A Food Lover’s Guide To New Brunswick

New Brunswick is full of natural beauty and East Coast charm. From walking on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks near Moncton, to enjoying Fredericton’s festivals and kayaking the Saint John River, there’s lots to do and even more to taste. Stop for a meal and a drink (or two!) at these bistros, pubs, coffee shops and bakeries – there’s no shortage of delicious options on your Maritime adventure.

Saint John

East Coast Bistro
60 Prince William St.; eastcoastbistro.com

At East Coast Bistro, the focus is on using fresh, local ingredients, including seafood right from the Bay of Fundy. Everything on the menu is made in-house, from their signature salad, to the Maritime Bouillabaisse and their decadent desserts, like the Cookies and Cream.

East Coast Bistro Saint John New Brunswick
Photo cred: Nienke Izurieta

Port City Royal
45 Grannan St.; portcityroyal.com

Visit Port City Royal for a modern take on classic Maritime dishes in a hip, welcoming atmosphere. With a small but mighty menu and an innovative cocktail list, try fresh oysters, the Pork Loin Roast, and end your meal with Maple Pie.

Port City Royal Saint John New Brunswick
Photo cred: Scott Munn

Saint John Ale House
1 Market Square; saintjohnalehouse.com

At Saint John Ale House, Chef Jesse Vargen and crew use local ingredients from both land and sea. Try the organic cheeseburger, the fish and chips, or the charcuterie with bread and pickled vegetables made in-house, and beef dry-aged on site.

Saint John Ale House New Brunswick
Photo cred: Port City Delicious

Rogue Coffee
36 Grannan Street; facebook.com/roguecoffeesj

Start your morning at cute and cozy Rogue Coffee with a beautifully-poured latte (made from Pilot Coffee beans) and a tasty snack. With espresso service and expertise in a variety of brewing methods, you’re sure to enjoy a delicious cup of joe.

Rogue Coffee Saint John New Brunswick
Photo cred: Nienke Izurieta

Fredericton

11th Mile
79 York St.; 11thmile.ca

Visit 11th Mile for the craft cocktails and modern Canadian cuisine, but stay for the hospitality. After heading up top Toronto kitchens, husband-and-wife team Chef Peter Tompkins and Jennie Wilson moved back home to New Brunswick and opened 11th Mile in 2017 as a place for friends to gather and savour great food.

11th Mile Fredericton New Brunswick
Photo cred: Mary Coady

540 Kitchen & Bar
540 Queen St.; 540kitchenandbar.com

Craft beer lovers should stop by 540 Kitchen & Bar to sample some of the best craft brews in the Maritimes, paired with plates that range from pub favourites like burgers and mac & cheese, to more upscale dishes like beef tartare and risotto.  

540 Kitchen & Bar Fredericton New Brunswick

Chess Piece Patisserie & Café
61 Queen St; chesspiece.ca

From colourful macarons to Millefeuille (layers of caramelized puff pastry, creme mousseline, and a royal icing glaze), Chess Piece Patisserie has plenty of mouth-watering treats. The Parisian-style café also offers soups, sandwiches, and coffee, so you can stop by for lunch and stay for dessert.

Chess Piece Patisserie Fredericton New Brunswick

The Donut Bar
346 Queen St.; thedonutbarfreddy.com

With flavours like Cookies + Cream, Honey Glazed, and S’mores, you’ll find your sugar fix at The Donut Bar. Tip: the donuts are made fresh each morning, so visit early to have your pick – once they’re gone, they’re gone for the day.

The Donut Bar Fredericton New Brunswick
Photo cred: Lauren Hildebrand

Moncton

Tide & Boar
700 Main St.; tideandboar.com

Gastropub Tide & Boar serves up elevated pub fare paired with craft beer, plus a menu of both classic and seasonal cocktails. Bonus: there’s a concert venue onsite, so check listings before visiting to try to catch local and international talent.

Tide & Boar Moncton New Brunswick
Photo cred: Chad Steeves

Tony’s Bistro & Patisserie
137 McLaughlin Drive.; tonysbistro.ca

Breakfast, lunch and dinner – Tony’s Bistro does it all. From burgers, pasta, and seafood, to charcuterie (the boards are made from exotic reclaimed wood by local woodworkers and feature house-smoked and cured meats), it’s all made from scratch, including their beautiful pastries.

Tony's Bistro Moncton New Brunswick
Photo cred: Chris Holden

Little Louis’
245 Collishaw St.; littlelouis.ca

If you’re a wine lover, plan a visit to Little Louis’ for fine dining and expertly-paired grapes and vintages. Though the menu changes, expect modern French cuisine, including a variety of fresh, artfully-presented seafood dishes.

Little Louis' Moncton New Brunswick