Downtown Dartmouth proudly offers much more than just great views of the Halifax Harbour. (Among other great qualities) Dartmouth boasts a thriving culinary landscape that promises to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Join us as we explore some of the best establishments “The Darkside” of the bridge has to offer in this list of the top ten restaurants in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Canteen

Elevating comfort food to an art form, The Canteen takes you on a delectable journey with its locally sourced ingredients and innovative twists on classics. From brunch delights to elegant dinners, each dish is a masterpiece. Even those who don’t “love” The Canteen are willing to admit it’s a local favourite.

22 Portland St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G9
Photo of the bar at The Canteen in Dartmouth

Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery Craft

Beer aficionados and foodies unite at Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery. Indulge in a diverse selection of craft brews that perfectly complement their mouthwatering dishes, all in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. A sister to the beloved Halifax eatery “The Brooklyn Wearhouse,” Battery Park has been a must for the Downtown Dartmouth folks since opening its doors, and it’s one we never tire of.

62 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1C2
Bar taps at Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery

Evan’s Fresh Seafoods & Restaurant

A true seafood haven, Evan’s Fresh Seafoods & Restaurant brings you the essence of Dartmouth’s coastal charm. Delight in the catch of the day transformed into culinary wonders that celebrate the region’s maritime heritage. This unassuming spot has remained a local secret, despite rave reviews and admiration from those stopping in for a fish burger. Did we mention they have fantastic Gluten-free options? Because they absolutely do!

Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y

The Wooden Monkey

With a commitment to sustainability and local sourcing, The Wooden Monkey offers a diverse menu of organic, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options—experience guilt-free indulgence in a warm and inviting environment.

Terminal, Above Ferry, 40 Alderney Dr #305
The Wooden Monkey at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth

Celtic Corner Public House

Step into the heart of Dartmouth’s Celtic spirit at Celtic Corner Public House. Experience traditional Maritime hospitality while enjoying Irish-inspired cuisine and live music in a lively and spirited setting. A staple of the Downtown Dartmouth experience.

69 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N7
The bar at Celtic Corner Public House

Souper Duper Soup

Warm your soul with a visit to Souper Duper Soup. This cozy spot offers an array of hearty and flavorful soups and other delicious comfort food options that are perfect for any weather. From classic favourites to creative blends, each spoonful is a delight that will keep you coming back for more.

156 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1E1

Side Hustle Snack Bar

Indulge in unique and compelling flavours at Side Hustle Snack Bar. A trendy eatery that offers a diverse menu of shareable plates, sliders, and snacks that are perfect for satisfying your cravings and trying something new.

21 Portland St Unit 2, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H1

Juki Sushi

For lovers of sushi and Japanese cuisine, Juki Sushi is a must-visit destination. Experience the artistry of expertly crafted sushi rolls and other delectable dishes that showcase the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Seats can sometimes go quickly as this place, but the good news is our next recommendation is just a few doors down.

49 Kings Wharf Pl unit 103-104, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0C7

Millstone Public House Experience

the charm of a traditional pub with a modern twist at Millstone Public House. Enjoy a wide range of dishes, from classic pub fare to elevated culinary creations. With a warm and inviting ambiance, it’s a perfect place to gather for a relaxed outing with friends or family.

67 Kings Wharf Pl Suite 102, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0C6
Dining room at Millstone Public House King's Wharf

Stone Pizza

As the name suggests, this place offers pizza with fresh ingredients and thoughtful techniques in preparation. Whether you’re dining in or grabbing a takeaway, Stone Pizza offers fantastic, light pizza that will leave you with that “good pizza feeling.”

79 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N7

From innovative culinary creations to timeless classics, each restaurant on this list offers a glimpse into Dartmouth’s rich culture and vibrant culinary/social scene.
Whether you’re a local looking for a new favourite spot or a traveller eager to explore, these top ten restaurants promise a memorable experience.

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