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Rita's Tea Room & Gift Shop

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8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
+1 902-828-2667
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“quiche” (9 reviews)
“scones” (10 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What's a visit to the east coast without going to Rita's Tea Room? The fare is simple but substantial with tea....of course!.....and the best seafood chowder I have ever eaten. The atmosphere is quiet and restful, just what you want and need on a long...More

Thank Janet1949
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped to have a light lunch and tea at Rita's tea room with my husband and our friend. I was a big fan and now they are as well. The food was good although, not large portions...one scone to share between two people? I'm also...More

Thank bgdann
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to be passing and made a point of stopping in just to get a tea to go. The place was great, lots of memorabilia about her and the gift shop was nice. The lady who served us was so nice, she told us...More

Thank Barb L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here a few times. You can buy Rita's tapes, cd's and books etc in the gift shop. Also tea bags and other things. You have to look at the gifts. The restaurant serves fish chowder, and what we call devonshire tea which...More

Thank niteowel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Legendary Rita McNeil left a nice legacy in the tea shop. You can see her memorabilia on the walls and the building is in a converted historic schoolhouse. We had tea and desserts.

Thank NBTraveller68
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful tea room lovely Food with outstanding service and very welcoming staff will be returning to this lovely spot

Thank Jason B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely place! While touring Cape Breton, we stopped for lunch at Rita's Tea Room. As soon as we exited our vehicle, the sweet aroma of roses surrounded us. Upon entering the Tea Room, we were greeted warmly at the door by a lovely...More

Thank Sunnyskies21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

waited for place to open--well worth the wait server was very entertaining and great promoter of the tearoom too early for lunch but the server made the food sound sooo good-had lobster roll and vegetable soup-- highly recommended!!

Thank box534
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the opportunity to visit and was impressed by the quality of the tea room and friendly staff. The staff provided details of the artifacts on the wall and the life of Rita. Gift shop and tea were good and the chocolate/raspberry fudge was to...More

Thank trailerparkk
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Our (2017 edition) guide book said Rita's opening from July 1. So much for getting s new guide book. They opened on May 28. Great car park, nice venue, good scones and lemon meringue pie (generous portions too). I have no idea who Rita is,...More

Thank Stevethearchitect
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Tina P
21 March 2015|
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Response from Sylvia N | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I can answer a question about Rita's Tea House, which you find delightful. Do purchase some tea boxes as gifts to friends. I am certain they will love Rita's tea. On the question of puffins and whales, I cannot help... More
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Big Pond
  • Phone Number: +1 902-828-2667
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