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“Underwheling” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Mussel Cafe

Blue Mussel Cafe
312 Harbourview Drive | North Rustico Harbor, Rustico, Prince Edward Island C0A 1X0, Canada
+1 902-963-2152
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Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Rustico
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: Seafood, Chowder
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: We are currently closed for the season! We will re-open in June 2015. Thanks everyone for the great season and we will hopefully see you all again next year! The Blue Mussel Cafe is a seasonal seafood restaurant located in North Rustico Harbour, PEI just off the beaten path. We specialize in fresh seafood and strive to provide food that is as fresh and local as possible. We offer a large variety of delicious and wholesome meals with no deep fried food. We are committed to offering an authentic PEI dining experience and a view that you will never forget!
Charlottetown, Canada
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“Underwheling”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Ate here with my wife for lunch recently and was disappointed in the food and value. We started with a shared "bowl" of seafood chowder (for $9/bowl). There was approx. 2 cups of milky underseasoned chowder broth with very little variety of seafood.
For our entrees my wife had the lobster roll (for $16) which was a meager amount of lobster with mayo and a scoop of potato salad. Needless to say we've both had much better.
I had the crabcakes (for $15). There were 3 pan fried cakes served with a scoop of potato salad. I wish I had something nice to say about them but they were just very ordinary. They were served with a pickle relish which was a nice accompaniment as the acid helped break up the blandness of the dense doughy cakes.
With a couple of regular drinks (and no dessert) our bill was $54.
On the positive side, they've got a great location with lovely views of Rustico Harbour and the staff were friendly enough.
We were put off by the loud and constant chatter coming from the open doored kitchen as you could hear everything the cooks and wait staff were saying to each other. Perhaps if we'd been on the deck we could have escaped their loud conversations that rarely seemed to be about food orders etc. I'm all for having a good time at work and frankly this isn't white table cloth dining but they should be aware of the noise.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We ate here last year and thought it was excellent with good and attentive service. What has happened in a year? Yesterday my wife and I decided to visit for lunch; we never got any! We stood patiently behind the 'please wait to be seated' sign and although noted by at least two members of staff, our presence was not even acknowledged, this despite observing several vacant tables. After five or so minutes we left in disgust and enjoyed a pleasant lunch at Skippers Cafe. It was quite a disappointment but at the end of the day you vote with your feet.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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key west
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“So good we went twice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Dinner was very good, but we were late so they ran out of a dessert that I wanted to try. Before leaving North Rustico, we went for lunch as I wanted to try the seafood bubbly bake as it is only available at lunch. It was fantastic. The chocolate almond pie was also fantastic. My husband had dessert envy as he had carrot cake and I was reluctant to share. I would love to go back.

Visited July 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Nice place but has limited choices for lunch. Not that cheap but not that expensive either. Good food, good service and very nice view.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Small cafe with outdoor terrasse only.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Good local food. Excellent seafood and fish. Situated just on the harbour in North Rustico. We were there during a heat wave so we would have appreciated a bit more shade but the sea breeze made it bearable.

Visited July 2013
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