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Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Cape Spear Historic Dinners

Cape Spear Historic Dinners

Just steps from the most spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, some of the province’s finest chefs bring exquisite local cuisine to the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland. Accompanied by the sounds of traditional music, dinners at the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site offer a spectacular dining experience only possible in Eastern Newfoundland.
The heritage of Cape Spear and Newfoundland fine dining come together at the Cape Spear historic lighthouse dinners. Parks Canada and the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland give visitors the rare opportunity to experience local food, music and culture in the historically authentic Cape Spear Lighthouse.

To find out more about the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland, visit:

Restaurant Association of Newfoundland & Labrador


Dinners are hosted at the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site every Sunday from June 22, 2014 to August 31, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. A maximum of 26 people can attend each evening, where a three course meal is served. We add an element of surprise by letting the menu unknown to guests until the very beginning of the evening!

2014 Dinner Dates     Restaurants                     Number of Seats Available 
June 22     The Reluctant Chef      SOLD OUT*
June 29  Chinched Bistro  SOLD OUT*
July 6 Bacalao       SOLD OUT*
July 13  Fogo Island Inn   SOLD OUT*
July 20  Uptown   SOLD OUT*
July 27  Reluctant Chef       SOLD OUT*
August 3  Uptown   SOLD OUT*
August 10  Bacalao   SOLD OUT*
August 17  Grates Cove Cafe   SOLD OUT*
August 24  Grates Cove Cafe   SOLD OUT*
August 31      Delta St. John's Hotel  Limited space remaining

*Please call 709-765-8483 to be added to the waitlist for a sold out event. 


The Reluctant Chef

June 22 & July 27

The Reluctant Chef  Photo: The Reluctant Chef
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At the Reluctant Chef, local ingredients come together in a multi-course meal served with your choice of fine wine. With no set menu, each dish is a truly unique creation. Executive Chef Mike Boyd prepares a diverse selection of dishes to tantalize the palette: fresh breads, meats and fishes, pastas and cheeses, salads and desserts.

Location: 281 Duckworth Street, St. John’s
Contact: 709-754-6011

Chinched Bistro

June 29

Chinched Bistro Photo: Chinched Bistro
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Chinched Bistro Chef/Owners Shaun Hussey and Michelle LeBlanc specialize in contemporary bistro cuisine, developing seasonal menus that are delicious to both the eye and taste. Their food is proudly made from scratch and served in a stylish and relaxed dining atmosphere in both a bar and dining room.

Location: 7 Queen Street, St. John’s
Contact: 709-722-3100


July 6 & August 10

Bacalao celebrates the cuisine and culture of Newfoundland & Labrador with “Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine”, an innovative presentation of the foods and flavours of the province. With a focus on local produce, products and spirits, Chef and Owner Andrea Maunder creates “familiar flavours in new presentations” with her unique interpretation of local cuisine.

Location: 65 Lemarchant Road, St. John’s
Contact: 709-579-6565

Fogo Island Inn

July 13

Fogo Island Inn Photos: Fogo Island Inn
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Located off the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland, the relaxed fine dining experience of the Fogo Island Inn invites guests to taste the Island’s ‘seven seasons’ through food. Chef Murray McDonald creates a menu focused on wild things from the North Atlantic, foraged plants and berries, and local seasonal produce.

Location: Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland
Contact: 709-658-3444
*reservations are required for outside guests


July 20 & August 3

Uptown Gourmet Grill & Bar is a premier St. John’s restaurant pairing contemporary soul food under the direction of Chef Norm Mitchell. Home of Yuk Yuks St. John’s, Uptown is an ideal destination for both relaxed dining and entertainment. Uptown focuses on excellent service for guests enjoying dinner with or without a show.

Location: 193 Kenmount Road, St. John’s
Contact: 709-753-3463

Grates Cove Café

August 17 & August 24

Grates Cove Café Photo: Grates Cove Café
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The Café at Grates Cove Studios offers home cooked Newfoundland, Cajun and fusion dishes created by owners Terrence and Courtney Howell. From comfort dishes that will make you feel at home to new creations like the Snow Crab Etouffee, the Howells have created a menu reflective of their background and international travels. Grates Cove Studios is located in the historic town of Grates Cove along the Baccalieu Trail.

Location: Main Street, Grates Cove
Contact: 709-587-3880

Delta St. John's Hotel

August 31

Chef: Steven Gugelmeier

Location: 120 New Gower Street, St John's
Contact: 709-739-6404

Prices & Reservations

Three course dinner: $75 per person
Three course dinner & alcohol: $85 per person

For reservations, call 709-765-8483.