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The Reluctant Chef - CLOSED

281 Duckworth St | Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1G9, Canada
+1 709-754-6011
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (28 reviews)
“bread” (15 reviews)
“cod” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Wine Bar, International, Fusion
281 Duckworth St | Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1G9, Canada
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

I've been here on two occasions, both different experiences. Loved all the food the first time but was a little too noisy. The second time there, it was in their new location which is awesome and no trouble with the noise volume. Overall would give...More

Thank PD_Hynes
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Never been to the Reluctant Chef before but had heard only good things about it. Decided to try it for a family gathering in December. This is not your typical fine dining restaurant where each person in your party will choose their own meal from...More

Thank BigBear50
Reviewed January 22, 2018

We did the Tour menu at The Reluctant Chef which was a very unique and fun evening. Each course takes place in a different room. Service was excellent, food was just okay. There were no vegetables on the menu, although there were vegetarian options. Salmon...More

Thank Kieleydoyle
Reviewed January 12, 2018

We recently had a group function at the Reluctant Chef. It is a different experience, unique in nature. We opted for the five course mystery menu, in which you are not aware of the menu until it is served. It is the Chef's choice. The...More

Thank Claire P
Reviewed January 2, 2018

My wife and I had a great experience here . We ordered the 5 course surprise with wine paring and each and every course was done to perfection. Presentation was fantastic and attention to service is number one here.

Thank Bill L
Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

I was in St John’ s for a few days and tried the reluctant chef, I was amazed, the food was great and the service was perfect. The tasting menu is a lot of food and they try to accommodate your allergies or food aversions....More

Thank Sandrine22
Reviewed November 9, 2017

We had a very relaxing experience at this restaurant. Drinks were served immediately. We were asked if we had an special food requests and they accommodated those that needed this consideration. The main meal arrived much too late @ about 9pm. Even though we had...More

Thank Eric H
Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

We got the five course meal and is was very good. My favorite dish was the soup, which was displayed beautifully! I also got the wine pairing and it was a very nice selection. The server, and all the staff were very friendly and personable!

Thank kashenad
Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

Wow, with 15 minutes notice, this impressive restaurant changed their 5 course tasting menu to suit my keto diet eating plan. The food was incredible and the service excellent, best meal I have had in St. John's in a while:) my friend had the regular...More

Thank Epveterinarian
Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely no complaints about my experience at The Reluctant Chef. Had the tasting menu, and would highly recommend. Service was professional and courteous, with a great knowledge of our wine pairings. The chef took into account my dates food aversions and made spectacular alterations to...More

Thank James H
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Restaurant Details

Wine Bar, International, Fusion
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Duckworth St | Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Newfoundland and Labrador  >  Newfoundland  >  St. John's
  • Phone Number: +1 709-754-6011
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Fine dining with a twist: No set menu. We serve a delightful multi-course meal throughout the evening. We will happily cater to food aversions and dietary restrictions.
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