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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
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931 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 931 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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spirituwell
Atlantic Canada
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another outstanding evening at The Canteen. Our server McCalla was lovely; she was engaging, knowledgeable about the menu, and efficient. The food as always is inventive, so flavourful, beautifully presented, and memorable. I especially loved my salad of the day. Still thinking about it! Cannot wait to go back!

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ToddL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and wine; recommending another wine pairing because the one we wanted wasn’t available. The food was fantastic too.

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CindyC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice dinner. The food was excellent.

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ChristianG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the current conditions they were super safe, fantastic meal, comfortable and super informative staff as always!

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claudetteh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great service and so clean. The ingredients always appear fresh .

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ErinB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch - the felafel bowl is delicious!

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MatthewW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was insanely good, particularly the scallops! I’d highly recommend the canteen to anyone. I love that it’s both casual and very nice, so you can dress however you’re feeling.

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mikefromeasttowest
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! There was something for everyone on this menu - from a tasty burger and fries to a top-notch risotto. Perfect place for a first date or catch up with friends!

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RebeccaR
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff and great food.
The Canteen on Portland has quickly adjusted to Covid measures ensuring that social distancing is followed.
Had the Snowcrab dip, Beef and Barley soup and Crobster Roll with Kale Salad. I was pleased that unlike other restaurants the majority of the soup wasn’t potato filler. The Kale Caesar salad was nicely balanced with real Parmesan flakes. The Crobster roll hit the spot for the end of season seafood snack.

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RobertC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent. Great welcome . Super service and of course amazing food and the presented so well.

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MiloR
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always! Thank you for never disappointing :)

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, service and decor. Truly one of the best restaurants in Nova Scotia with phenomenal community connections.

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Shannon
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, awesome service! The best place to eat in Downtown Dartmouth!

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Happygirl
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience at The Canteen on Portland. The food was outstanding, the service was perfect. They are doing everything that needs to be done so that you have one of the best dining experiences and at the same time, safe during these COVID-19 days. We highly recommend The Canteen.

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Jane
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The crab dip is a must have. It is outstanding. We have enjoyed our three visits.

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KristiH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another delicious dinner and dessert at The Canteen. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The carrot cake is the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted. I ordered the special duck and it came out closer to blue than medium rare. I had it sent back and it came out perfectly cooked (actually medium rare) other than losing some salt in the process (perhaps they steamed it) Chowder was great, scallops were great. And service was perfect as always. I love this place

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience for my wife’s birthday, service and food are top notch!

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PatC
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Canteen is always consistently good, great food, attentive service, can highly recommend this restaurant

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Stopped in for lunch with a friend - had a very private booth. Meals were simple but delicious - will absolutely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grest food, great people running the restaurant and great place

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taraw
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very thoughtfully crafted. The vibe is relaxed and pays design attention to the East coast feel. Service was attentive but chill. Loved it

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StevenS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service.
Booth partitions are great foe social distancing!

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DuncanM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat using locally sourced ingredients

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goDining
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Canteen on Portland is a favorite. You can always count on great food, excellent service and a good vibe. On top of that , there are great seasonal specials and they grow their own vegetables and herbs on the rooftop garden. So that qualifies is very local and very delicious. Locally owned by the chef and big supporters of Dartmouth. 👍

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SusanV
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely, we were 3 and we all had different choices off the menu and we all that it was great. We were sitting on the patio which is very comfortable and cozy, and even though it it was pouring rain, the ambiance was nice. Glad we were outside though because the noise levels inside were very loud. Perhaps some noise baffles could help.

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DeniseM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I always enjoy lunch and brunch at The Canteen.

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JudyA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister enjoyed our lunch at The Canteen. We shared the Crobster sandwich and the burger...loved both! Kale Caesar salad was great and so was the tomato soup. Thank you the great food and service.
Judy

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RobynM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Crobster Sandwich is Delicious and I can't wait to go back! The portion size for the price was spot on.

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DanG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always....love the food and staff very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with excellent service from Bruce. Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and of such high quality. Can’t wait to go back!

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MargiH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall1food4service5ambience3

This is a lovely restaurant...creative food, excellent service...but we probably won’t be back because we find the noise level intolerable. We feel that good conversation is a part of a happy dining experience, and we can’t have that here. We are elderly and maybe the management prefers younger, more with-it customers. Our loss, I guess.

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PaulineB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love having this wonderful establishment in the downtown Dartmouth neighbourhood. It was one of the first we felt comfortable going to once restaurants re-opened in June. Precautions and safety protocols are very good! Food is always great, service is always great. Our favourites are Liz and Mark because they get our sense of humour. But the entire staff, kitchen too, should be commended on providing a great experience!

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Sandra
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at The Canteen. We stay in Dartmouth, rather than Halifax, because of the great meals we have at The Canteen.

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Jason
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a very long time. Keep doing what you’re doing.

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KenG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. We enjoyed every dish. Our server was perfectly attentive.

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Sara
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both wonderful! I also appreciated the dedication to following the Public Health recommendations.

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WandaB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful. I had the weekly French toast special which I really enjoyed.

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Fizmop
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and delicious food. We always make sure to have a reservation for The Canteen when we travel to Halifax/Dartmouth

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BrookeM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Scallop risotto was delicious and flavourful. The risotto had a little too much bite to it however - a little crunchy.

We also had the steak and buttered lobster. Steak was cooked perfectly, lobster was a touch overcooked. The sauce (which was more like soup) that the dish came in was a bit much). Much would have rathered a full piece of meat (instead of slices) and a larger selection of sides.

We do love The Canteen though and this won’t stop us from coming back. Everyone has a bad day ❤️

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The Canteen on Portland is rated 4.8 stars by 931 OpenTable diners.

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

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