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, & warm Greek pita triangles
Solomon Gundy  A local favourite: marinated herring, sweet onions & sour cream
Maple Curry Mussels   Fresh mussels steamed in a maple-curry broth, with ginger & onion
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 homemade 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

Shanty Sandwiches and Burgers...

Haddock Burger  Fresh haddock, lightly breaded and topped with lettuce, tomato, & housemade tartar sauce
Lobster Roll  Lobster, mayo and lettuce stuffed into a toasted bun
Shanty Campfire Burger  Charbroiled all beef patty stacked with bacon, smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomato, & red onion on a lightly toasted bun, with our campfire smoked mayo
Grilled Vegetable Pita  Zucchini, eggplant, sweet bell peppers, red onion, & goat cheese
Chicken Clubhouse  Grilled chicken, crispy bacon, smoked cheddar, lettuce & tomato
Veggie Campfire Burger  A charbroiled all-vegan patty layered with smoked cheddar cheese, red onion, lettuce & tomato on a lightly toasted bun, with our campfire smoked mayo 


Mixed Greens  Greens tossed with a house made balsamic vinaigrette
Caesar Salad  Romaine, bacon, and homemade croutons in a tangy garlic & parmasean dressing 
Maple Walnut Greens  Honey shallot vinaigrette and maple walnuts, grape tomatoes, & Asiago
...Add Chicken / Shrimp / Scallops

Shanty Specialties… lunch-sized

Seafood Crepe  Shrimp, scallops & haddock in a French crepe, with a delicate garlic & basil cream
Fish Cakes  Tender golden fish cakes, heaped in tradition with salt cod & a side of chow
Pan-Seared Haddock  A tender fillet served with lemon dill or Cajun spice
Seafood Salad  Fresh steamed mussels, lightly seared shrimp & scallops, served on your choice of Caesar or Maple Walnut Greens