Food & Dining
Known for our seafood and traditional dishes, this place offers an exciting world of dining options ranging from international flavours to local delights.
Though the fishery originated in the eastern region of Newfoundland, you'll find fresh, delicious seafood in practically every corner of the province. Try some wild Atlantic salmon straight from the Exploits River in Central Newfoundland. And regardless of where you end up on your journey, plan on a local favourite of fish & chips. The most famous, Ches's Fish & Chips, started in the 1950s.
If you'd rather enjoy a night out at one of our many fine-dining restaurants, you won't have to look far. St. John's has some wonderful options with a range of culinary adventures, from traditional meals to fresh-off-the-boat seafood, Asian favourites to exotic world and inventive, contemporary cooking. You can sample wild game throughout the province, but it's most common on menus along the Northern Peninsula and in Labrador. (Moose burger, anyone?)
With fresh, local ingredients, feast on some of the most unique recipes on earth. Recipes you've never heard of with names you'll never forget: cod tongues, doughboys, salt fish and brewis, and toutons to name a few.
Try Jiggs' dinner, a staple of a traditional Newfoundland ‘scoff'. For dessert try figgy duff, a delicious 16th-century pudding that's still a favourite. And how about Atlantic salmon in gin and juniper berry sauce, braised rabbit pie, caribou medallions in partridgeberry sauce, and bakeapple cheesecake? Or a deliciously cool martini made with Iceberg vodka? Traditional recipes, newly interpreted.
Seafood and Game
In a land that lives by the sea, taste the freshest food the ocean provides. Mouth-watering lobster, cod, halibut, salmon, and trout. Mussels, scallops, and shrimp. This morning's catch prepared for tonight's dinner - it's that fresh, and that's what makes the difference.
A culinary journey through Newfoundland and Labrador wouldn't be complete without a sampling of wild game. Find moose, caribou, bear, and rabbit prepared in both traditional and innovative ways.
Unique Dining Experiences
Not only can you enjoy unique dishes and exquisite local food, but there are many one-of-a-kind dining experiences you don't want to miss. Lighthouse Picnics are a great example. The lighthouse, built in Ferryland in 1870, offers exquisite picnic fare in combination with history, culture, and whale watching.
Seafood lover? Check out Bacalao Restaurant or the award-winning Raymonds Restaurant in St. John's for a modern, innovative twist on Newfoundland and Labrador favourites. Or head to Nicole's Café, an amazing gem in a beautiful, out-of-the way spot on Fogo Island. Tempt your palette with gourmet variations of local cuisine, using fresh ingredients such as crab and pot-caught cod. Wabush (Labrador) boasts Grenfell Restaurant, home to a succulent duck breast garnished with fresh Labrador berries.
If you want to eat like a Viking, plan a trip to L'Anse aux Meadows right at the tip of the Northern Peninsula - home to the Great Viking Feast. Dine in a sod hut like the Vikings did a thousand years ago, and enjoy a traditional menu of moose stew, Atlantic salmon, cod cheeks, and roast capelin.
By no means an exhaustive list, these are merely a small sampling of the unique dining experiences you can find in Newfoundland and Labrador. Be sure to come on an empty stomach, as there are many more unforgettable experiences to enjoy. Bon appétit!
Ever tasted water or beer made from 10,000-year-old icebergs? Come to Newfoundland and Labrador and you can do just that. Quidi Vidi Brewing Company harvests icebergs and brews crisp, clean lager. For something stronger, there's Canadian Iceberg Vodka, Rum, and Gin, each bottled in Newfoundland and made from the charcoal-filtered and triple-distilled water of iceberg growlers and bergy bits.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, pick up homemade Dark Tickle Jams that come in wonderful, fresh flavours like partridgeberry and bakeapple. If you're craving something a little more decadent, treat yourself to a box of chocolates made by the one and only Newfoundland Chocolate Company>.
If you're looking for something to bring back home, Purity Factories Limited in St. John's produces extremely popular candies and flavoured syrups - Peppermint Nobs and candy kisses are always a hit.
Our days will be immersed in beach-combing, woods-foraging, game butchery and wood fire cooking. This is an experience that will be bringing you close to the land and sea.
Learn how to cook, eat and love the sweetest, most succulent Snow Crab, dripping with melted garlic butter. Savour tasty blue mussels, steamed in blueberry wine. Learn the art of cooking Toutons, a fried bread dough delicacy, drizzled with sweet, sticky molasses. Delicious!
Escape and fall in love with crab.
Tucked between the trees and the ocean's edge just an hour from St. John's, our elegant historic inn is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect.
This package includes overnight accommodation in our stunning ocean front inn, full breakfast, and a multi-course gourmet dining experience for 2 in our fire-lit dining room.
Explore our nature trails, feed the farm animals, enjoy a drink in our solarium, or pamper yourself in our hot tub and spa!
This 2-night package offers the best of 'life around the bay'.
- 2 nights in our romantic seaside inn
- Full breakfast for 2 each morning
- Gourmet multi-course dining for one night, and
- Your choice of two daytime activities including golfing, guided hike, scenic tour with picnic lunch.
Just an hour from St. John’s. And a million miles from anywhere.
Come dine with us at Point Amour Lighthouse and continue the dinner conversation. We've taken traditional, locally sourced fish, vegetables and berries and given it a modern flare to create a three course dining experience.
* Offers are subject to availability. Taxes are extra. You may have to pre-book and/or mention
the promotion at the time of booking. Please check with the operator for more details.
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GanderFully licensed, newly renovated dining room, specializing in steak and seafood. The Dining Room is conveniently located on the main floor and is famous for Newfoundland Specialty Dishes.
St. John'sOffering scrumptious hand-made breads, yummy desserts, delicious hot and cold dishes, coffee, local crafts, books. Host public events in a a warm, casual heritage building in downtown St.
Rocky HarbourThe Oceans Dining Room is Gros Morne National Park's top destination for casual upscale dining. Located at the Ocean View Hotel, the Oceans Dining Room offers fresh local cuisine, with a breath-taking view of the harbour.
Placentia+1 (709) 227 0124
St. John'sIf you have been longing for the goodness of a home cooked meal, look to Jack?s Dining Room and enjoy not only a great menu and fabulous prices, but the best of Newfoundland hospitality as well. Join us for breakfast, mingle with colleagues over a light lunch or sit back at the end of a hectic day and enjoy a fulfilling meal with family and friends.
ClarenvilleThe Galley Restaurant, in the Restland Motel, is a newly refurbished dining room…. .
HolyroodNestled in 300 acres of wilderness and surrounded by beautiful nature-filled trails, come escape to The Wilds. The perfect place to unwind.
St. John's+1 (709) 746 2468
St. John'sCelebrated Chef, Roary MacPherson, expertly crafts inspired regional fare that showcases the best of Newfoundland’s seafood, produce, meats and more. Offering picturesque harbour views as well as a cozy fireplace, OPPIDAN provides a perfect setting for a romantic meal or mingling with family and friends for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Joe Batt's ArmChef McDonald, a native Newfoundlander who has worked around the globe, finds inspiration in the ocean’s bounty, from ingredients grown on the island, and from Fogo Island’s time-honoured outport cooking traditions. Like the handmade, modern aesthetic of the Inn, the provenance of every menu is inspired by local and regional ingredients.
St. John'sManna is a full-service bakery cafe operating 7 days a week, from 7 am to 7 pm. Chefs prepare fresh gourmet meals and sandwiches daily to eat-in, to go, or for local delivery.
ForteauSituated on the spectacular Labrador coast, the Sea View Cottages and Restaurant is ideally located for travellers who prefer a cosy, self-contained option. We provide clean, comfortable, quality accomodation; perfect for a couple or small family looking for a short break or full family holiday.
St. John'sChes's on Topsail Road opened in 1987, bringing the great taste of Ches's to the west end of St. John's.
St. John'sPortobello's Restaurant is perched on Duckworth Street, overlooking St. John's Harbour.
GanderSinbad's Hotel and Suites has an elegant dining room with a stone fireplace in a sunken area which makes for a romantic setting for an evening out. The menu provides an extensive choice in fine dining and great wines.
St. John'sThe Hungry Heart Cafe is a socially responsible, licensed restaurant and caterer located at the iconic Rawlins Cross intersection in St. John's.