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Haddock Burger - The Canteen on Portland, Dartmouth, NS

The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
3040 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 20 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 3,040 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
  • 4.9Service
  • 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

3,039 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. spirituwell

    Atlantic Canada

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  5. FranNOLA

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything we had was delicious and we enjoyed the best carrot cake we have ever eaten! Such a modest, humble name for a restaurant serving high-level cuisine!

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  6. RobertL

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an absolutely amazing experience. Engaging, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Creative cocktails. Everything we ordered was beautifully presented, on point and delicious. A must do!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chowder and the risotto were absolutely delicious and super original!

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  8. EvanG

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, definitely a bit expensive for the portions but expected - great vibe.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant! Delicious food! Friendly staff!

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  10. Tarantella

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the Canteen the food is excellent, the staff are so professional and kind. The main Dinning area is very noisy which makes it hard to hear! Otherwise 5 stars.

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  11. Lovefoodwine

    Atlantic Canada

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Canteen never disappoints! It has a welcoming, bustling atmosphere, delicious food, and great hospitality. 

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  12. StephenC

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat at the bar, not sure if I have the name right but believe Megan served us. Great service and will continue to visit as we’ve done a number of times.

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  13. AngelaG

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent! The kale Caesar is the best in the city and I can't go to the canteen and not have it....addictive!! Thank you for a fantastic lunch

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  14. andrewm

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual it was a great meal and staff were awesome

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  15. Kielty

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great vibe, one of my favourite spots in HRM!

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  16. DonnaW

    Atlantic Canada

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, amazing service fabulous food!  if you want a cocktail ,a glass of wine ,appetizer or dinner it’s all there for you at the canteen!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time patron. Great food. The best service! Will be back for sure.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good we had the burger and steak frites and both were delicious. It was quite loud but did not mind and enjoyed a corner seat. Waiter was very nice.

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  19. Oceanwalker

    Morelos

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner as always! We had the the pork belly and gnocchi- very tasty with beautiful presentation. Great service by Phoebe- attentively coming alongside at just the right moment. We ended up chatting with Stewart of Tangier Lobster since he was sitting alone beside us. He was very complimentary about The Canteen and Renee’s gifted culinary skills. It’s always a treat for us to dine with you tho we have had to limit our dining expenditures since we retired.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Canteen on Portland is simply unparalleled. From the moment you step inside, the cozy atmosphere envelopes you like a warm embrace. The eclectic decor and welcoming staff instantly make you feel at home. Then there's the food – every dish is a culinary masterpiece, bursting with flavor and made with the freshest ingredients. The gourmet dinner is a taste sensation. But what truly sets The Canteen apart is the sense of community it fosters. It's not just a restaurant; it's a place where friends gather, stories are shared, and memories are made. That's why it's not just my favorite – it's a cherished haven where every visit feels like coming home.

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  21. DavidC

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I figured out that we dine at The Canteen about 6–7 times a year, sometimes entertaining house guests. It’s our favourite spot, and it’s local. We always feel welcome there. This last time it was our wedding anniversary and the chef made a couple of “amuse bouche” as a starting treat. We don’t often have room for appetizers, but this was small. Sometimes we share a dessert. Well done!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and the service was top notch !

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was very friendly and we enjoyed his humour. Along with his knowledge of the food. And the coffee was super delicious. Also enjoyed the fact that the ingredients are from farmers in NS.

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  24. CherylO

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just love this place!! We were visiting from Ontario in February when we were introduced to the Canteen and came back this visit and have now made it “our favourite spot” The staff are all so friendly and the food amazing!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tuna sandwich and Chicken tandori wrap were both excellent. Side salad was right size.

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  26. TeriG

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The chickpea and sweet potato soup was incredible!

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  27. Rosie

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usually … food and service were both excellent. We’ll be back for sure

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  28. KellieK

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a little gem of a spot, it is so cute and the food was delicious. Staff very friendly, and professional. Happy we were able to make reservation when visiting Halifax

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  29. lisav

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my fourth time to the canteen and it never disappoints. The food is simply top-notch as well as the service. It has a really cool community vibe.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional lunch!! Would definitely recommend!!!!

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  31. LisaG

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar and servers took care of us right away, made cocktail suggestions and helped us decide what to order. Service was impeccable, food was divine and the night went by too fast. My absolute favourite restaurant. It is a Canadian gem.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the food was good. The bun of the burguer was cold and the fries wasn't crisp and they usually are superb 👌 But the taste was very good not amazing like usually is. Thanks for the recommendations for drinks and the dessert was amazing 👏

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  33. TroyN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, and amazing service. Took my son and my mother out for lunch and we all had a great experience

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  34. BruceM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to the Canteen numerous times. This visit was booked for my wife's birthday and was disappointing. Slow slow slow service. We won't go back.

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  35. keithM

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delight The Canteen team is so engaged and happy to make your experience enjoyable. Thank you

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  36. EmilyH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love going to The Canteen. It is consistently an excellent experience. The food is always delicious and the service is friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming. It's a restaurant you want to go to regularly.

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  37. HelenM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always fantastic and the service is friendly, effucient and second to none! The seafood chowder and tea biscuits are one of my favourites! You have to try the carrot cake and olive oil loaf!

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  38. BREH

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, it was a very positive experience, with one slight negative. Two members of our party ordered a quinoa bowl, and it just seemed a little bit light, seeing as it was listed as a main.

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  39. Anakin12

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good experience at the Canteen. I come here every year for my bday. Always great service and awesome food.

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  40. TraceyP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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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 3040 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 20 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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