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The Fo'c'sle

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian
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42 Queen Street | Corner of Queen & Pleasant Streets, Chester, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0, Canada
+1 902-275-1408
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 22:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Halifax, Canada
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to this place. When we walked in we didn't know where we were supposed to go as there is one room immediately inside and no indication if you are supposed to seat yourself..so we kept walking into what was the pup area but that area was very dark and there didn't seem to be many... More 

Thank AnnSatoshi
Kensington, Canada
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We have been here many times and it is always great- large amount of seating to accommodate larger groups. The food is fantastic and fast and the service is great every tie!

Thank PawnPawn
Chester Basin, Canada
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111 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Good variety of menu choices. Good service- prompt and friendly. Dinning room is quiet. Decent wine list.

1 Thank John S
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have had the pleasure of eating at the Fo'c'sle several times. Their food has been consistently good. They have great breaded chicken wings on wing night too! But I have to tell you. I ordered their fish and chips and quite honestly I was surprised to find they were different than any other fish and chips I've ever had.... More 

1 Thank Tabetha D
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80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

In Chester for a weekend celebration with a group of friends. Haven't visited here in 20+ years...such a welcome return. Pub grub with an East Coast vibe in the pub. Restaurant a little more upscale. Oldest pub in Nova Scotia. Worth the trip for that alone. Full of regulars after the summer social crowd has left. Great vibe. Daily fish... More 

1 Thank Rob H
Cape Breton Island, Canada
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This place has been around for hundreds if years! A traditional style pub with a nicer cafe/restaurant at the front.

1 Thank 123vagabond
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

It was our first time in Chester and we wanted to check out this historic pub. The meal was good, the service was prompt. It can be a bit loud but it is a pub with a quieter space to eat. When we got there, the quieter dining room was full so we had to eat in the pub area.... More 

1 Thank Desilu
Baldwinsville, New York
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

On our way to Lunenburg, NS two couples stopped into the historic pub, The Fo'c'scl, for lunch. We were seated at a nice window-side table. Three of us ordered lobster bisque with a side salad and the other ordered the larger seafood chowder. We tried the Rickards Red, which was great. A twenty ounce glass for $5.65...what a deal! The... More 

Thank rhornad1
Halifax Region, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Have been here several times and never had a bad meal. Quaint atmosphere, friendly service. The Sunday prime rib is delicious, as is the lobster croissant special and club sandwich. Good desserts too....the apple crisp is huge! All good.

Thank platzkys
Kitchener, Canada
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

A variety of dishes from steak to pasta kept us and our teenager happy. A eager and helpful staff answered all our questions as we enjoyed a relaxing Sunday supper.

Thank Lvanwonderen

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Queen Street | Corner of Queen & Pleasant Streets, Chester, Nova Scotia B0J 1J0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +1 902-275-1408

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?