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 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.
Mark PenneyAlbany, NY
Found your site via Google.. next visit too St Johns this coming summer I will visit your restaurant.. the menu looks excellent ! I can’t wait !
Craig NewburyDallas, TX, USA
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
Had a great meal last night, we wre there with another couple. Staff was great and food super especially the cabbage roll. Have recommended your place to friends already
Allan ThomasSt. John's, NL
I brought a tour of 45 people to the Bacalao today for lunch. It was a dining experience all tourists should enjoy. The meal and service was as good as it gets. Thank you.
RennieSt. John's, NL
Last night we gathered at Bacalao for a meeting of old girlfriends… and what a wonderful experience we had! The atmosphere was cozy, the food was delightful and the service as second to none. Well done all – we’ll be sure to recommend you to others. Congratulations on being yet another Newfoundland and Labrador success story!
KimSt. John's, NL
First date night since second born and we made a great choice coming here. Wonderful! 2-20-2015
Desaree and BenSt. 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
We attended Bacalao this afternoon for brunch. The Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine was exceptional, the service was superior and professional. It is impressive to have traditional Newfoundland food with exotic twists in a modern bistro style resto. One of the best experiences in Newfoundland without question. I will recommend it to anyone visiting the province.
Our meal here was as perfect as I thought it would be. The jiggs dinner cabbage rolls and the moose served in a burgundy pinot noir sauce with blueberries and bacon were absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere, service and food was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant! Our server was Tracy and she was so wonderful! Thanks!