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Charlotte Lane Cafe & Crafts

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13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-3314
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
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West Pubnico
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This place is a hidden treasure.... the decor is really bright and vibrant....and the people who work there are helpful, competent and very nice.... the food is usually very good....their sticky toffee pudding is to die for😊 Only downer is lack of parking near the restaurant.. Oh and did I say their giftshop is awesome?????

Thank Jeanelle D
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I make a point of eating as many meals at Charlotte Lane as possible, any time that I am in Nova Scotia. The food is absolutely incredible. I have celiac disease and am a vegetarian and have never had an issue finding something delicious. Definitely the best Caesar salad I have ever had. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Thank eleanormelanson
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The food was tasty and the proportion size was good. Atmosphere was nice, cozy, bright. Service was excellent. We were there in November, but imagine during nice summer months it is a great place to stop in a beautiful area along the water. We had several servers plus another woman stop by to follow up on our service. Everyone had... More 

Thank Karen L
Yarmouth, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Such a delightful place. Tried the zucchini panini and bluenose salad. Excellent combo. English sticky pudding for dessert. Stole a taste of hubby's sweet potato ginger soup. Amazing good. No reservation, put our name on the list and was only a short wait. Friendly service across the board. Second visit and definitely not the lastt

Thank babygrand1
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The hype over this place is amazing. Every tourist brochure you read or pamphlet you pick up has this restaurant in their recommended eats list. I can not for the life of me understand why. Perhaps we visited on an off day, or rather, an incredibly bad off day (!) The hostess was snotty and condescending and the food was... More 

Thank sc3traveller
Halifax Region, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I have been waiting to try this restaurant for a while. The decor has a bit of whimsy. The staff are helpful and well-trained. The food is fabulous. Thankfully our hosts had made reservations for us well ahead of time because on both nights we ate there, they were full.

Thank Barbara D
Shelburne, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Hamburger Night - Chose the Beef Burger. The beef was good and cooked just right but left a very salty taste in the mouth. Perhaps it was the sauce or the way it was spiced, but the last couple of bites were very salty and unsavory. And the desserts, cheesecake and ice cream cake(my wife had this) were, in my... More 

Thank rdylan2016
Nova Scotia, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had a fabulous Fall lunch a week ago - it is indeed a hidden gem. The food was fantastic and the service was great!

Thank stephen b
charlottelane, Owner at Charlotte Lane Cafe & Crafts, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, it all sounded like you had a great experience... Did you mean to give us only one star after such good comment? Thank you More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Everything we had from the salads, soups, sandwiches, seafood and desserts were excellent. Definitely worth the stop.

1 Thank Joe E
Naperville, Illinois
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175 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Back behind the gift store is a hidden gem of a restaurant. Make certain to make a reservation as there is seating for only 26. The food was very good and the atmosphere matched. I can highly recommend the zucchini appetizer. Beware, the portion sizes of entrees are large. I had the pork tenderloin with mushrooms, Rosti potato and vegetables.

Thank Jaci1202

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Canadian, International, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Shelburne
  • Phone Number: +1 902-875-3314
Welcome to Charlotte Lane Cafe & Gift Shop.Best Small Restaurant in Nova Scotia Award from RANS 2013, Best Restaurant Chef Inspired Casual Dining by Taste of NS 2011, Best Restaurant outside of HRM by Chronical Herald. Follow the fabulous aromas down our quaint little lane in the historic district of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, step inside our heritage building and enjoy the warm hospitality and fine dining. Our restaurant offers innovative dishes and fine wines presented with attentive service in a cheerful setting. Since opening in 1995 we have attracted loyal and appreciative clients from near and far, and we invite you to join this happy circle.

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