Here in the Municipality of Chester, we’re fortunate to have a brilliant blend of residents. Folks whose families settled here centuries ago - having travelled from their native Germany and Scotland - to folks who have recently made Nova Scotia their home, bringing with them traditions of their countries of origin.
If you've come here in search of seafood, then we've got you covered. From fresh fish and chips to seafood chowders - These delicacies are served in quaint cafés and historic pubs across the municipality. There are food trucks, drive-thrus, takeaways, and eat-ins.
Some of our restaurants' chowders have been awarded as the Lobster Chowder Showdown Winners. The Gold Bean Cafe in 2020 and The Fo’c’sle Village Pub in 2019.
Have a look at the list of spots to grab a bite and then dig in to experience all the wonderful flavours to be savoured here in the Municipality of Chester!
Please note: hours and days of operation vary depending on the restaurant and season. Please visit their respective websites and/or social media pages for up-to-date information.
Big Reds – Village of Chester
Location: 222 Central St, Chester
For over 40 years now Big Reds has been a big deal when it comes to pizza on the South Shore. Their signature sauce - created with a special selection of the highest-quality ingredients – offers a truly unique sweet and spicy taste that customers truly love. Pizza, subs, donairs and more to take out or eat in.
Chester Golf Clubhouse Restaurant - Chester
Location: 206 Golf Course Rd, Chester
Chester Golf Club offers visitors the magic of a classic golf course in a seaside setting surrounded by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, the islands, and the colourful sailboats tacking in the wind. The Clubhouse Restaurant offers those same spectacular views from the patio, porch, and dining room, too. Legendary fishcakes and superb seafood chowder are just two of their delightful dishes. With daily specials and weekend brunches, there's always something delicious on the menu.
The Deck Restaurant + Shop - Blandford
Location: 9 Firehall Rd, Blandford
Located along the Aspotogan Loop in the heart of beautiful Blandford, Nova Scotia – The Deck Restaurant + Shop is open after a complete re-imagination. Officially declared the Home of the Waffle Wave – it’s a must-stop for all you ice cream lovers! Coffee enthusiasts will enjoy our fantastic espresso drinks and if it’s seafood you're after – you’ll be sure to find something fabulous on our ever-growing menu that's filled with fresh Atlantic Lobster. Whether you dine inside or out on our multi-level deck you’ll be treated to our exceptional customer service and our delightful seaside view.
The Fo’c’sle Village Pub – Village of Chester
Location: 42 Queen St, Chester
Be sure to drop into Nova Scotia’s oldest pub! The Fo’c’sle welcomes year-round & summer residents as well as those just passing through. Depending on where you sit, you’re in a former grocery store, stable, inn, or tavern dating back to 1764. The Fo’c’sle strives to serve the highest quality food by selecting the freshest ingredients and preparing them with care. They offer a great selection of hearty “pub grub,” traditional Maritime dishes, and a variety of daily specials.
The Gold Bean Cafe – Gold River
Location: 21 Beech Hill Rd, Gold River
Upscale and modern cafe serving premium coffees, delicious food, and meals to go. In addition to the main restaurant, there’s a private room for meetings and special occasions. The Gold Bean Cafe serves all-day breakfast plus lunch, dinner, and of course really great coffee.
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Location: 59 Duke St, Chester
Il Ferramenta Pizzeria brings an age-old tradition of Roman-style pizza to the Village of Chester, with long fermentation dough and gourmet toppings. Your order is cooked up in front of you in specialty ovens and whether you chose to dine in the vibrant restaurant or pick up your pizza as you go exploring the Municipality you can be certain those incredible Il Ferramenta taste sensations will keep you coming back time after time.
Imperfections Cafe - Village of Chester
Location: 54 Queen St, Chester, NS B0J 1J0
Imperfections cozy cafe setting features delicious Sissiboo coffee and fresh homemade baked goods. Customers rave about their smoothies, floats, and milkshakes and their ever-changing daily lunch specials are always sure to please the crowd. Enjoy your treats inside or on their front deck.
Island View Family Restaurant & Bakery – Western Shore
Location: 6301 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Western Shore
Specializing in seafood, Island View Restaurant, locally known as the Green Canteen, has been serving up great meals and South Shore hospitality for over 50 years. Try a great lobster roll, fish and chips, or their delicious chowder. Their in-store bakery can’t be beaten with fresh bread, rolls, and sweets – and speaking of sweets – they’ve got an ice cream counter too! Their dining room and outdoor picnic tables offer a panoramic view of the islands including Oak Island.
Jamal’s Mediterranean Cuisine – Chester
Location: 3802 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Chester
Jamal's tried and true Mediterranean Cuisine features their popular Lebanese menu plus lots of other favourites, including their delicious pizza!
Jamal's Pizza & Donairs – Chester
Location: 4115 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Chester
Locally owned and operated – Jamal's Pizza - use only the best recipes and the finest ingredients to prepare their pizzas, donairs, subs, panzerotti, fresh salads, chicken & chips, juicy burgers, and much more. Dine in or take out.
The Jib Coffee House and Bistro - Village of Chester
Location: 43 Queen St, Chester
Previously known as Chester's, this cozy, chic cafe is situated in the heart of the village. It offers a selection of main courses including authentic Asian food, savoury and sweet snacks, specialty coffees, and teas. Inside the pine-coated cafe, you will find padded chairs and tables, sofas by the hearth, and a patio, too.
The Kiwi Cafe – Village of Chester
Location: 19 Pleasant St, Chester
The Kiwi Cafe offers an extensive and international selection. Enjoy baked treats, soups and lunches, and their famous all-day breakfast. With a sunny patio for Chester's summers and a cozy environment for winter.
Oak & Oar Eatery at Oak Island Resort – Western Shore
Location: 36 Treasure Dr, Western Shore
Locally Imagined, Seasonally Inspired, Classically Crafted is the culinary philosophy at Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre. Oak & Oar Eatery is your relaxed yet refined dining experience overlooking the spectacular Atlantic Ocean. Whether eating in or al fresco on their large outdoor patio with ocean views, they promise delicious food and friendly service; it’s the east coast way. Oak Island Resort also has a bar: Three Sheets Bar + Social.
Peasant’s Pantry Specialty Meats & Deli – New Ross
Location: 4491 NS-12, New Ross
Peasant’s Pantry is a traditional deli with a casual atmosphere that prides itself on having high standards for taste, quality, and consistency. The menu is prepared from scratch with an emphasis on local ingredients. Buns for sandwiches and burgers are baked to order in their wood-fired oven as well as their pizza. The full menu is available for takeaway. All charcuterie and meats are made in-house, including pâtés, sausages, salamis, and smoked meats, featured on the menu and available for retail purchase. Their specialty meats are made without fillers and are therefore gluten-free with few exceptions.
The Rope Loft – Village of Chester
Location: 36 Water St, Chester
The Rope Loft is true a true dockside restaurant and pub with a 200-year-old history located in the middle of Chester’s Front Harbour right beside the Tancook Ferry Wharf. They serve a selection of seafood, steak, and pasta plus plenty of spirits and beer on tap.
The Savary Plate - Hubbards
Location: 100 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Hubbards
Offering a great variety of brunch options, pizzas, lasagna, burgers, homemade desserts, and more. Between their new menu and their daily specials, you're sure to find something to savour at The Savary Plate. Dine in or take out.
The Seaside Shanty Restaurant & Chowder House - Chester Basin
Location: 5315 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Chester Basin
Located on the picturesque Chester Basin, the Seaside Shanty has been a local favorite for over 40 years. Specializing in seafood, they strive to provide you with an exceptional dining experience. At The Seaside Shanty, everyone is welcome.
The Stretch Diner – Chester
Location: 3758 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Chester
Best known for its fish and chips alongside its diner-style food, The Stretch Diner also offers a beautiful batch of baked goods - including cinnamon rolls and pies. Take out your order or stay and enjoy their 50s-style diner decor. For more information visit their Facebook page here.
Sunroom Restaurant & Inn - Village of Chester
Location: 28 Pleasant St, Chester
Sunroom looks to achieve a welcoming, relaxing, fun, and chic feel. Owner, Dean Leland, wants the Sunroom, "to be a place for people to come as they are, have fun, and enjoy Chester."
Trail Burger - Martins Point
Location: 6868 Highway 3, Martins Point
Trail Burger is a food truck that gets its name from its location - situated by the Martins Point entrance to the Chester Connections Trail off of Highway 3. Their menu includes items such as burgers, fish and chips, and hot dogs.
Trellis Cafe – Hubbards
Location: 22 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Hubbards
At the Trellis Café, each day begins with the aroma of homemade bread baking and Fair-Trade organic coffee brewing. Everything is homemade and home-baked with the freshest local ingredients available. Fresh fish and seafood arrive at the back door daily. Enjoy their licensed sunny patio, free WIFI, live entertainment, local artwork, and stained glass. Cyclist Friendly.
Vittles Cafe – New Ross
Location: 4821 Hwy 12, New Ross
Vittles family restaurant offers home cooking in the heart of New Ross. Featuring pizza, subs, sandwiches, and much more, plus an ice cream parlour. Take out or “Eat In” and enjoy your meal in their comfortable indoor dining, their indoor screen house, or on their outdoor patio.