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Saint John Ale House
Saint John Ale House

Saint John Ale House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saintjohnalehouse.com
  • Phone: (506) 657-2337
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jesse Vergen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: In the summer months, we boast the largest patio seating in the city. It overlooks the Bay of Fundy as well as a boardwalk loaded with entertainment all summer long. Saint John Idol, Country Star, Weekly Car Shows, Live Music and Festivals fill the stage almost every night throughout the summer. Inside we are connected to a pedway system linked to Harbour Station and the home of the Saint John Sea Dogs as well as many concerts including, Neil Young, Elton John, Carrie Underwood etc... We are a front stage for the Santa Clause parade and many other festivities all year long.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Public transit stops are located right outside the doors to the mall as well as a taxi stand in front of the adjacent Hilton Hotel.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Within 20 feet of our doors is underground heated parking, very comfortable and accessible in the winter. There is also ample parking on several lots adjacent to Market Square, the mall we are located in.
A word from Saint John Ale House
The Saint John Ale House offers progressive pub food in a casual, relaxed dining room, in our pub and on our waterfront patio during the summer. We take pride in knowing where our food comes from and use locally grown and seasonal produce, meats and fish from New Brunswick farmers in many of our menu items and daily specials.

We offer the largest selection of beer in Saint John, including several local craft beers such as Moosehead Cask Ale made exclusively for the SJAH. We have an extensive wine list and also serve creative cocktails hand-made by our mixologist.

Join us for a few drinks in the pub, or dine in our restaurant. If you're interested in an all around fun night out in Saint John - we look forward to hosting you!

Sorry we do not accept reservations in the pub or on the patio.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Well, our online reservation was not there. No tables , as requested, just booth seats which were torn, menus not same as online and many choices missing. The menu was sparse. Our 2 dining guests ordered a cheeseburger and a club (last resort). They came with black overdone fries that were not edible. My wife had the prime rib sandwich. Over half the plate was mashed potatoes and balance shaved beef covered in disgusting very dark gravy. I had boiled chicken dinner, looked like half a Cornish hen with a wing sticking up and grated carrots. We had 4 glasses of wine @ $13.00 glass and a draft coors light. The bill was $167.00 before tip. The food was awful and the birthday night for my wife and her sister was ruined. VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed the experience very much. From our waitress to our meal, it was all very nice. Loved the window table...great view of the Buskers...we had FUN!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I had been to The Ale House before and enjoyed the experience so when it came time for our anniversary I suggested to my wife we go there. This was her first time eating there. We appreciated the emphasis, support and availability of localized food. We both had a great meal, an enjoyable time together in a warm and friendly environment looking out on the harbour and boardwalk. A very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Although the menu was sparse by some people's standards, I was able to find a few things that I would order. Our group had the steak & fries, stuffed potato and the rabbit. They were all properly prepared and surprisingly good (rabbit). Thanks for a great dining experience on Father's Day. Oh and we loved the old wood and brick."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food is always well cooked, hot as appropriate and service attentive but not over-powering."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very disappointed . Ordered fries and clams, fries were NOT crispy and they were undercooked and yet they appeared very fried. And the clams had a ton of batter that was so plentiful that most of it was raw and yet the clams appeared very fried. I did not taste any truffle or Parmesan on my fries as promised. Beer selection was great."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "There wasn't a single option for me, a vegetarian, except for salad. Some days you just don't want salad! So I ordered the only two veggie apps I saw; hummus, and olives. Well, awhile after ordering the server informed me there was no hummus. So I just had olives (they weren't that great.) I felt silly not eating while everyone else did, so I ordered a piece of pumpkin pie.... but it came way after everyone had finished their meals. It's a nice restaurant for some, but not accommodating to vegetarians/vegans. I probably won't be back. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I had the prime rib sandwich and rice and the prime rib was fatty. As I am not a person to complain, I said nothing and ate what I could. Our server realized the fat piled to the side of my plate and when she noticed she asked if I would prefer something else. Since the rest of my party were almost done eating, I said no thank you. When she came with our bill, I didn't have to pay for my meal and drink. I was very impressed with this service. I have been to this resturant numerous times and I always enjoy it so I will defiantly be returning. Great food and great service. Everyone else loved their meal! The had the club, fish, wings and kettle chip nachos."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I always love the Ale House. The crab and spinach dip is a favorite as well as the bacon wrapped scallops. I appreciate that they use local foods as much as possible as this not only enhances the flavor of the food but is socially responsible."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food at the Ale House is awesome! We had the Haddock and Chips...which was soooo good! We had the Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops for and appetizer and they were amazing! Great food and great service. It's our fav spot to go"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I would have to say that I had one of the best meals I have ever had. Our main courses were done to perfection. The side greens were cooked to perfection. The moose head cask aged beer was unbelievable. ( specially brewed for SJAH) We shared a Guinness chocolate cake. Not a crumb was left on the plate. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I recently had dinner with my parents at the Ale House and I have to admit that it is possibly one of the best meals I've ever had. We all thoroughly enjoyed the meal, large portions, amazing flavours, incredibly quick service, and all together an amazing experience. If you want to try something a little different, go for the Kentucky Fried Rabbit or Deer Sausage. We were still talking about the dinner in the days following it. Note: Don't forget to leave room for dessert! I'd recommend the Chocolate Guinness Cake for many obvious reasons. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "At an Ale House, I expect lots of pub choices to go with the beer. Their menu did not offer a good selection in this regard. Prices were high and menu would be more of what I'd expect in a bistro. I splurged and went for the scallop risotto. It wasn't bad enough to send back, but I would never get it again. I got a delicious risotto at Longhorn Steakhouse in Bangor, and that's a chain! Ale House one was salty and otherwise bland. The winter squash was a nice decoration but didn't add anything to the dish. Scallops were cooked nicely. That's all I can say about that."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Three of the four were happy with their food. The kettle chips - need to ask if they want a little, medium or lot of salsa/sauce, no where near enough for one, plenty for the other and they both had to ask for extra sour cream! The beet salad was enjoyed very much - interesting item to see on a menu. The Steak and Fries were perfect. I would really recommend the Saint John Ale house for small groups. I attended recently with a large group and it did not go so well."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The atmosphere was lovely and held great promise. It was great to see Canadian wines being promoted however more selection would have been nice. The wines available were very good. The food was beautiful but was not 'done justice' by the waitress. Unfortunately she was far from the calibre of The Ale House and really degraded our experience. She was absent for most of the night except when we would send someone to get get her. She generally just did not seem to have a clue. The food deserved better treatment as did we! I would still recommend the Ale House for th efood and the wine. I am hopeful we just had bad luck with one sub-standard server."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Oh, a great Irish evening with friends for dinner and fun in the pub.....wore Irish hats supplied by bar and great music and always, great food. So fun...."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "the new menu is horrible (deep fried Rabbit??). We did not stay for dinner, we left and went to another restaurant and had an amazing menu."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a great time and meal and evening at the Saint John Ale House!! The atmosphere and fun people that go there is so uplifting even when it is snowy and cold outside. Love the menu - always a little surprise on it as things change with the season."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "One of my favourite places to eat and I love the fact that you buy local as much as possible. I also understand that the chef keeps his own garden. I love how you keep the menu short and sweet although a few at my table missed some of you pub selections from past menus. I loved my whole experience there. The only thing that took me off guard was that your prises were a bit higher than I remember. That's fine with me because I think your food is great but a couple in our party would not have that kind of money to spend on dinner. I think they would have preferred to have a couple of more lower prised meal options. That way, we could come again as a group and everybody could afford it and feel comfortable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've been coming to this restaurant for a long time, and I don't know where to begin in terms of describing how great it is. I was there this week for a function at night and mentioned that a guest had special dietary issues and the owner and chef were there and came back with a special meal prepared for them. The food is of the finest quality you can imagine, the Chef is appearing on top chef Canada, the owner is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Ther service is fantastic. If you're looking for top quality food, and amazing friendliness and servive, drop in to see the folks at the Saint John Ale House, you won't regret it!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Great pub/restaurant atmosphere ... superb list of beers ... service is absolutely A-1!!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our second year in a row coming for Valentine's Day. We find the food and the atmosphere very romantic. We plan on making reservations to come again next year. The wait staff does a wonderful job making you feel welcome."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at the SJAH was an enjoyable experience. Great atmosphere, a view of the board walk and harbour (which is probably more lovely in season), and delicious homemade hamburger made with local meat. The fries were very tasty with light seasoning. Good portion sizes and reasonable prices. I look forward to coming again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A little bit loud. we sat where people are coming in. would ask for a different table next time. found something that looked like a fruit fly in my glass of wine. didn't seem to be a problem with the waitress, another glass brought back. should have a vegetarian menu. friend is a vegan, not much to choose from. one of the things we ordered was kettle chips. should be asked what kind of topping to get on them. we had to send it back because there was meat on it."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The service was amazing. We had the spinach salad, it was very good. A pleasant lunch experience with a prospective client.. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food is great, you get what you pay for! The service was good as well. Great atmosphere with the dim light."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The Ale House is a great dine-in experience. I love eating there on dates, the ambiance is great. The dimmed lights dive enough light for you to see your food and enjoy yourself while still have that romantic touch that I really enjoy. The noise level has always been nice and quiet and allows you to center in on yourself. The waitresses and hostesses are very nice and understanding, patient and well informed. The food is amazing. I go there solely for their Fish and Chips because the haddock/cod is the best I've had and the piece received is well worth the size, along with a proper serving size for the side. The restaurant is a great place to be and go with loved ones and friends. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Amanda was great, the Filet one of the best I've ever had and those Imperial Russian Stouts made me feel like Tzar! Nice touch with the birthday certificate for Billie!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We were visiting Saint Johns for my husbands work and was looking for a nice restaurant to eat in. I went on trip advisor and looked up restaurant and they were their and highly recommended. It's a nice place, great atmosphere and fantastic food. The bacon wrapped scallops were awesome! I has the turkey lobster which was great and very filling and my husband had steak that was cooked to perfection, melted in your mouth. We are from Halifax and the next time in Saint Johns we will be returning to the SJAH."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I really could not have enjoyed my meal more. The service was great and quick. The food was amazing and very well prepared. I would recommend the Saint John Ale House to anyone!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Well, absolutely another lovely meal at Saint John Ale House. Tried a new dish, fried clams and pork sausage - local products. The combination was so delicious. Enjoyed the ambience and friendly folks around. Just a fun night and perfect for the Mayor's tree lighting event which we enjoyed from our window view. Perfect all round!!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "They have a really lengthy beer menu and we enjoyed that everything on the menu was sourced locally, but we thought that it was all a bit overpriced because in the end it's only a pub with pub-ish food. It's a nice place and the food was good but the bill shocked us."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Our food was awesome and so was our service. We always go to the Ale House because we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "The Chicken and Vegetables were so simple but so delicious with a maple butter glaze. The light sauce was so good that I wanted to lick the plate. Cooked to perfection. Yummy."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "Had a good meal and wicked dessert (Guiness cake), loved the 80's theme that night, can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "had decent service when I asked the server if my salad was the "entree" size, he was rude to me I asked because it was small I ate it anyways, even though it lacked flavor! others ordered the mussels(has moved away from the Maritimes and was wanting some delicious maritime seafood) the mussels were EXTREMELY small, the faces she was making while eating them wasn't a face of enjoyment. found prices high for what we received. don't mind paying money if in return receive a great meal. The A.H did not provide us with a great meal. Therefore we will not be back and will tell most of my friends fam about my experience here. I use to love it here then there was a menu change and it seems like the Ale house is trying to be something they are not!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Delicious and large portions. Had wraps, burgers and club. Very good."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "We ate here because we read good things about this place and we happened to be in town. The menu is very interesting. We ordered the steak and lamb. Even though we asked the steak to be cooked medium, it was almost well done and dry. The lamb was ok - the dressing was sweet which I didn't like but that's just personal preference. The server was friendly but we had to ask for water three times because he kept forgetting. The desserts were great. We had the pana cotta and chocolate cake."
    Dined on 7/7/2013
  • "My friend arrived just before our 8:15 reservation to find out that it would not be good for the patio. Luckily, there was an open table we were able to snag which made us very happy. Our server was prompt with drink orders and bringing them out to us. If only this was how the rest of the night went. We ordered the crab dip appetizer and a salad each for our mains. The app came out about 20 minutes later and the mains (salads!) took an entire hour after our crab dip plate taken away. Really poor service for drinks in between. When my beet and goat cheese salad finally arrived it was sans goat cheese. When I told the waiter he sort of looked as if he was going to pick through my salad with his bare hands. Not a great experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "We went here to celebrate 2 birthdays. We've all been there in the past and enjoyed the food and service. There's been a menu change since our last visit it seems and we could only guess a new cook We ordered 3 different entrees and didn't enjoy any of it Chicken was overdone and extremely dry. Prime rib tasted as if it was microwaved with the gravy looking like a Kelly in top instead of sauce The desserts were mediocre at best The spinach dip for appetizer, however, was very good We all agreed we would not likely come back to fine there again"
    Dined on 7/3/2013