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The Canteen on Portland

4.8
4.8
1896 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 1,896 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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

    Healthy

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for Lunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. O

    Oceanwalker

    Morelos

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love to get the table for two by the wall. Food was excellent as always. So reliable. Noticed again how well the staff conduct themselves. It’s all so classy.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Kristen was super personable and awesome and really added to our experience! Would for sure recommend!!
  3. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! My associate and I split the Genoa salami sandwich and the haddock burger with the tomatoe soup. All tasted amazing.
  4. CP

    CandacePerez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meals were delicious - I brought my teen girls and they loved it! Service was excellent - I believe Lisa was our server! Will be back again 💯
  5. LM

    LMM04

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time for brunch. Great meal and service as usual.
  6. A

    Anissa

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were there to celebrate a friend’s birthday - I mentioned it when I made the reservation and again when we arrived. The server never mentioned it at our table which would have been nice. She also seems not overly friendly and on two separate occasions answered quite abruptly which made our experience a little uncomfortable. We’ve been there several times and this was the first time we felt this way. So unfortunate.
  7. SW

    StayWarm

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate a lot of chowder during our 2 week trip, this was in the top two. The quality and flavours of dishes were good and fairly priced. Salmon & Crabster roll was delicious. Great place to have dinner.
  8. s

    spirituwell

    Atlantic Canada

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous night at The Canteen. Our server Michael was so efficient, engaging and knowledgeable about the menu. Michael suggested a new wine for me to try and convinced my husband that he would love the spring peas, which he did. So great to be sitting on the cozy patio even though it was drizzly out. I want to go back again tonight!
  9. K

    Katie

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The snow crab dip was delicious! I also had the mussels and they were nice and big. Service was quick and friendly.
  10. BP

    BethP

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food, great atmosphere and excellent service.
  11. JM

    JeanineM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Great food. Pleasant server Very busy Friday afternoon, reserve early!
  12. MA

    MADELEINEM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    We were 2 very senior ladies. It was too crowed and too close for us We did take away. Servers were run off their feet BUT very friendly.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best experience at the Canteen. The gem of Downtown Dartmouth
  14. KA

    KyleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food for reasonable price. Crobster roll was a must
  15. P

    Patti

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The chowder was amazingly delicious, always a favorite. The haddock burger was very good, but small. The partitions are a great addition to the Canteen. It gives so much more privacy and helps a great deal with the acoustics. We always enjoy our time there, thank you!
  16. GR

    GregR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible food and amazing service. A bit of a loud atmosphere when busy but barely detracts from the experience. Highly recommend.
  17. AG

    AiyanaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the Canteen!!!! It was such a lovely experience and always is. Their new summer menu is on point. I'm not surprised but I am pleased! The new scallops are absolutely worth it. And the creme Brule is spectacular still. The tuna tartar was an amazing start to the meal! Highly recommend. Enjoy!
  18. HH

    HollyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my favourite spots for lunch with my friends. The Canteen never disappoints!
  19. DH

    DanielleH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic lunch with friends! Love the buzz in the restaurant! Downtown Dartmouth is becoming a great place to socialize!
  20. MM

    MatthewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crobster roll and kale salad was excellent. Enjoyed the place a lot.
  21. G

    Gwynnie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for a birthday lunch and it was perfect. We all had different things and everything was good. We had a bottle of white wine - the Sauvignon Blanc and can recommend that too. The Creme Brule dessert is also excellent. All four of us felt we would like to go back. The only real drawback was the noise level which was a bit high for us - it was hard to hear each other when we arrived at 12:30 p.m. By the time we left at 2:00 it was much more workable.
  22. SU

    SeaUSoon

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    You will not be disappointed. The Canteen serves up excellent fare...consistently.
  23. DN

    DavidN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. My favourite restaurant in HRM.
  24. HP

    HeatherP

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and service. The Crobster is back.. get it while you can! Crème Brûlée is 🔥
  25. JS

    JamesS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was superb and the service was outstanding and not obtrusive. The noise level was almost too much though. We could barely talk to one another it was so loud. Albeit it was Saturday night and the place was full I still think the services of an acoustic engineer and some advice on sound deadening might be in order.
  26. W

    Westend

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had the steak....well they only served 3 small pieces. That was a bit surprising. the scallops were amazing
  27. EM

    ErinM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch and although the wait was a little long (the place was very busy) it was well worth it. Cute spot, will definitely be back!
  28. CE

    CarrieE

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Canteen had been on my bucket list for awhile - took the whole fam and everyone LOVED their food!! We shared the amazing carrot cake for dessert and the waiter was kind enough to tell us about the Chef’s YouTube channel - going to attempt it myself for my oldest birthday! Hands down the best meal we’ve had as a family - can’t wait to come back!!
  29. SS

    SueS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and the food was wonderful . We have high expectations for seafood and the salmon was done to perfection. Crispy skin on outside and melt in your mouth in the inside. My only suggestion would be to invest in more comfortable chairs in the non booth/cushioned areas. The present ones are hard on the back, or provide cushions. We will return for the food and atmosphere.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Graduation
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy booth that allowed for chatting and privacy. Great service and delicious food!
  32. J

    Jayw

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to meet friends or go with the family for a great dining experience! Highly recommend
  33. n

    normanb

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal good staff, priced reasonably well
  34. TJ

    TJ33

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a truly unique and exceptional meal at the Canteen. While we are from Ontario, a business colleague from this area recommended it or we’d have never picked it out on our own. Very friendly team and a very creative kitchen. The spicing and presentation of each course was really unique and delicious. We each had appetizer salad, main course and just had to try a dessert after the other courses were so exceptional. We loved every bite. Congratulations on such a creative and talented crew. We should have taken pictures but that’s just not our thing.
  35. ND

    NoraD24

    Atlantic Canada

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal and the service was outstanding
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and staff was great!
  37. BL

    BruceL

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I've eaten at the Canteen quite a few times and the food and service is always excellent. In particular, the vegetables are always served in interesting and tasty ways. The salmon I had was delicious and the tuna tataki was just awesome.
  38. SU

    SeaUSoon

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Every item our group selected was delicious to the taste and the eyes. Changes to the layout and ceiling sound tiles have made for a wonderful conversational experience.
  39. H

    Halifax37

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The fish burger was a bit “fishy” and the Kael I think just needed to me massaged a bit more. The fries and veggie burger were delicious
  40. I

    Isabel

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the Canteen for the first time the other day and it was great! Staff was friendly, all the food tasted really good! Will definitely go back when we're in town again. I had the seared scallops (delicious) and my partner had the Crobster roll (he loved it and said the fries are amazing too)

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 1896 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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