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About McKelvies

McKELVIE’S DELISHES FISHES DISHES Enjoy one of Halifax’s most acclaimed kitchens in a renovated turn-of-the-century fire hall. Located across from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront, McKelvie’s offers an historic setting to savour the finest seafood and traditional Nova Scotia fare. Famous for Nova Scotia Lobster, Digby Scallops, Blackened Salmon, Potato Crusted Haddock and choice cuts of Prime Steak, McKelvie’s offers a wide selection of local favourites including Crab Bisque, Seafood Chowder, Steamed Mussels, Crunchy Haddock, Fish ‘n Chips, Jump-Up Calamari and Snow Crab Cakes. Save room for our Mile High Coconut Cream Pie, one of our many house made devilish desserts. Our Taste of the Grape wine list features wine from around the world to compliment our menu. As well we also offer a selection of local microbrews. The locals say you can find the best of the sea and Nova Scotia - at McKelvie's.

1680 Lower Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y3
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: Summer Only: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bedford Row and Prince

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(902) 421-6161

Website:
http://mckelvies.ca/

Parking Details:
Metered public parking lots are located at Queen's Landing across the street.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

McKelvies Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Special Occasion (6)
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Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Casual (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Waterfront (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Service was excellent and the food absolutely fantastic. A great location for those living/staying in the area of the Halifax waterfront. We had oyster that were clean and fresh. Our shrimp appetizer was fresh and tasty. We both had lobsters salads which were inventive and so good!

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Vielfältige Auswahl, vor allem an Meeresfrüchten
Schnelle und freundliche Bedienung
Preis- Leistungsverhältnis sehr gut
Reservieren unbedingt notwendig,
da vor allem am Wochenende schnell ausgebucht

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very grateful that we were accommodated 60 minutes prior to our reservation. Outstanding, healthy food. Excellent ambience. Excellent service. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Healthy, Authentic, Casual
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 9, 2017

After reading reviews it was easy to decide to go to Mckelvies while in Halifax. We waited until the morning of to make a reservation and our only option was 430 or 5pm.

I was excited to have my first full lobster in Nova Scotia and unfortunately it was very overcooked. I couldn't even eat the tails they were so rubbery.

My boyfriend's meal of surf and turf with a 1/2 lobster on the other hand was great.

I would have informed the server of my issue but she came by only immediately after our food was delivered by another waiter before we could take a bite. After that she didn't come by our table even to get us another drink.

At that point what's done was done so I left very disappointed.

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food3
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great dinner, our waiter was excellant. Will do it again next time we visit Halifax.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful food and service as usual. Only thing I have to say is that when I reserved I had requested a window seat. Did not get that. I did not make an issue of it at the time as I had two friends with me that had never been to Nova Scotia. They just loved the food! Thanks.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

My wife and I went here on our honeymoon. We asked for a window seat in our reservations and the got us a great spot by the window! The food was great, the best lobster I have ever had! I would definitely recommend this spot to anyone!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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food5
ambience4
service3
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Great food, great service, great view! The food and ambiance was very authentic!

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food was bland. The calamari was very good. The waitress was very good. Pricey for what there was ($21 for two crab cakes).

Tags: Happy Hour
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food2
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Exceeded our expectations: great staff; wonderful food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 17, 2017

A highlight of our Halifax visit, we enjoyed every moment and every bite. Additionally, our server was top-notch.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We ate dinner at McKelvies and honestly it was not good. I had baked haddock which arrived lukewarm and swimming in butter. The waitress suggested I order the mash potatoes instead of the roasted ones but the entire meal was bland and unappetizing. Who wants to eat room temperature fish and potatoes? My husband ordered the seafood platter which was very expensive and also lukewarm and flavorless.

Maybe it was an off day, but I would definately not recommend this restaurant. Lots of hype but short on delivering the goods.

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food1
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service2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Repas copieux et délicieux. Atmosphère de détente. Service rapide. Excellent rapport qualité/prix.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 12, 2017

Happy hour was a good value. Nice location downtown with large beautiful windows. Excellent clam chowder and enjoyed the crab cakes as well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Authentic, Happy Hour
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food4
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Stopped in for lunch and the place was pretty empty. We were promply seated and my girlfriend went to the washroom I got waters from our waitress. We then ordered a couple cocktails, she got a beer and I got a sinful Cesar which is basically a Cesar with an oyster on top. It was $12 and I was slightly disappointed but the fact that they gave me basically the leafy top of celery and not a whole stock. The waitress dropped off some bread and we placed our orders. My girlfriend was eating bread and ended up finding a piece of stone or shellfish in the bread. We didn't bother saying anything about it. Our waitress really didn't have it together I think it was a bad day for her. We both ordered the seafood chowder to start and only one came out had to ask for the second one and when the second one came in didn't have the biscuit that came with the first one. Seafood chowder was delicious ! It had shrimp scallops haddock or cod and salmon. There was some confusion with my order I had ordered a side of fries and they didn't come out when the rest of the food came out. I had a lobster roll and my girlfriend at the crabcakes both of these dishes were excellent my lobster roll had plenty of Lobster and just the right amount of mayonnaise and seasoning. I finished my roll fairly quickly and ended up canceling the fries. My girlfriends crabcakes were also good and good flavor. Overall I would say they need to have a better system in place because there are only three tables sat in the entire restaurant. It's a fairly expensive restaurant so I would expect the service to be a little better. I would return and give them a second try because the food was good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food4
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Highly overrated. Seafood platter very disappointing. Dirty WINDOWS

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food2
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on August 3, 2017

It was very busy when we arrived. We had to remind our server a few times on forgot items that were ordered. Especially the oysters. He was however very engaging and personable so he was sincere when things were overlooked. Would always come back and recommend the food to everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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service3
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Excellent seafood! Desserts are also heavenly ! On expensive side, but it is worth it!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Food and drinks were very good. Wife had lobster and I had to seafood platter. Wife loved the
lobster but my seafood platter was not exceptional. I've had better in FL and RI. Servers were friendly
We found the it takes awhile to get your drinks and meals in NovaScotia.
Finding a parking space was difficult.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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service3
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Excellent food, panko haddock, chowder and a bisque, service was good, not inexpensive but also not astronomical.

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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 16, 2017

McKelvies is located in a historic building in downtown Halifax. I believe it was an old fire station. This restaurant is centrally located and has indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere and wait staff and succulent seafood. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We went twice within a one week period while vacationing in Halifax. The food was excellent and the staff very attentive. We enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great meal! Hillary was a friendly and attentive waitress. The lobster roll was overflowing with lobster! The bacon wrapped maple scallops were to die for, but a little pricey. All in all, a very nice Anniversary dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Dined here twice during the summer and had a good experience both times. Service was friendly and quick, food was really good with nice presentation and fairly generous portions. Not fancy but nice enough for a date or special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I got the best experience of my life
As a Tourist being for the first time in this Amazing restaurant, and having the best "Langosta" (Lobster)
And I tell you, the customer service and the lady that took care of me was very special with me.
Love that place, I will come back again.
Thank you 😊

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Casual
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food5
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service5
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 4, 2017

we were there for vacation and enjoyed the atmosphere and food in scenic Halifax

Tags: Seasonal, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Somewhat disappointed. Broccoli was overcooked...wouldn't have serve it at home! Scallops were okay but I have had better. Coconut cream pie was average.
Service was good.

Tags: Casual
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food3
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service3
value2

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Conveniently located in Halifax, a block from the waterfront. Seemed to be quite busy. the food was good with a lot of choices. Mostly casual vibe

Tags: Late-night Find, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very good service from Emily, food was delicious, we ate dinner early so it wasn't crowded. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The night was enjoyable but found the food was not up to the quality I would expect for the price charge.

Tags: Business Meals
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food4
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service5
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Family get together
Great service
Good seafood
We had a lovely evening and all our seafood was fresh. Oysters/shrimp/
Haddock/chowder all excellent
Inc coconut creme pie. Yum

Tags: Local Ingredients
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food4
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service4
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent friendly service - food was delicious, I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Good food. Go to place to get a tasty meal. Great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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service4
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great food and great atmosphere
We enjoyed the whole evening

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great food and service. Always know what you are getting. A Halifax classic.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We were there to celebrate our son's graduation, and looked forward to local seafood. The oysters were so fresh we ordered an additional half-dozen after the first one, and the lobster was succulent.

Our waiter was attentive and jovial.

I would recommend this restaurant to anybody who is looking for great seafood in Halifax.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Best crab bisque ever!
And our server was great ...very patient with us!😁

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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food4
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service5
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on May 27, 2017

A welcoming ambiance on arrival, excellent and attentive service, good choices in a la carte menu, very good fish chowder - rated at 9 out of 10 by two chowder aficionados. Ordered steak and frites - the steak was tough.
Very nice desserts and coffee - we will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Healthy, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We made reservations for supper. Food was excellent, best halibut and haddock I've ever had.
Great value for the food.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The four of us enjoyed three of the early dining options. All were well prepared and presented. The crab cakes were exceptional! We really liked the spring rolls, too. One of us had been craving Digby scallops. She said they were superb and days later claimed they were the highlight of our touring days. The ambience was beautiful and the service was impeccable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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