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The Red Shoe Pub

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11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Description: We stumbled accross this place this past Saturday, which was the day after...
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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    Very good
  • 39
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  • 13
    Poor
  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Celtic Flaire

Stopped in for chowder on their last day of the 2015 season.Delicious! Ambiance was great, the leaves and rich colours of the fall at their peak and the music celebration provided that evening was spectacular! Great spot on your journey around the Cabot Trail!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
heatherb953
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Merigomish
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Merigomish
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Stopped in for chowder on their last day of the 2015 season.Delicious! Ambiance was great, the leaves and rich colours of the fall at their peak and the music celebration provided that evening was spectacular! Great spot on your journey around the Cabot Trail!

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1 Thank heatherb953
Saint Thomas, Canada
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We were on vacation at the Cabot Links Resort and heard about The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, owned by the Rankin family sisters. Mabou is about 15 minutes south of Cabot Links in Inverness. The food was excellent and the local entertainment was fantastic. I think they were the husband/wife duo of Melody and Derrick Cameron. A very nice... More 

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1 Thank crunch27
Halifax, Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

It was very busy when we went in however the service, food and atmosphere was all very good and reasonable prices.

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1 Thank Briansbass
Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

During a tour of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Nova Scotia, we stayed in Mabou for the scenery and the Rankin Family heritage. Many of the Rankin musical hits and the funky little building on main street, prompted us to drop in for a drink and some 'live' music. After paying the $8 per head charge for the music,... More 

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2 Thank magichappens2015
Calgary, Canada
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Another late review from September travel. Dining here was at the behest of the owners at the Inn at Glendyer (another review and accommodation you should check out), and they were right. We managed to fit in both the Red Shoe (first) and then the Glenora Distillery for a tasting/nightcap, but my girlfriend and I definitely agreed that the 'Shoe... More 

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2 Thank Mark S
Toronto, Canada
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99 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

It was a Saturday night when we went to the pub and it was very busy. We managed to get a great table close to where the entertainment has happening. this pub is owned by 2 of the Rankin sisters, so the musicians were excellent. The table service was friendly and efficient, and the food delicious. They also had good... More 

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1 Thank John B
Miami, Florida
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94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

All the elements of a great gastorpub. Phenomenal gourmet food, warm service, great drinks and beer, and wonderful live music. One of the best meals we enjoyed during our vacation through the Maritimes. The place is lively, packed with locals and tourists alike. We traveled an hour from Cheticamp just to dine here and were not disappointed.

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2 Thank GGMiami
Glace Bay
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Located in the center of the small rural village of Mabou in a century old building,,walls decorated with community artifacts refecting the villages history. Staff was friendly and informative, food was tasty and the beer was cold.

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1 Thank Ray M
Atlanta, GA
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

My husband and I visited Red Shoe Pub while on vacation on Cape Breton Island this summer. We were staying in Inverness and drove to Mabou on a rainy Wednesday afternoon for an early dinner. We arrived quite early, as there are no reservations and were able to get a table. By the time the music began at 5:00 p.m.,... More 

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2 Thank GAbdan
Arlington, Virginia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

You don't want to miss The Red Shoe. Rearrange all your plans to go here. The food is wonderful, but that's not even the best reason to go there. The best reason is the music. We got there on a Sunday afternoon and were lucky enough to sit next to the piano. There is an $8 cover for the music,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Mabou

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pub, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene

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
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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