We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Mateus Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Canadian, Soups, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
533 Main Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
902-531-3711
Website
Today
10:00 - 21:00
Open now
All hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

244 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 238: English reviews
Dothan, Alabama
Level Contributor
55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WiFi: Yes Bottled Water: Sparkling Only Espresso: No Accepts Credit cards: NO, Only Cash I modified an Omelet; no this, some of that..etc. It was delicious!! The fried potatoes that came with it were very good. The accompanying salad was very good. (Please look at my pictures for a close up look) Dogs: They are allowed on the outside patio.... More 

Helpful?
Thank jimh615
Bridgewater
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have had several great meals here.service is excellent and the food is awesome.we were disappointed on 2 occasions when we went to Mahone Bay and they weren't open.their mussels are the best I've ever had

Helpful?
Thank dianec444
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
163 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The chef prepares a daily menu of local fresh food with many unusual choices. The deserts he prepares are delicious and his seafood chowder some of the best I've tasted. There is inside and outside dining and live music on some nights outside. A plus is reservations are accepted in this small, touristy community.

Helpful?
Thank Nancy J
chester basin
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wake up! An ongoing practice of not accepting credit cards has soured my support of a local restaurant. The food is good but to expect patrons to carry cash of over a hundred dollars for an evening meal and then be directed down the street to a bank machine is an insult.

Helpful?
1 Thank wakeup
Halifax, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was disappointing to drive 40 minutes and discover they accept cash (not debit, but dollar bills) only.

Helpful?
1 Thank enedla
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
674 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I love this little place; it was the third dinner in town, and by far the best. As an appetizer, the bread sticks in a small fondue were brilliant; the main courses were perfectly cooked, imaginative and served well. The menu is reasonably priced, offers a fine variety and the service is exemplary. I loved it!

Helpful?
Thank MaxGlobetrotter
Moreno Valley, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Food excellent, service pleasant, but very slow. Friday nights are grill nights so meet is smoked and grilled. Excellent ambiance and live music.

Helpful?
Thank going_going_gone1
Calgary
Level Contributor
330 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The review title tells the story....the split pea soup was the lunch special. It is more like a stew. Rich and Chunky. Wonderful. My sister had the watermelon salad which she described as very good as well. We were surprised by how long it took to get our meals given the simplicity of what we ordered and the fact that... More 

Helpful?
Thank GPaCalgary
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Perfect little restaurant with excellent seafood options. The scallops, haddock and shrimp risotto were incredible. Save room for dessert. Reasonable prices and excellent service. The cheesecake is out of this world, not a typical cheesecake but one that will make you like the plate.

Helpful?
Thank FoodTravelover85
Level Contributor
64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Food and service excellent. We ate for $55 per person all in with dessert and one person had wine. Nice old cozy building.

Helpful?
Thank Chris W

Travellers who viewed Mateus Bistro also viewed

Mahone Bay, Southwest Nova Scotia
Mahone Bay, Southwest Nova Scotia
 
Mahone Bay, Southwest Nova Scotia
Mahone Bay, Southwest Nova Scotia
 
Mahone Bay, Southwest Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Southwest Nova Scotia
 

Been to Mateus Bistro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Canadian, Soups, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 533 Main Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Mahone Bay
  • Phone Number: 902-531-3711
Description
NEW OWNER WAS CHEESECAKE GALLERY

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Mateus Bistro staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?