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Governors Pub & Eatery

$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub
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233 Esplanade St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A6, Canada
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Cape Breton
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with my friends and really enjoyed the food. Decent size servings, good service and very nice ambiance. A nice variety of meals on the menu. Their pasta is very good. There salads and sandwiches are also excellent. Have eaten here several times and enjoyed every visit.

Thank travelloverdb
Bridgewater, Canada
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited this wonderful restaurant with friends and had a wonderful and delicious dinner and were able to visit without feeling rushed. Can't wait to return.

Thank Nancy N
Winnipeg, Canada
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate here twice during our stay and enjoyed both meals tremendously. The Thanksgiving turkey dinner was al out as good as my own! Lol

Thank Barbara E
Moose Jaw, Canada
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249 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic, my wife had a huge lobster meal and I had a steak. Lobster is fresh, well cooked and so much better than in Halifax. Don't miss this, you will be sorry if you missed it.

Thank Huntlg
Sydney, Canada
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like live music in the middle of the afternoon sitting outdoors looking at the harbour having fish and chips or salad and chicken ,pasta seafood or just a burger this menu is awesome !

Thank stephanie b
Atlantic Beach, New York
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185 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 537 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The four of us walked all around town after getting off the cruise ship and of course had to stop in for some chowder. The service was fast and courteous and the chowder worth every penny plus! Delicious!

Thank Sapphire-Ed
Vernon, Canada
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly I cannot review the food at this pub, since we were there 45 minutes and our Seafood Chowder did not arrive. Our server made no effort to check in with us to advise us of progress. We suspect the order was not placed, and since all we'd had was water we chose to leave. When our server saw us... More 

Thank judygraham01
Bonavista, Canada
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed an evening last night at The Governor. Ambience was very nice, and patio seating was a great option. Food and beer was delicious, and live music was a great added plus. Unfortunately I could only give this place a three star rating because of some hiccups in service. We waited 10 minutes at the door for anyone to greet... More 

Thank Luke R
Miami, Florida
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After taking a long walk around Sydney on a beautiful September day, I headed back to my ship and stumbled upon this pub. What a nice surprise, lovey people, good food and great music and ambiance.

Thank sallysims16
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the off-season for lobster this seemed to be the only place my husband could get a lobster dinner, but the Governors didn't disappoint. It was busy, but it was also Saturday night. We got in just before a rush, so didn't have to wait, but reservations might be a good idea. The atmosphere was really great being in an... More 

Thank AndyDon2012

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 233 Esplanade St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: 902-562-7646

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?