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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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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Local cuisine

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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
Most recent review
Great local food and music

Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening at The Red Shoe, food and service were very good, local couple on fiddle and guitar were about as genuine as it gets, very enjoyable, and great musicians. Walking distance to Duncreigan Country Inn, come early, it fills up fast, really worth it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
KmacKamloopsBC
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Kamloops BC
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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302 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kamloops BC
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening at The Red Shoe, food and service were very good, local couple on fiddle and guitar were about as genuine as it gets, very enjoyable, and great musicians. Walking distance to Duncreigan Country Inn, come early, it fills up fast, really worth it!

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Madison, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We ate chowder all over Nova Scotia and Cape Breton and we think the very best was at the Red Shoe. Add fabulous music and it was the high spot of our hiking, eating music vacation!

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Aspen, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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PA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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8 helpful votes 8 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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

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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