Visiting Prince Edward Island? Don’t Miss These Seafood Spots
There’s a good chance if you’re planning to visit Prince Edward Island in Canada that you’re a big fan of seafood. Because outside of its red sandy beaches, beautiful golf courses, and Anne of Green Gables fame, P.E.I. is best known for its world-class seafood. People flock to the island for its succulent lobster and fresh oysters, in addition to its mouthwatering mussels, scallops, shrimp, clams, and so much more.
P.E.I. is a seafood lover’s dream. Surrounded by saltwater that is teeming with shellfish, it’s definitely the ideal vacation spot if you’re seeking exceptional seafood dining. Read on as we spotlight some of the eateries in P.E.I. that continually serve up a delicious daily catch.
Seafood chowder anyone? A 60-foot salad bar? How about unlimited mussels? If any (or all) of this sounds absolutely delightful to you (like it does to me), get yourself to Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers & Restaurant in North Rustico, P.E.I. as soon as possible. This place will give you a genuine P.E.I. seafood experience with its hot snow crabs, lobster, scallops, and jumbo shrimp. But the restaurant’s true claim to fame is its all-you-can-eat seafood chowder, salad, mussels, and desserts. Previously served buffet-style (now because of Covid you are served as much as you want by a server), people almost can’t believe what a deal you get at Fisherman’s Wharf. Plus, the service is excellent and there’s a cool gift shop where you can buy all the touristy mementos you want! Just be sure to go as early as possible so you can avoid waiting since a seafood spot this good gets busy.
Interested in a casual vibe while you enjoy the catch of the day? Then Ship to Shore in Kensington, P.E.I. might just be the perfect place for you. Reviewers rave about its attentive service, “unpretentious” atmosphere, and high-quality food. Sit on the screened patio that overlooks the water and choose from a vast menu that includes medium-to-large oysters (delivered from right across the street), lobster, baked haddock, crabcakes, creamy seafood pasta, fish and chips, crab risotto, truffle fries, clams, mussels, and so much more. The restaurant also offers a solid local beer selection in half-pint sizes. And if you have food allergies or follow a gluten-free diet, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help you understand your options (which are plentiful!)
Consider dropping by Ship to Shore on a Saturday night when there’s live entertainment. Nothing beats chowing down on fresh seafood accompanied by an ice-cold beer and live music. Am I right?!
The Lost Anchor restaurant in New Glasglow, P.E.I. has earned the devotion of many, many diners. “One of the best restaurant experiences I’ve had,” says one, while another writes that it’s the “best spot to eat” and “worth every penny.” Why? Because the eatery provides abundant portions of “top-tier” food, a lovely ambiance with inviting decor and friendly service, and amazing cocktails. It’s so in demand that it’s advised you make reservations in the morning for dinner or else there might not be availability (you’ve been warned!) The outdoor patio seating is simply sublime when the sun is setting or on a sunny day, especially with a cold beer in hand.
After reading all of the effusive praise people have given about The Lost Anchor’s seafood chowder (“the best I have ever eaten”), I’m personally dying to go try it. “Creamy and full of chunks of potato, lobster, fish, and mussels, with just the right amount of seasoning.” You know you want to try it too!
4. Jolly Rogers Seafood, Summerside, Prince Edward Island
How does dining on fresh and flavorful seafood while checking out the boats in a nearby marina sound to you? Relaxing? Well, this is exactly what you’ll get at family-friendly Jolly Rogers Seafood in Summerside, P.E.I. Everyone simply goes bonkers for their food, calling it “the best” they’ve ever had, “fantastic,” “done to perfection,” and “heavenly.” Served with a smile, diners enjoy favorites like fried clams, lobster rolls drizzled in garlic butter, seafood chowder, fish tacos, scallops, and entire seafood platters. They even rave about the sides on their plate (the coleslaw, potato salad, and french fries – “golden brown and lightly battered”). Oh, and the customer service is exceptional to boot!
Over and over again, diners say that Jolly Rogers’s food is the best they’ve ever had, which leads me to believe that this is the kind of seafood place where we’ll all going to leave 100% satisfied. Sounds good to me!
Whether you’re in the mood for more of a pub-like experience or a higher-end date place, Pilot House in Charlottetown, P.E.I. fits the bill. The restaurant offers entrees at both lower and more expensive price points, allowing you to tailor your experience based on your preference. So if you’re feeling like a hamburger or chicken crepe, go for it. Or you can choose to dine on seafood like seared scallop risotto or mussels. Whatever floats your boat! Combine this variety of choices with outstanding service, big portion sizes, and a comfortable and cozy atmosphere and you have a winner.
A friendly word of advice, though: make a reservation. Pilot House gets crowded, especially in season, given all the delicious food it serves up. Hope to see you there!