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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.
Halifax, NS B3J 1H1
Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday opening at 4pm daily
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Many lots available within short walking distance.
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
Onyx Restaurant - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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