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Mar 29, 2011 11:23 AM

Where to eat dinner in Saint John?

Staying in Saint John for one night at the Holiday Inn Express. I've have done been impressed with dining selections so far. Can anyone recommend an interesting dining experience for a solo traveler? I'm not vegetarian, but would prefer not to go to a steakhouse.


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  1. I've eaten at Lemongrass twice and loved it. The food was fantastic (firecracker shrimp, moneybags, golden curry, basil chicken), the service is attentive, the space is lovely.

    Also, there is (used to be?) a cute little Guatemalan place nearby...

    ETA: See also

    1 Market Square, St John, NB E2L 0B8, CA

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    1. re: tempest in a teapot

      Tempest, thank you so much for replying. Looks like it's a tossup between Lemongrass and Opera.

      1. re: fundymermaid

        There's also the Bourbon Quarter that opened only one year ago. They have an exposed kitchen and great blues every once in a while. The Alehouse just close to Lemongrass has great fare too and much of the food is grown by the chef himself not far from the city.

        And the Guatemalan place, Taco Pica, is still there on Germain St.

    2. I'm bumping this topic for any updated information on dining in Saint John, New Brunswick, where I will be passing through on a trip this coming July. We'll probably stop there overnight, so we're probably looking for one dinner and maybe one breakfast. We might hit the City Market for lunch - good idea?

      I've seen the numerous recommendations for Lemongrass, here and in other topics.

      I also noticed a message on the Opera Bistro website at announcing their return for a new experience at their former venue. I'm not sure what that means.

      I'd welcome any additional info and recommendations about these and other restaurants in Saint John. Not worried about price, no dietary restrictions, we like many different foods, and would be particularly interested in places that do justice to the abundant local seafood. TIA!