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Where to eat lobster in Prince Edward Island

Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI

Where to eat lobster in Prince Edward Island

Well-traveled foodies know Prince Edward Island is the place to go for an Atlantic gastro-vacation, especially for seafood, and more specifically, succulent lobsterExternal Link Title wild caught from the sea at its peak. PEI is known around the world for its hard-shelled crustaceans that yield juicy, tender meatExternal Link Title, and for the smaller variety (75% of the catch) that gourmets prefer because they are more flavorful and delicate. Here's where to find the best lobster on PEI.

At market

Today PEI has 1,200 lobster fishers and most have been trapping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence for generations. It's a highly regulated fishery open just two months out of the year, focused on sustainable and fair trade practices, though visitors can buy and enjoy lobster year-round. Buy it fresh (live) at the wharf May to June and August to October, or head to a grocer or farmers' market. This map details the best places on the island to buy lobsterExternal Link Title and here's how to cook itExternal Link Title, according to the pros.

Shore supper

As homegrown celebrity chef Michael SmithExternal Link Title says, "A feed of lobsters is an instant occasion, a special treat and a tasty connection to the island." Join a memorable community feast or eventExternal Link Title. Or really experience PEI and arrange something special for just the two of you -- a like-the-locals-do-it lobster boil with the captain aboard a fishing boat. Clearly, it'll be hard to find a fresher catch.

PEI International Shellfish Festival

This lively September extravaganzaExternal Link Title in communities around the island spotlights Food Network hotshots and features high-profile cooking demos, Iron Chef-type competitions, celebrity chefs, East Coast live musical entertainmentExternal Link Title, and tons of fun. Learn how to shuck shellfish like the pros and try a quahog (a hard clam). There's even a Chef Challenge dishExternal Link Title worth $10,000 in prize money, the "world's longest lobster rollExternal Link Title." Don't leave without getting your new PEI cookbook autographed.


The array of lobster recipesExternal Link Title is endless, as are the methods: Grilled, steamed, boiled; served hot, cold; canned, smoked... But traditional favorites are chowder, the lobster roll, and simply steamed, cracked open, and enjoyed with melted butter and lemon -- and a bib!


Make a reservation at these popular standbys: In the east, Clam Diggers Restaurant and Beach HouseExternal Link Title for seafood and sunsets on the deck; on the north-central shore, The Pearl EateryExternal Link Title, an acclaimed farm/sea-to-table fine dining spot; and on the North Cape coast, Brothers 2External Link Title tavern for steak, seafood, and PEI brews. In Charlottetown, go to Lobster on the WharfExternal Link Title for superb culinary fusion. Squeeze in next to locals at Water-Prince Corner ShopExternal Link Title over no-frills tasty fare -- also star-chef Michael Smith's faveExternal Link Title. Or, try Fish BonesExternal Link Title for lobster, music, and burgers.

Culinary Institute of Canada

Get a chance to cook at the teaching school described as one of Canada's finest. The Culinary Institute of CanadaExternal Link Title puts on fantastic boot camps via Holland College. These are full- and half-day immersive programs alongside award-winning chefs in state-of-the-art kitchens covering everything from farm to prep to table to focusing on bounty of the sea. They're also extremely popular, so sign up early and get ready to pull on your chef's whites. If you'd rather just reap the rewards without all the work, sample the students' best at the institute's Lucy Maud Dining RoomExternal Link Title. Not only is it a bargain, the food is devoutly local and covers the latest in contemporary cooking.

Fall Flavors

While it's not all lobster all the time, you can be sure that the Fall Flavours External Link TitleFestivalExternal Link Title will have plenty to sample. You can head to a lobster party on the beach, then bite into local potatoes and green beans, oysters, mussels, and beefExternal Link Title. It's a treasured month-long celebration of homegrown cuisine and traditions with various authentic events -- galas, demos, concertsExternal Link Title, visiting and chef's dinners, beer, wine, and food tastings -- all across the island. Try your hand at potato harvesting or oyster shucking, too, at the Culinary Boot CampExternal Link Title.

North Cape Coast

Western PEI's North Cape CoastExternal Link Title is a seafood cornucopia -- and a must-visit spot. Try the delicate lobster, of course, but also the famed Malpeque oysters, plus snow crab, and mussels. Take the North Cape Coastal DriveExternal Link Title stopping to eat at cute caf?s and eclectic fine dining restaurantsExternal Link Title. Make and taste potato fudge at the Canadian Potato Museum's Potato Country KitchenExternal Link Title, learn more at the Shellfish MuseumExternal Link Title, find out how to shuck oystersExternal Link Title, and catch some live music along the route: Acadian, Aboriginal, and Celtic piping and fiddling. Summerside hosts popular summer concerts External Link Titleas well.

Catch it

Try pulling in a feisty crustacean yourself. Experienced seaman Captain Mark and Top Notch Lobster ToursExternal Link Title takes three sailings a day much the way his family's been doing it for four generations. With an experienced fisherman as a guide, guests can snag a buoy and haul it in fisher-style. The brave can band a claw and pluck live lobsters out of the trap, too. Everyone shares a traditional onboard lobster boil afterwards. Experience PEIExternal Link Title is another outfitter that can get you on a boat with a veteran fisherExternal Link Title to show you the ropes. You choose the bounty: Lobsters, mussels, oysters, or a deep-sea fishing expedition.


Be sure to end your lobster feast with some rich, old-fashioned PEI ice cream -- yep, the island is also famed for its spectacular dairy products. COWSExternal Link Title is the go-to and Wowie Cowie is the flavor to order. You just might have to stay longer than planned to eat your way through this epicure's isle.

Get started planning your foodie trip at the Prince Edward Island Tourism website.