Where To Eat in St. John’s, Newfoundland: 12 Best Restaurants’ Dishes

Aside from the many things to do in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the other thing I loved about the city is its food scene. This food guide covers where to eat and what to order from some of the best restaurants in St. John’s.

There are so many places to eat in St. John’s, some of which are listed in Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants! One thing I love to do as a Travelling Foodie is to do what I call a Food Trip where I do a restaurant crawl to try one or two dishes that stand out.

In this guide, you’ll find the must-try food from different St. John’s Restaurants that were most memorable to me and do not compete with the other dishes in the list. Now you can do your own food crawl on some of the best restaurants in St. John’s!

Also Read: Best Things To Do in St. John’s, Newfoundland


Arancini at Evoo in the Courtyard

Located in the courtyard of the historic Murray Premises Hotel, Evoo‘s arancini gave an explosion of flavours in one ball! The crispy risotto croquette had oxtail, peas, wild mushroom and mozzarella, pomodoro sauce, Grana Padano.

Arancini at Evoo in the Courtyard in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Website / Address: 315 Water St, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 1B9


Buffalo Pig Ears at Chinched Restaurant & Deli

Supporting local farms, producers and harvesters, Chinched Restaurant and Deli seriously impressed me with their Buffalo Pig Ears, one of the most addicting bar food there I’ve had,

You’ll definitely want to pair the Buffalo Pig Ears with an ice cold beer or their signature cocktails!

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Omg! So addicting! So crunchy with a spicy and tangy flavour from the Buffalo sauce! Perfect with beer! Reminds me of what we eat in the Philippines called Sisig. || @ChinchedBistro | Buffalo Pig Ears | St. John's, Newfoundland | $10 _____ Chinched Bistro offers a creative dining experience with a focus on hand crafted gourmet food prepared with traditional preservation techniques, sustainable methods and whole animal butchery. _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #ChinchedBistro _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #sponsored #nl #LoveStJohns #livetoeat #nlfood #chefsofinstagram #simplepleasures#simplethings #petitejoys #thehappynow #foodie #foodblog#beautifulcuisines #dailyfoodfeed #vscofood #thatsDarling#myfab5 #getinmybelly #lovefood #onmyplate

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Website / Address: 5 Bates Hill, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 4B5


Coconut Red Curry Mussels at YellowBelly Brewery and Public House

A historic site, brewery and restaurant, YellowBelly Brewery and Public House served one of the best mussels I’ve had (and this comment includes mussels I’ve tried in Belgium).

Be sure to catch the chefs working in the “open concept” dining room, and have some of their beers to go with your meal!

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Did you know? YellowBelly Brewery and Public House was featured in @YouGottaEatHere. And after eating here, I can attest: YOU GOTTA EAT HERE. || YellowBelly Brewery and Public House | Calamari, Coconut Curry Mussels and Beer Flight | St. John's, Newfoundland | $14, $18, $8.75 _____ YellowBelly Brewery and Public House was featured by @JohnCatucci in @YouGottaEatHere of @FoodNetworkCA _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #YellowBellyBrewery _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #yyt #nl #LoveStJohns #nlfood #onmytable#foodoftheday #visualoflife #ilovefood #littlestoriesofmylife #starvingfoodseeker  #alwayshungry #imhungry #wineanddine #dine #instayummy #yummyfood #eatlocal #sponsored #deliciousfood #deliciousness

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Website / Address: 288 Water St, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 5J9


Fish and Chips at Ches’s Fish and Chips

Serving Newfoundland & Labrador’s fish and chips for over 60 years, Ches’s stands out with their perfect batter on fresh fish and fresh-cut potatoes. Need I say more?

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One of the best places for fish and chips! This seafood Sunday special also comes with big scallops and shrimps! The only thing bad is it's missing calamari 🙊|| Ches's Fish and Chips | Seafood Sunday | St. John's, Newfoundland | $12.98 | 1 pc fish, scallops, shrimps and fries + 1 extra fish for 4.98 _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #ChesFishNChips _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #yyt #nl #LoveStJohns #foodblog #nlfood #eatbetter #instaeat #eatstagram #eater #eatfresh #eatgood #letseat #eats #eatlocal #tastes #tastespotting #tastegood #goodtaste #tasteintravel #gastronogram

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Website / Address: 9 Freshwater Rd, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 2N1

Also Read: Olde Yorke, Best Fish and Chips in Toronto


[CLOSED] Lobster and Snow Crab Salad from Bacalao

One of the best restaurants in St. John’s serving authentic Newfoundland cuisine, Bacalao served me the only salad I can eat everyday and will crave every day! And that’s their Lobster and Snow Crab Salad.


Lobster Roll from Chafe’s Landing

Located in the oldest house in Petty Harbour, just minutes from St. John’s, Chafe’s Landing got me with their fresh and flavourful lobster roll with overflowing chunks of lobster.

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Tbt to this delicious Lobster Roll at @ChafesLanding! Did you know? Lobsters aren't red. They turn red when cooked, but in nature they can be green or yellow or even bright blue. | Chafe's Landing | Lobster Roll | St. John's, Newfoundland _____ Did you know? Chafe's Landing was featured by @JohnCatucci in @YouGottaEatHere! _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #ChafesLanding _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #lobsterroll #Newfoundland #StJohns #nl #lobsters #livetoeat #nlfood #chefsofinstagram #simplepleasures#simplethings #petitejoys #thehappynow #foodie #foodblog#beautifulcuisines #dailyfoodfeed #vscofood #thatsDarling#myfab#getinmybelly #lovefood #handinframe

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Website / Address: 11 Main Rd, Petty Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador A0A 3H0


Octopus Saam at The Adelaide Oyster House

The first restaurant in Newfoundland to server locally grown oysters, Adelaide Oyster House has some very delicious eats.

Aside from the obvious oysters, it was my first time having Octopus Saam and I loved it. Perfectly crispy octopus!

Octopus Saam at Adelaide Oyster House in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Website / Address: 334 Water St, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 1C1

Also Read: Nova Scotia Food Guide


Pan Fried Cod at Magnum and Steins

With a focus on fresh seasonal local food in downtown St. John’s at The Duckworth Hotel, Magnum & Steins impressed me with their unique and creative Pan Fried Cod. The chorizo sauce was amazing on the cod.

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This was such a creative dish. The chorizo cream sauce was just amazing with the cod. And mixing it with some fresh guac, enhanced the flavour. Creative and refreshing take on cod! Kudos to Chef Leon John (@majoccandycane) on this one! || @MagnumAndSteins | Pan Fried Cod | St. John's, Newfoundland | Pan Roasted Baby Potatoes, Forest Mushrooms, Caramelized Shallots, House Cured Bacon, Chorizo Cream Sauce, Pureed Avocado. Paired with Cloudline Pinot Noir wine _____ Magnum and Steins is Canadian restaurant, wine bar & lounge at The Duckworth offering creative dining with seasonal fare & an intimate vibe. _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #MagnumAndSteins _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #yyt #nl #LoveStJohns #foodblog #nlfood #sponsored #instaeat #eatstagram #eater #eatfresh #eatgood #letseat #eats #eatlocal #tastes #tastespotting #tastegood #goodtaste #tasteintravel #cheflife

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Website / Address: 329 Duckworth St, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 1H3


Scallops from Raymonds Restaurant

With Newfoundland and Labrador having access to some of the best seafood, wild game, and produce in the world, the tasting menu at Raymonds Restaurant is a must! It’s one of the best tasting menus I’ve had in Canada and I’ve tried a lot.

Raymonds Restaurant is definitely one of the best restaurants in St. John’s for me, and it was also in Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants in 2016.

In terms of specific dish, Raymond Restaurant had one of the most flavourful scallop I’ve had.

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Tbt to dining at @Raymondsnl where I had one of the best scallop dish I had: Parsnip purée, shallot, smoked roe, seaweed beurre blanc || Raymonds | Scallop | St. John's, Newfoundland |🍷 Pair: Pearl Morissette, Riesling "Cuvee Black Ball", Niagara, 2013 _____ Raymonds is No. 11 in Canada's Best 100 Restaurants. _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #RaymondsRestaurant _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #yyt #nl #LoveStJohns #foodblog #nlfood #instaeat #eatstagram #eater #eatfresh #seafoods #scallops #worldsbest #eatlocal #tastes #tastespotting #tastegood #goodtaste #tasteintravel #cheflife

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Website / Address: 95 Water St, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 1A4

Also Read: The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette in Jordan Station, Ontario


[CLOSED] Shrimp Diavollo at Tavola on Water

Owned by a Canadian musician Bob Hallett from popular folk rock band, Great Big Sea, Tavola on Water served one of the best shrimp dishes I’ve eaten! Full of flavour without overpowering the shrimp taste.

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These shrimps are 👿 devilishly delicious! 👌|| @Tavola_On_Water | Shrimp Diavollo | St. John's, Newfoundland | $15 | Sautéed in sambal with ginger and honey _____ Tavola’s food is playful and original, drawing on the finest traditional techniques, but embracing local products and purveyors, reinventing small plates and larger meals dishes for a modern Newfoundland. _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #TavolaOnWater _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #yyt #nl #LoveStJohns #livetoeat #nlfood #chefsofinstagram #simplepleasures#simplethings #petitejoys #thehappynow #foodie #foodblog#beautifulcuisines #dailyfoodfeed #vscofood #thatsDarling#myfab5 #sponsored #lovefood #onmyplate

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Seafood Crepe from Mallard Cottage

Another one of Canada’s best restaurants located inside a historic cottage, Mallard Cottage specializes in Newfoundland & Labrador’s seafood and wild game.

The Seafood Crepe at Mallard Cottage is one of the best savoury crepes I’ve had. It’s a seafood lover’s dream crepe right here!

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What are you having for breakfast? I wish I'm having this for breakfast right now! || @MallardCottage | Seafood Crepe | St. John's, Newfoundland _____ Mallard Cottage showcases the provinces’ vast array of wild game, seafood & produce, displayed alongside a vital piece of Newfoundlands built heritage. It's run by Chef Todd Perri (@MallardCottageChef) and is No. 22 in Canada's Best 100 Restaurants in 2016 (@CanadasBest100). _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #MallardCottage _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #sponsored #nl #LoveStJohns #livetoeat #nlfood #chefsofinstagram #simplepleasures#simplethings #petitejoys #thehappynow #foodie #foodblog#beautifulcuisines #dailyfoodfeed #vscofood #thatsDarling#myfab5 #getinmybelly #lovefood #onmyplate

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Website / Address: 8 Barrows Rd, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1A 1G8

Also Read: Alo Restaurant, Toronto’s Best Tasting Menu Restaurant


DESSERT: Pavlova from Chinched Restaurant & Deli

Because there’s always room for dessert! Chinched Restaurant & Deli served my favourite dessert in St. John’s. Their Pavlova is like eating clouds!

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☁ It's like eating fluffy clouds! || @ChinchedBistro | Pavlova | St. John's, Newfoundland | Newfoundland wild berries, whipped cream, Michelle's granola _____ Chinched Bistro offers a creative dining experience with a focus on hand crafted gourmet food prepared with traditional preservation techniques, sustainable methods and whole animal butchery. _____ Follow My Travel and Nature IG: @TravellingFoodieExplores _____ #TravellingFoodie #TravellingFoodieEatsAndDrinks #TravellingFoodieDoesNewfoundland #ChinchedBistro _____ #newfoundlandandlabrador #newfoundlander #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada #Newfoundland #StJohns #yyt #nl #LoveStJohns #foodblog #nlfood #sponsored #instaeat #eatstagram #eater #eatfresh #eatgood #letseat #eats #eatlocal #tastes #tastespotting #tastegood #goodtaste #tasteintravel #cheflife

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Website / Address: 5 Bates Hill, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador A1C 4B5


MAP: Where To Eat in St. John’s

Hope this food guide helps you decide where to eat and what to order in St. John’s, Newfoundland!

I’m always down to try new places to eat & drink. As food is subjective, please let me know what you find are the best restaurants in St. John’s so I can check them out for my next visit!