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McKelvies

McKelvies Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mckelvies.ca
  • Phone: (902) 421-6161
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: Summer Only: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bedford Row and Prince
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered public parking lots are located at Queen's Landing across the street.
A word from McKelvies
McKELVIE’S DELISHES FISHES DISHES Enjoy one of Halifax’s most acclaimed kitchens in a renovated turn-of-the-century fire hall. Located across from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront, McKelvie’s offers an historic setting to savour the finest seafood and traditional Nova Scotia fare. Famous for Nova Scotia Lobster, Digby Scallops, Blackened Salmon, Potato Crusted Haddock and choice cuts of Prime Steak, McKelvie’s offers a wide selection of local favourites including Crab Bisque, Seafood Chowder, Steamed Mussels, Crunchy Haddock, Fish ‘n Chips, Jump-Up Calamari and Snow Crab Cakes. Save room for our Mile High Coconut Cream Pie, one of our many house made devilish desserts. Our Taste of the Grape wine list features wine from around the world to compliment our menu. As well we also offer a selection of local microbrews. The locals say you can find the best of the sea and Nova Scotia - at McKelvie's.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "What a date! My wife and I try every month to get away from everything going on for a night with just the two of us. We are not always successful in making that happen every month so we always try to make the nights we do get away special by trying to find a new place to explore or a new restaurant to visit. Mackelvies has always been one of those places we mean to get to but had just never found the time. Well let me say that, if you have found yourself in this same situation, make the time now to visit this gem of a restaurant. The restaurant itself is strikingly beautiful, the staff are amazing (even through all of my questions), and the food. The food is a delight you must experience for yourself. We will be bringing the kids next."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had not been to Mckelvies for many years. Had lunch, Fish Tacos and Cesaer salad , my partner had haddock, shrimp and scallops. It was the best fish we had in many years. Cooked perfectly. Quick and friendly service. Enjoyed."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time dining at McKelvie's. It was quite busy and noisy when we were there but we could still carry on a conversation at the table. We started with the chowder which was delicious. We shared the calamari and it was very good. I had the scallops served with lobster mashed potatoes, green beans & asparagus -- excellent! My husband had the seafood gratin which was a large serving which he enjoyed very much. The service was excellent with the server showing just the right amount of attentiveness. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Waiter seemed like he had too many tables or more interested in them. Refills too over ten minutes. Side dish with steak never arrived. Was given wrong bill at end of meal. Service should be better for price"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Good food at a reasonable price. vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "If you want fresh lobster (after sailing on a ship where you have only had frozen, then broiled, dry lobster) this is a gem."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The mussels appetizer was very good but the crusty haddock was not: lots of crust and hardly any haddock in it, just a very thin layer of fish in the middle."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "In from Montreal, would recommend and visit again "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I ordered the "too good fish fry" and it was great except my scallops were not fully cooked, the center was not done. I also found the service very slow/poor. otherwise, the food was great and tasty and the chowder was definitely the best. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Quality of food not as good as in previous years. Food taste and appearance was more like fast food than what one would expect in a fine dining restaurant. Allergies not attended to properly. Atmosphere nothing special. Price was high for what was offered."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were looking for a downtown location for lunch…chose McKelvie's and were very pleased. The table and seating were comfortable, we enjoyed the ambience and the service was efficient. The seafood chowder and crab cakes were particularly good."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "If you are looking for fresh seafood, then you're at the right place. The lobster, fish, mussels, scallops were very juicy and tasty. They do no skimp on the portions. Of course, this isn't your fast food restaurant price either, so be prepared to spend a little. The ambiance isn't set to fine dining as it seems a bit out-dated. I'd still go back as their variety is good."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "the lobster sanwich and clam chowder soup is to die for. had excellent wait staff great food would recommend McKelvies anytime."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "There motto above says it all. Best kitchen for fish in Halifax, a city with lots of seafood places. Some alternatives for those who don't want seafood. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Four members of my family went to the restaurant on Mother's Day as one of us was visiting from Toronto and he wanted some fresh seafood. Each of our meals was sub standard. The fish was dry, fries were soggy and the Seafood Gratin was mostly a mashed potato dish. The cost of the meal did not reflect the quality at all. The service was very good but we will not return to the restaurant."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were recently in Halifax for a large national conference and wanted a non-conference venue for a local seafood dinner with a smaller group. We chose McKelvies, and it was great. The food was fresh, delicious, well-prepared. Service was friendly and prompt. The historic building is beautiful and adds greatly to the ambience. Not to be missed if you're in Halifax."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Recently had an amazing dinner at McKelvie's. Food was delicious and arrived to our table hot, everything was to our liking, and our waitress was very attentive. Had a relaxing meal and didn't feel rushed. Great place to go for a lovely meal! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "food and service was great guests I took there were all impressed with the huge widows and nice decore"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "THe service was excellent. The waitress suggested something I would like that was not on the menu that was excellent and helpful."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Whenever visiting Halifax - we make it a point to always have a meal here - usually a late lunch - and are never disappointed. Wonderful seafood and even something delicious for me - a non-seafood eater. Desserts were to die for."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Good food, with good portion sizes and friendly service "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "1. greeting and seating was flawless, friendly and not rushed 2. waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and helpful in choices from the menu and went that extra step 3. food was extremely good, beautiful to look at and tasty"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "First of all our waiter Neil was great, but the price and presentation of the food was bad. Your prices give the impression of fine dining but the result was an over priced Swiss Chalet presentation. Neil was awesome and made the experience better than it was but we were very disappointed in spending so much money on an experience that wasn't worth it."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Great Appetizers! Beware of fish tacos, oily and more batter than fish"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First time back after 25 years. Food was delicious. Server was great. Very enthusiastic. Overall a great experience. Will go again. First time using open table for reservation. Liked how convenient that was."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We've dined at McKelvie's over the years and it is always consistently good. Food is delicious, atmosphere is great and they are always accommodating with whatever you need. Thanks guys."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We chose McElvie's for our team meeting lunch, and it was the right choice, quite, pleasant and great food. Great place to have a team lunch, where we were able to talk without any distractions. Cheers"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Will have to come back, could have ordered any item on the menu"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I had not been to McKelvies for over 10 years, and we really enjoyed the food and ambiance."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the food was amazing! I would highly recommend McKelvie's to others. The squash soup and blackened salmon were incredible, as were the martinis and wine :) I will certainly be back next time I am in the area."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife & I were looking for a quiet, downtown restaurant with great food & service for our 27th wedding anniversary. My wife requested McKelvies. I reserved online & found this very easy & greatly appreciated the immediate e-mail confirmation. We had a quiet window seat - I did not request seating so this was perfect! The server was terrific. The food was terrific. We were impressed with how quickly such an excellent meal came. My wife started with the squash soup - she said it was the best she has ever had. We had never been to McKelvies before & we would return without hesitation. A wonderful experience! Thanks you."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Awesome - great fun had by all. Our server, Neal, was a superstar - too good at upselling the appetizers and wine BUT it was all worth it. Thank you! (Molten lava cake was realllllllyyyy gooood!)"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My partner and I Love the quietness of the resturant, the staff are so friendly and very accomodating The food is an always has bee far above any expectation we have. It is a very special place for us and we will continue to go ther for any occassion."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Mckelvies never fails to deliver great quality food and service. We enjoyed everything. The highlight for us was the "mile high coconut cream pie"."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great location for dinner with your friends and your family. Easy access from the waterfront with entrances on two sides. Great staff, very personable but not overbearing. Overall nice experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We're always assured of excellent food and good service at McKelvie's. The herb-crusted halibut on Friday night was delectable - McKelvie's has always been the place for good fish. Our server, Ryan, was helpful, polite without being obsequious, and turned down the lights when we asked him to. We sat in one of the raised sections, which I love - makes me feel "above the crowd"! It was quiet the night we were there, but is not always so - group gatherings there can be quite animated! My recommendation is this: if we have guests from out of town, McKelvie's is usually the first restaurant we suggest."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable and the food was excellent. We had the special that night - roasted potatoes, asparagus and halibut topped with shrimp after starting with a honey crisp apple and golden beet salad. The entree was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. The salad was fresh and delicious. We appreciated the option of purchasing wine by the half litre. Nice selection too. We definitely plan to return."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The food at McKelvies was amazing! I went there with a small group, the staff was friendly and attentive and everyone had an amazing meal. We will all be going back again :)"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "we went out for dinner with friends from out of town, we know that McKelvies will have the best/fresh seafood dishes."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "My wife was on the lookout for a lobster dinner at a reasonable price and she found it here. Food was very good and service top notch."
    Dined on 10/25/2013