Founders House Dining & Drinks
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.
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.
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.
This restaurant was a real gem. The location on a hill was great, the food outstanding and the service unmatched. Highly recommend.
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
Best meal we had on Nova Scotia!
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.
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.
My husband and I were delighted by our experience at The Founders House. Service was great and the food was out of this world!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!!!!!
Top drawer in all respects.
Top drawer in all respects .
Delicious food, expertly prepared, excellent service, reasonable prices.
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
Very nice atmosphere. A great spot for casual drink and food. Nice formal dining area as well. Staff attentive and polite.
Food took longer than would have liked and not extremely busy. Did not deter or impact our experience as we were not in a hurry but would anticipate no longer than 15-20 minutes for food. Overall great experience and will return
A lovely location, great brunch menu and very pleasant and efficient staff. Would definitely go again
This restaurant is an absolute gem from start to finish. Aside from sitting on the side of a beautifully manicured and tree lined golf course, which overlooks Fort Anne, it boasts fresh and locally sourced food pairings with tremendous yet simple flavours and techniques, beautifully refined presentation and a mixture of textures that make your palate dance. The finished plates will command you to savour every morsel until there are no courses left to order. The service was impeccable and the staff were extremely competent, knowledgeable and friendly and displayed a perfect amount of professionalism. It would be hard to find this level of dining elegance anywhere else. A must try for anyone, when it's this perfect.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful review, Terri! I admire your appreciation for great food, and we hope to have you dine with us again so we can continue to impress you! I will pass on the wonderful compliments to our Chef, Chris as well as the rest of the Founder's House team! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator
This is by far the best restaurant in the Annapolis Valley! The chef brings a whole new meaning to creative. The food is out of this world, and the ambiance is so great! Try it, for locally sourced Nova Scotia cuisine.
Floor service seemed us very strange.
Thank you for reaching out to us with your comments. I would very much like to chat with you in person to discuss what was unacceptable about your time with us. As we are a new restaurant feedback is so critical to improvement. Please feel free to call me directly at the restaurant to chat. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator
Best food of our trip, and worst service. I would eat here again in a heartbeat because of how incredible the food is. Worth a trip!
Hi Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some comments about your experience with us. I would very much like to opportunity to chat with you about how we can improve upon the service you received. As a new restaurant constructive feedback is imperative to improvement, instances such as these are a great teaching tool for our staff. Please feel free to call me directly at the restaurant. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator
One of the best dining experiences I have had in 9 years in Nova Scotia.
Young chef with great vision and skill. It is located at a golf course and has a few peaks at the ocean.. so a pretty spot. Definitely worth the stop.
Very impressed with everything. Service was excellent meal was delicious. Great to have this in Annapolis.
Superb. World class dining in the small town of Annapolis Royal. Every effort made to please. Food outstanding equaled by the service.
Lovely surroundings. Great service. Really enjoyed our meal.
Great place. We arrived as a group of 6 with kids. We were a challenging table especially because my mom eats only gluten free products. They accommodated our nutrition needs and her food was immaculate.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner especially since we were able to dine al fresco in the beautiful summer evening. The restaurant is beautifully appointed and the food was excellent.
Beautiful setting, well made, fresh and tasty dishes, lovely presentation. Sadly, only local wines by the glass. (Hence the 4 not 5 stars) I will wait for international wines to join the lineup, then go back for sure!
The food is always outstanding. There is no other dining within the Annapolis Valley which even comes close to the style and execution this restaurant offers. The only downside to eating here this night were the two very large groups in the main dining room. The noise level was deafening & off the charts. Also when the larger of the 2 groups were getting their dinners, service came to a crawl for everyone else. Cant fault the wait staff for that as they did impeccable work juggling it all. It was just too much all at once.
What a lovely spot! Absolutely gorgeous restaurant and setting. The food was fantastic and the folks working there were very nice. Will definitely be back and would highly recommend.
Enjoyed their special tasting menu in celebration of their first anniversary - it was incredible! We chose the 9-course tasting menu and were glad we hadn't eaten all day prior - the fish and meat courses were very generous for a tasting menu. Everything was wonderfully flavourful and perfectly seasoned - each course complemented the next. For the first time in my life, I enjoyed blue cheese - the Dragon Breath blue cheese they serve is exquisite! If you get a chance to participate in one of their tasting menu special events do it - you won't regret it and they usually have a 5-course or 9-course option.
Genuine 5* food and great service. Will be back soon....
Founders House is in a class by itself, or perhaps I should say in a class with Michelin starred restaurants. The chef is unbelievably talented, uses the best quality ingredients, and combines them in a way that each item enhances the others. Eat here NOW - in the near future you will not be able to get a reservation!
We're thrilled that you enjoyed yourself - we love local and that means Chef Chris Pyne has some of the best quality ingredients to work with!
Excellent quality and selection of food and drinks. The oysters were amazing!
Fresh is the secret ingredient! We're glad you enjoyed yourself and hope you visit again soon!
We ate out on the deck, our preference, but it seemed that our service suffered a bit because of that. On the other hand, the place was hopping, even on a Monday night! The food and mixed drinks were exceptional.
The food, drinks and service were superb. Their use of local seasonal ingredients made for excellent dishes. The setting was lovely.
We would heartily recommend this to anyone.
Thank you so much for your review! We do always try to use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and our menu is always changing with the seasons. So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience! Looking forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Laura Owner/Operator
We were there for brunch and it was delightful.