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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Nova Scotia

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine 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 (493)
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
BerniceMvip
Dined 3 days ago
Three from our party of four ordered the surf and turf special - beef tenderloin with scallops and shrimp. All three were cooked to perfection! The presentation was beautiful and the staff were friendly and attentive. I have ordered the seafood linguine several times and it was, as always, a delightful dish to devour! Tilly’s consistently provides fresh and flavourful five star dishes in a cozy, casual atmosphere.
A photo of Besharam Bar and Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (69)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Indian
Halifax
About the restaurant
New age Indian restaurant, quirky setup, owned and operated by Chef Mani, serving classics to modern Indian food, crafted cocktails, local beer, Indian beer, great selection of wines to pair perfectly with your food.
Indian music, Ideal space for young professionals, groups, get-togethers, team meetings.

Highlights:
Tandoori dishes, freshly baked naan made to order, cocktails crafted to go with Indian food.
Beautiful patio over looking public garden, Private room, Live music
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food was amazing.. as usual my special request to have food without butter or ghee was well taken care of. All the staffs were friendly.. special thanks to Kriti and the Chef. I had Fried wings, plain Naan and Curry Lamb. My friend also loved her Garlic butter Naan. Food was great as usual.
A photo of Lou pécou pizzeria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (133)
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
blyefvip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Great location. Great food and great service. Salad and pizzas were delicious.
A photo of Eliot & Vine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (776)
CAN$30 and under
European
Halifax
About the restaurant
Eliot & Vine offers an array of dining experiences. Have a seat in the main room along the bright windows, or at our beautiful marble top bar. Our semi-private ‘Frolic Room’, boasting exquisite work by renowned artist Jean Bradbury, is perfect for group dinners or a quiet date night. Or, watch the chefs work their magic while you sit at the kitchen counter. Eliot & Vine was designed by Breakhouse. European favourites get a unique twist inspired by the seasons and ever-changing market offerings. Our extensive wine list features classics you love, and unique gems waiting to be discovered - from around the world or local vineyards. We have hand-crafted cocktails and a selection of European bottled beer, while the draught taps showcase our love of home. We are happy to accommodate special requests, such as a gluten-free or vegetarian meal. Don’t hesitate to ask anyone on our team, and be sure to let us know if you have any food allergies or sensitivities.
Top review
blyefvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great location. Great service and atmosphere. Good food.
A photo of The Canteen on Portland restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3067)
CAN$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Dartmouth
About the restaurant
The Canteen is a full-service neighbourhood restaurant in Downtown Dartmouth, serving up chef-inspired seasonal fare for lunch, brunch and dinner. At the helm in the kitchen is award-winning chef and co-owner Renee Lavallee. Her seasonal menus are influenced by classic French, Italian and traditional Nova Scotian cuisine – with a little bit of Renée’s magic thrown in. Signature items include The Canteen Burger, The Crobster Roll, Seafood Chowder and more.



Top review
GaryM
Dined 5 days ago
Everything was fantastic! Our server was helpful and made the birthday experience for my wife a great one. We will be back.
A photo of Beach Pea Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (742)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Lunenburg
About the restaurant
✼ If you would prefer to dine on our waterfront patio, please add a visit tag in seating preferences when reserving and we will do our best to accommodate you (weather permitting).

Let the Beach Pea’s team of talented chefs prepare a delicious meal for you. With diverse specialties, ranging from French cuisine to traditional Italian pasta, the combined experience of this kitchen produces delicious, elegant dishes with a focus on fresh Nova Scotia seafood.

We accept reservations for dinner service, but if our dining room and patio are full, you are welcome to have a refreshing drink at the breezy bar while you wait to be seated.

Please note that we hold reservations for a maximum of 15 minutes
We are happy to accommodate parties of 1-8 guests in our intimate space.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
A fantastic meal. LOVE the Beach Pea!!! We’ll absolutely be back - and can’t wait!
A photo of The Ostrich Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (667)
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
PBeatsvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
This place is a secret in Halifax. Always busy and cozy, people seem to keep it to themselves. Amazing food with lots of options (for GF etc). Great wine list with the TOP wine knowledge in the city. Ask for recommendations and you wont be disappointed. The bets and most fun cocktail lists. Usually themed, always inventive. Plus all the classics at their fingertips. Dont go. We want it all for ourselves ;)
A photo of EDNA Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (700)
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
NatalieB
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Always fabulous food, service and ambiance. Love this place. Highly recommend.
A photo of Gio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (383)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Halifax
About the restaurant
If reservations appear unavailable please email us at gioreservations@princegeorgehotel.com
Simply stated, Gio is the definitive dining experience of downtown Halifax. Since inception in 2006, the restaurant has garnered critical acclaim from those impressed by the ambition and execution of its four-diamond food and service. Dining with a twist, expect fun aside fancy, from the atmosphere to the plate. A divine and diverse menu shifts with every season, combining the best in local and global ingredients. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch, the restaurant also offers exquisite cocktails designed to enhance your experience and features a sommelier-selected wine list. Gio's private dining can easily accommodate groups of 10 to 20 with our Chef Greg Burns offering individually crafted menus to personalize your time with us.
We are perfectly located in the center of downtown just moments away from sporting, music and theatrical venues.
Life is a menu - Choose well
Top review
DenisC
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
We went to Gio because my 29 year old son had never been there. My wife and I hadn’t been for several years. Our experience was incredible on all fronts and the variety and quality of food superb. We will be back.
A photo of Seaport Social restaurant
4.8
4.8 (106)
CAN$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Halifax
About the restaurant
Seaport Social features a diverse food & drink menu showcasing some of the best products Nova Scotia has to offer. Fresh, local and sure to satisfy any craving, day or night, enjoy creative food & cocktails that will definitely please your palate!
Top review
EvelynB
Dined on May 23, 2024
We had a wonderful meal last night at the Seafood Social. The wait staff were exceptional. The food was great. The music was just the kind of music us old folks know and the performer was awsome. All and all it was a great experience and night out.
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