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Big Al's Family Restaurant & Lounge

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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
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9 Station Rd, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0, Canada
+1 902-657-3341
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Ste marie de Kent NB
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was a nice find. The service was efficient and friendly. The menu was quite good with lots of choices. The prices were better than expected. The food was really nicely presented and prepared. Good hearty portions.

2 Thank Laura M
Halifax, Canada
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150 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For about 16 dollars you can get all you can eat wings on Thursday night. (With a drink purchase) DON'T BOTHER We were here about 2 years ago and had a horrible experience with the small burnt wings. Well, nothing has changed. We came back to try again, because we heard people say "Huge Wings", "best wings ever" etc. LIES... More 

Thank tjhalifax
Scott0604, Owner at Big Al's Family Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review which was disappointing to read. Our wing night is extremely popular. We offer the 'all you can eat' naked wings (which are also gluten free) as they were requested by our customers. We also offer the much larger roadhouse wings, which may have satisfied you. I feel your generalisation that people from Tatamagouche have never... More 

Tatamagouche, Canada
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had to visit again as the deck is open for those who enjoy dining al fresco, (although we weren't brave enough yet to venture outside to dine... yet.) I am a little puzzled by a reviewer who seems to appears to have a difficulty with the staff/owners. There are very few locals who dine here as often as we and... More 

3 Thank Steve A
Halifax, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious food - I was there on a Thursday for the endless wings. Great service. Clearly a local favourite.

3 Thank Carolyne909
Halifax, Canada
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1,136 reviews
485 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,613 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The service is nit good and you wait for a long time to get served and food is cold. When you bring this up to the server all you seem to get is grief from them. Sometimes the food is good but most of the time is is just average at best. thought things would have got better but wasn't... More 

Thank dgg123
Scott0604, Owner at Big Al's Family Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

We were disappointed to read your review. Looking back, I see you gave us a similar review last year and you vowed then not to come back. Perhaps you would be good enough to contact us, as we would like to find out in more detail your issues with the staff and food. It is always helpful to bring issues... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I had never been to the restaurant. I thought that it was going to be the typical pub food but was impressed by the selection and quality of the food. Thanks to our server, Kelsey, who went above and beyond making this a must place to go.

4 Thank AnthonyWasHere7
Arviat, Canada
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Ate here a couple of times during our time in Nova Scotia this summer. Good food and service, good selection. Would definitely come back!

4 Thank Keith C
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I like the atmosphere at this restaurant. It is bar food but fresher and just made different from the same Ole same Ole. Friendly and clean. Worth the drive for a sunny Sunday.

4 Thank shelley m
Tatamagouche, Canada
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Let's be honest here. I'm of Irish descent. Patti is of Scottish/Viking lineage. We're not big on tofu/pumpkin/peach/blueberry or the like palate stimulation. So, given that, Patti this time ordered (from the BRAND new menu) jambalaya. According to her was exceptional. I ordered the striploin. (Medium). Steve-o out in the kitchen... nailed it.) was perfect. EOS. The new menu has... More 

5 Thank Steve A
Winnipeg, Canada
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30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was a surprise to find a good place to eat in this area. We were not expecting the quality of food and service. It is larger inside than expected and has a nice view from the window seats. The server was friendly and courteous. We liked the atmosphere and décor also.

6 Thank TheFolksJourneys

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 18
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Station Rd, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Tatamagouche
  • Phone Number: +1 902-657-3341
Established in 1987, Big Al's is celebrating it's 30th anniversary in 2017. We pride ourselves in serving quality Canadian cuisine in a friendly, child-friendly atmosphere.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?