I see that much of the information on dining options in Newfoundland is out of date, and a few people have asked for info and had no response.
I'll start by offering a few options and hope that others join in. I'll add more as time permits.
True, Newfoundland is not exactly a culinary paradise, but here are the better of the lot, in my opinion:
- Raymonds, Water Street
Very expensive, dinner only, bar (but with the same menu/prices as the dining room), reservations almost always essential. Excellent service, very high prices. They make a valiant attempt to use local products in an area where farmers and food producers are scarce. Seafood options; tasting menu. Excellent service-- friendly but not too friendly. Nice view of the harbour. Expect to pay $100-$150 per person with wine. In my experience, the food tends to be overly salted.
Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca, Duckworth Street
Genuine Neopolitan pizza (they have the certification...) in a very pleasant environment; bar upstairs. Expect to pay $35 per person for pizza, wine and dessert. No reservations; open for lunch and dinner.
Bakery and Cafe:
Rocket, Water Street
Excellent bakery and coffee shop with some grocery items and some prepared foods. Croissants, cakes, focaccia etc. Some gluten-free options. Self-service. Tables to eat in; live music on occasion.
Lighthouse Picnics, Ferryland
Exceptional homemade food in a spectacular setting. 25 minute walk to the lighthouse. Seating inside in the event of bad weather; otherwise, they provide the blanket and the basket and you may see whales cavorting offshore. About $25 per person.
Hungry Heart Cafe, Military Road, St. John's
A beautiful bright room; lunch on weekdays, brunch on Sunday. Non-profit enterprise that offers. along with excellent food, training and employment programs for adults. Some gluten-free. No seafood/ fish, and no alcohol. Reservations often necessary. About $20 per person for lunch.