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Rita's Tea Room & Gift Shop

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Canadian, Soups
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8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
+1 902-828-2667
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Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
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146 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2016

Plenty of road traffic. A must see spot. Lovely and quaint.Surprisingly on small side inside but worth visit especially if you are a Rita MacNeil fan. This highway route is one of two main routes circling the Bras DOr lakes, if time avails I usually go east to west one way and then west to east other way. Each distinctive... More 

Thank April Joy B
Sydney, Canada
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2016

This is a restaurant that also is a museum for Rita. It has all kinds of information on her. The restaurant is small and quaint. When we went there was entertainment and the food was a special time that we booked in for a turkey dinner. It was just a great experience.

Thank Ruth M
Vancouver, Canada
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2016

We departed Sydney shortly after breakfast, but I wanted to take my travel partners to Rita's Tea Room as they had never been there, although all of us are familiar with her music career. I suggested that since we had just eaten an hour before, we could check out the gift shop and perhaps have a cup of tea. Well....... More 

Thank Roy B
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146 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2016

We really loved this little place. It has heartwarming memories of Rita and her career. Good food and really nice and helpful staff. The little building has a lot of history on its own and should not be missed when in the neighbourhood.

Thank limeyca
Southfield, Michigan
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186 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2016

We stopped here in August on a day when it was pouring rain. Once inside, however, the decorations, soft music and friendly staff made the day so much brighter. The interior IS airy and seems larger than it really is. The restaurant part seats roughly 50-75 people. Nice sturdy chairs so people of ample girth will be comfy here. The... More 

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250 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2016

Rita MacNeil's home has been transformed nicely into a lovely museum highlighting her life and music. There is furniture original to her family & many panels throughout with her song lyrics etched on them. As well, in the background, her records are playing...although one feels like she might just be in the next room singing to her heart's content. The... More 

Thank SylRickTraveler
Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Stopped on our way to the Cabot Trail. Enjoyed reading about her, listening to her music playing in the back ground, savouring a scone with strawberries and cream, sampling her special tea and chatting with Charlotte and her Coworker, which were most friendly. Do take the time out of your travel, you too will enjoy it.

Thank melmiger
Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016

A must see if you are a fan of the great Rita MacNeil. It's a lovely place to stop for tea or lunch even if you're not a fan. It's a beautiful little restaurant and gift shop with great pastries. The staff are friendly and full of fun facts. Rita's gold and platinum records line the walls, some of the... More 

Thank Mike R
Hassocks, United Kingdom
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964 reviews
464 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2016

We called in to Rita's tea rooms on our way to Sydney. The restaurant area is now beautifully laid out. The menu is limited but we both had the strawberry short biscuit which was very good. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Edwin F
Wingham, Canada
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212 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2016

We got here almost at closing time, too late to have tea, but had enough time to look around at all the memorabilia. We met her son, and a grandson, all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Nice little gift shop, also bought a package of their homemade oatcake cookies, basically an oatmeal shortbread cookie, homemade and so yummy,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Canadian, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Big Pond
  • Phone Number: +1 902-828-2667

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