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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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11:00 am - 12:00 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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  • 103
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 39
    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
Great mussels!

Good meal here. Nice atmosphere on the rooftop deck at night. Had lunch here one day as well and that was very good as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
HiltonCamper
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Rockwood, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Had an off-season dinner. We both had their steamed mussels- they were large, plump, cooked to perfection. The best we've had to date, and a large serving, not the niggardly portion you get in Halifax. The blackened salmon and chicken salad was crispy and tasty. The fish and chips were made from real cod and fresh potatoes, not the trash... More 

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Cape Breton Island, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Best veggie burger in Sydney! Great atmosphere in a historic building. Awesome food all around. Great deck with a great view of the Sydney Harbour. Beautiful view of sunsets.

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Baddeck
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The good: Nice setting in a comfortable, room with fire place, very nice on the cold day we were having lunch. Very friendly service, ( I had to wait for my wife, and the server was quick to offer me a drink and snack if I liked ). The Olands draught I had was lovely and cold. The not so... More 

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Rockwood, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Good meal here. Nice atmosphere on the rooftop deck at night. Had lunch here one day as well and that was very good as well.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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131 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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142 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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2 reviews
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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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6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?