Best PEI Restaurants: Where to Find Lobster Rolls, Oysters and More

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As a Maritimer I wanted to share my top picks for seafood at PEI restaurants, including the best restaurants in Charlottetown and where to find the best lobster in PEI. Don’t forget the oysters for the legendary PEI beef.

Fun fact: Did you know that Nova Scotia and PEI once shared an area code because we were both so small?

While we’ve gotten bigger we still share 902 but also have our own. But the two Canadian provinces are still quite connected.

 
EASY RECIPE: PEI Mussel Chowder
 

In fact, many Nova Scotians make at least one trip to PEI over the summer.

We love the red sand beaches, golf courses and culture that is different enough from our own that it feels like a holiday.

I have so many great memories growing up, then later judging the chowder competition for the PEI International Shellfish Festival.

I loved returning this summer so much that I’ve already convinced my sister that we need to take her kids to PEI for the first time next summer.

 
Dairy cows in PEI
PEI also has incredible dairy and beef. Many cows roam freely, eating grass that has been salted by the ocean.

As a Maritimer I grew up with very simple Nova Scotian food, but seafood was always a constant.

My grandmother made Nova Scotia chowder most Fridays. I remember when we needed to watch out for bones when eating fish, and lobster was and still is my favourite food.

But just like not all food in Italy is amazing, not all seafood in the Maritimes is delicious.

 
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So this post is for my friends, who want the Atlantic Canada experience.

Because I’m afraid they’ll get stuck going to a tourist joint that sells the captain’s frozen fish sticks – although that was also one of my favourite suppers growing up so I guess it’s sort of authentic.

There are some good spots to eat seafood in Charlottetown. But the best spots are outside the city and around the island.

Don’t be intimidated by driving, Prince Edward Island is small but beautiful. 

Driving out to these spots gives you a great understanding of just how diverse the island is.
 

 
Raspberry point oysters, man pulling them out of the water

Best PEI Restaurants

Food is subjective and so I can only share what I think are the best restaurants in PEI

If I ate at a restaurant and would not go back, or could not recommend it to a friend, I did not include it on this list.

There are a couple spots that often make all the lists but cooks have changed and are now just living off their reputation.

I found some of the Charlottetown restaurants really had mediocre lobster rolls and there is one famous joint that I visited and left off the list.

I’m pretty sure they used previously frozen lobster.

But why bother spending the time to tell you where not to go, instead let’s focus on celebrating all the delicious PEI restaurants to visit.

Best Lobster Rolls on PEI

Where to eat in PEI: Don't miss the lobster barn in Victoria by the Sea for their lobster roll.

The Lobster Barn Pub and Eatery

Located in picturesque Victoria by the Sea, you can’t miss this restaurant on the wharf.

Although it may appear to scream tourist trap, this is where many locals go and so the prices are quite reasonable as it’s open year round and so it must survive with local support.

It was started by two sisters in 2009 and on the menu it says:

Eat whatever you want. And if someone tries to lecture you, eat them too!

The lobster roll ($17) is a very generous portion of fresh lobster on a buttered bun, served with a choice of fries, potato salad, onion rings, house salad or caesar salad. 

Interestingly they also put a bit of sugar in their mayo so it’s a bit sweet. I’ve never had it like that but I really enjoyed it.

The menu is vast with veggie options and notably appetizer mussels and a beer ($10), chilled lobster dinner ($26), scallops ($19), bar clam burger ($16) and Wharf Platter with scallops, haddock and lobster ($26).

But get there early, I stopped in at 11:15am and was able to sit at a table overlooking the water but in a span of ten minutes the joint was packed.

The Lobster Barn
19 Main St, Victoria, PE C0A 2G0
(902) 658-2722

 
Lin's Take Out Lobster Burger

Lin’s Take Out

Okay technically not a lobster roll per se, but Lin’s is known for the lobster burger.

So it’s a round bun vs a roll, and it comes with tomato – which some people think is very controversial but I enjoyed it.

Located just outside Greenwich National Park it’s a small spot with picnic tables serving ice cream, burgers and various fried seafood.

Lin’s Take Out
959 Greenwich Rd
Saint Peters Bay, PE C0A 2A0

 

The Lobster Shack on Souris Beach

Owned by legendary fisherman Johnny Flynn, this is THE place for a lobster roll as well as his Coleville Oysters and fresh or cooked lobster.

Not surprisingly they won the 2017 PEI Lobster Roll Challenge.

Chef Jason Mullin, the Sour Chef at Inn at Bay Fortune, told me The Lobster Shack had one of the best no frills lobster rolls in PEI.

And he was right!

I’m a purist, I want to taste lobster on my rolls, don’t mess up the flavour by throwing a bunch of things on top of it!

 
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This was a light base of mayo with a buttered hot dog bun, served with potato chips and a few pickles for $12.95.

Simple is usually the best, and this is one of the cheaper rolls on the island, but don’t let that fool you.

With a view you can’t beat, they overlook the beach. If you can only drive to one location in PEI to eat this would be the one.

Open seasonally June 15 – September 15.

The Lobster Shack
8 Main Street, Souris
(902) 743-3347

Best Fish and Chips on PEI

Richard’s Fresh Seafood

PEI restaurants always have fish and chips on the menu but Richard’s is known as the best.

Although the claim to dame is the best fish and chips, everything here is so beloved by locals it’s simply called Richards for almost 40 years.

It’s also a fish mart if you’d like to buy seafood to go and prices are very reasonably based on market prices.

It opens in June and sadly they closed for the season on September 8th, five days before I arrived.

It’s best to keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Richard’s
9 Wharf Rd, York, PE C0A 1P0
(902) 672-3030

 

Where to Eat Oysters in PEI

James Strong from Raspberry Point Oysters Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island has some of the best oysters in the world.

At the International Shellfish Festival I tried 21 different kinds and it’s impossible to say which one is the best as they are all so different.

James Strong from Raspberry Point suggests looking for oysters with a deep shell instead of a shallow one.

   

And while many PEI restaurants offer a happy hour buck a shuck he isn’t a fan.

While it helps local bars and restaurants get people in early, it encourages the production of cheap oysters that will grow quickly instead of quality. 

You get what you pay for with oysters.

My best advice is to try many and choose what you like.

 

Blue Mussel Cafe

This PEI cafe is a worth a drive just to see North Rustico, which is so pretty – but also very cold off season so bring a sweater.

I did not order the chowder here after judging 21 different kinds at the International Shellfish Festival. 

Instead, I opted for the seafood bubbly bake ($21), which was like a thickened chowder with cheese.

So much for going light!

Blue Mussel Cafe did enter the competition and after discovering their entry and while they didn’t win they were a strong contender.

This is one of the most popular PEI restaurants for tourists, but don’t let the come from aways deter you from eating here.

Open from May to October with the first seating at 11:30 and final at 9pm, with a quick closure from 4-5pm.

Go early at 4:30pm and put your name on the dinner list (no reservations) as they’ll give you a buzzer to let you know when your table will be ready.

There’s plenty of instagram friendly spots to walk around while waiting for dinner.

Blue Mussel Cafe
312 Harbourview Dr, North Rustico Harbour
(902) 963-2152

 
Wheelhouse Seaside Restaurant patio in Georgetown Prince Edward Island

The Wheelhouse

I absolutely loved staying in in Georgetown and the Points East Coastal Drive was a highlight.

I stayed at this incredible cottage from Airbnb just across the Wheelhouse and it was fantastic.

In previous years I’ve spent much of my time in Charlottetown but now I’d recommend just staying at day or two max.

I highly recommend grabbing a drink and oysters to catch the sunset here. The golden hues hitting the water are everything you want in a holiday.

The Wheelhouse

 
Gallants Seafood Market Crab Cakes in Prince Edward Island

Gallants Seafood Market

Gallant’s is a seafood supplier on the island. You can find them at the Charlottetown Farmer’s market or at the seafood market in New London.

It’s a small shop where you can pick up seafood to go or order from a very small menu and eat at one of two tables out front.
 

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I used this photo of the Belle River rock crab cakes to emphasize that you should go for PEI oysters AND get the best crab cakes I’ve ever had.

I tried to get the recipe from them…but sadly it’s a secret.

And if you haven’t had lobster they will cook and crack it for you for only $2 extra per pound, which is really a steal.

They’ll even give you melted butter although personally I skip the butter as it interferes with the delicious taste of lobster.

Gallant’s Seafood Market
10056 Rout 6, Stanley Bridge
(902) 886 2716

 
Oysters Rockafeller at Carrs Oyster House in Prince Edward Island

Carr’s Oyster House

Just around the corner from Gallants in New London, Carr’s has a great view of New London Bay.

Stick with the raw oysters on the half shell range from $2.50 – $6 per oyster.

The $6 oyster is known as the George Carr special and they’ll warn you before ordering as it’s quite large.

Carr’s Oyster Barr
32 Campbellton Road, Stanley Bridge
(902) 886-3355

 
Old Dublin Pub Buck a Shuck Oysters in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island

Old Dublin Pub

If you want to try buck a shuck oysters, the Old Dublin Pub in Charlottetown is one of the most popular places to go.

It’s upstairs from the Claddaugh Oyster house, and serve buck a shuck from 4-6pm daily.

They offer small choice oysters for $1 each with the purchase of an alcoholic beverage.

Old Dublin Pub
131 Sydney St, Charlottetown
(902) 892-6992

Oysters and Wine at Inn at Bay Fortune in Prince Edward Island

Best Fine Dining Restaurant in PEI

Inn at Bay Fortune has always been considered one of the best PEI restaurants.

The Fireworks experience (pre-2020) began with a reception wandering the grounds, eating Coleville Bay Oysters and other island delicacies and move to a family style dinner of local food cooked over a fire.

And in 2020 as space and outdoor dining was necessary there was a large picnic on the grounds that was a once in a lifetime experience.

So who knows what 2021 will bring?

Chef Michael Smith knows how to entertain guests so I have no doubt it will be anything less than incredible.

Inn at Bay Fortune
758 Route 310, Souris
(902) 687-3745

 

Best Charlottetown Restaurants

Receiver Coffee

This PEI coffee shop has several locations around Charlottetown. Yes the small town of Charlottetown has four locations.

I didn’t expect much for breakfast from the Brass Shop location but they have a nice outdoor dining space.

And the breakfast sandwich was fantastic with a homemade bun, mustard pickles and bacon.

The French toast was also a great option for those that prefer a sweet breakfast in Charlottetown.

Although I don’t consider myself someone who likes breakfast I would absolutely go back again.

 
Mooless Mac by Stir it Up Vegan Kitchen Vegan Big Ma

Stir it Up Vegan Kitchen

Located in Founders Hall food hall and market, this may be one of the best restaurants in Charlottetown. Certainly it was the most surprising.

Chef Ilona Daniel always has fantastic recommendations for restaurants in Prince Edward Island. So when she told me to try the Mooless Mac at Stir it Up I knew I had to go.

This vegan restaurant is ironically located next to a burger join in the food hall and seemed to be busier when I was there.

Perhaps everyone had heard that their vegan take on a Big Mac was incredible and the best knock off of the iconic burger.

Founders Hall is a great spot to grab a bite, it is also licensed so you can eat inside or take a local craft beer to the outside patio.

Stir it Up

 
Where to Eat in PEI: Dave's Lobster in Charlottetown offers a cold, hot or half and half roll along with a bag of chips.

Dave’s Lobster

One of the more established Charlottetown restaurants, there’s a new location in Peake’s Wharf, which is a great spot to wander.

I was curious about this roll as there is an option to buy a cold roll (most common), hot roll (with butter, lemon, garlic) or a half and half.

It’s on the small side, although lobster rolls ($21) are made with 4 oz. of PEI lobster, which they proclaim “more than you’d get from a full 1 lb. lobster dinner!

I don’t know any Maritimer who would eat a 1lb lobster, it’s so small.

If you only have time to eat in Charlottetown this is a great option, tastier than others that get more press in the city.

It comes on a split roll along with local kettle chips. I’d stick with the traditional cold roll.

Dave’s Lobster
Peake’s Wharf, 5 Great George St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4J6
 
 

 
Where to Eat in PEI: Lobster taco at Sugar Skulls in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Sugar Skull Cantina

One of the more modern restaurants in Charlottetown, after all not everything has to have a nautical theme.

This is not a lobster roll, but appropriately a lobster taco from a Mexican cantina inspired restaurant. Sugar Skull Cantina is the sister restaurant to Hopyards and both bring a younger, hip feel to Charlottetown which I like.

I wasn’t sure what I would think about this innovation. I’m an old school lobster purist – I like it cold without butter. On a boat from Panama to Colombia I had lobster in a tomato sauce and hated it.

But at Sugar Skull it works, they serve lobster with charred corn salsa, red pepper mayo, iceburg lettuce and hickory sticks.

The portion is so generous I think it works better as a salad as most will fall out of the taco. It’s definitely worth popping in for one.

Sugar Skull Cantina
83 Water Street, Charlottetown
(902) 370-2227

 
Where to eat in PEI: The best food truck lobster roll is Terry's Berries in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Best Lobster in PEI That I Missed

Terry’s Berries

Seasonal food truck Terry’s Berries has become very popular for its warm Salt Daddy Lobster Melt ($16.31).

It’s served on a hearty baguette with garlic and chives so it’s not traditional and definitely a “melt”.

I made the mistake of coming to the truck the Sunday after the Shellfish Festival. I think Terry may have had too much fun so he wasn’t open but he did stay open until September 20th.

Make sure you check the Facebook page for hours.

Terry’s Berries
20 Great George St, Charlottetown
902-394-6524

Ayngelina with lobster at International Shellfish Festival

Lobster Supper in PEI: Where Do Locals Eat?

If you’re wondering where to find the best lobster in PEI it’s always at someone’s home.

Maritimers absolutely eat seafood chowder at restaurants and lobster rolls for a treat, but we don’t eat lobster in restaurants.

It’s too expensive. Sure, we *might* take our upper Canadian friends out somewhere that we visit once a year with tourists.

But it’s much more likely that we’ll cook it at home and serve it to them in our backyard.

That said, there’s nothing wrong with eating a lobster dinner with fellow travelers. 

If you’re on the island for the International Shellfish Festival there’s likely to be a lobster supper in PEI and locals are there.

If you want to go to a formal lobster supper (yes we call it supper not dinner) in PEI, the Fisherman’s Wharf, New Glasgow is well known and has been around since 1958.

You could also look for a community fundraiser lobster supper for locals.

Or if you’d like lobster without the fuss buy it cooked from Gallants, Richards or the Lobster Shack mentioned above.

 
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Thunder Cove beach’s tea cup rock. You won’t find tourists here.

Best Time to Visit Prince Edward Island

While the summer has the warmest weather it also has the most crowds. I think the best time to visit Prince Edward Island is the beginning of September.

The weather is still warm and the crowds are gone so you can get really affordable accommodation.

Plus there’s Shellfish Fest! The only downside is that the later you go in September, the more you risk some of the best seafood spots being closed.

If you’re worried about swimming in the ocean let me assure you it is ALWAYS freezing. So whether you go in July or September you’ll find it cold.

Where to eat in PEI, what to do, and where to stay includes the Great George Hotel in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Best Places to Stay in PEI

Charlottetown

The Great George is a boutique hotel in Prince Edward Island but it’s not one location.

You check in at the main house and there’s complimentary breakfast along with coffee and tea throughout the day.

However, it’s a series of historic buildings close to each other. So you can stay in a hotel room, suite, cottage or efficiency units.

They were generous enough to host me but took it a step further.

When I mentioned my mother was coming with me to check out PEI restaurants they booked us in a two bedroom condo.

I love non-traditional accommodation. It was fantastic as there was so much room AND a back patio with a barbecue.

If you’re traveling with a group for a few days this is a great way to do it.

There’s a full kitchen and two bathrooms with lots of space. I would highly recommend for a family or friends visiting.

Read Reviews on TripAdvisor or Book on Expedia

The Great George
58 Great George St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4K3

 
Shanty Stays accommodation in Souris Prince Edward Island

Other Accommodation on PEI

Although I stayed at this incredible airbnb that I would recommend to anyone, I think it would have been fun to sleep overnight at these Shanty Stays.

Inspired by traditional fishing shanties at working harbours, these 12×12 rustic cabins are a bargain at $89/night.

If you’re with a group and need a whole house or cottage:

Tell me what PEI restaurants did I miss? Do you have any other favourite restaurants in Charlottetown that should be on this list?

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Locals pick the best PEI restaurants, including best restaurants in Charlottetown and lobster suppers in PEI.
 

Join the Conversation

  1. Juan Ovalle says:

    That lobster roll from the lobster barn looks mouthwatering! So helpful that you put price comparisons too!

  2. I am literally salivating right now! These all look YUM!

  3. Danang Oanh says:

    Hi,
    These are so delicious. I have a passion for food. If I have a chance, I will get there to eat these foods for sure. Thank you for your post.

  4. Karen Cudmore says:

    Just wondering why you didn’t try the Landmark Cafe in Victoria by the Sea ad their Lobster Roll and all menu items are so delicious

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I had planned to go to Landmark but then I started to hear mixed reviews from Islanders with advice to just stick with Lobster Barn – but perhaps on the next visit I should head out to try Landmark.

  5. Kathie MacPhee says:

    Our water is not what I call “freezing” – I’ve recorded 25 C (80F) on our south shore beaches. The north shore beaches do tend to be cooler – around 20 – but the waves are great!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I love PEI beaches, but it’s not like heading into the Caribbean. I just like to warn people because people are always shocked that our water isn’t warmer.

  6. You should have come to Harbourview Restaurant(formally known as Brehauts Restaurant) in Murray Harbour. We won the chowder contest in the Eastern Graphic 3 years in a row. Plus our bettered fish is pretty good also.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I wish I had known! What kind of chowder so you make?

  7. You should probably update your list. St.Annes lobster suppers has been closed for a few years. But New Glasgow lobster Suppers has been serving since 1958! 60 years and still going strong!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Erin, thanks so much for the correction. As I said I’d never go to a lobster supper so I went by what I remembered – I guess my memory is out of date!

  8. Next time you’re on the Island you should try ClamDiggers in Cardigan. They have an award winning seafood chowder and lobster roll!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I would love to try both, thank you for the recommendation!

  9. Denise from Urb’n’Spice says:

    I am super excited to read your post, Ayngelina as we are planning a trip to PRI next year! I am pinning and printing for my travel file! Thank you so much for the in-depth details about where to stay and eat. ?

  10. D. Campbell says:

    Next time check out the Water Prince Corner Shop in Charlottetown- favourites are seafood chowder, fish and chips ( haddock and halibut are both great), lobster dinner which comes with mussels or chowder as appetizer and the desserts, especially the lemon square or the gluten free chocolate one – best to make reservations

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Sadly I did check them out. Unfortunately I can’t recommend them.

  11. When I first saw your post, I said to myself, “darn, I wish I had this a few years ago when I travelled out East”. Then, I started reading, and saw the picture of the lobster roll from Victoria by the Sea, and thought it was familiar. Turns out, we totally ate there, 100% by chance, b/c we just stumbled upon it. Absolutely loved it there!

  12. Always love what you share. ..thanks!
    Keep exploring mate. Cheers!

  13. Great list! It’s been a while since I’ve eaten seafood on PEI. The New Glasgow lobster suppers are an institution, and I’ve had the pleasure of feasting on their lobster more than once.

  14. What a great list! I will be on PEI at the end of this year and I will try to taste all the foods on your list. Thank you so much for your gorgeous post!

  15. Map My Tours says:

    Great post ! I love seafoods and looks mouthwatering, because all seafoods dishes is delicious. I am huge mad of seafoods and Thanks for sharing this post .

  16. Evan Grabell says:

    We must agree that the Lobster Barn’s Lobster Roll is best by far. My wife absolutely loves it (and the Chowder). In my 17 trips East in recent years and having had Fish and Chips all over the place I must say that in my estimation theirs is also the best !

  17. We were in PEI in 2018. By far one of our favorite places to visit. I agree with your review of the Lobster Barn. The Lobster Roll there was very good. But Richards fish and chips were the BEST!!! When we finally found it we ate there at least once a day. The New Glasgow Lobster Dinner was good, but by far the best part of the meal was the mussels. They were awesome! People were so friendly. Also tasted the wineries and craft beer places. So much to eat and drink there, take time for a bike ride, hike and walks on the beaches.

  18. Kendrick Peachey says:

    This place is amazing. I think I have found the place to visit with my friends. We will surely enjoy the delicacies here. Thanks for sharing such beautiful info Ayngelina!

  19. Sandra Crosby says:

    Yes I would love to receive future posts about pei

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