The Canteen on Portland

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CAN$30 and under
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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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MB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We booked a table on the recommendation of a friend, and I must say we were not disappointed! The food was absolutely delicious and the service top notch. Though the portions are small, it is well worth the cost for the quality.

EW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional as always! Lobster eggs Benedict is a mouth full of flavour that leaves you wanting more!

LF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to The Canteen a few times now and everytime is a great experience. Food is awesome and the staff are so friendly.

TH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very solid place to eat. Bright and clean with good service. I can get a little noisy. The food is consistently excellent.

SM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. The Green Coconut Curry Bowl was delicious - the vegetables were cooked to perfection and the curry had just the right amount of kick to it. I would definitely like to return to try several other choices on the menu. The wait staff were super-friendly and inviting, and the restaurant clean and bright. A fantastic dining experience. Well done!

DC
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Despite being noisy, the food was great. I will definitely continue to eat at the Canteen.

B
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Steak was cold when served probably because my wife ordered different food.

AP
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This wonderful local restaurant offers fresh high quality foods and fabulous service. This is a most visit for any foodie!

RJ
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was great. The food was very tasty. Service was fast and professional. Thanks

SS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time; start to finish. Will definitely be back!

GK
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!👍! Menu was diversified with excellent food choices! Presentation was perfect!

SM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was fantastic. This was our first visit to the Canteen. We loved it, we’ll be back.

SM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is always outstanding. Loved the eggs benedict and the french toast. Sorry to see the French toast is off the menu, hopefully it will return!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were so many things we lived about this place - it was warm & welcoming with a meal that we will always remember. Our server was very knowledgeable & made the experience perfect. We took the ferry over & it was right there. Perfect night - thank you!

LP
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Canteen is always a fantastic choice for a meal; I love the service, atmosphere, and of course the fresh local cuisine :) I highly recommend making a reservation prior to you visit, no matter the time of day.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for stopping in! We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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EF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual. I had the Tuna niçoise which was unbelievable. And my wife had the steak. Cooked perfectly. We had Zoe for server and she was very sweet.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for the review! I will pass this along to Zoe as well.

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K
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

My wife loved it and so did the couple we were with

MB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent! Three guests and each enjoyed every morsel. It really seemed to be very good value for the money, considering that we had three mains dishes plus! As usual, my chief complaint is with the noise level. I know it is the trendy way but if anyone has a hearing issue, it is a major challenge. I found myself speaking very loudly and, of course, that doesn't help the issue. However, going back on Friday for lunch so many other winning features!!!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you for the review! We appreciate the feedback and are always trying to improve the noise level . We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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AN
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food... noise level was energetic... but 'calmed" a bit as the lunch hour passed.. Menu was terrific and hard to resist the desserts..
first time visit... will do it again... came from head of St. Margaret's Bay to finally taste "the Canteen"..

RG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! Really delicious food, great cocktails, and wonderful staff.

MR
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant, great atmosphere. Food was amazing, had the Oysters, Seafood Chowder, Digby Scallops with Lobster Risotto and the Halibut Succotash. All were perfect! This one will be one we add to our list and go to next time we are back in town.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

We're happy to hear you loved everything! See you next time you're in town!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great brunch time like always be.

TP
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food. This was the best meal we had during our trip to the Eastern Shore
It was noisy but the service and food more than over came this

Will visit again next trip to N S

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for stopping in on your visit!

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SF
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the service and food were amazing! Casual, relaxed with fabulous food! Fresh and creative ,we highly recommend The Canteen!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for the review ! We hope to see you again soon!

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CD
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Canteen lived up to its stellar reputation with attentive service, well-prepared food, and a nice ambiance. A little louder than I like, but to be expected in a busy resto at lunchtime.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks so much for coming in! We hope to see you again soon.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my daughter's and my second visit. We both had the chowder again, best anywhere. It is a bit expensive but well worth it. We've decided to go every couple months. Staff again very friendly and efficient.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks so much for the review, we look forward to seeing you again!

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AB
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome dinner at the Canteen on Portland! The food was phenomenal, the staff are always on the ball and we enjoy our entire experience every time!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks so much for coming in and for the great review! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grand daughter 16 birthday

JH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the scallops with risotto. It was delicious. My sister had the halibut with me so and said it’s the best she ever had. The atmosphere was lovely and the service excellent. So nice to have this restaurant in Dartmouth. I have recommended it to friends and I will be going back. My new favourite restaurant.

JB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again an amazing dining experience, we brought a friend for her b-day who has never been to the Canteen, she lives in the St Margaret’s Bay Area....she loved it & is going to tell all her friends about the Canteen!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks so much ! We hope to see you in again soon!

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s
Atlantic Canada
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love our visits to The Canteen. Consistently excellent service! Michael was gracious, knowledgeable and efficient. The food never disappoints either. Fresh, creative, gorgeous presentation and so yummy! Cannot wait for my next visit.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks so much for the review! We'll pass along to Michael as well.

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L
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was excellent. Just a little too noisy but it won't stop me from going again. I'll just make sure I don't have a headache!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you for the review! We are always trying to improve the sound quality and we appreciate the feedback.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fav lunch spot! Food and service are amazing. Do yourself a favour, and don’t skip out on dessert!

WW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the food and the restaurant. We do find the noise a problem since one of us has a hearing aid.

H
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it! Ceasars and Benny, cooked to perfection. Excellent service.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you Heidi! We look forward to seeing you again.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our dinning experience at The Canteen at Portland. The food was excellent and the service was efficient and pleasant. Our server made sure all our needs were taken care of. Calling this Restaurant “chic” is an understatement, this Restaurant has all of the right stuff for A listers and than some. A good time will be had by all!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks so much for the great review! We're so glad you loved it!

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PA
Atlantic Canada
10 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived at eleven to get downtown parking, left at one. Shared the mussels and frites while we chatted and decided on mains. Friend had haddock burger and Caesar which she said was outstanding, pan fried not deep fried. Hubby had seafood chowder which he graded among the best ever, he had half my burger and I had half a burger and amazing soup. Everybody had dessert. We will definitely be back

F
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. A bit loud, but otherwise love the food and atmosphere. Wholeheartedly recommended.

JW
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual dining with great friendly wait staff. Eclectic menu leaning towards seafood .. fabulous salads .. good beers and wines. Altogether a very enjoyable experience.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

So happy you stopped in and we look forward to serving you again!

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CM
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, have raved about it to friends. Brought guests from out of town that were thoroughly impressed!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks so much for coming in! We're glad your guests enjoyed and we look forward to seeing you again!

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