Destination St. John’s offers a guide to dining in St. John’s that ranges from pub food to fine dining. We have also called on some of our planning committee to suggest some of their favourite locations. Be sure to check back as we add more recommendations from our local experts!
Come have a meal in one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America, and an excellent example of 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style. The menu, created by Chef and Owner Todd Perrin, features locally-sourced game, seafood and produce. The heritage building has been meticulously restored, and is nestled into scenic Quidi Vidi, a former fishing village. Don’t miss the brunch dessert table, an all-you-can-eat decadent affair of cakes, breads and muffins, including some traditional Newfoundland ingredients like molasses and blueberries! Reservations are a must, although there is open seating at the bar.
With a delicious mix of innovative and classic cuisine, the menu at this downtown restaurant is a only outclassed by the incredible view from the dining room. Overlooking the St. John’s Narrows, a table by the window is a must for first-time visitors, but will require a reservation. The head chef is trained in classical French cuisine, but the menu is varied with something for every meat-eater and seafood-lover. There is an emphasis on local fare in the appetizers and entrees, but there is a solid variety of other options making this is a great choice for a group dinner on the town. The staff is quite knowledgeable and usually has great recommendations for wine pairings.
The first restaurant of its kind in St. John’s, Bacalao’s “Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine” is a celebration of Newfoundland food and culture. Combining traditional Newfoundland flavors with innovative combinations and presentations, Bacalao partners with other Newfoundland food producers to offer creations that are local, sustainable, and delicious. Come savour pan-seared, sustainably caught cod, house-made moose sausages, or their eponymous bacalao (salt cod) with local braised pork belly and cranberry-barely risotto. Located in a converted house in St. John’s with four cozy fireplace dining rooms, the atmosphere at Bacalao is always warm and inviting, and the owners and staff will welcome you like long lost family, finally home for dinner. Visit Bacalao, and experience the best of Newfoundland cuisine in an elegant and authentic atmosphere.
Check out this new Gastropub on Duckworth from local chef Mark McCrowe. With a beautiful but casual atmosphere and friendly staff, you can easily enjoy local twists on pub and steakhouse fare. The Club’s menu showcases local businesses and NL culture, with items like Halliday’s blood puddings, the Club burger (made with fried moose bologna and ground chuck, topped with salt beef slaw), and Oysters Rocky Harbour (served with salt beef, greens, and savory dressing). The Club’s Oyster and Raw bar is a must try with specialties like steak tartare served with hickory sticks as well as dill, beet and Iceberg vodka marinated smoked salmon. For the vegetarians and vegans in the crowd, simply ask what’s available when you arrive (options have included Asian vegetable stir fry and amazing portobello burgers). To wet your whistle, enjoy the line-up of local Quidi Vidi draught beers or try one of The Club’s unique drinks, including the Humphy Dumphy – Newfie screech and pineapple crush on da rocks!