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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
5:00 pm - 8:00 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food was tasty and the proportion size was good. Atmosphere was nice, cozy, bright. Service was excellent. We were there in November, but imagine during nice summer months it is a great place to stop in a beautiful area along the water. We had several servers plus another woman stop by to follow up on our service. Everyone had... More 

1 Thank Karen L
Yarmouth, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a delightful place. Tried the zucchini panini and bluenose salad. Excellent combo. English sticky pudding for dessert. Stole a taste of hubby's sweet potato ginger soup. Amazing good. No reservation, put our name on the list and was only a short wait. Friendly service across the board. Second visit and definitely not the lastt

Thank babygrand1
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hype over this place is amazing. Every tourist brochure you read or pamphlet you pick up has this restaurant in their recommended eats list. I can not for the life of me understand why. Perhaps we visited on an off day, or rather, an incredibly bad off day (!) The hostess was snotty and condescending and the food was... More 

Thank sc3traveller
Halifax Region, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

I have been waiting to try this restaurant for a while. The decor has a bit of whimsy. The staff are helpful and well-trained. The food is fabulous. Thankfully our hosts had made reservations for us well ahead of time because on both nights we ate there, they were full.

Thank Barbara D
Shelburne, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Hamburger Night - Chose the Beef Burger. The beef was good and cooked just right but left a very salty taste in the mouth. Perhaps it was the sauce or the way it was spiced, but the last couple of bites were very salty and unsavory. And the desserts, cheesecake and ice cream cake(my wife had this) were, in my... More 

Thank rdylan2016
Nova Scotia, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We had a fabulous Fall lunch a week ago - it is indeed a hidden gem. The food was fantastic and the service was great!

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

Thank you for your review, it all sounded like you had a great experience... Did you mean to give us only one star after such good comment? Thank you More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Everything we had from the salads, soups, sandwiches, seafood and desserts were excellent. Definitely worth the stop.

Thank Joe E
Naperville, Illinois
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175 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Back behind the gift store is a hidden gem of a restaurant. Make certain to make a reservation as there is seating for only 26. The food was very good and the atmosphere matched. I can highly recommend the zucchini appetizer. Beware, the portion sizes of entrees are large. I had the pork tenderloin with mushrooms, Rosti potato and vegetables.

Thank Jaci1202
Midland, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

This fine restaurant was recommended by our B and B hosts. They were certainly correct in directing us to this lovely spot. The seafood is extremely fresh and well prepared. Lots of wine choices to pair with whatever you choose to eat.

Thank Joan909
Halifax, Canada
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113 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Chef Roland Glausser does an amazing job at turning out wonderful meals from a small kitchen. The menu seldom varies and I look forward to my annual trip to enjoy the special food. Warning, you must enter the restaurant by walking through a Gift Shop. This puts me off, but the food is worth it. There is a good wine... More 

Thank NSfoodlover

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $30
Canadian, Soups, Seafood, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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
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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