We’re passionately focused on sourcing local produce, products, game, seafood and spirits.

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Bacalao has 4 cozy dining rooms with fireplaces that can host corporate and social functions.

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Bacalao has won many awards including the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

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Gift Certificates

Bacalao offers gift certificates at any dollar value and with no expiry. We can also email them!

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Why the name “Bacalao”?

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.

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Back in January of 2010, my boyfriend and I decided to celebrate our one-year anniversary at Bacalao in St. John’s. I had been there once previously for a work Christmas party and could not wait to share the wonderful menu with Josh. Besides it being a very special occasion for us, the night was made even more amazing with the wonderful service we received from the staff. The menu specials were delicious (pan seared scallops as well as duck) and we were completely blown away with the dessert: cardamom flourless chocolate cake! Andrea paired both of our meals with great wine, and we were even sent home with two free dessert coupons for our next visit and some reusable shopping bags. We have raved about our experience to all of our friends ever since! Our visit to Bacalao at the Clarenville Inn today was wonderful as well. Although undergoing renovations the atmosphere was still very relaxing and service was again excellent. It was our first time trying the lunch menu and we were just as satisfied with it as we were when we shared our first visit back in January. We will most definitely be back again – Keep up the amazing work!!!
Josh & AshleySt. John's, NL

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