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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
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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Aspen, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

the center of cape breton music each night! dancing, piano, and fiddle players, plus excellent food, drinks, and service.

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Gillis Point, Nova Scotia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Very nice quaint location in one of the Celtic centers of Cape Breton. Food is very good especially the fish and chips and if you have lots of time you should engage in conversation with a local patron or maybe a local cape bretoner from another part of Cape Breton. I enjoy the jam sessions on a Sunday but I... More 

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We stopped by for a fast beer on the way around the Cabot Trail. Unfortunately we had other plans for lunch, and wished we could have stayed at the Red Shoe instead! The bartender and waitresses were all very friendly and we got a lot of interesting local information from the Manager. The Red Shoe has music in the evening... More 

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San Antonio TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Red Shoe is a Cape Breton institution. Rescued from insolvency a few years ago by members of the legendary Rankin family, it features Celtic music almost every nite of its season {from sometime in June until the weekend after Thanksgiving}. The food is Maritime seafood and reasonably priced, with a selection of Nova Scotia beers and wines {along with... More 

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Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, NS is probably one of the best kept secrets on the East Coast! Between the comfortable atmosphere, the nightly fiddling and step-dancing, and the awesome food, this was one of our best stops during our Atlantic Canada trip. Truly the best meal we had throughout our 3 weeks out east that summer.

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Kejimkujik National Park, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Alright folks, if you aren't into good ol' kitchin party music, you hate big plates of delicious food and laughing makes you sick...then don't go here. haha! This pub is a ridiculous good time! I had their version of a poutine...wow! Music was incredible the night I was there and definitely try the big spruce locally brewed beer! I had... More 

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Mattituck, New York
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84 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Ceilidh Trail is a taste of Gaelic culture that goes thru Mabou. The Red Shoes Pub is the center of Gaelic life in that city. The food, music and atmosphere live the Gaelic life. It is a great place to visit. Everything about the experience is wonderful, especially the food. The seafood chowder is creamy and delicious. The fish... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Hard to top the Red Shoe for a great dinner and terrific music and dance. We stopped here both nights of our stay in Mabou and weren't disappointed. The company is excellent as well. People joined our table, as the place was packed, and we were happy to meet others.

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15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Go early on Sunday afternoon, secure a table, order lunch and a brew, and stay for dessert and a Celtic concert. This pub is easy to spot on Rt. 19 in Mabou, Cape Breton Island, NS. Come to "The Red Shoe Pub" and have a great time!

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Campbell River, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This pub is owned by the Rankin's a very well known Canadian musical family. Its located in the tiny out of the way village of Mabou Nova Scotia. We were expecting something great and we were not disappointed. The staff were very welcoming. We had the dinner special grilled salmon and it was done to perfection. The entertainment was more... More 

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Additional Information about The Red Shoe Pub

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

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