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“Silver lining to a Foggy Day”

Cape House Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Waterside
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $26
Cuisines: Seafood, Canadian, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Waterfront fine dining featuring local and gourmet menu.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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312 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 519 helpful votes
“Silver lining to a Foggy Day”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

On a recent visit to Cape Enrage we were disappointed that the fog rolled in so thick we could barely see the lighthouse. The zipline and rappelling were closed for the season.

The one enterprise we could enjoy was the Cape House Restaurant which has a world class view, when it’s not foggy. Looking at the menu we quickly realized that this was no ordinary restaurant as there was clearly someone with imagination behind the scenes. I did a double take when I saw the chef – he was the same guy we had seen the night before at the Broadleaf. The two places could not have been more different, the Broadleaf sticking with very safe traditional fare and Cape House clearly allowing the chef to do his own thing. We talked to the chef, Trevor Fox, who turned out to be the sous chef for Jeremy Wilbur, with whom he collaborated on the creation of new dishes using only New Brunswick ingredients.

We ordered fiddleheads, a twisted Caesar salad, tomato soup and lobster tacos. Without doubt it was the best lunch we had for many a day. The tacos were divine with long strands of meat from the pincers of the lobster. We have never been able to get these delicate pieces of the lobster out in one piece so I asked Trevor how he got them out and he replied, “with a rolling pin”. The tomato soup was made from fresh tomatoes and the salad was a grilled slice of romaine with a delicate dressing. However the to-die-for dish was the fiddleheads. These are the shoots of the ostrich fern and are usually available only for a few weeks a year in the spring. Since this was late summer I assumed they were frozen, which they were, but somehow the texture and taste were better than any we ever tasted. The greens were tossed with white balsamic vinegar, pickled onion, local feta cheese and dried cranberries. The secret apparently was to blanch the ferns before freezing them.

So the lesson to be learned is that even if Cape Enrage is fogged in or it is raining, as long as the restaurant is open, make the trip.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
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110 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Incredible cuisine!”
Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We ordered Lobster Tacos, we were NOT dissapointed! The chef, yes a real chef not a line cook, served us on the patio and explained the art in making these delicious lobster tacos! I also had a local craft beer from Picaroons, The Melon Head! Really great pairing! Highly recommend this place!

Visited August 2013
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Franklin, Massachusetts
2 reviews
“Best meal on our trip!”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We went to cape Enrage for the view and the ride. While talking to the ranger about the sites we told they had a small restaurant. We expected burgers and dogs. We had Lobster tacos and Seafood chowder. We are from the Boston area and frequent the cape and Maine areas quite a bit. This meal was the best we had in some time. Highly recommend you stop in if in the area. If on a Motorcycle the ride is fantastic!!

  • Visited July 2013
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Columbia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best in Fundy”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Fundy Highlands Chalets proprietors told us not to miss this restaurant, and they were right. Great food, amazing view, excellent service, small quiet dining room. A bit of a drive but well worth it. On par with the best restaurants in Halifax--we had eaten recently at Stories and this was as good or better. Prices are in line with nicer restaurants on the Halifax waterfront. There's a $5 per person admission to the Cape Enrage site that was waived when our hotel host booked the reservation.

  • Visited August 2013
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Long Island, NY
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90 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good food; beautiful view”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant had been pretty well chronicled by previous TA reviewers. Suffice it to say that this place has quality food, nice presentation, sufficient but not large portions, and s great view. The menu is not large. It's near impossible to find out the cost of this restaurant online, as their online menu does not have prices (hate that!) so note that entrees fall into the $17-25 range. Even though the service is a bit indifferent, I highly recommend this restaurant, the best in the area.

  • Visited August 2013
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