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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 102
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
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
Enjoyed this pub

We were on a cruise that stopped in Sydney and learning about its Celtic heritage we wanted to take a break with a pint and some live music. We stopped by the restaurant around 1:30 p.m. and upon entering heard music coming from the upstairs. We were told to go on up, it was open seating with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
tlynn63
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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285 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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242 reviews 242 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We were on a cruise that stopped in Sydney and learning about its Celtic heritage we wanted to take a break with a pint and some live music. We stopped by the restaurant around 1:30 p.m. and upon entering heard music coming from the upstairs. We were told to go on up, it was open seating with live music. We... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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351 reviews 351 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The food was homemade, fresh, delicious and creative. Try the Pizza Soup. Service was attentive and friendly. This is in an old house and has all kinds of charms. The restaurant is on the main level and a pub upstairs. Location is right downtown on Esplanade Street with great views of Sydney Harbour. Try the patio upstairs in the summer.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The maple salad is worth every bite... Delicious. Always really friendly services. Have made several reservations and great for business meetings. Every time i am in town i make sure I eat here at least once.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I went to this restaurant for the purpose of trying a big spruce beer (a new waterfod brewery not to far!) and I am so glad I did! The atmosphere was very cozy and new. (Looked like some recent renos were done) It wasn't busy when I went, which was about 2pm, plus its march but even so, my server... More 

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Sydney, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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4 reviews 4 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
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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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14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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

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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?