Restaurants in Dartmouth


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  • Cafe 101
    Reservations: Recommended Handicap Accessible: Yes Number of Tables: 11–25 Parking: Parking lot Most popular offering: Seafood chowder Kid-friendly: Yes Alcohol: Full bar Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only Outdoor Seating: No Executive Chef Erwin Palo grew up in the Philippines and spent years honing his culinary skills while working in Hong Kong and Japan, before moving on to the Westin Nova Scotian and the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Along the way, he also managed to find time to snag a total of 38 medals from various culinary competitions. Today, Chef Palo puts his award-winning skills on display at the Holiday Inn Harbourview's Cafe 101, where his eye-catching global cuisine highlights local produce. But despite the artistic flourish and high-quality ingredients, his food manages to remain accessible. Dinner is just as likely to feature forest mushroom flatbread with mozzarella and brie, garlic, and olive oil drizzle, as it is maple pork tenderloin with bourbon sauce or seared scallops with pea puree. When it comes to special occasions, however, Chef Palo never fails to dazzle his patrons, whether by demonstrating his ability to touch his toes, or his skill in molecular gastronomy, which he uses to create dishes like peanut butter and raspberry jam dust on a spoon made of bread.
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    101 Wyse Road
    Dartmouth, NS CA
  • Nectar Social House
    Every six months, according to The Coast magazine, Chef Stefan Bruchmann begins updating his menu at Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar. Those seasonal changes have been met with consistent acclaim, including The Coast's honor of "Best Dartmouth Restaurant" five years running. The ever-evolving menu has been known to spotlight mains such as crispy arctic char with a crusted potato cake, wilted spinach, vine roasted tomatoes and honey mustard vinaigrette and a chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, havarti, and oyster mushrooms served with a red pepper jam. Chef Stefan combines the secrets and techniques that he garnered from his culinary experiences in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Nectar's bartenders match that creativity with a slate of inventive martinis—which includes the garlic-tinged Janes' Bond and the mandarin-kissed Southern Peach—and an extensive wine list. High-backed, white chairs juxtapose the dining room's black floors and tables, creating a striking tableau accented with damask-patterned wallpaper and bright chandeliers. Tucked in the back and upstairs, the patio awaits guests who wish to dine outdoors. Amid this upscale ambiance, the staff hosts themed occasions such as bring-your-own-wine Tuesdays and vegan Wednesdays. On Sundays, Nectar presents live performances from local musicians Daniel Matto, Nadia Moore, and Georges Hebert, who enliven the air with a blend of jazz standards.
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    62 Ochterloney Street
    Dartmouth, NS CA
  • The Wooden Monkey
    Back in 2003, when Hurricane Juan left Nova Scotians stranded for a few days, Lil MacPherson grew concerned about food security. She noticed that there were few local options in their relative isolation, and that much of their food was shipped from far away with little environmental concern for how it was produced. This discovery inspired her to start supporting nearby farmers and purveyors in the hopes of strengthening Nova Scotia's foodscape. But she didn't want to stop there—she wanted the rest of her home province to embrace sustainability, too. The Wooden Monkey, a restaurant devoted to the local culinary culture, was the next step in her journey. Under the guidance of partners Christine Bower and Matthew Gass, The Wooden Monkey in Halifax and Dartmouth shine a spotlight on the work of local food producers. The menu is MSG free, and the drink menu has no artificial ingredients. Getting to know the suppliers and the people who grow their food is very important to the folks at The Wooden Monkey. In fact, every meat in the kitchen has been sourced from Nova Scotia: lamb from Nothumberlamb is used for the lamb burger, and the rustic chicken dinner is made from Pasture Hills poultry. The Monkey isn't just for meat-eaters, however. The staff also prepares an abundance of vegan and vegetarian options, including plates of gingered tofu served over organic quinoa-rice noodles. In fact, the menu is conscious of several dietary restrictions, including Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and nut allergies.
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    40 Lakecrest Drive
    Dartmouth, NS CA
  • Freshii Burnside
    Freshii founder Matthew Corrin built his business on the simple idea that fresh, delicious, and nutritious meals should be accessible and affordable for all. He also wanted to create meals that would be healthy and filling, full of fiber and slow-burning carbs, essential fats, and lean proteins. It's a combination that gives people the energy to blaze through their busy day and still have enough enthusiasm to teach the dog how to pogo stick when they get home. Staying true to Corrin's vision, Freshii Every Freshii kitchen is stocked with the base ingredients of brown rice, romaine lettuce, field greens, spinach, and rice noodles; toppings such as carrots, broccoli, grilled tofu, and candied walnuts; and an array of dressings and sauces. Using these ingredients, the chefs create bowls, wraps, salads, soups, and burritos for lunch and dinner. During morning hours when the sun is still busy curling its rays, they scramble eggs, serve housemade oatmeal, and top fat-free frozen yogurt with a choice of fruit. Customers can bring their own bowls, and the staff will wash and fill them with fresh ingredients hailing from environmentally responsible farms that fairly compensate their workers. Today there are Freshii locations in more than 75 cities and 15 countries. In addition to prioritizing health, the shops prioritize being green and eliminate the traditional industry staples of excess packaging and heavy energy consumption.
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    100 Ilsley Avenue
    Dartmouth, NS CA
  • Vines Pasta Grill
    Chef Hans at The Vines Pasta Grill pushes the boundaries of traditional Italian cuisine by incorporating regional influences from the American Southwest. He adheres to some Old World traditions, though, such as baking bread fresh every day, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and coating thin-crust pizzas with house-made sauce and a paint roller. The menu gets inventive when outlining pasta dishes, such as linguine with a spicy Thai sauce and fettuccine with blackened chicken, corn, and a twist of lime. The chefs also demonstrate their mastery of saccharine confections by baking gluten-free chocolate cake and weaving fresh napkins out of cotton candy. Guests settle in for luxurious brunches each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or test their luck with one of the restaurant's many social media contests through its Twitter and Facebook pages. Staying true to its name, the restaurant features leafy vines along its dining room's walls and pillars. In addition to adding splashes of green to the rustic wood tones, the tendrils help to replenish the room's oxygen supply between waves of the dinner rush.
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    4 Panavista Dr.
    Dartmouth, NS CA
  • Jungle Jim's
    It’s hard to know where to look first upon walking into one of Jungle Jim’s two-dozen locations. Nearly every inch of wall space overflows with such safari-themed accoutrements as palm fronts, bamboo poles, colored lights, and a tiki bar. Although the restaurant aims to transport families to an exotic tropical wonderland, the huge menu is stuffed with familiar favorites designed to appeal to nearly every kind of diner. Chicken panini wraps and zesty buffalo wings swing quickly from the kitchen, but for more ceremonious occasions there are also a number of upscale, steakhouse-style options. A favorite is the St. Louis-style Rhino Ribs, a heft half-rack made sticky with honey garlic or barbecue sauce. Alongside such decadence, the special Slim Jim menu showcases entrees with 550 calories or fewer, such as pan-seared tiger shrimp and grilled chicken salad. Kids can dig into smaller portions on their own menu—which, once they’ve decided between alfredo pasta and animal-shaped chicken nuggets, they can fold into a tiki-style mask.
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    9049 Commercial St.
    New Minas, NS CA

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