Governor's Pub and Eatery

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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
Welcome to Governors Pub & Eatery, a superb Cape Breton Island seafood restaurant renowned for its fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, home-cooked meals and fabulous, friendly service. Located in the historic home of the first mayor of Sydney, Governors is a mixture of old world in a contemporary, vibrant setting, with two outdoor patios, local craft beer and cider beer garden overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Live Local music daily.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.6
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

When we selected our reservation on the app there was no place to indicate a preference for indoor or outdoor. We assumed the indoor restaurant would be the default but we were offered outdoor. We had to wait in order to be seated inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I booked the reservation and forgot to mention that we had someone in our party who had mobility issues. Fortunately they were able to accommodate our party of 5 in the main dining room. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s 25th Birthday and evening was perfect

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Kelly
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

My dish is the maple, lime grilled tofu with coconut risotto and veggies. This dishes changes every time I order it. It's been through many incarnations but the last one was a soup mess of risotto with veggies mixed throughout in a bowl with my tofu on top. The tofu was super tasty. The risotto was just bland mushy. I go for the atmosphere, staff and tofu dish. One less reason to go. :(

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LauraF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service, beautiful meal. Our table was next to the kitchen entrance so not much ambiance. I would definitely go back

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great location. One of the best places to eat in Sydney.

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Kelly
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I did have one bad experience this past summer which stopped me for going back for awhile and my favorite dish has changed a lot--the agave-lime marinated grilled tofu is now the maple lime tofu dish. What was coconut mushroom risotto with spicy thai seasonal veggies, four good-sized portions of grilled tofu with a swipe of sweet potato mousse is now coconut rice, three pieces of tofu, seasonal veggies and lovely microgreens on top. Still tasty but not as fabulous as the previous incarnation. AND it's $2 more expensive. Two bucks isn't a HUGE deal until you realize it's 24 dollars plus tax. The servers were fabulous! Thanks all

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was nice but a little cold inside. Next time I’ll sit next to fireplace. Food was good, and came fairly quick.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ordered many appetizers
Some were great; others just ok
Service was great
They close pretty early

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall very tasty food, however we weren’t offered the special menu which seemed strange to me. The server seemed to be rushing us through our meal not enough to be rude, just a little bit.

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JenniferO
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome, as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Best fish & chips in North America!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
33 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a great time here - great food and great service - we want to come back next time we are in town!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the mussels....the BEST I ever had!!!! Lobster roll and seafood chowder were good but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Alround good experience rating +4

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David
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food at Governor's Pub may be wonderful or terrible. I'll never know. My wife and I arrived a few minutes early for our 8 pm reservation on Sunday, Sept. 1 only to be informed that there would be a one hour wait. The reservation had been confirmed on Open Table. We went elsewhere.

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Ange
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice meal! Prices were decent with lots of options on the menu. Good, higher-end pub food.

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tnmjn
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fish and chips and halibut. Both very good. Twiced baked potato was especially good. James, our waiter, was knowledgeable and efficient. Definitely need a reservation when rainy as majority of seating is outside and thus limited during rain days. Hostess seems unhappy with her job but the rest of the staff was very friendly and anxious to please.

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vipkstauf
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good. I wanted lobster but it came out chewy and a little tough so I sent it back and got the salmon minus the glaze. That was done very well. The veggies that came with it were a bit over done. Service was very good!

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NadineL
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived early but the staff was really accommodating. The food was excellent and it was a perfect end to our visit in Sydney.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lives up to its reputation. Service and food was excellent. I had the seafood risotto, some of the best risotto I’ve ever had.

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JenniferO
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious, as per usual! But we feel like our reservation was forgotten about as it took about 3-4 minutes to find us a table, and our server seemed to forget about us! But we’ll be back as the food can’t be beat!

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JOHNP
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Ordered the lobster sandwich. There was more red onion and lettuce than lobster, menu said lobster and mayo, no mention of red onion or lettuce, it wasn't chunks of lobster, minced, emailed Governor's but did not get a response back, very disappointing

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MandyH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on the recommendation of our BNB host. Made reservations on a Monday, glad we did; place was hopping. Naked oysters, mussels to start were fantastic! Followed by lobster risotto for me and lobster roll for my dinner date. Everything was great. Our server was so friendly and service was good. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Governors Pub.

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vipsassafras
New England
69 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I dined here while in Sydney. Although it was before the tourist season (May), the place was full on a Friday night. The noise level was high and there was live music on the second floor. Although the music sounded good we were glad to be seated on the first floor as it was really loud. The food was good and the waitress was extremely good. She appeared to be waiting on ten or a dozen tables including large groups yet the meal went smoothly. The food was good. The wine list very limited - a common problem we encountered in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Sydney has a very limited choice in restaurants and this is a good one.

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LeanneP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!

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DaveDalgliesh
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful experience. The staff and food are among my favourites

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent

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BillG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food & atmosphere were all excellent. Great evening & looking forward to returning.

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DarrellG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent.
Great place.

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Kathy
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Adam, was very helpful...funny.....making our experience a very nice one and the service was great. Like the atmosphere and the food was very tasty. Good value for my dollar.

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Kelly
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I order the same dish every time, the lime-marinated tofu with coconut risotto.
Awesome dish.
Wine is fabulous.
And the wait staff are fabulous!!

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JenniferO
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was off this time no bacon on the potato skins, just cheese mostly, steak was over done, & we hardly seen our server to tell her until it was too late

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JenniferO
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Satisfactory meal, service was a little slow

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JenniferO
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasure, great food and atmosphere!

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Kathy
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I went in for a late lunch. Service was great and the food very tasty. Very nice atmosphere.

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FranciscoC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best lopster id never eaten!! Good service and good place

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JenniferO
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, it was a great meal, with excellent service! It’s one of our favourite places in Sydney to dine!

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viplindas
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They do not use open table and did not know about my reservation.

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