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“Would be a hit if it grew a bit” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ma Belle's Cafe

Ma Belle's Cafe
Ranked #38 of 261 Restaurants in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British, Canadian, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Would be a hit if it grew a bit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

This little spot is very quaint, and while not overly English, it's very cozy and covered in tea-things. The front door greets you with a case of cakes and sweets, and the little tables aren't on top of one another, but still give a tiny, tea-room feel.
We were the only one's there (I, with two friends), and so service was prompt. A young girl served us, as the owners (I suspect) bused around in the back quietly. There's a pamphlet on the tables which explains the shop's origins and such, which was nice to read.
The tea was tea, but in a town where its hard to find anything but Red Rose or Bigelows, real tea was a good change. They had a great selection too.
One friend ordered a sandwich and really liked it, price was good too. We thought about ordering the tea special (small sandwiches, scones, biscuits and tea) which was a good price, but we didn't think we were that hungry. Maybe another time.

This place has all the parts to make a great little tea room, and while it's right downtown in Dartmouth, it doesn't look like much from the outside. A better location, perhaps a nice outdoor space (they do have a little deck in the front, but it looks onto Ochterloney and a parkade), and I think this place could flourish. Where it is now, I suspect new businesses could overshadow it very easily and pull away foot-traffic as Dartmouth grows a bit more.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Dartmouth, Canada
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Sweet little place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Want a hit of Brit? Try this place, a tiny, often-missed spot in Dartmouth. It's worth a visit, with REAL tea and real English breakfast. Cozy, you'll have to time your visit carefully (avoid the after church crowd). Come and feel an accent creep over you.
Seating outside is available but you're on a busy street so it isn't as charming as it could be.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dabble58
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Dartmouth Ca.
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great place for breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

I just stopped in here last weekend and was pleasantly surprised. A cosy little place. I had an English breakfast that was perfect ,Service was great. Apparently the place gets over run by the church freaks on Sundays so go earlier to avoid the rush.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank madhabber
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Edmonton, Canada
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Felt at home :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

What a wonderful spot! We stopped in for breakfast this morning and were very pleasantly surprised. It was quaint with delicious food and wonderful service. We look forward to trying the lunch menu next time.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank foodlover095
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Dartmouth, Canada
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79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Love the atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Breakfast was very nice at this little spot. Nice and cozy but I wouldn't suggest eating inside in the summertime :). I will definately return for the breakfast and might take my daughter for high tea once she discovers a love for meat between two pieces of wheaty goodness!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tammy D
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