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Seaside Shanty, Chester Basin, NS

Seaside Shanty

4.5
4.5
8 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Seafood
The Seaside Shanty has been a pillar in the community of Chester Basin for over forty years, providing guests with friendly and attentive service and the best that the coastal waters have to offer. Not only is it a completely scratch kitchen, The Seaside Shanty is committed to using local suppliers/farmers as much as possible and is touted for having the best chowder and lobster roll on the south shore!!

Come enjoy the food and stay for the breathtaking view!


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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (902) 275-2246
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 8 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

8 Reviews
  1. JonathanC

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service was first rate. I would recommend!

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  2. AileenC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had great hopes for the Seaside Shanty from the great reviews however while somethings were definitely stellar others were not. The location is definitely excellent right on the water in Chester Bay. We did not have a table that had a view of the water but the interior was open and bright. We were right next to the speakers which made it difficult to hear at times. It is a busy restaurant so consider making a reservation if you are going during peak times. I had the lobster roll and found it not flavourful and kind of dry in taste as the mayo which generally holds the lobster filling together was thin and watery. The pickles they used to add a salty texture to the roll did not really work. There were also bits of lobster shell left in the filling but that is always a possibility with a lobster roll. The green salad that I ordered instead of fries was outstanding. It was just greens but the dressing was incredibly tasty and like nothing I or any of the rest of my table have had before. Clearly some thought went into its creation. The lemon posit I had for dessert was delicious. The lemon curd was tart and sweet at the same time as being very lemony. The crumble topping gave a lovely contrast in texture. My friends loved the ceviche, liked the seafood chowder but found the reuben simply OK although the fries which came with it were tasty. The ice cream bar was excellent and ended up being shared by more than one at the table. The service and the kitchen were slow due to their staffing levels. Unfortunately this is something that many restaurants are experiencing now so we found it completely understandable. The servers were pleasant and helpful despite being so busy.

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  3. JamesH

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time in one week. Extremely pleasant and prompt service, well thought out menu and food options, lovely decor and a fantastic setting.

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  4. DanK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seaside Shanty in Chester Basin offers a delightful dining experience. The seafood is incredibly fresh, the lobster rolls are a must-try, and the view of the harbor adds a charming touch. Staff are super friendly and attentive, making each visit memorable. Perfect spot for a summer meal! Highly recommend for authentic maritime cuisine with a modern twist Five stars!

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  5. Anonymous

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The decor has completely changed annd white washed modern. We miss the old barnyard red and electric seaside decor inside and floor to ceiling windows are gone so you can barely see the water now from inside the restaurant. Staff are friendly but service was slow and the food was expensive and oversalted (shrimp cakes). Small Bowl of soup for 14$ seems high and bowl chowder for 24$! Fish and chips were overcooked and greasy. Bring back some seaside decor and pictures and switch out two small windows with floor to ceiling so you can see more of the water and activity on the deck! More varied affordable menu options would be nice and a couple of vegetarian options. Seemed short staffed in the kitchen with the wait and temperature of the food. We probably wont return.

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  6. JLCpoppy

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service, love the atomsphete, 10/10 would recommend.

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  7. HannaY

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    great service, nice ambiance..prices a little high but worth it

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  8. TeresaP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a relaxed evening and great it was open on a Monday. Nice table with water view and delicious food. I had ceasar salad and chowder and lovely french press coffee.

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FAQs

Seaside Shanty is rated 4.5 stars by 8 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Seaside Shanty

5315 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Chester Basin, NS B0J 1K0

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Mahone Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
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