dine here.

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Somedude
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. Will be back.

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Would have given 5/5 Stars across the board except it was very loud and at times hard to hear each other. We were say in the far corner too, so I was surprised it was still so loud. But truly that is my only note. You guys knock it out of the park everytime. Damn that raspberry shortcake was good!

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Tita
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The fried green tomato sandwich special was super delicious.

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was awesome but found noise level quite high and felt that we were being rushed out.

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HollyL
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was amazing. She knew the menu and ingredients inside and out, was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food was unreal! I had the flat iron steak and my partner had the carbonara. Highly recommend either choice. We also started with the mussels and frites. They were a perfect starter! The cocktails were delicious and perfectly made. We will definitely be returning! :)

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JasonC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was amazing and staff very friendly. Relaxed and understated deliciousness

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KendraR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was delicious. They were super kid friendly and the service was excellent.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, cheerful and skilled service + absolutely superb food = a fantastic experience

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SarahI
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful evening with amazing, locally sourced food and a perfect waitstaff. We can’t wait to come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Off Beet Farm salad was the best salad I’ve ever had! The service was also incredible. I can definitely see why this is one of the best restaurants in HRM!

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Bedford
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our evening was lovely from the menu selections to the unique experience of sitting at the bar to the lovely young lady (whose name I wish we had got) was wonderful - very friendly, knowledgeable and just the right amount of attention. We look forward to our return visit.

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SteveA
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't write it enough - The Canteen is always exceptional!

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JennyW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious crobster roll! Accommodated us with earlier table than booked with grace and smiles. Lovely, efficient waiter too. Love this spot!

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WendyF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal as always. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, there’s no where I go more often. The service is great and the menu is local and fantastic. Highly recommend.

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NadineD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time, certainly not last! We had a wonderful time, everything was perfect!

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MeghanM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best food in town, and the friendliest staff! Our favourite date night restaurant.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and service except one detail. Bread was not served with the lunch salad. We asked for bread and then had to pay an extra charge for it. I was surprised as I assume that bread is included in any meal. I told the server that butter was not needed with the bread but the server brought it anyway. I can only assume that the butter was thrown out afterwards.

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JasonM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As someone who only eats entirely plant based, I am always blown away by the off the menu vegan items that the kitchen staff come up with for me. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant tasty attractive food!!! Thanks for a fun evening!

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DeniseG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service friendly staff, awesome food and lovely atmosphere 😁

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 1314 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.