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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
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985 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
What 985 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Anon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is delicious. One of my favourite places to eat!

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IRBW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, chill atmosphere, nice vegetarian options for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ate there for brunch

Bacon and eggs with small pan fried potatoes and a slice of sour bread toast was 17.95
All locally sourced and good ingredients but still a bit highly priced

I would normally have had Eggs Benny, but they only fry eggs here so no poached eggs for the Benny which is just plain odd

Quality of food, ambiance and friendly, professional staff is great but not my first choice for brunch

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MonaT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like the wooden wall barriers between tables along the side wall. Less noisy for sure! Excellent meal and service!

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Marta
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chowder was delicious and it came with the best biscuit I've ever had! It was a pleasant surprise to be able to order the burger to temperature and the house cut fries were awesome.

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JohnnyK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful ! Food was great nice drinks , Marco was great host .
Stay Safe staffs 🙏

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MOliver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. First choice every time when dining out!

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ElaineC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Brisket sandwich was fabulous. The young woman who served us was really professional and friendly.

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DianeW
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My bowl was pretty good...a few more shrimp and a few less noodles would have been appreciated.

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Quirkygal
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, great service and one of the best meals I have ever eaten.

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JackieA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time there. First time was brunch time, we were not impressed. Thought we would give it another try. Dinner service and food was amazing

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ScottT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere were all fantastic. My family hasn't eaten out much since restaurants opened back up but we felt very safe. We will be back (again)!!

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DanielD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu and lovely daily special board. Staff attentive and knowledgeable (Michael).

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Kenneth
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice place! We had great service and great food. We couldn't ask for a better lunch spot.

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RobC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. Excellent food, ambiance and service.

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SharonS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was great as usual. As a single diner I enjoyed the interaction with my server and with fewer tables and customers comes less surface noise and that was a bonus to me. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and look forward to returning.

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FrancineM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I ordered the haddock chowder and the potatoes were not cooked which being in the East Coast of Canada i have never encountered this and was very disappointed

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Curler
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was excellent, a group of 5 friends had either the chowder, lobster roll or the falafel bowl for lunch. All were excellent, service was friendly and the atmosphere nice and relatively quiet even if the restaurant was nearly full.

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STEPH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal!! Local ingredients and unique dishes. Service was excellent. Great value. I always have a great experience at the Canteen.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely bowl of chowder on a cold fall day.

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JaneR
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nicely distanced, private setting ,unique menu. Great wine

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Latifa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their Pancakes are amazing! We tried the pumpkin spice pancakes and they were very light and fluffy. Will definitely visit again
I only wish they had non dairy milk options for their coffee and tea.

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Rick
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I went for a Friday lunch. We were particularly interested in having their special Thanksgiving hot turkey sandwich. Figuring they might run out, I put the request in the reservation comments.

Sure enough, by the time of our reservation they were sold out of the special. But, based on my reservation request, they had put two orders aside for us.

Well done to the staff!

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Martine
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. They really are taking all the Covid precaution with table well spread out. The only downside for me was that I found it to be quite loud even with the reduced capacity. But would go again anyways!

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DavidI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for lunch. Fresh ingredients with a good presentation. Classic dinner

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DeniseB
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Canteen never disappoints. Service and food excellent. Love the new table dividers. Even though they’re mandated by COVID19 they’re a welcome addition.

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MelissaN
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a fantastic lunch as always! It was my friends first visit and she loved it.

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BruceL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roast duck was delicious and the waitress was excellent

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BarbD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Canteen was great as usual,food,service and environment.

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LMCCL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wonderful place but really noisy... It was hard to hear the conversation I was having. Maybe put beautiful thick Teal fabric up between tables instead of the pretty teal half walls.

Thanks

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LynnP
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a clean, relaxed atmosphere. A wonderful evening!

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BradB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to the canteen is always a treat. Great atmosphere, amazing food, friendly staff. Cant wait to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much for the speedy service and delicious brunch!!

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VeronicaD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I liked it. I would go again. The Memosa was awesome

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BrittanyB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tasty food but every time I go im reminded why I stay away for so long. WAY too loud. Couldn’t even hear the conversation from the people at my own table. Shame since the food and service is so great.

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LouieD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had made a reservation and was promptly shown to our table upon arrival
Attentive service And all wait staff were wearing masks
Food ordered was very good
Overall a great experience

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spirituwell
Atlantic Canada
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have memorable food and a great time at The Canteen. The servers are always top notch and it was so nice to see Mark, a server from what used to be another nice Dartmouth restaurant. Lovely addition to your team. See ya soon!

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JDart
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, very attentive staff. Food was delicious. Restaurant is a bit noisy.

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LeisaS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely restaurant, love the food. Will be back!

TJ
TimJim
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Canteen is the best! Go there asap and get the best food in the city!

FAQs

The Canteen on Portland is rated 4.8 stars by 985 OpenTable diners.

The Canteen on Portland does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.thecanteen.ca/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.