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Chowder House

Seafood, Canadian
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Neil's Harbor, Nova Scotia B0C 1N0, Canada
+1 902 336 2463
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Beatrice, Nebraska
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We pulled into Neil's harbor because of an ice cream sign on the trail. The ice cream place was shut down. However, fortunately for us The Chowder House was not! We had seafood chowder and a dinner of scallops seared in brandy. The chowder was hearty and flavorful while the scallops were cooked to perfection. All in all I would... More 

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Wingham, Canada
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186 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There aren't a lot of restaurants in the area, this one has a great view, right on the ocean. Casual picnic table seating, okay food, friendly staff. We were there for 2 lunches in a row, food the same both days, overpriced for what it is, but okay.

Thank Barbara d
Naperville, Illinois
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163 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chowder House is located along the Cabot Trail. Go early for lunch. We arrived at noon, which was perfect. However, there was a wait to be seated shortly after we arrived. I had the crab sandwich. It was loaded with fresh local snow crab and delicious. I would ask for wheat or whole grain bread as an option.

Thank Jaci1202
Mukilteo, Washington
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348 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a spit with a great 180 degree view of the coast. Best views from the parking lot, but also some tables inside. Service is a bit slow and the food a bit above average but nothing to write home about.

Thank Richard R
Cornwall On Hudson, New York
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had one small bowl of seafood chowder and one of crab and corn. And one bottle of Pepsi. The bill was over $24 and the chowders were NOT worth it! Seafood was much to milky and this. Had to break up the bread slice to give it substance. And the very little amount of crab was stretched with waaaay... More 

Thank UMichAlum
Milton, Canada
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great spot for lunch when you are doing the cabot trail in a day. One of my father's favorite meals is fish and chips and he has already had a couple of fish sandwiches since we hit the maritime but he said this was the best sandwich by far. Great batter. I had mussels and though I would have liked... More 

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New Glasgow, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Along with your meal you will have the best view ever. Rustic looking inside. Don't let the tables fool you. The staff are very friendly and the food is the best around. We have eaten seafood all around N.S. and this place is the best. My advice is to order the seafood platter. Lobster, muscles, scalps, shrimp and noodles. Enjoy... More 

Thank Shirley J
Goderich, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner here while traveling through the Highlands and we are so glad that we did!! We started with the seafood chowder...WOW! Best chowder I've ever had. My kids loved it too! Then came the snow crab dinner. Oh. My. Goodness. It was heavenly!! The fresh cut fries were crispy and delicious, the veggies were tasty, and the snow... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking forward to here mid-afternoon at the recommendation of the hosts of the bed and breakfast we had stayed at the night before and we actually bypassed some other highly recommended restaurants in favour of eating here, but the experience was disappointing. Despite the heavy rain, the location and view were wonderful but that was the best part.... More 

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Lake Ann, Michigan
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton there are many good chowder places, but this was our favorite for chowder and for scallops. A nice light broth loaded with fish, scallops and lobster. The scallops were simply prepared, juicy and tender. A simple, no frills place in the shadow of a lighthouse with stunning views out to sea.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Seafood, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Neil's Harbor, Nova Scotia B0C 1N0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Neil's Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 902 336 2463

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