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Charlotte Lane Cafe & Crafts

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French, International, European, Bistro
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13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-3314
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Charlotte Lane Cafe & Gift Shop.Best Small Restaurant in Nova...
Welcome to Charlotte Lane Cafe & Gift Shop.Best Small Restaurant in Nova Scotia Award from RANS 2013, Best Restaurant Chef Inspired Casual Dining by Taste of NS 2011, Best Restaurant outside of HRM by Chronical Herald. Follow the fabulous aromas down our quaint little lane in the historic district of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, step inside our heritage building and enjoy the warm hospitality and fine dining. Our restaurant offers innovative dishes and fine wines presented with attentive service in a cheerful setting. Since opening in 1995 we have attracted loyal and appreciative clients from near and far, and we invite you to join this happy circle.
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An out of the way jewel

Tucked down a side lane off the main street of Shelburne, this little jewel of a restaurant is worth the trip from anywhere. One enters through the tiny gift shop (with some interesting local crafts as well as regular tourist-gift items) to a small dining room decorated with colourful art and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Lunenburg, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Lunenburg, Canada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Tucked down a side lane off the main street of Shelburne, this little jewel of a restaurant is worth the trip from anywhere. One enters through the tiny gift shop (with some interesting local crafts as well as regular tourist-gift items) to a small dining room decorated with colourful art and Fiesta dishes. It even has a little patio for... More 

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Caledonia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

As occasional visitors to Shelburne we've visited Charlotte Lane three or four times in as many years. Each visit has been a delight, just as the most recent was. The standard of food is excellent - very well prepared and presented, and served with the informal friendliness which is the hallmark of dining out in Nova Scotia. The menu provides... More 

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Nova Scotia
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

You will not be disappointed here. The food is excellent and the staff are great. Nice little shop out front as well with lots of interesting items.

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Mississauga, Canada
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We went to Charlotte Lane for our anniversary dinner and were not disappointed! I had the special (stuffed chicken) and my husband had the l lamb and agreed they were among our top meals ever. The wine selection was great and there were also lots of other fun drinks available, which was a nice surprise. The service was very efficient... More 

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Petite Riviere, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Amazing food, service and atmosphere! I love how almost every wine on their menu is from a Nova Scotia winery :) ...and not just Jost or Luckett, but wine from the smaller (and better) vineyards too! Definitely coming back to eat here again..VERY impressed !!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It is unusual to find a restaurant of this quality in a location that is somewhat obscure. we stayed in Shelburne for a night after taking the ferry to Yarmouth from Portland. Fortunately my wife found Charlotte Lane and booked a reservation before we left the US; the restaurant was completely booked out. Our server, Cora,was outstanding at explaining all... More 

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River Edge, New Jersey
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stopped at the Dory Museum, and the ladies there recommended Charlotte Lane Cafe for lunch. The chowder there is terrific. We were told that the restaurant won the Best Chowder award for all of Nova Scotia. Easy to see why.

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Old Saybrook
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you would like a totally unique and authentic dining experience on your trip to Nova Scotia make sure to stop in Shelbourne at this little gem. You will not be disappointed! The town is lovely. This was one of the best meals we had in Nova Scotia and I'm so glad we found it.

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Halifax, Canada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

this is a nearby restaurant and one of my faves. I dont think there is a meal I have had that wasnt delicious Dont forget to try the yummy sticky toffee pudding :)

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South Ohio, NS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our only previous visit for lunch prompted a return for a full everything dinner a month later. Top notch service and attention at our table. Our seafood dishes were of unique flavour and well presented. Seafood chowder abounds in this region but this one stands out for flavour and composition. One downside of late arrival of this appetizer was compensated... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Shelburne
  • Phone Number: +1 902-875-3314

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 24
  • Cuisine: French, International, European, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

Welcome to Charlotte Lane Cafe & Gift Shop.Best Small Restaurant in Nova Scotia Award from RANS 2013, Best Restaurant Chef Inspired Casual Dining by Taste of NS 2011, Best Restaurant outside of HRM by Chronical Herald. Follow the fabulous aromas down our quaint little lane in the historic district of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, step inside our heritage building and enjoy the warm hospitality and fine dining. Our restaurant offers innovative dishes and fine wines presented with attentive service in a cheerful setting. Since opening in 1995 we have attracted loyal and appreciative clients from near and far, and we invite you to join this happy circle.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?