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“Not what I expected”

The Caves Restaurant
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Sure the views overlooking The Bay of Fundy and the caves are impressive, but the food was not. Considering the wealth and freshness of the seafood available from this waterway, I was expecting them to capitalize on this and provide dishes that were simply prepared......grilled or sauteed scallops, fish, salmon, shrimp etc.

Instead, this was a place that fried everything. Really? We asked if the fries or onion rings were made in house as if we were going to indulge in some heavy duty calories, then it better be worth the splurge. Nope, the spuds and rings came from a bag, previously frozen.

I would have loved to just have a steamed/boiled whole lobster, but the only thing we saw on the menu was a seafood meal for $30 that did come with one, but it had some other fillers like potatoes and mussels. The price tag for this meal and others was just downright highway robbery. We had just been to Bar Harbor where you could get twin lobsters for $20 along with sides. A single lobster, not a la carte and comparable in size was less than $14.

Considering the wholesale price of lobster was hovering around $2.55/lb The Caves mark up was ridiculous. Since there really wasn't too much else to choose from restaurant wise, we decided to order anyway.....so lobster roll ($15.99) and clam strips (4 ounces $8.99/8 ounces $12.99) it was. Again, these came with their fries like it or not. Well we had indulged in lobster rolls in both Boston and Bar Harbor ME and this one paled in comparison. The hot dog bun was squished from the bottom so that the lobster meat looked like it was overflowing. It was not. The fries were only worthy of one or two bites. The clam strips were also out of a bag, how sad

Their world famous seafood chowder was good, but be aware, we split a bowl and we still felt like it was too much. If you love butter (or whatever fat they use) and cream, this will fit the bill. There are some large chunks of seafood but it was very difficult to discern one bite from the other.

There has to be a reason, it's difficult to find their menu on-line and now we discovered why. Had we previewed it prior, we would have saved our appetites for a place in Saint Johns. $4.99 for a milkshake? Does that include partial ownership of the cow?

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Bruhut, Owner at The Caves Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2013

Dear 6tareg,
I wish we could buy our lobster for $2.59 a pound but the reality is that the wholesale price is $7.75 but I can understand why you would be upset after seeing prices in Boston and Bar Harbour,heck I am.In Canada things like seafood,poultry,eggs ,and dairy products are considerably more!We do have lots of items that are not fried,and what we do we do well.Instead of fries you can have one of 3salads ,potato salad,or mashed potatoes .I agree that strip clams are not great but we always have whole clams which are.Apparently we fell down on not pointing out our choices and we will strive to do a better job.You can have fresh lobster right out of our tank for $15.99,fresh PEI mussels,baked seafood casserole and we will do sautéed if requested.We bake chicken in the morning for our salads and clubs and our grilled chicken sandwiches,our burger is ground fresh at Huttges Store ,we use real cheddar cheese for our burgers and we even filter our fryers twice a day.Your review has pointed out that we need to do a better job of pointing out our options and we will be sure to improve on this.
With kindest regards and respect.Bruce,owner

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stopped here for lunch on our tour. The food was good, counter service was quick.

The chowder was good, as well as the lobster rolls, but a little pricey for the size of the serving. My wife is allergic to a lot of sea foods, but they had a good selection of non seafood items.

For as big as a restaurant as this is, they could use bigger bathrooms.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

One of the best fresh seafood places I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Loved the Crab Rolls, Seafood chowder and fresh homemade rolls and biscuits. Taste like home made, even better! The Help is like family by the time you leave. Enjoy the beautiful seaside caves while you dine on the outdoor patio. A MUST SEE when in Saint Martin New Brunswick!

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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Rainy day, interesting sea caves and view tide too high to walk in caves. Chowder was full of fish and small portion. The biscuits were the highlight.

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Thank MDCrabLovers
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Family of five.
Ordered fish and chips, clams, onion rings, cesar salad.
For a place this close to water, and availability of fresh seafood; its sad to see clam strips being offered! Frozen clam strips, fish, onion rings that you can easily get at your local grocery store.
The cesar salad, was however excellent, freshly made with real bacon, etc.

The view and location, however is really nice.

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