The Braeside Inn
"The Braeside Inn casual dining room overlooks Pictou harbour; specializing in seafood and prime rib. Open for Sunday Brunch from June to September."
The Braeside has a lovely view of the harbour and serves an excellent prime rib and a really good cheesecake. Located halfway between the Evening Sail and downtown, they are a good choice for dining before taking in a show at the deCoste Centre. They are only open for dinner, however, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Check out their menu here
Carvers Coffee House & Pub
"Carvers Coffee House opened its doors on July 1, 2003 and offers a light lunch menu, delectable desserts, espresso based coffees, and beverages using a variety of fruit and natural flavours using Torani Syrups. We chose the best coffee company in Canada, Canterbury Coffee, as our suppliers. Carvers Pub opened in January 2005 and features select international & local wines, along with Halifax produced Garrison Micro-beers: Nut Brown, Irish Red, Tall Ship Amber and seasonal brews of Raspberry Wheat or Stout.
Our front porch has one of the best views of Pictou Harbour and is a welcome spot to sit and chat with visitors and local residents alike!"
Mrs. MacGregor's Tea Room
"Situated in the heart of historic pictou, Mrs. MacGregor's Tea Room serves a variety of delicious options, from soups, breads and satisfying lunches, scrumptious desserts, scottish shortbread, scones and oatcakes, premium black and green teas, herbal teasanes, coffee, espresso and cappuccino."
Mrs. MacGregor's is one of my favourite places for lunch in Pictou (and for a lighter dinner in the summertime, when they extend their hours). Close to the waterfront (one street up) and the deCoste Centre, the Tea Room is a good spot for a light afternoon snack, as well. The bread is homemade and the Sticky Toffee Pudding is out of this world. Check out her shop at the back of the building for take-home goodies!
If you don't mind a short (6 minutes) drive, then Piper's Landing is a very good choice for a more relaxed and elegant meal. My personal favourite is the lobster crepe and I always save room for the apple rum cake, served warm with ice cream, even if I have to share my main course in order to have some room left!
Settler's Salt Water Cafe
The Salt Water Cafe is located right on the water and is a good choice for a quick bite or for appetisers. Their lobster supper is one of the best deals in town and be sure to save room for blueberry grunt (a cobbler/dumpling type dessert, smothered in blueberries and ice cream, and best shared by at least two people)
If you sit in Sharon's long enough, just about everyone in town will stop by. Sharon's is a little diner with a good "down-home" menu. Very affordable and very casual. Their pan-fried haddock is always good and their hamburgers are the kind you never get in restaurants anymore - grilled onions, toasted bun and a hamburger patty that doesn't come from a frozen box!
Deb's Hidden Cafe
Look for the pink deck! Deb's Hidden Cafe is located just across the parking lot from the Hector Heritage Quay tucked in next to the Curling Club.