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Rusty Anchor Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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23197 Cabot Trail Road, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
+1 902-224-1313
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent place, great food, friendly people and don't forget the views ! We sat outside, had to wait a bit but for that view we waited. We had the best seafood wrap of our lives! Our daughter loved the homemade soup and tuna sandwich, GREAT ALL AROUND FOOD We don't suggest to drive by, you will regret it !

Thank KernFly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I had crabs and lobster and were fresh and enjoyable. I was there after whale watching, and got a discount coupon from a tour company.

Thank Chie I
Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We stopped in the Rusty Anchor after a day of hiking based on recommendations from several locals. The recommendation did not disappoint. Easy to spot on the water side of the Cabot Trail. There is nothing fancy about the Rusty Anchor, just good food and friendly staff. Obviously they specialize in seafood. The lobster, crab legs and haddock were all... More 

Thank Bulldog82
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Great view on the edge of the St Lawrence side. Hearty lunch with lobster roll and beer. Do sit outside

Thank marekw
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Rusty Anchor is in Pleasant Bay just outside Cape Breton Park. On a nice day, I would recommend eating on their outside deck which overlooks the water from a high bluff. The seafood is excellent. We recommend their Fisherman's Platter which has scallops, haddock, mussels and shrimp! By the time we arrived at the restaurant around Noon, the sun was... More 

Thank FritzW18
Washington DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My wife and I stopped here for a late lunch on a day driving around the Cape Breton Highlands park. We had been in Nova Scotia for nearly a week, and I had yet to have my first lobster roll. Rusty Anchor's lobster rolls were delicious and very meaty. I was not disappointed.

Thank Maurice B
Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

If it's a nice day sit outside and enjoy the view. Great mussels and seafood. Lobster rolls. We always stop here when on the Cabot trail.

Thank Pipertoad
Grover Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A good lunch stop as you travel through the National Park. Located at the far North of Cape Breton this was another good seafood stop. Normally you have to accept below standard fare when in parks, but this food was actually good. We each had a sandwich, I had a cup of chowder and drinks for about $45 US.

Thank Ranger93433
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Excellent spot for seafood on the Cabot trail. Very fresh, bet the little critters were in the ocean that morning. The fisherman's platter showcased what the region has to offer. Great service.

Thank AuntieAnna
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

If your driving the Cabot trail, on the west coast of Cape Breton Island in Pleasant Bay is the Rusty Anchor Restaurant. Let me sum this up by saying-great food and great view. But...the best lobster roll of our two week trip was hear. The roll was fresh and lightly toasted and absolutely stuffed.... with lobster with lots of butter-no... More 

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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 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23197 Cabot Trail Road, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Pleasant Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 902-224-1313
"Cape Bretons best kept secret"!!! A family friendly restaurant on the World Famous Cabot Trail. Enjoy a wonderful Home cooked meal overlooking the whale filled waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence.

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