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The Red Shoe Pub

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Bar, Pub, Canadian, Soups
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11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Tracadie-Sheila, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tourist bureau recommended that we arrive between 5 and 7 to have supper..We should have gone with our gut feelings and arrived earlier. We ended up at the front window sitting on stools and having to excuse ourselves from the people sitting at tables behind us everytime we turned to watch the entertainment.. On a good note..the food was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the ambience of this pub owned by the Rankin sisters in Mabou however the fish was a little disappointing. Service was great and the music of course was from the Rankins

1 Thank MariefromOttawa
Halifax, Canada
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is a little gem of a pub in the beautiful little village of Mabou. The menu has something sure to please everyone and the atmosphere will too! The food is very fresh and served hot by very courteous wait staff. There is often local entertainment to make sure your dining experience is one you will never forget. I

1 Thank JohnScott61
Rowayton, Connecticut
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a welcoming, cozy place with places to eat inside and out. The food and drinks were great but what we loved the most was the music. There was a few sets during dinner and then afterwards and all out jam with brilliant musicians arriving and pulling up seats to join in. We had a great night and spent... More 

1 Thank yaydrew
Kentville, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were actually at the pub in July 2015 to celebrate a friends birthday. Great food, lovely menu and live entertainment for two hours! Would Definitely recommend this pub to anyone headed to Cape Breton. Cheers!

1 Thank Karen P
Vernon, Canada
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My children (and I) grew up listening to the music of the Rankins so I had to stop in and experience the pub. The Rankin's voices echo from the rafters and their photos decorate the walls. The service was quick and attentive. We tried the seafood chowder which was very tasty, and a Red Shoe Beer. Would love to return... More 

1 Thank vbmccallum
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Clearly a spot on the tourist trail, this also manages to feel very local and unassuming. Friendly service, good food and great music in the background if you come at the right time; all while feeling very laid back and casual. Enjoyed a soup of the day and a chicken special - both delicious.

1 Thank Kate K
nova scotia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this pub twice on our vacation, once for a cold drink after a long bike ride and once for lunch! Fish and chips were amazing and the lobster roll delicious! Staff very friendly, local music playing on the sound system when there for lunch, live entertainment when we popped in for a cold one! Certainly a must if... More 

1 Thank happycamper7789
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On our way home from an excursion and were pleasantly surprised they were open after 9 pm on a Sunday evening. Friendly and efficient service and all members of our party enjoyed their meals. Tasty, healthy and home made :)

Thank Chance399
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A Southern flair to the poutine, it was awesome. We split as an appetizer and wished I had ordered as a main lunch item.

1 Thank Phyllis902

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Mabou
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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