Amazing Places To Eat In Charlottetown, PEI
Prince Edward Island may be Canada’s smallest province but it makes a big impression on those who visit. Every year, PEI is flooded with visitors seeking out its sandy beaches, shallow bays, friendly faces and the bucolic beauty featured in Anne of Green Gables.
If you happen to be lucky enough to find yourself on the island, you’ll soon see that there is no shortage of beaches to visit nor amazing places to eat. You might find yourself wandering the charming streets of Charlottetown trying to decide which delicious place to pop into for a meal.
To make it easier, we’ve narrowed down our favourite places to eat in Charlottetown below. Did we miss your favourite? Leave us a comment so we can try it on our next visit!
142 Great George Street, Charlottetown
If you’re craving a hearty meal, this charming restaurant is the perfect stop. Leonhard’s Cafe & Restaurant focuses on quality by making meals from scratch using local ingredients, whether that be chicken from a local farmer or fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market.
A must-try is the daily soup — a different concoction each day but always the same freshness and, as a bonus, its always gluten free. In fact, much of the menu can be made to accommodate a gluten free diet. Try the all-day breakfast or pair the daily soup with a fresh salad or one of the amazing sandwiches. Perfect fuel for a day of sightseeing.
Claddagh Oyster House
131 Sydney Street, Charlottetown
Located in a historic brick building, Claddagh Oyster House is best known — as its name suggests — for its premium oysters, which come from the clear and cool waters around PEI. But the restaurant’s menu — which changes seasonally — is a celebration of local flavours.
Yes, there is an amazing array of oysters of course, but there are also dishes featuring locally raised beef (aged in-house for a minimum of 50 days) and fresh seafood such as scallops and shrimp.
Water Prince Corner Shop & Lobster Pound
141 Water Street, Charlottetown
If you’re looking for a no-fuss fresh seafood meal, you can’t go wrong with a stop at Water Prince Corner Shop. Located on the corner of Water and Prince Streets, this friendly family-run eatery serves delicious and unpretentious food in a charming and unpretentious atmosphere.
From homemade fish cakes and seafood chowder to their famous lobster dinner, Water Prince is all about letting the freshness of the seafood shine through. The fried clams are a must-try!
181 Great George Street, Charlottetown
While seafood and lobster might feature prominently in restaurants all over PEI, there is a multitude of other options — and one of those is the delicious Cedar’s Eatery. This family-run establishment specializes in tantalizing homemade Middle Eastern cuisine, specifically Lebanese, with a smattering of seafood and sandwich dishes mixed in.
Try the Shish Taouk (grilled chicken skewers), the famous Shawarma (chicken or beef), or Yabrak (stuffed grape leaves, hand rolled). There are plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available.
86 Queen Street, Charlottetown
For a special night out, head to the atmospheric Sims Corner Steakhouse where you’ll find a menu that celebrates local, fresh and flavourful. The beef is raised locally and aged in-house for a minimum of 45 days. Try one of the speciality steaks, such as the Smokey Gouda-crusted Filet Mignon, or go for the Cast Iron Steaks for Two — a shared meal perfect for a date night. If you find yourself craving comfort food on a Sunday, head over for Sims Corner Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings.
Sims Corner also has a variety of other dishes, including seafood (lobster, oysters, mussels, and their award-winning seafood chowder) as well as pasta and chicken.
The Gahan House
126 Sydney Street, Charlottetown
After a full day of exploring PEI’s capital city, what could be better than sitting down to a cold pint of beer brewed right on premises? Grab a refreshing Beach Chair lager at the Gahan House and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of one of the city’s best brewpubs. And while you’re at it, pair the pints with some local oysters for the perfect maritime app.
The menu at the Gahan House includes a wide selection of pub food from tacos and salads to specialty sandwiches and fish and chips. Food selection includes an impressive amount of gluten-free and vegetarian options.