Fredericton, NB is a historical city with a modern vibe. It’s known as New Brunswick’s “riverside capital” because it straddles the Saint John River. So, it’s no surprise that kayaking, rowing, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding are popular pastimes.
The city features a rich history, an active craft brewery scene with “more breweries and cideries than Tim Hortons outlets,” interesting art galleries, and unique artisan markets. World-class music festivals attract regional and international jazz, blues, rock, and world artists. Scottish enthusiasts across Atlantic Canada compete in the Highland Games Festival each summer.
Fredericton’s colorful foodie culture offers a wide range of culinary experiences influenced by fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re looking for international cuisine, creative fusion dishes, or traditional Maritime comfort food, here are eight restaurants to try.
The 8 Best Restaurants in Fredericton
723 Woodstock Rd Fredericton, NB E3B 6G4 – (506) 459-0094
If you’re in the mood for some down-home hospitality and are really hungry, head for The Cabin. Owned by Dave Halfyard and his wife, Jennifer, The Cabin is an old-fashioned diner with a jukebox that plays Oldies and Country hits.
The menu features favorites such as fish ‘n chips, poutine, roast beef or turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes, omelets and Eggs Benedict. We stopped in for breakfast, and my husband enjoyed a Western omelet while I worked my way through a stack of strawberry pancakes. The portions were so large that neither of us could finish. One of the reasons this is one of the best restaurants in Fredericton.
It’s open for debate about how long The Cabin has been around, but locals say it opened around 1942. That’s long enough to accumulate some interesting items that pay tribute to local celebrities. An entire corner is filled with memorabilia about Willie O’Ree, a former professional ice hockey player from Fredericton who was a forward for the Boston Bruins and is known for being the first black player in the National Hockey League.
The Cabin is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. Seating is indoors only, and the building is small. Many regular customers stop in. So, come early if you don’t want to wait to be seated. Parking is available onsite and across the street.
462 Queen St Fredericton, NB E3B 1B6 – (506) 450-7911
The Palate features creative and contemporary cuisine normally found in casual fine dining restaurants with a healthy dose of Atlantic Canada culture and European flair. This makes it one of the best restaurants in Fredericton.
The original owner was impressed by restaurants in Vancouver and decided to open something similar in Fredericton. He hired a chef from Switzerland to incorporate European flavors and twists into the menu. The name comes from the artistry in the food and the art on the walls that features local artists.
Our group shared orders of Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Korean Beef Tacos. The scallops were baked crispy and served with roasted garlic and lemon aioli. The tacos were made with marinated bulgogi beef served on a flour tortilla and topped with house kimchi salsa, cheddar, lettuce and lime.
For the main course, my husband and I both zeroed in on Seafood Bubbly Bake, a delicious concoction of scallops, shrimp and salmon in a creamy sauce with lemon and cheddar topped with breadcrumbs served with green salad and warm bread.
The Palate is open from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday. Seating is available inside and outside. Parking is available along the street and in public lots. The closest one is a few blocks away behind City Hall.
170 Urquhart Crescent, Fredericton, NB E3B 8K5 – (506) 451-1815
As the name implies, all items at Jenna’s Nut Free Dessertery are made using natural ingredients with no preservatives and are 100% nut-free. Here’s why it’s one of the best restaurants in Fredericton.
Jenna White, the owner, developed a severe nut allergy and saw first-hand how difficult it is to order nut-free items in restaurants. So, she opened a bakery to sell nut-free cakes, doughnuts, muffins and other baked goods, and soon added breakfast and lunch items to the menu.
One of the most popular is her signature breakfast sandwich made with Bannock, a quick bread made from flour that is common in Scotland and other areas of the British Isles. Jenna’s mills its own flour and fries the bread.
I understood why the Bannock is so popular once I tried it. Mine was topped with egg and sausage and included a cup of yogurt with locally grown blueberries. My husband had one with his eggs and bacon.
Jenna’s Nut Free Dessertery’s Urquhart Crescent location is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Monday. The Boyce Farmers Market location is open on Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. Parking is available onsite at the Urquhart Crescent location and along the street for the farmer’s market location.
Pro Tip: If you go to the farmer’s market location, take enough Canadian currency to cover the bill. We couldn’t pay by credit card the morning we were there because the Internet was down. There are three ATMs at the farmer’s market, but only one was working.
138 Dundonald St Fredericton, NB E3B 1W8 – (506) 454-0430
Claudine’s Eatery specializes in cooking East Coast favorites such as fresh seafood, lobster rolls, and poutine. No wonder it’s one of the best restaurants in Fredericton. The menu is inspired by Claudine Cyr and her daughter Leonie Gillingham, the co-owners. Both grew up eating a lot of lobster, clams and shrimp, and translated that into a menu that includes many of their own recipes.
My lobster roll included a portion of purple slaw and crockpot poutine. I’d heard about poutine (French fries smothered in gravy and topped with cheese curds) and finally had a chance to try it. My husband had the daily special–fried clams with French fries and purple slaw.
If you’re really adventurous (and very hungry!), try a signature Caesar. A Caesar is a drink similar to a Bloody Mary, and at Claudine’s, it’s garnished with an assortment of food items. For instance, The Goat is adorned with a fried chicken tender, maple chipotle bacon, deep-fried dill pickle, a 2 oz lobster roll and a lobster claw.
Claudine’s Eatery is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Thursday and Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday and is closed on Monday. Seating is indoors only, and no reservations are accepted on Saturday and Sunday. Parking is available in the shopping center where the restaurant is located.
361 Queen St Fredericton, NB E3B 1B1 – (506) 459-1969
The Chess Piece Patisserie, one of the best restaurants in Fredericton, is part of a complex that includes Chess Piece Marketplace and Queen Street Creamery. The Queen Street Creamery offers small-batch artisan ice creams in rotating flavors. The Chess Piece Marketplace is a specialty grocery that offers specialty items, made-to-order charcuterie boards, and meat and cheese subscription boxes.
The restaurant’s name is a reference to its Queen Street location. There’s even an oversized queen chess piece on display.
The menu features a wide assortment of coffees, teas, Italian sodas, pastries, croissants, muffins, bagels, sandwiches and quiches. I had a Feta and Red Pepper Croissant, and my husband had a traditional croissant. If you stop by during the summer, try their Hibiscus Lemonade or Cherry Limeade.
The Chess Piece Patisserie is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday and Saturday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Seating is indoors only, and parking is available on the street or in nearby public lots. This place is popular with locals. We arrived before it opened, and people were waiting. There was a line out the door when we left.
461 King St Fredericton, NB E3B 1E5 – (506) 458-1174
True to its name, Mill Town Roasters offers a wide assortment of coffees. However, they also serve other hot and cold drinks, smoothies, pastries, croissants, muffins, bagels, and sandwiches.
Mill Town Roasters works with a small number of importers and coffee producers and promotes local and global initiatives that encourage women to get involved in the coffee industry. It highlights female cooperatives worldwide and donates a portion of sales from women-owned enterprises to female initiatives in Fredericton and the surrounding area.
I had their daily sandwich special–brisket on rye with assorted cheeses and sauteed onions topped with horseradish mayonnaise and Mill Town’s signature whiskey BBQ sauce. My husband had their grilled cheese on sourdough.
Mill Town Roaster’s is open 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Seating is available inside and outside only, and parking is available on the street or in nearby public lots. This place is popular with locals, no wonder it’s one of the best restaurants in Fredericton. There was a line when we arrived for an early lunch, and it was longer when we left.
527 Union St Fredericton, NB E3A 3N3 – (506)-449-0100
Wolastoq Wharf is an upscale seafood place, and one of the best restaurants in Fredericton that specializes in fresh and locally sourced seafood dishes. It also offers a range of non-seafood dishes, including burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
We live in Phoenix and are seafood lovers. So, we eat as much as we can when we’re near an ocean. Since locals raved about Wolastoq Wharf, we planned our visit on our last night in New Brunswick. It didn’t disappoint!
I had Seafood Risotto, which included shrimp, scallops, lobster and leeks, and my husband had Tuscan Seafood Linguine, a delicious mixture of shrimp, mussels, sundried tomatoes and spinach. We didn’t have room for dessert, but the locals swear by the Carrot Cake!
Wolastoq Wharf is open 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Thursday to Saturday and 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM Sunday to Wednesday. Seating is available inside and outside on a covered patio. Parking is available on the street or in nearby public lots. This place is popular with locals. There was a line when we arrived for an early dinner, and it was longer when we left.
5804 Route 102, Prince William, NB E6K 0A5 – (506)-363-4999
The Kings Head Inn is inside Kings Landing, a living history park that shows what life was like in New Brunswick in the 19th century. As you stroll the grounds, you can visit historical buildings and demonstrations by carpenters, blacksmiths and quilters.
When it’s time for lunch, stop at the Kings Head Inn for a historic dining experience in a tavern that dates back to 1855. Many dishes and drinks are prepared as they would have been for travelers 200 years ago, and the staff are dressed in period costumes. In addition to the restaurant, there’s a pub on the ground floor for those who want spirits or a pint of beer.
The Kings Head Inn sources meat from local farmers and uses vegetables from its onsite garden. Some menu items were staples 200 years ago, such as Corn Chowder, Salmon Chowder and the Plowman’s Lunch.
I had the Apple Walnut Salad, which consisted of apples, walnuts, dried cranberries and celery with maple syrup dressing and homemade bread. My husband opted for Fish and Chips– haddock hand-battered with Kings Head’s special recipe and served with homemade tartar sauce, coleslaw and potatoes.
We gave into temptation and ordered Homemade Gingerbread for dessert. The Kings Head Inn uses a recipe that’s been handed down for generations and serves it warm, topped with a generous helping of homemade whipped cream.
Kings Head Inn is open for lunch only when Kings Landing is open (i.e., June through mid-October) and for special events and holidays. You must pay the admission fee to enter the park to get to the restaurant. So, plan to eat there when you visit Kings Landing. Parking is available onsite. It’s one of the best restaurants in Fredericton.
Best Restaurants in Fredericton: Wrap Up
Fredericton is a friendly city with many restaurants offering modern and traditional specialties. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a quick meal in a more relaxed atmosphere, you’ll find the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful meal. So, when you plan your visit, remember to check out these eight best restaurants in Fredericton.
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Marni Patterson is a travel writer, photographer and videographer in Phoenix, AZ. She has lived and traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe and is gradually making it to all the destinations on her “bucket list” in Asia/Pacific, Africa and South America. After years of writing web content and marketing materials in the high-tech industry, she’s applying her experience writing about software, cloud computing and cybersecurity services to promote destinations and provide travel tips.