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We are a full service restaurant located in Ingonish on the beautiful Cabot Trail. We open in May, the Friday of Mother's Day weekend and run until the end of October. We love great food and good times and that is what we strive to offer here at Coastal to all our guests. Featured on Food Networks "you gotta eat here" we specialize in gourmet burgers including our famous Ringer Burger which was also voted best burger in N.S. We also are known for great seafood, fresh battered fish n chips and homemade seafood chowder. And our homemade Cinnamon Roll Skillet other desserts are sure to satisfy that after dinner craving. Featuring live local music Tuesday - Sunday from the end of June until Labour
PRICE RANGE
C$8 - C$39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, Canadian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed October 26, 2023

The food was ok. I wanted to try because of You Gotta Eat Here. I would say it was mediocre at best. For a Nova Scotia fish feast it was not the best meal on our four day trip by car. Our best meal was...in Lunenberg by far. I’m a seafood foodie and it was expensive and average. I’d try something else if you want a great night out with great food.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2023

Very friendly wait staff and a quick kitchen. The seafood chowder was large and tasty. The missus could not finish the loaded nachos which were huge and flavorful.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 28, 2023

Had the best burger so far, the Canadian 150!! Mjam! My son had the Ringer burger, also great! Daughter had the Chicken Also nice that you can exchange fries for a fresh salad, in my case Cesar salad for a few bucks. Maybe a tip:...It was pretty cold inside, needed to put sweaters on. No need to put the airco for 19 degrees if the outside is 22. Just dehumidify is enough. Would save you in your powercosts perhaps?More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2023

Thank you John for the great review. We sell a ton of burgers and love that you enjoyed. We do have to watch the AC for sure. Sometimes we are running around and do not realize how cold it can be so we will definitely...More

Reviewed August 22, 2023

TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE! After spending a full week touring NS, this was the worst meal we had by far! I ordered fish and chips which arrived so overcooked and saturated in fat! I complained to the server as soon as the plate was put on...the table, to which the server replied that’s the way they always serve them. Considering we are on the NS coastline, you’d think they’d purchase and supply fresh fish, not some fish in batter bought that comes in your typical bar. My wife’s meal of scallops was equally bad and again most likely straight out of a catering pack straight out of the freezer. Clearly this restaurant does not have chefs, just people who take catering pack food out of the freezer and throw them into a deep fat fryer. Avoid this so called restaurant at all costs!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2023

Wow Robert. you really did not enjoy your food. We apologize as your meals should have been taken off as we don't want anyone leaving unhappy. unfortunately we live in a world of social media and instead of asking for an owner you had to...More

Reviewed July 29, 2023 via mobile

We had a good meal here. American style food with a little seafood thrown in. Bar type place but a lot of families were there with small kids. Got here about 5:20 and line had not formed yet but did soon. Not a long line,...but the place closed at 8, so that is a factorMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2023

Thank you for the great review Karac. We have line ups a lot but work hard to get everyone fed. We appreciate you stopping in for a bite. Jason & Keith

Reviewed July 28, 2023

Food was so good! We arrived on a Monday at 6:30pm, and were shocked to see a line up. We were given a pager and told an hour wait, which we gladly waited for even though we had a 6 month old and it was...very hot out. You can get a drink and bring it outside, which is nice to help pass the time. It was obvious how hard the staff was working to get everyone in and fed. We both got the burger and fries, and it was soo worth the wait. If we are in Ingonish again we would probably do one night eating in and one night ordering take out as we saw that was an option. Overall we had a great experience.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2023

Thank you Tristan for the excellent review. It has been so busy so to hear you enjoyed is great. We have had line ups for about 5 weeks now and do our best to keep up with our great team. Hope to see you again....More

Reviewed July 14, 2023

My husband and I had dinner at Coastal Restaurant and Pub recently. I had the Lobster Sandwich and my husband had The Ringer Burger. I would highly recommend both. My sandwich had ALOT of lobster and my husband's burger was fantastic. I would highly recommend...this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a delicious meal with excellent service and good atmosphere.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2023

Hi Brooke. Thank you for the great 5 star review. it is reviews like these that keep us going. to hear you enjoyed the meal but also the service and atmosphere, that is exactly what we want for our customers as we love having a...More

Reviewed July 10, 2023

We arrived after 2 hikes and needed some sustenance. We were not disappointed - the food was tasty and plenty with a nice choice of drinks. The service was prompt and provided with a smile. Sitting outside in a shade on a very warm day...was a bonus.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2023

Thank you so much JC for the 5 stars. Nice to hear you enjoyed your meal and it was served with a smile. Our team is great and enjoy what they do. Thank you very much for coming and having a bite with us. Jason...More

Reviewed July 10, 2023

Coastal was on our list to eat at due to the great reviews. We both had a meal for lunch from their menu section featured under the TV program "You Gotta Eat Here". I had a seafood chowder with mussels and it was delicious! My...wife had a Ringer burger and enjoyed it. The potato she had with it wasn't fully cooked possibly due to it's large size, but was still an enjoyable meal. Great music there at a nice volume for eating and talking.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2023

Thank you William for the great 5 star review. Very happy you enjoyed everything and liked the music and vibe to our place. I will certainly look at our baked potato and make sure the bigger ones are cooked better. We appreciate you telling us...More

Reviewed June 17, 2023 via mobile

We had a very nice dinner. Arrived at 7:15 and didn’t notice that closing time was 7:30. We still got seated and appreciated that staff served us. We were happy to receive complimentary mussels. My partner’s dinner was accurate but mine did not have clam...strips listed with the seafood dinner. I mentioned that it was my sole reason for ordering it and received a discount. Staff assured me that the menus would be updated as well as the wildly out of date website. The website showed incorrect prices and menu items.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2023

Hi and thank you for the nice review. We are still working out the kinks on Menu items. Our menu was printed with that one mistake. Hopefully we will have it fixed soon. We try to take care of our customers and happy you got...More

Reviewed May 30, 2023 via mobile

Coastal Restaurant & Pub conspired with the Cabot Trails tour from a cruise ship to feed us a ham sandwich and gummy chowder. If you don’t want tourists on Cape Breton Island, just say so. Maybe they treat locals better, or maybe they don’t consider...cruise ship passengers real tourists, but either way they should ashamed of the contemptible table they set for their guests on May 30, 2023.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2023

Hi Todd. We are very sorry to hear this. I will explain our menu but wish you would have said something while you were here instead of running to social media as you have. Just talk to people and stop running to a keyboard. Our...More

Reviewed May 13, 2023

We had the pan fried haddock and a ringer burger. Everything was very good, especially the burger! And Eugene was the greatest. We would recommend!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2023

Thank you for coming by on our opening weekend. Very happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Eugene has been with us for many years and is a close friend as well. He is fantastic. Thank you again for popping in. Jason & Keith

Reviewed February 21, 2023

Well worth the wait on a crowded August day for great burgers, salads, and more, plus lots of different local beer and cider. Fun place!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2023

Thanks so much Sandy for coming by. we love that you enjoyed everything but also mentioned us as a fun place. we love hearing that. Thank you for your support and great review. Jason & Keith

Reviewed December 19, 2022

My Fiancé and I were on a tour of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Friendly staff, great dinner! We had the Lobster and a Clam Chowder. PS: ask about the T shirts for motorcyclists! For a good cause.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2023

So happy Leslie that you enjoyed the lobster dinner. They are so good in this part of canada. Thanks for coming by and having a bite with us. Jason & Keith

Reviewed October 14, 2022 via mobile

Stopped in without knowing it that is was featured on " you gotta eat here" and felt more confident after noting that. Didn't disappoint! Staff and owners were awesome in a busy time of day. Burgers got rave reviews ( especially with the Ringer sauce)...from our table and the Waffle fries hit the spot! Would be a fun spot to hang over a few pints after Good food.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Coastal Restaurant, Owner at Coastal Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2023

Thanks so much for the awesome review. Very happy you enjoyed your time with us and experienced the down home feel we want everyone to feel. If you ever make it back let us know as we would love to say hello. Jason & Keith

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Hello. It is a root beer float with pop, vanilla ice ream and whip cream. Very good.
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hello and thank you for your inquiry. we are a pub style restaurant and serve a variety of items. we are most known for our gourmet burgers, which our ringer burger was featured on the food network. we sell great seafood... More
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There are many varieties available. Something for everyone. Adult & child options available.
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  • Food: 4
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