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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 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Allendale, New Jersey
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

This was the destination of our last day on Cape Breton. We arrived around 5 to hear a husband and wife duo. We sat on stools by the front windows which was a perfect spot to see the musicians and the entire place. The atmosphere was nice, in part because the people sitting at the table next to us brought... More 

1 Thank SaraMike68
Columbus, Ohio
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228 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

My husband and I sat at the bar, as we usually do when it is just the 2 of us. Bartender was friendly, service was very good. We shared the muscles (YUM), and the evening feature: blackened salmon with a lobster tail. Everything was delicious. There is live entertainment many nights. We were actually glad to be there on a... More 

1 Thank LoveLiveTravelEat
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We will be talking about this meal for days! We started with the pork sweet potato fries and the crab dip and finished with the bacon scallop dish... so so so amazing!! We were a bit tired of greasy/fried food that we had been having most nights while visiting the East Coast so this was a welcome change! Cannot recommend... More 

1 Thank BrookandTom
Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 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.

Thank 810cathym810
Ontario Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

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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103 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

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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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 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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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 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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510 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

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 

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Tallahassee, FL
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

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.

1 Thank Greg_Tally

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
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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