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The Best Local Restaurants of Magdalen Islands

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Magdalen Islands, Quebec offers a wide variety of unique local restaurants that will satisfy your every craving. The Islands are best known for fantastic lobster, crab, and scallops straight from the ocean. From the best cozy restaurants of Magdalen Islands serving local favorites to casual beachside restaurants, exploring the region's culture and cuisine will give you an array of mouthwatering dishes that reflect the islands' unique heritage. Whatever your preferences may be, you won't leave disappointed, so let's dive into the Magdalen Islands, Quebec's best restaurants and cuisine:

Vent Du Large resto Îles de la Madeleine is a wonderful tapas bar and restaurant located on the southern island (L'Île-du-Havre-Aubert) near Dune Sandy Hook and Beach End. The interior décor is cozy and inviting, with a warm atmosphere that welcomes all guests.

The menu features local specialties such as cheese fondue, smoked lobster battalion, salmon, cod, lamb and chicken, inspired by the islands' unique culture and provides unbeatable taste and quality. The customer service is friendly and attentive, plus there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy local music. Vent Du Large is well worth a visit for those looking for delectable cuisine in this tranquil corner of the world.

Le Millerand located on the southern island (L'Île-du-Havre-Aubert) on Magdalen Island, Quebec is a top-notch destination for anyone looking to experience exquisite island cuisine. Spend your day walking the coastline and stopping at Anse-à-la-Cabane Lighthouse then hunker down for a tasty dinner.

The menu features an array of mouthwatering dishes that reflect the region's local ingredients. Featuring Oysters, Scallops, Crab, Risotto and an Earth and Sea mix, the quality of ingredients used in each dish is unbeatable. Le Millerand will even prepare your order via maritime radio channel 69. Order at sea and pick up at Quai Millerand. Now that’s service.

When it comes to food on the go, Cap dauphin Fish Shack is the place to be. An extension of the Cap Dauphin Fisherman’s Co-op, this shack is a close as it gets for fresh seafood.

Located at Plage de la Pointe-aux Loup (Wolf Point Beach) this seafood shack offers quick, mouth-watering classics. From Lobster Rolls, warm Seafood Chowder and Fish & Chips to classic French-style Poutine (with curds of course). No one will go hungry - there are also hot dogs, fries and ice cream for those not quite into the frech cusine. From May 15 to September 1, come stop by and get your seafood fill - you won't be disappointed!

Enjoy a sophisticated dining experience at Quai 360, located in Cap Aux Meules. Your friends and family will be delighted with the exceptional presentation of appetizers, mains and desserts.

Treat yourself to mouthwatering dishes like Island Lamb, Seafood Cannelloni, Quebec Pork Loin and Beef Tartar. For dessert, make sure to take advantage of the decadent Fondant Chocolate Tart or their signature Creme Brulee of the Day. Sip on a fine wine and enjoy the high quality culinary experience of Quai 360.

The mission of La Moulière Poissonnerie is to help you appreciate seafood as much as they do. Experience the freshest tuna and salmon options at their tartar bar, sample local sushi or, in season, taste cooked on demand lobster and crab.

Seeking a more immersive experience? Join their 3 hour sushi workshop during your visit or try one of their recipes here. This is a place where the team is passionate about seafood and loves taking their cooking to the next level.

If you're looking for a unique dining experience, look no further than Bistro Plongée Alpha. Located on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine at Grande Entrée, this restaurant is run by renowned Arctic underwater photographer Mario Cyr who has been featured in National Geographic and BBC. Here you will find an authentic fisherman's ambiance with fresh lobster, oysters, and mussels served alongside classic accompaniments. To top it off - there are even dinner conferences where Cyr presents his photography while guests enjoy their meals.

If you love a rich cappuccino or locally

roasted coffee, then you'll want to make sure to stop by the Hook Café in Havre-aux-Maisons. This unique spot features a custom coffee blend designed just for them by La Brulerie De Cafe Des Iles De La Madeleine

Best of all? The hot drinks come with uninterrupted ocean views (we recommend sunsets here), and options for delicate pastries, and can be followed by a paddle on the bay.

Hook cafe’s owner, Cindy Porier, is our local guide and insider foodie on our Îles de la Madeleine Island Escape.Learn more about this ocean-inspired trip here.

Get ready to experience music, smiles and so much more at the quintessential Café de la Grave restaurant! What used to be a general store has been transformed into an inviting café-restaurant-bar. Come savour what locals already know: Cafe de La Grave is one of the best places around for food, drinks and good times.

The menu features local favourites of frittes and mayo, house-made bagels with smoked cheeses, burgers with local fixings and traditional pot-en-pot. This eclectic and locally infused menu ensures you'll be coming back for more.


Food lovers will find paradise in the Magdalen Islands, where a variety of different culinary options await. Seafood, cheeses and traditional preparation practices - all beloved by locals with great pride for their hospitality - can be enjoyed whether you dine under the sun on a picnic table or are seated at an elegant white tablecloth restaurant. Deliciousness is guaranteed.

Read more about Why the Mags are a Food Lovers Paradise or learn more about how you can join us to taste your way around the area on our Îles de la Madeleine Island Escape.

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