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The Reluctant Chef

290 Duckworth Street | 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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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“tasting menu” (28 reviews)
“fixed menu” (5 reviews)
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Wine Bar, International, Fusion, Canadian, Vegan Options
290 Duckworth Street | Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1G9, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of seven celebrating a 40th birthday. We had a seven course tasting menu with the option of a wine pairing with each course. All the courses were outstanding and the service was excellent. Our sommelier was very helpful and really knowledgeable....More

Thank johnmul2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by a good friend and totally lived up to the reputation for great food and services, fresh ingredients and local food made for an awesome evening.. thank you

Thank Leona L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We order the a la carte menu and not the pre fixe. Those ordering a la carte are seated in a separate room and one cannot switch menus or have one party choose a different menu. The a la carte room is simple, small old...More

Thank Antionio10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came across this restaurant in the afternoon and met the owner who offered to show us around the 3 stories of his beautiful Victorian house and tempted us with the options of rooms and menus. We returned that evening and had the 5 course...More

2  Thank Pshn4life
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We had a very tasty, five-course dinner at the exceptionally awesome, high-end restaurant on “The Rock.” We thoroughly enjoyed each, distinctive-flavoured, course. They also offer wine pairings with each course. We had the melon dessert. It was excellent. Great place to celebrate almost any event....More

2  Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Great find, the atmosphere is awesome, the staff really friendly and laid back. The vinyl room is really nice place to enjoy good music...and yes on vinyl records you pick, and good food. Great selection of drinks and the food is unique and excellent. The...More

2  Thank MelandLuke
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This restaurant was recommended to us as one of the best in town! We found good points like the excellent wine paring and the a very friendly service even though rather slow, however only 2 dishes out of five of the discovery menu justify the...More

1  Thank Françoise T
Reviewed 31 July 2017

My wife and I booked a reservation for Saturday July 29th. We arrived 10 minutes early and were eagerly welcomed and seated at a nice window table overlooking the bustling Duckworth Street below. Scott, the sommelier was quick to the table to confirm we still...More

2  Thank DeNiro57
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Dined here July 28 for our anniversary, reserved a table in the Vinyl room next to a window overlooking Duckworth street. Greeted immediately and despite being 15 minutes early we were seated immediately. Daniel, who is their sommelier was excellent! Very knowledgeable and took great...More

1  Thank GH-STJNL
Reviewed 25 July 2017

From my initial email inquiry, to our last bite of food, our experience at The Reluctant Chef was absolutely spectacular! Our family is an eclectic mix of diners, and with our variety of dietary needs and tastes, I was initially hesitant to book the Chef's...More

Thank kirstenhug
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Questions & Answers
28 February 2017|
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Response from Dean M | Property representative |
Hi! We're extremely flexible with our menu. Every night guests run through that may not like a style of food and we pride ourselves in accommodating their preferences. Some of our most loyal customers are vegans, have... More
Becky E
20 December 2016|
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Response from Dean M | Property representative |
Yes, absolutely! Call the restaurant and we would be happy to make arrangements for a gift card. 17097546011
12 July 2016|
Response from EddyNFLD | Reviewed this property |
Tasting menu is 4 courses and amazing. you won't be really "full" but very satisfied
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Wine Bar, International, Fusion, Canadian, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 290 Duckworth Street | 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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