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“Don't miss this !!”
Review of The Red Shoe Pub

The Red Shoe Pub
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Mabou
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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
Smithfield, Rhode Island
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Don't miss this !!”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

If you are on Cape Breton Island , make this a must !! The food is fantastic , the service was great , the Red Shoe Ale was awesome , the music was fantastic ( as was the dancing !) !! My husband and I were on Cape Breton Island this year , for the week of the Celtic Colours , we were staying in the area and had dinner here three times , every night they had music from 9:00 till 12:00 , it was a blast , the perfect end to the perfect day. Can't say enough , you must try it yourself !!!

  • Visited October 2012
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
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“Hearty fare along the Ceilidh Trail”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

The Red Shoe Pub was reopened by the Rankin sisters and offers nightly Celtic session music along with tasty fare that transcends the usual pub offerings. The oblong dining room has about twenty tables; there is a floor area on the left with a piano and ceiing-mounted lighting and speakers for the musicians. The bar faces the kitchen and seats about eight.

The chili, with large chunks of sausage and a side corn muffin, is the best I've ever had. Salmon and scallop dishes are succulent, The pasta special, spaghetti alla,puttanesca on my most recent visit, was tasty but not outstanding. The locally brewed Red Shoe Ale is often the beverage of choice here.

The musical Rankin sisters are much beloved in Cape Breton and beyond, and many of the visitors almost awed to be in their establishment. Sadly, Raylene Rankin passed away recently, and her death was deeply felt by fans who make the pilgrimage to the Red Shoe Pub.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank BostonBelfast
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Do not miss the Red Shoe Pub while in Cape Breton!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

This quaint little restaurant in the southwest part of Cape Breton serves up incredible food and fantastic local music every night. From the fresh local seafood to the amazing meatloaf and mashed potatoes, local wines and beers, and incredible desserts, you cannot make a wrong choice here. The staff is very helpful and friendly and we were enjoying music and stories with the locals by the end of the night. Get there early for dinner to get a table for the music, which usually starts at 9. The Rankin sisters have created an authentic Cape Breton musical and culinary experience with the Red Shoe Pub.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Isabel1958
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Squamish, BC
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good Food, Good Service, Nice Atmosphere”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

A lovely place to end a day of touring around Cape Breton. The meals were big and tasty. Service was friendly. Unfortunately we left before the music began for the evening

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank AndieSquamish_BC
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Yorkton, Canada
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“Great Food”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

The food was excellent, well-prepared and presented. The service was quick and friendly and we enjoyed the fiddle music and step-dancing.. Would definitely visit again.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Ellen T
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