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Lavena's Catch Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Canadian, Soups, American
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15 Hwy 217, Freeport, Nova Scotia B0V 1B0, Canada
+1 902-839-2517
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Mush Lake
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While staying on Brier Island, you can choose to walk on/off the ferry to this little restaurant, that serves up good food. Reservations are necessary as their reputation is widespread. Wonderful views of the ocean, of course!

Thank dragonfiles
State College, Pennsylvania
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166 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We rode the ferry over from Brier Island, luckily we were told by the Brier Island Whale & Seal Boat Tours about this restaurant because there was nothing other than the lodge on the island itself. We got reservations, learning that it was a very busy time and had a wonderful meal of fish and scallops cooked to perfection with... More 

Thank 321KMD
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 October 2016

The service was excellent as was the food. The haddock is fantastic. it's a great atmosphere and great for families.

Thank Novamoe
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 October 2016

I never was much of a fan of seafood until I ate here where Lavena's redefined the concept of good seafood to me. We're in our 18th year of traveling to Brier Island and every year we eat at Lavena's. In 18 years I've never been disappointed. It's really hard to deviate from the haddock, which is really, really good.

Thank Stan A
Boston, Massachusetts
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107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Had the pleasure of eating at this fantastic restaurant twice, while we stayed on Brier Island. Spent time with the husband/wife owners... staff was excellent, fresh fish was the best and their haddock/scallop chowder was the best ever. Highly recommend this fine dinning experience to anyone in the area... it was a treat for us to be able to walk... More 

Thank lostnmass
Freeport, Maine
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Was unsure at first, having driven from Digby to an unpretentious restaurant recommended by the hotelier of the B and B in Digby. Inside is basic but a clue to its quality was that it was very busy. The food was absolutley delicious. We tried Soloman Gundy and loved it. The server was delightful and extremely helpful. Highly recommend it.

Thank juli368
Charlottetown, Canada
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

We dined at Lavena's two nights in a row and we were very happy with our meals both nights. Portions were generous and reasonably priced. My daughter had the beef liver the first night which she enjoyed so much that she had it the next night. Her friend had the Caesar salad with roasted chicken breast. The second night my... More 

Thank dr_lolisj
Nova Scotia Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

I had fabulous turkey soup (cant have shellfish) and happy to say it was the best soup I have ever had in a restaurant and of course it comes with a great tasting biscuit. Also had delicious sweet potato fries and coleslaw ( I love Lavennas coleslaw but portion is tiny). My sister had a lobster roll which she raved... More 

Thank Beachgrass
Bedford, Canada
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is a must! Fresh, delicious home cooked food, "Aunt Heather's" daily fresh baked desserts. the friendly staff and cozy surroundings make this place perfect for your trip to or from Brier Island. Highly recommended in every aspect.

Thank Denise M
Halifax, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had the bacon wrapped scallops, fishcakes, fish and chips, and the scallop dinner and to say it was delicious would be an understatement. Great portions and remember to make a reservation.

Thank Dale_Halifax

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Canadian, Soups, American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Hwy 217, Freeport, Nova Scotia B0V 1B0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Southwest Nova Scotia  >  Freeport
  • Phone Number: +1 902-839-2517

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