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Rita's Tea Room & Gift Shop

8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
+1 902-828-2667
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“quiche” (9 reviews)
“scones” (11 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a wonderful time at Ritas. The lobster roll and chowder were delicious and tge staff very very friendly. Normally I would not stop but I am glad we did.

Thank Tim F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to stop for a cuppa on the way towards Sydney. You can also learn more about Rita, buy her CD's, and .... if you have time .... enjoy a generous bite to eat.

Thank Mississauga-Chick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated on the right hand side of Route 4 as you head north. If you are on this road we would recommend a stop. We had already had a picnic lunch earlier so stopped for coffee. They were very accommodating. Our vibes were so positive...More

Thank InformedTraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The site of Rita's Tea Rooms was originally one of the numerous one room schools prevalent throughout Nova Scotia. It was eventually purchased by Canadian Songstress Rita MacNeil and used firstly as her family home and then as a tea room. The tea rooms provide...More

Thank virtus18
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What's a visit to the east coast without going to Rita's Tea Room? The fare is simple but substantial with tea....of course!.....and the best seafood chowder I have ever eaten. The atmosphere is quiet and restful, just what you want and need on a long...More

Thank Janet1949
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

Stopped to have a light lunch and tea at Rita's tea room with my husband and our friend. I was a big fan and now they are as well. The food was good although, not large portions...one scone to share between two people? I'm also...More

Thank bgdann
Reviewed July 13, 2017

We happened to be passing and made a point of stopping in just to get a tea to go. The place was great, lots of memorabilia about her and the gift shop was nice. The lady who served us was so nice, she told us...More

Thank Barb L
Reviewed July 12, 2017

We have been here a few times. You can buy Rita's tapes, cd's and books etc in the gift shop. Also tea bags and other things. You have to look at the gifts. The restaurant serves fish chowder, and what we call devonshire tea which...More

Thank niteowel
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Legendary Rita McNeil left a nice legacy in the tea shop. You can see her memorabilia on the walls and the building is in a converted historic schoolhouse. We had tea and desserts.

Thank NBTraveller68
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful tea room lovely Food with outstanding service and very welcoming staff will be returning to this lovely spot

Thank Jason B
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Tina P
March 21, 2015|
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Response from Sylvia N | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I can answer a question about Rita's Tea House, which you find delightful. Do purchase some tea boxes as gifts to friends. I am certain they will love Rita's tea. On the question of puffins and whales, I cannot help... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, 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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