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Governors Pub & Eatery

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Seafood, Gastropub
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233 Esplanade Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A6, Canada
902-562-7646
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Today
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 37
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  • 26
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great spot

I love Governors. The service is hit or miss and when I talk to people they either hate it or love it. I've had a few experiences where we did wait exceptionally long, but that sort of stuff doesn't really change my overall view of a restaurant. The outdoor patios - both up and down - are amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Elizabeth A
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Sydney, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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281 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sydney, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I love Governors. The service is hit or miss and when I talk to people they either hate it or love it. I've had a few experiences where we did wait exceptionally long, but that sort of stuff doesn't really change my overall view of a restaurant. The outdoor patios - both up and down - are amazing. We spent... More 

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Georges River
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A cold day a bowl of hot pepper soup and that's all you need. Served hot and steaming, all that was required was taste buds, appetite and a spoon. This soup was so good that for the life of me, I have no idea what I might have eaten with it. Pepper Pot = Pretty Potent!

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Sydney, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I thought the atmosphere, food and service were excellent. The stile and location are great and there is parking.

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Sydney, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

For years my family has gone to Governors and Bunkers to satisfy the vegan members of our fam. We like it and the updates are appreciated. It used to feel more like a B&B inside but now is more contemporary on the outside. Be careful; while the food served may be vegan it is still cooked on the same grill/in... More 

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Nova Sotia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had great pubgrub. Waitress was helpful and muscular as they have to carry the huge trays upstairs. Music was fun but shame its not bigger (too cold for the patio).

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Sydney, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Had the spinach maple salad with scallops - very very good!! Little pricey to add the scallops to it but well worh it.

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Bangor, Maine
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259 reviews 259 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The place looked like a great spot to eat from the outside and very charming. Great atmosphere inside. I ordered dinner and must have waited 45 minutes for it to come. The waiter, who treated very kindly told me the fish dinner that I had ordered was taking longer to cook. OK, I could live with that. When the food... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Had a dinner here and tried the chef's special haddock. It had haddock of course with a mild tomato sauce and cheese and was baked in the oven. Very nice dish for a winter night.

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North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

With a very courteous, friendly and efficient host, I really enjoyed the chicken and bacon Alfredo in a beautifully seasoned sauce, had extra fresh pepper and enough to take home for another great meal, that is something I do because I do fill up very quickly. Did have room for a Rum Lava Cake with whipped cream which I split... More 

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Danbury, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The building is beautiful, the wait staff was so pleasant and helpful, and the food was great. it was a nice pick-me-up before heading over to the fortress.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 233 Esplanade Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: 902-562-7646

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

Questions & Answers

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