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Rita's Tea Room & Gift Shop

8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
+1 902-828-2667
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“quiche” (9 reviews)
“scones” (11 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (12 reviews)
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Cafe, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

This is a lovely converted home/museum/dining room/gift shop. The staff are friendly and engaging and the food is excellent! The tribute to Rita McNeil with her awards and unique quotes round up the experience is truly memorable. Well done and a must see if you...More

Thank J T
Reviewed 10 November 2017

A toe-tapping Turkey gobbling Thanks Giving Turkey dinner at Ritas' during Celtic Colours is a must do! The jiggy music by Flo Sampson and Kim Dunn, and the servers with their hot gravy welcome and steam rising mashed potatoes left all aglow in a fun...More

Thank Fernshadows2016
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Rita's hosted Flo Sampson and Kim Dunn, who provided superb musical entertainment while a delicious turkey dinner was served. During the summer, this was also the format for Songs on Sunday, if offered next year be sure to take it in. The Tea Room itself...More

Thank magook
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped here at 10:00 am (opening time) and were told (very politely and graciously) that a tour bus of 55 had booked for 10:30 so we'd have to order and eat quickly because every seat was needed. Sadly, what I wanted wasn't available (they...More

Thank Luvstobake
Reviewed 13 October 2017

A delightful wayside stop - this should be included in any trip to Cape Breton. The dainties are delicious and the tribute to the memory of Rita McNeil worth the stop.

Thank ramcleod
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We stopped for afternoon tea and a dessert--cocanut cream and cheese cake home made to die for. The staff very friendly. Everything made at tearoom. Rita's awards and pictures of her life out on display. Oat cakes and the fudge also tasty. Very quaint and...More

Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This was our Cape Breton destination and we were not disappointed. It has changed since I was there last but this was the first time for my fellow travellers. The cinnamon buns and coconut cream pie as well as the tea were worth the drive....More

Thank carolW9591NA
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon Rita's tea room on our way up to Sydney, Nova Scotia. We had the high tea sandwiches and suites and shared a cup of the seafood chowder. The seafood chowder is indescribable it's so good. And they don't share...More

1  Thank Margaret B
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Pretty commercial but still has a tiny town and quite charming feel about it and that makes it a worthwhile place to stop for lunch or a snack. One really should be a Rita MacNeil fan to get right into the whole thing but forget...More

Thank Cubatan
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Staff very friendly and informative. Lovely Tea Room and souvenir shop. Shows Reta's life history and awards, pictures, etc. Worth a visit.

Thank williammaryr
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Tina P
21 March 2015|
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Response from Sylvia N | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I can answer a question about Rita's Tea House, which you find delightful. Do purchase some tea boxes as gifts to friends. I am certain they will love Rita's tea. On the question of puffins and whales, I cannot help... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8077 East Bay Hwy, Big Pond, Nova Scotia B1J 1Z5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Big Pond
  • Phone Number: +1 902-828-2667
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