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St. John's area restaurants: 2011

sinjawns Aug 14, 2011 07:58 AM

I see that much of the information on dining options in Newfoundland is out of date, and a few people have asked for info and had no response.

I'll start by offering a few options and hope that others join in. I'll add more as time permits.

True, Newfoundland is not exactly a culinary paradise, but here are the better of the lot, in my opinion:

Fine Dining:
- Raymonds, Water Street
Very expensive, dinner only, bar (but with the same menu/prices as the dining room), reservations almost always essential. Excellent service, very high prices. They make a valiant attempt to use local products in an area where farmers and food producers are scarce. Seafood options; tasting menu. Excellent service-- friendly but not too friendly. Nice view of the harbour. Expect to pay $100-$150 per person with wine. In my experience, the food tends to be overly salted.

Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca, Duckworth Street
Genuine Neopolitan pizza (they have the certification...) in a very pleasant environment; bar upstairs. Expect to pay $35 per person for pizza, wine and dessert. No reservations; open for lunch and dinner.

Bakery and Cafe:
Rocket, Water Street
Excellent bakery and coffee shop with some grocery items and some prepared foods. Croissants, cakes, focaccia etc. Some gluten-free options. Self-service. Tables to eat in; live music on occasion.

Lighthouse Picnics, Ferryland
Exceptional homemade food in a spectacular setting. 25 minute walk to the lighthouse. Seating inside in the event of bad weather; otherwise, they provide the blanket and the basket and you may see whales cavorting offshore. About $25 per person.

Hungry Heart Cafe, Military Road, St. John's
A beautiful bright room; lunch on weekdays, brunch on Sunday. Non-profit enterprise that offers. along with excellent food, training and employment programs for adults. Some gluten-free. No seafood/ fish, and no alcohol. Reservations often necessary. About $20 per person for lunch.

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    frugalbass Aug 15, 2011 07:42 AM


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    1. re: frugalbass
      sinjawns Aug 15, 2011 07:56 AM

      not in this town, surely?

      1. re: sinjawns
        frugalbass Aug 15, 2011 08:09 AM

        sorry wrong post. not sure how I ended up across the border.

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