Chives Canadian Bistro
Chives Canadian Bistro

Chives Canadian Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chives.ca/
  • Phone: 9024209626
  • Hours of Operation:
    Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Craig Flinn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room with windows over looking both the main floor of the restaurant and historic Barrington street. Perfect for family occasions, corporate or business settings. Seating for up to 18 people
  • Private Party Contact: George Davis 9024209626

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blowers and Salter
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 5 level park and pay one street down from Barrington on Ganville as well as street parking outside of the restaurant.
A word from Chives Canadian Bistro
Chives Canadian Bistro offers contemporary Canadian cuisine, in a unique casual atmosphere, in the heart of downtown Halifax. The key to Chives' success over the years has been cooking with the use of local, in-season ingredients offering our twist on Canadian cuisine, creating menus using the best and the freshest from the farms and waters of Nova Scotia. Combining a relaxed atmosphere and attentive service both Haligonians and guests from afar love our bistro.
The main dining room balances a cozy and private mood, as does the Private Dining Room for larger groups, but for a special occasion, arrange for seating in the bank vault-turned-wine cellar. Awarded Two Stars out of three Where to Eat in Canada 2004-Present ;Top 100 Restaurants in Canada Wine Access magazine2006 to Present; Best Chef The Coast 2009-2010; Best Fine Dining restaurant the Coast 2010
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Chives Canadian Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (113)special occasion (97)romantic (64)notable wine list (43)neighborhood gem (38)good for groups (29)hot spot (14)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Expectations surpassed :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Beautiful. Gorgeous. Two words rarely if ever used to describe food. Yet, that's exactly how I listened to myself describing my plate. The flavours were delightful. Finally, money well spent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went here for a friend's birthday and we all really enjoyed the foot and drinks. Wonderful atmosphere and service. I would absolutely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • firsttimers
    firsttimers
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were advised by a friend to try Chives and could not have been more pleased with the experience. The service was above and beyond what most restaurants would provide. The knowledgeable server was very helpful with the wine list and menu items and the food was very good. The desert item that we tried was amazing. I thought that the cost was very good value for the meal that we received.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a pleaser!
    OneGingerArmy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Chives works great for taking high-end accounts out for a fantastic dining experience. Service is beyond expectations at all times and the food, will you cannot find anything comparable in Atlantic Canada!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After the theatre, great food, excellent service. We were late and luckily they were still able to accommodate us, slightly noisy but not disturbingly so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great gluten free dining
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I have been to Chives twice now and it's been a very enjoyable experience both times. The staff are great; very attentive to your needs with just the right presence. The menu is not extensive but what is there is very very good. Add one of us is gluten free, it's refreshing to find a restaurant that not only offers gluten free options, but in some cases, the GFO surpasses the flavor of the regular option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent, excellent charming spot
    Scott
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My wife and I were here for our third visit and it was as excellent as ever!! This restaurant takes advantage of local Ly produced food and also has wine pairing suggestions to go with each dish. The specials were also excellent. They tell you the price of the specials with each dish which was nice. Waiter knew every dish and ingredient well and you could tell they love the food. Service was impeccable. Only negative comment is that the tables are a bit close together and we could hear every word of the table next to us and vice versa. Will definitely come back. Try the crab cake appetizer and the lamb dish. Superb!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but ....
    Foodluver
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was wonderful, beautifully prepared and presented. Interesting flavors and great tasting experiences ..... but the quantity. Too much, over filled plates, like a wonderful experience that could not end so becomes less wonderful. We had the tartlet first which was just right and a wonderful taste combination. Then the cod and tenderloin, both large plates with masses of vegetables and other flavors. There could have been half the amount of vegetables and less tenderloin and it would have been still a great experience. Prices were comparable for that level of dining so not too cheap. Still a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining
    mstalwayseathere2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I live in Ontario but visit Halifax anually & always dine at least once at Chives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    gonnalivealittle
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinning experience at chive. We had a salad to start. Me, warm kale salad, it was delicious. My husband the summer salad which he also said was tasty. We shared the smoked potatoes chowder and it was one of the Best chowders I've had. Great smoky flavor and tons of chunks of halibut , lobster , scallops. It was device. For our dinner I had the lamb and my husband the tenderloin. Both meats were tender and flavorful. The dishes were accompanied with a good amount of green veg fresh from the market. I had peas which was a refreshing change then the standard carot or cauliflower. Both dishes were a more then satisfying portion. So much that we couldn't even be tempted for dessert. Absolutely wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chives
    keji
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    excellent food and superior service. will come again on our next trip to halifax
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Charcuterie, Shrimp Spring Roll, Crab Cake, Cheese Tartelette starters delicious. Luckett Ortega white & Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay red wines perfect. Pork chop and salmon mains good. Lamb shanks a bit dry. Desserts delicious (Ganache Torte, Strawberry Goatcheese Cheesecake). Service good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the visit
    ScottH
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My son recommended Chives - he does have good taste. The overall experience was very good. The server picked up on our 'situation' (dropping a son off at first year university) and catered perfectly to our needs. We both enjoyed the lamb very much. The sides were as meticulously prepared as the meat. In fact, for me, this was the highlight of the meal. I found the lamb to be more rare (than the advertised medium-rare) - something you may wish to check when ordering if it would be an issue for you ( it wasn't for us). The wine suggestion was 'spot on'. I'll return and recommend Chives to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chives
    Chives
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Outstanding. The food is amazing. One of the best meals I have ever had. You need to book well in advance to be able to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Somewhat disappointed...
    Frequenttraveler
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We read such good reviews we had pretty high expectations. We liked the creative use of fresh in season local vegetables. However, we found the tastes to be a bit of a hodgepodge and lacking in refinement for such a highly rated chef and restaurant.
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  • Good, but not what expected
    Lukejo24
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My wife and I chose to dine here on our last night in Halifax, because we were dining with her family and were looking for more upscale options. We were excited to eat here, as we ate at their sister restaurant, Two Doors Down the previous night and were VERY impressed (casual, great food but no resos). We had a variety of entrees and a couple of appetizers. Everything was very tasty, and demonstrated excellent use of locally sourced ingredients. Menu options were a little predicatable, but would certainly appeal to the masses. My only criticism is the room itself, which appears to be an old bank, and doesn't set the mood. The decor seems dated, and better suited to a business lunch crowd. Overall, good, but head two doors down!
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    fit for foodies
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  • excellent
    Mary
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Everything we ordered was delicious - heritage tomato salad, salmon, lamb and panna cotta. The best meal we have had in our Canada travels. The noise level was acceptable, pleasant conversation but no loud music and extra noises (we look for this for our dining). Service was excellent, helpful, attentive, knowledgeable. Great recommendations from service. We selected this recommendation from Trip Advisor (also the employee at the Art Museum store- his favorite.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dinner
    KB09Foodlover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went there for our anniversary and were very pleased with the food and service. We had a quiet corner table and an amazing peach dessert to finish our evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really terrific food!
    WenTom
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Every person in our group of five said this was one of the best meals they had ever had...high praise indeed but well deserved. Two of us had the lamb, which literally fell apart when you stuck your fork into it and almost melted in your mouth. It was full of flavour and accompanied by a delicious Rosti. Two other had fish dishes and were equally impressed. The servers are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversaryjoy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at Chives and were very pleased with the overall experience. The food was fantastic. We ordered the "specials" and were thrilled with both the app and the main. Halibut with scallops over risotto with fresh veggies! How can you go wrong. The wait staff, Taralynn, was excellent. She knew her menu well and offered great ideas. She was engaging but not too much, so it added to a wonderful night. Definitely will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieBliss
    DCFlip
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    While not the lowest cost option in downtown Halifax, it's definitely a go to for dinner. The food was exceptionally well prepared and the staff was friendly and attentive. We left full and very satisfied. Will definitely return when we are back in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    Gkjdart
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Perfection in atmosphere, service, and food. A total gem. Thank you Chives for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was excellent. Waitress was very good. I didn't like the actual building. We were seated right next to a vault door that was open. Felt strange.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Spot
    Charlie007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Chives is without a doubt the best spot in Halifax, I would also expand that to the Maritimes. The food is amazing, and the service is like no other! We do a lot of eating at various restaurants and nothing compares to Chives. Our last experience at Chives we were a group of 8. Our waiter was very knowledgable regarding the menu and the food. With a group of 8, our appetizers and main courses were varied and everyone was extremely impressed with their decision. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated, delicious food
    HoratiostVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    An excellent dining experience on all counts. Food was of very high quality. The cheese/mushroom tartlet was one of the most delicious and satisfying starters I've ever tasted. The lamb and beef entrees we had were superb. Halifax diners are really fortunate. This place would be rated number one in many larger cities if they were lucky enough to possess it. Service tops. Small intimate atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food always outstanding. Our favourite restaurant in metro. Maggie, our server is amazing! She enhances our visit each time we go and are lucky enough to be waited on by her.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal and Service
    LoRob
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything fresh, tasty with attentive unobtrusive service. Great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The read good reviews on TripAdvisor and decided to give a try. Not impressed with the ambience. The food has excellent presentation and good fresh ingredients but that's it. Nothing else impressed us - average food with high price tag. Most likely we will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service disappointing
    HHfromCanmoreVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Unfortunate. Chives quality is always superb; I had an excellent meal, and was prepared to order another glass of wine, desert, and a cappuccino. I also would have tipped the usual 18-20%. The 25 minutes that my server made me wait to order these however, meant that I did none of these things, and instead left unsatisfied and unhappy. It wasn't that busy. Disappointing. Inexcusable.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Halifax
    Sarahgray22
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I ordered the haddock fillet over sweet pea purée with crab hollandaise. Husband ordered the short rib with scalloped potatoes Every bite melted in your mouth. We were lucky to sit in the vault, private room which I highly recommend. Every meal at chives is amazing - one of our favourite spots for a romantic meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food and great service
    aj84
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    An old bank building with a vault inside that has been converted to a wine cellar. We had a romantic dinner inside the wine cellar! Wine pairing with each menu item was excellent. I would highly recommend the crab cakes and the mushroom tartlet.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Experience
    wewillbback
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    There were four of us in our group, we thoroughly enjoyed all three courses of the meal, including the cocktails. The waiter was very friendly and attentive to our needs. We heard from others about "Chives" on how good it was, and we definitely concur. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Chives was recommended by a friend that used to live in Halifax and it definitely didn't disappoint. Service is exceptional, food is fantastic and I'll definitely return if I'm back in town. We shared the halibut and the lamb. Finished off with strawberry cheesecake and espresso martinis. Everything was soooooo good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great dinner comprised of local ingredients and very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Seasonal menus. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will it replace LaPerla?
    mustBinluv
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We use to enjoy driving from Moncton stay at a hotel near the waterfront in Halifax, take the ferry across to our favorite restaurant at LaPerla in Dartmouth then take the ferry back across to our hotel in Halifax. Unfortunately LaPerla restaurant closed in fall 2013 and we needed to search for another favorite restaurant. We may have found it. We really enjoyed our dining experience at Chives. Thankyou to the management, chef, and staff at Chives for making this dining experience most enjoyable for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Raingrl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    At the end of a 2 week driving trip through the Maritimes, I returned to Halifax and had the best meal of the trip here. The pesto crusted cod was perfect in every way: visually stunning, perfectly cooked, wonderful tastes and textures. Eat here, you won't be sorry.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't disappoint
    JayJay
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This highly-recommended place deserves its reputation. Outstanding food in a casual setting. Attentive and informed service. Only wish that the portions were smaller so I'd have room for dessert.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dmay3
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed the beef tenderloin dish and seafood chowder. The smoky flavour of the chowder was unique. There were plentiful portions because we could barely eat our whole meal. No dessert for sure! I enjoyed the quaint table by the window. It's less noisy on the upper part of the restaurant facing Barrington street The waiter was very friendly and accommodating as were all the staff. All in all, a very good dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Halifax
    Gennine42242
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Chives is a gem of a Canadian bistro! We have been three times now, and love it every time. GREAT food; some of the best! The service is excellent, and knowledgeable staff on the menu. We would recommend this to anyone visiting Halifax! We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in Halifax
    Out2Eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had one evening free in Halifax and chose Chives on the basis of online reviews. We were delighted. The service was friendly and prompt, the atmosphere cozy, and the food delicious. The salad of the day was, based on what was available fresh, was a lightly roasted tomato, served at room temperature stuffed with cucumbers, croutons, peppers and a light dressing. The seafood special was a perfect slab of salmon bedded on kale, accompanied by an orzo mac and cheese with lobster and a perfectly cooked asparagus. This is a popular, well appreciated spot so you'll want to make reservations ahead. Enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet