Water Prince Corner Shop
This place is a real find, tucked into an attractive corner building at Water and Prince streets (hence the name) that looks at first glance like a simple newsstand or convenience store. Inside, though, you'll find one of the city's most convivial seafood joints, serving lobster dinners, superb seafood chowder, cooked mussels, and even lobster rolls to an appreciative mixture of tourists and locals. There's a liquor license if you want to tip a few (and you might).
If the weather's good, try to get a seat on the street near sundown. You can see the waterfront from some tables.
Lunch C$4.95-C$11 (US$4-US$9); dinner C$6.95-C$25 (US$5.55-US$20)
Address 141 Water St, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 1A8
Peake's Quay Restaurant and Bar
One of the city's hot spots during the summer, this restaurant has an outdoor deck overlooking the marina and harbor. Seafood, salads, burgers and a large snack menu can be mediocre, but the ambience partly makes up for it. Open daily for lunch, dinner and until the wee hours.
Great George Street, Charlottetown.
The Pilot House
Located in a historic sandstone building, the Pilot House features excellent steaks, ribs and, of course, fresh seafood. There's also a pub menu for those who want something lighter. Daily for lunch and dinner.
70 Grafton St., Charlottetown.
We like this elegant restaurant—even though its hotel location makes it far from a hidden gem. It's a little on the pricey side, but the great service and island cuisine are good. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Prince Edward Hotel, 18 Queen St., Charlottetown.
Piazza Joe's Italian Eatery & Nightclub
Sit on the pleasant terrace where you can dine on fresh pasta or pizza baked in a wood-burning oven. Open daily for lunch and dinner with the nightclub remaining open until 1 am Sunday-Tuesday, 2 am Wednesday-Saturday.
189 Kent St., Charlottetown.
This restaurant specializes in Northern Italian cuisine, grilled seafood, veal and homemade pasta. Open year-round for lunch, dinner and late night.
83 Water St., Charlottetown.
Located in a historic property near the waterfront, the restaurant's menu covers a lot of ground: Thai and Cajun cuisine, steaks and seafood. A little quieter than the eateries on Peake's Wharf, this is the place to go for an intimate, relaxing meal. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
23 Queen St., at the corner of Water Street, Charlottetown.
Lobster on the Wharf
Close to where cruise ships dock, this waterfront restaurant specializes in local seafood—especially lobster—and steak accompanied by a full menu selection. Diners can sit inside or outdoors. If you want to ship some lobster home, that service is available from MacKinnon's Lobster Pound next-door. Open daily early May-late October for lunch and dinner (until late evening). $$-$$$. Most major credit cards. 2 Prince St., Charlottetown. Phone 902-368-2888.
The Doctor's Inn Bed & Breakfast
Organic farmers in Tyne Valley prepare meals based strictly on what is fresh locally or grown in their own gardens. A true Prince Edward Island experience in a historic home. 24-hour notice required for nonguest dining. Reservations only for up to six. Open year-round.
Route 167, Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island.
Claddagh Oyster House
Patrons get a little touch of Ireland at this restaurant located in Old Charlottetown and operated by a husband-and-wife team. Specialties are local and jet-fresh seafood. There is a large selection of wines available. Open for dinner only, year-round. Reservations recommended.
131 Sydney St., Charlottetown.
any measure, it is now an inn and restaurant situated at the eastern end of Prince Edward Island National Park. The dining room serves up some of the best food on the island. As a bonus, you can stroll on the beach before dinner and then sit by the fire with a drink in the spacious lounge. Open daily June-early October for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner.
On the Gulf Shore Highway, Charlottetown.
Inn at Bay Fortune
A bit of a drive from Charlottetown but worth the trip, this is one of the most highly respected restaurants on the island. Much of the produce is grown in the inn's organic gardens. Contemporary and creative cuisine showcasing the innovative use of organic products changes daily. Expect casual elegance. Open for dinner only mid-May to mid-October.
On Highway 310, south of Souris—follow the signs (45 minutes to the east of Charlottetown), Charlottetown.
Lucy Maud Dining Room
Sample the creations of students and instructors at the Culinary Institute of Canada. This restaurant, in spite of its name, doesn't have an Anne of Green Gables theme, but it does offer a varied and elegant menu, which changes according to the techniques the students are learning. Usually open for lunch Tuesday-Friday, for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. The hours sometimes change, so be sure to call ahead. Reservations recommended.
4 Sydney St., Charlottetown.
Small booths and intimate nooks are the signature of this restaurant located in Olde Charlottetown. The house specialties are steaks, seafood, crepes and luscious homemade desserts. Daily for lunch and dinner.
125 Sydney St., Charlottetown.
Olde Dublin Pub
Upstairs from the Claddagh Oyster House, the Olde Dublin serves up Irish-inspired pub-style snacks and full meals. One of the most popular night spots in town, with entertainment nightly. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner until 2 am; kitchen closes at 10 pm. Reservations recommended.
131 Sydney St., Charlottetown.
The Dunes Studio, Gallery and Cafe
This complex of art galleries and studios contains the work of the island's leading artists, including Peter Jansons, who is usually working at the potter's wheel. Meals for all tastes focus on local ingredients of the day. Great desserts. The food in the dining room is almost as inspiring as the art. Open daily for lunch and dinner May-October, till 10 pm June-September, till 6 pm in May and October.
Highway 15, south of Prince Edward Island National Park, Brackley Beach, Brackley Beach.
Phone 902-672-2586 for galleries and gardens;
902-672-1883 for reservations.