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.

Charlene's Bayside Cafe

9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-756-8004
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (99 reviews)
“scallops” (20 reviews)
“seafood” (40 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
American, Seafood, Canadian, Soups
$$ - $$$
9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (197)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 192 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Went with a group of ten people (group travel) right before closing time but the staff still welcomed us. We all had the chowder and agreed this was the best chowder we ever had. If you are in the area, definitely a must!

Thank Manu D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our experiences here were ok. The staff is very friendly and generally attentive. The food is ok. The main problem we had was that they were almost always out of what we wanted. I ordered a lobster roll....not available because they ran out of buns....More

Thank bobnsally
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went into an empty restaurant and was promptly served by a polite young man who gave us menus and asked for our drink order. We ordered a lobster roll with fries and large, caramelized scallops with veggies. The roll was full of lobster but very...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pros: - Good desert - Good view from outside Cons: - Very slow service - Not amazing main course - Not attentive staff - Overall atmosphere wasn't great

Thank James L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had this special today and it was delicious!!! The portions were ample as well. The only problem with this restaurant is not food related, but service related. If you are in a hurry, this place can be frustrating. We noticed today, one couple left...More

Thank teddifax1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the way to Cape Breton to visit friends, we stopped here for lunch, having read about it online. It is nothing fancy, but the staff are super friendly, and the food is simply good home cooking. Apparently the chowder is their specialty, and my...More

Thank Art H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Made a stop at Charlene's after hiking in the area. It's a small spot with a around 8-10 tables. Service was quick and friendly. The chowder was loaded with fish and shellfish. The club sandwich was just what you'd expect. Fries were frozen and not...More

Thank Bjjwhitebelt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small, no frills restaurant. The people there are very nice. My wife loved the chowder and I had a good lobster roll.

Thank Timothy M
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We heard from the locals that this was the spot to go for dinner. They did not lie. Not fancy but fresh and tasty. Seriously my scallops with roasted veggies were overflowing with scallops. Would recommend.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Seafood chowder and lobster rolls. The seafood chowder is loaded with lobster, haddock, scallops, shrimp, clams and more. Great desserts as well.

Thank Dustin F
Nearby Restaurants
The Frolic'n Folk Pub & Grill
53 reviews
22.81 km away
The Red Shoe Pub
658 reviews
24.38 km away
Wheelhouse Cafe
10 reviews
25.42 km away
Nearby Attractions
Whycocomagh Provincial Park
22 reviews
.38 km away
Orangedale Railway Station Museum
6 reviews
7.96 km away
Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre
6 reviews
19.13 km away
Highland Village
228 reviews
22.67 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Charlene's Bayside Cafe staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 13
American, Seafood, Canadian, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9657 Highway 105, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Whycocomagh
  • Phone Number: +1 902-756-8004
Relaxed diner, family friendly dining with hearty home cooked meals.
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