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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” (32 reviews)
“fish and chips” (61 reviews)
“banana split” (10 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Always great energy and entertainment. Good menu and selection of drinks, arrive early to get a spot

1  Thank Robert M
Reviewed 26 January 2018

We arrived at The Shoe to find it packed with folks waiting outside. We managed to squeeze in and sat with an interesting couple from Ontario who did not mind if we joined them. The music was in full swing. The McNeil Sisters were playing...More

1  Thank tessa131
Reviewed 23 December 2017

We ate here three times during our week's tour of Celtic Colours. Just down the road from our accommodation in Port Hood it provided great comfort food in a busy but friendly atmosphere. We had some of the best fish and chips and seafood chowder...More

1  Thank TravelingMac60
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Found the restaurant 10 mins away from the B&B. The food was generally ok, and the music was Scottish and made for a very enjoyable evening.

1  Thank Mike02
Reviewed 2 December 2017

We arrived to a standing room only event! Great music, hearty meals and an audience who wanted to dance and participate. This Pub has a built in draw with the Rankin Sisters as your hosts on a regular basis. There is parking around the Pub...More

1  Thank ADragonFlyTravels
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We stopped in after reading about this pub on TA. This was our first stop enroute the Cabot Trail. We stopped in on a Sunday and got to hear about an hour of music by the Mackenzie girls? It was fantastic! Really enjoyed dinner and...More

1  Thank BeAlberta
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Great food and great local music! When there is live music playing the line up can be pretty long , but it's worth the wait! A place where most locals go to as well!

1  Thank Claire V
Reviewed 10 November 2017

By the Trip Advisor ratings it appeared this place was going to be OUT of this World. It was very good, but doesn't deserve the Excellent reviews its getting. The food was good, but not amazing. The wings were good and we tried the Banana...More

1  Thank WVTim
Reviewed 31 October 2017

The questions asked here are all about the food, but The Red Shoe is far, far more than a place to eat. We have eaten here twice, and the food was just fine. However, the Red Shoe is an iconic place to visit - especially...More

1  Thank Les T
Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is a charming small place with great food and marvelous atmosphere. The wait staff are all local and are warm and welcoming. We were there in the early evening before any music started and it was tempting to stay.

1  Thank Joan I
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17 May 2018|
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Response from tessa131 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure what their hours are..googling will show you...so glad you are thinking of going..we really enjoyed ourselves..marilynne
26 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
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Restaurant Details

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