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 $225 Per Person
Relax and unwind with 2 nights at our ocean front, charming, Heritage Inn. Laugh with new friends and learn traditions of the area as you settle in for a 3-4 hr lobster cooking adventure! In a small group you will learn lobster cooking and eating techniques as you bake fresh homemade bread. Sit at our Captain's Table to savour its sweet, succulent flavour; drizzled with melted butter. The next morning enjoy storytelling over homemade breakfast. A truly delicious and memorable food experience!
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A Schooner Inn

Starting at $229.99 Per Person
Your guide slows the boat as you pass Cpt. Kelly's Island learning of pirates and early settlers to the area. Nearing Bell Island he tells you stories of iron ore mining, German subs and WWII shipwrecks. On this rugged adventure, you feel the culture, history, and heritage, a true sense of place. On the beach, you meet your chef, with an amazing spread of seafood laid out that they call a Boil Up. You are overwhelmed with the smell of fish, home-made treats, and colorful wild edibles.
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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $5990 Per Person
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Unique culinary experiences of St. John's & the Fogo Island Inn are combined with winter outdoor activities such as caribou tracking, storm watching, coastal hiking and skating on frozen ponds. Fantastic east coast music, fiddles, accordions and belly-laughs in warm friendly pubs. 3 nights in St. John's in the Outer Battery Village, 2 meals at leading restaurants, winter hike & traditional outdoor boil-up. 3 nights at the Fogo Island Inn, all Inn meals, rental vehicle for 4.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $1575 Per Night
Have yourself a different kind of Christmas this year. Join us for Newfoundland traditions like special Tibb’s Eve libation and centuries-old mummering, Christmas crafting, carolling and caribou watching, gingerbread houses and Christmas baking, tree decorating and lazy hours of film watching in the cinema. Christmas here is for old-fashioned people of all ages. It is Christmas as it should be- safely tucked away from even the tiniest of malls. All meals are included.
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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $599 Per Couple
Located in scenic Green's Harbour, just an hour from St. John's, The Doctor's House is the perfect spot to get away and re-connect.

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.

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The Doctor's House Inn & Spa

Starting at $225 Per Person
Feel the salt water breezes as you relax in our seaside Inn for 2 nights. Laugh and jig your way into a 3-4 hour crab lovers escape in your bib and schooner hat.

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.

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A Schooner Inn

Starting at $3000.00 Per Couple
Experience wild Newfoundland & Labrador and dive deep into our cuisine. This 3 night experience is for the food enthusiast who is interested in a rustic ocean-side experience to discover a place through it's people, it's culture and it's food.

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.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $325 Per Person
Discover a shared cooking and dining experience and spend the night at the beautiful Compton House Heritage Inn, just minutes from the downtown core in what was once the old St. John’s country. Whether you are a well-seasoned cook or a food enthusiast, we all continue to learn and I am sure we have a class to inspire you. Our classes are a mix of demonstration and hands-on and explore everything from traditional Newfoundland fare to breads and pastas, cheese making, charcuterie and butchery.
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Cod Sounds & Compton House

Starting at $379 Per Couple
Welcome Spring with a romantic fling!

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!

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The Doctor's House Inn & Spa

Starting at $429 Per Couple
Check in to one of Leaside's suites and unwind with a glass of bubbly. Await your chauffeur who will take you through scenic downtown St John's in to Quidi Vidi. You will enjoy a meal at Mallard Cottage, a one of a kind venue that showcases the provinces' vast array of wild game, seafood & produce. Later you will return to your inn where you can enjoy the rest of the evening huddled near the fireplace. The next morning awake to a hot breakfast served bedside.
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Leaside Manor

Starting at $87.00 Per Person
Our evening food tour showcases the historic seaside community of Woody Point and features a uniquely Newfoundland menu from the top food destinations. The 3 course progressive meal focuses on fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Three stops complemented with plenty of local stories and insight can make for the perfect end to a unforgettable day or the start of a memorable night!
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Taste of Gros Morne

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 $65 Per Person
Dining in Atlantic Canada's tallest lighthouse is something that hasn't been experienced for more than 50 years. This year Tour Labrador in partnership with Provincial Historic Sites are offering exclusive Friday night opportunities to dine at Point Amour Lighthouse.

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.

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Tour Labrador

Starting at $140.00 Per Person
Experience wild Newfoundland and Labrador through our unwritten food history. The people of our province have been hunters and gathers for hundreds of years. In this 3-4 hour experience we will forage the beaches, the woods and the sea, tasting and learning along the way. Our excursion ends when we get a fire going on the beach and have what has always been known to us as a traditional boil-up. Be it cod, mussels, arctic char or smoked mackerel we will taste the land and sea at it's finest.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $4595 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 $379 Per Couple
Unwind in a luxurious double sized Jacuzzi while you sip on a glass of bubbly and indulge in some chocolate covered strawberies . Then head over to Spirit of Newfoundland Theater, where you'll be served a three course meal and enjoy the superb performances of Spirit of Newfoundland's cast. After the show, come back to a Leaside property to enjoy a night of complete romance. In the morning, enjoy a sumptuous hot breakfast
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Monastery Spa & Suites

Starting at $119.99 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
Flummies, Trappers Bread, a mainstay on the trap line. Learn how to cook this traditional Labrador food the way the trappers used to do. A unique experience you won't want to miss. Flummies and bakeapple sauce cooked at the base of “Black Head” on the sandy shoreline where the community of Cartwright began. The American Forces landed here to scout the location of their Radar Site which operated in the 50’s. View the Atlantic Ocean, smell the salt water, taste the Flummie you cooked.
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