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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Lunch Menu

Cast off with...

Smoked Salmon  dill cream cheese, Atlantic smoked salmon, capers & onions
Solomon Gundy  A local favourite: marinated herring, sweet onions & sour cream
Drunken Mussels  Local mussels in onions, garlic, onions and white wine, with garlic bread
Fish Cakes  Try a sample of one of our best sellers

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 (Currently not available)
Lobster & Seafood Chowder  The ultimate seafood indulgence
Shanty Combo  A cup of our Seafood Chowder paired with a Lobster Roll

Shanty Sandwiches and Burgers...

Haddock Burger  All the fixings topped onto an sesame bun with our housemade tartar
Lobster Roll  Lobster, mayo and lettuce stuffed into a toasted bun
Shanty Burger  Pure local beef with bacon, havarti, and hot banana peppers - a new favorite!
Chicken Clubhouse  Toasted with all-natural grilled chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato & cheese
Smoked Salmon Wrap  Capers, red onion and dill cream cheese in a tomato basil wrap 


Mixed Greens  Greens tossed with a house made balsamic vinaigrette
Caesar Salad  Romaine, bacon, and homemade croutons with the McKenzie dressing and parmesan
Maple Walnut Greens  Honey shallot vinaigrette and maple walnuts, grape tomatoes, and parmesan
Seafood Caesar or Maple Walnut  Our classic salads topped with mussels, shrimp and scallops
Add 6 oz grilled all natural chicken breast / Shrimp / Scallops

Shanty Specialties… lunch-sized

Seafood Crepes  Shrimp, scallops & mussels in a crepe with a delicate white sauce and Caesar salad
Fish Cakes  Old-fashioned cakes with chow-chow & caesar salad
Sautéed Scallops  Scallops lightly pan-seared and peppered with garlic butter, and a side salad
Pan-Seared Haddock  A tender fillet served with lemon dill or Cajun spice, and a side salad
Add 6 oz grilled all natural chicken breast / Shrimp / Scallops