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The Biscuit Eater Cafe & Books

16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
+1 902-624-2665
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“biscuits” (58 reviews)
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Cafe, International, Healthy, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

The Biscuit eater has some history with us. My wife and I first 'meal out' was here 3 years ago. There seem to have been a few changes over the period. The warm feeling and good food remains firmly in place. An interesting and different...More

Thank Pat D
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful escape when you’re in mahone bay. Sunday afternoon. Local guitarist playing. We shared the corn chowder and a breakfast bowl with the freshly made cheese biscuits. Cut of tea. Just sublime. In the summer, the garden is also open. It never stops...More

Thank Wayne S
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We have been coming here for years, and the food is still excellent: the biscuits, yes, the daily soups, the chili, and the glorious sandwiches. But on Saturday last, something had changed. A very different staff, rather lack lustre and unfocused and a group of...More

Thank bigharbour@gmail.com
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We have watched this place on FB from afar and it was nice to finally eat here today. We came in for coffee and a snack. We ate some scones (strawberry and rhubarb) - yummy! And buttermilk biscuits also delicious. The portions are huge! I...More

Thank Claudetteth
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Great coffee, friendly service, amazing sandwiches. Staff were happy to help us out with some hot water to warm a bottle for our 4 month old

Thank gwchamberlain
Reviewed 3 October 2017

And the coffee is also wonderful. I had a peach/mango scone with bumbleberry jam, and my friend had one of the buttermilk biscuit that the place is well-known for, also with bumbleberry jam & butter. There are books to peruse on the shelves, as well...More

Thank Rick L
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Family visit for brunch, we had a delicious selection of pastries and drinks, for the college students and parents and seniors. Very delightful atmosphere great service and quality food!

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 18 September 2017

My daughter and I went here and we loved the breakfast sandwhichs! She also loved the chai and I loved the americano.

Thank cocoanib
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We popped in for lunch and had chilli with mini scones and butter, which was delicious and a latte which was also perfect. Charming service and an eclectic setting. Recommended.

Thank Moshinsky
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This place was perfect for a brunch stop. We stopped here on a trip where we went from Philadelphia and all along the east coast and ended up in Nova Scotia. My husband and I both agree that this was the best place we've eaten...More

Thank ashball
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Carolyn D
14 April 2017|
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Response from biscuiteatercafe | Property representative |
We love dogs! Because of food regulations they can't come inside the restaurant but are more than welcome on our big patio 😊
11 March 2017|
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Response from AJ M | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is
22 January 2016|
Response from Cara W | Property representative |
Hi - We just saw your question on Trip Advisor. Yes, all of our sandwich specials can be made with gluten free bread, and we have various other gluten free options as well. We're open all year round. Thanks!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Mahone Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 902-624-2665
  • E-mail
The Biscuit Eater is a friendly community cafe and bookstore serving homemade, handmade goodness in Mahone Bay's oldest building. Fresh baked buttermilk biscuits, locally roasted coffee, stacks of cookies and baked treats, delicious soups, sandwiches and daily specials are all made with care daily by new owners Jessika and Chris and our talented chef Laurie Zwicker. Take a seat by the hearth in a cozy chair, have lunch in the library, grab a snack to go, or visit with old and new friends in the common room - here the warmth of community is alive, well, and waiting to welcome you. We are accessible, family friendly, inclusive and open to all our neighbours from our oldest customer (98!) to biscuit babies. Our new winter hours are Monday - Saturday from 9-4, keep your eye on our Facebook page for evening events, markets, and workshops. We are also available to host your special events, weddings, and creative retreats, contact us with your ideas and collaborations!
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