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Purple Thistle, Ingonish Beach, NS

Purple Thistle

3.5
3.5
63 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
The stunning views and sophisticated flavours give this upscale restaurant its exceptional reputation. Enjoy the surrounding views of the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic Highlands while you enjoy your meal. So treat yourself to a unique Nova Scotia dining experience—you’re on vacation, after all.
Reservations are for Dinner only.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (902) 285-2880

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Chad Robinson

What 63 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Scenic View

  • Atlantic Canada

    Canadian

  • Nova Scotia

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    Visiting with family
  2. W

    Wooster

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Decor is past sell-by date. No tablecloths as pictured in brochure. Food quality was so-so. Service ok. Would not recommend.
  3. GL

    GerardL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience2
    All aspects of our visit nd meal fell below any expectattions we had. Poor performance.
  4. JK

    JoyceK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Noise level question was confusing. I did not know how to respond. It was not noisey. Price of entry a little high for amount but the salmon was the best I ever had. My partner loved the chicken. Server was great. Breakfast was awesome. Best croissant I ever had. Eggs Benedict was perfect even in warming tray.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Had all the signs of a struggling restaurant. Mediocre in every way.
  6. TG

    TomG

    Des Moines

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Classic park lodge ambience. Fish cooked perfectly. Locally sourced menu.
  7. D

    Darkwing296

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Wait staff was great but the food not so much. We had the lobster dinner which was VERY overpriced. It was cold and rubbery. Seemed like it had been cooked a few days ago and then stuffed back in its shell. The “ potato salad “ was terrible as well. Shrivelled up baby potatoes and a few veggies that were cooked in vinegar or so it tasted. Very disappointed in our meal. The waitress was lovely and attentive so she was the best thing about the place. We would never return here and will not be recommending this to others.
  8. LM

    LandonM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Over priced for what you get. Poor wine selection
  9. E

    Elte

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Too expensive for the quality. $65 for a lobster dinner, with 2 asparagus and 2 baby potatoes is ridiculous. Lobster thermidor at the Bicycle Thief in Halifax is $54, with amazing sides. View is great though.
  10. GL

    GuyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    We were hoping for a high quality romantic dinner, but … Everything was overcooked ! Where was the Chef ? Really overpriced for such a poor meal … Monday, September 5, 2022.
  11. TR

    akaTeddyR

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The rack of lamb was excellent. Service was slow and confused. Beautiful setting.
  12. DB

    DebbieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The view is spectacular and the food is good but it is painfully clear there are experiencing a shortage of trained wait staff. The service was not anywhere close to good enough given what they are charging.
  13. PE

    PeggyE

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The restaurant is still advertised as award winning though it appears it last won years ago. Our whole experience was disappointing though service was fine. One of us ordered ratatouille which honestly was one big slab of partially cooked onion, one thin slice of zucchini covered in tomato sauce and topped with a massive mound of quinoa. Flavourless and awful….
  14. s

    sgretired

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The staff were great as well as the views. But food was average and ambience was more cafeteria style. Way overpriced for what they offered.
  15. DC

    DanielC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent choice of dishes.Delicious food and good portions.Attentive service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Tired and overpriced restaurant. Avoid
  17. B

    Birder

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Probably the. Best dining around, but that’s a very low bar to meet.
  18. GD

    GinetteD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Dirty couches and tables. Need cleaning and painting. Very disappointed. Looks so good on the website but not in real .
  19. HC

    HollyC

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I had the beef tenderloin with roasted potatoes and vegetables. It was delicious.
  20. F

    Foodie123

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Our server (Haley) was excellent, but the food was poor quality and the portions were very small. An $18 dollar bowl of chowder was tiny, really tiny. The chef forgot to read the receipe for escargot (who puts cheese on it), and the roll was so stale it must have been days old. The charcuterie board was good and a decent portion.
  21. R

    Robert

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The scallop appetizer was well prepared and nicely presented but the scallops were tiny. I had the halibut for the main course. The fish was fine but the vegetables were either undercooked (carrots) or overcooked (asparagus).
  22. AM

    AlexM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The experience at the Purple Thistle Dining Room was just fair. We ordered the scallops and the chowder to start and both were fantastic, no issues there. I had ordered the Tenderloin for my main, however, what I received did not resemble the cut I had ordered. In fact, it was sliced and when put together was not a full steak. This was a far cry from what I imagined when ordering a $50 steak. Dessert was excellent. Please do not slice my steaks.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    The restaurant was filthy!!! Cobwebs in the corners of the windows, dead flies lying around…… certainly ii’s not the same place as we remembered!! Gone are the white table cloths and fine dining experience! Sad. During these Covid times when every business is bending over backwards to have their establishment spotless, Keltic doesn’t seem to care or got the memo!! Not rushing to go back or recommend to others. The server was very nice and professional, polite.
  24. g

    gerry

    Atlantic Canada

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall the food was very good - better than last year ! They need more servers but that’s an issue everywhere! Of note was the professionalism displayed by Deep, who is a student at Cape Breton University in their hospitality program ! He has all the attributes to be very successful in that line of work which is his goal ! Personable,knowledgeable, and attentive ! He was like the Maître D of the restaurant ( which does not have one)! Gerald P Reardon MD, FRCS(C) Halifax,NS
  25. CD

    ChristianD

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Bad service, small portion for the high price, poor quality of food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Staff was great. Food was not great for the prices. The atmosphere felt more like a diner. We would have preferred to eat on the bar across the hall
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent including a terrific charcuterie and cheese board as an appetizer. We really enjoyed the main dishes also including the halibut, salmon and seafood pasta. The servers were very friendly. Yes, some of them are relatively junior but they were all trying very hard to offer a nice evening to the guests at the restaurant.
  28. G

    George

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was very poor. We would not consider returning until there is a different chef. Of our group of 7, only one had a good meal. Very sad. We have had many great dining experiences there over the years.
  29. L

    Lonestar

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Please keep in mind I do not care how expensive a meal is as long as it’s a good meal, the Keltic Lodge “Was” known as an amazing place to eat, Our friends who have beautiful summer homes in Ingonish told us we will not be happy, we booked four nights for dinner and canceled three reservations after our first evening that we experienced, the food was absolutely the worst I have ever had in a fine dining restaurant it was an absolute embarrassment being a proud Caper Bretoner, our waiter Evan was very good! I would never recommend to eat at the Keltic Lodge to anyone and whoever runs this place needs some serious training!
  30. J

    Jenn

    Birmingham

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    Food was not good at all. The pasta dish with seafood had no flavor the sauce was just disgusting. It was supposed to have clams and did not. Escargot was rubbery and small and tasting gross. The chicken dish also small and lacking in flavor.
  31. d

    dcboy

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The food was not good and very overpriced. Service was horrible. When I asked our waiter what type of oysters they were offering that evening, he said he couldn’t tell me because he is a vegetarian.??? This is not fine dining.
  32. r

    robc

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    beautiful lodge and location with great amazing views. Food was way too expensive and mediocre..........and they have you by the short and curlies as there is no where else to eat while you are up there.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Slow service, mediocre food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    You should inform your kitchen staff to pay more attention to the amount of liquid left on the plate when serving lobster. It was definitely a turn off for me. Also your description of the potato salad should be changed since it is just roasted potatoes with vegetables on top.
  35. MW

    MikeW

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our meals - delicious, served at appropriate temperatures and beautifully presented. The waitstaff were working hard and were attentive and friendly. This is a sit a spell and savour kind of place, not an in and out. Lovely views. Definitely has the charm of an older style lodge/resort. This was not our first time here, and will not be our last.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a must destination in Atlantic Canada
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Small portion for price. Pork chop overcooked. Needed more veggies! Halibut was cooked properly. Service was slow but staff were friendly.
  38. JP

    JasonP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We should have asked for our money back. FYI...The Pub will get a worse review!! Very over priced as it is not a 4 or 5 star restaurant. Nothing fancy, not even a table cloth, flower or decoration. Small portions for main meal to make you order more courses $$$$. Servers passing by your table non stop with trays of dirty dishes and food orders for the Pub. Ask for a window table so you can focus on the view, not the chaos. Servers lacked knowledge and were not interested in creating a 5 star dining experience, again the high prices for the meals. Some servers were in wrinkled clothing. Servers were slow and did not return to your table to see if you needed anything as frequent as they should have been for the price we were paying. You should never have to wait 40 min for more water. Some food on the menu was not what was stated, German potato salad is non existent. We will not eat here again.
  39. AO

    AOuellette

    Montreal

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The view is simply breathtaking…. But the food extremely over priced for what you get. 60$ lobster dinner was so disapointing… boiled lobster was skinny and dry. No garlic butter, lemon or any preparation what so ever. The mac and cheese on the kids menu was watery. You could taste the flour in the cheese preparation. We also had breakfast - buffet…Dried up scrambled eggs… no fruits, very limited choices of bread … and the list goes on… They are surfing on the amazing location…. And people will be going anyhow…. Very disapointing!
  40. TK

    TomK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    Never again. High prices for small portions of food. The ambience was like a waiting room. No tablecloths, no candles, no flowers. Calling it " Fine dining" is a joke.

FAQs

Purple Thistle is rated 3.5 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Purple Thistle

383 Keltic in Rd, Ingonish Beach, NS B0C 1L0

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Ingonish Beach

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chad Robinson

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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