5 of the best dining experiences in Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador in Canada boasts some of the world’s freshest seafood, and every year foodies from across the globe flock here for delicious fish, lobster and mussels. With the riches of the sea colliding with some of the best game offered across the Americas, local ingredients are available for truly exceptional food. Here are a few of the best dining experiences on offer:

Bacalao Restaurant

St. John’s award-winning Bacalao Restaurant, which takes its name from the word meaning ‘salt cold’, offers “nouvelle Newfoundland cuisine”, with a vibrant seasonal menu priding itself on local seafood and game – it’s even won an award for using ‘hyperlocal’ produce. Try the Jiggs Dinner, a traditional appetizer of salt beef and root vegetables in cabbage-leaf parcel, followed by seared Fogo Island cod, cooked in a Newfoundland-created cod pot.



Raymonds is widely known as one of Atlantic Canada’s best dining experiences, and was named Canada’s Best New Restaurant in 2011 by enRoute Magazine. Run by dynamic duo Head Chef Jeremy Charles and sommelier Jeremy Bonia, Raymonds’ minimalist menu offers a simple range of appetisers and mains, and takes a sustainable approach to fine dining by sourcing locally-grown ingredients. Expect delicious cod, pork shoulder, tenderloin and sweetbreads, but don’t expect the dishes to be hanging about on the menu!

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The Reluctant Chef

This inventive restaurant is a regular favourite on the foodie’s tasting tour of Newfoundland & Labrador. There’s no set menu, so every visit brings a new surprise, with unique creations prepared daily by Executive Chef, Mike Boyd. With dishes such as Lobster Spaghetti Saffron Pasta and cold-water shrimp dumplings, The Reluctant Chef serves up delicious plates that tantalise the palette.

The Reluctant Chef

Mallard Cottage

Mallard Cottage in Quidi Vidi Village is a one of a kind destination, beautifully restored by Chef Todd Perrin, his wife Kim Doyle, and Sommelier Stephen Lee. This charming restaurant combines the best of Newfoundland produce, with some of the province’s beautiful architecture. Pair delectable local wines with a vast array of wild game and seafood, and enjoy a peaceful waterside meal in a truly idyllic location.

Mallard Cottage

Lighthouse Picnics

One of the province’s quirkiest dining options is Lighthouse Picnics in Ferryland, which celebrates the province’s tranquil location on the Atlantic coast. Just an hour’s drive from St John’s, this scenic coastal spot serves up deliciously fresh picnic food, all lovingly made, kneaded and baked at the lighthouse. After lunch, settle down on a rug and read a favourite book borrowed from the Lighthouse Library, or simply enjoy the breath-taking views.

Lighthouse Picnics

Kathryn Munro is Managing Director at Canadian Affair.

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Comments (2)

  1. I am a big seafood fan so many of these dining options are very appealing. The Lobster Spaghetti Saffron Pasta sounds awesome so I would lean towards sampling that but I would love to visit Newfoundland to explore not only the amazing cuisine but also the gorgeous scenery on offer here. Those breathtaking views at Lighthouse Picnics is a huge selling point!

  2. These all sound like excellent options, although I’m particularly intrigued by The Reluctant Chef’s daily changing menu, presumably, in part at least, based on what ingredients are looking particularly fresh and tasty each morning.

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