While in Fredericton, one of your best bets for a great meal is the Diplomat Restaurant. This restaurant was built on the site of the former Diplomat Motel after this prime riverfront area was bought by the Sheraton chain of hotels. As a condition of building the new Sheraton on the property, the owners of the old Motel were allowed to build a new 'Diplomat Restaurant' on their former location. The Sheraton recently changed ownership and is now a Delta Hotel, the finest in Fredericton.
Favorite Dish: Although the Diplomat serves all the traditional 'Western' types of meals, its speciality is a Chinese buffet, or individual Chinese meals. While my wife's sister was visiting from England, we headed here one night to sample their fare. I was surprised to see that they had completely re-done the interior with very well appointed individual booths with glass dividers. I really enjoyed the Chinese buffet with its many choices, including spare ribs and dessert (US$15) while the ladies settled for individual 'Half-Meals' of Szechuan Seafood and Scallops Singapore (US$10 each). We all raved about how much we enjoyed all the dishes! With a Moosehead beer for me and two glasses of wine, the bill came to US$57 for the three of us (including tip and taxes). We left well satisfied!
Nice clean restaurant, usually referred to by us locals and regulars as "the Dip".
It is popular any time of the day, but also with the late-night crowd. It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Favorite Dish: The variety is great: Chinese and Canadian cuisine, full breakfast menu, steaks, salads, seafood, sandwiches, combo platters, hot and spicy Szechwan, children's menu, and a senior's menu. Their menu is shown on-line at www.diplomatrestaurant.nb.ca
Eat in, or take-out.
This restaurant opened on Jan. 26th, 2006, and offers a variety of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. The owner is Vietnamese.
For entrées, they offer dishes such as Thai curry dishes (either chicken, beef, shrimp, a "special" Thai curry, Pad Thai, or Thai Curry Rice Noodles), six vegetarian dishes, and some crispy or soft fried noodle dishes, among others. Most of the entrées range in price of between CAD$11. to $18.
They offer service in English and Vietnamese, take-out is available, it is family-friendly, licensed, and they don't use MSG. It's an informal dining atmosphere, so jeans are fine.
I first ate here in Jan. 2008, and I enjoyed my meal. I had the Pad Thai, and a couple of Rice Paper Rolls with Shrimp & Chicken, while my wife had the Thai Chicken Curry. These two meals, without drinks, came to $37. They serve free hot tea with the meal.
I ate here again in Feb. 2009 with the office crowd, and it was still excellent !
Favorite Dish: Here's a link to their menu:
Restaurant and bar. About a block away from the Playhouse, and the Legislature.
They offer take out and delivery, as well.
Their menu is posted to view from outside.
Favorite Dish: A mixed fare.
Lunches average around CDN$9. to 10., and dinners range between $16. - 27. (updated Dec. '08)
Following my arrival back in Fredericton after five months spent working in Regina, Saskatchewan, Sue and I decided to treat ourselves to a top-notch meal at one of Fredericton's finest restaurants - the blue door. Although it was only 6:30 PM on a Thursday evening, we were astounded at how packed out the place was when we arrived without calling ahead. Luckily, there was still a small table available for us beside the bar area and the passageway into the kitchen! The restaurant was really alive with people talking and laughing, background music playing and the waiters hustling around as they dealt with their customers. We loved the place as soon as we stepped through the door - but reservations are definitely recommended no matter what night of the week it is! According to Wikitravel it is also "recognized for great service (multiple servers nominated for Above & Beyond Awards) and is considered one of the more 'hip' places to go for dinner, or simply for a great wine selection, or a couple of tasty martinis."
Favorite Dish: With a New Brunswick born chef, voted the best in Fredericton in 2005, and owners with years of restaurant experience at ski resorts in British Columbia, the blue door is noted for its eclectic menu with west-coast influences - so it was not long before we were headed down that track.
I had a delicious 'Seared Pistachio Scallops' dish ($23) with tri-coloured baby potatoes, a mixture of chef's vegetables including onions and flavoured with coconut pistachio chipotle sauce. Sue decided to stick with one of her favourites: Red Thai coconut chicken curry ($16), consisting of sauteed chicken, red & green peppers, medium spicy red Thai curry sauce served in a bowl with jasmine rice. For starters we had fresh oven-hot bread with garlic butter as well glasses of Australian Shiraz ($9) and Californian Pinot Grigio ($8). The meal was fantastic, with so much red curry that we could not finish the dish, and the service was excellent even though the restaurant was humming with activity. With a tip the total meal cost, including two rounds of wine, was $96 - and well worth it!
I've eaten here a few times now.
A nice, comfortable spot to eat, and service is good and friendly. There is a seating area upstairs too...great if you've got a group of up to 40 or so.
Favorite Dish: They claim to serve the best ribs in the city, having a choice of baby back ribs, or Brontosaurus ribs, but the menu is a mixed fare: pasta, seafood, steak, chicken, sandwiches, and appetizers.
I was trying to find a different place to take our admin assistants for Professional Administrator's Day (aka Secretary's Day) on April 27th, and chose a place none in our office had ever been to: lunch at the Fredericton Golf and Curling Club !
It was a nice clean restaurant (see the insert in my photo), and because it was nearly empty the day we were there, there was no waiting and the service was prompt.
Since the Club had just opened for the season, and it was the middle of a workweek, I would imagine that lunchtime on the weekends and into the summer, will be much busier.
The restaurant overlooks the golf course, and you can see the Saint John River in the distance. There are small tables outside on the deck, weather permitting. See also my pic under Things To Do > F'ton Golf and Curling Club.
The same owner also runs the restaurant at Mactaquac Park, west of Fredericton.
Favorite Dish: Our group had everything from simple sandwiches, to one of the two specials for the day. I had the Pasta Pot, which was fettucini noodles with a white sauce, mushrooms, and garlic bread ($9.99).
The price range was quite reasonable, from a few bucks for a sandwich, to about $13.00 for the specials.
All in all, everyone enjoyed their meals.
There were only two small "hiccups": one meal didn't arrive with the small cup of coleslaw that it was supposed to have, and the bakery truck hadn't yet arrived, so they didn't have any whole wheat bread.
They have a Chinese buffet for $10.00 on Fridays, however the days they have this can change through the year.
Located downtown, beside Mexicali Rosa's, they serve a mixed variety of dishes: salads, pizza, pasta dishes, steaks, seafood, etc. The complete menu is on their website.
BrewBaker's is just a couple of blocks from the Playhouse, if you're thinking of taking in a dinner and a show.
BrewBaker's was awarded the distinction of being one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada for their wine list, in the Aug.-Sept. 2007 issue of Canada's Wine Access magazine.
Favorite Dish: Their menu is posted outside.
Appetizers are in the range of CDN $5.00 - 11.00, and lunches are in the $10.00 range.
Pasta dishes run between $14.00 - 22.00, and other entrées are between $15.00 - $28.00.
Brewbakers is a very popular downtown restaurant, busy at lunchtime with the office crowd from the three nearby large buildings of Scotiaplace, Carleton Place and the NB Power main office - not to mention the provincial government civil service offices a bit further down the street. Its eating area is made up of a number of jumbled rooms of different shapes and at various levels at or above the street, and it even has a large covered and elevated outdoor patio at the rear. This street view shows the restaurant's left section dining area as well as the windows of the main dining area above a sister restaurant (Mexicali Rosa's) at the right. We sat in a cosy little corner deep in the bowels of the restaurant somewhere between those upper right windows and the outdoor patio. The interior decor is well done and an open fired stove used for cooking their thin crust pizzas makes for quite a warm feeling on cold winter days!
Favorite Dish: We decided to have a joint birthday celebration by treating ourselves to Brewbakers, starting with their Portobello Mushroom appetizer (C$9) - marinated along with ***ake (sorry - VT censors did that to the real name!) and button mushrooms as well as red onions, garlic cream and served with a small puff pastry. This was combined with a fresh Spinach Salad (C$8) including roasted pine nuts, crispy snap peas, honey and lemon vinaigrette and shaved parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Along with our glasses of California Pinot Grigio and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon ($7 each) sharing these dishes was an excellent way to get our meal started (2nd photo).
For the main courses (3rd photo), Sue went with one of her favourite fishes - grilled Lemon Haddock ($16) with lemon and shallot butter, capers, roasted carrots and roasted red potatoes. The Organic Coconut Curry Chicken ($24) sounded good to me, consisting of free range chicken breasts, baby bok choy, green Thai curry and lemongrass risotto. Maybe our openers had filled me up too much, but I could not finish the risotto that accompanied the chicken - but still delicious flavours! Including a second round of wines and a tip, our total bill came to about US$100. Their wine servings are a trifle on the skimpy side, so we had to alternate with sips of water as well.
Ever since opening in 1974, the 'Hilltop' has been one of Fredericton's favourite drinking & dining establishments and their parking lot is almost always full. I've spent many a session there myself over the years, either dining out with Sue and our friends or with groups of guys involved in various sporting events such as softball, volleyball or ball hockey! Noted for their steaks, they have a varied menu with something for everyone and are also popular for their weekend steak and egg breakfasts. Through the week, the Hilltop serves an excellent all you can eat Chinese buffet as an alternative to their regular menu.
Favorite Dish: Lately, I've been favouring their so-called 'Buffalo Wings' - tender chicken wings and legs (2nd photo) available with Honey Garlic, BBQ and Not, Hot or Suicide sauce. I prefer their dry roasted medium hot option that also comes with a plate of raw carrots, celery and a bowl of dipping sauce. The wings are available with two choices: C$8 for 10 wings and an additional C$6 for each additional 10 wings, but I normally stick to just one serving. I ordered a Nova Scotia-brewed Keiths draft beer (C$4) to go with this lunchtime meal as my biking buddy Russell and I plotted our latest (summer 2007) biking trip - this time along the Saint John River on abandoned railway tracks. As always, the meal was delicious and the service was fast and friendly! The total cost of the wings with a beer and a tip was about US$14.
UPDATE: (As of late 2006 this restaurant has closed and the building now hosts the highly rated 'Amici', with an Italian-themed menu) The Jester's Court is located in a former Bank building, and only opened in December, 2004. It is one of a few Pub Concept establishments located in Canada seeking to achieve the following from their web-site: "A concept developed to provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to own and operate their own unique British style pub with minimum investment and no franchise fees. The passion of word and song, of fresh, flavourful foods, velvety stouts, lagers and ales, fine wines and high spirits; such, define the public houses of Britain - the pubs - having long been the hub of the community, and to experience this atmosphere is to bask in it. But to be its caretaker ...a noble triumph!"
I must say that I was very impressed with the changes to the interior decor of the Bank building. Several large skylights provide soft diffuse lighting, dark wood walls lined with books give a feeling of warmth and the long bar along the left side is very impressive. The Jester's Court even has a couple of small almost private booths set along one wall if you want to have a more intimate meal.
Favorite Dish: A great variety of food is served, from the usual hamburgers and wings to sandwiches of various types. They also have a great selection of British-style pub meals such as Yorkies or Boxtys, which are essentially stews inside a flaky pastry. I am a sucker for Curry, so I usually have to try that when I am exploring a new place in town. True to form, I had their Bombay Curry, consisting of Green and Red Peppers & Red Onions sauteed then simmered in their special sauce with tender strips of Chicken (or Beef) and served with Basmati Rice and Mango Chutney. It was a delicious meal with a creamy sauce and just the right amount of spice to it (US$8.50). There are plenty of types of beers on tap and a selection of wines available as well, so it is not hard to put in a meal at the Jester's Court.
The Dreamcatcher Dining Room is located in the new Days Inn Oromocto. The Days Inn opened in 2005, and is a 15-minute drive, or 17 kms, east of Fredericton alongside the Trans-Canada Hwy.
The Dreamcatcher has a Sunday buffet between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. The regular dinner menu entrees vary from CDN$14.00 for haddock, to $23.00 for beef tenderloin.
On Valentine's Day, their buffet special is CDN$20.00.
Favorite Dish: My wife and I ate there recently for a wedding anniversary, and we had the pasta buffet. We both enjoyed it.
On Wednesday nights (after 8 I believe) appetizers are half price, with the purchase of a drink. You may end up waiting in line for quite some time, however, because it's the most popular place to the be on Wednesday nights in Fredericton.
Favorite Dish: The artichoke dip is amazing!!! They add hot chili peppers to it, which gives it just the right amount of hotness, and the cheese is delicious.
One of the mainstays of Fredericton, the Hilltop has been around for years, and has been a popular spot.
A few years ago, they completely renovated the place, and did a nice job. It's designed more for the adult crowd, but it's also a fine place to go if you've got kids.
During the summer months, they have tables set up on an outdoor patio by the front door.
You don't need to make reservations, but you may have to wait awhile to get seated if it's busy.
Favorite Dish: A wide variety of dishes.
They also have a buffet at certain times of the week, but at $17.99, it's overpriced for food that sits under a heat lamp. My wife chose the filet mignon from the menu, at $13.99, and she said it was very good.
Opened by a family from Trinidad in the summer of 2004, this is a unique restaurant for Fredericton. Pronounced "flay-vaz".
Since the owners are Muslim, alcohol is neither used as an ingredient, nor can you down a beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of your favourite spirit here. Although I haven't eaten here yet myself, I have been told by several who have, that the food is delicious !
They also offer take-out and delivery.
The restaurant is at street level so wheelchair access shouldn't be a problem, and their menu is posted in the front window.
Favorite Dish: Expect to find Caribbean spices used in the food.
Appetizers, soups and salads are between CDN$6.00-8.00, lunch items are between $10.00 - $13.00, and the dinner entrées are $19. or $20. Kid's menu items are $10.00, and dessert items are between $5.50 - $7.50.
They're open Monday to Friday from 11:30 - 9:00 pm, Saturday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm, and Sunday 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm.