Little Fish Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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Join us at Little Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar in downtown Halifax and Choose from a varied selection of the finest fresh seafood available.

Complement your meal with a selection from our wine menu.

Let the personalized service and relaxed ambiance, set the tone for an exceptional dining experience.

Visit our lively Oyster Bar where you can enjoy fresh oysters and sip classic and creative hand-shaken cocktails or a selection of micro-brewed beers and ales, regional wines, single-malt scotches and fresh squeezed juices and enjoy signature appetizers . Whatever the occasion, from a quiet weeknight dinner to a special private event, let us handle every detail. We'll do the work. You bask in the glory.
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CW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Halibut was tough! Ridiculous for a noted seaside town much less a top end restaurant. I can get light , flakey halibut in Flat Rock, NC, a foothills mountain town. For me, the most disappointing meal of our entire week stay in Nova Scotia/PEI. My wife’s scallops were very good which is the only reason I didn’t send mine back. And the ambiance and service was good. Maybe Hurricane Dorian the previous week affected the fresh catch.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Food are greasy and salty, not recommended

PO
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. Excellent, light, summery food. We had delish oysters, shrimp tacos, and cashew crusted fish and chips. Service was outstanding. Loved going during off hours when they’re not busy. One of our best experiences in Halifax.

DA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I took my family visiting from Montreal as they wanted oysters .

The experience was dreadful.!!!!

Staff inexperienced . Meal quality very poor . Drink ( martini) we had to send back and the second one was no better.

I ordered chicken and sent it back as it was old and disgusting and the Manager never even offered an alternative.

The waitress dropped the oyster s off and did not identify them as to where they were from and when asked she did not know.

The halibut was poor quality .


I was so disappointed as I have gone to your Five fishermen many times. I think you need to make some big changes as I would not return nor recommend it as it is currently

Dawn O'Hearn

PW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Shrimp in the spaghetti were tiny!
And small.
Waitress was excellent.
The kids burger was not followed in terms of toppings: they forgot the ketchup.
Book in advance. Don't just show up. You might be disappointed.
Why do they close so early: 9 PM on a Monday...

E
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Too much garlic in the Seafood Sagatinni.
Corn in Scallops overcooked.
Server was disinterested and non-attentive

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very fast service.. so this isn’t a great place if you want to spend some time with someone.. chatting.. music wasn’t great. But food was fantastic

AW
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pricey but worth it. Good quality food. Server was a little bit of inexperienced but the manager was great.

PA
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great. The food, the service, the atmosphere. The only negative comment was the mussel bar was empty on both occasions we went up to it.

m
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance - booths along stone back wall plus simple and contemporary furnishings. Halibut was delicious! Cooked to perfection and loved the all you can eat mussel bar included with entree. Excellent service. A real gem and reasonably priced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Do not try to make a reservation! We made a reso on OpenTable and when we arrived it was closed!

OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely meal before going to an event that evening. The food and service was great, as always. The only thing is when we were in booth, every time the door would open there was a cold draft so most of the time there I had to have my coat on. Otherwise, it was a delicious meal.

S
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

There was a mixed up when I arrive about the restaurant I booked. Although I booked Little Fish, I was escorted to Five Fishermen without confirming. This was quickly resolve, but a quick confirmation at time of entering the restaurant would have avoid the confusion.

The Oysters were delicious and very well presented with delicious cured cucumbers and horseradish. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the cashew garnish gave the dish a nice crunch.

Mains come with complimentary mussels bar, unfortunately it was not setup until I had finished my appetizer and main. I still had them after my meal, just wished it would have been setup earlier. On the other hand, they made a fresh batch when I requested it, so they were very fresh and tasty.

Will definitely be back next time I am in town!

t
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lobster we have ever had, the juiciest, the freshest, the sweetest and we have travelled the globe. The fresh oysters and clam chowder not to be sniffed at. Kudos to the chef and staff especially our waiter for making the meal sp memorable.

KF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We discovered Little Fish last year because of burger week. This years offering was obviously a precooked patty, cold, and overcooked dry shrimp not tasting any jalapeño and very dry. Was supposed to have goat cheese but not found.
We explained to server but she said the kitchen was overwhelmed. It was 4:30 and not busy. Overall dissappointing

TG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. And the mussel station was a nice touch. However, she could simply not make up for the lackluster food (mostly fatty brisket, flavourless creamed haddock and very dry/old rum cake) and absence of items on the menu, which we found out after our plates were brought to the table (baked potatoes and no bread?). We were compted a free dessert and we noted that the adjacent table had their entrees covered. Not certain what was going on but we made a mistake eating there. We had hoped for a more gourmet, romantic dinner as we were visiting from out of town and without our daughter. We had better food in most of the pubs we stopped in on to sample their beers. We wish them luck in pulling it together. Again, our waitress was lovely, but the resto really let us down. Cheers. Tony and Laura

DP
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent venue - service and food very good. No complaints.

DJ
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very enjoyable business lunch; good food and attentive service.

D
Montreal
27 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food.

OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for supper on New Year’s Eve. We had oysters as well as the beef tenderloin and the New Years 3 course, everything was amazing and well priced. For 2$ oysters and everything else we would definitively return!

AA
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best oysters, appetisers and service here--fantastic!

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was quiet for a Friday night. Great selection of wine, spirits and craft beer. The meal was very close to perfect. Blackened Halibut and Tenderloin were fabulous. The service was outstanding

MJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been now twice- great fish and chips and fish tacos!

LD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the meal and Carly our waitress as we know her. Visited from Quebec - would return.

J
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was great! Nice atmosphere.
But Southwest Chicken and Shrimp was very disappointing. Plain, not tasty. No real flavour to it. Needed more spice, oils, to help enhance flavours. An amateur plate. Not worth $28! Recommend taking it off the menu.
As well, no ‘real’ coffee. Only pods. And no decaf. Fresh brewed recommended.

SF
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful spot to enjoy a bite on the patio! You can’t go wrong with the fish tacos :)

G
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visiting for the weekend and enjoyed an amazing dinner on the patio. Small, quaint restaurant.

SA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent however, the service was a bit slow. Waited close to an hour for our appetizer, then the meal came out shortly after

MC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice cosy restaurant. Not a large menu, but enough to choose from. Went for the oysters during happy hour and stayed for dinner. Excellent fish and beef. Would return.

SR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really liked Little Fish. First time I'd been there and would definitely go back and would recommend it.

PF
Savannah
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was fair and over priced. Service and ambiance were very good. Great location.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town , food a bit overpriced

BM
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great casual spot for Dinner. We sat outside on a beautiful evening and had a great time. Thank You!

D
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We came here for lunch while docked from a cruise. We had been before and it was much better last year. Everything was mediocre. Probably won’t return.

J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a nice time during dinner on our vacation

MN
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food! But we were let down by slow and inattentive service. We waited 10 minutes before we got any service after we were seated. Such great food but the service needs much improvement.

j
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Again great food, live entertainment. Good prices. I will return.

MN
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just took a stab in the dark trying this place tonight, as the only criteria I had was 'needs to have oysters'. First, the food. Oh wow, the food! We ordered a bit of everything to try, and ended up ordering somethings twice! Get the scallops. 
As for service, Chris was attentive and knowledgeable, but also a lot of fun. Couldn't have asked for better. We actually wish we came here yesterday over the "trendy" waterfront place we tried yesterday. We would have ended up back here for both meals! Thanks for the excellent experience for our last night in Halifax!

MI
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Not recommend

FD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Music was a bit too loud for conversation. He's a fine guitar player, but the noise level was high.

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