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Charlene's Bayside Cafe

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$$ - $$$
American, Seafood, Canadian, Soups
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9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-756-8004
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2016

We got a take out lunch here, so we could picnic in the lovely nearby provincial park. Everything was delicious. Our friends from Cape Breton say Charlene's is the best seafood chowder in the world and it is certainly right up there!

Thank Alison L S
Whycocomagh, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed September 15, 2016

Average cafe type food.I only ate there once. Hamburg steak. Very limited seating. Staff friendly enough.

Thank dgbpost
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Ate there at dinner time today one very busy waitress was very very busy service was a little slower than usual but great never the less decided on the chowder absolutely the best I ve ever had will go there for it again

Thank Joyce W
Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2016

We popped in just as they were about to close. We were welcomed in and fed a delicious and hearty bowl of chowder.

Thank clarkeeee
Vancouver, Canada
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266 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2016

stopped here for a quick lunch on the way to Baddeck. Service was okay....nothing exceptional. Had a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of chowder.....Was disappointed in the chowder....it was full of seafood but the broth was bland..far from being anywhere near the best I have had on the trip....bun was quickly rejected...dry and crumbly.....grilled cheese was okay but its... More 

Thank VancouverKeith
Lakeland, Florida
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144 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2016

We had take-out on a very hot day. We pre-ordered and our dinner was ready on time. Staff very accommodating with the little extras that we asked for. Food was hot, good size serving and was delicious

Thank Pauline. M
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2016

Where I had seen it on "Gotta Ear Here" we decided to stop there on our visit to Cape Breton. We found a table when we arrived & soon received the menu & our drinks. Shortly after the waitress took our order for our chowders & then we waited & waited. It was quite busy there I must say but... More 

Thank 386dorothym
New Brunswick Canada
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2016

Two couples stopped for seafood chowder and one had chicken penne pasta. The seafood chowder was so delicious I could have licked the bowl. The tea biscuits were made perfectly. The pasta dish was filled with green, red and yellow peppers (also comes with mushrooms which we did not want.) also full of chicken and lots of pasta. We all... More 

Thank Michael M
cork, ireland
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53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

First off it isn't signposted enough, found it online and gps'd it. Minor flaw. The restaurant has a charming informal family run feel to it and is warm and inviting. The service is friendly and very accommodating too. They have good gluten free options and also have other gf things that aren't on the menu. ( Wanted gf pasta -... More 

Thank devlio
Sydney, Canada
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2016

The fish chowder is probably the best I've ever had in Cape Breton. Their chowder puts all others to shame!

Thank Peter S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $13
American, Seafood, Canadian, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Whycocomagh
  • Phone Number: +1 902-756-8004
Relaxed diner, family friendly dining with hearty home cooked meals.

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