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Bacalao - Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine

65 Lemarchant Road, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 2G9, Canada (Downtown)
709-579-6565
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Ranked #4 of 302 Restaurants in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Newfoundland Seafood Risotto - sweet local coldwater shrimp, succulent bay scallops, local mussels and lobster. Finished with lobster oil and asparagus!
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English first
Sudbury, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We have been here several times for dinner and have always been pleased. So decided we would try brunch. We were a group of four and 3 of us ordered eggs over easy and all yolks were well done! Seems like a pretty simple thing ? And hash browns were missing from my eggs in nest! My father noted that... More

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We ate here twice during our stay in St. John's. My recommendation is this: if you have plenty of money to spend, then you will have a good meal here and a good evening. The food is good and there are some good wines you can buy on the menu. Over the two days the service was rather variable, by... More

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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We travelled to St. John's in July, 2014. Our great tour guide from Tours by Locals (Elizabeth) recommended Bacalao, so we booked a reservation. My husband and I are "foodies", and we were blown away by our meal. It was so memorable that we cancelled our reservation at Raymonds for our final night in St. John's and returned to Bacalao... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I did not know what to expect from restaurants in St. John's, but I would have to say that Bacalao has to be one of the top 10 restaurants I have ever eaten at. The atmosphere, service, food presentation and quality was off the charts. A highly recommendable restaurant.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This restaurant has a warm atmosphere, friendly staff, and a superbly innovative menu. The owner is a smart sommelier, and each aspect of a meal is top-knotch. Highest recommendation.

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Montreal, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was the best restaurant we went to in St John's. Decor is warm and inviting (in fact, it feels a bit like you're in someone's home... mostly because it's obviously converted FROM a home), service excellent. We had the dish for which the place is named, the Bacalao - salt cod, skin on, with pork belly. Absolutely tremendous. The... More

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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Recently in Newfoundland for my uncle's 90th birthday, my cousins decided to treat me to some traditional dishes at what my cousin considers the best place to do so in St. John's. He was right! Bacalao was a wonderful choice of restaurants.The food was delicious, offering a wide selection of traditional Newfoundland fare. We went for lunch and had no... More

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St. John's, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Excellent Newfoundland food with a twist. Very accommodating to special menu requests. The little complimentary appetizer is always interesting. One of my favourite places to eat even though I am from here.

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Richmond Hill
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170 reviews 170 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Made my reservations months ago and the place was quite busy on Saturday night! The reception was very courteous and we were shown our table in one of the dining rooms, in the corner. My seat was next to the air conditioning (window type) that was dripping condensation right on the floor, but strangely I was dripping as well (with... More

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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I wanted to love Bacalao, but my food was just good. I will take part the blame, as I went on a weekend for lunch, and found all they were serving was Brunch. I'm not a huge fan. At 2pm I don't want eggs. I ordered the seafood chowder, which was outstanding. For my main I decided to try the... More

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