11 PEI Dining Experiences You Can’t Miss

Here on PEI we bask in the glow of our incredible beaches, welcoming communities, and in the talent of our people. From east to west this island promises to quench your thirst for beauty and adventure. We just know all that fun will have you working up an appetite for some serious PEI feasts!
 
Luckily, though we’re small in size our island culinary scene is truly mighty. You know you can count on our passionate chefs and restaurants for some knockout PEI dining experiences for every meal of the day.
 
Though the summer’s end is in sight, we’re still hungry for more sun, more fun, and more fabulous food, so here are some of our favourite culinary hotspots from the 2020 Culinary Trail & Dining Guide that are serving up all the flavours of PEI!

 

bar 1911

When it comes to having go-to spots, everyone needs two: one for a good cup of coffee, and one for a good drink! And bar1911 is certainly one of those “if you know, you know” places because it’s a true two-in-one! With piping hot (and delicious) coffee, espresso drinks and next-level breakfast-to-go, mornings at bar1911 are perfect for a breakfast on-the-go, and a great space to eat in and get some work done. As the day passes, trade in that coffee mug for your drink of choice because this is also the best spot for an after work drink, date night, or meet-up with friends. Deep dish pizza, unbelievable nachos, and sweet n’ spicy cauliflower bites all paired with craft beer? Save us a seat at bar1911!

 

The Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar

In a city known for so many dining options, the chic historic atmosphere and creative Island-inspired dishes certainly set The Brickhouse apart. This urban-meets-elegant restaurant offers a unique and delectable take on local ingredients, whether that’s  Truffle Parmesan Fries, award-winning Seafood Chowder, a truly beyond Beyond Burger, or their 5 course tasting menu curated by Chef Seth Shaw himself. Each corner of this 1800’s vintage warehouse offers a custom experience, from watching the culinary team create your meal, to the second floor surrounded by colourful artwork. See and be seen in this incredible space. The Brickhouse is the place for flare – culinary and atmosphere alike!

 

Dalvay by the Sea

Wistful, dreamy, romantic… the grandeur and elegance that is found at the ever-so-lovely Dalvay by the Sea is carried through to their dining room. Dining at Dalvay is an experience unto itself, one that showcases the fresh flavours of the island made exquisite by the outstanding talent of the culinary team. This National Historic Site along the North Shore of PEI has a history as rich and interesting as their menu. Chef Shane Bauer and his team re-imagine local flavours and transform them into decadent, high-quality, modern dishes. Whether you find yourself at Dalvay for breakfast, lunch, dinner – or for their famous High Tea – a visit here will leave you utterly charmed.

 

Fishbones Oyster Bar & Grill

In the heart of all the sizzling hustle & bustle of downtown Charlottetown sits Fishbones Oyster Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy their sunny patio on historic Victoria Row. Enjoy fresh Island oysters, an impossibly-full & fresh lobster roll, or a tasty drink as you listen to live local music. The menu at Fishbones has been curated specifically for an Island summer feel. Fried PEI Bar Clams, Lobster Cobb Salad, Butter Curry Salmon… trust us when we say it is packed full of options that your tastebuds are going to have a party over. And as an extra fun element, check their rooftop patio, Fishies on the Roof, for one of the best views of the city!

 

The Gahan House

Known to locals and visitors alike as the go-to destination for a night out with your friends and family, The Gahan’s historic setting sets the scene for a truly delicious meal. From handcrafted ales made in-house (there’s 15 on tap!), to their Brown Bag Fish & Chips or Baked Crab dip… you simply can’t go wrong! The Gahan House is nothing if not fun, with cozy corners and brick walls filled with paper notes left from previous guests. Have fun reading through the funny and heartfelt notes and then make a memory by leaving one of your own! This modern pub with historic flair is always the perfect spot for a meal.

 

Lobster on the Wharf

Could anything be better than feasting on fresh lobster, mussels, oysters, and clams all while enjoying the the incredible view of the Charlottetown Harbour? We don’t think so! Lobster on the Wharf is Charlottetown’s premier seafood restaurant for good reason – it’s here that freshness lives up to its name and all your ocean cravings can be satisfied. The Seafood Chowder is unbeatable and the Seafood Pot Pie is full of creamy goodness. Or live it up with the classic Lobster on the Wharf – freshly steamed and served with PEI lobster drawn with butter and lemon. There’s truly nothing like it! And when you’re finished, stop by the on-site seafood market for more goodies to take home.

 

The Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar

This year-round foodie destination brings the best of the island to your plate and is a fan favourite because of it! And not only is The Merchantman’s rustic indoor seating cozy and inviting, but their Next Door outdoor seating may just be the coolest patio in Charlottetown! This is definitely the place to sit, grab a drink, and relax, whether it’s for lunch, a dinner date, or late-night cocktails. Their menu ranges from fantastic seafood dishes, to Island-raised strip loin, to an absolutely delicious curry. There’s a winning dish for everyone at The Merchantman.

 

The Mill in New Glasgow

Here at The Mill you’ll find a menu filled with local food prepared with international flair. Chef Emily Wells is renowned for her unpretentious style and delightfully approachable dishes. Dishes burst with bright and complex flavours perfectly complimenting the fresh island ingredients. Chef Emily and her team are committed to local produce and ethical food production. Savour the view from the charming 123 year old building that overlooks the River Clyde in the tranquil village of New Glasgow.

 

 

PEI Brewing Company Taproom

Yes, you probably know PEI Brewing Company is a go-to spot to pick up local craft beer, but did you know they also offer an awesome menu full of dishes that pair perfectly with a brew of your choice? Wood-fired pizza and garlic fingers, Crispy Chicken Wings, Summer Nachos… the best kind of summer foods all to be enjoyed on their new patio where you can kick back and soak up the sun!

 

Redwater Rustic Grille

Step into The Holman Grand Hotel and prepare to be impressed. The Redwater Rustic Grille is the hotel’s upscale restaurant with a laid back atmosphere. Luxurious surroundings, signature dishes, and passion for food make this place great. Their focus is on high quality, market-driven dishes. Try their Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Chicken Pappardelle, or a hand-cut AAA Angus Beef Steak as you sip a glass from more than 120 wine labels in their cellar… this meal is worth savouring every bite.

 

Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

A dining tour of our Island favourites could never be complete without highlighting the outstanding meals at the historic Sims Corner. As Atlantic Canada’s premier steakhouse experience, ordering at Sims is nothing if not a treat. Their menu focuses on the best the Island has to offer, prepared by the extraordinary talent of Chef Kyle Panton and a culinary team that follows suit. Impeccably shucked PEI oysters, premium Island-raised beef, and farm fresh ingredients make for a truly exquisite meal, whether you choose Sims for brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks. Their next-level hospitality and tantalizing menu will leave you dreaming about returning from the moment your meal is through.

 

 

Consider this your invitation to dinner. Experience the chef-inspired dishes, warm island hospitality, and passion for great food that PEI is known for. You’ll soon understand why this is Canada’s Food Island!  

For more culinary adventures, check out Canada’s Food Island online 2020 Culinary Trail & Dining Guide.