Primal Kitchen

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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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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
12 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
8 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!

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Reggie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service and an incredible meal equals a win win. I highly recommend Primal!

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LynnGregO
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were a party of 7 on a Thursday evening in December, so we expected the restaurant to be busy. It was very quiet, which seemed odd, and it caused us to wonder whether we had made the right choice to dine there. Once the food started coming out, we quickly realized we'd made a great choice. From the selection of appetizers, including delicious sharing boards and tasty calamari, to the sumptuous cuts of meat and venison sausages, everyone quickly cleaned their plates. After I finished my main, I ventured into the kitchen to compliment the chef on the fantastic tenderloin I'd savoured. Ultimately, all 7 of us had an excellent evening, and I certainly expect we'll all put Primal Kitchen on our list of downtown restos to frequent again in 2020!

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KRISTENT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Primal kitchen was good. The service and desserts were the best parts in my opinion.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smaller then we expected but very nice cozy space, food was lovely and our server was friendly but not pushy.
Great night out

KB
KrisB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was incredible and lots to decide between. Staff was great. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal or experience.

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ChrisS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My wife ordered the Superfood Salad Bowl, and it was not as described on the menu, nor did it look inspiring. As well, the avocado that was on the plate was not necessarily the freshest. However the vinaigrette was very good. When brought to our servers attention, he immediately tried to rectify the situation, and offered her Focaccia. Everything else that we had, the poutine, the braised, smoked rabbit pasta (the daily special), and the focaccia, were excellent. Would definitely eat their again.

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KBluenose
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Surly wait staff - was waiting for several minutes to be seated even though there were only 3 customers seated and no one else waiting ahead of me
Ordered both the butcher board and the fish monger board- had to send the calamari back as well as the poutine- calamari is served soggy according to our waitress and the poutine was cold. Mussels were dried out on top, ribs were dry - both the tuna and chicken tacos were okay, let’s just say the fried chicken i.e wings were the best on the board.
So we decided to skip ordering mains and left for another restaurant
Overall poor value for what they charge - food was so close to being good or excellent if it was served hot and better service

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ShawnB
Atlantic Canada
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Sadly they were sold out of the two main items we went for. The chef is clearly very good, however some of the execution was hit or miss. Most things were delicious, but we had to send the calamari back, as the coating was quite soggy.

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MimiR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, amazing food, outstanding menu! Ambiance is perfect for any types of events!

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Appetizers were amazing. Main course was disappointing. Rib eye steak was served chateaubriand style. What true butcher would serve a rib eye this way? Prime cost for a rib eye for a mediocre quality steak.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty good experience, great environment

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 49 OpenTable diners.

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