The Best Nova Scotia Seafood Restaurants

Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar
Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar | Courtesy of Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar

Visitors come to Nova Scotia for many reasons, but one of their top priorities is always filling up on as much seafood as possible! Seafood restaurants abound, but we’ve found the best spots across the province.



1. John’s Lunch

Diner, Restaurant, Seafood, Italian

Canadian Living magazine calls the fish and chips at John’s Lunch the best in all of Canada! Head over to the no-frills diner in Dartmouth for their signature dish as well as Digby scallops, fresh clams and so much more.


2. Five Fisherman

Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian, Beer

Five Fisherman
Courtesy of Five Fisherman

With a chic décor and extensive seafood menu, Five Fisherman is easily one of the best seafood spots in Halifax. Dig into salmon swordfish, scallops, chowder, mussels, oysters and more.


3. Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian, Gluten-free

Shuck Seafood + Bar
Courtesy of Shuck Seafood + Bar

Another must-visit spot in Halifax, Shuck is relatively new to the scene and serves up a killer seafood-focused menu. Be sure to check out their daily happy hour for half price deals on some of the city’s freshest oysters.


4. Lavern’s Catch Café

Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian, Soup

A true local gem! This small family-run restaurant serves up fresh-off-the-boat seafood that’s considered by many to be the best in Nova Scotia! They have limited hours and are only open seasonally, so be sure to call ahead before going.

5. Rhubarb

Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian, Soup

Courtesy of Rhubarb

Finish your day at Peggy’s Cove with a meal at Rhubarb, the well-loved seaside restaurant located near the famous tourist attraction. You’ll enjoy your meal while overlooking the ocean, and it doesn’t get much more Nova Scotian than that!


6. Shaw's Landing

Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian

If you prefer a more laid-back dining experience, be sure to pay a visit to Shaw’s Landing in French Village. You’ll enjoy some of the freshest seafood around, with popular menu items such as fish and chips and chowder, in this beautiful tiny fishing village.


7. Ye Olde Argyler Lodge

Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian

Ye Olde Argyler Lodge
Courtesy of Ye Olde Argyler Lodge

This award-winning restaurant in Yarmouth uses only the freshest ingredients in their extensive seafood-focused menu. There is no shortage of delicious options here: lobster clubs, seafood casserole, steamed mussels and lobster poutine are just the beginning.


8. The Rusty Anchor

Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian, Soup

If you’re driving Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail (and you really should be!), The Rusty Anchor is practically a mandatory stop. National Geographic called their lobster rolls the best on the Cabot Trail, and that’s just the beginning of the deliciousness that their menu has to offer. A killer seafood stop on one of the most beautiful driving routes in Canada? Not a bad deal.

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