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The Red Shoe Pub

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11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“meatloaf” (31 reviews)
“fish and chips” (61 reviews)
“banana split” (10 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

If you like authentic Cape Breton/Celtic music, the Red Shoe is the ONLY place to go. You don't go there for the crowds and noise -- which can be overwhelming in the summer; you don't go there because the food is exceptional -- just good,...More

Thank PeterEfromNJ
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We had a good dinner here, and listened to some great music while dining. I would definitely make this a stop.

Thank brink9
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We visited before the full tourist season began so were not sure if there would be live music. Happily there was - fiddle and piano. This pub, owned by the Rankin sisters, has a great vibe. We throughout enjoyed the music, the food and meeting...More

Thank Kathy910
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We were told about the Red Shoe Pub as a 'must place' to visit if we were anywhere close to Cape Breton. We were on a golfing trip on Cape Breton and we went to the Red Shoe after playing Highlands Links in Ingonish and...More

Thank kingdog12
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Went once for lunch, and once for dinner. We went out of our way to return for dinner because we wanted to hear and see the live Celtic music. Food first: Seafood chowder is to die for, served with a freshly baked tea-biscuit and butter....More

Thank mruddock
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Our B&B host in Port Hood directed us to this local hot spot in Mabou, and advised us that there was live music between 5 and 7 p.m. We had an excellent seafood dinner served by a very friendly waitress (she was from B.C. and...More

Thank Mumzed
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Well our server recommended A Perfect Pair (2 dips and chips) wow tasty! Washed down with a rich Cereal Killer Cape Breton beer- Nice! The meat loaf so good we couldn't resist and shared a plate! Then our server recommended the ginger bread desert -...More

Thank Bill R
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

I had high expectations for this place after hearing a lot about it however I was a bit under whelmed by the experience. The menu is limited. There are very few choices for persons with allergies or sensitivities. I had the fish and chips. The...More

Thank NovaScotiaSeaport
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We visited the Red Shoe again this year, but were disappointed to find the quality of the food had gone downhill badly! I had mussels in love, and the broth was thick and sticky like gravy, not thin and lovely as a white wine broth...More

Thank Montana11173
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We went for the music, which was pretty good. The spinach and Caesar salads were very good, also the naan and hummus. Fish & chips were just ok. Service was great and very accommodating. Crowd is friendly, cocktails available are limited but they make an...More

Thank Gerri B
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Questions & Answers
25 September 2017|
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Response from chucktodd75 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, live music every night. Check their web site for schedule.
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
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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