We were in St John's the 2nd week of September. We had taken the time to research the restaurants that we were planning on visiting (including reading the reviews on this site). We made a reservation for Bacalao on Tuesday the 8th. When we arrived we were immediately made to feel welcome and at home. We noticed that others who arrived after us were treated the same whether they had reservations or not. The same cannot be said for some of the other restaurants we visited that week.
Our server was very well prepared and carefully explained the menu and the daily specials. We chose the Brie and Partridgeberry cigars for the appetizer and the Salt Cod and Caribou Medallions for entrees. For dessert the Rhubarb Crisp or Crumble. Everything was well prepared, fresh and extremely well presented.
The pace was just right for us. We don't want to feel rushed but neither do we want to feel forgotten. We were not disappointed.
After we left we decided that we would have to make one more trip there before we left town so we called and made a reservation for Friday. We weren't disappointed that evening either. We had asked for the same server and this time we had a different salt cod dish and the lamb chops. We finished with a cheesecake.
Recommending a restaurant can be a very risky event because everyone has their own concept of taste and style, however, we have no qualms about recommending this one. The price may be at the high end for St. John's (but not compared to many other places we have been) but it was certainly worth it in our minds.
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