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Mateus Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Canadian, Contemporary, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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533 Main Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

It took several years for me to eat at this local restaurant, which I fell in love with the second after my first bite. As an avid fish and chip lover, I was blown away by the Panko Haddock and creamy mashed potatoes, the fish was so fresh it just fell apart in your mouth, I now prefer my haddock... More 

Thank Chris F
Dothan, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

WiFi: Yes Bottled Water: Sparkling Only Espresso: No Accepts Credit cards: NO, Only Cash I modified an Omelet; no this, some of that..etc. It was delicious!! The fried potatoes that came with it were very good. The accompanying salad was very good. (Please look at my pictures for a close up look) Dogs: They are allowed on the outside patio.... More 

Thank jimh615
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We have had several great meals here.service is excellent and the food is awesome.we were disappointed on 2 occasions when we went to Mahone Bay and they weren't open.their mussels are the best I've ever had

Thank dianec444
San Diego, California
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103 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The chef prepares a daily menu of local fresh food with many unusual choices. The deserts he prepares are delicious and his seafood chowder some of the best I've tasted. There is inside and outside dining and live music on some nights outside. A plus is reservations are accepted in this small, touristy community.

Thank Nancy J
chester basin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Wake up! An ongoing practice of not accepting credit cards has soured my support of a local restaurant. The food is good but to expect patrons to carry cash of over a hundred dollars for an evening meal and then be directed down the street to a bank machine is an insult.

3 Thank wakeup
Halifax, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

It was disappointing to drive 40 minutes and discover they accept cash (not debit, but dollar bills) only.

3 Thank enedla
Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I love this little place; it was the third dinner in town, and by far the best. As an appetizer, the bread sticks in a small fondue were brilliant; the main courses were perfectly cooked, imaginative and served well. The menu is reasonably priced, offers a fine variety and the service is exemplary. I loved it!

Thank MaxGlobetrotter
Moreno Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Food excellent, service pleasant, but very slow. Friday nights are grill nights so meet is smoked and grilled. Excellent ambiance and live music.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The review title tells the story....the split pea soup was the lunch special. It is more like a stew. Rich and Chunky. Wonderful. My sister had the watermelon salad which she described as very good as well. We were surprised by how long it took to get our meals given the simplicity of what we ordered and the fact that... More 

Thank GPaCalgary
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Perfect little restaurant with excellent seafood options. The scallops, haddock and shrimp risotto were incredible. Save room for dessert. Reasonable prices and excellent service. The cheesecake is out of this world, not a typical cheesecake but one that will make you like the plate.

Thank FoodTravelover85

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Canadian, Contemporary, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 533 Main Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Mahone Bay
  • Phone Number: 902-531-3711

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