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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WW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

PA
Atlantic Canada
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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

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

LM
Nashville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at the canteen. Our server was friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and very fresh, the flavours were familiar yet unique. Would go back again!

JM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was really good, very pleasant and attentive.

BK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food would bring me back again. The noise level takes away from the experience. It was very noisy today.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Expensive for the amount of food that you get. But great tasting food.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

We try and use as much local, quality ingredients as possible and that is reflected in our pricing. But we always appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again!

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Y
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening with friends in superb setting. Great food!

F
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The location was great. No too far from the ferry terminal. It was just 2 minutes from the ferry terminsl. Great food. Worth every dollar spent. Great service. Would go back.

LC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gorgeous restaurant and easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Lobster tagliatelle was pure heaven with huge pieces of lobster. Special dessert made that night of a chocolate cake with cherry cream cheese icing and cherries. Pure bliss!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service. Love the creative meals and desserts.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was sooooo tasty, the place is bright and airy and the service was quick and friendly. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and even better food. My family comes here together often and have never had a bad experience. Staff are polite and speedy, and always able to make great recommendations.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the review! We're happy our staff made your visit that much more enjoyable !

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You know the saying that the food was to die for. I would like to say that enjoying the food at The Canteen is something to live for. Excellent experience!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thats a great way of putting it! Glad you enjoyed and hope to see you again!

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V
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very limited vegetarian/vegan options, my salad was very underwhelming but the restaurant is aesthetically pleasing.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Canteen was everything it was advertised to be. It is a bright, energetic spot that was easy to find and a great vibe. The Crabster roll was amazing. A lot of seafood on great bread. So glad we made the effort to get there.

s
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love our evenings at The Canteen. Fabulous food and service. Thanks Jen! Very knowledgeable and lovely.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the great review! We'll pass it along to Jen.

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e
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only one visit and had the day's special, seared halibut, but it absolutely blew me away. Just delicious food and excellent service.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for checking us out!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great and friendly and everything was delicious!

CF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful lunch....took 5 girlfriends, server was excellent as well as food. Great Creme brûlée !!!
It is noisy, however all other aspects makes it enjoyable. We will be back.

M
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed!
Always great service and amazing food

I would give it a 10 out of 10

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for taking time to leave us a review! We hope to see you again soon!

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r
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a wonderful restaurant,great and imaginative lunch and dinner selection, perfect service , reasonable pricing.
Well worth the extra ten minutes to get from Halifax to Dartmouth.
Do your self a favour...go to The Canteen .

J
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Lucky we saw it on The bucket list before our trip to Halifax.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded 6 days ago

We're happy you made us a stop on your visit! Hope to see you again!

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dinner. The mushroom toast and crab dip were perfect opposite ends of the gustatory spectrum. The hamburger was to die for and the strawberry shortcake was the beat I’ve ever had. Can’t recommend this place enough!!

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on August 30, 2019

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

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DB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and attention from an outstanding server. This was a highlight meal on a three week adventure in the Maritimes! The Peach and Corn salad was over the moon unique and delicious!

EB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. My wife and I travelled to halifax from windsor ontario specifically to try the canteen. It lived up to every expectation I had.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit!

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KS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply put "AWSOME". Can't wait to return and try something else. Highly recommend the Scallops and Lobster rissoto.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for the review, we look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable meal. It was a little loud in there but I’d expect that when the restaurant is full.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to the restaurant. The service was exceptional! The flavours, presentation of food, and textures, were artfully crafted and executed. We will certainly be back. Thanks for a great experience.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on August 30, 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon!

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LC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for lunch and I had the green curry bowl. Despite the large potatoes being hard and crunchy (undercooked) it was quite flavorful.
My co-workers had the crobster roll and said it was just okay.
The Reuben sandwich was a big hit.

GF
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. A great experience in Dartmouth. The flavour was so good, we have not stopped talking about it. Service was excellent as well. Great to be able to see the kitchen and everyone was working non stop. Young staff with great work ethics.

The Canteen on Portland
Responded on August 30, 2019

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

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KE
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious (recommend the scallops & risotto dish) and our server was lovely!

DS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and friends were at the Canteen on Portland street on Tuesday evening, we were able to sit outside as the weather was lovely. We did not have to wait for drinks or food very long. Everyone enjoyed their choice of entre. I recommend the Canteen whenever I can. Five stars.

N
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. Always happy to introduce a new friend to the Canteen. Keep doing what you do!

SM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Will be back again soon!

DG
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and service was excellent.
Dud find the prices a little on the high side

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