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Charlotte Lane Cafe & Crafts

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13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-3314
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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You won't find better food anywhere in Nova Scotia, let alone Shelburne. Over the years I've had lunch and dinner here and it's always been exceptional, but I've never reviewed the place before. For lunch go early as it is very popular and doesn't take lunch reservations. For dinner make reservations, or you'll not get in. In 2016 dinner is... More 

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charlottelane, Owner at Charlotte Lane Cafe & Crafts, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your very kind words. We greatly appreciate it. Just so there is no confusion regarding opening hours... we serve dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Make sure to call for evening reservations at 902 875 3314 and lunch Thursday to Saturday. Again thank you for your nice words... More 

Halifax, Canada
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small cozy restaurant with nice abeyance, you don't feel crowded. Excellent quality and service is top notch. I'll definitely be returning for another amazing meal. Next time i will be saving room for desert. when the waitress pass by with a desert they looked delicious. they do have a nice shop with local items. I highly suggest you make a... More 

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charlottelane, Owner at Charlotte Lane Cafe & Crafts, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice comments, greatly appreciated.... Just for your information our season is from the beginning of May until just before Christmas and not September. Thank you again! More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small local restaurant doing nice out of the ordinary, well thought out food using fresh local ingredients. Staff a bit over gushing but spose shouldn't really complain about that!

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canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every mouthful was delicious! The chowder and scallops were some of the best dishes we had all holiday. But the favourite of the evening was the sticky toffee pudding...mouthwatering decadence!

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Thank scadia
Halifax
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small brightly coloured café with a warm atmosphere. To get to it you have to walk through the gift shop on your way in and out. We were there for dinner upon a recommendation of our innkeeper who also made our reservations. However, I had checked the café online beforehand as there are few places to eat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious lunch-beautiful and fresh. So good to have steamed veg as a side with fantastic seafood. Busy but relaxed ambience. A real gem.

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Souris, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After eating here once I understand why people plan their trips around a reservation at this restaurant. Not a big dinning room so call ahead to make sure you can get a table. Everything we tried was exceptional and we are going back as soon as possible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shelburne is such a little gem, and Charlotte Lane is one of the reasons we love it so much. The food is excellent, and the service is impeccable. I love the shop out front - a great place to look around before or after you dine. We made a Christmas tradition of going each December, but it's wonderful in the... More 

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Danville, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great find. Beautiful little warm and welcoming cafe just off the historic water front. Have the Rosti (potato pancake smothered in cheese and topped with an egg) with a cup of the Nova Scotia chowder. Superb flavor and reasonably priced. Rest of the menu and dishes coming out of the kitchen looked yummy. One of the best restaurants... More 

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Lunenburg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Very ample menu from sandwiches to full dinner selections, even on the lunch menu. My wife had the zucchini with goat cheese and Bluenose salad and was very satisfied... But found room for panacotta for dessert. Wine and beer lots of selection, and even an Ironworks liqueur sampler with dessert. Wine expensive at $10 for a 5 oz glass. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $30
Cuisine
Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free, Seafood, International, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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
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.

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