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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
  • "We were three couples who got together one or two times per year. The round table worked well to facilitate conversation. Food was great with lots of options for the six."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We had a celebratory dinner with family and had 7pm reservations-Our waiter-Neil-said "I'm your guy", but he wasnt. We got our drinks at 7:45. The service improved moderately as the night went on, but not much. The restaurant was not even full! When you are paying those kind of prices, service is important. What was great, was the food and the great wine selction"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My reservations were based solely on reviews. When I arrived in Halifax and realized it was next to the tourist sites, I was skeptical and thought I'd made a mistake. It was most definitely not a mistake. It was our very best mea of our trip- and we did have some outstanding ones along the way. The bisque was perfect. Two of us followed it with their short rib ravioli that had a mushroom ragu. I was surprised to find this dish on the menu. It was delicious and I know that to make a short rib ravioli takes many time consuming steps. Impressed! They also offer a three-course meal for a set price. Two chose it and loved the grilled fish and exclaimed over the lobster mashed potatoes. Do get the coconut cream pie!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were generally pretty disappointed in the food. For the price, the seafood was pretty average. There are a lot of "non seafood specialty" restaurants in Halifax that have better seafood. The scallops and lobster were overdone. Ambience old-school, diner. Not a great restaurant. Average and expensive."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great lobster dinner here . My friend had the daily fish special...it was outstanding. Just a lovely enjoyable seafood meal in the heart of historic waterfront Halifax."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had heard that McKelvies had great seafood and we were not disappointed. We had the crusted Haddock and the steamed mussels. Both were beautifully prepared and presented. The only complaint we had was the noise level. With all of the hard surfaces and high ceilings, the sounds reverberated to the point of being annoying. In spite of this, we would return for the food."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had a wonderful family dinner. The food was great and the service fantastic."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed some wonderful meals during our ten days in Canada and McKelvies certainly ranked up there with the best of them. Our waiter, Ryan, was so personable that his outstanding service enhanced our experience. I started with the best Dark and Stormy cocktail I've ever had, thanks to Ryan's recommendation of the Propellor ginger beer. We both started with the seafood chowder and it was delicious, as was my bucket of mussels which was an extremely generous portion and had a wonderful flavor. The tempura fish tacos were also outstanding. All in all, a most enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went hear from out of town and food and service was great - nothing amazing but a good spot"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very much enjoy the food and the welcome feeling you get from the staff"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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
  • "Arrived in May for a conference so place very quiet.Lobster mac and cheese was half a pound of cheese and find the lobster bits."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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