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The Rusty Anchor

23197 Cabot Trail Road, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
902 224 1313
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Meath
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171 reviews 171 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I was so looking forward to my first seafood chowder.What a disappointment. It was so watery. I then decided to have some cheesecake. It was room temperature and the raspberry was some kind of a syrup. The wine was OK.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This place is located right on the cliff side of the trail. Beautiful spot to sit outside and have lunch. The lunch on the other hand had good things and not so good things. I ordered the lobster roll and they had huge pieces of lobster, which was delicious. We started with the seafood platter and was a little disappointing... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

There is nothing particularly bad about The Rusty Anchor, it was just not as good as I expected from having read previous reviews. The food was ok and the service pretty good. We visited around six o'clock and there were only 3 other people in the restaurant (and some sat outside) which didn't help the atmosphere much. I must admit... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

One of my missions during my roadtrip to Atlantic Canada is to find the best lobster roll, and I found it at The Rusty Anchor in Pleasant Bay, NS. It had chunks of lobster meat (which in other places are just shredded to pieces) and the bun were perfectly toasted with a hint of butter. Everything just melts when one... More

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Richmond, VA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This restaurant is strategically located on the Cabot Trail just outside the national park. If you enter the park by mid-morning, lunch hunger will hit about the time you enter Pleasant Bay. My wife enjoyed a lobster roll that was nothing but lobster meat. I tried the "Cape Breton-style" fish and chips which was a delicious pan sauteed haddock. The... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The seafood wrap was soggy and watery. Obviously made in advance. Lots of seafood in it though. The service was friendly.

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Coimbra, Portugal
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The food wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. The entrée lobster dip was pretty good, but the fish cakes I had next weren't amazing. It wasn't expensive but I've had much better for the same amount of money, for instance at Le Gabriel at Cheticamp.

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Irvine, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Great food at fair and competitive pricing. If you’re looking for a creative flair to seafood fare, then you’ve found the right place. Additionally, the staff are especially nice and the cleanliness of this establishment will set your mind at ease.

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Saint John, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Reasonably priced, okay portion sizes (towards the small side). Nothing spectacular, generally unremarkable food. The captain's crab dip was quite disappointing.

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Basel, Switzerland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Very nice waitress. Food comes in a basket. Good french fries. You can sit in or outside. If you have done a whale watching tour you get a 10% coupon. Free WIFI.

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