The 10 Best Brunches In St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador

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28 September 2016

St John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador in Canada boast excellent places to eat. If you are looking for the perfect brunch experience in the area, make sure that you check out these restaurants, which have great food, greater service, and create the perfect atmosphere for eating out.

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Gypsy Tea Room

Restaurant, Tea Room, Tea , Seafood, Mexican, Steakhouse, $$$
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A fine-dining venue with a unique space for functions, meetings and special occasions, The Gypsy Tea Room is perfect for a group brunch, or an intimate dining experience. Try the gypsy salad, mixed greens, roasted beets, toasted pine nuts, crumbled goat’s cheese and a sparkling pear vinaigrette, or dive into brunch with a Mexican-inspired dish made with scrambled eggs, hash browns, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, refried beans, and served with soft tortillas. Come hungry, and prepare to leave full!

Bridie Molloy’s

Pub, Irish, Pub Grub, $$$
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With a warm and welcoming ambiance and a traditional pub-style feel, Bridie Molloy’s doesn’t just serve cold beers. Bridies hosts a delicious menu that includes mouth-watering sandwiches like the BLT, thick, juicy tomato, crisp lettuce, and thick bacon all piled high on freshly toasted bread. Try the French onion soup, a rich, red wine and beef broth simmered with caramelized onions and finished with crispy croutons and melted mozzarella cheese if you fancy something lighter. This is the spot for a social brunch, offering live entertainment throughout the week.


Bacalao boasts a range of dishes to satisfy any taste, and uses the freshest ingredients to create them. Try the locally roasted fair-trade and organic coffee, and don’t miss the seafood chowder, cod, scallops, cold water shrimp and snow crab stewed in a light cream broth with Pernod, herbs and a touch of citrus. If you’re in the mood for breakfast, go for the omelette of the day. It is changed each day to include the freshest, and seasonal, ingredients.

Bacalao Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine, 65 Lemarchant Rd, St John’s, NL, Canada, +1 709 579 6565

Woodstock Colonial Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, Steakhouse, Seafood, Canadian, $$$
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Serving customers since 1927, Woodstock Colonial Restaurant has kept its legacy by providing a fine-dining experience that not only excels in the food, but in the service as well. The setting is beautiful and the ambiance perfect for a dinner with friends. The Thai chicken spring rolls, grilled chicken and garden vegetables lightly tossed in an authentic Thai sauce accompanied with sweet chilli or the pasta primavera, fresh seasonal vegetables sautéed in olive oil, fresh herbs and white wine, tossed with fettuccine noodles and parmesan cheese, are perfect brunch choices.

Bagel Café

Cafe, Seafood, Mexican, Fast Food, Steakhouse, $$$
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Bagel Café is a great place to brunch. With seafood and meat dishes like Atlantic lobster and lamb, this is the perfect place to relax with friends and enjoy a great meal. Go for the Mexican quesadilla, served with hash browns and salsa, or opt for the Belgian waffles, served with sausage, bacon, or ham.

Bistro Sofia

Bistro, Seafood, Dessert, Vegetarian
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Enter Bistro Sofia, and find a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Try the vegetable Panini — a Mediterranean vegetable medley layered over a roasted red pepper pesto and melted mozzarella cheese on focaccia bread. In the mood for something lighter? o for the green salad — grated hard-boiled eggs and parmesan cheese drizzled with an aged balsamic vinaigrette.

Chinched Bistro

Bistro, Canadian, $$$
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Chinched Bistro serves up the best in seafood and meats, with options like potato wrapped cod and Point Leamington suckling pig with cheddar grits, bacon braised greens, apricot compote and a pan-dripping vinaigrette. The menu changes seasonally. You’re bound to leave happy, so make sure this bistro is on your list when heading out to Sunday brunch.

Mallard Cottage

Mallard Cottage is a great place for brunch, not just on Sundays, but Fridays and Saturdays, too. This spot is one-of-a-kind, with a huge range of options, whether you crave meat, seafood, or strictly veggies. Grab a freshly baked pastry, or have a slice of one of their house-made pies and cakes, perfectly paired with a rich cup of coffee. The menu changes frequently, but expect dishes like an open-faced braised pork biscuit topped with mozzarella, gravy and a sunny-side-up egg. This spot is a must-visit, don’t miss it.

Mallard Cottage, 8 Barrows Road, St. John’s, NL, Canada, +1 709 237 7314

Bonavista Social Club

Restaurant, Canadian, $$$
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The Bonavista Social Club is a family-owned restaurant, using produce from their own gardens and serving it to their loyal diners. Hang out on the ocean view deck and enjoy the view. The menu specializes in a range of satisfying dishes like tomato and cod or roasted parsnip soup, and fresh pasta served with braised lamb, and with the option to walk through the gardens of the cove, this spot offers a unique experience unlike any other.

Meal service:

Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner


Casual, Cosy, Relaxed, Quirky, Traditional

Oliver’s Restaurant

Cafe, Restaurant, Canadian, $$$
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Oliver’s Restaurant is a gourmet experience. The atmosphere is welcoming and the food, comforting. Seafood is their specialty, think seared Atlantic salmon, pan-fried cod, and scallop fettuccine a beautiful medley of peppers, onions and mushrooms all tossed in a creamy pesto-garlic sauce, though there are other options like steak. Oliver’s is a must-visit; it’s bound to be your next weekend brunch spot.