Baddeck, on Cape Breton Island, is a great base for the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Louisbourg’s fortress. Easily explored on foot, Baddeck’s sole street offers an appealing array of accommodations, restaurants and stores and lovely views of Bras d’Or Lake. Take a kayak tour on the North River, visit Kidston Lighthouse or hike the national park’s trails, cliffs and coves. Back in the town, don’t miss the museum devoted to famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
Things to do in Baddeck
4 based on 206 reviews
Can't beat the view especially at sunset. We definitely timed it right. The lobster...we've had better. The lobster wasn't bad per se, it was just made for a novice. I'm sure they get bus loads of newbies. They pre-cut a lot of the shell, which drained the water making it easier to crack open. But doing that made the claws almost cold. They also could have been a little more generous with the butter. I didn't ask for more - I'm sure they would have given me another if I had. I ordered the fish chowder and I finished 3/4 of i t. The waitress almost looked put off that I hadn't finished it. I was saving room for lobster. We also didn't eat the bread for which she also looked at us strange. Good overall.
3.5 based on 189 reviews
For 27 years, Red Barn Restaurant has been a landmark at the beginning & end of the world famous Cabot Trail on magnificent Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It is a 52-seat casual, family dining room with 30 feet of panoramic windows overlooking the Cape Breton Highlands & featuring a full liquor license (including liquors, beers & local wines), a screened-in patio, plenty of parking, & 3 different giftshops & mini golf onsite.
We found this place by chance while driving through the Cabot trail. It is a traditional diner with a selection of seafood and chicken and meat options. We tried the lobster wrap and the burger and they were both quite tasty. The service was quick, and the waitress was very friendly. It offers budget prices.
4 based on 711 reviews
Went here with my hubby on a weeknt and it was uber busy. Friendly service and nice looking restaurant. Food was, dunno, ok I guess, nothing bad, but far from great. Bread basket was very good, with good variety. My hubby had 3 plates of mussels, first 2 were dried out and shriveled the size of a bean, 3rd plate were finally served out of the pot, plump but needed seasoning. Soup was pretty wet, this is not a chowder as we not it. It's very wet, but full of fish/seafood. I had to season it. Sadly, the lobster was overboiled or sat out. It was dry. So dissappointed. Desert was good, but nothing OMG. Maybe it was a bad nite, dunno. Would I go back, no. Too bad.
3.5 based on 698 reviews
We entered to see the menu. Immediately someone came to help us. When he found we were vegetarians, he gave us the vegetarian menu.
There was a greats atmosphere. A guitarist was playing some soft music. He was very good.
The restaurant was well decorated and there were many customers. I liked the view on the lake.
Our food was delicious and the price was quite reasonable. Next time I am in Baddeck, I will stop here again! So delicious!
4 based on 229 reviews
McCurdy's Dining room is open from Mid May to Mid October for breakfast and dinner. Our a-la-carte menu is always available, and our popular breakfast buffet is featured most mornings from mid July through September. It features a wide selection of delicious breakfast items including eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, yogurts, and much more! Join us for dinner in McCurdy's Dining Room while enjoying one of the best views in Cape Breton. McCurdy's evening menu features fresh and local ingredients from the land and the sea. Whether you're getting on the road early and need a breakfast-on-the-run or you'll be exploring our beautiful Island, picnic meals are available with advance notice. Please inquire at the front desk, and we'll be happy to pack a picnic for you.
The ambient is really nice, we had a table with a view. Sorry to say the food was not equally good. We had the seafood chowder, good but nothing special, too watery, the lobster and crab dip (too cheesy, you could taste only cheese, and even if the taste was good, there should be also the lobster taste)and then the fisherman stew. Let's talk about this plate: soooo few fish and scallops, there were only lots of carrots, celery and spices over a watery tomato sauce. The pork wrapped in bacon was fine, but the portion was really too small. I'm sure they can do much better!
4 based on 279 reviews
We had no Reservations for dinner but went at the recommendation of our hotel. We were told no problem bit it would be 15/20 minutes. It was 45. We waited another 15 for someone to acknowledge we were there. Our server apologized for the wait and took our order. Apps appeared 30 minutes later. Dinner was no where to be found. When we asked, our server said she would check. Another 15 minutes later we were told it was being plated. We watched her return to the dining room
TWICE without our meals. On
Her third visit, we informed her that we would pay for our apps and wine but we were leaving. We had been travelling all day and were starved !! If they were too busy to accommodate us, I would have rather they told us than make us wait for almost 3 hrs and leave still unfed ! We asked for the manage ad we left who muttered what I think was an apology and comped the half litre of wine. We were really looking forward to dinner there since it looked beautiful:(
4.5 based on 384 reviews
We were looking for a filling breakfast and initially thought that this cafe was limited to pastries. Not so! They have a number of well prepared full breakfast options. Also, they do excellent espresso drinks. I asked for a dry cappuccino and it was made perfectly. Oh yes, and the pastries are exceptional!
4.5 based on 202 reviews
The Herring Choker Deli is a bakery/cafe/deli located just outside of Baddeck and minutes away from the start of the world famous Cabot Trail. We serve fresh homemade breads, sweets, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps!!!
We did not actually eat at this restaurant as it was already closed when we arrived (the motel where we were staying having given us the incorrect information about hours of operation). The owner of the restaurant just happened to be outside in her car as she had stopped by to check something. She apologized (unnecessarily) and offered to drive us to another place nearby that was indeed open. On the way we informed her that we were the guys who had had a serious car accident just down the road from her in the afternoon. Shortly after we had returned to the motel following our dinner, there was a knock on the door and a hotel staff member handed us an envelope. Inside was a card with a lovely message of encouragement and two fifty-dollar bills! This is Nova Scotia kindness at its very best. We went to the restaurant the next day to thank the owner for her thoughtfulness and generosity, but she was on her day off. An unforgettable experience for us. Thank you!
4.5 based on 522 reviews
Tom's Pizza is a small family business owned and operated by Tom and Helen Prentice. Tom's daughter and son in-law assist with the day to day operations. Tom's Pizza opened in 1985 on the Cabot Trail. Tom's Pizza moved in 2001 to their current address within the village of Baddeck to better serve their loyal customers. Tom's Pizza is located on the main road of Baddeck, Chebucto Street next door to the visitor information centre. They are a well known local establishment opened year round proudly serving pizza to their valued customer's,locals and visitors alike. * Tom's Pizza is now providing gluten free pizza options.
3.5 based on 192 reviews
Welcome to Thistledown Restaurant, Pub & Patio at Inverary Resort! We offer a hot, hearty breakfast in Thistledown Restaurant each morning seasonally and Reservations are available for casual dining with an extensive wine list each evening. Our Thistledown Pub offers a large selection of cocktails and many locally brewed favorites along with our own twist on classic pub fare. Live local entertainment is offered in the Thistledown Pub each evening and we are open late! Join us at Inverary for a great dining experience! We are open to all who love to eat! Thistledown Pub open May 21st from 5pm until 1 am with a Late Nite Food Menu available until 12am!! Thistledown Pub also offers LIVE Cape Breton Music EVERY NIGHT 7 DAYS PER WEEK FROM May 21st until October 31st! Flora's Dining Room is OPEN for BREAKFAST May 21st at 8 am and is served DAILY UNTIL October!
This place wasn't really poor, aside from the waiter taking a long time to come for our food order, after having taking our drink order and delivering the wines efficiently, but as noted by other reviewers, the $12 seafood chowder portion was truly miserly. The chowder itself wasn't as good as others we've had elsewhere in Nova Scotia, but worse was the fact we've had a "cup" of chowder as large as this in other places. And elsewhere chowder generally comes with bread or something.
The Caesar salad wasn't a real Caesar either, being dominated by bacon bits, but it wasn't a bad salad, once you let go of the idea it was being sold as a Caesar.
That we ordered one 6 oz Jost cab, and one 9 oz Jost cab, and the pours seemed nearly equal, was also perplexing. It was our first go with Nova Scotia wine, and while it wasn't great wine, it was acceptable and seemed to match the standard for imported wines on open wine lists hereabouts.
Some people we spoke with said the $16 (or something) burger was good.
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