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The Biscuit Eater Cafe & Books

16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
+1 902-624-2665
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (87 reviews)
“biscuits” (62 reviews)
“soup” (22 reviews)
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Cafe, International, Healthy, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A little disappointed because we came at 11:30 and they don’t serve lunch until 12. Saying that , we ordered 2 breakfast sandwiches which were okay. We ordered the Biscuit Eater and the Ham and Cheese.

Thank Kathy N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful.....was recommended by tourism site just on the outskirts of the city and well done! Great customer service ,wonderful food and a library of books to boot. Recommend highly!

Thank paul m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful little restaurant with delicious food choices. Service was top notch. This is a must visit restaurant when in Mahone Bay.

Thank Gemini5930
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to this place for a quick sandwich and salad lunch, guided by the good reviews on the Lonely Planet travel guide. We ordered one chicken sandwich, one pulled pork sandwich and a green salad with green beans. Although at that moment our table...More

Thank _chdelar77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch on the outside patio. Wonderful food and charming staff. Their enthusiasm and friendliness more than made up for coffee needing to be brewed and a bit of a line-up to pay.

Thank kjpenguin
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in to see if I could find a book of local historical fiction. The salesperson was friendly and helpful and I left with a book to read on the beach.

Thank Binirob
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Always good food and reliable service. Lots of locals frequent this place and appreciate the fact it's open year round.

Thank 20kpryyz
Reviewed August 5, 2018

Food was good, atmosphere very inviting, some of items were a little pricy considering there was not much time spent on serving. Could be great place with minor improvements.

Thank arbreplage
Reviewed July 21, 2018

This place is a hidden gem. It is not directly on the water like other touristy restaurants, but rather just tucked behind. As soon as we walked in, we were warmly greeted by a host and servers. They were so patient with our questions and...More

Thank Warmplacelover
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Deliciious, simple, original lunch, sandwiches on homemade scones, interesting seating among bookshelves, with little nooks and crannies to browse

Thank Jalapin
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Questions & Answers
Carolyn D
April 14, 2017|
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Response from biscuiteatercafe | Property representative |
We love dogs! Because of food regulations they can't come inside the restaurant but are more than welcome on our big patio 😊
March 11, 2017|
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Response from AJ M | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is
January 22, 2016|
Response from Cara W | Property representative |
Hi - We just saw your question on Trip Advisor. Yes, all of our sandwich specials can be made with gluten free bread, and we have various other gluten free options as well. We're open all year round. Thanks!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $19
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Mahone Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 902-624-2665
  • E-mail
The Biscuit Eater is a friendly community cafe and bookstore serving homemade, handmade goodness in Mahone Bay's oldest building. Fresh baked buttermilk biscuits, locally roasted coffee, stacks of cookies and baked treats, delicious soups, sandwiches and daily specials are all made with care daily by new owners Jessika and Chris and our talented chef Laurie Zwicker. Take a seat by the hearth in a cozy chair, have lunch in the library, grab a snack to go, or visit with old and new friends in the common room - here the warmth of community is alive, well, and waiting to welcome you. We are accessible, family friendly, inclusive and open to all our neighbours from our oldest customer (98!) to biscuit babies. Our new winter hours are Monday - Saturday from 9-4, keep your eye on our Facebook page for evening events, markets, and workshops. We are also available to host your special events, weddings, and creative retreats, contact us with your ideas and collaborations!
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