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The Canteen Bar - The Canteen on Portland, Dartmouth, NS
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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
2965 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

10:30 p.m.


Booked 38 times today

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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 2,965 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

2,965 Reviews
  1. TaylorH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic as usual, but the server/bartender was somehow even better! She was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and made us feel so special. We’ll 100% be back again soon!

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  2. NadineD

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The canteen never disappoints! Not only was the food incredible, we were lucky enough to have Jenn as our server, she’s knowledgeable, friendly, and such an asset! Thanks for having us :)

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  3. OKay

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Canteen is one of our go to brunch places, food is always good, staff friendly and service is consistently good....reservations recommended.

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  4. John

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time as always. Food and service was excellent.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was full which was very nice to see. It was our first visit and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The seared tuna app was the best I have had. The chowder was fantastic. The seared scallop in the chowder elevated the taste immensely. Highly recommend this place.

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  6. SueV

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Two for two, five-star meals at The Canteen. Can’t wait for visit three!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal , lovely waiter . Always a nice time !

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  8. AngelaH

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was incredible. Worth every cent. The service and drinks also amazing. I would highly recommend ever trying this place. I had butternut squash risotto with scallops and it was to die for. AMAZING

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was awesome as always. Service was fantastic.

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  10. HollyM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal. Delicious food and great staff. Will definitely be back!

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  11. Runners

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable! It would be nice to have a couple of more options added to the lunch menu.

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  12. JudyW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about this place - food is outstanding, staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and happy to give recommendations. The atmosphere is happy, welcoming, clean and bright.

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  13. TimothyD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food as always! Very friendly service. I’ll be back for the Haddock Burger.

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  14. Mere

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious as always! Excellent service! We only had appetizers but they were super tasty - highly recommend the Broccoli starter- so spicy and flavourful!

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  15. AngieM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great evening. The rich creamy sauces are delicious. The scallops and risotto was my fave last night.

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  16. Tabatha

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have an exceptional meal at The Canteen - we were in Halifax for an evening and had to stop by. We ordered off a “dine around” menu and the food was excellent. Our server was also excellent. A lovely dinner!!!

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  17. Davey

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have eaten here several times for brunch and dinner. Generally it is positive experience. We had brunch this past Saturday and the food was excellent. We both had Eggs Benedict (she finally convinced me), and it was absolutely wonderful. The back bacon with the eggs was absolutely delicious (thick with a real nice smoke flavor), the hollandaise sauce is amazing. Served on top pan browned biscuits and accompanied with an order of delicious home fries. The only minor negative item was the service was marginally tardy overall. The food was a bit of a wait, and visits between coffee refills was a little bit delayed (especiallythe first one). It was busy, and the food certainly made up for it!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Took 45 minutes to be fed. The waiter apologized for the delay but still seemed way too long. Everything good otherwise

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  19. CPRHFX73

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for lunch for my wife's birthday with good friends who had never been and they too now love the Canteen. The HUEVOS RANCHEROS was the best I have ever had and would highly recommend it to anyone. I should have added a bit of pepper sauce. Everyone else loved their meals and we will definitely be returning. The staff are outstanding and really care about each diners experience.

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  20. LillS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marc made our Galentines brunch a great time. Food, table, service all of it was amazing. Thank you for another great meal.

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  21. Tasha

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good value, quality and service. Would return for a date night.

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  22. DanG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food okay. Service was good. Ordered a gluten free beer. Name I never heard of. So not sure how it should taste. It was also over a year past best before date. If you’re not selling it could be a hint it’s not good. Local whistler gluten free not bad. Try stocking it or at least something fresh. Ordered gluten free burger. By the way I started feeling today I think you failed here also

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  23. Jenn

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food and Great Service. Will be going back for sure.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was superb, very tasty and flavourful. The portions were perfect, not too small or big. Service was professional, very pleasant and friendly. His knowledge of the menu commendable. Canteen is an excellent choice of where to dine in HRM. I highly recommend:)

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  25. Eddy

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time coming here and we felt so cared for. It had been a really bad month for both of us, and we wanted to end it on a good note. As soon as we were seated ( my partner, respectable, me wet and salty, keeping with the month's theme by slipping on my walk over), our waiter came by with two complimentary glasses of champagne because they heard we had been having a time of it and wanted to start our visit with something nice. The food was incredible. We started with the snow crab dip. Were the crackers sour dough discard? They were super good, as was the dip. My partner's seafood chowder was beautiful ( giant scallops, and the bacon ya'll used added such flavor to the stock!) I got the brisket, which was wonderfully tender, and I'm gonna try to reverse engineer those braised greens ( apple cider vinegar?) We split the brownie for dessert and kitchen sent us home with some short breads for the road, which were delicious and thoughtful. Thank you so much. The food was amazing, but the kindness was memorable. We will be back again, hopefully with our families soon.

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  26. Printerprinter

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I normally find the background noise bothersome, but they’ve cut back the number of tables and it’s much better.

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  27. NatalieM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favourite spots in Dartmouth! Food is consistently good and uses fresh and and local ingredients. The side mushroom soup was the best I’ve tasted! Decor so fun and staff friendly. Thank you! We will be back!

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  28. Neets

    Atlantic Canada

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a veggie sandwich - although maybe preferred the bread to be warm.

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  29. RhonaS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was amazing, food was delicious. What more is there to say. Will be back.

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  30. WendyM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and food was very good. My only complaint would be that the condiments on my sandwich was too thick for my taste. At my next visit I will ask the server to put the condiments on the side .

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  31. audreyf

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food Great wine selections. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back

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  32. TracyK

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not what we have come to expect from The Canteen. The food as always was delicious but we waited an hour for our food to arrive and our server barely batted an eye over it.

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  33. BenC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. However, our server really didn't seem like he wanted to be there and was kind of passive aggressive. Despite that, we had an excellent time.

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  34. AnneM

    Atlantic Canada

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service -excellent as always! Missing the crobster though 😢. Everything was great!

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  35. JoanS

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The French toast was spectacular. It is the most delicious I have ever experienced.

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  36. AndreaP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was so yummy! Great brunch menu to choose from.

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  37. spirituwell

    Atlantic Canada

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous night at The Canteen. From the time you arrive you feel at home. All servers are so welcoming and available to ensure our dining experience is top notch. We sat at the bar and loved all the activity. Our server Maddie was lovely and attentive despite the fact she was also mixing drinks and serving. Our food was so scrumptious and inventive! I want to go back today. Thank you for a great night! ❤️

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  38. Adrienne

    Atlantic Canada

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the little “C” area! Table 1 or 2, the best! Chatted with Renee during our lunch, what a delight, we sampled her meatballs! Awesome time & amazing flavours!🤗

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are always amazing. Tried their beef noodle dish this time and was just like being back in Beijing. Loved it.

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  40. SarahM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Canteen is tastefully decorated; the chosen colours were so inviting. The food was very good-the haddock burger was cooked perfectly, the fries were hot and the vanilla creme brulee was light and delicious. The service was very good although our waitress was too slow coming back to take the dessert order by ten, fifteen minutes. The only aspect of the experience that could have made it better would be if it wasn't so loud. Not sure how that would be fixed though as it was a busy place.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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 2965 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 38 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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