Bright yellow and located by the Long Island ferry wharf, Lavena’s Catch Café is home cooking & fine dining combined. Savour the fresh seafood (and check out the attached second-hand boutique) before catching the ferry to Brier Island.
Or make your meal an island-hopping adventure. The ferry between Brier Island & Long Island is free for pedestrians. Take a break from Brier Island and “walk” to Lavena’s Catch for a meal.
While you’re there consider booking a whale watching tour at Freeport Whale and Seabird Tours, who have a desk located just inside the entrance of the restaurant.
Our Dining Experience
We went to Lavena’s Catch Café in the evening with high expectations (because of the positive reviews on TripAdvisor) and our meal and experience didn’t disappoint. Don’t leave Brier Island without trying this gem of a seafood restaurant.
The window seats at Lavena’s Catch Café have a view of the Long Island ferry wharf and the Grand Passage. The inside of the restaurant is light-coloured wood, with an eclectic mix of Maritime-themed decorations on the walls.
Digby Scallops & Pan-fried Haddock
We went straight for the seafood. Lavena’s is home-style cooking which forgoes fancy sauces. Things here are cooked simply and to perfection, so you can appreciate the truly fresh ingredients.
I chose the scallop dinner. Digby scallops are famous for being large and succulent, and when pan-fried they caramelize nicely. If you’re a scallop fan you can get the Digby scallops as an appetizer or as a plated dinner.
The side servings at Lavena’s Catch Café impressed me. Simply cooked, the hand cut carrots, mashed potatoes, and kernel corn were served straight-up. I’m not a fan of heavy salting on my food, and it was a relief to (finally) find a restaurant that didn’t force the salt into me.
Less hungry than I, Heather got the Mate’s Diner: a ½ sized serving of the haddock dinner, done in a super-light flour coating.
The haddock was moist, flakey, and noticeably fresh. The coleslaw that came with the meal was crisp & sweet, and had a slight hint of apple.
Since we had never heard of it before, we chose the date-meringue pie for dessert. It had mashed dates in a dense pastry crust, with whipped meringue on top. Yum.
Typically we split our desserts when dining out, and the staff at Lavena’s Catch Café suggested cutting a slice of pie in half so we could each have a plate. This was a nice touch instead of just bringing two spoons.
- Check the Facebook page for hours – Lavena’s recently changed to a lunch-only spot
- After renovations, the dining room is significantly smaller, as about half the space is taken up by the second-hand boutique. There are only about 5-6 tables, reservations accepted.
- Lavena’s Catch has its own parking lot, plus additional parking on the street
- Free Wi-Fi