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The Dancing Moose Cafe

42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
+1 902-929-2523
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Dutch, Cafe, Canadian
42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had never tried pannekoeken. In fact, I had never heard of it at all; however, when I discovered that it is a pancake of sorts, I was downright excited to have this beautiful thing on a plate in front of my face. I ordered...More

Thank Jacinta R
Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful spot...Enjoyed the woodstove...Nice hiking...Would definitely visit again :) The restaurant was closed...Would have loved to have sampled some of Tom's cooking !

Thank CarolDauphinee
Reviewed January 19, 2017

Cozy inside, loved the fireplace. Nice country decor. Good food, mediocre latte. Average prices. Good service.More

Thank Valérie M
Ton M, Owner at The Dancing Moose Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Valerie, Thank you for your review, but not sure if you are talking about our Restaurant, The Dancing Moose Cafe, Cape Breton NS. Reason for this is that you mention a fire place and we don't have one in our Cafe. Rest could be...More

Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Outstanding service. Very friendly and clean. We rented the cabin for a few days and we could not have Been happier. The food was mouth watering. Highly Recommended. We will definitely be returning.

Thank Rob P
Reviewed December 24, 2016

I can't say enough, dancing moose makes soup and sandwiches into a meal fit for royalty. Every aspect made fresh and with love. They really take pride in what they do. Both the Dancing Moose Cafe (and their lodging - ZzzzMoose ?) offer hospitality that...More

2  Thank _elishaabrahamhfx
Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

I can't even believe the amazing experience I had here. My boyfriend and I were only here 2 days, and Ton was such an amazing host. We got in super late and he came right out and greeted us! Showed us our cabin tent, it...More

1  Thank Kirsten A
Reviewed October 13, 2016

The Dancing Moose Cafe is absolutely wonderful! The location is tucked away on the Cabot Trail but only a 30 minute drive from Ingonish beach. I immediately felt welcome upon arriving at the Dancing Moose and enjoyed the 3 days I spent there. The food...More

Thank Kristen T
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

We came in early and Tom had been killed during enough to already have our cabin ready and the door unlocked while he stepped out to dinner. When he came back he checked out us right away. Was so friendly and accommodating. We didn't bring...More

1  Thank Amanda S
Reviewed October 5, 2016

Excellent value and delicious food. We would definitly go here again. Their cottages look beautiful as well.

Thank sharisab
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Stop here for lunch. Never have had a Pannekoeken. I had the apple and bacon. It was delicious. The wait staff was great, they had wifi, and we had a good view of the ocean.

Thank TheMalamute
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
are the bathrooms in the cabin? I can't seem to figure that out
March 25, 2017|
Response from Ton M | Property representative |
Hi, To answer your question, there is no bathroom in the Camping Cabin. The bathrooms are in a separate building the "comfort station" , within 30 meters from the cabins. Every cabin has his own private bathroom though. We... More
do you have gluten-free options?
May 10, 2015|
Response from Ton M | Property representative |
Hi, Yes I can make a gluten free Pannekoek, The Pannekoek can be sweet e.g. with fresh fruit and whipped cream or apples nuts raisins baked in. Or savory, bacon baked in onions, mushrooms, topped with cheese etc... More
Hi where can I see the price ?
September 6, 2016|
Response from Ton M | Property representative |
Hi, DId not realize that the food price PDF was not visible Looking for the price of food or our accommodations? Anyway for example our Pannekoek starts at $4.50 and the most expensive would be around $16.00 Sandwiches... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$2 - $10
Dutch, Cafe, Canadian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
Open Hours
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Birch Plain
  • Phone Number: +1 902-929-2523
  • E-mail
The Dancing Moose Café is a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and baked goods, all made fresh right here. Visit us on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia—a great place to meet and eat. We're open from 7:00 to 4:00 every day in summer, and for long weekends (Friday–Sunday) in winter.

Our signature dish is the Pannekoek, the Dutch way to enjoy a different kind of "pancake" for both breakfast and lunch. Try them sweet with real whipped cream, syrup, honey, icing sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate, raisins, nuts—the options are limited only by what's in season and our imagination. Or go savoury; green onions baked in, with Gouda cheese melted on top, or bacon and mushrooms cooked in, and an egg fried your way on top—just some of the delightful possibilities.

We prepare Belgian Waffles to order, and top them with your choice of fresh, hand-cut fruit, raisins (we soak them in vodka), cinnamon, icing sugar, and real whipped cream. If you spot something else on our menu that you'd like to see on your waffle, just ask; we'll try anything once!

Every day we make soup, often with a Dutch twist; in winter, there's chili, too. We make sandwiches hot or cold, filling dependent on what's in our pantry; whatever the filling, the bread is made right here. And we make our own granola cereal, too.

Have a hearty breakfast or lunch while you unwind at our picture-window tables, or bring your picnic lunch and grab dessert inside, then head out to where more tables await. Either way, enjoy our stunning ocean view.