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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
2091 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

11:00 p.m.


Booked 12 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 2,091 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

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    Best Overall

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Food

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Service

  • Nova Scotia

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  • Nova Scotia

    Brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Healthy

  • Nova Scotia

    Lunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. RP

    RozP

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall really great. Food selection and quality are terrific and nice friendly efficient staff
  2. TJ

    TriciaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The restaurant was excellent. Lovely decor and friendly staff. Parking was a wee bit of a problem. Excellent good. Would recommend
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly staff. Nice setting
  4. BB

    BobB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delivered a quality dining experience as always. One if our favourites. Each meal was delicious and very well presented. Wonderful dining atmosphere. Would always highly recommend and can’t wait for next visit.
  5. f

    frank123

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite dishes with very fresh ingredients. Worth every penny.
  6. JH

    JennyH

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an outstanding experience and never disappoints. 5*
  7. DB

    DebbieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous place for lunch, food was great, prices reasonable.
  8. LM

    LyndsayM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m so glad we checked this off our bucket list. Everything was perfect. It lived up to our expectations
  9. JN

    JodiN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been waiting a few years to be in Dartmouth to try the sea scallops with pea and mint risotto, lardons and pea shoots… simply amazing!!!
  10. D

    Denise

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, had the crab dip and scallops, will definitely be back to try more of the menu.
  11. PM

    PhilipM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience and food as always made for a perfect night out
  12. J

    Jamie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Canteen is such a gem! Delicious option for a family dinner with kids and adults. Environment feels both comfortable and special, and there were awesome food options for a range of diets.
  13. ST

    SteveT

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unfortunately they had run out of the scallop meal after it was suggested but other than that it was amazing! Waiter was super nice and knowledgeable. Portions were large for a more than fair price and the food was outstanding!
  14. KK

    KatherineK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, great service and food
  15. S

    Saucy1

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My favorite spot to go! Always amazing staff and food is consistently terrific. It is a bit noisy when full, so not a quiet place to dine. Seasonal changes to the menu with some core items. So thrilled to support this restaurant as they also support our community ❤️
  16. S

    Scomiccon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great overall experience. The food was amazing. Salads, mains and desserts.
  17. C

    Cancunsun3

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great meals - we all ordered different plates and everyone was happy with their choice. Nice cocktails, good wine and yummy desserts. Service was excellent- will look forward to next time.
  18. SL

    ShirleyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had family in from Montreal and everyone truly enjoyed it. Thanks.
  19. C

    Chef

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The falafel was overcooked and the bulgar salad was not fresh, also the tomatoes for the heritage salad were cold instead of being room temperature.
  20. PM

    PamM

    Denver

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was delicious
  21. C

    Corazenia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect - the food, the service, and the ambiance. Would highly recommend.
  22. PM

    PaulM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I eat a lot of mussels, and these were the best I've had in a long time. The frites with aioli dip were outstanding, as was the creme brulee.
  23. DP

    DougP

    Manitoba

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the seafood chowder to start and the pea risotto with scallops. Both very good and I will be back when I am intern again.
  24. MC

    MCgy

    Calgary

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant in Dartmouth, just 15 mins from Halifax. Owners are very involved. Excellent food and nice presentation. Great service. Would come back next time here. Try the Halibut, it was delicious. Also the desserts!
  25. SM

    SonyaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the crab dip, summer pasta and carrot cake. All three courses were meticulously prepared with lots of flavour. Portions were perfect and ambiance was lovely. Trendy and traditional at the same time.
  26. BH

    BrunoH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 Knocked it out of the park. Im a chef, and I LOVED this place. Super chic ambiance, SPECTACULAR food and presentation, all the little details made the experience incredible. We were literally planning on going back, before our second course arrived.
  27. LB

    LisaB

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious and pleasant experience as always! The staff is always friendly, and efficient. the food is consistently delicious.
  28. TM

    TerriM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Am liking the dividers between the tables, cuts down on the noise
  29. JL

    JanineL

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu The scallops with pea risotto was the best I have ever had. Generous servings Great service
  30. MW

    MW123

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious lunch, quick service, 5 stars!
  31. JC

    JulieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Remains one of my favorite spots. Personal or business, it's always a hit!
  32. AW

    AbeW

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers are beautiful and really tasty. Mains are a great size and delicious and desserts were great too. Overall food was amazing and the service was top notch. Would go again and highly recommend.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our booth and the food was sooooo gooood! Mega yum!
  34. JG

    JonG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. The biscuits with the egg’s Bennie were pretty dry though.
  35. NI

    NICKL

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were a table if 4 and everyone was very pleased.
  36. SB

    StephenB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed the food, and the ferry ride fro Halifax.
  37. GJ

    GarlicwithaJ

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food, an efficient kitchen and friendly service. Thank you.
  38. CG

    CodyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great use of local in season ingredients and exceptional service
  39. a

    aantjer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well worth the ferry ride to Dartmouth for this amazing gem. Highly recommended!
  40. d

    dianneb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We always enjoy The Canteen. The food is very good as is the service.

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 2091 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 p.m.


Booked 12 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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