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The Red Shoe Pub

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Chowder, Seafood, Pub, Soups
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, 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 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Loved the Red Shoe

Excellent food and great Cape-Breton music - if you can get in on a night when they have live music. Hamburgers are fine, but for $1 more you can get a steak sandwich which is superb! The steak was better and more tender than meals we've had at twice the price elsewhere. The vegetable pasta is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
XavierNovaScotia
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Nova Scotia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Nova Scotia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and great Cape-Breton music - if you can get in on a night when they have live music. Hamburgers are fine, but for $1 more you can get a steak sandwich which is superb! The steak was better and more tender than meals we've had at twice the price elsewhere. The vegetable pasta is great and our grandson... More 

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Shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and atmosphere. Recommended. Had the catch of the day that was brilliantly cooked and well balanced. My wife had Vegie Lasagne which she said was good. Good music on while we ate. Friendly and enjoyable place with good food

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Hammonds Plains,NS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

They have live diddle diddle music with each night meal 5-7. We sat on the patio as the restaurant area was full of appreciative peeps. We had the pulled pork sandwich and the club sandwich...both of which were quite good. The sides included fries which were the right crispness and the soup of the day which was a treat to... More 

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Nova Scotia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Red Shoe Pub is a fun and lively place to have lunch and a refreshing beverage. The is live music most days. I had the daily special - a lobster sandwich. Quite good.

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Riverview, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

....avoid this "restaurant" at all costs! Overpriced swordfish, overcooked, minimalist food and the receding sound of the waiter as he disappeared into the distance while asking how the food was! As we were halfway through our drinks he even had the nerve to bring over the portable cash machine for us to pay our bill. OK music, shame about the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The catch of the day was swordfish served with creamy mashed potatoes and broccoli. What a treat! Friendly, quick service and a beautiful evening, great for sitting outside. A nice variety of local beer.

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pembroke
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had a great dinner and were entertained by Milo McCann and the Fine Line! Our group of 6 enjoyed a variety of menu items and some Jost Pinot Grigio. we'll go back

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Enderby, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had the crab dip.. amazing... haddock and chips.. best ever in my life... and the scallops in a cream sauce . WOW!!! My Atlantic canada seafood dreams finally came true. Great atmosphere. Live music 9 to 12 on weekends. We didn't stay but it was getting packed. Must visit.

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Evergreen Colorado
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

On a Sunday night in August we were happy to find the Red Shoe still open and not crowded. Nonetheless, service by the wait staff was a problem with only four tables occupied. You have to choose your own table as none of the (less than busy) four wait staff seemed to notice that we came in. A sign stating... More 

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Port Hawkesbury, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My husband and I went in to eat and sat for 15 minutes without even being acknowledged beyond the initial greeting, and there were only a few tables there. Having seen the prices on the special board, we were almost glad to have finally decided to get up and leave....the prices were astronomical. Understandable that tourists appreciate the novelty of... More 

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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, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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