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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
2015 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Farm-to-table
COVID-19 UPDATE: The Canteen will be reopening for in-person dining on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. >> 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.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Seafood, Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (902) 425-9272

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Renee Lavallee

  • Neighborhood

    Dartmouth

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,015 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Food

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Value

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for Brunch

  • Atlantic Canada

    Healthy

  • Atlantic Canada

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Overall

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Food

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Service

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Value

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for Brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Nova Scotia

    Healthy

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for Lunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. L

    Lisa

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful atmosphere, excellent service and absolutely delectable food. It is a must to try!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best lobster roll ever. Everything we had was amazing!
  3. WL

    WarrenL

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wait staff was phenomenal. So friendly Crobster was all I hoped it would be. Haddock dish delicious
  4. l

    littlemermaid

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food at The Canteen is exceptional. We ordered the heirloom tomato salad, crobster roll and burger. Everything was perfectly seasoned and flavourful. Although it was noisy because of the time of day (early evening), we were still able to enjoy our meal and have a conversation. I highly recommend The Canteen.
  5. SV

    StephenV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I visited for lunch on a Saturday, our second time here, and had the Crobster and Eggs Benedict with lobster respectively. The food was excellent, plate presentation attractive, and the service prompt and friendly. The restaurant is cosy without feeling cramped, and the decor is simple but tasteful. This is not a chain and it shows. The menu changes routinely which keeps things fresh and exciting. Will absolutely return.
  6. S

    Spence

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great meals and service.
  7. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 everytime! Amazing quality and atmosphere. Perfect for a nice date night, or bringing your family.
  8. BA

    BrendaA

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the most unique and delicious risottos I’ve had; the scallops didn’t hurt either. This is why you dine here, for the chef driven food. Decor and service are top notch as well. My only complaints are Renee wasn’t in so I could not get my picture; and my waitress wouldn’t give me the recipe for the risotto.
  9. z

    zoem

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was even better then i hoped. i had the tuna niçoise salad and 10/10 would order again!
  10. EM

    EthanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Great food and service ! We’ll be back.
  11. KB

    KarenB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable experience. Food presented well. Garden salad tasted bitter at times—not sure what that was. Crobster roll and burger were delicious!
  12. RL

    ReneeL

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic dinner at a the Canteen! I love bringing out of province visitors here and it was once again a crowd pleaser!
  13. M

    Margot

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Delicious! Every dish was flavourful and unique. Highly recommend!
  14. KD

    KarenD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great dining experience! The crobster roll was amazing but all of the food was!
  15. DM

    DennisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem. Great comfort food elevated to an exceptional level.
  16. J

    Jiffy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I recommend reservations. Food delicious and such a great place !
  17. W

    kW7ters

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! We had a great time. Service was wonderful.
  18. JJ

    JenniferJ

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at the Canteen is INCREDIBLE!! Love going there for date nights! :) It can be a bit loud inside when it's packed but still a great spot! Sit outside in the summer if you can!
  19. SM

    StuMc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time and enjoyed every item we ordered. The special cocktail, the Bourbon Cherry Sour, was reminiscent of sour cherry bomb candies and totally delicious. Our server Kristin was excellent. She attended to all our needs but also gave us enough space to enjoy our conversation. Will be returning soon.
  20. F

    Fizmop

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favourite restaurants, always amazing food and great service.
  21. MM

    MadisonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. It was a huge hit, visited twice while we were in town for the week.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had friends in from Ontario and we all enjoyed the food and ambiance! Will definitely be back!
  23. G

    Graeme

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always an excellent experience at The Canteen. Food is amazing and staff are always friendly, it seems like such a happy and positive work environment.
  24. J

    Jayw

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal there last night with great service! Would highly recommend
  25. BL

    BLast

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great place to eat. Everything was fresh, and the staff were welcoming.
  26. KG

    KimG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch and service! Very happy! Highly recommend The Canteen!
  27. JO

    JONS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Everything we had was awesome. Never disappointed with anything I have ever had here.
  28. RD

    RonD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our entire dining experience was great. Food, staff and price were 5 star. My new favorite retaurant in Dartmouth/Halifax. Ron
  29. EV

    EVERETTW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food and great service ; would definitely recommend this restaurant
  30. TC

    ThaliaC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m coming back every year! I’m glad the music was just soft because I find that to be a big turn off at many restaurants. Food was great!
  31. EG

    EddieG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely wonderful evening. Thanks to Liz at the bar who made our night. And the Crobster roll was amazing!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pea risotto will keep us coming back every week
  33. DD

    DonaldD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and staff! Great place to eat!
  34. M

    Michelle

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went for Brunch. The French Toast was delicious!
  35. CS

    CarolS

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar, service and server were great and attentive. Food was excellent
  36. MH

    MellyH

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's just so dang delicious! Everyone is friendly, service is great, and the food is a 10. Love it here.
  37. DL

    DouglasL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We enjoyed ourselves and would go back again. Thanks
  38. AA

    AtagunA

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food! Thank you for the wonderful experience.
  39. LA

    LisaA

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always fresh and delicious with wonderful and unique flavours. Welcoming atmosphere and attentive friendly staff.
  40. PC

    PatriciaC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hostess took our reservation even when we arrived a half hour early. Knowledgeable serving staff. Menu and dessert menu offers good variety. Had not been there in three years and will certainly return when we are back in Dartmouth again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.8 stars by 2015 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Canteen on Portland

22 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G9

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Dartmouth

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Seafood, Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Renee Lavallee

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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