The Five Fishermen
The Five Fishermen

The Five Fishermen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fivefishermen.com/
  • Phone: 9024224421 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    The Restaurant (Upstairs):
    Daily from 5:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday - Saturday
    Valet Parking available beginning at 5pm

    The Grill (Downstairs; no reservation required):
    11:30 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday
    4:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

    Oyster Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00 pm daily (The Grill)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: James MacDougall
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining with capacity for 45. Restaurant buy-out available.
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Brown 9024224421x
  • Entertainment: The Five Fishermen - has earned the reputation of Halifax's premier seafood restaurant for over 35 years. Internationally known for delicious seafood, gracious hosts and historical setting, The Five Fishermen offers the best of Nova Scotia hospitality and cuisine. The freshest Maritime bounty, an award winning wine list and genuine Maritime hospitality makes dining at the Five Fishermen extraordinary.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carmichael Street
  • Public Transit: One block from major public transit stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking as well as large covered parking lot one block from restaurant and hotel parking nearby. Valet parking service available.
A word from The Five Fishermen
The Five Fishermen Restaurant & Grill is known for its Nova Scotian Seafood, Alberta Angus beef and an array of Chef-inspired menu items, prepared with uncompromising quality.

Recognized annually as one of the best dining experiences in Halifax; it is located in one of downtown's most historical buildings with connections to the Titanic and Halifax Explosion.

The Five Fishermen Restaurant & Grill offers valet parking service beginning at 5pm daily.
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The Five Fishermen reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)fit for foodies (43)romantic (40)notable wine list (27)good for groups (19)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (8)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (7)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • very impressed enjoyed it very much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    There are not enough stars on your Service rating to express how we felt about the service, right from the door man to the hostess to the excellent waiter. The waiter was very friendly and very helpful with the wine list and selection. The food was very good and the deserts were amazing. We have since recommended it to someone we just met and we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Recommended
    Pisces
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had a delicious meal at The Five Fisherman. Our waiter was very personable and the service was great.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Fishes.
    raspberrypi
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were visiting from out if town and read good things about this place. We made a reservation (highly recommended) but for there a bit early so we had a drink at the bar. Bar staff was friendly and attentive and their drinks list is extensive. When we got to our table we were seated upstairs by a window with a lovely view of the Halifax harbour. I ordered the halibut with lobster/potato hash and grilled asparagus and he ordered crab crusted haddock with steamed asparagus and mashed potatoes (a substitution). Both dishes were excellent. They were small portions by chain restaurant standards, but perfect for us to enjoy with room for dessert (a fantastic pecan tart). Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner at this restaurant to celebrate my friend's birthday, and everything was more over our expectation. The staff are friendly and food is stunning. We are totally foodies, and I tried bundles of restaurants. But I have to say this is definitely my favorite restaurant so far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner for one
    dining4one
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was my first time in Halifax or work and had heard such good things about five fisherman... I made my reservation for one and arrived on time.. they originally seated me in front of the bathroom doors where there is a dreadful bright spotlight which made me feel center stage for a monologue. I returned downstairs to the hostess to say that I would wait for another table... the manager then offered me a glass of champaign then promptly escorted me to a most intimate table beside the fireplace... it was a gesture that I'll never forget.. I had the most delightful waitress who was attentive and thoughtful. The food was extraordinary and succulent.. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Mussel bar
    angryaboutthemusselbar
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The best part of the restaurant was the mussel bar. It's gone now. I'll never go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continued Greatness
    John4802
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A recent visit following ones 10 and 14 years ago found this restaurant wonderful and consistent in all aspects of food, service and ambience. A definite dining experience must for any visit to Halifax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and made to feel at home
    johnboote
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very friendly staff, made to feel welcome by all the staff along the way to the table. Wonderful flavors and great tasting food. Super atmosphere in the dining area. Great Server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had oysters, scallops, lobster ravioli, and halibut on lobster hash ....all perfectly cooked and delicious ...well the oysters were raw but were perfectly shucked ;) Our waitress (I think it was April) was very friendly and down to earth. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Keep in mind that this is touted as one of Halifax's best fine dining restaurants. If you are planning a special occasion dinner, save yourself the embarrassment. Specifically, the Salad Nicoise was minuscule and the Arugula & Pear, mediocre. The Classic Lobster was small for the price and the sides were laughable; the tablespoon of coleslaw looked pureed and the "potato salad" consisted of four new boiled and oiled potatoes, halved, and without the promised bacon dressing. Desert was also mediocre and the "wine by the glass" selection was limited. The servers were helpful and attentive, as I too would be in anticipation of a 15%-20% tip on a $200 bill! Happy birthday honey!
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  • Great food!
    jojo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We loved the food here! Our only problem was the slow service. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be like that or if they were slower than usual. We waited 10-15 minutes between courses with little attention from our server. Would recommend this place for food but with a warning on speed!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not impressed
    Deezer
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This upscale restaurant had nice, old antique decor. Drinks were good but food was small portion and tasteless. We went for lobster and scallops and they were under seasoned and tasteless. Not worth the money. Staff doesn't like if you have an issue and it takes forever to get a manager. When a manager did arrive she took care of us and made it known that customer service is number one when your not impressed.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • My favorite resto in Halifax
    Tamoshanter
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Five Fisherman has been my all time favorite place for seafood in all Halifax. Not only the food but in my past experience, the best service. However the last time, one week ago, Aug. 31, my dining experience (mostly relative to the service) was absolutely shocking and embarrassing. To name a few issues we had; -to ask for water -to ask to order -to call upon another waitor twice as ours was unavailable and was not interested in checking with our table Just to name a few, it was a very unpleasant dining experience especially when I raved to a friend about how fabulous the Five Fisherman was. We spoke to the manager, Heather, after we paid our cheque, which was just under $200/pp. She thanked us and sent us on our way. Not acceptable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Server was terrible. Never received our main course and finally left after 1.5 hour wait.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    BbeattyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Truly too bad the service took 2.5 hours, just to get entrees; would not go back anytime soon, food was good though
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a change
    WRFGVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Hadn't been here in two years, after having been a regular. What a downward slide. Unfortunate.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    MTLgoalie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After hearing so much about the 5 fishermen, I was disappointed at the value for dollar and the overall experience. The establishment came recommended based on past patronage, but not from recent visits. Although the dishes looked nice upon presentation, the three separate dishes ordered were not as tasty as could be, were not served hot (but rather warm) and in one case cool, which was sent back and placed in a microwave. the following evening I had a far better experience at a seafood restaurant at the harbour front. I write for Trip Advisor and can only state that the ambiance and service were good, however, the food itself left a lot to be desired.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood at Its Finest
    LadyDi
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From the ice cold oysters to the lobster-stuffed scallops and kale salad, the food was delicious. We arrived on the early side and were rewarded with half price oysters during happy hour. We met friends who were also visiting Halifax, and were so happy that we escaped the noisy, less comfortable waterfront restaurants. The architecture of this old building is a gem with waiters ready to tell the stories of prior use. A very enjoyable meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    BusinessTravel
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was very good but not exceptional - under-seasoned would be a fair summary. Anything 'blackened' should have a bite to it. Service more than made up for that and the patio looking out onto the park was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting design
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was a highly recommended spot but service was a bit slow and parts of my lobster dinner were chewy. The ambience was interesting as the restaurant had gone through several purposes, the most recent being a funeral home. Nevertheless, our experience overall was pretty good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lobster
    Cayenne3
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    On the recommendation of a local, we reserved a table at Five Fishermen for a fresh, whole lobster dinner. The hostess had us wait 15-20 minutes for our table, after ascertaining in which part of the restaurant we were interested - fine dining or casual. We chose casual after looking at the two menus, as the whole lobster was $1 less expensive and did not involve stairs. Service was leisurely and most pleasant. The 1.5# lobsters came with some potatoes and a few whole green beans. I've had fresher-tasting lobster, but this one was quite good - perhaps not as sweet as I'd like, but still delicious. The claws and tails were cracked for easy access but otherwise intact. Overall, a nice dinner in a pleasant venue.
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  • Absolutely phenomenal!
    AnonyMouse
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First off, I won't go too in depth to save time and space, but you'll love the decor and history! Ask for their pamphlet. The lobster ravioli is made with fresh lobster, go figure, by the chef who makes them fresh every morning. Portions are very very small here. They tell you that when you order, but wow, they ARE tiny! I thought the Five Fish would be a great dinner selection for this place. It didn't blow me away. The lobster risotto and giant shrimp were fantastic, but the oysters, salmon, and halibut?, were nothing special, just average I thought. You have to get dessert! It's that simple ...do it! The servers are friendly & really cater to your age and personality to make it a fun experience, awesome! I'll be going back one day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    Leonard
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    You are seated by a story teller who explains the origins of the building and the stories of its past. The server is exceptionately attentive without being noticed - refills, clear away used plates, etc. The portion are not large but the ingredients are ample and tastefully prepared. A higher priced restaurant but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great location, especially if one is going to the Metro Centre after dinner! The Old Time oppulance modernised. Impeccable service. One does pay well for the pleasures, notably for the wine!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Arrived in time for reservation but started to panic as there was no parking in sight. Saved by valet parking. Staff very personable and accomodating. Food outstanding. Is be back in a minute if I lived nearer Great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    KJ439WestStPaulMB
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food & service were fabulous! We had a window seat, however, right by the waiter's station and a lot of walking traffic to/from the washroom from the other dining room.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time!
    BobJaye
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were at this restaurant a year ago and they had an amazing mussel bar - very disappointed it was removed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, mediocre service
    HHfromCanmoreVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Always good food at the Five Fisherman. Consistent and predictable. Our server mostly ignored us... Long wait to order drinks, then food, then the bill... Had to ask for the wine list, then had to ask for water, then had to ask for salt and pepper. Nice atmosphere and good seafood. Good place to bring tourists to Halifax - better than the usual tourist restaurants (Salty's, etc).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expecting too much
    charlycotton
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    It was highly recommend. The shrimp appetizer was completely off. Too spicy could not taste garlic. It's garlic shrimp dish? The dessert decadence chocolate? is simply under standard. The service is not attentive. The Salmon dish & the 5 fish where very good. Over all maybe a bit expensive for the quality and believe me I eat in restaurant all the time. Henri and Charlotte
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superbly prepared and presented
    drogo
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have dined here twice, unfortunately the mussel bar was gone on this last occassion but it remains one of the best places to eat seafood. It is fresh from local sources, never frozen and prepared just right. The service was prompt and attentive.. I would recommend it to anyone and intend to return myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our evening spent at five fishermen was enhanced by the personal attention and genuine caring of all of the staff we came in contact with. The food was superb. As a customer it is always a pleasure when the staff is relaxed and enjoy their work environment. Please pass on to your staff a job well done. We will certainly return for another evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Five Fisherman
    suomalainen
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a great dinner as we finally got in, because the previous day we tried to get in without a reservation thinking Wednesday can't be that busy, well we were wrong this place is busy all the time. Service was great, friendly waiter took care of all or needs and the food was not disappointing, would recommend to everyone to try a dinner here.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ever here of salt and pepper?
    Sparkus
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The atmosphere at 5 fish was pleasant and our server Mallory was exceptional but the food was subpar to say the least I had the pan seared halibut with lobster potatoe hash and my wife the house special a medley of seafood.When I have to ask for salt then the chef either doesn't season or forgot the halibut was a big piece of dry chewy tastless fish with a cloyingly sweet sauce on the hash. My wife like most of her seafood except for the halibut which was dry and tastless.Too bad the place has 2 outta 3 but they need to taste what they're preparing
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  • Good for Tourists
    Noreaster
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good for the unadventurous diner I guess they used to have a "mussel bar" but new ownership/management changed that, for the better.they now list on their menu that you can get unlimited mussels if you order them.What was funny about it was they ran out of mussels before we ordered a second bowl. they offered us another appetizer gratis.crab cakes were only fair in flavor, texture and "crabbiness". I had a salad (beet, goat and nuts, I think) which was decent size but fairly pedestrian.seafood pasta was adequate, decent tomato sauce although somewhat heavy for the delicate variety of seafood which included lobster, scallops, shrimp and white fish. wine list was very limited. Our server was very accommodating and friendly.
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  • Fair Quality - Small Portions
    Epicurean
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Arrived at restaurant early and they were very accommodating in providing our party with a table. I consider that good service. The portions were very small and the quality was just fare. $16 for a lobster tail that was extremely chewy and tough and the fish on the 5 fish platter was very dry although the risotto was good. The music was loud and the lights shining though the ceiling fans created an annoying strobe light effect on the table. Another table complained about this and they shut the fans off. I found the waitress was a little pushy and she removed drinks off the table before we were finished without asking. I don't mind paying if the quality it good but this restaurant missed the mark on both quality and price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dinner- fun history
    HalmulVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We found this place on Open Table and loved it-- it started with the hostess welcoming us and saying "so I see you have never been here before"-- in all the places I have booked with O-T and they ask "have you been here before" this was the first place to actually note that comment-- the food was great- but what is really cool about eating here is reading the history of the building---(hint: ghosts) If you are in town for a night or a few, pick one and dine here.
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    romantic
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  • Awesome restaurant!!!
    Fabulous
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I can't say enough about Five Fishermen...it's my favorite in all of Halifax & it's a must every time I visit (every 3 years). The food is wonderful, staff is awesome, the ambience incredible. For history buffs, this building has it all! Be sure to ask them for a brochure on the buildings' history.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Bland Food
    SJOSH
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Scallops as appetizer with soba noodles were great. Rest of the food was bland an unseasoned. Lobster was ok but not great. Halibut was again unseasoned, had better fish at battered fish on the waterfront. Service was good, waiter was friendly. I would recommend this place for the price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal!
    JerseyGirl1205
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was my third dinner here. Hubby was disappointed that the salad and mussel bar had been removed. Portions are on the small side, but delectable! I had the lobster-stuffed scallops and they were perfection
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Urafoodie
    Urafoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had the lobster ravioli & it was okay,not great. I also had the haddock,which was good but a bit over cooked. The other 3 people enjoyed their food. They liked the mussels & bread a lot. Service was great.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.