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Onyx Restaurant

192 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Wine Bar
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday opening at 4pm daily
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Phone number
(902) 428-5680
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tahir Salamat
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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.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Many lots available within short walking distance.
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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.
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  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Atmosphereless (Atlantic Canada)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  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.

Bourqdi (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  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!

Anna (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

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

JoeyC (Atlantic Canada)
3.0  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.

vipKinSF (London)
5.0  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!

vipKinSF (London)
5.0  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.

vipKinSF (London)
5.0  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.

vipKinSF (London)
5.0  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 !!

vipKinSF (London)
5.0  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 !

OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2015

Really nice cute place to eat.

vipMistifer (Tampa)
4.0  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.

Terrence (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  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.

ckb964 (Atlantic Canada)
1.0  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.

vipHungrygak (Edmonton)
5.0  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.