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
Lobster Feast in Western
Après Skiing, Corner Brook
A Couple Dining
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 $114 Per Person
Our most popular food tour featuring 4 of Gros Morne's top rated restaurants. Enjoy the freshest local seafood, smell the garden grown herbs, and savour the sweetness of handpicked berries during this 4 course meal. We have also paired the perfect wines to accompany each course and enhance your dining experience. We include all the ingredients for a great evening; local food, first class service and fun guides...we’ll even pick you up!*
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Taste of Gros Morne

Starting at $100 Per Person
Indulge your senses with a guided hike on the award winning Skerwink Trail, followed by a delicious meal at the Twine Loft.

Join Trinity Bay Tours on this breathtaking coastal trail, where you will enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the rich Boreal Forest and stunning coastline. After the hike, enjoy a fabulous dinner in the converted fishing rooms of the Twine Loft. Lounge with a specialty rhubarb cocktail on their deck, and enjoy stunning views of the water and surrounding bay.

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Trinity Bay Tours

Starting at $5 Per Person
Take a step back through time as you enjoy a leisurely walk along the rugged coastline on the Bay Roberts Heritage Walking Trail. The guide will take you on a journey to yesteryear as participants are treated to short dramatizations of historic activity in rural Newfoundland. The 40-minute hike finishes at a fisherman's shed where you will be entertained by local musicians and sample toutons, a local culinary delight with refreshments.
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Guided Walks of Bay Roberts

Starting at $59.99 Per Person
Join us on the beach for one of Newfoundland and Labradors most treasured traditions; the boil-up. For those of you that have never heard the term before, it’s simply means a spot of lunch or tea cooked up over an open fire. We will sit around the fire and appreciate the beauty in our surroundings while you are shown how to prepare some of our traditional foods; all the while telling you stories and traditions around the food of our province.
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Cod Sounds

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Treat your lover to a romantic luxury riverfront getaway on the largest and longest river in Newfoundland. Start your evening with a delightful meal at one of Central Newfoundland’s finest restaurants, 48 High. Then, retreat to your cozy luxury chalet with a beautiful scenic view of the Exploits River. Throw on a robe and take a short stroll through the garden to unwind in the outdoor saltwater hot tub or relax in your private indoor Jacuzzi.
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Riverfront Chalets

Starting at $25 Per Person
The Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe on Signal Hill, in partnership with Signal Hill National Historic Site, is offering a picnic lunch package to be enjoyed along the wind swept cliffs of Signal Hill. Watch whales frolic offshore and icebergs drift past in season. Choose from a selection of sandwiches and beverages - not to mention sweet treats, including homemade gelato, chocolate fondue, gourmet hot chocolate and a selection of brownies, cakes and pastries. Oh my!

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Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Starting at $1860 Per Person
Multi-region
Culinary Getaway to St. John's. A compact extended weekend full of great food, local music and outdoor fresh-air adventures all within the city limits. Arrive Thursday, experience 3 nights of culinary intrigue, great coastal hiking and walking and a unique music scene unmatched anywhere. We’ve made the hard-to-secure reservations, booked your car and prepared Hares Ears Cottage located in the Outer Battery Village; a spot that Conde Nast Traveler calls "The Most Beautiful Place in Canada".

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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $125 Per Person
Let Lori guide you through the streets of downtown St. John’s with a food tour that takes you to four of the best restaurants this city has to offer. At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to taste their specially selected offerings alongside a paired beverage.

Lori has worked as a chef in this city, she has run her own personal chef business and these days you’ll find her foraging and offering cooking classes. To say the least, she has an inside experience to offer you.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $4275 Per Person
Multi-region
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.

 

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