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The Canteen on Portland

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839 Reviews
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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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Canteen is taking all of the necessary precautions during COVID-19 with appropriately distanced tables, strict sanitation practices and masks for all restaurant team members.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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SherryG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very good. The food and drink was very good except we found the seasoning in the Crobster Roll was a bit overwhelming and took overpowered the seafood .

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ElaineC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Je m'attendais à une vraie sauce hollandaise. Celle-ci était fade, pâle, luisante, sans intérêt. J'en fais de la meilleure à la maison. Il était écrit bacon de dos mais j'ai reçu des tranches de jambon forêt noire. J'aurais aimé le savoir d'avance. J'aurais choisi autre chose. Par contre, toutes mes visites précédentes ont été couronnées de succès. C'était la première et dernière fois que je prends le menu « brunch ». J'y retournerai mais on ne m'y reprendra plus avec les oeufs bénédictines.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly wait staff and fast service. Food was amazing, seasonal and creative as always.

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BonM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Would have been 5 across but I chose to sit on patio. Wrong table. In sun and much traffic noise. Service & food top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. Nice to support local restaurants during these difficult times.

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MargM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The falafah (sp?) was the one of the best meals I've had in a long time.
We appreciated the fewer tables which meant a quieter atmosphere.
We'll be back.
Marg

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SoniaO
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the delicious food, high quality ingredients, and creativity from the kitchen. The decor was fresh and creative, and the service was lovely. Would definitely go again and absolutely recommend. Gluten free options available!

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SylviaB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was great, as our server Mark was friendly and funny. We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we were certainly happy with our overall experience.

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JennaD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything tasted great and the service was fantastic. I had the mussels and frites which I always get when I go to the Canteen. I really enjoyed the green coconut curry sauce of the mussels. My only disappointment was that it came with a biscuit and not focaccia. Personally I am not a biscuit fan and would prefer the focaccia as it said in the menu. Otherwise everything was really good.

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SandraL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 36th anniversary and we were not disappointed. Meal was excellent and the staff was great.

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Patron
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was even better! Tried their special as well as a number of the mains. Flavours were so good and all the seafood was so fresh!

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LoveDartmouth
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time out since restaurants have reopened and the Canteen did not disappoint. The food was amazing- I'm still thinking about the food four days later! The service was also excellent. They have an excellent social distancing set up.

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ShoLo
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Some elements of the meal were really great - daily soup (tomato others were lacklustre - feature sandwich, other elements of the noodle bowl and the dessert. Great service, nice atmosphere. Will give it another try and hope for better food choices next time.

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food off the menu was fantastic. The daily sandwich could have been better. Save room for the carrot cake. Yum!
Staff and service were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out, friendly staff, clean and well laid out. Food was amazing - lots of great choices on the menu

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LaurenB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, local, and delicious. I’ve been dreaming about the snow crab ravioli!

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vipErinB
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Canteen is our favourite place to dine!! The menu is FANTASTIC but, if they have a special, always order it! We had the handmade floral pasta with mushrooms...absolutely amazing.

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AnneJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. It was my first trip there but definitely not my last. Service was great and professional. Great experience.

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Leslie
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service all around. Waitress was very professional and the kitchen was accommodating when it came to substituting a few menu items.

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PaulineB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing: service, food, Covid-precautions, wonderful experience, as always. Thrilled we have this dining option in our neighbourhood!

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BevM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We found the food different and not something we were expecting. Although my mom enjoyed the scallop risotto. Did not find ravioli to have a lot of flavour. Waitress was superb!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect food! I have never had a bad meal here. Always delicious.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere with great food and our server was helpful and attentive. My favourite lunch time restaurant on either side of the harbour. Haven't tried dinner there yet.

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FineDiner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink, served by competent, friendly professional staff. The atmosphere was also beautiful. We had savoury watermelon salad opener, steak and lobster main, followed by creme brûlée. Wow!

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Catlady144
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as usual. I had the falafel bowl. The pickled turnip and zucchini were outstanding! Can’t wait to go back.

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goDining
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would definitely recommend dinner at the Canteen. The service, the food and the decor were excellent. The food was creative, delicious and well presented. Full points to the Canteen for their charitable efforts as well.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, we had a great time. Thanks to Kim for making our night awesome!!!