Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.11mi
  4. Distance: 0.17mi
  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.11mi
  4. Distance: 0.17mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.11mi
  4. Distance: 0.17mi
  1. Distance: 0.02mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.11mi
  4. Distance: 0.17mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (24)
Romantic (20)
See All
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Cozy (13)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Casual (7)
Healthy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Seasonal (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Sort by
S
605 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
·Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I had the steak and it was just perfect! the wine was also very good. The only critique I have is the tiramisu was in a small glass and for the price I thought we should have gotten more. It tasted ok but I've actually had better for less money. Overall, though the experience was great and I'd definitely recommend the place. In fact, we already bought a coupon for a couple of our friends who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

100$ a plate was not even close to being worth it. I was expecting a lot bigger and better quality meats for the price. The taste wasn’t bad just the portions and cuts were not worth 100$ for a meal. I should have went to the Bycycle theif if I wanted to pay money like this and got a real 4 course meal.

Tags: Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We Went on New Years Eve - Expensive fixed menu we were not warned about when we confirmed reservation with restaurant - given poor seating, squeezed in next to bar close to TV and not in main restaurant area.
However, Food was excellent - especially crab cakes and service prompt and friendly. Would go back on a regular menu price day.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Thank you Scott for the amazing service. The seafood linguini is absolutely incredible! Great wine selection, will for sure be back!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was OK bur my wife's entree was not so good the Seafood Linguini was great as were the appetizers. The desserts were not worth ordering at least the coconut gelato, dry flaky and not a good taste. Wine was fine. A bit of a disappointment this time but will try again as in the past it was much better!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on December 21, 2017

Cafe Chianti has a good reputation and they lived up to it for my wife's birthday dinner for 10 of us. The food was terrific and the service was attentive and professional. We will definitely go again before long.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a scrumptious dinner, and the service was very attentive. My only complaint is that the dining room was very busy that night, and it was quite noisy. It was a bit difficult to have conversations with other people at the table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Hadn’t been to Cafe Chianti in many years, so glad we visited again. Th e food was excellent..we will definitely return with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was good. If gluten-free fettucini or linguine were offered instead of penne, I would have enjoyed the carbonara more.

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always delicious food! The service is friendly, and courteous. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The ambiance and variety of menu items makes this a perfect spot for a romantic evening. The mood was perfect and the food was delicious. I'll be back.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

A consistently good restaurant in the south end of Halifax. The proprietors have extensive experience in providing very good food and service in a charming, relaxed atmosphere. There is good choice on the menu and a very good selection of wine. Definitely worth a visit for lunch or dinner. Excellent choice for small groups or dinner parties in a private room secluded from the main restaurant and bar.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It is a lovely room with well spaced tables. The menu is creative and all selections were excellent. Our server was outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 28, 2017

First time I was ever there..Won a gift card through facebook and took my son there for his 19th b-day. We both loved it..The food was awesome, very tasteful...The desserts were to die for.....I had a lemon cheesecake and you can actually taste that the lemon was freshly squeezed.. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Simply amazing food.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on November 17, 2017

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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value1

 
·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.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service4
value1

 
·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
2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great service and food, as always !

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value2

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service2
value2

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·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.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service2
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.