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About Cafe Chianti

Relax in our cozy restaurant and indulge your inner gastronome.
Enjoy one of our signature cocktails or explore our climate controlled wine cellar.
We offer a large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, pizza and chicken dishes.
2 separate dining rooms are available for private parties from 15 people up to 65, extensive bar selections with a deep wine cellar specializing in Italian, French and Californian wines.

Proudly serving you for over 27 years!

1241, Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Y2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Harvey Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(902) 423-7471

Website:
http://www.cafechianti.com/

Entertainment:
On special days / private parties

Catering:
3 course dinners starting at $55.00/person

Parking Details:
50 parking meters within 1 minutes of the restaurant

offer limited underground valet parking in the eveings

Public Transit:
bus stop 100 feet from the restaurant, connections to all of Halifax

Executive Chef:
Graham Ross

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
we specialize in catering to Birthdays, Office Parties, Weddings, X-Mass parties and any other special occasion you may have for the past 27 years. If you need catering for 10 or 125 we can make it happen with ease.
Contact Mr. Jan Wicha ( catering ) 902-423-7471 or info@cafechianti.ca and leave your contact information.

Cafe Chianti Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
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Romantic (26)
Business Meals (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Cozy (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Authentic (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Okay, but over-rated and over priced. The presentation is very nice, as is the service and atmosphere. It's a great place for dates or intimate dinner with friends. However, there were some very obvious and avoidable errors with some of the dishes.
I had the duck, which was very nicely done at medium rare. The vegetables, too, we're very nice. The risotto was under done with crunchy bits throughout. Not what I would expect from a higher end Italian place.
The spaghetti seafood had fresh seafood, but mushy, not fresh (pre-cooked) pasta. A disappointment at, again, a higher end Italian restaurant.
The brick chicken dish had good chicken--moist and flavorful. However, the potato accompaniment was bland, without seasoning and totally tasteless. It tasted like a warmed over dish from a day or two before. Not good, especially for a... well, you know the rest.
Dessert! Yay! The lemon cheesecake was dry and had an artificial after taste. The flourless chocolate cake and the cheesecake were drizzled with a chocolate sauce that can only be identified as Hersheys syrup. Yes, Hersheys syrup, straight up. Finally, the creme brule lacked the smooth consistency of homemade, and was more like that of a mix from a box. Not good.
Green tea was a local store brand, President's Choice. Although I'm sure the store brand is of the highest quality, it's not what I would expect at a fine dining establishment.
I could go on about the mediocre appetizers, but if you've read this far, you have the idea. Overall, the chef is 'phoning it in' at this place, and not living up to the prices or atmosphere. My advice, savvy diner, is to lay your money and expectations elsewhere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO CAFE CHIANTI FOR YEARS NOW. I PUT ON THE RESERVATION THAT IT WAS OUR ANNIVERSARY. THERE WAS NOTHING EXTRA DONE TO MAKE A SPECIAL EVENING. THE FOOD WAS TASTY BUT VERY OVER PRICED FOR WHAT I ORDERED. THIS WILL BE OUR FINAL VISIT AFTER 10 YEARS OF RECOMMENDING IT.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cafe Chianti put up a group of 11 doctors from a local university. We were the loudest group there and we're sorry about that. The service was phenomenal. The food was incredible. The ambiance was perfection. They get all the stars on every review. Thank you to the staff at Cafe Chianti.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was our first time here, came based on reviews when looking for a romantic spot to spend our anniversary. Service was excellent, and sincere. Food recommendations were spot on. Food was terrific. Was a touch on the loud side when the place was full, but overall, we loved this place and would go there again. Not the cheapest place in town, but you get what you pay for.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We always have good service and the food is always excellent. We look forward to the experience each time!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Cozy, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our first visit to Halifax and wanted a dining experience that seemed to appeal to locals. I think we had that tonight. Good wine prices, foodie worthy and nice sized portions

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We enjoyed almost everything about this restaurant except for the noise level. This was due to the fact that there were two large parties enjoying themselves very much when we arrived. The volume precluded us from having a conversation despite the fact we were sitting across the table from each other. Noise aside, the meal was very enjoyable and the service was attentive and deliberate. We would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went to Cafe Chianti on a girls weekend and we were not disappointed! The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was spectacular! We would definitely come again!

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. I am replaying the beautiful medley of flavours in my head, wish I lived close enough to enjoy another dinner soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great service! Great food! Great atmosphere! Seafood crepes were to die for!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great service and food, as always !

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was outstanding service was not as friendly or relaxing as usual (new server?).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very nice restaurant, the ambiance and service enhance a creative menu. The wine list is excellent and should you have a palate for a very special wine the owner's cellar is a rear treat.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Love the atmosphere. Very casual and easy to have a conversation. Would definitely recommend and will definitely return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The ambience and service were wonderful. My concerns were the with the food quality and the prices were on the high side. My chicken Parmesan was overdone and at $25.95 over priced as well. My friends lamb braised ravioli was tasty but at $25.95 she thought this was overpriced too. The tiramisu at $11.95 was overpriced for the small portion that was served. It had been my idea to try this restaurant and I should have checked out the menu first so that there were no surprises as well as checked the reviews ahead of time. Thx Barb

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very pleased with this restaurant. Server was efficient and friendly and the food was to die for. The wine list was comprehensive and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Would def recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The service was uneven and the food was mediocre. Did not live up to reviews.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Bit of a deception to start, front window shows a table with linen tablecloth, but NO tables inside had them.
What I wished to order was "Sorry, we're all out" (at 7:00 pm) rather early to be running out.
Conversely when the wine I wanted was "out of stock" they upgraded my order at the same cost.

Overall quite respectable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The menu is northern italian with a maritime seafood focus. It used to be east european specializing in hungarian dishes that were less common. Italian is common in Halifax. I miss those hungarian items like gholash . They should consider bringing some of them back for variety and to differentiate themselves.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

was a great dining experience. The scallops are simply delicious. I was adventurous and tried the octopus, I a not a big fan. I am sure they are fantastic, if you like octopus but not for me. My server was great. He knew when to show up and when to be invisible, which is always a good thing when having dinner ad conversation with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This restaurant came highly rated and was an easy walk from the Westin Nova Scotian. Great menu with attentive service staff, and good ambiance. The only negative that kept me from a 5 rating was my cannelloni came very hot and I needed to wait 10 minutes before eating it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely. However, the service was very slow at the start and a request for sparkling water was never filled. Otherwise, the waitress was friendly and somewhat knowledgable. Otherall, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Came here with friends for a birthday celebration. The food was outstanding. The server was personable and efficient. He was very funny too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food, great service. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had an excellent meal here - they are an Italian restaurant and they do an exceptional job! Our server was friendly and personable and thoroughly knew the menu and had excellent suggestions when I couldn't decide! My wife and I came for my birthday and the only let down was that OpenTable asks if you have any special request/notes to go with your reservation so for fun I put it was my birthday since that was the occasion. However the restaurant made no note of it at all - by no means an issue because it's just a birthday, but I figured why even ask then? Lol That was minor though - would definitely go again and the whole experience was among the best in Halifax!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing friendly service, tasty food and wine and a great atmosphere. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Loved our waiter - recommended an amazing red wine to compliment our dinner

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful evening. Staff was great, food was amazing. Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was an overall pleasant experience and I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Don't let outside appearance fool you! Cafe Chianti is much bigger inside and is split into two main dining rooms. Great decor adds an authentic flair. Our server was super nice and brought us reading glasses when we realized we'd forgotten ours. Food was superb - would heartily recommend arancini or asparagus starters and the duck for mains. Finished off with super smooth crime brûlée

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We went for our anniversary dinner. Originally wanted to go elsewhere, but it was too busy. Luckily we found this gem! It was a lovely place, almost felt like someone's home inside. The dining room was fairly full and, apart from waiting a while to be asked for initial drink order, everything came out quickly once order was in. Food was delicious - we got the calamari to start and for mains got the gnocchi and seafood linguini. The gnocchi was light and tender and the cheesy pomodoro sauce was very flavourful. The seafood in both our appetizer and linguini was all cooked to perfection. For dessert we had the lemon pannacotta, even though we were so full from all but licking our dinner plates, and it was the perfect light addition to finish the meal. All in all would highly recommend this restaurant and happy we ended up here instead of first choice!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 25, 2017

It would have been nice to have more choices for vegetarians and a vegan option too.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food is amazing.....service is even better....but the wine.....the best

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Table as requested was provided. Our server "Scott" was great. The food was excellent

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Don't know how we missed this one before. Excellent food and good value. We will return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent service attentif et professionnel , mets goûteux

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had been to Cafe Chianti before, and returned this time for our wedding anniversary. Because it was Monday night, it was nice and quiet. Our waiter was excellent, helped us to decide what we wanted to eat and was around just enough that we felt looked after without being bothered. the wine was excellent, likely the best caesar salad i have ever had, and both my wife and I had the chicken parm which was delicious. Recommend to any one looking for agreat meal downtown.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

One of our favourite spots. Great food, good wine selection, good service and nice ambience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

My husband and I were on vacation in Nova Scotia, spending the day in Halifax. We decided to eat at Cafe Chianti because I had found a groupon for the restaurant. I'm so glad that we did! The food was excellent and our server was outstanding. I would highly recommend!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

A lovely dinner with outstanding service. The lamb ravioli was delicious as was the beet salad. Highly recommend and a bit out of the fray from downtown.

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