St John's restaurants

Top Choice Canadian in St John's

Merchant Tavern

An elegant tavern housed in a former bank building, Merchant shares its chef with Canadian top-tier restaurant Raymond's, but without the $400 price tag. Gorgeous seafood stews, grilled local lamb sausage and cod wi…
Top Choice International in St John's

Adelaide Oyster House

For a boisterous, busy happy hour it would be hard to do better than the Adelaide, a stylish sliver of a bar and restaurant in the thick of things. Its specialty is small plates such as fish tacos, Kobe beef lettuce…
Top Choice Cafe in St John's

Battery Cafe

This Aussie-run espresso bar and cafe brews the finest cup in town; there are also good sandwiches and baked goods. Has outdoor picnic-table seating in good weather.
Canadian in St John's


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 …
Canadian in St John's

Reluctant Chef

The reluctant-but-passionate Jonathan Schwartz creates lovingly prepared, five-course meals for an intimate room. The dishes always vary, but may include originals like duck in dandelion broth or a rhubarb and sorre…
Canadian 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 spaet…
Canadian in St John's


Cozy Bacalao sources local, sustainable ingredients for its 'nouvelle Newfoundland cuisine.' Dishes include salt cod du jour and caribou in partridgeberry sauce, washed down by local beer and wines. It's located 1.5…
Pizza in St John's


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 proscuitto, figs and balsamic. It's all good. There are ni…
Cafe in St John's

Fixed Coffee & Baking

Hipster haven Fixed pours the city's best hot chocolate and mighty fine coffee and chai, plus it's cheaper than elsewhere. Housemade bagels and breads add to the divine aroma.
Vegetarian in St John's


Full-on vegetarian food is almost unheard of in Newfoundland. Sprout offers both vegan and gluten-free options. So take a seat in this small cafe and savor your marinated tofu burger, walnut-pesto-melt sandwich and …