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Founders House Dining & Drinks, Annapolis Royal, NS

Founders House Dining & Drinks

4.8
4.8
448 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
We want you to feel welcomed & comfortable when visiting Founders House Dining & Drinks. Our dining room & bar are adorned with the warm tones & lush colours of our rustic New Scotland landscape – a nod to the Annapolis Royal 2017 Celebration Tartan. Our patio offers a refreshing salty breeze on warm summers days while boasting a stunning view of the Annapolis River & North Mountain beyond. Soft Celtic music playing in the background & fragrant aromas drifting from the kitchen will fill your senses while you sip on a local creation from behind our bar.

Our passion is locally sourced ingredients for dining, along with locally sourced beers, wines, ciders & spirits for our drinks. It’s about the astonishing quality we find in the Annapolis Valley & throughout Nova Scotia. It’s about making sure you always feel welcome with a creative taste of home served up with remarkable customer service in an absolutely beautiful setting. It's about Elev

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2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (902) 532-0333
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Chef Christopher Pyne
  • Neighbourhood
    Annapolis Royal
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Founders House & Bessie North Collaboration Dinner

    $145.00 per person

    Mar 23, 2024 only
    Chef Chris is teaming up with the renowned Chef, Dave Smart from Bessie North House to bring you an exciting collaboration dinner. This five-course dinner will be served here, at Founders House in Annapolis Royal on March 23rd starting at 6:00 pm. Head to our website to check out the menu in detail!

What 448 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

448 Reviews
  1. BillyA

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended both the New Year's Eve Brunch and Dinner. The food was outstanding for both meals! Done to perfection! The wine pairings with dinner were perfection! The Whiskey Teller staff were attentive, knowledgeable and polite, making the evening enjoyable.

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  2. MarcW

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent overall. New Year's Eve, so it was celebratory noise.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch all food well cooked & presented very affordable

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  4. ValerieS

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are never disappointed. Best brunch in Nova Scotia! It was very busy but the service was exceptional as always. Thank you Francis and Chef Pyne for another great experience.

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  5. LexieC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good. People that came in after us their orders were taken before us and served before us. We were there 50 mins before getting food. Not well organized for a brunch.

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  6. TaraSz

    Atlantic Canada

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our New Year’s family brunch was enjoyed by all. The food, the service, and the ambience were all fantastic. Wonderful as always!

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  7. TomL

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Founder's House is always spectacular. Chef Pyne and his staff are absolutely first class. Brent and his staff provide excellent, friendly and knowledgeable service. Founder's is an absolute must for anyone living or visiting in the Annapolis area.

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  8. James

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and all prepared from local ingredients. The presentation was artistic and the flavour combinations were uniquely delicious.

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  9. lovetoeat

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife and I went for Brunch on Sunday and it was a great time. Had the chicken and waffles and it was really good. The service was amazing and value for the money was great. We will go again for sure.

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  10. 30yrsTogether

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the 7 course Chef's choice menu paired with a delightful red from Domain Grand Pre This meal with 4 of the 7 courses being seafood was simply outstanding in taste, creativity and presentation.

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  11. MicheleP

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was Michelin star quality, inventive, expertly prepared, nicely portioned. As always Bent took excellent care of us. An exquisite dining experience.

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  12. CherylH

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal and fine wine. Exceptionally good service in a lovely setting.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on September 6, 2023
    Hi Cheryl, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave us a review! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  13. SamS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely spot (on a golf course, just outside of Annapolis Royale). Prix fixe menu -- pricey but very good selections excellent preparation, magnificent presentations and, at the end, a lot of food. Only one quivbble: my wife had the pork, and the slices of the roast loin were a bit salty - like the loin had been brined. That gave it an excellent texture, but too salty for us. (The other pork piece, though -- a roasted shank -- was excellent). A great place for a special evening.

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  14. GailH

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Brent was attentive and personable. The food was creative and flavorful. Fine dining at its best.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on September 6, 2023
    Hi Gail, Thank you for dining with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience at Founder House, and we look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  15. SuzanneA

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very well planned menu. Good appetizers and cocktails. The sauces are excellent. Plating is superb. Meats are tender and juicy. Deserts are good but not out there. Service is impeccable. We enjoyed our evening.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on September 6, 2023
    Hi Suzanne, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave us a review! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  16. TammyP

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thrilled with our dining experience!!! We had the five course set and swine pairing!! Thanks
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on October 26, 2023
    Hi Tammy, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you again! Cheers, Shannon (marketing coordinator)

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  17. ScottD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very creative food made with lical ingredients served in a cozy, lovely space. Always amazing.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on September 6, 2023
    Hi Scott, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate the great review and hope to see you again. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  18. CarolW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our special occasion dinner at Founders House was absolutely wonderful. My husband and I selected the Chef’s Choice as a menu option. This 7 course meal was one of the best meals we have ever had. Each course (unknown until it arrived at our table) was exquisite in flavour and presentation, acknowledging the talent and imagination of the chef. Each course was well-timed, and although overall our dinner lasted almost 4 hours, the evening was one we will remember for a long time.

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  19. Sharon

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    App was delicious, dessert as well. I am gluten free, they accommodated that, but the main was not great. We mentioned it to the server. Was told the Cornish Hen was Sous vide . It was chewy and 75% 0f the meat was pink. The couscous was like mush. My husband who is not gluten free, ordered the same meal from the menu and his was fine.

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  20. Eric

    Atlantic Canada

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Founders House continues to be among the very best restaurants in Nova Scotia.

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  21. AnnC

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Innovative cuisine. Very flavourful. Well presented. Good service.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine dining at its finest they have a really creative menu and the portion sizes are perfect Service is outstanding always a great interactive team Thank goodness no more trips to Halifax to get a great meal Can’t really fault anything which is rare in todays scene

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  23. DebbieJ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bucket list dining experience. The courses were so perfectly timed. All staff served all tables and they were lovely and attentive. The food was incredible. Favorite item was the crispy pork belly. Just wow.

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  24. DanielleB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3 course meal was delightful. My favorite course was the dessert. The raspberry gelee was intense, so packed with flavour it complimented the deep rich chocolate cake. Wonderful !!!

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  25. JessicaR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I came to Founders House for our 13 year wedding anniversary yesterday. It was our first time dining here and we were not disappointed. This is an understatement! Everything from the atmosphere, to the food, to the service was outstanding. I cannot express how lovely it all was. I am a self proclaimed “foodie” and this was a foodie’s heaven to say the least. The matching of flavours and textures were spot on. The waiter was kind, professional and had a great sense of humour. It felt like a friend was serving us. I would give this restaurant 5 stars ! We will definitely come back for more anniversary’s to come 🙂
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Jessica, Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate the great review, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. Happy Anniversary! We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  26. RossT

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner and service was spectacular. Not sure we’d do the wine pairing again. Very expensive for what you got. But on the whole a wonderful dinner.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Ross, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and feedback with us, and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  27. SharonM

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing as always. The food…flavors and presentation were outstanding. Service was equally outstanding.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Sharon, Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate the great review and hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  28. TomL

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are excellent. I highly recommend Founder's House to anyone looking to enjoy a wonderful culinary experience with Chef Chris Pyne. The Maitre d', Brent Goertzen, will ensure you have a memorable time.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Tom, Thank you for dining with us. We are happy to hear you had a great experience at Founders House, and we look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  29. KatS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend. From the service to the food, the entire experience was exceptional. A jewel in this beautiful small town. Thanks to Brent, Laura and Pierce for such great service.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Kat, Thank you for dining with us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us at Founders House, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  30. heritagemaven

    Austin

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely experience....fabulous good....gorgeous views outside the windows...a sense of well-being. Founders House so deserve a Michelin star!
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hello! Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave us a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Founders House, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  31. ScottC

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing night out! We had the 7 course tasting menu and asked Brent to curate our wine pairings for us. Every course was delicious and paired perfectly. We’ll be back.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Scott, Thanks for dining with us! We appreciate the great review and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Founders House. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  32. JohnL

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my 17 year old grandson’s first haute cuisine tasting experience. He was very excited by the unique flavours of each dish. I was also impressed by the various flavours and completely satisfied with the meal and the impressive and informative service. My compliments to the chef and to the entire staff!
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi John, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave us a review! We are thrilled to hear you and your grandson enjoyed your experience at Founders House. Hope to see you both again soon! Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  33. Marais

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quieter music and a bigger table for 2 would be more appreciated.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Marais, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  34. EvanS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service here for dinner is always amazing. Great local ingredients and creative recipes. Always a treat to be able to eat here.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Evan, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave us a review! We are glad that you had a great experience at Founders House, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  35. JakeG

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent. We ate at founders a few years ago. What a different experience. We had the 5 course tasting menu. Excellent. Only complaint, portions are a bit small.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Jake, Thank you for dining with us again! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience at Founders House, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  36. Chris

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience as always. Great and knowledgeable staff. Dinning experience longer then expected and the dinning room was extremely warm Overall it was great though
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Chris, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and feedback, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  37. Anne

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Founders and we will definitely return. The chef is innovative and resourceful, and we very much enjoyed our meal. Our main courses were the strongest of those we enjoyed and the foccacia is wonderful. The snacks and desserts, while beautiful, were not as strong. The service could not have been improved.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Anne, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  38. JeanG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    World class chef prepares exquisite meals. Service and wine pairings by Brent are fantastic. Can't wait to come back!
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Jean, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate the great review and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  39. Dessie

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food with flare! Lovely atmosphere both indoors and outside. The service was attentive and timely. For an upscale dining celebration, I highly recommend.
    Founders House Dining & DrinksResponded on July 26, 2023
    Hi Dessie, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave us a review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Founders House and we hope to see you again. Cheers, Shannon (Marketing coordinator)

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  40. PamelaD

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have already recommended this establishment and done so with confidence.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Founders House Dining & Drinks is rated 4.8 stars by 448 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Founders House Dining & Drinks

3816 HWy 1, Allains Creek RR #2, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Annapolis Royal
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Chef Christopher Pyne
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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