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Charlene's Bayside Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Seafood, Canadian, Soups
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9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-756-8004
11:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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Elmsdale, Canada
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My husband and I both had the seafood chowder . Delish! And chock full of seafood. Best seafood chowder we have ever had, including my own. Friendly staff. Good service. Would definitely go again when in the area.

Thank gotthetravelbug1969
Toronto Canada
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We first stopped at another place a few miles down the road and the service was laughably poor so we carried on to Charlene's. Just a quick bite, but it was great. Burger, chowder and a piece of pie. Eat here!

Thank djaffray2
North Port, Florida
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Homemade seafood chowder and also corn chowder. Excellent menu and great service. Selection of homemade desserts.

Thank AnneH81
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped here while travelling because another restaurant told us they did the best Chowder on the Island!! They weren't wrong!! Quaint place and worth a visit.

Thank Graham L
Maitland, Ontario
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We went there so I could have the famous chowder. Overall, I was disappointed. I like my chowder to have some creaminess to it, which this did not -- OK, that is a matter of personal taste. But there was supposed to be seven different kinds of seafood in the chowder. I had a large hunk of haddock, a very... More 

Thank Old_Piper
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72 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Was recommended to try here, so we did. Charlene the owner actually seated us and chatted, a lovely woman. I had the chowder which was good, but we waited for 45 minutes for our food while others who came in after us were all getting served?? I'm not sure why...service was very slow...waitresses seemed overwhelmed at times. Next time I... More 

Thank sunlover86
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had the chowder and Caesar salad. LOTS of seafood - great taste! Definitely a great choice! Charlene and staff were very friendly and gave lots of tips for exploring Cape Breton as well!

Thank Karen R
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

You have to try the chowder! eafood, no spuds. A1 Amazing cozy atmosphere, speedy friendly service .

Thank Denise A
Halifax, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

There were 3 people in our group. One ordered the toasted western ( best ever), the second ordered the daily Cold Plate special with 2 scoops of potato salad, cole slaw and marinated carrots. The meats were ham and turkey. I had the seafood chowder which was really good as well. The restaurant is basic, but the food is worth... More 

Thank teddifax1957
Springfield, Massachusetts
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128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We got a take out lunch here, so we could picnic in the lovely nearby provincial park. Everything was delicious. Our friends from Cape Breton say Charlene's is the best seafood chowder in the world and it is certainly right up there!

Thank Alison L S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
American, Seafood, Canadian, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?