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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Our Visitors & Friends

"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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Dinner Menu

At the Seaside Shanty, our talented local cooks prepare the best in Atlantic seafood and local cuisine. Nearly every menu item is available gluten friendly or can be modified to suit the dietary needs of our guests. Please let our staff know if you have allergies or dietary concerns. Your satisfaction is important to us!

Cast off with... 

Smoked Salmon  Dill cream cheese, Atlantic smoked salmon, capers & red onions
Solomon Gundy  A local favourite: marinated herring, sweet onions & grilled Greek pita triangles
Jax Bread   Topped with a warm trio tomato medley, red onion, cheddar & asiago cheese
Maple Curry Mussels  Fresh mussels steamed in a maple-curry broth, with ginger & onions
Drunken Mussels  Fresh local mussels steamed with onions, garlic, & white wine
Fish Cakes  Try a sample of one of our best sellers
Shrimp Chiller  With house-made Shanty cocktail sauce for dipping

Famous Chowders & Soups... 

All chowders & soups served with a tea biscuit 
Corn Chowder  A South Shore favourite: served with or without bacon bits
Fish Chowder  Chester Basin’s traditional haddock chowder
Seafood Chowder  Our popular steaming bowl of scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams & haddock
Lobster Chowder  Atlantic lobster in our creamy homemade broth 
Lobster & Seafood Chowder  The ultimate seafood indulgence
Shanty Combo  A cup of our Seafood Chowder paired with a Lobster Roll


Mixed Greens  Greens tossed with a house made balsamic vinaigrette
Caesar Salad  Crisp romaine, bacon, & homemade croutons tossed in a tangy garlic & parmesan dressing
Maple Walnut Greens  Honey shallot vinaigrette and maple walnuts, grape tomatoes, & Asiago
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Shanty Specialties...

Seafood Crepes  Shrimp, scallops & haddock wrapped in French crepes with a delicate basil cream
Fish Cakes  Tender golden fishcakes, heaped in tradition with salt cod and a side of chow
Sautéed Scallops  Lightly pan-seared with garlic butter and a pinch of pepper
Pan-Seared Haddock  Served with your choice of lemon dill sauce or Cajun spices
Pork Tenderloin  Pan seared pork medallions topped with a honey ginger sauce
Atlantic Grilled Salmon  Finished with a wild blueberry-maple compote
Seafood Salad  Fresh steamed mussels, lightly seared shrimp & scallops served on your choice of Caesar salad or Maple Walnut Greens