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Charlene's Bayside Cafe

9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-756-8004
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“chowder” (135 reviews)
“seafood” (54 reviews)
“scallops” (26 reviews)
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Seafood, Canadian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My partner dined myself & four of his work crew to lunch last Friday! The fish cakes & beans were excellent! Thank you for the lovely meal!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank WandaMac2015
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The fish chowder is quite famous in Nova Scotia and beyond. My favorite meal is the steak. Excellent price and excellent steak.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 19,460,509
Reviewed October 31, 2018

The seafood chowder was fantastic. I ordered a bowl of it because that was to be my entire dinner - it was more than I could eat. My husband had the stir fry scallops and he said it was great.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sue R
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We stopped at a restaurant farther up the road, but they didn't have gluten-free options for our son who can't eat gluten for medical reasons. A local couple highly recommended Charlene's and even had us follow them down the highway to ensure we wouldn't miss...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank AmaCQH
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

10 family members dropped in for a lunch, there was an assortment ordered, but as the sign on this little place said” Best Seafood Chowder” they were not wrong. There were people who have lived and worked on the sea as well as a Chef...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Wendy H
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Charlene's is a great family restaurant. But there is also a wonderful garden centre with unusually reasonable prices. Have a look if you're driving thru town

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SteveC C
Reviewed October 18, 2018

The options arround the lake are pretty limited so it's good that the existing places provide a solid quality in food & service. This place is in business for 10 yrs and no doubt - they are doing well. We, as tourists from Europe, would...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank TomD288
Reviewed October 17, 2018

We stopped on the way to Cabot Trail for a quick lunch. A funky little restaurant with an attached gift shop. The servers were very friendly, helpful and quick. My husband had the best Seafood Chowder on the island - chock full of lobster, crab,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank LoriB42
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Charlene's was recommended by some family members who spend more time in Cape Breton than we do. After doing a hike just outside of Whycocomagh we stopped for a late lunch. My husband and brother-in-law both had the seafood chowder and claimed it was as...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Wetherstone P
Reviewed October 11, 2018

We tried several chowders as it seems every town has someone that makes the best, but this one took the award! Literally, actually, they won a competition and won 1st place in all Cape Breton. The chowder was amazing- huge chunks of fish,crab,lobster,scallops and NO...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Kathy S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Whycocomagh
  • Phone Number: +1 902-756-8004
Relaxed diner, family friendly dining with hearty home cooked meals.
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