REVIEW: The Canteen

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The Canteen
$$ - $$$
18/20 Seasoned Plate Rating
Upscale Casual
22 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS
The Canteen on Portland | Dartmouth, NS

(2/3 plates)

The Canteen, located in downtown Dartmouth, feels like coming home. This east coast eatery is both welcoming and vibrant. This restaurant has a very family style dining room feel, but as if your family was at its posh beach house. The energy is upbeat and the whole dining experience is fun.

What The Canteen does well is they take well known east coast ingredients and meals and elevate them into something more sophisticated, yet familiar. They know how to take dishes we know well and transform them into what we know, only prettier and more delicious.

Their menu is inviting and will please even the most challenging palate.  They use local ingredients whenever possible, and they are a great addition to the local dining scene.  The Canteen is one of my favourite restaurants in Nova Scotia and every dish is sure to please!

Chef Renée Lavallée and co-owner Doug Townsend are to be commended for establishing a go-to location in downtown Dartmouth.

Food: 9

Ambiance: 4

Service: 5


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