Food & Dining

Roots, Rants & Roars Evening Event
Chef Chris Chafe at the King of Cod Event at Roots, Rants & Roars
Mark McCrow at the King of Cod Event at Roots, Rants & Roars
King of Cod Event at Roots, Rants & Roars
Auk Island Winery
Blueberry Pancakes on Change Islands
Growlers Homemade Icecream Shop on Fogo Island
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Traditional Newfoundland Cuisine
Mussels on Fogo Island
Picnic on Fogo Island
Roots, Rants and Roars Culinary Event - Chef Chris Chafe
King of Cod Event at Roots, Rants & Roars

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

King of Cod

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.

Bacalao Restaurant

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!

Unique Products

Iceberg Beer

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.

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Newfoundland Restaurant Reviews by Karl Wells

Starting at $389 Per Couple
Spend 3 days exploring the Bonavista Peninsula hiking trails including the world renowned Skerwink Trail. After a day of exploring relax in beautiful accommodations and dine by the water's edge in Trinity.

Includes 2 nights accommodation; continental breakfast each morning at the Twine Loft; 3 course dinners on both evenings at 7pm in the Twine Loft (recommended "Where to Eat in Canada" 2014-2015); a Mason Jar of Twine Loft Partridge Berry Jam & the Artisan Inn Postcard Collection.

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Artisan Inn & Twine Loft Restaurant

Starting at $1525 Per Night
Fogo Island's Partridgeberry Festival is the backdrop to Fogo Island Inn's long weekend coast to coast culinary collaborations and outdoor adventures with six of Canada's most notable chefs. They will gather over Thanksgiving to create an exquisite six-course feast. Featuring: Chef Dana Hauser, Fairmont Waterfront; Chef Lynn Crawford and Chef Lora Kirk, Ruby Watchco; Chef Emma Cardarelli, Nora Gray; Chef Katie Hayes, Bonavista Social Club and Chef Murray McDonald, Fogo Island Inn.

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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $4950 Per Person
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The tour company that brought you the original Eco-Culture Experience is back with a journey into the kitchens of our new cuisine. CapeRace has dreamed up 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the coastal foodie hotbed of St. John’s, the Bonavista Peninsula & the famed Fogo Island Inn. Emphasis is on the local- local inspirations and local people doing extraordinary things with traditional ingredients. Along the way you’ll see whales & icebergs, coastal villages & lighthouses.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $525 Per Couple
Relax for two nights in a King room at Sugar Hill Inn. Enjoy a dinner in our fine dining restaurant, Chanterelles. Explore Gros Morne for half a day with an experienced guide and return for a soak in the hot tub. Breakfast included.
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Sugar Hill Inn

Starting at $484 Per Couple
Recharge with a luxurious retreat and a creative workshop in the outstanding natural beauty of Gros Morne National Park. Enjoy two nights’ accommodations, and an evening of fine dining at the Sugar Hill Inn. Take time to explore the stunning surroundings and draw inspiration from nature, then take part in a fused glass workshop with glass artist Urve Manuel – where you will capture the memory in glass to bring home.
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Sugar Hill Inn

Starting at $669 Per Package
Let the majesty of Gros Morne National Park and the clear waters of Bonne Bay fill your soul and inspire you. Strengthen your body with yoga, dance and a nature walk. Spark your creativity with glass art and a cooking class. Enjoy the company of dynamic women such as Tina Coleman, Urve Mauel, Anita Best, Heather Harris-Cooper, Chef Joy Newman and Shirley Montague. Join us at the Neddies Harbour Inn and Black Spruce Restaurant. All you have to do is RELAX - This weekend is about you !
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Neddies Harbour Inn & Black Spruce Restaurant
  • Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park
  • (709) 458 3089
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Starting at $50 Per Person
Whale sightings are just a bonus with True North. While you gaze upon the rugged pristine scenery and scan the ocean, there's lots to do. Our provincially acclaimed singer/songwriter/culturalist will entertain with live music and stories about the rich history and culture of this special island. We start with all that and a snack but you might want to inquire about ocean fishing or a lobster dinner at sea, or even both. Only caution is that in all the excitement you may miss the whales!!
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True North Charters and Tours Inc.

Starting at $1275 Per Night
There are over 20 types of edible berries on Fogo Island. And that's not all. Rare lichens, herds of caribou and skittish partridges are just some of what you can expect to find on the island's barrens and hills. Look out for partridgeberries, marshberries, crowberries, whorts, bakeapples and blueberries and gather wood for a Fogo Island boil up. The berry season tradition of an outdoor fire, roasted salt fish, berry tarts and strong tea is the simplest yet most satisfying of feasts.
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Fogo Island Inn

 

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