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Licensed Bistro and Cafe serving Central European and local fare. Award winning restaurant known for handmade pasta and local seafood made with care and creativity. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Beautiful partly covered, pet friendly, brook side patio. Excellent cocktails and local beer on tap. Espresso machine. Award winning restaurant known for it’s creative dishes.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Canadian, Contemporary, Central-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Digital Payments, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Family style
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Reviewed February 17, 2024

We picked to eat dinner at the Octopus' Garden as one of two options. It was a bit cool in the restaurant and the temperature could have been a bit warmer. A few of the patrons wore their jackets throughout their meal. The restaurant has...a good menu selection however not all protein options were available. The wine selection was limited but the restaurant had a few good options. To be fair this is low season for the area. The service was at a good pace and we did not feel rushed during our stay. The server was attentive and engaging. The winning element of our dinner experience was the meal! Simply said, the food was delicious. We had two meals with pasta. The pasta was tender and delicious. The chicken parm was crispy and tasty as was the lobster linguini. We chose the browny and the French chocolate cake for dessert. The browny was delicious but the French chocolate cake was the ultimate dessert of the the two.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed September 26, 2023

Best place to eat in Alma! Scallops and Cod cooked to perfection. Homemade pasta absolutely wonderful. Chicken marsala with buttery mashed potatoes so good. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 22, 2023

I'm a basic person with basic needs - when I read the menu for this spot, I did not want to go. I still wouldn't return but based off of my wife's feedback, I would return if she wanted. There was nothing I ate that...was not good - we had a cheese board as an appetizer along with a salad. I ordered the Carbonaro and the wife ordered Arrabbiata - with her first bite she mentioned that it was delicious (hot, but delicious) - she tasted mine and also commented, "that's perfect". It was good, it just isn't something I would order. She looked at other folks dishes when they came out and she mentioned that they were perfect - it was a fine dining and the food looked amazing. I would say it is a gem to Alma!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 31, 2023

What a pleasant spot for breakfast! We had an outside table overlooking the brook which runs directly behind the restaurant. Our eggs benedict were excellent though I would likely not order it with smoked salmon next time. Although good, the salmon came with an upcharge...that I could do without. All in all, a very nice experience.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 21, 2023

Lunch was excellent. All food is homemade and nothing is deep fried…what a great change from the travel diet.Service was excellent, restrooms and restaurant spotless.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 19, 2023 via mobile

Best food in Alma! Restaurant is charming, but with no a/c it can be very warm inside. Service is homey and pleasant. Family style pasta was a hit in the past, but this time we decided on individual plates. We passed on appetizers and desserts....Lobster pasta was excellent with large chunks of lobster and delicious flavour. Chicken alfredo was really good. Scallop pasta had large scallops and was yummy. Linguine amatriciana was delicious. The pasta here is honestly among the best we’ve had. Unfortunately you’re paying fine dining prices, without the experience. Cheap paper napkins, really limited wine list (as expected), Costco bottled water….oh well. Its a tourist town with limited options. Forgot my phone, so sorry no pics!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 17, 2023

The food here is delicious but the flies are terrible. We did eat outside but the flies were inside as well. Perhaps they could use flypaper on the porch. Waitress was professional and did a good job.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 3, 2023

Homey, unpretentious, good food (including home made pasta), huge portions, great baked goods, great service, reasonable prices. The home-made bacon may be unhealthy but it's wonderful.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 29, 2023

2 of us shared the salad with scallops & Thai curry fish stew. Both were excellent. Very simple, laid back atmosphere. Our dishes were both delicious. Asked for extra bread (I believe housemade) and charged for this. Just needed to sop up the deliciousness of...the stew which was very mild and not heavy.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 25, 2023 via mobile

Food fantastic. I had the cod. Cod was great but the accompanying vegetables were so tasty on their own. Husband really enjoyed the Salmon Alfredo. We splurged on dessert too. Delicious. Hats off to the chef. Service was warm and friendly. Highly recommend

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 23, 2023

It was great to have a vegan option (burrito bowl) that was actually delicious and where they clearly put some thought & care into the dish. For some reason it's extra hard to find vegan food in areas that mostly sell seafood, so this is...a good find. Also really enjoyed the mango smoothie and the chia chocolate espresso pudding the server recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 10, 2023

We’ve been a few times and enjoyed everything we ordered. The house-made fresh pasta is excellent. Highlights from our last visit were the mussels and smoked salmon appetizers, duck confit, scallop pasta, and chicken alfredo. I have a dietary restriction and was very happy with...the recommendation our server made to work around it to get the kind of dish I wanted. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and the vibe is very comfortable. If I were being fussy, I’d expand the menu of local beers and suggest that there has to be a better solution to the boil order than charging $2 for bottled water (other, more humble spots have found it). Anyway, this café is unique in Alma and we’ve always thoroughly enjoyed our meals, so I’m rating it 5 stars.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 1, 2023

The food we ordered was the Asian Seafood Chowder that my wife and I shared. It was one of the best I have ever had. The coconut broth was delicious and the portions of scallop, lobster, salmon, mussels and cod were extremely fresh. Service was...excellent. In particular, Shannon was very helpful from the moment we walked in. It was on her recommendation that we ordered the item, and my wife and I enjoyed every spoonful of the Chowder. Being a resident of Alma, Shannon's recommendation of the Waterside Beach on Route 915 was also an excellent one, a very unique beach during the low tide in the Bay of Fundy.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 24, 2023 via mobile

Breakfast was excellent. Eggs Benedict for my husband, Belgian waffle for me. Both were delicious. Best coffee!!! Thank you Shannon. You were an exceptional server!!!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 22, 2023

We stopped here for a late lunch after arriving in Alma for a few dsys. We were not disappointed. Our server, Shannon, greeted us warmly and offered some suggestions. We happily took here advice. My wife and I split their Seafood Chowder to start. It...is over 1lb of fresh lobster, scallops, haddock and mussels in a thai red curry broth. I guess not a true chowder but amazing! Shannon told us the local lobster fishermen bring the shells to them and they make a 12 hr lobster stock...delicous! My wife had the grilled cod sandwich. I had a taste. Really good. I had the lobster sandwich. Came on a buttered, grilled bun and a ton of lightly dressed lobster. Best lobster sandwich/roll I have had so far on our maritimes trip (#1 of 4). I wish we had room for one of their homemafe desserts...they sounded great.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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furthermore...instead of speaking with us you chose to rant and rave and be verbally abusive to the girls out front. we have some of the best staff in the region and they do make mistakes much like you I'm sure...that does... More
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THE OCTOPUS' GARDEN CAFE AND BISTRO, Alma - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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The Octopus' Garden Cafe And Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4