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Big Al's Family Restaurant & Lounge

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian
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9 Station Rd, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0, Canada
+1 902-657-3341
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Halifax, Canada
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1,134 reviews
483 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,611 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service is nit good and you wait for a long time to get served and food is cold. When you bring this up to the server all you seem to get is grief from them. Sometimes the food is good but most of the time is is just average at best. thought things would have got better but wasn't... More 

Thank dgg123
Scott0604, Owner at Big Al's Family Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

We were disappointed to read your review. Looking back, I see you gave us a similar review last year and you vowed then not to come back. Perhaps you would be good enough to contact us, as we would like to find out in more detail your issues with the staff and food. It is always helpful to bring issues... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had never been to the restaurant. I thought that it was going to be the typical pub food but was impressed by the selection and quality of the food. Thanks to our server, Kelsey, who went above and beyond making this a must place to go.

1 Thank AnthonyWasHere7
Arviat, Canada
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Ate here a couple of times during our time in Nova Scotia this summer. Good food and service, good selection. Would definitely come back!

1 Thank Keith C
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I like the atmosphere at this restaurant. It is bar food but fresher and just made different from the same Ole same Ole. Friendly and clean. Worth the drive for a sunny Sunday.

1 Thank shelley m
Tatamagouche, Canada
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Let's be honest here. I'm of Irish descent. Patti is of Scottish/Viking lineage. We're not big on tofu/pumpkin/peach/blueberry or the like palate stimulation. So, given that, Patti this time ordered (from the BRAND new menu) jambalaya. According to her was exceptional. I ordered the striploin. (Medium). Steve-o out in the kitchen... nailed it.) was perfect. EOS. The new menu has... More 

2 Thank Steve A
Winnipeg, Canada
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30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was a surprise to find a good place to eat in this area. We were not expecting the quality of food and service. It is larger inside than expected and has a nice view from the window seats. The server was friendly and courteous. We liked the atmosphere and décor also.

4 Thank TheFolksJourneys
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

In the middle of the day when we stopped in for snacks and drinks, there were few customers and the pub seemed a bit worn and in need of some sprucing up. However, it might have a different atmosphere for dinner if it is filled with patrons having a good time. It offers typical pub fare of average quality, and... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Went to check this place out after hearing good things. The food was just ok, service wasn't great. Not sure if we'll return. Priced a little high for what you get.

2 Thank Vinnie M
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Asian nachos too die for as an app,,, service is friendly and very good, you will not be disappointed with Big Als!!

4 Thank Fgxhuyhtfd T
Halifax, Canada
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1,134 reviews
483 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,611 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

It was surprising we went in to have a nice meal and we got great Fish Chowder. Waited a long time for it. The Onions rings were very Greasy and almost burnt though. The service is not the greatest and we were going to try the place again but after being argued with by one of the waiters about things,... More 

2 Thank dgg123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$19
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Station Rd, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Tatamagouche
  • Phone Number: +1 902-657-3341
Established in 1987, Big Al's is celebrating it's 30th anniversary in 2017. We pride ourselves in serving quality Canadian cuisine in a friendly, child-friendly atmosphere.

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