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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” (10 reviews)
“tasting menu” (31 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 4 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 23 November 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 9 November 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 4 November 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 27 October 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 24 October 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
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Five of us had a great meal there. there was a tiny error as one of the guests (My wife) has a shellfish allergy. It was dealt with quickly. The service was great and explanations of the dishes mand wine by the server were marvelous....More

Thank Alexandermcgruer
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Tasty brunch for a group and excellent apps and drinks. Great service and custom meals. Very inventive!

Thank Amy T
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I came upon the Reluctant Chef restaurant in St. John's, housed in a late Victorian era house, while en route to a local fish n chips restaurant during a town visit on a somewhat unexpectedly balmy mid October Saturday afternoon. I stopped to read the...More

Thank john m
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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