I was on PEI two weeks ago...
In Charlottetown -
Try Fisbones on Victoria Row. Great seafood chowder. Fun drinks (served in fish bowls). Sit outside - good people watching.
We went to the Culinary Institute. Good food. Fairly pricing. Service was not steller. Even though the servers are in training, I thought they should have been more professional and knowledgeable about the food.
Gahan's food for thier Brown Bag fish & chips and handcrafted ale.
The Farmer's Market (Wednesday & Saturday) just outside Charlottetown - had some great food as well. Inexpensive and some good ethnic fare.
If you are in Darley - try Hurricanez By the Bay. Very good food - great value and the staff are excellent. Seafood chowder is a must!!
HoPe you enjoy our trip!
Dayboat is amazing. It's well worth the short drive from Charlottetown. I would definitely make reservations. It's a more relaxed setting than Dalvay which is nice as well but feels a bit more stuffy.
New Glasgow does not take reservations, but as others have said the line does move quickly.
I had lunch at Dayboat on Saturday. It was quite good, but not great. The dinner menu looks terrific, but the Lobster roll and Lobster salad were merely better than average.
This will sound preposterous, but I actually had a better lobster roll (for less) on Sunday at the Sheltered Harbour Cafe. It's at the Ultramar Station on Hwy 2 at Hwy 340, near Bay Fortune (902-687-1997). It's a cafe in a gas station, of all things. Probably not worth a trip from Ch'town as a destination, but certainly for a meal if you're in the area. It's a nifty kitchen. Chef Michael Smith (of the Inn Chef and formerly of the Inn at Bay Fortune) featured it in one of his shows, when the Cafe kitchen stood in and helped out for a charity meal at a nearby community centre. Don't go after church on Sundays - the line is out the door.
Can be hard off season to find great food but there are places-
In town- Mavor's in the Confederation Centre for the Arts
-Piece of Cake on Grafton
-Off Broadway is nice- and the 42nd street lounge above it makes fab martinis
-Rum Runner on Water St
-Formosa House- Taiwanese- very good and very cheap!!!
-Cedars on University- lebanese
-Gahan Houe on Sydney for the beer
Out of town
-New Glasgow Lobster Supper- is a MUST....but pace yourself- all the chowder, mussels and rolls you can eat, your lobster, plate of salads and dessert
-Old Mill- also in New Glasgow (15 mins from Charlottetown)
-Blue Winds Tea House for lunch- in New London- on north shore about 30 mins from town
-Dalvay but the Sea
-Window on the Water in Montague
-Flex Mussels- Summerside
I hope you have better luck than we did. It was pretty "grim" during our last visit. An awfull lot of deep fried this and that.
We did have a good meal and a nice chat with the owner of, it was either Off Broadway or On Broadway...something with that type of theme.
The Gahan House was good for on site brewed ales and pub fare.
The Merchantman Pub down toward the river and near the Prince of Wales Hotel was perhaps surprisingly good. Much more extensive menu that I had expected at the pub.
Sirenella offered decent Mediteranean fare. Does not look like much from the outside but was decent.
It was not there during our visit but I have heard good things about the Pilot House.
The Water Prince Corner Store has been around for years if you have a hankering for basic, fresh seafood.
There is a culinary institute in Charlottetown which ends up staffing a lot of the region's restaurants but we were unable to make a reservation.
If you have access to a car and do not mind a relatively short drive. Head up to the National Park and try Dalvray [sp?] by the Sea. Run on a licence in a restored Parks building. Was quite good.
I have heard good things about the Day Boat which is another drive away from Charlottetown.