Restaurant & Chowder House Chester Basin, Nova Scotia

A hearty burger after a day of sailing, fishcakes for lunch, a drink on the patio. Come and join us for casual dining in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia—our lively chefs and staff bring you fresh, richly-flavoured, and lovingly-made food. Welcome!

5315 Highway 3, Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada | 1-902-275-2246

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"What luck for us travelling along the coast close to mealtime in Chester. We sat in the backroom overlooking the bay and boats. The grilled haddock burger (not breaded) was the best ever."—Ward, Dorchester N.B.

"This small roadside restaurant is one of the best on Nova Scotia's beautiful south shore ... it offers the best seafood in the area..." —Jonathon, Halifax N.S.

"The Seaside Shanty is the quintessential Nova Scotia eatery. Positioned on the water, quaint, perfectly tiny. Their chowder's are second to none, hands down. Glass of wine, meal, view...superb." —GlobalTrekker, Toronto

"How can I possibly describe the wonderful service, great location and outstanding chowder? We were seated right away at a table overlooking the harbour. ... best chowder we EVER had. Add the friendly staff and a fun atmosphere: what else would you want? Well, kick-in very reasonable prices! I would recommend the Seaside to everyone." —Robert, Rochester NY, USA

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Open For The Season Sunday to Saturdays 11:30am - 8:00pm

New Hours.

We have received many requests to extend our hours to seven days a week. Your voices have been heard. The Seaside Shanty will now be open Sunday - Saturday. You will never have to miss an opportunity to enjoy dining by the sea at the Seashide Shanty. We hope to see you soon!

Big News at the Shanty!!

After 10 successful seasons of running the Seaside Shanty , we are more than excited to introduce an amazing new team to carry on the Shanty traditions, Marilyn Mackay and Ben Mills, effective June 1st! With Marilyn's extensive restaurant background and Ben's long time love of the Shanty, we are confident this team is the perfect fit for the Shanty! They are both excited to carry on the traditions of the Shanty and meet each and everyone of you. 

We would like to thank all of our loyal customers over the years for your support as well as all the staff that have always worked hard over the years, we will miss you all! We wish Marilyn and Ben all the the very best! 

 Good Friends & Food in Canada's Ocean Playground

We believe that when the fisherman delivers, you get this morning's catch. We believe in letting things simmer, allowing flavours to grow. We believe in the treasures of the summertime in Chester: lazy beach days, long evenings, and combing the sand for shells.

This is the kind of food we make—and these are the kind of people who join us. Homemade and generous, but appreciative of exacting care, art, and abundance. At the Seaside Shanty, everyone is welcome. Salty or sandy—we don't mind!