Where to Eat in Charlottetown

New and old spots to sip and savour in this capital city 

While a trip to Charlottetown wouldn’t be complete without a traditional lobster supper, there’s way more to the city’s fab dining scene than seafood. Here are six hotspots—old and new—to please your palate. 

The Brickhouse Kitchen and Bar

Housed in a former 1800s warehouse and centred around an open-concept kitchen, guests at this stylish three-storey oasis can watch the chef get creative with locally sourced ingredients or hang with pals in the lounge or bar.

Must try: The Brickhouse Greens—mixed baby greens, goat cheese, red wine beets, sliced radish, and pumpkin seed brittle with a light cranberry vinaigrette—is a restaurant staple. The salad pairs well with salmon or chicken for summer lunches. 

Terre Rouge Craft Kitchen

A chill vibe and an innovative menu (think killer charcuterie plates, bone marrow, and handmade pasta) highlight this hip and popular farm-to-table downtown restaurant.

Must try: The Mushrooms Toast on organic sourdough is heavenly with roasted shallot aioli, three kinds of mushrooms, kale, goat cheese, toasted almonds, frico and beet gastrique. 

Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

This modern steakhouse has not one, but two, sought-after patios, one of which faces Sydney Street’s nightly live entertainment. This rustic eatery is also known for using only PEI-raised beef (the cows are fed only grass, potatoes and grain), and cutting and aging its mouthwatering steaks in-house.

Must try: The Beef, Bacon & Bleu appetizer amazes with beef tenderloin stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon in a pepper port reduction. 

Local 343

New last year, this intimate 35-seat restaurant with a cozy 20-seat patio quickly gained a following for its fresh and original multi-ethnic bistro-style menu. Another draw? Its delicous gourmet take-out market.

Must try: The Mediterranean lamb flatbread is a flavourful mix of PEI organic lamb, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, marinated artichokes and locally-made mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. 

Razzy’s Roadhouse

This downhome family-style restaurant and pub serves weekend breakfasts until 2 p.m. and is a local favourite for its friendly atmosphere, kids’ menu, budget-conscious specials and Island-raised beef.

Must try: Big and meaty, the bacon double cheeseburger is a menu winner. 

COWS Ice Cream

A trip to Charlottetown must include a scoop (or three) of this legendary, award-winning and much-loved ice cream that is made from a generations-old recipe. Choose from over 32 flavours many of which have bovine inspired names.

Must try: Why stop at one? Mix it up with bestsellers Wowie Cowie, Gooey Mooey, and Messie Bessie in a triple cone.