Founders House Dining & Drinks

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
We want you to feel welcomed & comfortable when visiting Founders House Dining & Drinks. Our dining room & bar are adorned with the warm tones & lush colours of our rustic New Scotland landscape – a nod to the Annapolis Royal 2017 Celebration Tartan. Our patio offers a refreshing salty breeze on warm summers days while boasting a stunning view of the Annapolis River & North Mountain beyond. Soft Celtic music playing in the background & fragrant aromas drifting from the kitchen will fill your senses while you sip on a local creation from behind our bar.

Our passion is locally sourced ingredients for dining, along with locally sourced beers, wines, ciders & spirits for our drinks. It’s about the astonishing quality we find in the Annapolis Valley & throughout Nova Scotia. It’s about making sure you always feel welcome with a creative taste of home served up with remarkable customer service in an absolutely beautiful setting. It's about Elev
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AnnapolisGirl
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food here is absolutely superb. The menu is thoughtfully designed to incorporate locally produced products and plates are beautifully presented. The service was pretty good. The young hostess needs a little more finesse and needs to learn to lower her voice. Waiters were all polite and very helpful. The interior decor needs a professional designer- it is a bit austere and could do with more drama and some warming up. The comfortable patio area is very pleasant with a beautiful view. All in all I would recommend eating here.

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ShoLo
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food in a beautiful setting.

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MaggieS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal. This place is a must. We celebrated our birthdays’ in-line with their anniversary and the special set menu was phenomenal. We met the most amazing company “Sophie, Greg and Rosie” to share food and drinks with on the stunning patio.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING food at reasonable prices with excellent service

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Danny
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. Great ambience, great service and unbelievable food. We would go again.

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DonnaG
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always love Founder's theme nights. The Bombay Night was no exception. Food was delicious and portion sizes perfect. Loved the unique spin on the Indian dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time in to the restaurant since it’s renovations and new owner. It is beautiful and the service was wonderful. They were attentive but not pushy. Thanks for an amazing evening. We had their Indian specialty dinner. It was my first time eating authentic Indian food. It was delicious. We had to book and pay in advance. That way they knew how many people to cook for. We will be going back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finest dining in the area.

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GeorgeA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Quiet atmosphere with exceptional service. Highly recommend.

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SandraM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentines brunch

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RoxanneR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious. Benny was very good, really liked the home fries.

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1TouchAlcr
Atlantic Canada
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE had the chefs tasting menu, he picked what we would have for the entire meal. It was absolutely perfect. His choices, textures, flavor it was simply lovely. Our server Gavin was great he picked some wines for a few of the courses. It just elevated what Chef Pyne was preparing in the kitchen. We will be back for sure.

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NataliaG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Sunday brunch - I had Founders Benny with local smoked trout and my husband- breakfast poutine with cheese curds and poached eggs. Both meals were cooked to perfection. Service was excellent as well. Overall: 5 out of 5!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food, friendly service, would recommend!

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We would love to have you dine with us again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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KerryL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered drinks shortly after we were seated. Drinks did not arrive for over half an hour at the same time our brunch arrived. We had hoped to have a nice drink prior to the meal.
The quality of the food and drinks though were exceptional.
Wake up Mr Kennedy was a wonderful surprise. And the founders coffee with tge real whipped cream was an excellent finish.

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CherylH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING is excellent. That says it all. Do not hesitate to enjoy a lunch or dinner there. We've had both.

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KimP
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I have had for a very long time. Relaxing atmosphere. Would love to taking a cooking lesson from the chef.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Kim, Thank you for your fantastic review! I will be sure to pass on the wonderful compliment to our Chef, Chris! We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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ChristopherJ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth an hour plus hour drive from Halifax! Excellent choice of locally sourced foods and wines, the re-introduction to NS wines as selected here was a revelation for these diners who had previously lumped NS wines into the "meh" category. Cooking was imaginative and first class. Cannot say enough...

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Christopher, Thank you so much! What a great review to receive. We pride ourselves on sourcing locally whenever possible, so it is very rewarding to hear positive feedback from our guests appreciating the local ingredients and our local wine. I will be sure to pass on the compliment to our chef and the rest of the team here at Founders House. Thank you for making the drive, and we look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of three were the first guests of the evening arriving at 4:30pm. Our reservation was for the lounge but we were offered a seat in the dining room and a table was chosen by a window which overlooked the deck. From our table we could see the lights of homes across the water as the day light faded into evening. Soft jazz music played from the sound system and we had no trouble hearing each other talking. The dining room, which was warm and inviting was decorated with local art and soft beautiful fabrics including the purple-hued plaid window treatments. Our waiter was very attentive and even brought us two complimentary house-prepared sampler appetizers to whet our appetite. Before ordering we enjoyed a glass of wine; a Reisling, a Tidal Bay, and a Nova 7 sparkling. The food was delicious. I had the carbonara and the other guests had the fish and chips. We were not disappointed and savoured every last bite. We finished off with dessert: I had the almond cake plus coffee. The pear tart and the chocolate dessert were chosen as well. It was a delightful evening all in all and we will definitely be back. (As we had arrived 20 or so minutes before our reservation, we took a short drive past Founders House to the Upper Clements Park Cottage rentals area where we observed several resident bunnies enjoying the November grass.)

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Barbara, Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful review! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and that the atmosphere, service, food, and drinks were able to go above and beyond to meet your expectations. It sounds like an absolutely lovely evening over all, I'm glad you were also able to enjoy the local area! We would love to have you back anytime. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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KristeneM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the ambience and renovations. Great place for lunch or dinner and several seating areas to choose from.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Kristene, Thanks for your review, it is very appreciated! We look forward to having you dine with us again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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RobertE
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My steak was done perfectly although it was quite tough. We did enjoy our evening together however it would have been nice to have some sound barriers in place. Our table was next to a very rambunctious table of 8 along with an irritable baby. Realizing that your location is really the only fine dining opportunity that we have in this area I would give it a 7 of 10 but realize that it would take very little to improve that number.

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NancyB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! In town for business for a few days and was not expecting this awesome foody experience.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Nancy, Fantastic! I'm so glad to you were pleasantly surprised. Please visit us again next time you find yourself in the area! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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karlz
Stuttgart Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Regional seasonal products - prepared with perfection - sauces extremely good - congrats to kitchen performance overall - recommendable to any food lover

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Karl, Thanks for your review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, I will pass on the wonderful compliment to our chef. We look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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StacyD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are top notch. Only thing is I didn't realize it was a special set menu that night so it all cost more than I had budgeted. But if money was no barrier, ohhhh boy I'd be there every week. Like wow, this place is a gem.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hello Stacy, Thank you so much for your review! We do occasionally offer set menus some evenings, and you can always consult our facebook page to see if anything special is planned for the evening. I'm glad you decided to stay and that you enjoyed the full experience! We look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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jewfro
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

7-course Thanksgiving Day tasting menu. Probably one of the tastiest meals of my life. The chef clearly had a field day with the ingredients and combination of classic favourites with innovative modern takes. Had a few minor miscommunications with the front of house staff, but otherwise was very well treated by the waitstaff.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hello, Wow, fantastic review! Thank you so much. I will pass on the compliment to our chef, Chris, My apologies for any miscommunication you experienced, but I am glad to hear that overall it was a memorable culinary experience. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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CMAH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends recommended Founders - so glad they did. We happened to choose an evening that was a 9 course tasting menu. Wow! What creative, delicious tastes were presented. The local red and white wine (I forgot the vineyard) was also delicious. This is a hidden gem outside of Annapolis Royal.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your fantastic review! I'm so glad that you came on a night that truly showcased the chef's talents. I will be sure to pass on the wonderful compliment to our chef, Chris. We look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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StephanieS
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a real gem. The location on a hill was great, the food outstanding and the service unmatched. Highly recommend.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Stephanie, Fantastic! Thank you for your review. I'm so glad to hear that we were able to meet your expectations. We would love to have you dine with us again next time you are in the area. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With superb and varied menu, creative use of local ingredients and excellent presentation, this young chef is one to watch. Chris Pyne will go far and you’d be well advised to experience his skills and that of his excellent team, while you can. Founders House is a local gem, not to be missed and enjoyed time and again

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hello, Thank you so much for your review! Our menu is always changing depending on what is in season so it really allows our chef to get creative! I will pass on the wonderful compliment to Chef Chris. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we had on Nova Scotia!

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you so much! Come visit us again next time you're in the area! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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Megal
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been in Canada for 4 weeks and dined in a wide variety of restaurants this was our most memorable meal. Excellent food with a creative twist and well presented. The service was excellent and the staff had very good knowledge of the food and wine they were serving. A wonderful experience.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Megal, Thank you for our great review! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Annapolis Royal and that you had a memorable dining experience with us! We would love to have you visit us again next time you are in the area! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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LauraK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious and well presented but I felt the front of house staff let down the kitchen staff by not being overly prepared for the coming courses with cutlery and other small issues that you’d expect at this price point.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Laura, Thank you for your review and valuable feedback. We pride ourselves on the small details and there is no excuse for those details being missed during your visit with us. I offer my sincerest apologies and I will certainly pass this information along to the team at Founders House so we can continue to strive to create a memorable dining experience for each guest.

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ShannonP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were delighted by our experience at The Founders House. Service was great and the food was out of this world!

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Shannon, Thank you for your outstanding review, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us! We look forward to having you visit us again! Cheers, Laura, Owner/Operator

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Pats
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delightful! A bit crowded but nice ambiance, great service and great food. The best squid dish ever!!! Very inventive, attractive and well prepared dishes on the menue. Waiter helped us choose a Nova Scotia wine to suit our palettes. Would like to have been able to select from a short list of mid-priced wines from other countries but, all in all, a lovely dining experience!!! Congratulations to the owner, chef and staff for providing visitors to Anappolis Royal with a world class dining experience.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Pat, Thank you for your thoughtful review! The squid was a favourite of mine as well! We do try and showcase the wines our province has to offer, and I'm happy to hear you were able to find one to suit your palette. Thank you again, and I will pass on the compliments to our chef and the rest of the team at Founders House. We look forward to having you dine with us again. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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vipSusanS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Founders House. Our salads and meals were delicious. The service was great and the ambiance was delightful. Would love to go back to this restaurant if we are ever in the area again.

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GlenD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent place to dine all year round in Annapolis Royal. They have a brilliant, creative, young chef - friendly and knowledgeable serving staff - plus a warm ambiance with wonderful views in all 4 seasons. Try it - you'll love it.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Glen, Thank you for the glowing review! I'm so happy to hear we were able to create a memorable evening for you, we look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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CharleneM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a celebratory meal with our visitors from Colombia Food was excellent and our server very knowledgeable and accommodating. The scallops were the best we have had

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Charlene, Thank you for your review! I'm glad we were able to be apart of your celebration with friends, and that you enjoyed the scallops! We look forward to having you dine with us again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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Steadward
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal in a quiet dining room next to a beautiful golf course. Scallops from down the road in Digby were the best I had on our Nova Scotia trip and my spouse loved the fettuccine. Our waitress was delightful and recommended a great winery we visited the next day in Wolfville. Two thumbs up!

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hello Steadward! Thank you for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to Nova Scotia and that we were able to provide a memorable experience for you. We would love to have you visit us again next time you're in the area! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent gem in the middle of the annapolis valley, amazing food, atmosphere and service. The seafood chowder is a new twist on an old fav, a must try. And the Pots de Creme dessert is to die for!!!!!

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hi Stephen, Amazing! Thank you so much for your glowing review. I'm so glad you got a chance to enjoy our "untraditional" seafood chowder! We look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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Gordont
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top drawer in all respects.
Top drawer in all respects .

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on January 17, 2020

Hello Gordon, Thanks for your review! It is truly appreciated. We look forward to have you dine with us again! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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vipdebo
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, expertly prepared, excellent service, reasonable prices.

Founders House Dining & Drinks
Responded on September 6, 2019

Hi Deb, Thank you so much for taking the time to offer us words on your experience here at Founders House. So happy to hear you enjoyed! Look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator

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