SHARING A MEAL IS a great way to get to know clients and lighten the mood when talking about tough subjects — who can get mad over a plate of spaghetti? Atlantic Business Magazine asked local business owners and executives to tell us about their favourite restaurants in St. John’s to host a business lunch. The answers will make your mouth water.
115 Duckworth Street | Fine-dining restaurant downtown
Classic is the perfect word to describe this eatery with its iconic views of Signal Hill and menu selections like Caesar salad, shrimp scampi and salmon with white wine butter sauce, making it a sure bet with clients.
“They have a parking lot, which is great if you are coming from out of downtown and don’t need to worry about parking. It has a lovely view over the harbour and a bright atmosphere for daytime, but still classy. The tables are set up well to have private conversations as needed. They also have delicious food – though I rarely order anything but salmon!”
Tracey Gaudet, Owner, Squish Innovations
Bernard Stanley Gastropub
223 Duckworth Street | Casual pub with inventive dishes
Brunch makes everything better, so why wouldn’t it impress clients? Hollandaise flows every day of the week at Bernard Stanley’s making those midday meetings even more delicious. Stuffed French toast and omelets are served alongside lunch staples like Montreal smoked meat sandwiches and blueberry and avocado salads.
Anita Carroll, Owner, Posie Row
Exile Restaurant and Lounge
115 George Street | Fine dining meets rock and roll
As the resident eatery of JAG Boutique Hotel, this spot doesn’t often get the credit it deserves. But its sunlit dining room paired with an internationally motivated menu (think chicken mulligatawny, sesame and udon bowls and cod tacos) is a great spot to make an impression with clients.
Jenny Smith, President/Creative Director, Ray Creative Agency
St. John’s Fish Exchange
351 Water Street | Modern fine dining with laid-back atmosphere
There’s nothing fishy about lunch at SJFX… unless you want there to be. Local seafood abounds on this menu and caters to the lunchtime crowd with at least five different salads, rich lobster bisques and even fancy fish n’ brewis.
Johanna Brown, Account Manager, zedIT Solutions Inc.
Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca
377 Duckworth Street & 60 Elizabeth Avenue | Cheerful, casual and easy on the wallet
There isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t like pizza, especially when it’s a real good pie. Piatto has a following among the movers and shakers in St. John’s — Atlantic Business Magazine got dozens of messages demanding this eatery make the list (it was making the list anyways).
Mandy Woodland, Partner, Jellyfish
Kurt Dunphy, Creative Director & Owner, Dunphy & Company
Mill Street Brewery/Bier Markt
135 Harbour Drive | Nation-wide brew pub
The only chain to make our list is there for one reason: the beer. The expected offerings flow from the taps at Bier Markt along with new brews devised in-house.
Kayla Walters, Director of Marketing & Sales, Rocket Bakery
5 Bates Hill | Fancy sandwiches for the win
When Chinched moved into their Bates Hill location, they started filling their new deli counter and the bellies of fans who could now go to their favourite bistro for lunch. Sandwiches and heroes dominate the menu.
Mathieu Boudreau, Research Fellow at Montreal Heart Institute
Mustang Sally’s Flaming Skillet
203 Water Street | Uncomplicated counter service with lots of flavour
What once was a staple after a night at the bars on George Street is now a downtown lunch destination. Mustang Sally’s is calm, cool and collected while offering up their famous wraps, as well as stir frys, pizzas, and even nachos.
Anna Smith, Owner, FreeForm Events
The Rooms Cafe
9 Bonaventure Avenue | Mid-range dining with priceless views
Housed within the province’s museum, art gallery and archives, The Rooms Cafe offers respite from the city while injecting a dose of culture to client meetings. The large menu of soups, salads and sandwiches is enough to appease any palate. Make sure tor arrive early for a table with the best views in town.
Tina Butler RN BScN, Owner, The Foot Butler
The Pantry Cafe & Catering
Clinch Crescent | Relaxed service and comfort food
Lunch is always bustling at this hideaway behind the Health Sciences Centre. While most of the executives advocated for downtown locations, many also suggested the Pantry as a favourite for a small business lunch or office event (be sure to make a reservation).
Alex Collins, Manager of Finance and Property, Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador