Celebrating the cuisine and culture of Newfoundland & Labrador, Bacalao offers comfortable fine dining in a turn of the century home with a passionate focus on local seafood, game, produce and spirits.
Newfoundland shares its culinary history of enjoying salt cod with many other cultures. Bacalao (bak-al-OW) is the word used for salt cod (in various spellings and pronunciations) throughout the Mediterranean. The versatility and much-beloved nature of this time-honoured staple ingredient is the inspiration for our name and exemplifies our innovative interpretation of Newfoundland cuisine.
On the evening of July 7th, my wife and I had our very first experience with dining in this magnificent restaurant. Friends from Ontario were visiting and, wanting to try authentic NL cuisine excluding fast-food fish ‘n chips, asked us to recommend a place to eat. We chose Bacalao because we had heard excellent reports and hadn’t been there before. What a marvelous eating experience! Our waitress was superb – friendly without being imposing, professional, yet very relaxed, and displaying such knowledge of the restaurant’s offerings as to be quite impressive. Service was fast, but yet allowed plenty of time for both digestion and conversation. My wife and both of our companions had the pan-fried cod that evening, while I tried the seafood medley. We all raved at both the taste and the presentation. Entrees were preceded by appetizers which included mussels, cod tongue salad, and a very strange-sounding soup. There were so many mussels that they had to be shared! The desserts were to die for!! We will highly recommend this restaurant to both locals and CFA’s, and will definitely be back. Congratulations to all.
Clayton HandriganC.B.S., NL
Best in St. John’s. My family’s new favorite. (but a bit drafty by the front door, which encourages the eating of hot dishes).
EdSt. John's, NL
Homemade ravioli was the best thing ever! I want to get it for take out so I can eat it every day for a week!
ChristaSt. John's, NL
Great food, best I ever had in Newfoundland and some of the best I’ve ever had tout court! Very good service too. Overall a great eating experience.
Kristof AlentijnsHam, Belgium
Wonderful meal. Newfoundland cuisine at its best. Friendly, informative service. 10/10 Thanks!
Peter and LizWindsor, ON
Thank you to all the staff who accommodated our group of 20 after my Dad’s funeral on such a short notice. Nothing but compliments to the assorted dishes they had and the atmosphere was great. I will certainly be back.
M. NolanHalifax, NS
Barbara and I experienced a wonderful dinner the charcuterie plate was exceptional. Salt cod and pork belly was a truly local food event. Our server, Danny, was attentive and informative, especially so when providing details of the food and its preparation.
John J. HorvathCaledon, ON
I am originally from NFLD, but have lived in California for 30 years! My friends took me to your restaurant tonight. It was absolutely amazing. The food, staff and atmosphere was excellent!! You made my trip back to the island a wonderful experience! Thank you!!!
Sharon GilesOxnard, CA, USA
Best meal in the whole province the week we were there. Amazing food, presentation and service.
Brian McHeadyMississauga, ON
I sent my brother and sister-in-law to Bacalao after buying a gift certificate to the restaurant. Your service long distance was fun and easy; I heard the food and atmosphere was dynamite.