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Rusty Anchor Restaurant

) #1 of 3 Restaurants in Pleasant Bay $$ - $$$ Seafood, , Soups
23197 Cabot Trail Road, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
+1 902-224-1313
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lobster roll” (122 reviews)
“seafood” (117 reviews)
“mussels” (71 reviews)
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Seafood, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
23197 Cabot Trail Road, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had cod and homemade sweet potato fries - very delicious!! Beautiful spot right on the Cabot trail with a nice terrace and outlook at the ocean rim. It's a busy place; colorful interior and a lot of light. There was even life music when...More

Thank evak_bonn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had just come off the whale watching zodiac tour and were pretty hungry. We received the recommendation and its proximity to us clinched the deal. Very friendly greeting and quick service. Food came fast and we had ordered specials along with their world renowned...More

Thank Torontopanda88
Reviewed 3 days ago

We could tell it was a popular spot from all the cars in the parking lot. We had just been up in dingwall and could not find a place that could actually provided us with anything healthy. I had a fried pickle order the night...More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped in for a late lunch after hiking the Skyline trail and enroute to the Lone Shieling. The servers were extremely welcoming, friendly and efficient. The special was a seafood wrap filled with lobster, crab, scallops and crab that came with tortilla chips and...More

Thank Mayvis M
Reviewed 4 days ago

When on the road, you're always at the mercy of finding an acceptable place to eat, especially in another country! So what's a hungry traveler to do: ask your lodging host for their reccommendation and hope they have good taste (pun intended). The Rusty Anchor...More

Thank JosephEllis
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped in on the way to our whale watching tour in Pleasant Bay. Although the cost is high for their infamous lobster sandwich, my husband loved the simplicity of it: there's no mayo or overwhelming sauce - just lobster in butter on a roll w/a...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I ate here with my daughter and granddaughter. We were in season for the snow crab that was delicious. We also had the fisherman's platter with scallops, shrimp, haddock (I think) and awesome French fries. The meal was delicious, the restaurant clean and cozy and...More

Thank ShelleyLouise
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Rusty Anchor is trying, but needs to up its game. They have accommodated the gluten-free people (less than 2% of people eat this way) and have made some efforts for vegetarians (5% of people who eat out always order vegetarian; 37% do sometimes). But...More

Thank strings4-6-21
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped here on our drive around the Cabot trail. Nice spot with great fresh seafood. We had the lobster roll and fish/crab/salmon cakes. Wonderful! Highly recommend.

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The lobster poutine and the local black angus beer taste great. Large portion for the kids meal. Service is excellent. The patio is worthy the 5+ star. We love watching the sunset and the beautiful coastal line on the patio. Nothing can beat the view.

Thank Jennifer S
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26 June 2016|
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Response from Edna Y | Reviewed this property |
Hi - they have a menu on their website that you could check out. My dad had a hamburger on a gluten free bun and found it quite tasty.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
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
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"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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