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“Great food and great people for a tremendous experience”
Review of The Reluctant Chef

The Reluctant Chef
Ranked #7 of 374 Restaurants in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: 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.
St. John's, Canada
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great food and great people for a tremendous experience”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

This is a restaurant that really focuses on paying attention to the details to give you the best culinary experience. The chef is well experienced and talented, while the staff are excellent at focusing on the patrons. The food is creative and the chef is willing to listen to put forth the greatest experience for you as the individual. Tony is a tremendous host and overall this is a restaurant that cannot be ignored. It is an absolute must!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Delicosaur
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best Meal Ever!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We recently dined at the Reluctant Chef and I had the best meal of my life so far, and I am a foodie who dines out frequently.
The staff were friendly and the setting was cozy. We had a five course meal with wine pairing which was absolutely divine. The sommelier was extremely knowledgable, making some untraditional pairings that worked very well with the food.
Every course that we ate was exquisite and and the portions were a perfect size. I woke up the next day and couldn't stop thinking about the food!
We dined at two other highly rated restaurants on this long weekend and I can tell you that the Reluctant Chef is in a class of it's own. You must go here!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank MomandChild
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St. John's, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Meal & Atmosphere”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Great service!
We did the wine pairing which got a little pricey, the pairing costs more than the meal, but overall a wonderful experience. The staff knew the food and wine well, it was an intimate environment and well worth the money.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Raven87
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St. John's, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food and Fabulous Service”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We live downtown but don't eat out a lot as we are both decent new-aged cooks. This was the second time trying the Reluctant Chef. We had to go back to see if there was consistency. It was the same as before if not better. Everything was fabulous. The food was sublime. A five course feast. We were both very pleased. Because my wife doesn't eat red meat, the chef fixed something different for her with only a few minutes notice. Smooth.
The service was great. (Biggest proportional tip we ever left). - Enough said.
The wine list complements the food on that night's menu. Impressive!
All in all. A great night out. I highly recommend it.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Steven C
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Cambridge, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stimulate your senses!”
Reviewed 14 February 2014

The Reluctant Chef is a very pretty restaurant. I had 4 delicious courses and a lovely glass of wine. Everyone was kind and welcoming. I can't wait to eat there again!!

  • Visited August 2013
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4 Thank ShakinandAce
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