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Rusty Anchor Restaurant

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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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Westborough, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was ok but sitting on the deck watching the whales made up for it. We were here in august of 2015 and it was busy and the service was very slow. But the kids could occupy themselves playing soccer in the yard and my husband and I could look out at the ocean and have a cocktail.

Thank colry2
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

One of the pleasures of the Cabot Trail is the lack of the traditional highway fast food stop overs. We discovered the Rusty Anchor while waiting for our whale watching excursion in Pleasant Bay. The staff were very friendly and the decor was quaint and homey. But the big attraction was the outside patio. Sitting on top of a cliff... More 

Thank Inhocmark
Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017

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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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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317 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
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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193 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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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145 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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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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, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?