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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
2978 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

19:00


Booked 48 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 10:00–14:00 Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    (902) 425-9272
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Renee Lavallee
  • Area
    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, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,978 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

2,978 Reviews
  1. SusanH

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and food in a beautiful atmosphere.

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  2. BrettMH

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We popped in for a night cap and a snack. Fresh oysters from sober island and the best broccoli dish in town! The Canteen continues to deliver top notch food+drink and hospitality. We were lucky to have Michael as our server, he is truly one of the best in the city. Thank you for everything! Always a pleasure, see you again soon!

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  3. MorganM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time eating at The Canteen after MANY recommendations… I’m Celiac and had no issues. The brisket was incredible. I will be back again very soon. Keep up the great work 😊

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  4. Sandy

    Atlantic Canada

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can never go wrong dining at the Canteen!! Excellent food prepared by caring chefs using fresh local ingredients and served by pleasant, friendly and efficient wait staff. You feel welcome and your business appreciated immediately upon entering. You leave happily full and satisfied and looking forward to the next visit! And it has not cost you a fortune!

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  5. DebraO

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dining experience with friendly and knowledgeable servers accompanied by an explosion of flavors!

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  6. VirginiaR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to eat, they had my favorite craft beer (Killick from Burnside Brewing) and the seafood chowder was delicious.

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  7. PETER

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE THIS PLACE!! Phenomenal place for eating with friends or just by yourself!

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  8. SteveC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and awesome food during the Saturday brunch.

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  9. Matthew

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places in the HRM. Food is fantastic and very affordable compared to places of similar quality. Better than a lot of places that are much more expensive! Very friendly staff and nice atmosphere

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  10. FirstTimerPerspective

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food; great table service; our server was very attentive and was reflected in the gratuity. The host who seated me was a bit out of touch with my needs. I arrived and there was only one other table in use. I wanted a specific area for my guest and me to talk confidential business. The attendant pressed back that he wanted to keep those tables for groups of (4). We ended up fine on the bench with a table for (2) that was ok. What I found a bit offensive - within minutes of my being seated, two women were seated at the table of (4) near the entrance. And as the restaurant started to fill up....many of the tables for (4) had only (2) diners seated at them. Just an observation.....having a client on hand ready to eat vs the possibility of having (4) show up later....! Had my guest not recommended this location, I would have left for another restaurant.

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  11. KellyW

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Canteen. Delicious lunch with a twist! Had haddock sandwich and soup😍

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  12. TaylorH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    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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  13. NadineD

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    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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  14. OKay

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    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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  15. John

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    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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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    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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  17. SueV

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    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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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

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

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  19. AngelaH

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    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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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

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

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  21. DarrenM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is perhaps the best little restaurant in Dartmouth - the cocktails are top notch, service is spot on and the food has a level of detail that shows the owners care what is being served. I can't recommend this place enough. Save room for dessert!

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  22. RonaldD

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food abx friendly competant service. Best in Dartmouth by far.

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  23. HollyM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    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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  24. Runners

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    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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  25. JudyW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    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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  26. TimothyD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 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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  27. Mere

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 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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  28. AngieM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 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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  29. Tabatha

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 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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  30. Davey

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 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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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 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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  32. CPRHFX73

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 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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  33. LillS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 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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  34. Tasha

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 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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  35. DanG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 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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  36. Jenn

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 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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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 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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  38. Eddy

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 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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  39. Printerprinter

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 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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  40. NatalieM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 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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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 2978 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Canteen on Portland

22 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G9

Additional information

  • Area
    Dartmouth
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat 10:00–14:00 Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:00
  • 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, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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