Saint John Ale House

4.1
349 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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American
The Saint John Ale House offers progressive pub food in a casual, relaxed dining room, in our pub and on our waterfront patio during the summer. We take pride in knowing where our food comes from and use locally grown and seasonal produce, meats and fish from New Brunswick farmers in many of our menu items and daily specials.

We offer the largest selection of beer in Saint John, including several local craft beers such as Moosehead Cask Ale made exclusively for the SJAH. We have an extensive wine list and also serve creative cocktails hand-made by our mixologist.

Join us for a few drinks in the pub, or dine in our restaurant. If you're interested in an all around fun night out in Saint John - we look forward to hosting you!

Sorry we do not accept reservations in the pub or on the patio.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Sorry we do not accept reservations in the pub or on the patio.
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Phone number
(506) 657-2337
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Jesse Vergen
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Saint John Ale House can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Adele Moriarty: (888) 689-6315
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Within 20 feet of our doors is underground heated parking, very comfortable and accessible in the winter. There is also ample parking on several lots adjacent to Market Square, the mall we are located in.
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Public transit
Public transit stops are located right outside the doors to the mall as well as a taxi stand in front of the adjacent Hilton Hotel.
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Entertainment
In the summer months, we boast the largest patio seating in the city. It overlooks the Bay of Fundy as well as a boardwalk loaded with entertainment all summer long. Saint John Idol, Country Star, Weekly Car Shows, Live Music and Festivals fill the stage almost every night throughout the summer. Inside we are connected to a pedway system linked to Harbour Station and the home of the Saint John Sea Dogs as well as many concerts including, Neil Young, Elton John, Carrie Underwood etc... We are a front stage for the Santa Clause parade and many other festivities all year long.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
What 349 People Are Saying
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Wales
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good selection of beers and the food was just what we were looking for.

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LD
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good (fish and chips and fried clams). But it took forever to be greeted and served with drinks. I had to ask three times for a glass of water. The waitress kept saying, “I’ll be right with you” and proceeded to visit with other wait personnel at the bus station. When she did serve us, she was pleasant enough, but no sense of service. Overall, since service is an important part of the dining experience (and we were visiting the City for our first time), I cannot recommend this restaurant.

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C
Atlantic Canada
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! We love it here

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SW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best bartender

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome experience. Great food, friendly folks. Our favorite place to dine when we’re in Saint John.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The crab dip was great and the chips for the crab drip were scrumptious. We had the fish and chip (wonderful)

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JL
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We made a special detour to St. John to visit Chef Jesse’s Ale House so expectations were high. The menu promised foodie quality dishes but unfortunately the kitchen did not deliver. The char on the chicken club was unpleasant (dirty grill?) and the ratio of bread to filling was a big disappointment. The char on the steak was equally overdone and the undressed greens on the plate pointless. The fish was overbattered and the Caesar salad tasted “fishy” (although it supposedly contained no anchovy - huh?). The positives: the fries and aioli dip were excellent and the beer selection second to none.

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v
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I like the patio- great location on the boardwalk- sometimes there is music and entertainment. I would like to see more variety in the appetizers and entree's. I had good beer. I had the fish n chips- very tasty.

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was excellent and very friendly. The food was very good. There was a bit of a wait time because of the concert in the evening but the staff was very accommodating.

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LL
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The service at the Saint John Ale House was exceptional. Our server was very attentive and made sure that we had everything that we needed. The quality of the food was mediocre at best and it took far too long for our food to be brought to our table after it was ordered. The bill was too expensive for what we were served.

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FD
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good location, great service. Must have the lobster roll - worth every penny.
Good drink menu and great wine selection.
More expensive than other places in the area, but excellent atmosphere and food.

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AN
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to the Saint John Ale House was fantastic, it was so great that we are planning on coming back this week for our 19th wedding anniversary.

See you soon!!

Angela

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DT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beer was excellent My wife’s chicken fingers were overdone but still moist & tasty. The spinach crab dip was excellent

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CL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We tried this restaurant out because of its appearance on "you gotta eat here" it did not dissappoint! Food was excellent, ambiance was good as well. Would highly recommend!

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T
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. My husband and I started off with the wings, they were delicious!! Our server Chris was amazing. Always checking in and making sure our beer glasses were full. We shared the giant lobster roll and the clams and fries. By far the best of both dishes that we’ve ever had. The roll was simply amazing and so huge, we couldn’t even finish it! Well worth the price for the size of it! (The pictures don’t do it justice!) The clams were cooked to perfection. A light to medium batter and the texture of the clams were not rubbery at all. I’ve eaten at many actual “seafood” places and the SJAH surpassed my expectations. Unbelievable. While we were eating, the owner even stopped by our table to make sure we were enjoying our food and experience. Such a nice touch. We don’t get out often without the kids so we were really looking forward to our evening. After dinner, we went out on the SJAH patio for some live entertainment on the boardwalk and a few beer. It was foggy and a bit cold... Within seconds of sitting down, the server brought me over a blanket!!! It was a perfect evening. If you are local or from out of town, I highly recommend this place. It will exceed your expectations for sure. Thank you Saint John Ale House - we will be back again soon!!!!

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e
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was a little slow as they had not anticipated a crowd from the swim meet at the CGAC. I woefully, mistakenly under tipped the waiter, and I feel bad about that. Great food, good time.

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KR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We waited 10minutes to have our waitress to ask us about our drinks and about 10minutes to take our orders. Then waited about 30 mintues for our food to come and it was only warm...We ate our food and the salt and pepper wings were not salt and pepper...when asked the waitress said they dont use that much seasoning on it because it was to hot...but there was no pepper on them at all...so will still at them but was not pleased....we continued to eat our meal and had to get up to find our waitress to get another drink....then after finishing our meals about 20 mins we were asked if we would like deasert menu...we said no and the waitress said she would be right back with the bill...10 mins later....not a good experience....

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal . Limited wine selection. They didn’t even have a Cab

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great craft beers and good food to go with the beer. Knowledgable wait staff too.

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CE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had outstanding service..our waiter Gabriel was amazing. I don't usually tip but I tipped him 18% due to his outstanding and friendly service. I sent him to kitchen to compliment the chef ..the food, the drinks were amazing..and the food all beinv local is great.

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b
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Found the food very good. The ambiance was nice. Confusion about seating on patio. Server was obnoxious ignorant pushy and generally unqualified to do the job. Made what should have been a good time uncomfortable.

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j
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived an hour late (forgot about the hour time difference from Maine) and they couldn’t have been nicer. We loved the fish and chips and buttermilk chicken!

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R
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Chicken fingers dry- chips, very few toppings-no 1/2 litre or litre wine options- prices for entre options too high- service friendly and knowledgeable

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N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good enough but all the old people placed at one long table in the bar. Young rules!

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My first time to the Ale House and it won't be the last. Thoroughly enjoy our time there. Delicious food and great drinks! Love the atmosphere!

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C
Atlantic Canada
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Was busy busy waited a hour and 30 minutes for food.had to ask if we were going to be able to get our food.had to ask for the cheque as soon as our food arrived . Other than that it was great ! I will be back I love the food. This was the longest wait I have ever had. I think they were so busy they forgot about us

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C
Atlantic Canada
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always ! We come here quite often the staff is always great and the atmosphere is relaxed and awesome !

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AP
Atlantic Canada
115 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Some of menu is excellent, some fairly average. Price points are peculiar as well - some fairly priced options, some seem strangely expensive.

Service can be uneven, but generally quite good.

Indoor ambiance is just average but summer patio is excellent.

Definitely worth a visit, but choose wisely.

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MM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience inside, warm and cozy during winter but love it even more being able to sit out on the deck in the summer. Great food and service, especially the fish and chips. And, they serve Stella!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The cuisine at the Ale House was to its usual high standard and the service was attentive but not overwhelming.

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BC
Atlantic Canada
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal and service as always. Friends from the USA loved the seafood and the beer selection. Thanks again for accommodating my reservation special request!

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l
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a date night, or dinner with friends. The food was amazing, the service was wonderful. We cant wait to go back 😊

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C
Atlantic Canada
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was a A+++ as always !

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our yearly pre sip n paint night out dinner

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K
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I was very disappointed in the chop chop ramen dish. It said that it was two course and we only received one medium size bowl of ramen.
It was flavourless, my pork was over cooked and dry and left a bitter after taste. The three girls I was with were very disappointed.
Overall, the food was very unsatisfying especially paying $15.00 for the lunch.
The service was excellent, but I would not recommend the food to others.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was really good ! Food is always yummy! Look forward to next visit.

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C
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb- Waite staff very attentive

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pub Club, fries and beer were perfect. Service was friendly and fast. Perfect spot for lunch, dinner, or multiple drinks.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely date night out with my husband. Service was quick and the meal was delicious.

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PT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My wife’s steak was excellent but my burger was really dry, I couldn’t finish it. I didn’t realize the Ale House asks for how you want your burger cooked so I said “cooked” well done. But either way it was really dry. Our server was great, she recommended a great beer! Overall not bad, but not my favorite meal or restaurant.

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