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Bacalao - Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine

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65 Lemarchant Rd, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 2G9, Canada
+1 709-579-6565
18:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
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Tue - Sun 18:00 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 14:30
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Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

My wife had the duck and I had shark. Both were excellent. The restuarant is divided into small rooms in a lovely old home. It has a lovely comfortable but elegant atmoshphere. Friendly service.

Thank Mike R
Ottawa, Canada
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This restaurant is not far from the main shopping area (but up a steep hill). The dining area consists of three rooms, each with a number of tables. There is free parking at the back. The food we had was well cooked and well presented.

Thank Georgette M
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We had a really nice supper here. My husband enjoyed the crab cakes, I a salad (special order as to not include duck). I had a vegetarian terrine and he had the cod stew. Food was very good and we couldn't finish. My only complaint was that there were no vegan options. I'm not a vegan, so it wasn't a... More 

Thank Jenn B
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Terrible experience. The service was extremely slow. My food was not hot. I had fish chowder which did not have any taste nor did it it have any lobster or crab in it (which the menus claimed it did). It did have a couple of pieces of cod that were very chewy.. So disappointed because the reviews made it out... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Despite its relatively low TA rating, we decided to eat at Bacalao last night due to a personal recommendation. We do not understand why it's so "low on the list." We loved the fact that the restaurant is segmented into separate small rooms. Our server was attentive and pleasant. Two of our party had the Salt Cod Stew (Bacalao is... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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598 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Had dinner at this restaurant tonight. The greeting was friendly and the atmosphere of the place was warm and comforting. Decided on the salt cod dinner (bacalao) which was great, essence of Newfoundland. My friends had the lamb and halibut and again very good. Desserts were delightful as well and a great culinary experience!

1 Thank Smoltman
Calgary, Alberta
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

What a great twist on traditional Nfld meals. The wine list is broad for a great selection but I would stay away from the cocktails. Lots of great appies but the mains are pretty traditional except for the salt cod stew. Service is fast and friendly for the 'come from away' gang.

Thank orion0116
St. John's, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Bacalao is where I had my first date with my husband 5 years ago, but I assure you that is not the only reason this place is close to my heart. Bacalao's food is truly amazing and an experience in itself. They create unique dishes that play on Newfoundland dishes but with a twist. My first experience with Bacalao was... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Really enjoyable meal. Very relaxing, no need to rush. We had the Housemade Charcuterie Plate, Bacalao’s Seafood Chowder, Pan Seared Fogo Island Cod-pot Cod, and the strip loin. All were flavorful, and cooked perfectly, The service was friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank eleung5763
Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

4 or 5 small and dark rooms. very posh atmosphere. it is a little expensive but it is good (salted cod was too salted though). The desert was amazing: partridgeberry meringue !!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Lemarchant Rd, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 2G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Newfoundland and Labrador  >  Newfoundland  >  St. John's>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 709-579-6565
Newfoundland Seafood Risotto - sweet local coldwater shrimp, succulent bay scallops, local mussels and lobster. Finished with lobster oil and asparagus!

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