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10 Nova Scotia Restaurants You Need to Visit

Why, oh why, must there only be 3 meals in a day?

Well, you can squeeze in a few more. because Nova Scotia restaurants are as famous for their food as they are their breath-taking views.

Of course, you’re going to hear incredible things about the seafood. But Nova Scotia restaurants have so much more to offer, from day-making breakfasts to Instagram worthy desserts.

Which so much to offer, where do you start? Simple: Start reading.

1. Old Orchard Inn and Spa

Why not escape into an indulgent experience that you will never want to leave? This could become the happy place that your mind slips away to while you’re stuck at work or in traffic.

The Old Orchard has a very well-known and well-reviewed Inn, as well as a luxurious spa on site. However, it’s their restaurant that has foodies coming from all over the world.

They offer up decadent and proudly local ingredients, for an amazing lunch menu and unforgettable dining experience. Of course, you can always stay the night and start your day off with a warm breakfast.

2. The Bicycle Thief

If you’re in the mood for something with an Italian flair, stop into this place for lunch or dinner.

The Thief promises “North American food with Italian Soul,” as well as a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere.

Grab a table with a window seat and dive into such favorites as their slow-roasted Pork Ribs lacquered with their own BBQ sauce.

3. Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory

Looking for some dessert to bring home?

This waterfront favorite is enough to please any sweet tooth in your family. They also sell clothing and apparel for any rum lovers or amateur rum runners in your family.

All of their cakes give you a truly eastern Canada experience, with real rum or whiskey (bottled at beautiful Glenora Distillery on Cape Breton Island)in every tasty treat.

Online reviewers have praised this stop and said the delicious smell hits you as soon as you walk in the door and lets you know you’re in for something special.

4. John’s Lunch

When in Dartmouth, stop in to get an authentic “greasy spoon” dinner experience that has people talking.

People who have visited and reviewed John’s lunch rave about the fried clams and coleslaw. They’ve also been featured on Global TV and in the Huffington post as quite possibly the best fish and chips in the world. You heard us right!

5. EDNA (Eat Drink Nourish Always)

Eastern Canada’s tastiest acronym is a high-end bistro that has an incredible brunch with items like Duck confit or an oyster in case you’re suffering a bit from having too much fun the night before.

6. Salt Shaker Deli

This is one of the best places in Lunenburg to grab lunch.

Of course, online reviews all rave about the trademark lobster rolls. But they also have a lot of other incredible options, like their Banh Mi Burger, their pad thai, or even the Korean style braised chicken & rice burrito.

And of course, you can dine with a world-class view of Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

7. Best Little Oarhouse in Nova Scotia

I mean, if you give awards for seafood restaurant related puns, this place wins. Burt, Dolly or anyone who’s hungry won’t leave that way, guaranteed.

The fish and chip recipe comes courtesy of the chef’s Irish grandmother, so you will be able to taste the history and authenticity.

This Bridgewater favorite is also beloved for its fish tacos and amazing hand-cut french fries.

Nothing fancy, stuffy or pretentious here. Just amazing burgers and fish in a relaxed setting.

They may or may not be open for breakfast, depending on the time of the year. So if you’re hoping to get an early start there, you had better call them in advance or check out their Facebook page.

8. Grand Banker Bar and Grill

This is one of the most popular Nova Scotia restaurants, and with good reason.

Sit down for a high-end feast overlooking the Lunenburg Harbour, and give your taste buds a treat.

Their glowing online reviews rave about their seafood, wings and an extensive list of local and imported craft beers and a good wine list.

If you’re lucky you can even take in some amazing live music to add to the authentic Nova Scotia experience.

Or, you can stop in for their brunch, which includes a famous Eggs Benedict and $5.00 Caesars.

9. The Little Red Barn

In the mood for some pizza?

No list of Nova Scotia restaurants would be complete without this family friendly. and budget-friendly pizza joint.

The red and inviting exterior matches the freshness of their locally sourced ingredients, for a pizza experience that blows the big chains away.

They also do user-loved subs and garlic fingers. And for dessert, they also offer delicious sticky buns and cookies.

10. Waves Seafood & Grill

We tried to pepper in as many different types of cuisine as we could for this list. But let’s be honest, you’re probably the most interested in the world-famous seafood, so let’s finish with one more incredible seafood restaurant.

When in Bridgewater, be sure to stop in to try this tasty-never-stuffy comfort food heaven.

The online reviews can’t seem to say enough glowing things about the friendly service, or the hot and delicious portion sizes.

The most-loved menu items include their Bacon Mac N Cheese and their clam platter.

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