Primal Kitchen

4.5
59 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Primal is an award winning butchery restaurant and craft beer bar located on Brenton Street, just off Spring Garden Road.
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SarahFox
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!! My husband and I shared a butchers board and it was the best braised beef and best ribs I have ever had. It was very reasonably priced. We will definitely be back

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and loved the ambiance. Great selection of different dishes. Will definitely be returning!

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vipST01
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little restaurant with wonderful food and super service. Try their "Black Widow" burger for burger week 2020! Very good!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a great time. We only ordered Starters to share - Calamari, Duck Confi Springrolls and Braised Beef Poutine.

We found the Calamari rather soggy and there was quite a chart on the Springrolls. Both were tasty but a little disappointed in the preparation. The Poutine was FANTASTIC! The fries were crisp and hot, the sauce was so flavourful and the beef was delicious and plentiful.

The server was very pleasant and helped us to make beverage choices.

We will be back

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ThomasH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Cold, door was open a lot.
Burger patty on black widow over powered toppings.
Great beer at a great price.

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ScotianScot
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic steak and great service. Quiet as we were there on a week night.

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AlanaT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. Definitely a must-have experience if you're a meat-eater.

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ShannonE
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It’s nice and quaint but very dark. I couldn’t even see what I was eating. Thankfully it was good, but not hot. The duck confit and ribs were tasty and fall of the bone but nothing to write home about. Service was great.

I would try this place out again. Maybe during the day so I can actually see what I’m eating ☺️

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TinaR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely enjoyed our meal, value for cost, excellent server, chef came out and spoke to us, very nice gentleman! Overall highly recommend

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BernadetteR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Antler platter was beyond our expectation. Beautiful and delicious! So much flavour in the meats.

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vipHS6263
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food! Wine list had great value, tap list was great. Atmosphere was cozy, music could be turned up a little but that's not everyone's vibe so I wouldn't count it as a con, just a preference!

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AshleyD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Great experience! We will be returning.

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denmar
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. Very tasty and fresh and different than usual options. Server was very attentive and wine was delicious....

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every meal I have had at Primal Kitchen has been delicious and the servers and staff are friendly and attentive. One of my favourite restaurants in Halifax!

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CARMICHAELW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

we had a nice chat with the owner/chef. it's a shame not more customers are coming out in these times of easing up.

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WhitneyK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food. A little pricey for the portion size but definitely delicious!

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JAyH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the marrow is super good. shared seafood board is really good. and the mains are excellent

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HeidiG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely time and the Marrow starter was so good!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour. Delicious food & excellent service!

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SherryS
Atlantic Canada
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Ribs were excellent. If you're craving a beef dinner, go here! Very casual.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my friend’s birthday dinner! It was super lovely having a space she loves to be in with very delicious food and excellent service.
10/10 will be back again!

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JohnD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! I asked for a veggie pasta dish that wasn't on the menu. It was delicious! Highly recommend!

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MattM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food excellent as always. Server was amazing. Only issue was a different server dropped a bottle of cleaner on me and soaked my shirt. She apologized profusely and I don't want to make a fuss, but it was pretty annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Birthday food!

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Peeps
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared the Spring Rolls (2). I ordered the special 8oz Strip-loin with garlic mashed, cooked perfect medium. Ordered an extra side of broccolini, it was roasted, very tasty. No dessert for me!!
My spouse ordered the 10oz tenderloin and it was perfect as well. The wine we ordered only came in 375ml btl so we ended up with 2 at $32 a pop. I thought it was a little pricey for my tastes but I can’t complain about anything else!! Our server was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent! Love the atmosphere, it made for a cozy and romantic date. We had the spring rolls, venison sausage, and rabbit pasta. All well seasoned and served hot, reasonable portion sizes. Seeing other orders coming out I wish we would have tried the burger or steak, it looked and smelled delicious. It’s what we will try next time for sure!

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vipYulK
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

V-day service— they were definitely not prepared for the volume they received. Servers were all sweet girls, but didn’t check on us often, and our server changed throughout the evening. Table wasn’t set when we were seated— took a while to be acknowledged at the door. Service was slow. Food was ok— although my friend was brought tuna tacos after ordering chicken tacos— nothing as good as I’ve read about in other online reviews, though. Drinks were great! I had the Seoul Bowl— “sticky” rice was actually crunchy rice, Korean style ribs were great, though. Overall, I wouldn’t come back because the food didn’t “wow” us and the service was sub par (despite everyone being nice).

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Annoyed
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Over priced and underwhelming. Could have gone to any other restaurant and had an amazing meal for the same price. Will not be returning

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LeahF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We moved to Halifax last year and discovered Primal Kitchen. It is our favourite spot to go to in Halifax. The food is unbelievably and consistently delicious. Service and atmosphere is always perfect. Cant wait for our next visit!

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KayceeB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, and I was surprised when my bill came to see it was far less than I expected it to be!
I highly recommend this restaurant

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AlyJane
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We had the Butcher's Board(?) for 2 and it was the right amount of food. Hard to pick my favourite dish!

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vipEastmeetsWest
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Walking into an empty restaurant makes my dinner companion antsy. It's just his thing. We have avoided eating meals in establishments the world over if the room lacked other patrons. When we entered Primal Kitchen on a Tuesday night to discover we would be the only diners I quickly gave him the look, but he settled, so we took a table.
The waitress was attentive and helpful. I like to think this is the norm and not just because we where her only table. The menu is varied, with options for meat & seafood with delicious descriptions. We immediately selected a pound of mussels to start followed by the bone in prime rib for two, mashed potato & broccolini sides and a cilantrochuri sauce. The entire meal was outstanding, full stop.
I don't know if this has cured my friends phobia of eating in empty establishments ? But we have found a new favourite place in Halifax to get a delicious steak !

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TeresD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was VERY tasty & a very good portion! No need for an app. 😊. But pricey for a glass of wine 🍷

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LauraB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many options for dinner we didn't know where to start - luckily the "board" gave us a good sampling of everything there was to offer. And you can't go wrong with the malva for dessert - it's the chef's mother's recipe. Our server Hayley, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu, and provided excellent service (attentive without being obtrusive). Love the selections of local craft beer on tap, which paired well with the food. Would definitely go back and have the calamari, spring rolls, poutine, tacos, ribs... well pretty much everything we already had!

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Pauline
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always something different to try at Primal. This time it was first, the delicious smoked salmon with risotto ball, then the Rabbit Pasta Bowl, in a forest mushroom sauce, so good. One of us had lamb, one the beef, and the last - sausages. Everyone was very pleased. We all asked for wine suggestions and were very happy with our respective glasses. Service was great, relatively quick, although we weren't in a hurry. Cannot go wrong - treat yourself and dine at Primal.

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NateT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. I would recommend the beef short rib to anyone looking for a delicious meal.

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vipJuanaD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We go regularly for the oysters at happy hour. Great food and relaxed ambiance!

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, atmosphere, food, beer selection and our server was excellent. Can’t wait to come back for the beer shakes!

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vipgsinv
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant ticked all of the boxes for us. It is a nice room. The service was very good. Food was creative and delicious. All at a fair price. Also a nice variety of wines and craft beers on offer. Primal Kitchen is a solid choice for an out of the ordinary dining experience.

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Foaz
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always! Love the food, love the atmosphere and love the staff!

FAQs

Primal Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 429-3499.

Primal Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.