The top five places to eat in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

From freshly caught seafood to locally foraged wild berries, Newfoundland and Labrador has a variety of dining experiences for all tastes. Here are the top five culinary experiences you won’t want to miss.

Taste of Gros Morne

Taste of Gros Morne

Refuel and relax from your outdoor adventures with a food tour of Newfoundland’s most celebrated dining experiences. Taste of Gros Morne offers a variety of food tours that offer a taste of the area’s top-rated restaurants and local delicacies with perfect wine pairings, plus an opportunity to meet local chefs. Making these tours a truly unique experience is the location: Gros Morne National Park, a natural wonder that developed over 485 million years. Here, you can hike along the Earth’s mantle at the Tablelands, take in the volcanic seacoast at Green Gardens, or cruise through an ancient, glacier-carved fjord by boat.

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Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn

Perched on stilts and hugging the North Atlantic coastline, the Fogo Island Inn is one of Canada’s best new restaurants. There you’ll enjoy innovative cuisine sourced from ingredients harvested from the island’s peaty soils, fished from local waters, and raised and hunted in the region. Enjoy local root vegetables and flame-charred meat while overlooking the ocean. Taste caribou sausages, pickled quail eggs, grainy mustards, and breakfast scones bejeweled with berries. The place is as stunning as the food. The dining room has windows that stretch from floor to ceiling, so you’ll have a front-row view to spot whales and take in the icebergs in all their splendor.

Bonavista Social Club

Bonavista Social Club

Located in the small coastal community of Upper Amherst Cove on the Bonavista Peninsula, this family-owned operation showcases the lifestyle in rural Newfoundland. Walk through the surrounding gardens, pastures, and cove where the food that’s served in the restaurant is grown and raised. The centerpiece of Bonavista Social Club is its open kitchen, where customers can watch breads and bagels being baked in a wood-fired oven. Food is served daily indoors or on the ocean view deck. The menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and pizzas, in addition to dressings, aiolis, stocks, and sauces made from scratch on site. Be sure to stop at Paterson Woodworking, operated by the father of the restaurant’s owner. He built and renovated the building and made all the wooden plates, bowls, and spoons used at the restaurant.

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Mallard Cottage

Mallard Cottage

Nestled in the quaint fishing village of Quidi Vidi, just five minutes from downtown St. John’s, Mallard Cottage is an 18th century Irish-Newfoundland style cottage that’s created new buzz as an award-winning restaurant. Today’s owners did such an amazing job of restoring the property that they were awarded the Southcott Award for excellence in the preservation of the built heritage of Newfoundland & Labrador. Recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada and one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America, Mallard Cottage prides itself on serving the province’s diverse offerings. From local wild game and seafood to fresh produce, you’ll find a wide variety of innovative gourmet delicacies. Look for their daily menu on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Battle Harbour National Historic District

Battle Harbour National Historic District

Head to Battle Harbour, Labrador to get completely off the grid. Though the island is just a one-hour ferry ride from Mary’s Harbour, this 19th-century fishing village is just the place to give you a much-needed break from modern life, as it has no power lines, cell towers, street lights, cars, or paved roads. Spend the night in one of the buildings restored by the Battle Harbour Historic Trust, like a recently refurbished bunkhouse. Share meals with fellow tourists in the new dining hall located in the former Salmon Store. The menu was developed by professional chefs and is prepared by Battle Harbour locals. Plus, it features local ingredients, including salmon, cod, moose, and partridgeberries, as well as traditional recipes, such as Jiggs Dinner, homemade bread, and cakes. Guests have the option to participate in baking bread and rolls.

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