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The Red Shoe Pub

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Chowder, Seafood, Pub
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11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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11:30 am - 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Spot in Mabou with some History

Sat at the bar. Excellent seafood chowder. Wings were flavorful. Poutine was vary creative and tasty. Tap beer selection was not my favorite. Prepare to wait as there were lines to get a table.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
KatzMarc
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Tampa, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Sat at the bar. Excellent seafood chowder. Wings were flavorful. Poutine was vary creative and tasty. Tap beer selection was not my favorite. Prepare to wait as there were lines to get a table.

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Cape Breton Island, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The staff and management at the Red Shoe Pub are second to none! This is how a business should be run! The food and entertainment were also exceptional! We brought our wedding party here and folks who were visiting from all over the USA for the first time... it was a phenomenal afternoon! Thanks!

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We love the Red Shoe because of the music, but the food is usually very flavorful and well prepared as well. I had the fish and chips on a recent visit, and the sauce was interesting and spicy. The fried food was good, for fried food. Another night I had the special which was Halibut and mashed potatoes with asparagus,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We came at 4:30pm on a rainy summer day. Within 15 minutes the place was overflowing and tables were doubled up if any empty seats at a table. At 5pm the music began and a great atmosphere was felt over the whole restaurant. The food choices were good, serving sizes ample and tasty.

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New Brunswick, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our meal at the Red Shoe Pub and enjoyed the atmosphere too. It is not really geared toward families, although our children didn't seem to mind. It offers a nice excuse to drive down to the pretty little village of Mabou.

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Sackville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Lunch at the Red Shoe was a delightful relaxating experience in our Cabot Trail trip. The food was tasty and quickly served. To add to our experience two young cousins entertained on piano and violin with great expertise.

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Dobbs Ferry
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We really like the Red Shoe Pub. It was 3 minutes by car from the Mabou River Inn where we stayed. And free music with pub fare like yummy Fish and Chips, thick hamburgers, etc.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Based on others' reviews were looking forward to this place on our tour. In the event we found it, well, just forgettable. The service was a little on the slow side. Decor was nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Had an amazing lunch at The Red Shoe Pub. The food was beyond amazing and the service was fantastic. Highly recommended!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Get there early. We were lucky enough to get one of the last tables. Local musicians play each evening. It was a wonderful introduction to Cape Breton culture.

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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: Chowder, Seafood, Pub

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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: Chowder, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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