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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
3045 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.




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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,045 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Food

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Service

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Value

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for brunch

  • Atlantic Canada

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Overall

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Food

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Service

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Value

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Nova Scotia

    Healthy

  • Nova Scotia

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

3,045 Reviews
  1. JerryL

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed at the Canteen.. great service, delicious food and atmosphere.

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    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service at lunch! So great to have a spot like this here in Dartmouth with excellent food yet still not overpriced.

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    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We were traveling to Nova Scotia and decided to stop at the canteen due to so many positive reviews. The food was ok, we ordered a crobster roll which is a combo of crab meat and lobster. It was pretty good, the radicchio salad we ordered along with it was very bitter. I have never had radicchio this bitter before in other restaurant. But that is all fine, the thing that really turn me off is the poor service. We waited for a long time for the waiter to finally showed up. And then he never came back and checked on us, and when he finally do way after we finished our meal, and our water had been out for a long time. He came by, saw the empty water glasses but didn’t think about refilling until I asked him to. So when it came to time to pay, I have him an ok tip, not a great tip. And he just stared at me like i was his enemy. I probably won’t go back again, but it’s not because of the food. It’s because of the poor service.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our meal, was so happy to see the crobster back and the broccoli was very tasty. One thing it would be nice to add to the drink menu are mocktails! I’m sure the bartender could have made me one if I asked but I was happy with a piquette zero. Some nice summery non alcoholic drinks would be fun and I’m sure quite popular.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Scallop was a bit too cooked for my liking.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent meal and the service was fun with great attention to detail. The six of us enjoyed our evening. Thank you Andrew

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  7. spirituwell

    Atlantic Canada

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always such a fabulous experience at The Canteen. We always receive a warm welcome upon our arrival and feel like we are home. Our server Andrew was lovely! Attentive, efficient, knowledgeable about the drinks and food. Everything was beautiful and delicious as always! Always sad when our evening comes to an end! Neighbourhood gem!!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Easily the best restaurant in the Halifax area (and likely Nova Scotia) for really serious food served in a decidedly not serious venue. Always serving seasonal food, classically prepared in casual comfortable format. SO.FRIGGIN.GOOD! I skipped the special “Crobster roll”, which is tough to skip, and had the smoked pork chop. Honestly, words can’t do it justice. My gf had the steak frites which is always such an easy example of how to keep things simple and yet, INCREDIBLE! Always sad to not have all of the other dishes!! Thank you Canteen. Will be back soon and often!!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing food and overall experience. The best restaurant in town.

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  10. daniele

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a perfect evening. The waiter Andrew made our evening very nice. He was very knowledgeable about the menu. Also, he introduced us to the chef owner Renee who came to see us at our table. The food was outstanding. I had scallops with leek risotto, very tasty, scallops were cooked perfectly. My husband had the canteen speciality, their version of lobster roll with homemade bread and a large amount of lobster. The carrots cake was very good and the portion was big enough for both of us. All these at a very good price. I recommended this restaurant for sure. The place is 5 minutes from the ferry in Dartmouth.

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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 3045 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 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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