I am a little late with this, and of course have gone to St. John's & returned. I just wanted to say "thank you" for all of the great and candid advice. I really wanted to visit Chinched, however my Uncle nixed it as he called to speak with them in advance and was basically told that if he wanted things like salad, or vegetables he should probably eat elsewhere. That was that. It's a must-do on my list for next visit! The birthday dinner was at Raymonds. Wow!!! It was expensive, but we went in knowing what to expect. Service, was choreographed and fantastic. Food wonderful. Wine list gets full marks for not only variety, but the most reasonable mark-up I have ever seen. I could go on and on about that meal. Already planning the 7 course tasting dinner for my daughter's 30th! I did plan to go to Mallard's for Sunday brunch, and was almost disappointed as there were no reservations to be had!Fortunately, someone cancelled and we did get in. Yum again. Best ever bacon, lamb & moose sausages served with eggs. And dessert ... they have cake and coffee on the menu for $10.00 I think. They put out a buffet of several homemade desserts, and you can have as much as you want. Jelly roll (I usually don't like this) was light and airy, and filled with partridgeberry. Carrot cake, also the lightest and tastiest I have ever had. Reserve well in advance for Sunday. We also went to Nautical Nellies. This was a bit of a disappointment. It was an old favourite. They have renovated, and changed their menu. Even the chowder was not the same. We went to Classic Café for breakfast twice. Inexpensive and great with the best toutons :) Also went to Yellow Belly. (Also been there before). Thin crust pizza might just be the best I have ever eaten! Thanks again all.
Greetings all, I am visiting my daughter who has been living in St. John's for the last 7 years for her birthday soon. I have been there several times, and can't say enough about the magic that is Newfoundland. My favourite restaurant there is Nautical Nellies. Looking for something a little more upscale for the celebration, especially since she can't afford restaurants; and doesn't really get to experience them. I don't want anything overpriced and mediocre. Was thinking "Raymonds". Has anyone been there? Thanks :)
Thanks so much for your replies! I assume that you (Yum2MyTum) have eaten at the Grand, just not at dinner time? Will check out both and ask my friend which cuisine she prefers. Thanks again Chowhounders :)
Meeting a friend that I havn't seen in years near the airport. We are both into "food", and so need a good restaurant recommendation. "Good does not necessarily mean expensive, it just means good! Feel free to recommend at any price points. Does not matter what the cuisine, as long as service is good, and food is prepared well. Also need an atmoshere that is conducive to good conversation where we won't be rushed out. Thx for reading!