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The Dancing Moose Cafe

) #1 of 1 Restaurants in Birch Plain , Cafe,
42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
+1 902-929-2523
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“crepes” (13 reviews)
“granola” (4 reviews)
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Dutch, Cafe, Canadian
42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A friend and I were exploring Cape Breton and booked a night here. The cabins are clean, spacious and the beds are very comfortable. The cabins have a lovely deck with comfy chairs and you can't beat the views. The bathrooms are located in a...More

Thank SDCanada
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the ZzzzMoose cabins overnight, so we ate breakfast here before heading out. I'd never had pannekoeken before, and the experience didn't disappoint. They're large and more crepe-like (thin and eggy) than American pancakes; I chose to have mine with jam (raspberry...More

Thank rdhdbeth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely breakfast at this warm cafe. The owner kindly opened an hour early for us and was cheery and welcoming. I discovered the delicious Pannekoek of Holland, which was amazing! In addition to great food and conversation, I met two of the sweetest...More

Thank mcartervt
Ton M, Owner at The Dancing Moose Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you! Hope to see you again! If the lights are on, I am "up" and your welcome. Ton

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Couldn't even open the door. Big Cat sitting there in the restaurant. Lost my appetite. Health violation?More

Thank J R
Ton M, Owner at The Dancing Moose Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi JJs09 So sorry that our cat (we have 2) turned you off. Our cats sometimes "escape" and they "sneek" in the Cafe. When we notice that we immediately bring them downstairs to our living quarters and (try) to lock them up. I do hope...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recently stayed in a cabin at this location. The owner Ton was a phenomenal host. The cabins are located a few feet from the ocean where you can hear the waves crashing across the rocks. The sound is surreal, and one would believe it...More

Thank sam61554
Reviewed 25 May 2017

I had never tried pannekoeken. In fact, I had never heard of it at all; however, when I discovered that it is a pancake of sorts, I was downright excited to have this beautiful thing on a plate in front of my face. I ordered...More

Thank Jacinta R
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful spot...Enjoyed the woodstove...Nice hiking...Would definitely visit again :) The restaurant was closed...Would have loved to have sampled some of Tom's cooking !

Thank CarolDauphinee
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Cozy inside, loved the fireplace. Nice country decor. Good food, mediocre latte. Average prices. Good service.More

Thank Valérie M
Ton M, Owner at The Dancing Moose Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2017

Hi Valerie, Thank you for your review, but not sure if you are talking about our Restaurant, The Dancing Moose Cafe, Cape Breton NS. Reason for this is that you mention a fire place and we don't have one in our Cafe. Rest could be...More

Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Outstanding service. Very friendly and clean. We rented the cabin for a few days and we could not have Been happier. The food was mouth watering. Highly Recommended. We will definitely be returning.

Thank Rob P
Reviewed 24 December 2016

I can't say enough, dancing moose makes soup and sandwiches into a meal fit for royalty. Every aspect made fresh and with love. They really take pride in what they do. Both the Dancing Moose Cafe (and their lodging - ZzzzMoose ?) offer hospitality that...More

2  Thank _elishaabrahamhfx
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
are the bathrooms in the cabin? I can't seem to figure that out
25 March 2017|
Response from Ton M | Property representative |
Hi, To answer your question, there is no bathroom in the Camping Cabin. The bathrooms are in a separate building the "comfort station" , within 30 meters from the cabins. Every cabin has his own private bathroom though. We... More
do you have gluten-free options?
10 May 2015|
Response from Ton M | Property representative |
Hi, Yes I can make a gluten free Pannekoek, The Pannekoek can be sweet e.g. with fresh fruit and whipped cream or apples nuts raisins baked in. Or savory, bacon baked in onions, mushrooms, topped with cheese etc... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$11
Dutch, Cafe, Canadian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Birch Plain
  • Phone Number: +1 902-929-2523
  • E-mail
The Dancing Moose Café is a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and baked goods, all made fresh right here. Visit us on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia—a great place to meet and eat. We're open from 7:00 to 4:00 every day in summer, and for long weekends (Friday–Sunday) in winter.

Our signature dish is the Pannekoek, the Dutch way to enjoy a different kind of "pancake" for both breakfast and lunch. Try them sweet with real whipped cream, syrup, honey, icing sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate, raisins, nuts—the options are limited only by what's in season and our imagination. Or go savoury; green onions baked in, with Gouda cheese melted on top, or bacon and mushrooms cooked in, and an egg fried your way on top—just some of the delightful possibilities.

We prepare Belgian Waffles to order, and top them with your choice of fresh, hand-cut fruit, raisins (we soak them in vodka), cinnamon, icing sugar, and real whipped cream. If you spot something else on our menu that you'd like to see on your waffle, just ask; we'll try anything once!

Every day we make soup, often with a Dutch twist; in winter, there's chili, too. We make sandwiches hot or cold, filling dependent on what's in our pantry; whatever the filling, the bread is made right here. And we make our own granola cereal, too.

Have a hearty breakfast or lunch while you unwind at our picture-window tables, or bring your picnic lunch and grab dessert inside, then head out to where more tables await. Either way, enjoy our stunning ocean view.
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