The Canteen on Portland

4.9
1302 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1302 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.7
ambience
4.7
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Meela
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service . The Canteen burger is amazing !!

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AnneC
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a pleasure to dine at the Canteen. Yummy food and great service!

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SueC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite spot to eat in HRM- we are so delighted to have finally moved back to HRM!
Everything is perfect- the staff impeccable- food is so fresh and delicious plus they modify dishes for sensitivities if you are so inclined. Never a disappointment- always a pleasure. You have to eat there!♥️

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Boyds
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was amazing! Food/drinks were delicious, service prompt & attentive

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LauraG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience— a rare occurrence in HRM!

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Christie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Crobster rolls and cocktails! Would highly recommend

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ChristopherP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The Canteen has a great menu & the decor is very pleasing. We liked that it focused on local. The service was very good and our food was great.
We did not like the noise level. It was hard to carry on a regular conversation. It seems that the space needs some kind of sound absorption technology. And as an aside, I did find the seating comfortable.
The bathrooms were delightful. Clean, spacious and nicely decorated.
I would recommend to a friend if they didn’t want to hold a conversation during their meal.

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vipMarcy
Miami
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine here.

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Somedude
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. Will be back.

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ErinB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Would have given 5/5 Stars across the board except it was very loud and at times hard to hear each other. We were say in the far corner too, so I was surprised it was still so loud. But truly that is my only note. You guys knock it out of the park everytime. Damn that raspberry shortcake was good!

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Tita
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fried green tomato sandwich special was super delicious.

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KarenF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was awesome but found noise level quite high and felt that we were being rushed out.

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HollyL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. She knew the menu and ingredients inside and out, was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food was unreal! I had the flat iron steak and my partner had the carbonara. Highly recommend either choice. We also started with the mussels and frites. They were a perfect starter! The cocktails were delicious and perfectly made. We will definitely be returning! :)

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JasonC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and staff very friendly. Relaxed and understated deliciousness

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KendraR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious. They were super kid friendly and the service was excellent.

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Steve
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, cheerful and skilled service + absolutely superb food = a fantastic experience

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SarahI
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening with amazing, locally sourced food and a perfect waitstaff. We can’t wait to come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Off Beet Farm salad was the best salad I’ve ever had! The service was also incredible. I can definitely see why this is one of the best restaurants in HRM!

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Bedford
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was lovely from the menu selections to the unique experience of sitting at the bar to the lovely young lady (whose name I wish we had got) was wonderful - very friendly, knowledgeable and just the right amount of attention. We look forward to our return visit.

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SteveA
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't write it enough - The Canteen is always exceptional!

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JennyW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious crobster roll! Accommodated us with earlier table than booked with grace and smiles. Lovely, efficient waiter too. Love this spot!

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WendyF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as always. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, there’s no where I go more often. The service is great and the menu is local and fantastic. Highly recommend.

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NadineD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, certainly not last! We had a wonderful time, everything was perfect!

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MeghanM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food in town, and the friendliest staff! Our favourite date night restaurant.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and service except one detail. Bread was not served with the lunch salad. We asked for bread and then had to pay an extra charge for it. I was surprised as I assume that bread is included in any meal. I told the server that butter was not needed with the bread but the server brought it anyway. I can only assume that the butter was thrown out afterwards.

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JasonM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As someone who only eats entirely plant based, I am always blown away by the off the menu vegan items that the kitchen staff come up with for me. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant tasty attractive food!!! Thanks for a fun evening!

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DeniseG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service friendly staff, awesome food and lovely atmosphere 😁

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kathleenM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. A lovely space but sparse decor, something I like but not everyone does

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Eric
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great overall! Server was fab! I always find the noise level to be problematic when the space is full.

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Courtney
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite places! Can’t wait to be back! Great great staff and the food is always perfect!

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SteveA
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. The only problem is that I can't seem to get there often enough!

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ClancyM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We left The Canteen wondering why it was our first time visiting. The food was beyond delicious and we really enjoyed the service. Thank you!

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DonnaW
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Best service!
Love the canteen!

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TedG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not wait for the pandemic to be over so that we can enjoy eating in and enjoying the best restaurant in HRM. The service was outstanding and our server was extremely helpful in suggesting some of the items on the menu. From the appetizer to the main course, everything was extremely good and tasty.

I highly recommend The CANTEEN on Portland Street.

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ShannonJ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Will certainly be back.

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KKWD
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is incredible, the staff is exceptional. You can always count on an wonderful time at the Canteen.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience, start to finish. Highly recommend.

JM
JimM
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful meal at the Canteen. The service, food, and milieu make us so happy we chose to come again!

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claudette
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh ingredients cooked to perfection! We always love eating at the Canteen. Our friends that we brought along with us also enjoyed their meal.

FAQs

The Canteen on Portland offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 425-9272.

The Canteen on Portland is rated 4.9 stars by 1302 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.