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The Red Shoe Pub

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Bar, Pub, Soups, Canadian
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11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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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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Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went to Red Shoe Pub for lunch with 5 people total. Amazing food and service. I would say best seafood chowder I have ever eaten in a restaurant. All of my group loved their meals and we finished with the warm gingerbread and 5 forks.

1 Thank 810cathym810
Ontario Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Thank you Wendy MacIsaac for such a great night of music and dancing on our recent visit to Mabou. This pub is a must if you are in the area.

Thank Marianne45
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped in for a late lunch when heading back to Halifax after three days on Cape Breton. The pub was busy and had live folk music playing. The weather was warm so we sat outside. The waitress was clearly harried due to how busy they were. The atmosphere was not conducive to the pleasant lunch we were hoping for. The... More 

Thank Linda0615
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place. Smaller, lots of people waiting for tables. Great fiddle music, diner played spoons. Staff is very busy and friendly. Clean bathroom. I ate fish and chips and my friend ate the catch of the day (halibut and lobster tail). Both were very good.

1 Thank caretell
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just went there once. The food was terrific. The servers were great. The atmosphere is magnetic. Always makes you feel it's party time

1 Thank Viola P
Cerritos, California
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486 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We saw this place in a guide book and thought we would give it a try, not expecting anything outstanding. Boy, were we wrong. Just wish we were there when there were musicians playing - looks like it would be great. However, we were there for a late lunch and hte place was almost empty. The menu is very interesting... More 

Thank Barbara F
Tallahassee, FL
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arrived for a late lunch after 3 pm. No music and only a few tables were occupied. Food was below average. I ordered a burger and fries and wife had a lobster roll. Burger was way overcooked and lobster roll was soupy and served on a partially burned bun. Would not return.

Thank Greg_Tally
Guildford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here one evening while staying at the Duncreigan Inn down the road. Good food and service, loved the beef curry!

1 Thank Colin B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our meal was much enhanced by the marvelous musicians who entertained a full house for a ceilidh if you are nearby its worth checking their schedule as music is very much a part of the offering. Food was tasty and beer was very good indeed.

1 Thank NorfolkSpinone
Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Red Shoe Pub as part of a 10 day motorcycle trip around the area specifically to catch some live local Celtic music which is featured daily. I expected the food to be just your standard pub fare, fine but nothing to write home about, I could not have been more wrong! Our dinner at the Red... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, Pub, Soups, Canadian
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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