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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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87% Recommend
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English first
Lancaster, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is the place to go for good food and music. I had there special of the day Pan seared Cod, and ginger bread dessert it was very good. The music throughout the dinner was so nice. We sat outside and enjoyed the evening very much.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The Kiwi in our contingent had waited for over 20 years to see where the Rankin family originated from and to eventually get to spend over five hours at the Red Shoe Pub was a dream come true. In fact, she was probably the only Kiwi 20 years ago to know who the Rankin family was. We arrived at 1.30pm... More

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Titusville, Florida
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

BBQ Pork Fries and Warm Cheesy Crab Dip to die for. Stopped in for a coffee and decided to split two appetizers. Wow! Great service, great food, great place.

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New York City
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

First time we went it was crowded, and we had to wait to get in, but it was worth it for the music...and then the food turned out to be great as well. Fresh salad, fabulous chowder, excellent pulled pork sandwich and fabulous, highly recommended home made desserts. We went back a second time just for the food.

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Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great food, great beer, live music all summer in a fun little joint that mixes locals and tourists with great success. It's a must.

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Hawkesbury, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Stopped for a quick lunch at the Red Show while touring Cape Breton. I had the lobster roll daily special which was great and my wife had the warm cheesy crab dip. Both were excellent. The Red Shoe Ale is worth a taste as well. The service was prompt and friendly.

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Edwardsville, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Was so happy to finally be having a beer at the Rankin Bar. I took pics of some of the pictures of Red Shoes. I looked at the menu and decided that $14 for a burger with fries ( $4.00 extra for cheese and bacon) was aweful and I decided to settle for just a beer. The menu was very... More

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We went twice! For dinner the day we arrived and for lunch the next day. The best meals we had in Cape Breton yet! It is a known fact: if you want to rate a restaurant, order their soup and their salad. Here true devotion to food shows. I haven't had the soup here but the salad! Their signature tossed... More

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Halifax, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Food was okay but not great. Really all about the music.It's a landmark location that everyone traveling on the Ceilidh Trail should stop for a pint and some fiddle music.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Loved the food - warm cheesey dip for the appie and seared scallops and bacon for the entree. Great local beer as well. We had timely and good service even when the restaurant was packed. The music - fiddle and piano - was excellent.

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