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Chives Canadian Bistro
Chives Canadian Bistro

Chives Canadian Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chives.ca
  • Phone: (902) 420-9626
  • Hours of Operation: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Comfort Food
  • 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 (902) 420-9626

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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant, but the rave reviews ranking it number one must be people who have only dined in Halifax. The wine list is sorely lacking unless you are a big fan of Nova Scotia wines. Wine by the glass very limited. Food was very good, but not truly wonderful."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Our experience was absolutely wonderful. The kale salad was to die for!! My husbands chowder was good but he found it a little thin as he likes a thicker broth. He really enjoyed it so it was all good. The steak was absolutely wonderful!!! We were too full for dessert. The service was amazing. We will definitely be back! We can't wait!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Incredible experience! The tenderloin was out of this world. Best food in the city!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant in downtown Halifax. Our waiter was excellent and all his recommendations were great. I would not order an appetizer if you want dessert as portions are generous."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Lovely ambiance, relaxed yet elegant dining. Service and food were exceptional."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were visiting Halifax and friend suggested chives. Really very nice and pleasant atmosphere. Staff very eager to please. Food good nice presentation. Good time!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food were carefully prepared. I ordered snow crab roll and belly pork for appetizer, soooooo good. My main course was special dish Duck Chest with rice. Amazingly done. Love the mixture of the two kinds of the small rice. Wish they keep this dish as a regular. The desserts looked beautiful and were delicious. Chocolate cake with Coconut lime ice cream on top, YUM!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "everything perfect. lamb, fish...fresh and tasty, the texture is great worth to pay for, to dine for or die for.... there is only one thing, waiting toooooooo long between the appetizer and entree, don't know why, we reservation at 730, only about three other small table. 1 is enjoy the entree, 1 is waiting for food, 1 is just order before us. and the restaurant is not fully operate, it still take tooooo long to waiting. definitely come back again and again. but do not want wait about 30 mins (didn't really counting the time, but it feels must be long enough for me to walk 500 miles) waiting for food. Did you know the feel when you hungry and waiting for the food fallen from the haven? that is so painful."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "In the last little while we have gone here to celebrate family mile stone events. The 20 something children enjoy this as well as the parents. The food is consistently good without being the same. We like the choices of things we may not prepare at home. Always a good opportunity to try something new and of course local."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal at chives. Every time we have gone the menu changed so always something new to try."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We waited quite a while before going to Chives because of the price and the requirement for reservations. Overall we were expecting more from this restaurant. Considering the cost the decor was underwhelming and the food was "just" good. We actually prefer their second restaurant (Two Doors Down) to this one. The braised beef was rather dry and was much better at Two Doors. The lamb was adequate but I found the risotto overpowering. The service was friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was our discovery of our stay in Halifax. I'd read reviews and we were not disappointed. While the restaurant would need a bit of an overhaul in terms of decor (it was a bit too dark in there, could be brightened up), the food was a-ma-zing! Everyone at our table loved what they ordered and the service was impeccable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and will to anyone I know who goes to Halifax!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The dishes we ordered were well prepared and as described in the menu and by the server. Overall, the quality of the ingredients and preparation was competent, skilled even, but the offerings were by no means unique or specific to the locale. One might have had this dinner of halibut and braised shank of lamb almost anywhere; indeed, we saw both dishes offered several times during our week's stay in the Maritime provinces. For us, the service, which was rushed and not particularly guiding, though we asked for suggestions, drug down the overall experience. We would not avoid or shun the restaurant on a return to Halifax, but we would not seek it out either. On balance, the restaurant offers credible cuisine and adequate service."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We started with the mushroom tartlet and the seafood chowder.The tartlet was very tasty while the seafood chowder was not to my liking.Our mains were the porchetta and the pei beef 2 ways.Both were very good.The strawberry shortcake for desert was awesome.We will definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I chose this Bistro for my partner who was visiting for a week. We arrived and were as if transported. Our server Tirna/Tiernen was as if from Tinra Nog, land of Myth and Mystery. Our food arrived and was stellar. My Cheese Tart with sautéed mushrooms and heavenly leeks, resting upon melted Gouda cheese was as conjuring the Goddesses; was almost beyond humanly delicious. And the crust, Divine. The Market Salad with strawberries sumptuous. To have access to fresh, hot, delicious decaffeinated espresso with which to accompany my Liqueur, was a rare treat. As we walked the day after we ran into tourists on Barrington, who asked about places to eat, without hesitation we said, "Chives.""
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our evening at Chives was well beyond all our expectations. The food was spectacular, the service was impeccable, the staff were extremely hospitable. In every possible way, we loved it. The biscuits at the beginning were to die for. We shared the Snowcrab Spring Rolls with Pork Belly with Hoisin sauce, the Chicken Breast with Pasta Carbonara, and the Pan Seared Halibut, and finished with the Lemon White Chocolate Mousse. We gave four and five stars to every dish. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant. The restaurant is very new looking and with a modern décor. The staff were friendly, efficient and explained that they worked a team approach where we would likely see them all during the evening (which we did). I had both the appetizer and main course specials. First came the seafood chowder with the chive oil – the hint of pepper was nice; it was very rich with lots of layers of flavour. Then came the halibut – good sear though not great - but the risotto was fabulous. My wife went for the a la carte dishes of crusted cod served with quinoa; before that she had an amazing lobster gnudi a la king with the gnudi being pan roasted."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Myself and a friend of mine went to Chives on a random Wednesday night and had an amazing time! The service was easily the best that I have ever had in Halifax. Our server was very friendly, helpful, and patient and the food was outstanding. I will definitley go back."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I dropped my wife at the door and she was immediately seated and brought water while she waited for me to park. When I arrived the waitress brought over two glasses of Prosecco on the house and congratulated us on our anniversary. The specials were explained in great detail and we ordered. A minute or two later, our waitress was back with warm buttermilk biscuits that are to die for. Each course that was brought out was a work of art and tasted even better. The focus on local and seasonal foods was obvious and the results outstanding. The duck special and spring lamb chops were done to perfection. This was our first time here, but absolutely will not be our last time. Love this place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Visiting Halifax for the first time and dine at Chives Canadian Bistro for dinner. Food was fantastic, the seafood chowder was the best we ever had, nice base with plenty of seafood. Main courses, duck and halibut were cooked perfectly. Great wine list and service was outstanding, would highly recommend this restaurant. Casual atmosphere with great food."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Noisy restaurant to the point of being difficult to carry on a conversation, detracted from experience. Effort by wait staff to describe menu was intrusive and a bit annoying. Cheese plate appetizer was excellent, chicken was very good, Halibut was too salty, wine was overpriced, 16.50 for 9 Oz of Napa Valley Cab is not good value. I wouldn't go again."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food and service at this restaurant fell into the very good category for us. The biscuits served before the main entrees were excellent as was the seafood chowder. The lamb dish was also in the excellent category, tender and very flavorful. On the other hand the duck breast, while flavorful was quite tough. Service started out very attentive but soon the restaurant filled and the server was not able to check back as he should have so there were long waits toward the end of the meal to get the bill and to pay. All in all a 4. We would return though."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife and I brought my friend and his fiance to Chives for a pre wedding dinner. The food was fantastic from the appetizer, which we shared, to the entrees, to the desserts of which we sampled all four. Two of us had the seafood chowder. The smokey flavour from the potatoes was a wonderful addition to the richness of the fresh salmon, scallops, and mussels. My friend chose the duck and was quite impressed, overall, although he found the chorizo that accompanied the dish to be a little overwrought. Myself, I had the pesto crusted Cod. The cod was perfect. Flavourful, tender, absolutely amazing. Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience and I will definitely recommend Chives to others."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Superb menu and tasty fare. All dishes have suggested well matched wines. Dishes use local product which is fresh!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Four of us recently enjoyed a celebration dinner on a Sunday evening. The room was colorful, comfortable and although quite busy, we never felt rushed. The service was excellent, our server paced the meal to allow conversation, enjoy some wine and accommodate two Celiac's dietary requirements. The meals were creative, beautifully presented and very generous in serving size! The smoked seafood chowder was a highlight as was the gluten free charcuterie plate. We were all impressed at the variety of local farms and suppliers listed on the menu. The freshness of the food can be tasted in every dish. It was a thoroughly enjoyable meal!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Enjoyed the appetizers. Biscuits with butter and molasses were warm and excellent. Crab cakes and prawns appetizers were very good. The double cooked steak was tough and very disappointing. Desert menu in appealing. Good local wines available."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I had not been to chives in awhile. The food and service was great but the menu lacked in selection for me. If you aren't a fish lover the menu won't excite you. It was a great place to catch up with a friend and chat, no pressure you can relax for two hours and enjoy your time with a bottle of wine."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food and great dinner experience. Innovative menu with quality ingredients. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Delicious meal, great, attentive service. Have been before and will go again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was fresh and had so much flavour! Cooked to perfection! Excellent atmosphere! We just moved to Halifax so we will be making this a regular dining out spot! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great appetizers. The featured main course (halibut) was good but not spectacular (the appetizers were). The noise level was high, making conversation difficult. The service was excellent until the very end, when I think we were forgotten about."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The main waiter was fine, but a secondary waiter could learn some manners. The food was tasty enough but lead to periodic episodes of runny tummy throughout the night."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Service and food was as good as it gets. Tables were too close together and therefore, difficult not to hear the next table or to have a privite conversation."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Both of us had the halibut special, because, well, Maritime province. I'm pretty sure I've never had a larger serving of halibut in my life, but that's not the key point- it was a wonderfully tasty dish, chock full of fiddlehead ferns and various types of new potatoes in a delicious cream sauce. We paired this with a bottle of grüner, which was- inexplicably- the least expensive bottle on the list. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Another excellent meal and overall experience at Chives. It really is a premiere experience. For foodies, it is wonderful. We order something different every time and everything is impeccable and delicious and served properly and the wine pairing is always bang on. Great job and great service as always."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I am never disappointed with the food or the service at Chives. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014