We’re passionately focused on sourcing local produce, products, game, seafood and spirits.
Bacalao has 4 cozy dining rooms with fireplaces that can host corporate and social functions.
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.
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!!!
Another excellent dining experience at Bacalao this evening with my wife and daughter celebrating Father’s Day. Food and service were amazing – unexpected thanks from Bacalao as our table was 20 minutes late – very classy treatment, Bacalao!! will be back soon. server was fantastic as well.
We visited your restaurant for lunch with my brother and sister-in-law and loved your emphasis on the local Newfoundland food. The presentataion was done with a flair, the taste was great and the service friendly, attentive and accommodating. We expecailly liked you partridge berry fiz and the ginger cake is unique and the best we’ve ever tasted. We’ll be back the next time we visit St. John’s. Kudo’s to the chef, and staff.
What a great restaurant you have! I rate it a 10++++ NO questions asked! And, wonderful owners, and staff. You could NOT ask for better. Word of mouth is the best advertising, and I have spread the word. Please keep up the great work. You are, and will continue to be, a great success. My sister, who was there during Christmas, and New Years’ Eve, enjoyed every minute. She said it was better then any New Years’ Eve party, she has ever been to. She will spread the word to her friends in New Brunswick. Cheers!
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).
My husband and I were in NF for a wedding (his 1st trip). We had spent the day sightseeing and were hungry for something not “fast food.” We say the ad for Bacalao at the Delta Hotel. We hoofed it up Barter’s Hill and suffice it to say we were not disappointed. My husband’s halibut was the best he had ever tasted with the lime/butterscotch/miso sauce. I had the risotto. Excellent!! We shared the calamari as an appetizer. Fantastic. We recommended this place to a fellow CFA who was attending the same wedding. Kudos for your menu, your staff and your work with local suppliers.
Your restaurant is amazing! It was recommended to us by my sister who lives in St. John’s, so when my husband and I visited there last week, eight of us went there for Sunday Brunch. We loved the food. Awesome presentation. Wonderful service. The owners and staff were really friendly and made us feel welcome. We plan to go there for dinner next time!
We very much enjoyed our visit to your restaurant last night. The food was spectacular and the servings certainly left noone hungry. The chicken and fish were moist and fresh. I loved the Rasberry Fizz recommended by your server and I thought the Lemon cheesecake was fantastic! Our server was very friendly and was knowledgeable about the menu. It was a very relaxing atmosphere where I felt like I was not rushed through my meal (as a mom of a toddler that does not happen often). Thank you so much for a wonderful evening out!
Spectacular food, wine and service. Nice to see even though you are a fine dinning class restaurant you have stayed true to the Newfoundland tradition in you dishes. If I’m in NL I want cod in any form. The fish was great, hope we can make it back some day?
On my recent vacation to St. John’s, visiting Bacalao was at the top of my to-do list…and it did not disappoint. We ate there with groups of family and friends on two occasions, once for Saturday brunch and again for a Friday night dinner. The atmosphere was quaint, the service was fun and friendly, and the food was excellent. Not only is Bacalao’s take on Newfoundland cuisine extraordinary, but most importantly the food tastes great and looks great. From the breads, spreads, salt cod fritters, cod tongues, pot liquor shooters, halibut and caribou, everything was expertly prepared, fresh and well seasoned. I know where I’ll be going to eat the next time I get off the plane in St. John’s. You should be proud of what you have established! Top notch indeed.