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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Nova Scotia

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Nova Scotia? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Tilly’s Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (497)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
New Glasgow
About the restaurant
At Tilly's Kitchen, our daily goal is to create, serve and enjoy fine food. The woman behind Chef Brad's inspiration was his Nana Tilly and her passion for cooking. We love fresh food, flavorful food, food that’s in season, and food that’s distinct. We design our menus with local market fresh ingredients, so that the food we serve you is as fresh and flavorful as can be. We welcome you to our restaurant, and wish you a hearty appetite.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
One of the finest quality restaurants in Nova Scotia...great food...a great chef really shows!
A photo of Drift restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1164)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Halifax
About the restaurant
A distinct new dining experience led by celebrated Chef Anthony Walsh, Drift features modern, elevated takes on classic Atlantic Canadian dishes and traditions. Located on the main level of the newly built Muir Hotel, our salon, bar and promenade offer a simple, modern and stylish setting in which to dine, drink, linger and relax without interruption. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as late night drinks, we warmly invite you to experience a taste of Drift at your leisure.
Top review
KathyL
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service were exceptional. Our server, Nathan, was excellent.
A photo of EDNA Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (705)
CAN$30 and under
Bistro
Halifax
About the restaurant
An upmarket neighbourhood bistro serving locally focused dishes. We are a bustling one-room restaurant with a comfy bar. Seasonal menus include P.E.I. Blue Dot rib eye steaks, local seafood, and seasonal veg.

Open for lunch service Tuesday-Friday 1130-230
Open for Supper service Tuesday-Sunday 5-10pm
Open for Brunch service Sunday 10-2 pm (beginning Jan 21)

We keep bar seating open for walk-ins each night so feel free to pop in.

Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed.

***Please note when picking a reservation time that our licence requires minors (even sweet tiny little babies) to be out of the restaurant by 10pm, sorry for the inconvenience.
Top review
Fancyvip
Dined 6 days ago
Good food and great service. We had a wonderful dinner and the attentive service really stood out. The baked oysters were lovely as well as the entrees. Wine list could use some expanding
A photo of CHOP Steakhouse & Bar - Halifax restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1405)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Halifax
About the restaurant
Chop was created for people who love sharing, connecting and everything steak. We are proud to offer a menu that shares our commitment to sustainable beef sourcing, serving high-quality cuts of 100% Canadian beef. It isn’t just the meat that’s special – it’s also how we cook it. Our Montague broiler cooks at up to 1800 °F, giving a beautiful crust and flavour to every steak! We slow roast our prime rib in a humidity-controlled oven, keeping it mouth-watering and tender. And we put this level of care into each of our hand-crafted drinks, and from-scratch dishes, including plant-based and seafood options, with something for everyone to enjoy. All of this quality comes with friendly hospitality in warm and energetic rooms. Open for breakfast, happy hour, dinner and late-night!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our server was fantastic, truly a remarkable job from her in terms of item description, prompt service, and general conversation. We ordered the burger and New York centre cut, IT WAS SO GOOD! My husband received a free desert for his birthday and we were given a welcome snack for being there for the first time. We will be back :)
A photo of Lou pécou pizzeria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (135)
CAN$30 and under
Pizzeria
Halifax
About the restaurant
In Provence, a region in southeastern France, “Lou Pécou” is the term for the peduncle, or stalk, that holds a cluster of fruit. Our grandparents taught us that when in the kitchen, you must start with the freshest and finest of ingredients. They had a unique way of feeling and picking lou pécou, to know if the fruit and vegetable is local, ripe, and fresh. We look forward to passing you these traditions and learnings through our pizzas.

At Lou Pécou, you will find exclusive finely curated dishes with a Provençal touch, a wide range of organic and biodynamic wines, signature cocktails, house-made desserts, and much more!
Top review
RobinL
Dined 6 days ago
We always choose Lou Pecou for any special occasion as well as anytime we want the best artisan pizza around. The folks at Lou Pecou are outstanding just like their food and the service is always on point. It’s a great family restaurant with a terrific ambience. You can’t ask for better in Halifax in our opinion. Every time we go there we feel like family. The best food, best service, best value and best venue.
A photo of The Five Fishermen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3047)
CAN$51 and over
Seafood
Halifax
About the restaurant
****FOR PARTIES OF 10 PEOPLE OR MORE PLEASE EMAIL Fivefishermen@graftonconnor.com***

Join us at Five Fishermen restaurant in Downtown Halifax and let the personalized service and warm contemporary ambiance, set the tone for an exceptional dining experience.

Choose from a varied selection of the finest seafood available, or indulge in our critically acclaimed prime center cut steaks, aged 28 days and wood fire grill to perfection. Complement your meal with a selection from our wine menu — an award-wining list of more than 200 wines curated by our Sommelier.

If a more relaxed experience is desired, visit our lively bar where you can sip classic and creative hand-shaken cocktails or a selection of micro-brewed beers and ales, regional wines, single-malt scotches and fresh squeezed juices and enjoy signature appetizers . Whatever the occasion, from a quiet weeknight dinner to a special private event, let us handle every detail. We'll do the work. You bask in the glory.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The BEST Seafood in Halifax. Upon arrival the entire staff is warm & welcoming. Our Server Laura was AMAZING, we asked her for recommendations and they were all Exceptional. We mentioned that we were in Halifax for a conference that just finished and Five Fishermen was Highly recommended and again did not disappoint. Laura treated us with a few small tastings. If I lived in Halifax I DEFINITELY would be a regular. Thanks again for Fabulous Food & service Five Fishermen!!!!
A photo of The Ostrich Club restaurant
4.9
4.9 (674)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Halifax
About the restaurant
The Ostrich Club is all about quality over quantity. Simple food with big flavours. Natural wines. Thoughtful cocktails. Warm and inviting service.

Please have a look at our menus though please note that the regular menus may not be entirely current as there may be a delay from open table in re-posting the most up-to-date ones. See our website for current menus.

We hope to welcome you soon!
#livefastdieyum
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing as always. Love the new menu items we will be back soon
A photo of Cut Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1239)
CAN$51 and over
Steak
Halifax
About the restaurant
CUT Steakhouse offers a fine dining experience sure to please the most sophisticated of diners. Start your evening with a glass of award-winning wine or perhaps a popular craft beer. From our menu, savour a dry-aged New York Striploin, delicious AAA Atlantic Rib-eye, PEI Blue Dot tenderloin or Wagyu beef all cooked to your specifications. Finish off with an amazing sampling of fine cheeses, a specialty liqueur and a decadent dessert. Downstairs, SHUCK Seafood + Raw Bar features a seafood market with a wide selection of Nova Scotia product delivered daily. Enjoy oysters on the half shell, crudo, ceviche or whole fresh fish prepared to your liking. In the summer, sit outside on our beautiful patio overlooking the Halifax waterfront.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We were so pleased to be seated on our own private patio overlooking the harbour walkway. Our service was excellent and the food was superb! Thank you for such a wonderful evening.
A photo of Au Liban restaurant
4.7
4.7 (148)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Lebanese
Halifax
About the restaurant
Au Liban offers a fine dining experience in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia that promises to transport you to the culinary wonders of Lebanon. Executive chef, Georges Elias, is bringing meticulously crafted dishes that showcase the diverse flavors of the region; an elevated yet comforting take on traditional Lebanese Cuisine. Featuring a simple yet robust wine list, handcrafted cocktails, and much more; our drink selection is sure to impress.

Located near the waterfront boardwalk, across the street from Bishops landing, which sees an abundance of city goers and tourists throughout the year. Book your reservation today to experience the relaxed ambiance, exceptional Lebanese flavors, and warm hospitality that Au Liban offers.
Top review
bmutas
Dined 2 days ago
This was our first time eating at what I would classify as a "higher end" Lebanese restaurant. I've always enjoyed Lebanese cuisine so my spouse and I were excited to try Au Liban. The restaurant is a good sized with a fair bit of outdoor seating though due to the weather we ate inside. Despite the size and the fact that it was fairly crowded on a Sunday night, we had a nice table by the window. The noise level was fairly high due to two larger groups in the same seating area, but we had no trouble caring on a conversation. Our server was excellent - quite knowledgeable about the menu and attentive to our needs without being overbearing. The menu really gives you two broad options. One side features cold and hot Mezza's, several of which could make an excellent shareable meal for two or more people. Or, as we did they can be treated as appetizers and paired with an entrée from the flip side of the menu. We started with Grape Leaves and a Tabbouleh Salad, both of which were very flavorful. The Grape Leaves in particular stood out to me. For mains, I had the Kefta Kebab (beef/lamb skewers) and my spouse had Grilled Seabream. The Seabream was a major hit as it was a whole fish and grilled to perfection. There's a decent wine selection and few beers to choose from. The addition of an alcohol free beer would have been appreciated by my spouse. Overall, we had a wonderful time and will add Au Liban to our "return" list!
A photo of Peacock Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (329)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Wine Bar
Halifax
About the restaurant
A refreshing new breed of wine bar, Peacock is a relaxed and boisterous hideaway overlooking the city’s picturesque waterfront in the heart of Halifax’s bustling Queen’s Marque district. Serving an ever-evolving list of labels including small-production and hard-to-find bottles as well as an extensive by-the-glass selection, its menu features a thoughtfully curated list of sharing plates and handmade pastas lightly anchored in local seafood and seasonal vegetables.
Top review
AbenaD
Dined 6 days ago
Best time. Our waitress sage was very good and delightful. Recommended cocktails based off our preferred spirits, which were delicious
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