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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 145
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  • 136
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  • 38
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  • 10
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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331 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sydney, Nova Scotia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed this restaurant, great view of the ocean on patio and great food! Had the fish and chips,and pulled pork sandwich, yummy!

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Winnipeg, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

One of the top 2 places where we enjoyed the lobster while on our East Coast trip! The service was excellent, food yummy and other patrons very friendly. We had supper here a couple times as we hiked the various trails in the area and went whale watching. You have a choice of sitting indoors with a beautiful view or... More 

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Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?