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The Rusty Anchor

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23197 Cabot Trail Road, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
902 224 1313
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 143
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  • 136
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 10
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
View was nice as all of Cape Breton is, but the food was O.K.

The Rusty Anchor was recommended, but I can't see why, other than the scenic view that all of Cape Breton is known for. In my opinion, the food was average, but the view gives it four staes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Lance J
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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329 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The Rusty Anchor was recommended, but I can't see why, other than the scenic view that all of Cape Breton is known for. In my opinion, the food was average, but the view gives it four staes.

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New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Quite frankly, one of the best lunch experiences ever. Some people in our party were vegetarian but we still didn't have any issues getting awesome food. Service and ambience was great. The latte was delicious. Lovely place to stop at in the midst of spectacular mountains and ocean.

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Baddeck, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

It's as local and fresh as you will find! Delicious! Also the pan fried oysters were great. Don't save room for dessert, the seafood is the highlight!

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Fort Erie, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We got the lobster poutine and lobster dip. The poutine was a better choice. Too bad the lobster all tasted frozen. Great view.

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PA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We stayed in the Pleasant Bay area for 3 days and ate at this restaurant every night. They have a great selection of fresh, local seafood and the best mussels I've ever eaten. The pan fried haddock and lobster mac & cheese are also very delicious. The service is friendly and efficient, but you don't feel rushed. There's a deck... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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132 reviews 132 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Nice but casual restaurant - easy access - plenty of parking and great views of the Cape Breton Highlands.

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Niwot, Colorado, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

the food was OK and the service was OK but didn't meet the expectations I had after reading Tripadvisor reviews. Had the lobster roll and it was good but not the best I had on our trip.

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London, Canada
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Had lunch here while visiting Cape Breton National Park. Great chowder and the pail of mussels seemed bottomless. Great price and friendly staff, cannot wait to go back!

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Petawawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Rusty anchor was one of those restaurants that has a weird name and you don't want to go to it at first because you think it's weird, but when you go you realize that names don't matter it's the taste of food that you go to restaurants for and when you go you see that they have Lobster Dip you... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Enjoyed a delicious, home cooked meal. The restaurant was very clean and the portions were ample. Our waitress was so accommodating and very friendly. Super place to stop. Lovely view of the ocean-could sit outside when the weather was suitable and eat on the patio. Would definitely stop again if ever in that area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 23197 Cabot Trail Road, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Pleasant Bay
  • Phone Number: 902 224 1313

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?