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.
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.
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!!!
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!
My friends and I had brunch at your resturant today. Wow….I have got to say, it was a fantastic meal. We really enjoyed your fine cusine and will be back again very soon!
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
Best meal in the whole province the week we were there. Amazing food, presentation and service.
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 were very impressed with Bacalao! The menu was very interesting and I can’t wait to go back to try something else. Crab stuffed spring rolls are a nice idea and the seafood risotto was perfect, I have had it at other restaurants earlier this year and yours was the best by far. Even my ‘picky’ partner loved it and found more than one thing on the menu he would like. Everybody who worked there smiled at us and service was good. I am telling everybody about you!
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.