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Cafe, Seafood, Canadian, International
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Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed September 16, 2023 via mobile

The architecture and grounds at this place are amazing and worth the visit. The gardens are beautifully tended to, with many cool sculptures including artistic driftwood benches. We did not try the cafe because the menu prices were high end. You are definitely paying for...atmosphere to eat there. A stroll through the gallery and grounds was great on its own.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 8, 2023 via mobile

Poor service. I asked if I could be seated for drinks and they had plenty and they said they don’t seat for drinks only but I could take my drink and go out into the garden. So I asked well how am I getting my...drink in. They said glass and I would have to bring back the glass. I thought it was weird. Drinks are almost if not the same as the prices for food and I have to fetch and bring back my glass and not even be seated? Needless to say, I left without purchasing brighter food nor drinks. Go to the small local shop opposite this store, called Fox for unpretentiousnessMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 26, 2023

Our family of four (kids ages 4 & 8) spent a couple hours taking in this wonderful place. In the back, the gardens boast many truly breathtaking displays. Lots of places to sit on unique furniture and enjoy the views. Inside, there are several shops...selling the work of artisans. Beautiful Pottery, glassware, jewellery, clothing, artwork, furniture, and more. We had lunch in the cafe. There were great gluten free options, the pad Thai was delicious! The kids liked the pizza and linguine, and my husband had the delicious lobster spinach quiche. All served on amazing handmade flatware that can be purchased in the store on site! The service was great, and even though it felt fancy, the atmosphere wasn’t stuffy or pretentious. Definitely recommend visiting this unique gem of a spot!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 14, 2023

My Pear and Brie pizza was unique and very tasty. Everyone cleaned their plates and loved the desserts. Our servers Dawn and Parker were top of their game. Gallery setting was delightful, we sat upstairs to view the marvelous gardens and glowing dunes.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 7, 2023

Very busy restaurant, with excellent service and delicious salad. The atmosphere is very nice, both inside and the gardens outside.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 31, 2023

Such a great spot to visit. We had a wonderful lunch. Great service! The pad Thai was very good and my husband had the seafood chowder which he really enjoyed.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 22, 2023 via mobile

Amazing garden is a must see. Nice craftsmanship in pottery, woodwork and other crafts. Didn’t eat in cafe so can’t rate that.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 22, 2023 via mobile

Although we've been a fan of the Dunes for several years for their unique shop and garden grounds, we were disappointed by our experience trying to dine at their café yesterday. We were walking through the gardens when we saw people making their way through...a screen door into the indoor café. There was no signage in place for the door saying "exit only", so we decided to head in. Upon entering the café, we were left standing in place for several minutes not being greeted until we had to interrupt a waitress passing by to ask if we could seat ourselves as there were several empty tables available. We were told "no" and were directed to go to a different area to wait for the hostess to seat us. At the hostess desk, we were waiting for a while until the hostess came over to seat us. We were then seated and given water and menus. After being seated, we were waiting for quite a while until a waitress came over to our table and asked for our order. The other person in our party said "I think we'll just be ordering drinks and" until we were abruptly told "we do not seat people for drinks" and we were informed that we need to get our drinks to go. We were trying to order drinks and an appetizer before being made to feel unwelcome and uncomfortable. Given that they advertise this restaurant as a "café" one would assume it was appropriate to sit for drinks. In hindsight, we wish we had walked out instead of waiting for the drinks. The waitress also left without giving any instructions as to if we should wait at our table (that we knew we were unwelcomed at) or go up to the counter to pay. While waiting in our confused state, we were approached by a new waitress who came to take our order, not realizing we had already done so, and she was frustrated and stated that " this happens all the time" and left. We decided to leave the table and go to the counter to wait and pay for our drinks to which we were advised we needed to go elsewhere to pay. When we finally received our drinks, they were placed inside generic styrofoam coffee cups (not very presentable for tropical drinks to which we paid $12 total). Overall, it was an uncomfortable, unwelcoming, confusing, and disappointing experience.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 20, 2023 via mobile

The Dunes was a recommended to us by our hotel as a stop coming from Brackley Beach and we thought it was absolutely brilliant. while it was extremely busy, we waited a short time for a table. Lunch was absolutely delicious, so fresh, we had...crab cakes. The shopping was varied and the gardens absolutely amazing!!! so well maintained and so well designed. Definitely worth a visit!!!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 17, 2023

We had a disappointing experience at The Dunes cafe yesterday. We arrived at 1135 am, shortly after they started seating people for lunch. We waited about 25 minutes for the Hostess as she seated people ahead of us. We were then told that there were...no more tables for 4, but she could put us on a waiting list. We could see at least 6 tables set for 2 that were unoccupied, and many were in close proximity to each other. We asked if they could combine 2 of these tables for us -- a simple shift of a few feet and it would not have crowded any other tables. The Hostess said she would need to ask her supervisor. We could see the supervisor tell her "no" and walk away. I should add that there were no other people waiting to get seated behind us. We opted to leave and go to another restaurant. On the way out, I passed the supervisor and said I was disappointed that they could not accommodate us. She replied that their "system" does not allow them to move these tables. I'm not sure what kind of "system" this is, but I think The Dunes would provide better service if they used common sense and treated potential guests as if they welcomed their business. We have had a summer residence on PEI for many years, and usually bring family and other visitors to The Dunes 3 - 4 times a year. We will now think twice before we return after being made to feel unwelcome.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed October 8, 2022

Our tour group stopped here for tea. It was beautifully prepared and served. A variety of cheeses and dessert items were included. The gardens outside were also quite lovely.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2022

We stopped in for lunch one day and we were so glad we did! We had the seafood stew, which was a bit spicy but wonderful and the soup of the day, which was butternut squash and it was delicious. It came with the most...delicious bread which I could not stop eating! We also had the pizza of the day, which had poached pears, goat cheese and pork on it. It was delicious and the leftovers were great the next day too. We also had the lobster quiche which was amazing. But the best was the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The best I had on the island. The chef's son waited on us and was very enjoyable to talk to and gave wonderful tips on the menu and excellent service. We had a window seat overlooking the amazing gardens. All in all it was my favorite meal on the island. Loved every minute!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 3, 2022 via mobile

We thought it was going to be a high end experience. The ambiance was nice although kind of loud. The gardens we beautiful to walk around. The meal was only ok and very overpriced.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 27, 2022 via mobile

We went with a family group of seven people, most of the dishes were great (quiche, pork, noodles, kids pizza and accompanying salads) but we agreed that the Pad Thai that I ordered tasted bland and one note. Then the Sumatra coffee after tasted like...it was overstepped (watery and bitter) like a gas station cup of coffee. Overall a very disappointing lunch if you don't order the right dish.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 23, 2022 via mobile

Lovely art gallery and sculpture garden. No admission to wander through this beautiful space. Popular cafe too if you’re hungry

Date of visit: August 2022
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Islander Appreciation Days - October 17 - 20, 2019 - Thursday and Sunday, 9 to 6 and Friday and Saturday, 9 to 8. The Cafe will offer lunch until October 20, 2019. Fall Feast - 6 courses, $60 on Oct 11, 12, 18 & 19... More
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The entrance is accessible through the garden door at the back. Go around the end of the building and along the path through the garden. The accessible washroom door is along that path. Much prettier than it sounds in... More
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I am sure they would be open perhaps email would be better? They would have a website and/or Facebook
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THE DUNES STUDIO GALLERY AND CAFE, Brackley Beach - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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The Dunes Studio Gallery and Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5