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The Dancing Moose Cafe

42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
+1 902-929-2523
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Dutch, Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Ton is a super cook and I just had to try his dutch pancakes. (Panecaeke?) There were quite a few different choices, but I picked the fruit and whipped cream. Dee-lish! My husband had his usual bacon and eggs and enjoyed them. Loved looking out...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Brenda F
Reviewed October 20, 2018

Good variety of menu items. Great tasting Dutch Pannekoek breakfast, home cooked goodness from scratch. Can't go wrong.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Dan K
Reviewed October 10, 2018

After driving for hours in 30 mph winds, cold, and constant rain, disappointed that my days on the Cabot Trail were a wash, I pulled into my home away from home for two days...the zzzmoose cabins. I wanted nothing more than a hot cup of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ScottyS29
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for brunch and were not disappointed! Down home little family place. We had homemade soup and sandwiches. The bread was homemade and delicious! Loved the soup so much we had to get the recipe! Also had their pannekoek (Dutch pancake) which was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank webbjul
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We were 7 people who stayed the night in the cabins and ate breakfast and lunch. Accommodations are simple and lovely. Cabins and bathrooms are clean and well maintained. Food was awesome! Ton is a great host and very kind and accommodating.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Charline R
Reviewed September 27, 2018

There are not too many places to eat or go to the bathroom along the highway and this is a good one! We used their facility and decide to eat there. I had their last bowl of lobster chowder. (and it was only noon) Wow...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Jack M
Reviewed September 1, 2018

The Dancing Moose is bright Purple and Orange and is a must on the Cabot Trail. We showed up hungry and were treated to a delicious dutch style meal. Browse through the unique gift shop while waiting on your made to order Pannenkoek. Owners, Ton...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Carrie P
Reviewed August 29, 2018

We stayed overnight in their cabin which was a great choice. Breakfast is large, and freshly made. There are many choices of Dutch pancakes with toppings which are delicious. The owners are very friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Yvonne H
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This place is exactly what you would expect and hope to find up on the Cabot Trail! The proprietors are super nice and helpful, the food was just what you need--hearty and tasty and great value! We ended up stopping there twice that day! A/C...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank mpm1
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Lovely little restaurant just outside wreck Cove in Birch Plain. Stopped in for a quick breakfast. The staff were friendly, the food great. Fresh fruit cup with eggs and bacon.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank GeorgiaL497
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Questions & Answers
March 25, 2017|
Response from Ton M | Property representative |
Hi, To answer your question, there is no bathroom in the Camping Cabin. The bathrooms are in a separate building the "comfort station" , within 30 meters from the cabins. Every cabin has his own private bathroom though. We... More
May 10, 2015|
Response from Ton M | Property representative |
Hi, Yes I can make a gluten free Pannekoek, The Pannekoek can be sweet e.g. with fresh fruit and whipped cream or apples nuts raisins baked in. Or savory, bacon baked in onions, mushrooms, topped with cheese etc... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Birch Plain
  • Phone Number: +1 902-929-2523
  • E-mail
The Dancing Moose Café is a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and baked goods, all made fresh right here. Visit us on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia—a great place to meet and eat. We're open from 7:00 to 4:00 every day in summer, and for long weekends (Friday–Sunday) in winter. Our signature dish is the Pannekoek, the Dutch way to enjoy a different kind of "pancake" for both breakfast and lunch. Try them sweet with real whipped cream, syrup, honey, icing sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate, raisins, nuts—the options are limited only by what's in season and our imagination. Or go savoury; green onions baked in, with Gouda cheese melted on top, or bacon and mushrooms cooked in, and an egg fried your way on top—just some of the delightful possibilities. We prepare Belgian Waffles to order, and top them with your choice of fresh, hand-cut fruit, raisins (we soak them in vodka), cinnamon, icing sugar, and real whipped cream. If you spot something else on our menu that you'd like to see on your waffle, just ask; we'll try anything once! Every day we make soup, often with a Dutch twist; in winter, there's chili, too. We make sandwiches hot or cold, filling dependent on what's in our pantry; whatever the filling, the bread is made right here. And we make our own granola cereal, too. Have a hearty breakfast or lunch while you unwind at our picture-window tables, or bring your picnic lunch and grab dessert inside, then head out to where more tables await. Either way, enjoy our stunning ocean view.
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