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John's Lunch

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We are a small family-run diner specializing in fresh deep-fried seafood, Fish & Chips, tasty diner meals, homemade burgers, sandwiches and amazing pizza. Our fish has won "Best In Canada" by Canadian Living Magazine as well as 'Gold Awards' from The Coast Halifax for Best Seafood, Best Fish and Best Diner and multiple tripadvisor "Certificate of Excellence" awards. Come visit the one and only "JOHN'S LUNCH" and be a part of our family! Like our Facebook page to catch our updates!
US$4 - US$19
Lunch, Dinner
Pizza, Seafood, Diner, Canadian
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Free off-street parking, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were visiting my Mother in Dartmouth about ten or more years ago, We were told Johns was the place to go , which we did. I recall the fish and chips was so delicious that we ate there several times while...visiting, and on subsequent visits.If I ever returned and Johns was in business i would certainly make my way to Johns.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been a fan of Johns Clams for many years and it saddens me to write this review. The last time I got the clams wasn’t in season and they weren’t quite as good as usual, and also with only being able to have...take out it just wasn’t the same. But when l saw that Clams were back in season and they had them I thought I would try again, I did see on there Facebook a comment about the clams being undercooked but nonetheless I was anxious to try again . So on April 18th my husband and I made the hour and a half journey to John’s. We ordered 2 orders of Clams and chips $53.48.. Some not all of the Clams were definitely undercooked.. but because of the size of each order it really wasn’t that big of a deal I took them home and put them in oven and they were fine. My biggest complaint is I went back on there Facebook page and noticed the comment about the undercooked clams was gone and a lady asked why her comment was deleted so l asked if it was the one about the clams and she said yes so l told her I had a similar experience yesterday, and said it was very disappointing that they deleted her comment. 5 minutes later that conversation was also deleted. So unless you have good things to say John’s deletes your comments. I will never go back there.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed January 3, 2022

John's Lunch never disappoints! Yummy haddock fillets, great homemade fries, haddock tips...Yumm. No matter what seafood you try here, you have to have the homemade coleslaw, a favorite. Mouth watering, tasty and great portions.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed October 4, 2021

Went there for lunch with friend today, took ferry from Halifax to here, amazing surprise, best seafood plate and fries I never had it before, very worthwhile coming, reasonable price. Will certainly come again.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed August 29, 2021

Just passed by and had special on for haddock tips. Was not hungry but had to try. Wow so good. Lightly breaded and NOT greasy. All fish and like 1.5 lbs!!!!.(no chips) It was 12.99 so great deal Will try out clams in future

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 8, 2021

The Clams at John,s lunch are the best I ever eaten been going there since the 80,s I have a number of times hopped on my motorcycle eat the Clams Then drive back to the Cape. .

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed February 3, 2021

Food we ordered was nothing like the one advertised. They were soggy and greasy. Will try one more time and see what goods they deliver.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed October 12, 2020 via mobile

I am from Dartmouth and have had fish and chips pretty much everywhere in town. They double deep fry their fish; once in the morning and then once to order, it sits out for hours on the counter between. The fries are ... not good...at all.. tartar sauce comes in packaged containers. I think they owe it to themselves to change it up a bit as the spot is adorable and it used to be pretty good. For now, I would try anywhere elseMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 10, 2020

I have been eating here for many years and if you are in the mood for a massive helping of clams and chips or haddock tips and chips, this is the only place to go.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed March 20, 2020 via mobile

Great greasy diner. The decor is stereotypical greasy diner. Food is very well prepared and generous proportions. Service is friendly and attentive. It is small and gets very busy at the lunch hour. Parking is in back. Location is a little close the the Dartmouth...General.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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August 25, 2018|
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Response from BeStewart | Reviewed this property |
Also have seating
April 5, 2017|
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Response from irenebM3348DH | Property representative |
Our location has not changed we are still by the Woodside Ferry. Can't wait to see you in September!
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March 8, 2016|
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Response from Lynn C | Reviewed this property |
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Yes, John's Lunch offers takeaway services.

John's Lunch is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4