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Chives Canadian Bistro

995 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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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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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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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.
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
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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.

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

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.

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

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!

Blueocean (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2015

My favorite restaurant in Halifax!!!

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

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.

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!

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.