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The Red Shoe Pub

11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Mabou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: We stumbled accross this place this past Saturday, which was the day after it had opened for the season. They are only open from June until October. It is very quaint, and it has the very best seafood chowder of anyplace we found in Nova Scotia or PEI. The waiter was super nice to our group, and honest in admitting he had only started the day before, and hadn't tried all the items on the menu yet. He went back to the chef on a couple of occasions to ask if he could change a menu item for us (which they did), and was very attentive to our lunchtime needs. This is a really good restaurant and should be added to Trip Advisor. Thanks, John Ward Smith
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English first
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Visited several times on our last trip....Music is always excellent (Cape Breton is probably ble ssed with more world class musicians per capita then anywhere in the world)....... We were pleasantly greeted by Angie who makes you feel at home with hospitality that is genuine...The food is always well prepared and served in generous portions. There is the special atmosphere... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The food was good, very friendly staff and lots of locals who were very friendly to us as well, Celtic music was very lively, fun night out

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Hartford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We were there 3 nights in a row and loved the music. The food was excellent also(esp. the meatloaf!!!)

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St Albert AB Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We visited her on a Tuesday evening. Possibly being a weekday there was a lack of enthusiasm from both staff and musicians. Although there was a fiddler and accomplist both seemed to lack the enthusiasm we have been used to from Celtic music. Seafood chowder was watered down and was expensive.

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Arlington, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We went on a Friday night for the cover charge performance -- it was really incredible. The space is small and the music fills the room. Make sure you arrive at least a half hour early to ensure that you get a good spot.

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118 reviews 118 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Having enjoyed lunch at Rita's Tea House a couple of days ago, we thought we would try the Rankin Family's establishment, after driving the Cabot Trail. Basically we drove about an extra 50 miles, so we were looking forward to a meal, couple of drinks and live music. Wow, what a disappointment. The pub is a dull, drab and noisy... More

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Fairport, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We just stopped in to listen to the Celtic music and sat at the bar for a drink. The tables filled up quick and the music lasted from 5-7 PM. Bartender was very friendly and willing to chat.

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Selma, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had lunch at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, Nova Soctia. It is a nice place. Since we were there for lunch there was no live music so if you want to experience a Ceilidh you need to go after 5:00 pm. It sounds like they have some of the best Ceilidhs around. Service was a little slower than... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

On our recent trip around Cape Breton, my husband and I stayed in Mabou so we could take in some of the great Celtic music. The Red Shoe Pub was the perfect place to experience it! The food was fantastic - the scallops were especially tasty. The staff was very welcoming and the atmosphere is just perfect. The musicians that... More

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Cape Breton Island, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Had dinner with friends at The Red Shoe Pub and it was delicious. I had the wings and they were the best I have had. Our server was very friendly along with the other staff. It has an outside patio but we sat inside only because the patio tables were occupied. This pub is small but a great little place... More

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