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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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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
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  • Italian first
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English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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Nova Scotia, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

High end cuisine prices for pub food.......obviously paying for the privilege of being in a restaurant owned by entertainers. The place was packed & noisy but sadly, not due to musical entertainment.

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Clarkston, Michigan
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We arrived shortly after the fiddlers began playing and the pub was packed. A lone gentleman at a table for four invited us to join him. The music was entertaining and engaged the crowd – round robin introductions revealed the place was filled with tourists. The food was pub fare, the fish and chips good with a heavier batter than... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

All the tourist information offices told us this was a must see. Why I've no idea. Run down pub, with very limited menu!

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Halifax, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

There aren't many places to eat along the west side of Cape Breton, but this is one of the good ones. Recently, we stopped here for lunch during a tour of the Cabot Trail. The fish & chips and pulled pork sandwich were very good, and the service was great.

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Ontario, Canada
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169 reviews 169 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

On our way to Port Hood, we stopped briefly at the Red Shoe, in Mabou, to have a quick pint and check out this pub owned by the Rankin Sisters. Wish we'd had more time to try some of the menu items but we did enjoy their house beer. The waitress was very friendly. There was no music at the... More

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Montreal, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We were traveling with a camper through Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island. By the time we arrived and had parked our camper, we unfortunately arrived at the pub too late for the entertainment, but we had excellent service and the food was delicious. I had the cup of seafood chowder with the grilled veggies and goat cheese pizza. Both... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

The impromptu fiddle session was really cool, then The Man stepped up with his spoons.. Full on culture shock for us.. Loved it. Food was great too

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

For pub food, this was outstanding. My local scallops were lightly browned and the warm gingerbread cake with butter rum sauce and fruit compote, topped off with both ice cream and whipped cream was scrumptious. Very friendly service, local people delightful and Celtic music or local talent highlighted. Lively and welcoming.

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

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