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Stories - Casual Fine Dining - Halifax

4.8
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105 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
Showcasing regional seafood and game in intimate dining rooms, a best kept secret and a favorite retreat for those serious about food.

For reservations for 5 guests or more, please call us directly.

Rated 2 of 3 stars in 2019 Where to Eat in Canada.

Each and every facet of a dining experience has a story. From the pedigree of our food products, our partnerships with indigenous farmers, foragers and fishermen, to our guests who choose to celebrate their “continuing story” with us.

Private dining room available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 105 people are saying
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LesleyC
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, great food, really great service!

Stories - Casual Fine Dining - Halifax
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! We're so glad that you enjoyed your dinner with us. We hope to see you again another time! All my best, Kelsey Bishop Dining Room Manager

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TonyfromTO
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner there with my spouse and the food was excellent, the service impeccable and the ambiance quiet and perfect for our anniversary dinner. Menu is limited but everything on the menu looked like something we would want. Loved the scallops wraped in rice paper - cooked and served perfectly. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific! Food was spectacular & our waitress was excellent :-)

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stories was a wonderful birthday treat for my husband and me. The cocktails were beautiful, the staff were friendly and helpful and the food was delicious.

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AnnM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. We really enjoyed the experience.

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DebbyE
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just an outstanding food experience. Anna was a very knowledgeable server and her personality just took the experience up a notch.

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JeanieB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we started with a drink in the sitting room—so relaxing— before moving over to the restaurant. An intimate, peaceful ambiance with exceptional food and unobtrusively warm service. A hidden gem here in Halifax.

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vipNomad
Toronto
42 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, from a small menu in and intimate space with wonderful staff - highly recommended

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vipJuanaD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Excellent food, and the service Is amicable and warm. Attentive servers. Worth of a special occassion.

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jaininw
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

quiet place, perfect for a romantic dinner or celebration. Exceptional service and presentation. Nice wine list, small but varied menu. Thank you Katherine for your service and making our night into something truly special.

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ChristinaH
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing so friendly and kind, beautiful inside and out....I have been serving for 20 years and the server you have working for you is one of kind and you are very lucky to have her working for you

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KrisP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food, service, and ambiance! Our fourth time eating here on our annual visit to Celtic Colours! Will keep coming back.

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Nigel
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with my wife to celebrate our anniversary. We both enjoyed all three courses with wine and were particularly impressed with the service.

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dooner56
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very sweet venue with a romantic table next to the window which we enjoyed on our last night in Halifax. The location is easy to get to in downtown and we felt very comfortable walking there from our lodging at the Marriot Harborview. Our meal was superb!

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GolfXJ6
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite of the three top shelf restaurants we dined at in Halifax. Located in a small boutique hotel, Stories is a treat for the eyes and the stomach. We shared Duck Three Ways for an app: sliced duck prosciutto, smoked duck, and duck rillettes. Absolutely one of the most beautiful presentations ever. The duck was so good we both had Duck Magret for entrees: again, beautiful presentation, delicious, and ample. Limited selection of wines by the glass, but I was happy with the selection I made. We recommend this restaurant without any reservation, although reservations are recommended. A real treat.

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vipFuzzyBeaver
Toronto
179 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has such a lovely atmosphere. Very quiet and romantic. The food is just so good. Appetizer was crab cakes. It had huge chunks of crab plus the base included great shrimp. Mains were tuna and duck. The tuna was so tender and tasty. It has been quite a while since I had such fabulous tuna and it was cooked perfectly. The duck was very rich and flavourful. Great wine to go with both meals. All the prices of food and wine are so reasonable for the high quality. Our server, Kelsey, added so much to the evening. She is extremely personable and delivers outstanding service. Kelsey is a real asset to the restaurant and certainly makes you want to return.

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vipMiamiBorn
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable, romantic dinner. The way fine dining should be. Wonderful staff, intimate atmosphere, and fine food.

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Artikay
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Staff were friendly enough, but Stories is entirely overrated. The food was antiquated, underwhelming and overpriced. To be clear: this review is purposefully critical, not negative.

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ShawnOBrien
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a quiet romantic dinner. Can’t say enough about the food and service. My only regret is not returning sooner.

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AldoC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best and most sophisticated restaurants in Halifax and Atlantic Canada. Impeccable dining and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely and intimate dining experience with my family. Katrine, our server, was caring and attentive.

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MelinaR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, the ambiance, the drink in the library beforehand, the balance and fantastic tastes of every single bite we took, the location, etc. Everything was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both fantastic

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cyprianb
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everything and more than I anticipated! The food, Ambiance and service was simply amazing.

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StephenG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was super fresh and delicious. Wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. Beautiful room in restored older building.

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Jiri
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional service and food, a very pleasant and friendly waitresses, nice and pleasant atmosphere over all. We hope to visit you again during our next trip to Halifax.

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MaryL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from beginning to end. Incredible service; water and bread promptly served, never had to ask for refills of wine or water. Food was delicious (salmon and steak), with flourless chocolate cake with coconut ice cream to finish the feast
Nice wine selection

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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MissMoo
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious although I found crab cake a wee bit bland
Salmon and Duck Magret perfect
Scallops perfect
Desserts perfect

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LilyC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant restaurant. Small, quiet and good for a formal/informal date with friend.

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vipDrMomm
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a lovely high-end restaurant, but kind of “old-school”. I’m old myself, but a more youthful spirit, and approach to food would be welcomed. There were no vegetarian entrees or vegetable-centric menu items (even after inquiring). The food was delicious, but way heavier than I wanted or needed, the atmosphere is a bit stuffy, and it didn’t need to be.

The high-end restaurant market in Halifax is crowded. Get with the program! The service was fantastic, I might add.

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YourWeightinGiraffes
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Halifax. I've been saying it for years and will continue to do so.

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FrancineJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with the crab cake, which was very fresh and tasty. Then had salmon and Guinea hen. Both were cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Had chocolate mousse-like dessert and berry tart with cassis ice cream. The plating was fabulous and they tasted tasting just as good. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. This was the best we had in Halifax over 10 days.

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Classy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is ranked #1 and, in our opinion deserves it. We were staying at the Halliburton so it was super convenient. We reserved well ahead.

After a review of the menu we found we were more interested in the appetizers so we ordered two each: goat cheese salad, crab cake and scallops (x2). They were all excellent

Our servers were especially interesting because they took the time to explain the composition of each dish.

In addition we had 2 gins and 2 glasses of wine. Total bill with tip was CAD 125.

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OpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Halifax by far

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idiotjed
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (with portion sizes in line with European fare), friendly and attentive staff with a relaxed and intimate ambience.

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Rolfe83
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our 8th anniversary. We had a wonderful meal everything was amazing and well presented. The safe were very helpful and well informed about each dish.

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LindaA
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed the meal and the surroundings but found the menu limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we entered till the time we left we received first class service and the food was exceptional.

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MichelleC
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

With so many choices in Halifax, it is difficult to chose a fine dining restaurant when we visit. We decided to give Stories a go since we had read several reviews. The staff was amazing. They had answers to any questions and when they didn't know, they found out. For our starters we had the goat cheese and the queen crab cake. I have to say crab cakes are usually my go to. I had high expectations and it was bursting with crab. However, the rest of the dish was a bit flat on the flavor side of things. Beautifully presented however. The other starter, the goat cheese was stellar. Beautiful mix of greens, candied nuts and the goat cheese was beautiful and silky. It made us want to source some for ourselves. My partner had the game (bison) and I went with my other fave, seared tuna. The bison was beautifully cooked (rare) and seasoned perfectly with just salt. The meat spoke for itself. My tuna which was rare also was beautifully presented. However, I thought it would be sliced to be presented and was not. therefore, a bit difficult to slice with only a butter knife. I felt there was an overpowering basil flavor to the tuna that was a bit off putting. Still, it was cooked perfectly. The resto is perfect for that fine dining experience with intimate setting. Their wine selections is definitely top notch. The wait staff are lovely and professional without being too stuffy.

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Stories - Casual Fine Dining - Halifax is rated 4.8 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

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