The Canteen on Portland
Overall was a pleasant experience good value but could be better. If you want something particular on the menu then book early. We had an 815 booking and one dish was sold out and almost missed out on the other. The dessert was not very good the mains were good but not something I would be encouraging people to have to have. Nice atmosphere.
The Canteen is always great. I love their seasonally available ingredients and menus. The service was wonderful, our waitress was very kind and attentive. Still a favourite! I didn't leave enough room for dessert, that's my only regret because the crème brulee is amazing!
Had a great experience. Visiting Dartmouth and The Canteen was recommended by several friends. We sat at the bar (by choice) and had a fantastic evening. Food was Delish! Service was excellent. Ambiance was perfect.
Wow food and service Devine. Way too noisy at 11 45 to have a conversation without raising your voice. Reminded me of the old Il Mercato on Spring Garden . 5th time there and love it but one must be selective who you bring. Absolutely no one with a hearing aid.
We will go again for sure and recommend but will contact restaurant for least busy time to at least have a relaxing experience. The food was spectacular and maybe the price to pay is to have Mic Mac Tavern ambience.
Our waitress was one of the best I have had in metro.
Delicious, well seasoned food. Friendly staff, love the menu and also love the choices for the kids menu! Love love and love this place :)
The restaurant is bright, modern and spacious. There are cushions for the hard chairs. The service is quick and efficient. The server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. The appetizer portion was large. Both the appetizers and main meals were really delicious. They were full of flavour, all locally-sourced and filling.
Wicked chowder and green curry!
It was our 5th time at the Canteen and the food / service has always been excellent.
Actually, I met three friends there as one had not been before, and I had recommended the lobster beni, which I love. Unfortunately, she is a craft seller in the market at Alderney and had people come right at the last minute so she was a bit late for 1:15. Therefore, when we ordered the lobster was all gone. That left 3 of the 4 of us a bit disappointed, but we have learned and next time we will order for her (and us) when we arrive. Everything else was good, but just not your lobster beni. Service was excellent and we are pleased that you are doing so well.
Unfortunately the noise level was too great to create a really positive overall experience. It will definitely limit the number of times we go to The Canteen in the future. This is unfortunate because the food is outstanding and the service is among the best.
One of the best restaurants that I had dined in the past 35 years... the chef is gifted!
Thanks so much for the great review! We look forward to seeing you (and hopefully your colleagues) again !
Fantastic spot. Cozy and modern decor, warm and knowledgeable service. Fresh, local seasonal food well prepared, cooked and presented. Depth of flavour and complexity to the dishes, and very well balanced. Can't wait to go back!
We're so happy you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Excellent food, service and ambiance. This is my second visit - and I introduced a friend to The Canteen for the first time. We’ll be back many more times!
We went to The Canteen for lunch, a group of 4. The food was okay; the Cuban sandwich lunch special, which two of us had, was just ordinary. Nothing wrong with it but nothing special either. The service was good. The restaurant was very busy and was pretty well full and the noise level was intolerable. The four of us could not carry on a conversation at all.
First time there, and we really loved it. Great menu, great food, great staff, great ambiance.
We look forward to seeing you again!
Great service, great food. We had a wonderful night celebrating my dad’s 80th at The Canteen.
Thanks for thinking of us for your special occasion! We hope to see you again soon.
I have enjoyed The Canteen before so suggested meeting there with friends to introduce them to your Brunch Menu, as I was sure the Lobster Eggs Benedict would be a hit and I was correct. While only two of us ordered it (as the other two had had a large breakfast earlier), the two of us who did thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for continuing to serve wonderful food. We will be back!
Delicious as always!
The eggs benny for brunch is incredible. The biscuit was very good and the hollandaise sauce was excellent. It was not too rich. I would definitely go back for brunch or to try dinner.
Fabby meal as always
I loved this restaurant. The food was outstanding, the service was too. I was concerned from photos that the atmosphere might not be great for dinner but it was dimly lit and really comfortable. I’ll be back for sure. The only thing i would like to see is some higher end wines by the bottle. They were also great about my gluten intolerance.
Thanks so much for the review! We will pass your note along about the wine list, we appreciate the feedback!
Steak was cut into slices without explanation. Perhaps to achieve desired cooking temperature?
Limited dinner menu options, especially on appetizers. No basics like soup which apparently is available at lunch but not dinner? May try the brunch menu.
Service good though.
Best restaurant in HRM I wish we lived closer to it!
Thanks so much for coming in! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
The Canteen is really the gem of Downtown Dartmouth. Always a great time.
The best meal we had in our stay in Nova Scotia. Rhubarb referred us to this outstanding restaurant. We had creamy lobster which I am still dreaming about and dingy scallops. I was so full. Shared mussels and grits and they were also outstanding. Don’t miss this restaurant if you r in the Halifax area
Thanks for coming to see us on your visit to NS!
I wholeheartedly recommend The Canteen. Everything was enjoyable, I had the squash salad which was so good! My sons had the curry, the other the Canteen burger and my husband the Ragu! Everyone raved about their meal. Reservations are recommended as it isn’t a large dining room. The only downfall were the chairs. Hard and uncomfortable as my husband has a bad back. The service was quick and very friendly. I hope The Canteen is around a long time! I’d definitely return.
The food and service are second to none! I always enjoy the Canteen and would never hesitate to recommend it. It is a bit noisy especially if one is in the centre of the space but that is only a minor issue. I had the special soup of the day. It was a creamy mushroom and it was delicious. Three of us shared one cheese cake square. It was perfect! Keep up the good work!
Great food and service at the Canteen during lunch hour. Will certainly consider returning for their dinner time menu
Delightful meal and atmosphere
Will be back
Great menu, delicious food, friendly service
The Canteen is always a good choice. Food is consistently top notch, and the service is great, even during rushes.
Thanks for visiting!
Excellent restaurant with thoughtfully put together dishes. This is our go-to spot for our anniversary. :)
Thanks so much for coming in!
What a fantastic meal we had. Michael, our server was excellent - made some great recommendations and was personable and attentive. The place was hip and had a great vibe. We didn't mind the small menu - they did everything well. We had the scallops, the haddock/risotto and the duck. Would order all 3 again and try something different next time as it all looked good. Need a reservation though. This place is popular.
Thanks for visiting us! We'll pass the note along to Michael!
it is far too noisy to enjoy— ear shattering— difficult to have a conversation.Very one in the restaurant is using their outside voice to overcome the loudness.The food is great but I would recommend another restaurant if you want to enjoy your eating companions.
Wonderful experience will be back again. Great food great atmosphere.
A culinary experience you just can't miss on your visit to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia! Don't be disappointment, make a reservation for evening dining so you don't miss out...the restaurant was full with a few people coming in to inquire about a table. The noise level was the only complaint but once your food arrives, you quickly forget about the noise level and start talking about the art on your plate and the treat for your palate!
Thanks Suzanne for the great review!
I have recommended The Canteen and will continue to do so.
Delicious, well prepared, nicely presented . Casual ambiance, but with a quality of dishes you would find in more formal setting. I’ll be back many more times!
We were there for the first day of their revised menu. Food was outstanding, service was prompt, but not too prompt, and friendly. With a new menu you sometimes expect glitches. There were none. Would definitely go back.
Absolutely great find in Dartmouth! The food is very fresh and the menu us delicious!