New Brunswick: Your Portal to Dairy-Free Eats in this Maritime Province

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Last Update in August 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in New Brunswick that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

Dairy-Free New Brunswick: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Gahan House in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John, New Brunswick

Dairy-Free New Brunswick: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Alma

  • An Octopus Garden Cafe – They have a vegan burrito bowl on their menu, but are also friendly toward dairy-free guests. They have sandwich options and some other dishes. Their staff can also accommodate gluten-free needs.
  • Kayak Fundy Cafe – This kayak shop / cafe combo has a small menu with some vegan lunch options. They also have vegan chocolate cake on their dessert menu.
  • Pizza13 – Their vegetarian menu includes a whole array of vegan “cauliflower wings” and a vegan marinara pizza. Other cheeseless dairy-free pizzas can be ordered.

Bathurst

  • Classic Burger – Reportedly, both their classic bun and their gluten-free bun are dairy-free (and vegan), so you can custom order many of their burgers without cheese. Or you can simply build your own burger. They offer several patty options, including a vegan one. They often have a vegan and dairy-free dessert, too.
  • Paparazzi Poutine ⭐️ – Their huge poutine menu includes a few vegan options, including The Oprah, The Beyonce, and The Ellen Degeneres. They offer dairy-free cheese curds and their poutine gravy gluten-free and vegan. You can substitute dairy-free cheese on any of their poutines, adding several more options – depending on the other toppings.

Dieppe

  • Copper Branch ⭐️ – This is a vegan restaurant chain that serves power bowls, burgers, sandwiches, soups, all-day breakfast (gluten-free bagel sandwiches are a feature), smoothies, coffee drinks, and desserts.
  • Crèmerie Amiro Dairy Bar – They scoop vegan sorbet in creamy flavors like peanut butter & jam, chocolate, or coconut.
  • Famous Peppers – This pizza spot offers their own house cashew cheese alternative, has a vegan pizza on the menu (plus some vegetarian ones that can be ordered vegan), and most of their pizzas can be custom ordered dairy free. They also make grilled sandwiches.
  • Goji’s Neighborhood Treatery – This is an ice cream and froyo shop with rotating options for dairy-free soft serve. They have creamy flavors made with almond milk or coconut milk, and offer dairy-free Dole Whip flavors.
  • La Diperie – You’ll have to resist many of their desserts, but you’ll be rewarded with their edible vegan cookie dough. It’s available in four flavours. They often have at least one vegan soft serve flavour and a couple other cool dairy-free treats, too.
  • Maharaja ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests, and includes many favorite Indian dishes. Most of their entrees are dairy-free – aside from the more obvious “butter” and paneer options.
  • Mansu BBQ – This very popular restaurant serves Korean dishes and sushi. Much of their menu is naturally dairy-free, but they’re friendly toward special diet guests in general, and have gluten-free options clearly labeled, along with a few vegan options.
  • Mimziz Macaron – This is a gluten-free bakery, and they use a lot of dairy. But they do have some dairy-free and vegan cream pies, and also take custom orders.
  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • The Carefree Cakery – They bake cakes for all occasions, and offer vegan flavours, including black forest, lemon drop, blueberry harvest, chocolate macaroon, and chocolate almond.
  • Veggie Vietnam – Their menu is entirely vegetarian, and most dishes are also vegan. Even more are dairy-free – they primarily use eggs in a few dishes. All of their desserts are vegan, too!

Fredericton

  • Brewbakers – Enjoy casual fine dining at this local restaurant. They offer a vegan appetizer, a couple unique pasta dishes, and even a full ice cream sundae. Some additional dishes can be ordered dairy-free, and they have several gluten-free options on their menu.
  • Byblos Restaurant & Bar – Their Lebanese menu is clearly labeled for vegan (and gluten-free) options and they offer several additional dairy-free items.
  • Cafe Loka – This coffee bar and bistro offers various dairy-free and vegan options, including bagels and “cream cheese,” almond or soy lattes, some quick lunch options (including pizzas on special), local breads, and typically some sweets (sometimes they have “cheesecake”).
  • Caribbean Flavas – Most of the menu at this halal restaurant is or can be ordered dairy-free, and they also have vegan options for almost everything. They serve kebabs, jerk dishes, curries, and burgers.
  • Chef Rick Meals to Go – This is a collaboration, where you can often find dairy-free foods from a handful of local companies.
  • Cinnamon Cafe – This is a vegetarian Persian restaurant, but all of their entrees were dairy-free (at last check) and most were vegan. They also offer some vegan desserts, and have gluten-free options.
  • Corn Crib – This is a local natural food and health store that carries a good selection of local foods with dairy-free, vegan, and other special diet options.
  • Decadence Fine Baked Goods – This is a local gluten-free bakery that also offers a few vegan treats. Some items can be custom ordered dairy-free.
  • Fuller Confections ⭐️ – They don’t have their own retail shop, but you can find this vegan baker at the local farmers market. They offer cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, ice cream, and more weekly, and also bake custom order cakes. Their selection includes some gluten-free options.
  • Gahan House – We’re not sure if they still update their dairy-free menu, but this pub continues to be known for great dairy-free options. At last check, they had burgers, fish and chips, and several other seafood dishes, but of course, check on their latest options. They also have many options for gluten-free guests.
  • Goji’s Neighborhood Treatery – This is an ice cream and froyo shop with rotating options for dairy-free soft serve. They have creamy flavors made with almond milk or coconut milk, and offer dairy-free Dole Whip flavors.
  • Isaac’s Way Restaurant – They offer several vegan dishes nightly, like squash wellington, stuffed portobellos, and two types of burgers. Additional menu items can be ordered dairy free. They have a
  • Saffron Indian Foods – This is a local food vendor that boldly offers vegan menu items and proudly caters to dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free guests, too.
  • The Abbey Café & Gallery – Enjoy local art and vegan eats at this casual cafe. They make burritos, paninis, hot and cold bowls, and have a short morning window when you can enjoy their breakfast menu.
  • The Happy Baker – They offer dairy-free breads and dairy-free, gluten-free breads. They have two soups daily, and one or both is typically dairy-free, plus you can order toasts and sandwiches without dairy.
  • The Midsea – Enjoy Lebanese food, with everything from shawarmas to kabobs and falafels. They also offer gluten free and vegan options.
  • The Tipsy Muse Café ⭐️ – They offer vegan Montreal-style bagels with whipped dairy-free butter and six difference vegan cream cheese options (one Daiya, but the rest from local Scottage Cheeze). They also have dairy-free optional and vegan bagel sandwiches, a whole range of vegan pastries, and vegan cake by the slice.

Grand Manan

  • Goji’s Neighborhood Treatery – This is an ice cream and froyo shop with rotating options for dairy-free soft serve. They have creamy flavors made with almond milk or coconut milk, and offer dairy-free Dole Whip flavors.

Hillsborough

Miramichi

  • Dooryard Co. Fresh Food Market – They offer healthy, dairy-free smoothies, smoothie bowls, and kombucha on tap. Their cafe menu also includes some dairy-free and vegan options.
  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.

Moncton

  • Beavertails – These artisanal Canadian pastries are made with whole wheat flour, hand-stretched, and fried. They can be ordered dairy-free and vegan on request.
  • Calactus ⭐️ – This is a vegetarian restaurant, but everything on their menu can be ordered vegan. They have a very eclectic array of casual dishes.
  • Classic Burger – According to the company, their potato, pretzel, brioche, and gluten free buns are all airy free! So you can custom order many of their burgers without cheese. Or you can simply build your own burger. They offer several patty options, including a vegan one. They often have a vegan and dairy-free dessert, too.
  • CoPain Artisan Bread Company – Most of the breads at this local bakery and dairy-free and many are also vegan.
  • Corn Crib – This is a local natural food and health store that carries a good selection of local foods with dairy-free, vegan, and other special diet options.
  • Dolma Food – This grocery store focuses on locally-sourced fresh foods and products. They often have some dairy-free surprises and are great for sourcing local ingredients.
  • Gahan House – We’re not sure if they still update their dairy-free menu, but this pub continues to be known for great dairy-free options. At last check, they had burgers, fish and chips, and several other seafood dishes, but of course, check on their latest options. They also have many options for gluten-free guests.
  • Gluten Free Keto Girl – This shop is pretty dairy-heavy, but that heave begun experimenting with some dairy-free items, like egg rolls and bagels.
  • Goji’s Neighborhood Treatery – This is an ice cream and froyo shop with rotating options for dairy-free soft serve. They have creamy flavors made with almond milk or coconut milk, and offer dairy-free Dole Whip flavors.
  • Gusto Italian Grill & Bar – Their menu is quite dairy heavy, but they are friendly toward dairy-free and gluten-free guests. A few dishes can be custom ordered without cheese or cream, and they have a gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate torta on the dessert menu.
  • Halo Donuts – They offer three to four different flavours of vegan donuts, and usually change their selection every couple of days.
  • Lost & Found Ice Cream – They offer a couple dairy-free flavours daily, but the options do rotate. You might find creamy vanilla coconut, chocolate sorbet, or seasonal fruit sorbet.
  • McSweeney’s Dinner Theatre ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled for dairy-free guests, and at last check, almost everything (aside from dessert) was listed as dairy-free! They also label gluten-free choices and typically have a vegan entree available (we saw enchiladas).
  • Paparazzi Poutine ⭐️ – Their huge poutine menu includes a few vegan options, including The Oprah, The Beyonce, and The Ellen Degeneres. They offer dairy-free cheese curds and their poutine gravy gluten-free and vegan. You can substitute dairy-free cheese on any of their poutines, adding several more options – depending on the other toppings.
  • Pomodori – In true Italian fashion, they have a marinara pizza that’s cheeseless and vegan-friendly. Of course, you can enjoy one of their other pizzas without cheese, and they have salads that can be custom ordered without dairy. They also offer dairy-free sorbetto/gelato in a couple flavors.
  • Red Earth Kitchen – They don’t have a storefront, but you can order their meals, snacks, and treats for weekly pick up or delivery. Their healthy menu always includes dairy-free and paleo options.
  • Sequoia – This local natural food and health store offers organic and local foods, special diet snacks, and some grab-and-go foods, including vegan lunch salads and soups.
  • Tide & Boar Gastropub – This pub turned brewery offers a vegan big mac, complete with dairy-free cheese. Consequently you can easily order a regular dairy-free burger, and they do have a couple other dairy-free options.

Rothesay

  • Pomodori – In true Italian fashion, they have a marinara pizza that’s cheeseless and vegan-friendly. Of course, you can enjoy one of their other pizzas without cheese, and they have salads that can be custom ordered without dairy. They also offer dairy-free sorbetto/gelato in a couple flavors.
  • Splash – As a Thai restaurant, they do offer many naturally dairy free options. But this is known as an excellent restaurant that is quite accommodating to dairy-free diners, too.

Sackville

  • The Cackling Goose Market – This is a gluten-free bakery and specialty goods shop. At last check, all of their baked goods, including breads, cinnamon rolls, and custom order cakes, were also vegan-friendly and free of nuts, corn, soy, and sesame – but check!

Saint John

  • Beavertails – These artisanal Canadian pastries are made with whole wheat flour, hand-stretched, and fried. They can be ordered dairy-free and vegan on request.
  • Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream – This unique creamery churns their flavors in small batches, and packs them into glass jar pints. Their typically have a dairy-free flavour or two on rotation, and experiment with different bases, including oat, almond, and coconut.
  • Britt’s Pub & Eatery – They offer several plant-based items on their menu, including a tofu burger, bao buns, and a bbq jackfruit and dairy-free cashew mac bowl. Some additional items can be ordered dairy free.
  • Corn Crib – This is a local natural food and health store that carries a good selection of local foods with dairy-free, vegan, and other special diet options.
  • Ethel & Mary’s – Their lunch menu includes some labeled dairy-free options, like a smoked mackerel plate, vegan ratatouille, and a bean and green salad. They usually have some additional choices in-restaurant or by custom order.
  • Gahan House – We’re not sure if they still update their dairy-free menu, but this pub continues to be known for great dairy-free options. At last check, they had burgers, fish and chips, and several other seafood dishes, but of course, check on their latest options. They also have many options for gluten-free guests.
  • Goji’s Neighborhood Treatery – This is an ice cream and froyo shop with rotating options for dairy-free soft serve. They have creamy flavors made with almond milk or coconut milk, and offer dairy-free Dole Whip flavors.
  • Naan-Ya Business – Unlike most naan dough, there’s is vegan. They specialize in stuffed naan and bake all vegan orders in a separate oven, complete with dairy-free margarine.
  • Pizza Studio – Like many places in New Brunswick, they use “lactose-free” instead of “dairy-free,” which is confusing. But they do offer a vegan, dairy-free cheese alternative, and have a range of sauces, toppings, and crusts to choose from. Ask in store for allergy information.
  • Pomodori – In true Italian fashion, they have a marinara pizza that’s cheeseless and vegan-friendly. Of course, you can enjoy one of their other pizzas without cheese, and they have salads that can be custom ordered without dairy. They also offer dairy-free sorbetto/gelato in a couple flavors.
  • Splash – As a Thai restaurant, they do offer many naturally dairy free options. But this is known as an excellent restaurant that is quite accommodating to dairy-free diners, too.
  • Taste of Egypt ⭐️ – The owners at Taste of Egypt reached out to let us know that they have many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options for diners. In fact, they label those items right on the menu! They offer various Mediterranean salads, tajines, falafel burgers, and more. They even have dairy-free and vegan baklava for dessert.
  • Vegolution – This is a vegetarian restaurant, but almost all items can be ordered dairy-free and/or vegan. Their menu includes a global mix of small plates and mains, along with vegan desserts, like carrot cake and panna cotta. They also source vegan wine and beer specifically.
  • Wok Box – This is a fresh Asian chain in Canada that is special diet friendly. They offer an allergen guide with their nutrition information, and naturally, most of their Asian menu is dairy-free. They also label which items can be made vegan and/or gluten-free.

Shediac

  • Adorable Chocolat – They offer a small selection of vegan dark chocolate products at this local chocolatier.
  • Cremerie Roule Ta Creme Ice Cream & Treats – They offer a dairy-free, vegan base for their rolled ice cream and have topping and mix in options available.
  • Goji’s Neighborhood Treatery – This is an ice cream and froyo shop with rotating options for dairy-free soft serve. They have creamy flavors made with almond milk or coconut milk, and offer dairy-free Dole Whip flavors.
  • Le Moque-Tortue ⭐️ – This playful restaurant has an Alice in Wonderland theme, board games galore, and very fine food. They label their menu for options that are made without dairy or can be made without dairy, and it includes quite a few dishes. The same goes for gluten-free, and the staff is reportedly well trained with handling special diet requests. They also serve all types of drinks and have kombucha on tap.

Dairy-Free New Brunswick: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Quesada in Dieppe and Miramichi, New Brunswick 

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout New Brunswick

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in New Brunswick

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in New Brunswick. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • Leafy Gains – They bake vegan protein cookies in several flavors. You might spot them at local cafes or shops, but you can also message them to order direct.
  • Scottage Cheeze – This vegan company makes various dips, spreads, and cheese alternatives, and they’re working meals and appetizers, like lasagna and “scottza” sticks.

Dairy-Free New Brunswick: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Copper Branch in Dieppe, New Brunswick

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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