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Eat Through Cape Breton at these 4 Cabot Trail Restaurants

Ask any seasoned traveller, and they will likely tell you that eating is a pillar of a good vacation experience. What better way to immerse yourself in the local culture? After all, trying one of your favourite entrees or something new at a recently discovered establishment is atop many vacationers’ checklists. And with its diverse and rich history, visiting Cape Breton Island is no exception. The Cabot Trail restaurants are some of the best in Nova Scotia, from farm-to-table bistros to coastal seafood delicacies. So to give you the inside scoop on some of the most popular eateries—and some hidden gems—the crew at Cabot Shores Wilderness Lodge compiled a list of our favourite restaurants on the Cabot Trail.

The Best Places to Eat near Cabot Shores

Despite our island community’s rustic characteristics, there is an ample variety of Cabot Trail restaurants that offer a diverse selection of culinary excellence. The local dining options play a pivotal role in making Cape Breton Island a wonderful place to live and visit, so we’re glad to return the favour by making a few recommendations. You can find a more extensive list by visiting the Cape Breton travel site.

Cabot Shores Bistro

Photo of a Group Retreat in Nova Scotia at Cabot Shores.

Cabot Shores Bistro has something for everyone, located right on our property and offering a wide selection of healthy dietary options. Whether indulging in our renowned breakfast buffet, an energizing dinner, or a fun-filled cookout that includes a wood-fired oven or BBQ, you’ll never walk away unsatisfied. Many of our exclusive experiences revolve around meals at the bistro, so be sure to reserve a table during your stay! Live music, culinary demonstrations, and delectable cuisine are commonplace at Cabot Shores Bistro. (Executive Chef Ron MacNeil The Lakes, Celtic Lodge, The Inveraray. International flavor. Two other chefs from Sri Lanka and Ontario. Lobster fresh from the boat Amy MicInnis)

Black Spoon Bistro

Okay, so Black Spoon Bistro isn’t situated directly on the Cabot Trail, but this restaurant is a great stop if you’re coming from Sydney, as many of our visitors do. Gut-filling sandwiches, satisfying soups, and sophisticated seafood like mussels, salmon, and scallops are just a few items at this elegant yet inviting establishment. Their pan-fried haddock and blackened seafood medley are local favourites.

The Rusty Anchor

As the name suggests, The Rusty Anchor is a Cabot Trail restaurant specializing in seafood. This unassuming Ma and Pa eatery has served locals and visitors for over a quarter century, nestled amid Pleasant Bay on the northern reaches of Cape Breton Island. Needless to say, some of the views are breathtaking. Along with the scenic vistas,  you’ll find mouthwatering oysters fresh from the ocean, jumbo shrimp, and rich lobster rolls among their award-winning offerings.

Baddeck Lobster Suppers

Just down the road, about 40 minutes from Cabot Shores, Baddeck Lobster Suppers is a seasonal seaside diner with a storied past. Today, they are known for their neighborhood-friendly atmosphere and traditional culinary techniques. At first glance, their menu may seem limited, but once you sink your teeth into their locally-fished lobster, you’ll be a lifelong fan.

Unrivalled Cape Breton Lodging on the Cabot Trail

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After having a chance to consider some excellent Cabot Trail restaurants, we hope we’ve made your dining plans a little easier. Meals are integral to the Cape Breton experience, so we encourage you to try as many restaurants as possible during your stay! And when you’re ready to choose a place to stay, we’ll be waiting to hear from you! To find out more or book accommodations, please visit us online today!



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Based on 290 reviews
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
October 17, 2023.
My boyfriend and I came here on a whim for lunch while in the area. What a pleasant surprise! Loved the unique atmosphere and amazing, friendly people. Could have very well have been the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everything was cooked to perfection. Fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef. We also had the mussels... huge portion and delicious. We took a walk about the property, one of a kind cabins/domes to stay in.. most of which, if not all had their own hot tub. Even a sauna by the water. We would definitely highly recommend eating here at the bistro even if you are not staying over night. Everyone is lovely.. they even offered to email us the salmon recipe because we loved it so much. My only suggestion to owners would be to get better signage on the roadway, so visitors can find you easier. We passed the place twice before actually finding it. I think if there were two more signs a little up the rd on either side, more people may be able to come visit this hidden little gem. Thanks so much for a great lunch and top-notch service.
Jasmine Rahmel
Jasmine Rahmel
October 17, 2023.
Loved the location and the amenities. What a unique resort. The upgrade to the chalet was wonderful. Above and beyond.
Malcolm
Malcolm
October 16, 2023.
Stayed at Cabot shores from October 7th-13th was an unforgettable experience. Stayed in a yurt and very spacious and comfortable. The location along the sea was gorgeous and could hop over to the beach whenever. Kayaked two of those days and could see beaver domes while doing so. Would highly try the food as well very accommodating to all dietary requirements. Recommend the chickpea massala very nice meal! Friendly staff and good accommodation. 5/5
Vishnu Vardhana
Vishnu Vardhana
October 15, 2023.
Amazing experience in the yurt and dome. Friendly staff and beautiful views!
Trevor B
Trevor B
September 13, 2023.
Stopped for lunch and ordered the spaghetti bolognese. Very hearty and lots of meat. A nice satisfying meal. One surprise was to see a mandatory 10% gratuity when paying the bill. Who does this for a party of less than 5?

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Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
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This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
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Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
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We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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