St. John's Restaurants

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  • 1. Bannerman Brewing Co.

    $$ | Coffee

    Located in a former firehouse at the east end of Duckworth Street, this trendy beer and coffee bar makes an ideal place to chill at...

    Located in a former firehouse at the east end of Duckworth Street, this trendy beer and coffee bar makes an ideal place to chill at the end of your downtown explorations. The architecture features industrial elements like exposed beams and massive glass garage doors that open to an outdoor space in summer. The atmosphere is friendly and calming, a choice spot for work or for fun.

    90 Duckworth St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 1E7, Canada
    709-747–-2337

    Known For

    • Friendly and engaging staff
    • Communal tables are great for work meetups
    • Baked treats are irresistible
  • 2. Chinched Bistro

    $$

    This culinary diamond shines with innovative yet hearty food, whether you're dining in the sit-down restaurant or grabbing something from the take-out deli. With so...

    This culinary diamond shines with innovative yet hearty food, whether you're dining in the sit-down restaurant or grabbing something from the take-out deli. With so much perfect meat, seafood, and vegetables tucked into one tiny building, this is more than just a hidden gem. If the pork theme seems heavy, be assured the handling of flavors is light and responsive. With a small enough group, you can sit at the bar downstairs and enjoy delicious tapas.

    5 Bates Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 4B5, Canada
    709-722–3100

    Known For

    • Handcrafted charcuterie
    • House-infused spirits and cocktails
    • Pig-ear fries

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations essential
  • 3. Hungry Heart Café

    $$

    Open for breakfast and lunch, this café makes the perfect spot to take a break from touring and enjoy a variety of options like shrimp...

    Open for breakfast and lunch, this café makes the perfect spot to take a break from touring and enjoy a variety of options like shrimp pad thai, roast cauliflower soup, or any number of daily changing specials crafted by one of the most versatile chefs in Newfoundland. Under the umbrella of the nonprofit Stella's Circle, all revenue from the restaurant goes back into helping the most vulnerable in the community.

    142 Military Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 2E6, Canada
    709-738–6164

    Known For

    • Fresh salads
    • House-made desserts
    • Saturday brunch

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Mon. No dinner
  • 4. Mallard Cottage

    $$$

    Roaring fires, an open kitchen, and jars of homemade pickles lining the rafters set the scene in this renovated historic building in Quidi Vidi Village....

    Roaring fires, an open kitchen, and jars of homemade pickles lining the rafters set the scene in this renovated historic building in Quidi Vidi Village. The menu changes daily based on the best ingredients available from local sources and might include spit-roasted pork shoulder or tuna tartare, always accompanied by novel and succulent vegetable dishes. With an on-site sommelier, the wines and cocktails keep up with the food. On Sunday the restaurant has live music.

    8 Barrows Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1A 1G8, Canada
    709-237–7314

    Known For

    • On-site sommelier
    • Sunday brunch with live music
    • Fun beer garden

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. Nov.–May, Reservations essential
  • 5. Piatto Pizzeria and Enoteca

    $$

    Following standards set by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), Piatto’s pizza chefs (pizzaiolos) have been trained to prepare authentic Neapolitan pizza. The midtown location...

    Following standards set by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), Piatto’s pizza chefs (pizzaiolos) have been trained to prepare authentic Neapolitan pizza. The midtown location offers a contemporary setting that makes a popular lunch stop. Using choice ingredients, including a low-gluten flour, their classic and updated pizza treatments are delicious when enjoyed in-house, but you can also buy their make-at-home kits to enjoy the same fabulous pizza in the comfort of home.

    60 Elizabeth Ave., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1A 1W4, Canada
    709-726–0909

    Known For

    • Italian-style hand-pulled coffee
    • Decadent desserts
    • Pizza-and-salad lunch special
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  • 6. Raymonds

    $$$$

    Arguably the best restaurant in Canada today and one of the best in the world, Raymonds features classic Continental cuisine reimagined with local ingredients and...

    Arguably the best restaurant in Canada today and one of the best in the world, Raymonds features classic Continental cuisine reimagined with local ingredients and upgraded to the acme of perfection. The dining room is elegant and grand, with chandeliers overhead and city lights reflecting off the harbor through massive windows. For a more intimate evening, look into the bar which serves the same menu but in a softer, almost vintage, setting.

    95 Water St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
    709-579--5800

    Known For

    • <PRO>exquisite tasting menus</PRO>
    • <PRO>varied wine list</PRO>
    • <PRO>grand historic decor</PRO>

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. year-round and Mon. Oct.–May. No lunch, Reservations essential
  • 7. The Nook and Cannery

    $$

    This easygoing diner does a bustling lunch service in large part due to the personality and creativity of its owner, locally known as an innovative...

    This easygoing diner does a bustling lunch service in large part due to the personality and creativity of its owner, locally known as an innovative and improvisational chef. Enjoy casual fare with surprising ingredients in a space decorated with an eclectic mix of family photos, bottled preserves, and tabletops repurposed from old furniture and signage. Vegan, gluten-free, and meat-based options are available in generous portions.

    69 Harvey Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 2E9, Canada

    Known For

    • Friendly chats at the lunch counter
    • Massive chicken sandwiches with fun flavor twists
    • Gourmet-food quality at diner prices

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs., No reservations
  • 8. Bacalao

    $$$

    Sit back and relax in the cozy dining rooms of this converted old house and sample updated traditional fare. Bacalao, pronounced "back-allow," is Portuguese for...

    Sit back and relax in the cozy dining rooms of this converted old house and sample updated traditional fare. Bacalao, pronounced "back-allow," is Portuguese for "salted cod," a historic staple of Newfoundlanders and the Mediterraneans who came here to fish; a variation of it is featured every night. Other nouvelle-Newfoundland options include moose and caribou dishes, and mussels in Quidi Vidi Iceberg beer. Off-street parking keeps this spot attractive to its more suburban customer base.

    65 Lemarchant Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 2G9, Canada
    709-579–6565

    Known For

    • <PRO>local ingredients</PRO>
    • <PRO>famed salted cod</PRO>
    • <PRO>convenient parking</PRO>

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Reservations essential, Credit cards accepted
  • 9. Bagel Cafe

    $$

    The name belies the menu at this cozy spot on Duckworth Street where you can get excellent food for any meal of the day. Generous...

    The name belies the menu at this cozy spot on Duckworth Street where you can get excellent food for any meal of the day. Generous breakfast offerings bring local ingredients to traditional dishes. The with eclectic decor and soft lighting, the atmosphere is both relaxed and intimate. 

    246 Duckworth St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 1G8, Canada
    709-739–4470

    Known For

    • The "Newfoundland Benedict"
    • The menu has something for everyone
    • All-day breakfast
  • 10. Ches's

    $$ | Downtown

    This restaurant has been serving fish-and-chips to a steady stream of customers since the 1950s. They come from all walks of life to sample the...

    This restaurant has been serving fish-and-chips to a steady stream of customers since the 1950s. They come from all walks of life to sample the flaky fish fried in a batter whose recipe the owner keeps under lock and key (literally). The decor is strictly laminated tabletops and plastic chairs, but the fish is hot, fresh, and delicious.

    9 Freshwater Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 2N1, Canada
    709-722–2373

    Known For

    • Traditional fish-and-chips
    • Battered seafood platters
    • Large portions
  • 11. EVOO

    $$$

    EVOO combines the rustic surroundings of a gastro pub with Mediterranean-influenced fare. The menu offers seafood, vegan, and meat-based options and a good wine selection....

    EVOO combines the rustic surroundings of a gastro pub with Mediterranean-influenced fare. The menu offers seafood, vegan, and meat-based options and a good wine selection. Find them on the first floor of the historic Murray Premises, opening onto the courtyard.

    5 Beck’s Cove, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 6H1, Canada
    709-738-1011

    Known For

    • Excellent cocktails
    • Attentive service
    • Cozy candlelit atmosphere
  • 12. Green Kitchen

    $$

    Enjoy your vegan meal in this relaxing atmosphere with hardwood floors and natural lighting. This casual eatery offers plant-based fare with most elements made from...

    Enjoy your vegan meal in this relaxing atmosphere with hardwood floors and natural lighting. This casual eatery offers plant-based fare with most elements made from scratch with ethically sourced ingredients. 

    47 Harvey Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 2E9, Canada
    709-237–2223

    Known For

    • Delicious and healthy smoothies
    • Vegan children's menu
    • Cozy Sunday brunch

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 13. India Gate

    $$$ | Downtown

    Consistency and quality in service and food make this one of the busiest restaurants in St. John's. This family-owned business is the oldest Indian restaurant...

    Consistency and quality in service and food make this one of the busiest restaurants in St. John's. This family-owned business is the oldest Indian restaurant in the city, serving food prepared to order in a classic tandoori oven. In the evenings, the atmosphere is inviting and romantic.

    286 Duckworth St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 1H3, Canada
    709-753–6006

    Known For

    • Generous servings
    • Fresh-baked naan
    • Vegetarian dishes

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 14. Levain

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    A tiny whiff of Paris in the neighborhood of St. John's known by locals as the Fish 'n' Chips district, this bakery sells breads and...

    A tiny whiff of Paris in the neighborhood of St. John's known by locals as the Fish 'n' Chips district, this bakery sells breads and pastries made in the French style. While they don't provide full barista service, you can order a coffee to go. 

    77 Harvey Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 2E9, Canada

    Known For

    • Surprising flavor combinations
    • Decadent cinnamon rolls
    • Artisanal breads that look like works of art

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.
  • 15. Magnum & Steins

    $$$$

    Exposed stone walls, original paintings, and chic furnishings make for a serene (if dark) dining atmosphere in this restored heritage building right downtown. With two...

    Exposed stone walls, original paintings, and chic furnishings make for a serene (if dark) dining atmosphere in this restored heritage building right downtown. With two different menus (one for dinner, one for the bar) and a wine bar upstairs, this restaurant covers it all: the short but classic dinner menu features steak, seafood, lamb, and poultry while the bar menu displays some international influences. There's a lengthy international wine list with a decent selection available by the glass in addition to many cocktails.

    329 Duckworth St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 1H3, Canada
    709-576–6500

    Known For

    • Duck confit nachos
    • Happy-hour specials
    • Reservations usually not needed

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch
  • 16. Oppidan

    $$$$

    The Sheraton Hotel's main restaurant remains popular with out-of-town guests and an older crowd who know to appreciate on-site parking, quiet, and a classic menu...

    The Sheraton Hotel's main restaurant remains popular with out-of-town guests and an older crowd who know to appreciate on-site parking, quiet, and a classic menu in this increasingly loud and crowded downtown. Friendly, unobtrusive service distracts neither from the views nor the expertly prepared cuisine. In addition to lunch and dinner, an excellent hot and cold breakfast buffet is laid out until 1 pm daily.

    115 Cavendish Sq., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 3K2, Canada
    709-726–4980

    Known For

    • <PRO>tasty seafood chowder</PRO>
    • <PRO>great breakfast buffet</PRO>
    • <PRO>cod with scrunchions</PRO>

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch
  • 17. Pi Pizzeria

    $$$

    This gourmet pizza shop has been winning international competitions for years with their innovative thin-crust creations in a family-friendly, eclectic atmosphere. The ingredients on their...

    This gourmet pizza shop has been winning international competitions for years with their innovative thin-crust creations in a family-friendly, eclectic atmosphere. The ingredients on their signature pizzas may sound random, but the chef has all the golden ratios down and the taste is perfect.

    10 Kings Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 3P1, Canada
    709-726–2000

    Known For

    • Unusual specialty pizzas
    • Fantastic Caesar salads
    • Tortellini in spicy sauce

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Tues., Reservations encouraged
  • 18. The Sprout–Poyo

    $$

    This stalwart vegetarian spot, beloved by vegetable and meat-eaters alike, offers counter service and comfortable seating by day and a lively after-hours scene by night...

    This stalwart vegetarian spot, beloved by vegetable and meat-eaters alike, offers counter service and comfortable seating by day and a lively after-hours scene by night that sees diners lining up for late-night tacos. Local artists and craftspeople display their creations on the walls, and there are plenty of gluten-free options in addition to beer, wine, and house-made sangria.

    364 Duckworth St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 1H5, Canada
    709-579–5485

    Known For

    • Excellent vegetarian chili
    • Tasty avocado sandwich
    • Nouvelle tacos

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Mon.
  • 19. Toslow

    $ | Coffee

    A youthful place with two different energies, Toslow serves coffee and light breakfast fare in the mornings, then at night switches to a dinner menu...

    A youthful place with two different energies, Toslow serves coffee and light breakfast fare in the mornings, then at night switches to a dinner menu with bar service. Whatever time of day, you're sure to get delicious offerings prepared with local, seasonal ingredients. With a playful decor using antique pieces, the windows provide a view of St. John's Harbour and the Narrows.

    108 Duckworth St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 1E8, Canada
    709-400–6655

    Known For

    • Hand-written menus shared daily on Instagram
    • A cheeky antique chesterfield
    • Gorgeous fruit pastries

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.
  • 20. Bianca

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    This restaurant is known for its fine wines and its unique process for selecting them: patrons walk over to the racks and choose the one...

    This restaurant is known for its fine wines and its unique process for selecting them: patrons walk over to the racks and choose the one they want; the prices are on the bottles. If you don't know what you want, Bianca herself might be around to help. Her spacious restaurant, painted purple and brightened by a few well-chosen pieces of art, fronts Water Street, and panels of sheer purple hang in the windows, providing privacy by day and offering an attractive, hazily surrealistic view of passers-by at night. Seafood is the specialty—blackened salmon with chorizo, shrimp, and mussels or lobster tagliatelle with a cognac-and-lobster reduction, for instance—but the menu always includes other options, such as rack of lamb with Moroccan spices and caramelized onions.

    171 Water St., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C 1A9, Canada
    709-726–9016

    Known For

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch weekends, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

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