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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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12:00 pm - 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: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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  • 86
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 10
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  • 3
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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
Fun time!

Yummy food, fun atmosphere. Enjoyed stopping in on our journey through Cape Breton. Loads of interesting history and musical talent in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
nicolebc
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Antigonish, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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306 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Antigonish, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Yummy food, fun atmosphere. Enjoyed stopping in on our journey through Cape Breton. Loads of interesting history and musical talent in the area.

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Port Hawkesbury, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Had some really good pub food good pita and dip. They have a very nice deck for the nice weather days!

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midlands
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Food was very good and the place is worth stopping if you have heard the Rankins. We stopped for lunch. we had a look around the town and looked in a few shops. The Red shoe was well worth stopping at.

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Cape Breton Island, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We are locals, and we looks or wards on this place opening every Spring Once we were here for lunch and, and the guys at the next table finished their meal then broke out their fiddles and played a tune. This is a destination for sure!

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Kamloops BC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene

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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