Rime Restaurant

4.1
43 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
The road to Lunenburg is a rainbow of rolling landscapes, weathered buildings and ocean views boasting postcard-perfect Maritime scenes. Lunenburg is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and Rime Restaurant + Wine Bar is the coin I added to this pot of gold, in May 2014.
Rime is named for the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, chosen to pay tribute to the nautical and cultural nature of this World UNESCO Heritage town. At Rime, we love to swap stories with our guests, whether they are visiting for the first time or we know them by name, and with the farmers, fishers and producers who are behind each dish we serve.
Of course the food tells a story too – the story of the land, of the producers, the history of a region. Season to season, we are inspired by these stories and our flavours reflect that fresh, local, creative narrative.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International, Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday- Thursday: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday- Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Phone number
(902) 640-3112
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Catering
Can't make it to the restaurant? We can come to you! We offer offsite catering that can be built around any budget. We are fully self sufficient and can work with any size group. Let us know when and where and we'll be there!
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Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wine
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SB
Atlantic Canada
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rime has been the best restaurant in Lunenburg for a couple years now. The owner/chef is brilliant with his flavours and technique. Rime is always on point with local seasonal menu's that are modern and consistently outstanding. Add that to the ambience and excellent service and you get an experience you won't forget.

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CJ
Frankfurt Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Rime was recommended by our B&B hosts for high level quality. Small menue, that changes monthly with a very good choice of wines. We really like the concept and absolutely enjoyed our dinner with a super nice Italian Canadian waiter in a tasteful surrounding.

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always our Rime experience was exceptional. The flavours burst from every bite, presentational is beautiful, and service great.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

In a town where several restaurants don’t take reservations, Rime does. This was a plus. The menu is very small, so there is not much choice. The portions were ample and nicely presented. The main distraction was that a table for six remained uncleared for over half an hour.

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NK
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This team was marvelous! 30 minutes into the service the power went out in all of Lunenburg and this team didn’t miss a beat! They seamlessly continued to serve the 35 patrons with only the power of a generator.

Our meals were delicious, beautifully presented and we enjoyed lovely wine pairing with our entrees. My husband had seared scallops over pasta - which I never got a bite of. I indulged in the special of a filet of fresh mackerel stuffed with a soufflé of scallops served over lobster and homemade gnocchi.

Rime makes their own bread, sorbets and gelatos. You won’t go wrong with any of them!

If you like wine... coming from SF and Napa Valley we enjoy trying out varietals from the areas we explore. Give the Tidal Bay white a try. We would describe it as a cross between a sauvignon blanc and Viognier. Crisp, soft pineapple and Citris flavors. Perfect against our seafood.

If you make it to this delightful restaurant let Sam know that the Italian lady sent you!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I made a reservation 2 days before as we are traveling. And also called that afternoon when we arrived in the town and left a message to give us a ring for some details. Then when we arrived at the door, the restaurant was closed. I went around back and the person working in the kitchen told us they closed for a catering event and must have forgotten to turn off open table.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening - Sam he waiter was pleasant and knowledgable and the owner was quite friendly as well

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RC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I love to visit nice restaurants (good food, ambiance, staff). I was advised that I should check Rime out upon my arrival in Lunenburg (the owners of the B&B also told me to check it out).

I booked a reservation through Open Table. I arrived a little ahead of time, and I was told someone was still occupying the table; I said I was early and understood. I asked if I could sit and eat at the bar that would be fine (opening up a table for two instead of sitting one).

I was shown to the bar and given a cocktail menu. I was asked by the barmaid if I was ready to order... and I ordered a lovely draft beer. I had to ask for a menu after about five minutes. (I guess there was a shortage of menus?) Both I and another bar patron waited a good twenty minutes to get menus.

I ordered the Brondade and the Halibut. The Brondade came out in a very reasonable amount of time and was enjoyable. While I was enjoying my appetizer two women sat next to me... they ordered wine salad and grilled shrimp and scallops.

I sat at the bar reading my book, passing the time until my dinner arrived.... And I waited... I am on vacation but also had an 8:30 ghost tour. Then the women who sat down after me got there order.... and I waited...

At 8:10 I finally just grabbed money out of my wallet to take care of my bill.. at which point I was told they were plating my dish as we spoke... after five minutes more I was completely over waiting given it was 8:15 and I was going to have less then 15 minutes to eat and pay my check ( after planning 1:30 to eat a meal).

I paid the bill for the portion of the meal that I had, and left.

I am a very easy going individual... but in an hour and a half I should have been able to have an app, entree and dessert, and leisurely sipped a cup of coffee and have that seat flipped for another customer.

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BM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Booked reservation through Open Table, but when we arrived for our confirmed time, they had not received our reservation and we were unable to eat here.

DO NOT BOOK A RESERVATION FOR THIS RESTAURANT THROUGH OPEN TABLE - CALL THEM DIRECTLY. The owners of Rime should not be affiliated with Open Table if the the reservation process is not functional.

Disappointed we were not able to dine here. Unable to comment on food obviously.

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S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, ambience, service absolutely outstanding. We went to Lunenburg specifically to eat at Rime and it did not disappoint.

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G
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant, amazing food and very friendly without being overbearing service. We had a 7 year old with its who they treated like an adult and made her feel special. The food was creative, good portion. Overall great experience from A-Z

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KC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service was excellent, with nice atmosphere. The swordfish was very good, but did not have the level of flavour for the price.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Le 5 à 6 — huîtres à 1$ est un incontournable. Plats fins et service impeccable. Ambiance décontractée. 👍🏼

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LN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Menu choices looked interesting but reality landed when the food appeared. Quantity was lacking and taste left us wanting more. Bottom line - overpriced for what you get - look elsewhere.

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place we have had some of best restaurant meals here!

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CG
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our Mother's Day dinner at Rime. It's near the Lunenburg waterfront, and the staff are friendly and attentive. The service was slow, but it was a holiday and they were busy, so I wouldn't make too much of that. We had their seafood chowder as an appetizer, and that was both creamy and light. Delicious. We had one of the specials, a lamb entree, and it was also very good.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rime was delicious and the service was great! Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine and beer selection as well as descriptions of each dish. The atmosphere is quiet and friendly. I highly recommend for a date night or a small group!

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was fresh and very tasty.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Two of us went to Rime for dinner - an event was happening "upstairs", so we were seated in the very cozy and attractive den area - surrounded by attractive jars of preserves! Despite a nearly full house, the service was attentive and the food was wonderful! One of us has a long list of allergies. The chef was kind enough to provide a specially made, allergen-free, delicious main course. The deep-fried brussel sprouts were as delicious as usual.
It was a relaxing and enjoyable experience!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rime, located in beautiful , historic Lunenburg is a delight
Haut Casual atmosphere, friendly accommodating staff and tasty food.
What more could one ask for.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Strip loin steak was juicy and tender and the fries were addictive. Seafood chowder appetizer was excellent.

The rhubarb cheesecake dessert was just okay for me. Not much rhubarb or shortbread base layer....

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant treated us incredibly well. They were expecting a large crowd upstairs so they seated us downstairs where we could talk without difficulty. The service was perfect. Attentive without being invasive. Everything we ordered was delicious. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Anniversary dinner. Did find it a little pricy .our waitress was wonderful and made it special for us.
Food was amazing.
Would go back again.
Thank you.

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F
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant was recommended by the hotelier. It was nearby. It was not over crowded and the staff did not appear rushed. Their oysters were the best of the whole trip. The seafood portions were not meager.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Attentive service and wonderful food! Attractive restaurant, but can be noisy. Our meals were great!

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant in the small town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The server was thoughtful and knowledgeable, prices appropriate for the dining experience and the food was tasty and interesting. The salads were fresh and clean, and the main courses suggested an innovative chef.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Best in Lunenburg! Can't wait to return.

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Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious meal and great service there on our last visit. The noise level is still an issue we find.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good. Service was good except that the waiter had no personality and didn't seem to have any wait experience. He would put the food on the table and say what it was and leave. There was no "enjoy your meal" and also no checking back to see if everything was okay. Also at end of meal, he brought the bill and as he was putting it on the table, he asked"you didn't want coffee or anything did you?" We expected a bit more professionalism. The others who helped wait on us were great. We will most likely not eat there again.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We go to Rimes whenever we visit Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. If you would like a more upscale restaurant with local ingredients apart from casual seafood restaurants, then this is a great place. Most restaurants in Lunenburg are pretty casual with the exception of 2 or 3. Food was fresh, very tasty and the service was very good and attentive. You can set your pace to hurry or have a relaxing meal. Good wine selection. The place is a noisy when full. No water view but you won't miss it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the nicest food we had on our Nova Scotia vacation. The Halibut and Scallops were cooked to juicy perfection, and the sides were tasty unique flavor combinations. The service was attentive and pleasant. The ambiance was quiet and friendly. We highly recommend this spot and will return again when we return to Lunenburg!

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H
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rime was excellent! We had a great waitress who knew a lot about the wines. She paired a rose with our apps of fois gras (which was truly amazing) and calamari. Then we had an Italian red paired with scallop spaghetti and a white paired with swordfish. Meals were all outstanding. The couple we were with commented that there was no salt or pepper on the table because everything was cooked to perfection and didn't need anything!!

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Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were shown to our reserved table after a short wait. Excellent waiter, knowledgeable about food and wine. The two who had foie gras loved it. My oysters were delectable. Puttanesca pasta and spicy scallop pasta dishes were excellent and the mussels also. No room for desert! But a lovely bottle of Sancerre.

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AJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food with outstanding service. A real find in postcard-picture Lunenburg.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and service. Would highly recommend the calamari and steak.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food with local ingredients. Great wins and an attentive and knowledgeable server. Wonderful atmosphere and a great place to take friends.

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E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Only five entree choices: beef, chicken, fish, carbonara, gnocchi. We looked at website menu before going and saw three items we would like. None of them were on the actual menu. Why can't restaurants keep their website up to date? It isn't a big problem when there are many things to choose from, but when there are only five ......

The restaurant was less than half full and our broiled fish entree took a very long time to arrive. Food was good when we finally got it, but by then our we just wanted to eat and leave.
Server asked if we wanted still or sparkling water. We took sparkling and he brought a $7 bottle of Peligrino. The previous night at Fleur de Sel, they offered the same choice and served house sparkling water at no extra charge.

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MD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was very good. Had some service inconsistencies with our main waiter.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We were there on our anniversary which happens to fall on Canada Day. They offered a five course special that turned out to be excellent in every way and served by a very knowledgable waitress who also had a great personality and that made the experience very special.
We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious!

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