Best restaurants in Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Restaurants in Bonavista

    Bonavista Social Club

    Social Club's innovative meals are sourced on-site and served with a view to die for. From incredible wood-fired breads and pizzas to rhubarb lemonade and moose burgers with partridgeberry ketchup, the kitchen is on fire (literally; there's a wood-burning oven for those pizzas). The goats roaming the grounds provide milk for cheese, while the chickens lay the eggs. Reserve ahead.

  • Restaurants in St-Pierre & Miquelon

    Tiffin

    At this creative pan-Asian restaurant, there isn't a restaurant. Rather, you order set meals served in Indian-style tiffins – stackable metal lunchboxes – that you eat on the go. The meals span the Asian continent, ranging from garlic cauliflower and Indonesian gado gado (vegetable salad) to Vietnamese banh mi (baguette) laced with mint and coriander to coconut chicken and basmati rice.

  • Restaurants in St John's

    Chinched

    Quality dishes without the white-tablecloth pretense – think octopus tacos or Newfoundland wild mushroom risotto served in a warm, dark-wood room. On an ever-changing menu, meat figures prominently – don't skip the charcuterie boards or homemade pickles. The young chefs' creativity extends to the singular desserts (say, wild-nettle ice cream) and spirits (partridgeberry vodka) made in-house.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St Barbe to L'Anse aux Meadows

    Norseman Restaurant & Art Gallery

    This lovely waterfront outpost ranks among Newfoundland's best. Emphasizing local products and creative preparations, the menu will have you wavering between options such as perfectly grilled lamb chops, kale Caesar salad with Arctic char, seared scallops or tender Labrador caribou tenderloin. Espresso drinks are served and cocktails come chilled with iceberg ice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St John's

    Merchant Tavern

    An elegant tavern housed in a former bank building, this restaurant is a fine choice for a splurge. Gorgeous seafood stews, duck and lentils, and cod with parsnip make for near culinary perfection – just bear in mind this is a seasonal, changing menu (but always solid). Some seating faces the open-view kitchen – good for chatting with the cooks.

  • Restaurants in Fogo Island & Change Islands

    Fogo Island Inn Restaurant

    With sparkling sea views, this tiny gourmet eatery dishes up innovative three-course dinners sourced as locally as possible. The menu changes daily. Think delicate preparations of snow crab with sea salt, Prince Edward Island grass-fed beef, and rye ice cream with nettles. Nonguests should reserve at least three days ahead and park roadside, a five-minute walk from the inn.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ferryland

    Lighthouse Picnics

    Lighthouse Picnics has hit upon a winning concept: it provides a blanket and organic picnic meal (say, a curried chicken sandwich, mixed-green salad and lemonade from a Mason jar) that visitors wolf down while sitting in a field overlooking explosive ocean views. Reserve in advance.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bonavista

    Boreal Diner

    In a bright-red colonial house, this innovative restaurant manages what many others aspire to: creative, international takes on local Newfoundland ingredients. Thus crab pot stickers, cod in tarragon sauce, and polenta with wild mushroom stew are all potential options on the ever-shifting menu. It also does vegan and gluten free. Real espresso drinks keep you wired.

  • Restaurants in Gros Morne National Park

    Java Jack's

    Escape the tyranny of fried food and head to Jack's, the outpost for an artsy crowd into locally sourced fare. There's a vintage-but-hip vibe, and Gros Morne's best coffees, wraps and soups by day. At night, the upstairs dining room fills hungry post-hike bellies with fine seafood, caribou and vegetarian dishes. Greens come fresh from the property's organic garden.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St John's

    Piatto

    Offering a great night out without breaking the bank, cozy brick Piatto wood-fires pizza like nobody's business. Go trad or try a thin-crust pie topped with prosciutto, figs and balsamic. It's all good. There are nice fresh salads, wine and Italian cocktails. Children's books plus pizza and ice-cream specials for kids make this a good option for families.

  • Restaurants in Dildo

    Pitchers

    This supermarket – yes, supermarket! – has an attached hot kitchen that is not playing around. Their cheeseburgers are fantastic, the french fries are plump and golden and oily, the pizza is cheesy and gooey, and the poutine rich with an oily bite…and everything is super cheap. Located about 4km from Dildo proper. Note the kitchen closes around 9pm.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Port au Choix

    Anchor Cafe

    You can't miss this place – the front half is the bow of a boat – and don't, because it has great service and some of the best seafood on the Northern Peninsula. Perfect fries and cod, rich moose stew and original salads are served in cozy leather booths with lots of nautical-themed decorations. There's a kids' menu for the little ones.

  • Restaurants in St-Pierre & Miquelon

    Le Feu de Braise

    As French restaurants go, this one is wonderfully old-school, serving a master class in stick-to-your-ribs rural classic cuisine: steak in Roquefort sauce, duck breast, and grilled sausage in mustard sauce. Everything is delicious, and you'll have to roll yourself through the narrow streets after polishing off crème brûlée for dessert.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Trinity

    Twine Loft

    The upscale restaurant of the Artisan Inn serves a three-course, prix-fixe meal of local specialties, with wonderful seafood and wine selections guided by an in-house sommelier. Reservations are necessary, but you can also stop by for a sunset drink on the deck. Check the daily menu posted out front.

  • Restaurants in St John's

    Mallard Cottage

    A lot of restaurants give lip service to 'local and sustainable,' but this one is spot-on and devilishly good. The blackboard menu changes daily. Think turnips with yogurt and crispy shallots or brined duck with spaetzle and fried rosemary. The adorable Mallard Cottage, which dates from the 1750s, is a historical site in and of itself.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Twillingate Island & New World Island

    Doyle Sansome & Sons

    Head out of your way for this classic cash-only seafood spot, serving crisp cod, fish cakes with rhubarb relish, and fresh lobster. If it's a nice day, the dock seating provides a fine view. Don't be fooled by the name – a slew of friendly women cook here. The village of Hillgrade is about 17km from Twillingate.

  • Restaurants in Placentia

    Philip's Cafe

    A must pre- or post-ferry stop for yummy baked goods and creative sandwiches such as apple and sharp cheddar on molasses-raisin bread. The breakfasts are the stuff of legend around here; come early to skip the wait. Note that this spot may be closed or have reduced hours outside of summer.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St John's

    Adelaide Oyster House

    The Adelaide is a stylish sliver of a bar and restaurant where the specialty is small plates such as fish tacos, Kobe beef lettuce wraps topped with spicy kimchi, and, of course, fresh oysters from both coasts, plus some brick-strong cocktails to get the party started.

  • Restaurants in New-Wes-Valley

    Norton's Cove Cafe

    This gorgeous cafe boasts a light, airy interior, brilliant waterfront views, and a menu that takes enjoyable license with local cuisine; try cod with basmati rice and vegetables, or local squid stir-fried Korean style. On-site coffee and baked goods are excellent.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St Barbe to L'Anse aux Meadows

    Daily Catch

    A stylish little restaurant serving finely prepared seafood and wine. The basil-buttered salmon gets kudos. Fish cakes, crab au gratin and cod burgers also please the palate. There's live music on Wednesday nights during the summer.