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Seaside Shanty

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Canadian, Soups
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5315 Highway 3, Chester Basin, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0, Canada
Thu - Mon 15:00 - 20:00
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New York City, New York
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been a summer resident of Chester for most of my life. Every year when I arrive I first have to have a Sea Side Shanty meal - then I feel that I am in Chester! I especially love the lobster roll & chowder, but everything I order has been wonderful.

Thank ostraus3
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Our friends live in Chester, NS and every time we go visit, we have to go to the Seaside Shanty for dinner. The restaurant has an inside and closed in outside deck right on the water. It is hard to believe that the food coming out of such a small kitchen can be so great. The staff and owner always... More 

1 Thank Jocelyne O
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Lobster chowder was thin and weak on lobster, and still for $22. ! This is not good. The place seems to be going downhill from its previous servings. It WAS blammo for lobster chowder. Not any more apparently.

Thank Wayne W
Halifax, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Quaint location. Recommend the outer screened in room overlooking the water. Delicious food and great menu choices. Cheery atmosphere, very Maritime hospitality!

Thank Karen A
Chester Basin, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Wonderful view overlooking the water. The service was great and the food excellent. Love the chowder. The new owners are doing a wonderful job and keeping up with the tradition.

Thank Clotilde C
Nanaimo, Canada
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270 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

My wife and her deceased husband had been here 20 years in the past (We live on west coast) and he swore to his dying day this was the best seafood chowder anywhere, so we had to stop when we came to the area again. I had the lobster and seafood chowder. She had the lobster chowder. He was right.... More 

1 Thank Glidr
Chilliwack, Canada
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Visited this place for dinner the other night with some friends. The last trip my wife and I did to the Maritimes we were testing seafood chowder virtually everywhere we went and this was our favourite chowder place. We had heard the ownership had recently changed and were relieved to find that the chowder was equally as good as it... More 

Thank Roger G
Dartmouth, Canada
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We stopped for dinner and were seated at a table overlooking the water. The gentle breeze made the warm evening so pleasant. The haddock dinner we had was excellent. We were too full from dinner to indulge with dessert but the coffee was great! This has become a favorite place for us. Don't fail to stop in for a great... More 

Thank Janet H
Nova Scotia, Canada
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Call ahead. We seen such good reviews online that we decided to go... was a long drive and there was a sign on the door that said it was closed until further notice. This will not stop us from wanting to try it but we would never drive there ( quite a distance) without know if they are open... and... More 

Thank Smeltzers
Halifax, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Love the setting, neat atmosphere. I get that it is a seasonal business, but still overpriced. Nice menu selection. I generally really love seafood chowder, but this version was very meaty like it went through a blender. Not very creamy. Nothing like McKelvies. Wish them the best, but we won't be back.

Thank Mike M

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Canadian, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
15:00 - 20:00
15:00 - 20:00
15:00 - 20:00
15:00 - 20:00
15:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5315 Highway 3, Chester Basin, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Chester Basin
  • Phone Number: 19022752246

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?