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About Onyx Restaurant

Casual dining with innovative cocktails and wine bar styling on centrally located Argyle Street in Halifax's restaurant district. Sit at the back-lit white onyx bar and watch the bartenders at this bar work their craft. Ambitious cocktails, over 40 wines by the glass. Or peruse the extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with over 350 selections. ONYX, a big city feel, yet intimate. We offer inventive cuisine with professional service. It is an evening you'll remember. ONYX has received many accolades and awards in the short time we've been open. Here are just a few: A three Star Rating in "Where to Eat in Canada", one of only 29 restaurants in Canada to achieve this rating. A four diamond rating from AAA/CAA, one of the top ten new restaurants in Canada, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year that we have been open.

1580 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1H1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday opening at 4pm daily

Cross Street:
Blowers

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(902) 428-5680

Website:
http://www.onyxdining.com/

Entertainment:
We offer the best deal in the city every Wednesday evening from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. A rotation of talented local jazz musicians perform every week and there is no cover charge. There is also no corkage fee and our Bar Bites menu is all half-price. See why we say it really is the best deal in the city? Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, great food and the sounds of local talent every Wednesday evening at Onyx. It makes for a great night out with friends. For the entertainment line-up, please visit our website.

Catering:
High end, inventive cuisine with attention to detail. Full service catering, professionally done. ONYX recently catered a successful dinner for Sir Paul McCartney and his crew when he was in Halifax for a concert.

Parking Details:
Many lots available within short walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Tahir Salamat

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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4.3

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4.4

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4.2

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3.0

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (6)
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Food sounds interesting but mediocre at best. Kobe beef kabobs were ++ overcooked. Lamb kebabs just OK. Sesame chicken pieces were quite good and beet salad fine but not unique. They do have tasty original cocktails. Would not go back again for food.

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Nice meal. Had the Beef Steak Oscar. The crab was a little fishy but the steak was perfection. Service was awesome - thanks Jared.

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on January 9, 2016

We were a party of three, with one, gluten-free child. Onyx welcomed her with open arms. They made her feel welcome, and the wait staff knew the menu very well to help choose gluten-free options. They offer an appetizer fondue that was lick-the-plate amazing, with fontina cheese (changes nightly) and a variety of meats, and vegetables. The music was at a good level, and was fun to listen to. The by the glass wine-list-WOW!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 11, 2015

Had an amazing time at Onyx for a Ladies Night Out/university reunion. Our waitress was amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 28, 2015

The server was wonderful. She looked after dietary needs and worked hard to please. The food was only so-so. Fried cheese app was overcooked. Steak was ok, but not hot. Coffee came with curdled cream. Chicken dish was fine. Beet salad appetizer very good. An uneven meal at a relatively high price. Location, right across from Neptune worked well for theatre.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 30, 2015

I have often had delicious meals at Onyx and dinner last night was as excellent as always. The place was very busy but the music was nice and not too loud. It was a great way to unwind after a busy week!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 25, 2015

While traveling on business, I often eat at Onyx as it is a nice relaxing restaurant with very professional and attentive service. Even more important, the food is delicious and they have a creative menu with weekly specials. The wine list is the best I've seen in Halifax.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 19, 2015

It was a warm summer evening and I ate outside on the terrace. The appetizer special of lobster ravioli was delicious and the portion was almost a meal to itself. The main course special of slowly braised beef and seasonal vegetables was extremely good too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 4, 2015

Last Thursday, I took two of my business colleagues to Onyx and they loved the restaurant. The meal was delicious and the live jazz made the evening even better !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 29, 2015

I discovered Onyx last week and it is one the best restaurants that I have been to in Halifax. The meal was delicious and I was very impressed with the wine list which had a number of interesting and unique wines by the glass and the bottle. The ambience was nice and refined, and the service was professional and friendly. I definitely look forward to returning !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 16, 2015

Really nice cute place to eat.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 13, 2015

Really enjoyed our dinner at Onyx. The food was delicious (four of us had four different apps and mains). Our waiter was excellent. We did not care for the loud clubby music, as it was early evening and we wanted to chat! But many compliments to the chef and our server. Hope this place can maintain its high food standards.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on March 6, 2015

We went with the intention of trying as many small plates as possible. We did this by sharing each plate. We matched each dish with a different wine. Fantastic evening with great food, wine and super service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Unfortunately our evening out was ruined as a result of food poisioning from this restrauant. With so many better places to eat nearby, why take the chance.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 25, 2014

Great spot. Like it better tha when it was on spring garden road. Food great, service great, can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 22, 2014

Four of us were at Onyx on Aug 9th and were impressed with the food, service and ambience. The only disappointment was the grilled Caesar salad.
Our experience on Aug 22nd was not so impressive. The atmosphere is very nice but the food was a disappointment. The lobster dumplings appetizer was overcooked and dry. Most of us had the duck confit special as a main and it was tough and missing flavour. I would not recommend this dish to others.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 18, 2014

The service was a tad slow even though the place was not busy. the food was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 7, 2014

Restaurant ambiance was good, decor was great, very trendy. Service was very good, but overall, the consensus of my friends and I is that while the food was good to very good depending on who ordered what, it was a bit too pricy for what we got.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 7, 2014

Close to Metro Centre and very comfortable inside dining with the open window
to the street. We enjoyed our meal and martini and will visit again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 21, 2014

I had the ceasar salad. There was too much ceasar dressing. It was unique but I would not try it again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 20, 2014

Great atmosphere and drinks but shared. Few appetizers and not happy with food

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 6, 2014

Took my plate before I was clearly finished. Took plates away from two people while other two still eating - which is completely rude. Waiter hovered. We all felt completely rushed. Nicely plated, but a bit overpriced. My meal with one glass of wine ended up costing approximately $60 before tip and it didn't taste that good. Lobster dumplings were delicious. Heirloom tomato salad was boring.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on May 22, 2014

First time at the new Onyx. Experience was very positive right from the get-go. We will definitely return. Three of us had the pasta dish - excellent. I had the burger with fois gras - no flavour of the fois gras but the burger was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 3, 2014

Nice new spot in Halifax. Great for dates or girls night out. Food was different, not a huge variety but not your average menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on April 25, 2014

Four of us tried the new Onyx. The drinks were exceptional and the service at the bar was excellent. However, we were all underwhelmed by the food. We each ordered appetizers and a main. My appetizer (lobster dumplings) was awesome and probably the best thing that was ordered. Both men ordered the pork chop special which both found barely edible! Food was below average especially considering the bill. Table service was ok but our appetizers came before our bottle of wine and we didn't have any water so we all had to eat our appetizers without a drink which I have to say is kinda unacceptable. Maybe they're working out the kinks so I would try it again for drinks and maybe an appetizer but I wouldn't have dinner there again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on April 17, 2014

Enjoyed the atmosphere, although my girlfriends and I were at the very back in a private booth. Worked out best for us but if you like to be part of the action, you wouldn't want to choose the booths. It allowed us to have conversation without worry of being overheard.

Food wasn't bad but can't say I was impressed - had the salmon. Don't remember reading on the menu that it comes with pork...
Nice drink menu - highlight for sure.
Service was good, not impeccable but acceptable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 11, 2014

The newly opened Onyx on Argyle is the perfect spot for an after-work drink, romantic dinner or lively hang out spot with friends. The food and drinks were great and they really hit the mark on ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on April 9, 2014

Visited the new location on Argyle St. It's a big improvent over the much smaller Springarden spot. The appetizers were delicious and the cocktails were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 28, 2013

Excellent food at reasonable prices. Appreciated the low key friendly service and quiet atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 18, 2013

Have always enjoyed the "New York" feel of this restaurant.Its upscale interior with its impressive onyx bar ,delicious menu,excellent martinis and extensive wine list make it one of our favourites.Fingers crossed they can transport all this to the new location.
PS...Also like that there is no corkage fee on Wednesday nights...nice touch

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 1, 2013

Gorgeous room, great service, wonderful cocktails (try the Poivre Poire!!), excellent Prix Fixe menu, terrific wine.
Can't fault the place.

(we did have a laugh with our waitress though. Dessert was Une Meule (referring to the Stilton cheese 'wheel') however the menu description said 'Douro Valley Stilton', so we asked her where the Douro Valley was. She said Stilton was from the Douro Valley in England. We laughed. It was the port (infused with the Stilton) that was from the Douro Valley - in Portugal, and yes, the Stilton was from England. But the dish, with figs and truffles, which sounds unbelievably bizarre, was totally amazing. Highly recommended - if you like Stilton cheese.)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 11, 2013

Finally, on the last night in Halifax, we found a gem-no pun intended. Service was great, the martini was top notch, a good wine list and the food was outstanding. Amazing the quality that comes out of a micro kitchen. When in Halifax, eat here. Every night. Nothing else can compare. Go to this place on your first night in town. You won't go elsewhere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 17, 2013

After reading some of the reviews, we were a little apprehensive, however we found the whole dining experience very pleasant.
Food was well presented and very tasty - had the duck a l'orange and beef medallions. The new appetizers, scallops (2 large) and grilled eggplant were delicious, as was the baked Alaska and Turtle for dessert. Went away feeling full and satisfied. Service was very good and attentive to our needs. Not that busy on a Saturday evening. Would return and recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 31, 2013

Excellent Service. Awesome Wednesday night no corking fee! Great Food. The Kobe Beef Sliders were amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 31, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our birthdays with dinner the evening of July 31st. It was one of the most enjoyable evenings we have had at a restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 14, 2013

This was a special birthday dinner and we had asked for the round table under the chandelier. We came at 6pm, Friday June 14 as the person taking the reservation wouldn't commit to this. On arrival we were told that a party of 5 had reserved the table for 6 pm , subsequent to our reservation. During the entire 1.5 hours we were there - no one used that table. I asked the supervisor about this- saying I was very disappointed. He immediately defended the restaurant saying that the party of 5 had cancelled at 6:15 and he "could show me that". This response amazed me as we should have been approached to move over to the requested table as soon as the cancellation came in. Customer-centric thinking would have changed this rating.

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 12, 2013

I have eaten here before, but it was way too loud this time. With the band playing, I couldn't hear the person across the table. That was unfortunate, as it was a business meeting. Not a bad spot, but I can't recommend it if you want to have a conversation over dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 8, 2013

This was probably the 5th or 6th time I've been to Onyx in the last couple years. I usually go on Wed. night for a ladies night (and for no corkage and back when I went it was half price apps too).

So when my date asked me where I wanted to go for my birthday celebration I immediately said Onyx. He had never been before. He was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and drinks. It's a great place to dress up and spoil yourself. He also said that in the past 18 years he's lived here he's never had better calamari... and he makes a point to try it at every place he goes. Compliments to the chef. Service is fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 7, 2013

The food was good; we had mainly small plates. The calamari was over cooked; too dry. The risotto balls were very good but not hot when served. We had to wait at least 10 minutes for a second drink (martini). This is unfortunate; because this type of bar/lounge should have the adequate resources in place i.e. sufficient staffing on a Friday evening to accommodate prompt bar service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 31, 2013

The drinks were divine, the appetizers were delicious, and the music was awesome! Thanks Onyx for a great night out!

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