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The Red Shoe Pub

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) #1 of 4 Restaurants in Mabou $$ - $$$ , ,
11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“meatloaf” (25 reviews)
“scallops” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
Bar, Pub, Canadian
$$ - $$$
11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Recently visited the Red Shoe with my parents and in laws. Everyone had something different on the menu and not a complaint could be heard. People quite enjoyed the meatloaf and others rally liked the scallops. There was live entertainment while we were there which...More

Thank Dallas M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped at The Red Shoe Pub for lunch. We enjoyed our drinks and meals and could sense that this must be a really lively venue for live music in the evenings. The service was friendly and efficient, and the prices were fair. I had...More

Thank Peter_01039
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a very popular place to listen to a ceilidh. We parked on the street. When we entered we realized that this is a small place. They don't take reservations we waited for an hour to sit down at 6:45 pm. There were multiple...More

Thank Arch L
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I stopped at the Red Shoe Pub for a light lunch and were not disappointed. The staff were very friendly and the menu provided a good selection of traditional pub style food for both light and full meals plus a variety of...More

Thank caperOttawa_Canada
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were concerned this would turn out to be tourist trap based on reviews and popularity, but we left feeling we'd just been part of the community. When the entertainer surveyed the audience, most were from "away," but there was a real sense of community....More

Thank Walter B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great fun and food. Felt a sorry for folks who showed up after 4:45 PM as all of the tables were full and they do not take reservations. Be sure to show up by 4:30 PM. Also easy to get a table after 7:00 PM,...More

1  Thank Fred A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard they were open late night with entertainment and it was a lot of fun and meet some locals and had a great time

1  Thank JJWELLS99
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for a late lunch. Wonderful room with lively energy. I had the worst and most expensive seafood chowder on our trip to the area. It was a bowl full of paste and vegetables. There was little if any seafood in the chowder....More

Thank Kaccey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are into Cape Breton culture, music and step dancing, this is the place to visit. Live Cape Breton music most evenings. Food was excellent and the wait staff very friendly. Can get crowded with people waiting at the front entrance for a table...More

Thank chucktodd75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and atmosphere were very good at the Red Shoe Pub.It was busy but they managed to find us a table and the service was excellent. I would recommend this pub to anyone. They also have live music which was fun.

Thank cj272017
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1 September 2016|
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Response from Janda_11 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe they take reservations. When there's music, I'd suggest you arrive an hour before the performance begins because the main room fills up quickly. The Red Shoe also has a nice covered patio area where you can... More
Katie B
20 August 2016|
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Response from Cruiseguy16 | Reviewed this property |
I couldn't tell you, I live in South Carolina. Try their website.
20 July 2015|
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Response from Melissa R | Reviewed this property |
If you access their menu on line it shows gluten free option so - yes they do.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
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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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