Decent Food, Friendly Service
The Food is quite good. A few more non-shellfish options would be nice. Prices a little higher than the food quality justifies, however, overall is a good restaurant with a nice atmosphere and efficient and friendly service.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience, as always.
I took my mom here for Mother's Day. She's from Ontario and McKelvies' is always our favourite place to come when she's in town. Our waitress was very nice, and other than the service being a little bit slow at times (even though the restaurant was not that busy), the dinner was perfect. An added bonus was finding out that they now sell mix for their amazing bread!
Overall, we had a wonderful time and will definitely be back. The food was amazing, as always, and the atmosphere and customer service were great. I've never had anything less than a great experience here and recommend it to all my friends.
Also: the coconut cream pie was the best thing I've ever tasted.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always - great food at
As always - great food at a reasonable price in the heart of old Halifax
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined @ McKelvies
We have dined @ McKelvies each time we have visited Halifax and are never disappointed. We started our meal with scallops which did not disappoint. My husband enjoyed the lobster and I had the halibut stuffed with crab and cream cheese. Both entrees came with perfectly steamed asparagus w/ green beans. The wine list is good. Service on this particular evening was very good. The staff was friendly and efficient. All in all another very pleasing meal.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best seafood in Halifax?
We are visiting from SScotland and like our seafood so asked around where to go and were recommended McKlevies, it was good nitenaiveadvice. The place was busy when we arrived but our table was set, service was excellent, helpful but not intrusive. Choice of food was just what we were looking for, it was seafood everywhere. We shared a starter of garlic prawns are then had a seafood gratin and a lobster dish (you have to have lobster here) and it was great. Meal was finished with a brilliant blueberry ice.
We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant and might even visit again before we leave NS.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food, wonderful dining atmosphere, and great service!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
McKelvie's never fails. Great food, Nice ambience, reasonable prices and nice atmosphere. Never had a bad meal here over many years.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service
Had a business dinner with a client. Service was prompt and pleasant. We enjoyed the ability to talk without having to raise our voices to overcome any background noise. Relaxing atmosphere. Would go back again. Enjoyed the lobster sliders and pan fried halibut.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I made an excellent choice
First of all asking for a window allowed you to place my party on the upper floor very close to the window with a harbour view. Neil our server was very friendly, professional and proficient.. With his help we were able to talk, eat and leave very happy and satisfied. He was very good tempting us with dessert however we had to pass. Thank you for providing a pleasant lunch experience.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Found the staff very professional - menu was great in that it offered quite a variety of meals - meals we ordered were very tastly. On the other hand found the wine offerings to be a bit on the high side.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
As good as I remembered....
On a business trip to Halifax, (mind you, we used to live here!), we brought a new colleague of mine to MY favorite restaurant: McKelvies! He lives here but never been to your location! Well.... lets just say that he will return and each time my job will bring me here, you'll see me!
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived a few minutes early for our Sunday evening reservation, and were immediately made welcome. While the restaurant was quite full, tables are nicely spaced, giving a sense of privacy/intimacy. Our table also had a fine view of the street. Our server was polite and knowledgeable, with excellent timing and good suggestions. The seafood chowder was nothing short of amazing--rich and complex without being heavy. The fisherman's platter was immense and perfectly cooked, as were the scallops. They also had some inventive drink options (including some non-alcoholic choices that were quite refreshing--try the gingerberry lemonade). Would definitely return!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seafood- Great Ribs- Terrible
we were a table of four, the other three had seafood as that was the purpose of the meal, to have visitors to halifax enjoy some good halifax seafood, the three of them really enjoyed their meal. I had ribs that were $28, the ribs looked like they were boiled and then BBQ sauce was covering them. I know that McKelvies is a seafood restaurant so i was not expecting the worlds best ribs, but i was disappointed with them. I did not make a complaint to our server as I assumed that was the way the ribs were normally prepared.
7/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Should be first choice
Once again we visited Halifax and were looking for great seafood. We were going to go to the Waterfront Warehouse but at the last minute we changed our minds. We went to McKelvies and were blown away. turned out to be the best dinner we had of the whole visit to Halifax.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best seafood chowder EVER
Best seafood chowder EVER - and I try seafood chowder almost everywhere I go. Great service! Coconut cream pie was also delicious:)
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We told our out of town guests
We told our out of town guests that McKelvies is a great restaurant and it didn't disappoint. The food, as usual, was excellent and our server, Norm, was professional, helpful and fun. We often bring guests to the restaurant and will continue to consider it our "go-to" place.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delishes fishes dishes
The title is a slogan in this restaurant. It's not our first time there and it won't be our last. The service was second to none, with Jenny giving us that one on one personal feeling. While she tended to others, she kept a keen eye on our every move and was on the mark every time! I ordered flowers online prior to my arrival and they were sitting there on a well presented table ready for us. A nice touch!
The food was absolutely wonderful. The poached salmon was second to none; the vegetables were fresh, well prepared and well presented. The lobster/shrimp/scallop pasta in the cream sauce with tagliatelle was awesome, bright and very tasty. Perhaps the best pasta I've ever experienced in seafood.
The restaurant a great place to dine!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated our anniversary.
Celebrated our anniversary. It had been many years since we last ate at McKelvies, because we no longer worked downtown. It was a very good meal. The menu had a great selection.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Meal, great atmosphere.
We were on vacation and were served one of our best meals of the trip at McKelvies. The service and atmosphere was great.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great seafood restaurant
My husband and I went with my parents to celebrate my Dad's birthday. We made a reservation and were given a great table with a nice view. The service was excellent. We couldn't believe how quickly we got our food.
You can choose between small plates, middle plates and large plates or a tasting menu. I had the potato crusted haddock which was amazing. It comes with a cream sauce and grilled vegetables. My mom had the lobster sliders and loved them. The creme brulee for dessert was also excellent.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Booked dinner for our 19th wedding anniversary. Our waitress Ashley was great, full of smiles, attentive. Ordered the Jump Up Calamari & spring rolls for appetizers, both which were very good. Wine list was a bit sparse. Main course seafood; fish, scallops, shrimp on a bed of rice was good but not great, hubbie had steak and lobster tail, steak was done excellent, but lobster tail was tough and dry. Would have been nice just to have a flower or something in recognition of our special occasion. Would dine here again.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The lobster was perfectly cooked and very succulent . Great chowder as well! The ambiance was warm and friendly. The restaurant was full with many different groups including groups of friends, some families and mostly couples. We absolutely loved the experience!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always bring guests here
I always bring guests here when they come to town, and we've never been disappointed. The selection of fish and seafood is awesome, which is why we choose this restaurant to bring guests to. The dishes are always great, and the service is always professional. You don't have to wait a long time for your food either, which is a bonus, but at the same time, they don't rush you. The wine list is also quite good. Reservations are good to have here.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had Mussels and a seafood
I had Mussels and a seafood jambalya. Outstanding! Wine list is excellent, as well. We went on the busiest day of the year as students were returning to university and may parents were having their last meal with their children. The service was excellent and they didn't miss a beat even with all the crowd. Well done! Thank you for a great meal.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Husband and I have been enjoying McKelvies for a few years now and it never ceases to amaze. The food is excellent. While we sometimes branch out to one of the other delicious dishes, our favourite is the Potato Crusted Haddock. The portions are great and the fish is cooked perfectly. The hosts and servers are friendly, well spoken, knowledgeable about the menu, energetic and attentive; just generally fantastic! The music was a little loud but I could still hear my husband, and not any of the other tables.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Large restaurant with good
Large restaurant with good food and comparable pricing to others in the area. Service was good and the atmosphere is nice.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great but not perfect
This restaurant has a great reputation & for the most part it lived up to it. My only disappointment was the crunchy haddock. It was crunchy but that was all. it had no flavour at all. After having the tempura shrimp, which were amazing, the haddock was a downer. The crab bisque was fabulous. The other meals our group had lived up expectations. Those that had desserts loved them also.Our server was the best.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time at Mckelvies, and it hasn't disappointed. Quick service and great food, located in the heart of the action.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent lobster, fair pricing and fresh. Services was attentive despite how busy the location was. I've dined here before and they never failed to impress with the selection and quality.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Dining Experience
This was our first time to dine at McKelvies's but it certainly won't be our last. Whenever we're visiting Halifax (live in Toronto, ON) we'll be sure to come back as we thoroughly enjioyed our meal and overall evening. Loved the table assigned to us as even though the restaurant was quite busy and loud, we were still able to carry on a conversation w/o shouting at one another. Service was attentive and the Halibut fillet was delicious! Nothing negative to say at all really.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Right in the center of Halifax's
Right in the center of Halifax's port area; excellent food & service. Had the soup of the day & the fish taco's & they were the best I've ever had. Prices very reasonable. Appears to fill up quickly for lunch with the business crowd.
Worth a stop if you are in town touring or for business.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food at good prices
We had a large group and we all ordered from the higher end of the menu. None of us were disappointed. Excellent seafood with very nice staff. The food is reasonably priced when compared to other local seafood resaturants.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice birthday dinner
We booked McKelvies for a special reason and it turned out to be a a great pick for everyone, the food was wonderful and among a few tears and a lot of laughs the Birthday dinner went extremely well. Thank you.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always been a long time fan for their fish, but haven't been in for a while. Was not disappointed - although busy we weren't rushed, and the food was excellent.
Service was a little hit-and miss, without the attention to detail i would expect. But we had a great time
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fall Tasting Menu
We had a wonderful meal this past weekend. Tried the Fall Tasting Menu. The lamb shanks were the best I have ever had to eat. We will definitely be back to eat. We had friendly and professional service.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
we went out for dinner with friends from out of town, we know that McKelvies will have the best/fresh seafood dishes.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
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 :)
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM