About The Canteen

 

 
 
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The Restaurant

We created The Canteen to feel like a home away from home. With a large window looking into our kitchen, you can watch the culinary team working hard on our many dishes, while being taken care of by an experienced front of house team.

THE LOCATION

When considering a new location for The Canteen we knew that it would be located in Downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Dartmouth is our home, it’s where the business began and this community is the reason for our success. 

We're conveniently located on the lower end of Portland Street only steps away from the Alderney Ferry Terminal. Our location puts us in the heart of our thriving downtown community. We are surrounded by amazing shops, restaurants, bars and beautiful parks. 

 

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Renée Lavallée

OWNER & CHEF

 

Renée was born and raised in Shawville, Que. She left home at an early age to attend George Brown College in Toronto. After more than 20 crazy years in the business, including many stints in restaurants around the world, Renée now called Nova Scotia home for 13 years.

After a brief hiatus to raise her family, Renée jumped back into the ring to open The Canteen. After fewer than three busy years The Canteen opened up a brand new full-service restaurant and takeout shop called Little C only two blocks from its original location.

Renée has a long list of professional accolades and has been the spokesperson for a number of culinary brands and organizations, including Taste of Nova Scotia, Select Nova Scotia, Community Food Centres Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Renée is an ardent supporter of local farmers, fishers and various other types of food producers. She can often be spotted at any number of local farmers’ markets with her husband and business partner Doug, daughter Zoe and son Philippe in tow.

 
 
 

The Team


We are a group of dedicated culinary and service professionals united by our passion for honest food and exceptionally hospitality. Our menu at The Canteen is created in collaboration by the entire team. Upon visiting our restaurant, one of the first things that you'll notice is that our kitchen is open to the dining room. We don't want to hide how much we love our work and our customers. If you have any questions or comments, don't be shy - we love to talk food!

 

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PRESS

 

 

Nite Moves, The Coast, September 12, 2013

New, improved eateries open, The Chronicle Herald, February 18, 2014

Introducing The Canteen, Feisty Chef Blog, February 23, 2014

The big chili, The Coast, February 27, 2014 

Renée Lavallée opening The Canteen, Restaurant News, March 13, 2014

The Canteen Spirit, The Coast - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

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The Canteen, Anita Stewart's Food Day Canada Blog, March 24, 2014

‘Feisty Chef’ opens new cafe in downtown Dartmouth, Metro Halifax, March 24, 2014

Flavours of local business, The Chronicle Herald, March 27, 2014

New sandwich spot is a winner, The Chronicle Herald, May 1, 2014

The Canteen - Dartmouth, NS, The Local Traveler, May 6, 2014

The Canteen, The Foodie Girl in Town, August 6, 2014

Ask a Chef (Print Edition), House & Home Magazine, August 2014

News - The Canteen (p 47), Porter Air Re:Porter Magazine, September 2014

Renee Lavallee takes top spot at Gold Medal Plates, Chronicle Herald, October 17, 2014

Renée Lavallée wins Gold Medal Plates, The Coast , October 17, 2014

Renée Lavallée Wins Gold Medal Plates Halifax, Taste of Nova Scotia, October 17, 2014

Halifax Gold Medal Plates 2014, JamesChatto.com, October 17, 2014

RUN THIS TOWN, <COVER FEATURE> The Coast, NOVEMBER 20, 2014

RENÉE LAVALLée, Profile, THE COAST, NOVEMBER 20, 2014

JESSICA BEST, PROFILE, THE COAST, NOVEMBER 20, 2014

Rising chef hits culinary nationals, THE CHRONICLE HERALD, DECEMBER 17, 2014

A HOME-GROWN CHAMPION: RENEE LAVALLEE, THE EQUITY, JANUARY 21, 2015

Renee Lavallee in national Culinary ChampionshipsTHE CHRONICLE HERALD, FEBRUARY 3, 2015

CANADA'S TASTEMAKERS: CHEF RENEE LAVALLEEFOOD BLOGGERS CANADA, FEBRUARY 3, 2015

CELEBRATING 12 FEMALE CHEFS FROM COAST-TO-COASTFOOD NETWORK CANADA, MARCH 6, 2015

NOVA SCOTIA CHEFS RECOGNIZED NATIONALLYTHE CHRONICLE HERALD, MARCH 11, 2015

12 AWESOME SANDWICH SHOPS FROM COAST TO COASTFOOD NETWORK CANADA, MARCH 13, 2015

VIDEO: LAMB ’N LOBSTER | UNTAPPEDTastemade, JULY 28, 2015

You Say Tomato - Food & Drink FeatureThe Coast, August 20, 2015

Behind the line: Halifax chef Renée LavalléeEat NOrth, September 11, 2015

Renee Lavallee’s Creamed Brussels SproutsNATIONAL POST, OCTOBER 7, 2015

It Takes a communityThe Coast, OCTOBER 15, 2015

A festive feast of film and food at Devour!CHronicle herald, november 3, 2015

Best of halifax 2015, best sandwichThe Coast, November 5, 2015

Wonderful winter saladsEast Coast Living, December 22, 2015

4 places you NEED to check out in Dartmouthhalifax sociable, january 6, 2016

BUILDING A BETTER SANDWICHEAST COAST LIVING, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Devour fest to showcase female chefs, filmmakersCHRONICLE HERALD, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

THE CANTEEN ON THE MOVEMETRO HALIFAX, October 13, 2016

THE CANTEEN is headed for portland streetThe Coast, October 13, 2016

THE CANTEEN reaches crowdfunding goal in 4 daysLocalXpress.ca, October 16, 2016

THE CANTEEN gets room to growrestaurant news, November 29, 2016

First look: The Canteen's new Portland Street locationThe Coast, February 2, 2017

CANTEEN REOPENS IN DARTMOUTHCHRONICLE HERALD, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

An Interview with Chef Renee Lavallee, EAT MAGAZINE, february 27, 2017

10 Great Canadian Restaurants Run by WomenFOOD NETWORK, MARCH 2, 2017

nova scotia's 25 best local eaterieshalifax curated, MARCH 15, 2017

Dartmouth-proud resto finds a new home on Portland ST, HALIFAX CURATED, April 3, 2017

Birdie's Bread Co. is ready to take flight, The Coast, April 27, 2017

The Canteen opening take-out space next door, The Chronicle Herald, APril 27, 2017

THe best restaurants in dartmouth, enroute magazine, may 2, 2017

THE NON-CONFORMISTS - RENEE LAVALLEE, CHRONICLE HERALD, JUNE 27, 2017

LOCAL RESTAURANTS LOOKING TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE, CHRONICLE HERALD, OCTOBER 10, 2017

HALIFAX'S BROOKLYN, DOWNTOWN DARTMOUTH ONE OF COUNTRY'S HIPPEST NEIGHBOURHOODS, NATIONAL POST, NOVEMBER 6, 2017

3 PLACES TO DINE IN DARTMOUTH AFTER DARK, EAT NORTH, JANUARY 2, 2018

A FOOD LOVERS GUIDE TO HALIFAX, JETLINE CRUISE, JANUARY 2, 2018