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The Canteen on Portland
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
The Haddock Burger
pan-fried haddock, tartar sauce, coleslaw, pickled red onions on our sesame bun
Scallops & Risotto
seared Digby scallops, pea and lobster risotto, asiago cream, crispy pancetta, pea shoot salad
two fried eggs, house hollandaise, on our buttermilk biscuit, side salad and a choice of: back bacon, roasted tomato & feta and Lobster (+$3)
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!
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.
We had a very nice dinner. The food was excellent.
Given the current conditions they were super safe, fantastic meal, comfortable and super informative staff as always!
Always great food, great service and so clean. The ingredients always appear fresh .
Great place for lunch - the felafel bowl is delicious!
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.
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!
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.
As always excellent. Great welcome . Super service and of course amazing food and the presented so well.
Excellent experience as always! Thank you for never disappointing :)
Exceptional food, service and decor. Truly one of the best restaurants in Nova Scotia with phenomenal community connections.
Amazing food, awesome service! The best place to eat in Downtown Dartmouth!
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.
The crab dip is a must have. It is outstanding. We have enjoyed our three visits.
Had another delicious dinner and dessert at The Canteen. Highly recommend!
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
A great experience for my wife’s birthday, service and food are top notch!
The Canteen is always consistently good, great food, attentive service, can highly recommend this restaurant
Stopped in for lunch with a friend - had a very private booth. Meals were simple but delicious - will absolutely return.
Grest food, great people running the restaurant and great place
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
Great food and great service.
Booth partitions are great foe social distancing!
Great place to eat using locally sourced ingredients
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. 👍
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.
My husband and I always enjoy lunch and brunch at The Canteen.
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.
The Crobster Sandwich is Delicious and I can't wait to go back! The portion size for the price was spot on.
Wonderful experience as always....love the food and staff very friendly.
Wonderful dinner with excellent service from Bruce. Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and of such high quality. Can’t wait to go back!
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.
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!
Always a great meal at The Canteen. We stay in Dartmouth, rather than Halifax, because of the great meals we have at The Canteen.
One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a very long time. Keep doing what you’re doing.
Food and service were great. We enjoyed every dish. Our server was perfectly attentive.
The food and service were both wonderful! I also appreciated the dedication to following the Public Health recommendations.
The food was wonderful. I had the weekly French toast special which I really enjoyed.
Always a great experience and delicious food. We always make sure to have a reservation for The Canteen when we travel to Halifax/Dartmouth
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 ❤️
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.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.