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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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87% Recommend
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English first
Dartmouth, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

After eating there our first night, there was no question that we would return for our second. The Camerons are great musicians. The staff is very welcoming and if you are an X grad, you will feel very much at home!!

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Richland, Missouri
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Turned out to be a reunion of sorts. Met up with 10 other people who we had taken the sunset hike on Skyline Trail. Decent food, great music and good times.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The food is quite good, the bar excellent, and the atmosphere unparalleled -- it has the vibe people come to Cape Breton to experience: a restored mercantile with fantastic music every day of the week.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Good food. Pub was full early on a Sunday evening. Musicians were arriving to perform in Kitchenfest at 9 PM. There is often live, local music here.

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175 reviews 175 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

When here at 5 because the music was 5-7 and it was packed. So, go early or after 6. I had salmon and chowder and both were super. My wife liked her food too although I've forgotten what it was. I passed on dessert which seemed overpriced for what was coming out of the kitchen. Service was OK but they... More

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Honomu, Hawaii
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a cozy place to hear local music. If you stay at The Inn at Glendyer, Jill will tell you which performers to see based on your music tastes. We saw a fantastic fiddler. Didn't have any food, but the beer was good! We would definitely come back here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal and the evening performance which consisted of a young fiddler, accompanied by a guitarist and piano player. The performance was very casual, more like being at a friends' jam session than a concert. The fish and chips and house beer were very good, and we had some of the best hummus I have ever tasted.

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Tillsonburg, Canada
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Went for dinner and arrived just as they started playing local music. Excellent music along with an excellent meal. The vegetables were so delicious. We had the rainbow trout special. A great time for us.

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London, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great music and atmosphere. Seafood chowder and steak were fantastic. Highly recommend if you are staying in Mabou

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Top Contributor
244 reviews 244 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I think I own every Rankin CD, so when I knew that it was owned by the two Sisters, we had to go! Ma out is a beautiful Village. Went during 'Kitchen Fest' live free music 5-7 and cover charge for music after 9, great options! The menu was varied and delicious selections, great dinner, followed by a homemade tart,... More

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