South Shore and Annapolis Valley Restaurants

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  • 1. Charlotte Lane Café

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    Chef-owner Roland Glauser whips up creative seafood, meat, and pasta dishes in a restored building that started out as a butcher shop in the mid-1800s....

    Chef-owner Roland Glauser whips up creative seafood, meat, and pasta dishes in a restored building that started out as a butcher shop in the mid-1800s. A Swiss influence is evident in many dishes on the extensive menu, including pork tenderloin Zurich-style (braised with mushrooms and demi-glace sauce). The café has a pleasant garden patio and a craft shop. Reservations aren't accepted at lunch but are requested for dinner.

    13 Charlotte La., Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T 1W0, Canada
    902-875–3314

    Known For

    • <PRO>award-winning Taste of Nova Scotia chowder</PRO>
    • <PRO>local ingredients</PRO>
    • <PRO>intimate setting</PRO>

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. and mid-Dec.–early May
  • 2. Church Brewing

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    Housed in a converted stone church complete with stained glass windows, Church Brewing produces tasty beers and has a fabulous menu of upscale pub grub...

    Housed in a converted stone church complete with stained glass windows, Church Brewing produces tasty beers and has a fabulous menu of upscale pub grub with a farm-to-table focus. There's a huge patio out front that overlooks the hustle and bustle of Main Street, and there's often live music in the evenings and on the weekends. 

    329 Main St., Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 1C4, Canada
    902-542–2337

    Known For

    • Fun and friendly atmosphere
    • Church Burger
    • Reservations recommended in the summer

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations recommended
  • 3. Grand Banker Bar and Grill

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    With a focus on fresh produce and local seafood, the Grand Banker is a great spot for a tasty lunch or dinner overlooking the harbor...

    With a focus on fresh produce and local seafood, the Grand Banker is a great spot for a tasty lunch or dinner overlooking the harbor whether you're in the mood for wings and a craft beer, lobster mac ’n’ cheese, or rack of lamb. There's an impressive selection of Nova Scotian wines, and you can order a five 2-ounce glass sampler for C$22, as well as a cocktail list that embraces locally distilled liquors.  

    82 Montague St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
    902-634–3300

    Known For

    • Seafood-packed chowder
    • Local craft brews
    • Fun, lively atmosphere
  • 4. La Cuisine Robicheau

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    Firmly established as the best place to eat along this stretch of the coast, La Cuisine Robicheau overlooks the ocean and specializes in seafood and...

    Firmly established as the best place to eat along this stretch of the coast, La Cuisine Robicheau overlooks the ocean and specializes in seafood and Acadian cuisine. The excellent pâté à la râpure (rappie pie) is usually the first thing to sell out, so come early. Other good choices include the fricot aux poutines râpées à la poule (chicken soup with potato dumplings). 

    9651 Hwy. 1, Nova Scotia, B0W 2Z0, Canada
    902-769–2121

    Known For

    • Early closing at 7 pm
    • Intimate dining experience, with five individually styled areas
    • BYO wine policy

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., Reservations essential
  • 5. Le Caveau

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    The restaurant at the Domaine de Grand Pré vineyard has been showered with accolades, including being named "one of the world's 20 best winery restaurants"...

    The restaurant at the Domaine de Grand Pré vineyard has been showered with accolades, including being named "one of the world's 20 best winery restaurants" by Wine Access Magazine. Aside from the excellent wines, the interesting menu features local seafood, game, meat, and vegetarian options. Wines produced right here are joined on the list by a good international selection.

    11611 Hwy. 1, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, B0P 1M0, Canada
    902-542–7177

    Known For

    • Lovely patio shaded by grapevines
    • Excellent wine list
    • Inventive combinations of top-quality ingredients

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations recommended.
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  • 6. Salt Shaker Deli and Inn

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    In a gorgeous location by the water, this restaurant is much more than just a deli, with a long menu that includes an award-winning chowder,...

    In a gorgeous location by the water, this restaurant is much more than just a deli, with a long menu that includes an award-winning chowder, gourmet sandwiches, hand-rolled, thin-crust pizzas, inventive burgers with an international slant, and plenty of vegetarian choices. In the evening, chef Martin Ruiz Salvador adds a short dinner menu to the options, with dishes like scallop linguine and fisherman's stew. You'll find Nova Scotian and international wines on the drinks list, plus craft beers and cocktails.

    124 Montague St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
    902-640–3434

    Known For

    • Good range of expertly prepared dishes
    • Waterfront patio overlooking the harbor
    • Local Nova Scotian wines
  • 7. Sydney Street Pub and Café

    $$$ | Seafood

    You don't have to dine on the waterfront in Digby to enjoy great seafood and good views, and this friendly pub offers both. Just uphill...

    You don't have to dine on the waterfront in Digby to enjoy great seafood and good views, and this friendly pub offers both. Just uphill from the main street, its two-story deck has great sea views, and the menu mostly features local seafood that couldn't be any fresher. There are other choices, too, including vegetarian and vegan options, and any dish can be downsized for children. All are made from locally sourced ingredients, cooked to perfection by the talented chef, and there's local beer, locally roasted coffee, and occasional local live music.

    14 Sydney St., Digby, Nova Scotia, B0V 1A0, Canada
    902-245–1066

    Known For

    • Expertly cooked local scallops
    • Beautifully restored historic building
    • Local beer, coffee, and live music

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues.
  • 8. Tom's Lobster Shack

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    The lobster rolls served at this takeout-only spot are divine, filled with fat chunks of lobster and served with a pickle and potato chips on...

    The lobster rolls served at this takeout-only spot are divine, filled with fat chunks of lobster and served with a pickle and potato chips on the side. Order a classic (with celery and mayo), cajun (spicier version of the classic), or naked (pure lobster) and sit by the water to enjoy. Tom's also serves a few other seafood dishes (smoked salmon bagels, seafood pasta, fishcakes) and all are delicious. 

    110 Peggys Point Rd., Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, B3Z 3S2, Canada
    902-943–3950

    Known For

    • Fast, friendly service
    • Ice-cream cones
    • Salted caramel chocolate pate dessert
  • 9. Bistro East

    $$$

    Offering seafood, steaks, pasta and pizza, the food at this dinner-only spot is consistent and delicious, with many ingredients locally sourced. The atmosphere is warm...

    Offering seafood, steaks, pasta and pizza, the food at this dinner-only spot is consistent and delicious, with many ingredients locally sourced. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and the service is top-notch. 

    274 St. George St., Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada
    902-532–7992

    Known For

    • Pastas freshly made in-house
    • Chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream
    • Excellent fresh seafood dishes

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch
  • 10. Boxing Rock Taproom

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    The menu isn't huge at this funky taproom, but the charcuterie boards, sandwiches, and pizza—all of which showcase local produce—do go perfectly with this craft...

    The menu isn't huge at this funky taproom, but the charcuterie boards, sandwiches, and pizza—all of which showcase local produce—do go perfectly with this craft brewery's tasty beers. You can sit out on the spacious patio or inside, and there's even an axe-throwing studio on-site to make your evening a little more entertaining. You can pick up beers to go at the attached retail store.

    218 Water St., Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T 1W0, Canada
    902-494–9233

    Known For

    • Occasional live music
    • Being a fun, vibrant local hangout
    • Offers private beer and food pairing experiences
  • 11. Cocoa Pesto Bistro

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    A warm welcome and elegant surroundings provide a great first impression here, but it's the delicious, fresh, and health-conscious cuisine that lingers in memory. The...

    A warm welcome and elegant surroundings provide a great first impression here, but it's the delicious, fresh, and health-conscious cuisine that lingers in memory. The menu changes seasonally, but always includes dry-rub or honey-glazed pork ribs straight from an apple-wood smoker. The bistro's rooms have a minimalist look that nicely balances the heritage building's original architectural features, and a patio provides outside dining in summer.

    494 King St., Windsor, Nova Scotia, BON 2TO, Canada
    902-472–3300

    Known For

    • <PRO>location in a nice old building</PRO>
    • <PRO>some gluten-free options</PRO>
    • <PRO>unpretentious menu ranges from upscale mains to pub favorites</PRO>

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch Mon. and Tues., no brunch weekdays
  • 12. Edna's Bakeries Ltd.

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    This delightfully old-fashioned bakery supplies traditional Maritimes brown bread to all the restaurants in the area and is the best spot to grab sticky pecan...

    This delightfully old-fashioned bakery supplies traditional Maritimes brown bread to all the restaurants in the area and is the best spot to grab sticky pecan buns, ginger snaps, date squares, and other retro baked goods. 

    3151 Evangeline Trail, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 4A5, Canada
    902-649–2080

    Known For

    • Treats just like Grandma used to make
    • Amazing cheese loaf
    • Local flavor

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Cash only
  • 13. Fo'c'sle Tavern

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    This rustic midtown spot—a former store, stable, and Nova Scotia's oldest rural inn, dating to 1764—is full of natural pine and local art, and its...

    This rustic midtown spot—a former store, stable, and Nova Scotia's oldest rural inn, dating to 1764—is full of natural pine and local art, and its staff and clientele treat regulars and newcomers like kin. In the windowed front section, a woodstove keeps things warm on chilly nights, and year-round you can order from a menu that's strong on seafood and comfort food. Lighter fare is also served, along with plenty of craft beers.

    42 Queen St., Chester, Nova Scotia, B0J 1J0, Canada
    902-275–1408

    Known For

    • Live music some nights of the week
    • Weekend brunches with lots of choices
    • Craft beers on tap
  • 14. Fundy Restaurant

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    A waterfront location with stunning harbor views and great seafood make this a prime spot in Digby to sample the world-famous local scallops as well...

    A waterfront location with stunning harbor views and great seafood make this a prime spot in Digby to sample the world-famous local scallops as well as lobster, salmon, Bay of Fundy halibut, and a few nonseafood dishes for good measure. The lunch menu is lighter and includes chowder, sandwiches, fish-and-chips, and a crispy "seaburger," plus a kids' menu with plenty of choices. On the same premises, the Dockside Restaurant and Bar has a waterfront deck.

    34 Water St., Digby, Nova Scotia, B0V 1A0, Canada
    902-245–4950

    Known For

    • Seafood samplers
    • Extensive gluten-free menu
    • Good place to watch the Fundy tide come in or go out
  • 15. Gaia Global Kitchen

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    This funky spot that started out as a food truck offers an eclectic and tasty menu that runs from jerk chicken bowls to butter chicken...

    This funky spot that started out as a food truck offers an eclectic and tasty menu that runs from jerk chicken bowls to butter chicken poutine to fish-and-chips. The dining room doubles as a gallery space, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. There's a good selection of local craft beers, ciders, and wines. They are known for catering to any food sensitivities. 

    222 Main St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 1C8, Canada
    902-881–2627

    Known For

    • Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options
    • Fun and friendly staff
    • Tasty banh mi sandwiches

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Sun. and Mon.
  • 16. Hall's Harbour Lobster Pound & Restaurant

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    If you're in the neighborhood during lobster season, this site is well worth a visit. It's one of the largest lobster holding facilities in Canada,...

    If you're in the neighborhood during lobster season, this site is well worth a visit. It's one of the largest lobster holding facilities in Canada, storing live lobsters in temperature-controlled pounds until they can be packed and shipped to international destinations. You can pick out a lobster and have it prepared in the "cook shack" and delivered to you in the waterfront dining room. Or buy a live one to go.

    1157 W. Halls Harbour Rd., Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia, B0P 1J0, Canada
    902-679–5299

    Known For

    • Pick your own lobster
    • Live lobsters for sale
    • Waterfront dining room

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed late Oct.–early May
  • 17. Honey Bee Deli and Ice Cream Parlor

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    Initially known for having the best ice cream around, this fun spot expanded into serving excellent sushi and has become an appealing option for lunch...

    Initially known for having the best ice cream around, this fun spot expanded into serving excellent sushi and has become an appealing option for lunch or dinner as well as dessert. 

    409 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 1G3, Canada
    902-748–0900

    Known For

    • Decadent ice cream cupcakes
    • Perfect Korean fried chicken
    • Wide selection of bubble teas

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 18. JoAnne's Quick-n-Tasty

    $ | Coffee

    Devotees swear by the hot lobster sandwich at this retro diner—indeed, Haligonians have been known to make the three-hour trek just to dine on the...

    Devotees swear by the hot lobster sandwich at this retro diner—indeed, Haligonians have been known to make the three-hour trek just to dine on the creamed crustacean concoction that was supposedly invented here. Laminated tables, vinyl banquettes, and bright lights greet you, and it all looks much as it did circa 1960. Other reliable options include fresh seafood, no-nonsense standbys like turkey burgers and club sandwiches, and traditional desserts.

    490 Hwy. 1, Dayton, Nova Scotia, B5A 5A2, Canada
    902-742–6606

    Known For

    • Retro lunchtime spot
    • Excellent lobster and other seafood
    • Early closing time of 7 pm

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Feb.
  • 19. Mug & Anchor Pub

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    Take in a view of the bay from inside this old, British-style alehouse, or enjoy waterside dining on the back deck. The menu includes basic...

    Take in a view of the bay from inside this old, British-style alehouse, or enjoy waterside dining on the back deck. The menu includes basic pub fare, such as fish-and-chips and steak and ale pie. Lunenburg scallops are a specialty, as is the Mug & Anchor meat pie, and the kids menu will please even the fussiest young diner. The pub hosts live music on Saturday evening.

    643 Main St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, B0J 2E0, Canada
    902-624–6378

    Known For

    • Lobster rolls and scallops
    • Great selection of local beers on tap
    • Picturesque location
  • 20. No. 9 Coffee Bar

    $ | Coffee

    This adorable café serves excellent coffee and a range of baked treats that you can enjoy in their antique-furniture-filled parlor or leafy backyard patio. ...

    This adorable café serves excellent coffee and a range of baked treats that you can enjoy in their antique-furniture-filled parlor or leafy backyard patio. 

    135 Montague St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0, Canada
    902-634–3204

    Known For

    • Great place to hide away with a book
    • Tons of vintage charm
    • Great vegan treats and desserts

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