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Governors Pub & Eatery

$$ - $$$, Seafood,
233 Esplanade St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A6, Canada
+1 902-562-7646
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“lobster roll” (35 reviews)
“fish and chips” (69 reviews)
“chowder” (30 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
233 Esplanade St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A6, Canada
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Reviewed November 26, 2016

Neat looking place with some history. We were seated right away for lunch. The service was good. The food wasn't that great. We had a chicken sandwich and the chicken was kind of rubbery, like it was made earlier and warmed up. I had poutine,...More

Thank KingHuskey
Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

Governors is a hogh end restaurant down stairs and a fun pub with live music up stairs. The downstairs restaurant has amazing local seafood and perfect steak and prime rib. The atmosphere is close, warm and private. Washrooms located down stairs can be a challenge....More

Thank Roderick M
Reviewed November 22, 2016

Not much happening in town after the cruise ships leave, but very nice historical setting and good food on a dark and rainy night. Service was attentive.

Thank Nancy J
Reviewed November 20, 2016

Had a most delightful lunch, great recommendations from awesome server. Lobster roll was the special of the day and it certainly did not disappoint! Cool, friendly staff - would go back in a heartbeat!

Thank Divine4Wine
Reviewed November 18, 2016

I ordered a burger and sweet potato fries, probably THE BEST burger I have ever had !! The pub's decor is full of Celtic charm.

Thank PoohGirl67
Reviewed November 15, 2016

The food is great but the tables are very crowded together. They have a pub area upstairs and it's great but again it's very small and crowded to sit and listen to music. Other than that it's a great place to visit in Sydney, it...More

Thank Ruth M
Reviewed November 14, 2016

Tookmybrotherand his wife. Sat upstairs where less formal and close to the entertainment (which is always great). Took a while to get served and a very long time to get finaĺy get our meal. Were told reason was they ran out of what we ordered...More

Thank Caperwoman
Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Just moving to the Atlantic area and we were treated with live music and amazing food at this pub. There is a restaurant downstairs and the pub is upstairs. Well worth the stop

Thank Brewster S
Reviewed November 11, 2016

A two storey quaint building by the waterfront close to where the big fiddle is, parking available. The service and food was good. We sat at the top where we could see the water, busy downtown traffic and scenery.

Thank Rachel A
Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

What a great spot! Recommended initially by our hotel as a "must" and quickly confirmed by trip advisor reviews that this was worth a go. Atmosphere, service and food were fantastic! I had the maple glazed salmon which I chose to have blackened. Wow! My...More

Thank Rob M
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karen m
June 28, 2016|
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Response from BoulevardBiker | Reviewed this property |
Sorry....I just got the question emailed to me from Trip Advisor tonight.....July 11th!!
September 20, 2015|
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Response from FJDriver | Reviewed this property |
When we went to the Governor's Pub and Eatery, it was our second attempt. The first night we went, it was obvious that they were REALLY busy, and we would have had to wait way too long. On our second attempt, we were able... More
Darlene M
September 14, 2015|
Response from BoulevardBiker | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I called Governors for you. Oysters are a regular menu item. They are served raw with sea salt, pepper and lemon and cost $2.00 each. I have never had them (and never will, lol) so I can't review them for you... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $15
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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: +1 902-562-7646
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