Halifax Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Halifax

September 13, 2017 Chanda Heide

Travelers say Halifax is best seen on foot, so park the car and start walking. Immerse yourself in Halifax's rich history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and be sure to survey the city from the 18th-century Citadel National Historic Site. Then walk into any of Halifax's great bars and restaurants and catch some live music to round out your day.
Things to do in Halifax

1. The Bicycle Thief

1475 Lower Water St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3Z2, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$785 +1 902-425-7993
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Bicycle Thief

Reviewed By Peter C

Lovely place right on the water front. Had scallops to start, they were perfect. Had fillet mignon and half lobster as a main. The steak was perfect, the lobster a little on the small side. All with a lovely merlot, and an excellent dessert. Not a budget restaurant, not overpriced either. A great atmosphere, excellent service, and really good food. Highly recommend!!

2. Cafe Chianti

1241 Barrington Street | Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2Y1, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Pizza, Seafood, Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks HK$126 - HK$212 +1 902-423-7471
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

Cafe Chianti

Enjoy superb Italian cuisine in our stylish Old World setting. Large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, lamb and duck dishes. 2 Separate dining rooms available for private parties up to 65, extensive wine cellar. Proudly serving you for over 30 years!

Reviewed By lanawl - Halifax, Canada

This is a real five star restaurant —especially for NS. Service, ambiance and amazing meals. My favourite is the ravioli with lobster, and the calamari is to die for!
One of few places in Halifax where they either know enough, or care enough to actually decant your $150 bottle of wine.

3. Chives Canadian Bistro

1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$188 - HK$306 +1 902-420-9626
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 760 reviews

Chives Canadian Bistro

Casual upscale, farm to table, chef inspired dinning.

Reviewed By Dawn G - Halifax, Canada

What amazing food and the service is outstanding. We went for out anniversary and we were delighted.

4. Da Maurizio Dining Room

1496 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1R9, Canada Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$243 - HK$392 +1 902-423-0859
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 427 reviews

Da Maurizio Dining Room

Reviewed By AmberUrth - St. John's

The name seemed familiar but I'm not sure that I've ever been here before; I don't get to Halifax often. I chose it because I love Italian, but I ended up choosing the unusual option of rack of lamb with blueberry compote. I love rack of lamb and the mix with blueberries seemed so unusual that I couldn't resist. It was delicious. I started with their version of caesar salad which was also quite good. I normally don't like bacon with my caesar salad because it tends to overpower everything, but with this mix it worked quite well.
Overall, a delicious meal. I want to come back to sample the more traditional Italian dishes. I'd intended to have veal scallopini and some pasta, but couldn't resist the lamb rack with blueberries! Sometimes the unusual options are irresistible.

5. Elements on Hollis

1181 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2P6, Canada Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Valet Parking Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$204 +1 902-496-7960
Excellent
70%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 402 reviews

Elements on Hollis

Elements on Hollis provides some of the best cuisine in Halifax. Accompanying the amazing food at Elements on Hollis, the Halifax restaurant offers Nova Scotia wines from eight wineries, and beer from two Nova Scotian Distilleries and Breweries. Elements on Hollis has a delicious brunch buffet every Sunday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Reviewed By liveforus2012

Wow!! This is Halifax' best brunch! Food was fresh, well presented, and service was first class - thank you Courtney. Butter chicken, roast beef, seafood chowder, sushi, baked salmon, smoked salmon, desserts and much much more! Well worth the price, definitely will be back.

6. Gio

1725 Market St | The Prince George Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N9, Canada Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +1 902-425-1987
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 408 reviews

Gio

Reviewed By Lucinda03 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Group of eight golfing friends went to Gio restaurant last night. The restaurant is part of the Prince George Hotel. The food was delicious especially the veal shank. Besides the beautiful restaurant and food the evening was made by our hostess and server Terri. She was so attentive to all our needs. Even stood on a chair to take a group photo!! Will definitely go back!

7. Stories Fine Dining

5184 Morris St | The Halliburton Halifax's Boutique Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1B3, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner +1 902-444-4400
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 231 reviews

Stories Fine Dining

Reviewed By Brouillard - Cape Cod, MA

My husband and I were in Halifax for our 35th anniversary. I did some research online and chose Stories because it looked elegant. We were not disappointed! The hostess/server was lovely and brought us out to the courtyard where we enjoyed a glass of wine...MoreThank you for choosing Stories for your special evening. Congratulations on 35 years! We hope you will visit again soon. Sincerely, Robert Pretty Owner, Stories Restaurant The Halliburton Hotel Halifax, Nova Scotia

8. Tomavinos Pizzeria

1113 Marginal Rd | Across from the Farmers Market next to Garrisons Brewery, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7, Canada Parking Available, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$63 - HK$110 +1 902-425-7111
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 276 reviews

Tomavinos Pizzeria

At Tomavinos... We are not only passionate about extraordinary food and exceptional serivce; we are philosophers, athletes, raconteurs, artists and lovers of nature. We strive for excellence in every aspect of our lives but especially in the quality of our product. We use only the finest of local, organic ingredients and are constantly searching for and incorporating new and exciting ideas into our repertoire. We have been serving up our award-winning gourmet pizza for more than two decades and over the years we've rounded out our menu with mouth-watering pastas, succulent steaks and authentic chowders. Our goal has always been and will continue to be giving our customers an unforgettable culinary experience.

Reviewed By Lisa H - Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia

Hi, as always we love your pizza. It is the best pizza in Halifax bar none. We were recently in for a sit down meal. We wanted to order a Caesar salad and a large pizza as we wanted left over pizza to take home...MoreLisa, what can I say? I'm a stickler for rules ... My bad. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience otherwise.

9. Fredies Fantastic Fishhouse

8 Oland Cres, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3S 1C6, Canada Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Fast Food, Canadian Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$94 +1 902-450-3474
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 426 reviews

Fredies Fantastic Fishhouse

Fredies Fantastic Fishhouse is a small diner located in Bayers Lake Park. We specialize in Fresh Fish and hand cut Fries, Chowder, Fresh Whole Clams, Digby Scallops and Pure Lobster Rolls. We are passionate about providing our Customers with the best service and freshest seafood that Nova Scotia has to offer.

Reviewed By sun044 - Nova Scotia, Canada

Fredies was on winter vacation, but now they are open again. I was in the mood for a lobster roll, on a sunny afternoon. As I entered, I was greeted with a smile from one of the friendly waitresses. I ordered a simple lobster roll to go, with Fredie’s sauce, no mayo, no fries. It came to $18 and change, taxes in.
I liked it a lot. Actually it was probably one of the best lobster rolls I’ve ever had. There were lots of large chunks of lobster meat, on a bed of tender green lettuce leaves in a fresh roll, with just a touch of dressing on top. It was very tasty and enjoyable, and just the right size for me. Of course, the chunky lobster was the best part!
I was happy that I came. I can highly recommend Fredie’s lobster roll, as well as the friendly waitresses! We are lucky to have this restaurant in Bayers Lake.

10. The Coastal Cafe

2731 Robie St | 2731 Robie Street, Halifax, Halifax Region, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 4P1, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 902-405-4022
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

The Coastal Cafe

Reviewed By charlieoscarchar2017 - Halifax, Canada

Costal is quaint little breakfast/lunch spot.
We were in town to see the buskers and had to checkout a good breakfast spot.
The server at the counter recommended the glorious sunrise so I order that.
It was awesome. Super tasty and super quick. Salmon was on point and the sour dough was very fresh and toasted just right.
My friend had the oeufs d'ete and she was super happy with her meal.Her omelette was cooked correct and the brie was very creamy.
Get to this spot i ya can! its very much worth the wait.

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