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The Canteen on Portland | Courtesy of The Canteen on Portland
The Canteen on Portland | Courtesy of The Canteen on Portland

The Best Restaurants in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Picture of Kate Horodyski
Updated: 26 January 2018

Located just across the harbor from Halifax, Dartmouth has had a resurgence in recent years, and a number of cool new spots are opening up all over downtown. The following restaurants are the best of the best and worth the ferry ride.

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The Canteen on Portland

You’ll definitely want to plan ahead and make a reservation for The Canteen, where lineups run out the door as locals clamor for their delicious seasonally inspired menu. Brunch is especially popular, and you’ll find unbeatable menu items such as the Hangover Breakfast Sandwich and Brioche French Toast.

Canteen Burger

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Thu :
11:00 am - 2:30 pm 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri :
11:00 am - 2:30 pm 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat :
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun :
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Budget
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John’s Lunch

Heralded for having the best fish and chips in Canada, John’s Lunch has been a must-visit for seafood lovers since it opened its doors in 1969. In addition to their famed fish and chip platter, they also have a menu full of popular items such as Digby scallops, clams, calamari, and burgers.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Wed :
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat :
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun :
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Budget
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Battery Park Beerbar & Eatery

When you’re craving a burger, craft beer, and hipster vibe, Battery Park is the place to be. Dig into popular menu items such as Pork Tacos and The Jughead Burger, and choose a beer from their ever-changing locally influenced menu.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat :
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sun :
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Budget
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Portland Street Crêperie

Portland Street Crêperie serves up a delicious menu of sweet and savory crêpes, with classics such as Lemon Sugar and Ham and Swiss and more adventurous flavors like Oreo Cheesecake and The Donair. The cute décor combined with tasty crêpes earns this place a spot on the “best of Dartmouth” list.

Portlant Street Creperie

Portland Street Crêperie | Courtesy of Portland Street Crêperie

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri :
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat :
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun :
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Budget
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Vines Pasta Grill

If you’re a lover of Italian food, Vines is the place for you! Their extensive menu of appetizers, pasta, and pizzas will satisfy your carb cravings, and keep an eye out for their four-course Tasters nights.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Sat :
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun :
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
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Mic Mac Bar & Grill

Voted the best Dartmouth restaurant for the past four years by The Coast’s Best of Halifax Reader’s Choice Awards, Mic Mac Bar & Grill has become somewhat of an institution, and locals go out of their way to visit this hot spot. Come here for a fully stocked pub menu.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri :
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat :
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sun :
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
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The Wooden Monkey

Come to The Wooden Monkey for views of the Halifax skyline and a fresh menu that emphasizes healthy, sustainable meals. Vegans, vegetarians, and meat lovers will all find something to enjoy here. You can also visit the original location in Downtown Halifax.

The Wooden Monkey

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
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