Where To Eat In Fredericton, 8 Places Including The Best Coffee In Town

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One of the great things about Fredericton is that everything is a short walk away. Whether it is your morning coffee and croissant, or a pint of local Craft Beer to go with your burger, they are all just steps away from your hotel. During my week long visit to the capital of New Brunswick, I’ve lots of opportunities to check out the Food and Drink scene and here and this is what I’ve found for you. Eight places that answer the question where to eat in Fredericton and I’ve even found the best coffee in town, in my opinion anyway.

Coffee and Croissant from Chess Piece Bakery

Coffee and Croissant from Chess Piece Bakery

UPDATEDAn additional 4 restaurants have been added to my list here

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1. First let’s start with Chess Piece Patisserie and Cafe. This is the place I spent the most time in. In fact, you could find me here at least twice a day. First thing in the morning for my coffee and croissant and later in the day for another coffee and perhaps a pastry or two. Baker/Owner Patti has created something special with this cafe, and I am pleased to say I was there to congratulate her on reaching their 1-year Anniversary on July 12th. Of course, I celebrated by buying some pastries. A visit to Fredericton is not complete without a visit to Chess Piece.

Chess Piece Patisserie and Cafe

Chess Piece Patisserie and Cafe

Baker and Owner Patti with some Pastries

Baker and Owner Patti with some Pastries

Chess Piece is famous for their Macarons

Chess Piece is famous for their Macarons

Everything is delicious

Everything is delicious



2. The James Joyce Pub in the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook offers what you expect from a pub, comfortable seats, good food and beer, plenty of beer. What makes the James Joyce a place to visit is that it offers the largest selection of local Craft Beer, Cider, and Mead all made in New Brunswick. The food is a step above your normal Pub Grub as well. If you are new to New Brunswick Beer then may I suggest you try a sampler flight. I enjoyed one of Beer and another one of Mead!

Flight of New Brunswick Beer samples at the James Joyce Pub in Fredericton

Flight of New Brunswick Beer samples at the James Joyce Pub in Fredericton

Mead sampler flight at the James Joyce Fredericton

Mead sampler flight at the James Joyce Fredericton

Charcuterie plate to go with the Beer and Mead at the James Joyce Pub

Charcuterie plate to go with the Beer and Mead at the James Joyce Pub

3. A visit to Atlantic Canada without a taste of Lobster is like coming to BC and not having any Salmon. There are lots of places to have a Lobster Roll, but I think for an experience you need to visit the Cabin Restaurant. It is very old school. The decor reminds me of a Diner and the prices and service match. Everything is made in-house, that includes milkshakes, pies and, of course the Lobster Roll. You’ll thank me after you visit this place.

Cabin Restaurant in Fredericton

Cabin Restaurant in Fredericton

View inside the Cabin in Fredericton

View inside the Cabin in Fredericton

Strawberry Milkshake with a working jukebox at the Cabin

Strawberry Milkshake with a working jukebox at the Cabin

Lobster Roll at the Cabin

Lobster Roll at the Cabin

Home made Butterscotch Pie from the Cabin

Homemade Butterscotch Pie from the Cabin

4. When the Sun is shining, and the work bell strikes closing time you will find a big part of Fredericton hanging out at The Lunar Rogue Pub patio. Even from across the street you can tell this is the place to hang out with the locals. Nightly specials are always on point and if you like Whiskey they boast the biggest Whiskey Bible in all of New Brunswick with over 500 types available to sample. I’ll stick with a pint of Picaroons Door Yard Summer Ale and a plate of Nachos that wins the best Nachos I’ve ever had prize. I had to finish the Nachos with a fork I ran out of chips.

Lunar Rogue Pub patio

Lunar Rogue Pub patio

It is packed on the Patio at Lunar Rogue Pub

It is packed on the Patio at Lunar Rogue Pub

Picaroons Door Yard Summer Ale and Nachos at The Lunar Rogue

Picaroons Door Yard Summer Ale and Nachos at The Lunar Rogue


5. BrewBakers is almost an institution in Fredericton. One the ground floor is their Pub and street level patio called The Ale House while upstairs on the second level is their casual dining restaurant called BrewBakers. Open concept kitchen plus great food and drinks make for a fun local hangout.

If it is your first time here, then there is only one dish on the menu you should try, the Maple Curry Chicken Penne. They’ve tried to take it off the menu, but it started a flood of phone calls to the restaurant so for the past 12 years it has become their signature dish. It’s delicious!

BrewBakers and The Ale House

BrewBakers and The Ale House

View inside BrewBakers restaurant and open concept kitchen

View inside BrewBakers restaurant and open concept kitchen

Maple Curry Chicken Penne at BrewBakers in Fredericton

Maple Curry Chicken Penne at BrewBakers in Fredericton

6. If you are looking for a great Burger in Fredericton, you will have great success, but at 540 Kitchen & Bar you will find one that I think is particularly good. A lunch hot spot this place fills up quickly so get there early or wait till after the rush has calmed down. I went with a couple of friends, and we all hand the same thing, the Diner Burger with Fries. Add Bacon, Cheddar, and a Trailway Ella Blonde and you have a perfect lunch.

540 Kitchen & Bar in Fredericton

540 Kitchen & Bar in Fredericton

Trailway Ella Blonde Beer on Tap

Trailway Ella Blonde Beer on Tap

The Diner Burger at 540 Kitchen & Bar with a Pint of Trailway Beer

The Diner Burger at 540 Kitchen & Bar with a Pint of Trailway Beer

7. When you walk around Downtown Fredericton, you can’t help but see the red and white Lighthouse. It is called Lighthouse on the Green, and it boasts the best patio view in all of town. It doesn’t have a fancy menu, but the view more than makes up for it. After lunch treat yourself to some Ice Cream, and you’ve had a perfect visit in my opinion.

Lighthouse On The Green

Lighthouse On The Green

Lunch with friends at the Lighthouse overlooking the St John River

Lunch with friends at the Lighthouse overlooking the St John River

Burger and salad at the Lighthouse, the bite taken was by me

Burger and salad at the Lighthouse, the bite taken was by me

Ice cream and the St John River

Ice cream and the St John River

Selfie with Stacey and Leslie at the Lighthouse

Selfie with Stacey and Leslie at the Lighthouse

8. Last but not least is one of the newest places to open in Fredericton, a Wine Bar called Corked. Technically it has just reopened under the new ownership of Charlotte. When I arrived in Fredericton, I passed by it on my first day and just as I was ending my week it reopened. Charlotte has big plans for Corked but is taking her time to do things right and create the Wine Bar that is perfect for Fredericton locals and wine enthusiast tourists like me. I can’t wait to see how she transform it when I come back. It’s still worth a visit now though so go on and get Corked.

Corked a Wine Bar in Fredericton

Corked a Wine Bar in Fredericton

Cheers to the new owner of Corked Charlotte

Cheers to the new owner of Corked Charlotte

A glass of Pinot Noir in Corked Fredericton

A glass of Pinot Noir in Corked Fredericton

I have one last treat for you; it is an exclusive product available only in Fredericton at the moment. At Real Food Connections, they are making Beer Freezies! Yes, you heard me right, Beer Freezies. I heard about this place, tracked them done and met Levi, the founder and inventor of the Beer Freezie. Check them out.

Does it get any better than that? Bon Appetit in Fredericton. It does, here are four new additions to where to eat in Fredericton.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

20 Comments

  1. Great list. And that comes from me having lived in Freddy for 15 years. Only issue I have is you missed the best coffee in town: Jonnie Java Roasters on York St. Otherwise, well done!!

  2. Loretta Leavitt on

    The next time you are in the area, you should visit Claudine’s Eatery for breakfast. My favourite is the Lobster Eggs Benedict. I promise you that you will not walk away hungry or disappointed.

  3. Elizabeth Griswold on

    Next time you are in Fredericton, you should visit some of the great places on the Northside… Mama’s Pub is great!

  4. I agree with all the establishments listed wholeheartedly however there is one not on this list that needs to be mentioned.

    The Schnitzel Parlour on Main St serves excellent German cuisine. Uwe, a German Canadian, and his staff run an excellent venue including the Chocolaterie Facklemann.

    Planning a visit to Fredericton, it should be on the list.

  5. Having went to school in Freddy Beach, this post brought the memories flooding back. Fredericton may not be the biggest star on the tourist map, but the livability of the place is off the charts … like Portlandia East almost!

  6. Margaret Wilby on

    Even though 540 Kitchen & Bar in Fredericton is by far my favorite, you neglected to mention Isaac’s Way (next to the Crowne Plaza), MidSea Eatery, The Pallate, Luna Pizza, Dimitri’s and Cora’s, all excellent places to eat in downtown Fredericton.

  7. Even though 540 Kitchen & Bar in Fredericton is by far my favorite, you neglected to mention Isaac’s Way (next to the Crowne Plaza), MidSea Eatery, The Pallate, Luna Pizza, Dimitri’s and Cora’s, all excellent places to eat in downtown Fredericton.

  8. Russell Grey on

    Do you get crafted drinks at Chess Piece (e.g., latte, cappucino)? I ask because I found their coffee incredibly disappointing, but I’m told their espresso drinks are on point.

  9. Did you get to the market Saturday morning? It’s the place to be, everyone is there! So much great food. I miss the scallop roll.

  10. Who needs Subway’s lobster roll when you can have The Cabin’s real thing. Everything looks delicious Marc, I’m filing this away for future reference on trips east. Thanks for the great round up of all things yum in Fredericton.

  11. I’ve tried many of these places since moving to Fredericton last year, and I have yet to find a “great” restaurant in the city. These places are not “terrible”, but they are “average” at best. A few of the places people list as “great”, such as the Diplomat are terrible. I went there a few weeks ago for lunch. The buffet was very small and nothing was labelled. Isaac’s Way has a few very good dishes but it is hit and miss with music and atmosphere. The Ale House smoked food is over smoked, dry and the taste too strong. Saigon Noodle House use to be my favorite, but I think new owners run it now and it is not as good. The portion are much smaller, yet the prices haven’t been lowered.

    All of the places we’ve tried are trying to pass themselves off as fine dining establishments, yet played loud top 40 music and for the most part offer “pub fare”. Any fine dining restaurant I’ve enjoyed has great food and a relaxing atmosphere with some soft jazz or classical music quietly played in the background.

    So far, we’ve been disappointed with Fredericton restaurants. Fredericton is a pub fare/fast food city. I’m going to try Ten Resto, which I’ve heard is unique, and there are a few other places we need to try.

  12. This is a great review – did you get a chance to try Moco Downtown, on the corner of Regent and King? It is new, but one of our favorite places to go, and we really liked the mushroom ravioli.

  13. I really enjoyed reading you reviews. We are lucky to have so many options in Fredericton. Hop on to the northside and try Wolastaq Warf.

  14. Monk’s & Jonesies Food truck is incredible!! The pulled duck naanwich is to die for and its conveniently stations at they graystone brewery so you have the option to enjoy a wonderful craft beer with your meal if you so choose.

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