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Chives Canadian Bistro

4.5
995 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Special Occasion (1432)
  • Romantic (906)

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Chives Canadian Bistro offers contemporary Canadian cuisine, in a unique casual atmosphere, in the heart of downtown Halifax. The key to Chives' success over the years has been cooking with the use of local, in-season ingredients offering our twist on Canadian cuisine, creating menus using the best and the freshest from the farms and waters of Nova Scotia. Combining a relaxed atmosphere and attentive service both Haligonians and guests from afar love our bistro.
The main dining room balances a cozy and private mood, as does the Private Dining Room for larger groups, but for a special occasion, arrange for seating in the bank vault-turned-wine cellar. Awarded Two Stars out of three Where to Eat in Canada 2004-Present ;Top 100 Restaurants in Canada Wine Access magazine2006 to Present; Best Chef The Coast 2009-2010; Best Fine Dining restaurant the Coast 2010
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(902) 420-9626
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Craig Flinn
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Blowers and Salter
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Parking details
5 level park and pay one street down from Barrington on Ganville as well as street parking outside of the restaurant.
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
3.0
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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2015

All the food that our group of 4 enjoyed was prepared very thoughfully and expertly prepared.
I would hightly recommend this restaurant. I will say though that if you are looking for seafood, as we were, it only has a few seafood options. But all the food is is locally sourced and they take great pride in their creative expression of all the meals.

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DogT (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

Never been let down on any of our visits to Chives. The service is great and the food is even better. Best of all you get to see and taste the best produce of NS transformed to mouthwatering dishes by the Chives team

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MrsDavos (Manitoba)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2015

We chose Chives for our 38th anniversary dinner while vacationing in Halifax. Because of the special occasion, we asked for the private dining in the vault. We were welcomed warmly and advised that the vault was ours for the evening. The service was excellent, very balanced between privacy and service. I had the Beef Wellington and my husband had their seared peach salad and lamb pot roast. A suggested wine, only available at this restaurant, perfectly complimented the dinners. The Beef Wellington was different from others I have had, but delicious, none the less. My husband loved his salad and entree. A homemade honey vanilla ice cream finished the meal perfectly along with a glass of ice wine. It was a wonderful, relaxing evening, perfect for our celebration. My only small complaint was that there is not much ventilation in a bank vault, so it got a little too warm by the end of our experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

We had a pleasant meal and the chef tried to accommodate my dietary needs. However, our table was not great...squished in a corner upstairs with a portable heater. We'd like to see more gluten free, dairy and egg free choices.
We will be back sometime soon.
LeRoy & Marilyn Riggs

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MSF13 (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2015

The food makes the experience outstanding! My wife and I are big time foodies and we are always happy when we leave Chives!

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Blueocean (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2015

My favorite restaurant in Halifax!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

Using "Where to eat in Halifax" as a guide my wife and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary with dinner at Chives. The food was fresh and very flavourful. Top notch cocktails and the server was very attentive and knowledgable about the menu. We will be back and have spread the word about this downtown gem

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HeatherP (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

Dinner was fresh food prepared really well. Their gluten free options are very good, as was the service. Our foursome had a table in their upstairs level, so the noise level was much quieter than the lower level. We all enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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LoveLocal (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

Chives is our go to when we have visitors or special occasions. The food and service are always wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2015

Next time I am back in Halifax, I will certainly make a point of going back to chives. While we were here, we also went to their other, more casual, restaurant "two doors down"...also fantastic.

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Giordani (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

As tribute to the end of the summer, myself and two friends decided to try Chives Bistro. We found the food to be lovely, but found our waiter to be terrible. He didn't say a word to us, ask us how our food was, or explain the specials of the day. We found ourselves to be attentive and were wondering why he chose to not be courteous to us. Between the 3 of us, we spent over $150 and wish our customer service was just a little bit better.

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NG20 (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

Our group of 6 had a reservation on a Saturday night and each one of us were extremely impressed by our dinners! Everything was delicious. This is a must-try spot in Halifax!! Ambiance was great - would be nice for a quiet dinner for 2!
My only complaint was the sort-of mediocre service. My husband and I chose Chives for dinner after our small wedding ceremony with just us and our parents. I was sure to include this information when I made my reservation a few days before so I thought they may do something a little bit special for us - even just a 'congratulations' from our server? When I worked in restaurants we always made sure to make the night extra special for people celebrating a special occasion. Didn't expect fireworks or anything, just a little more enthusiasm from our server! Overall, everything was great and I would 100% go back!

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Sarahgray22 (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

We've been going to chives for our anniversary over the last 6 years. We reserve the vault and it makes our evening so romantic. The food is always amazing. Every time we dine, the menu is different. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Anthony (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2015

We (a party of 6) ate at Chives on the 5 August 2015 to celebrate an academic milestone and to treat out of town guests. The food was great and the theme of fresh, seasonal and local came through loud and clear with local mushrooms and local fish taking center stage. The star this evening though was our server who was attentive without being obtrusive , always appearing just as one was completing a thought about what would be nice (like a refill of the glass). An interesting selection of beers and wines complete the menu and the relaxed atmosphere which encourages lingering (and of course ordering desert and coffees) made us think we were back in Europe again. A refreshing change from so many Halifax establishments who seem to try and shovel food at you to get you out the door quickly. The price is moderate but the service and both the quality and the presentation of the food is top notch, we will definitely be back and look forward to bringing other out of town guests.

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Tiffany (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2015

Had an absolutely wonderful experience. Staff went above and beyond and even made an off menu drink at my request that completed our very special meal. A must-visit for sure!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

This restaurant is excellent. Fresh local sourced ingredients.

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Gigi (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2015

Our evening at Chives was truly enjoyable. The food was innovative and prepared with local ingredients. The beef Wellington was incredible, so savory. Service was exceptional and informative. Will definitely be going back.

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HalifaxNewbie (Ottawa)
3.0  Dined on July 28, 2015

I had heard a great deal about Chives and how good it is so I was really looking forward to trying it out. The food is good - no question - and locally-sourced. But for me it was lacking that extra "delicious" factor that makes a dining experience special. There was no "wow" factor. And my impression was influenced by the slow service. We waited an inordinate amount of time for anyone to even notice us and once we put in our order - which included a main appetizer to be shared by the table as we were all hungry and wanted something quickly to take the edge off - we had a 40-45 minute wait for the appetizer to arrive. Nothing was offered to tied us over and one got the feeling they just hoped we would order more wine for the main course, (which was also slow to arrive). The restaurant wasn't busy, so the slow pace was a mystery. Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

We requested and received private seating in the "vault" of the restaurant, and were treated to warm, personal customer service from beginning to end. We enjoyed the emphasis on the quality of the dishes, which were primarily sourced locally in Nova Scotia. The restaurant is conveniently located downtown, a short walk from the hotels.

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Smorehalifax20 (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

First time at Chives for my birthday dinner. Something for everyone on the menu and the food was delcicious and fresh. Would highly recommend this place to anyone especially for a romantic date.

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