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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Nova Scotia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Nova Scotia? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Peacock Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (336)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Wine Bar
Halifax
About the restaurant
A refreshing new breed of wine bar, Peacock is a relaxed and boisterous hideaway overlooking the city’s picturesque waterfront in the heart of Halifax’s bustling Queen’s Marque district. Serving an ever-evolving list of labels including small-production and hard-to-find bottles as well as an extensive by-the-glass selection, its menu features a thoughtfully curated list of sharing plates and handmade pastas lightly anchored in local seafood and seasonal vegetables.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great experience! Lovely ambience great drink options. Knowledgeable bartenders. Excellent food
A photo of Besharam Bar and Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (74)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Indian
Halifax
About the restaurant
New age Indian restaurant, quirky setup, owned and operated by Chef Mani, serving classics to modern Indian food, crafted cocktails, local beer, Indian beer, great selection of wines to pair perfectly with your food.
Indian music, Ideal space for young professionals, groups, get-togethers, team meetings.

Highlights:
Tandoori dishes, freshly baked naan made to order, cocktails crafted to go with Indian food.
Beautiful patio over looking public garden, Private room, Live music

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
great food, excellent service, nice music. i will definitely go back again
A photo of The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (27)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
Halifax
About the restaurant
Specializing in fresh local Atlantic Beef products, The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar is an upscale, cosmopolitan chophouse offering live music, craft cocktails, fine wine, fresh local oysters, and premium steaks.
Top review
KimMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great service food and atmosphere can’t wait to return
A photo of Moxie's - Bayers Lake restaurant
4.5
4.5 (42)
CAN$30 and under
American
Halifax
About the restaurant
Welcome to Moxies Bayer's Lake! The Bayer's Lake restaurant features a wonderfully central location granting patrons a premium dining experience while out and about at nearby events centres, shopping districts, and more.
Top review
CelesteSvip
Dined on Jul 17, 2024
We had an amazing time, food, drinks and staff were all great!! Thanks for a great night!
A photo of Moxie's - Nova Centre restaurant
4.5
4.5 (49)
CAN$30 and under
American
Halifax
About the restaurant
Located at the heart of the city, the Nova Centre restaurant is a premium eatery with contemporary and modern fixtures and interior design.
Top review
CarlK
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Friendly service, good food - the Mahi Mahi was delicious.
A photo of New Scotland Brewing Co restaurant
4.4
4.4 (179)
CAN$30 and under
Brewery
Dartmouth
About the restaurant
New Scotland Brewing Co. is a community based microbrewery in the heart of Downtown Dartmouth Nova Scotia, overlooking the Halifax Harbour. NSB is dedicated to showcasing the best Nova Scotia has to offer, all while producing exceptional small batch beer and vodka soda.

New Scotland is more than a brewery! Come in and enjoy lunch, dinner or a late night snack. We also know beer isn't for everyone and always have a collection of other beverages for you to enjoy (non-alcoholic and alcoholic).

While you're here, take in some live music on the New Scotland Stage - check out our OpenTable Experiences for all upcoming entertainment!

Don't forget to grab a t-shirt and some cans to go from our retail shop out front.

Located at 16 Portland Street, across the street from the Alderney Ferry terminal and beside The Canteen.

*For reservations over 10, please call the brewpub 902-406-2337.
** For private events, please email jenna.mayer@newscotlandco.ca*

Top review
JimM
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
We were a party of 4 who enjoyed appies and drinks. Everyone enjoyed their time there.
A photo of LOS TOROS Auténtico Español restaurant
4.4
4.4 (135)
CAN$30 and under
Seafood
Halifax
About the restaurant
Los Toros Auténtico Español is a hidden gem nestled in a picturesque waterfront location. As you step inside, you are greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere that immediately transports you to the vibrant streets of Spain. The restaurant boasts a charming patio area that overlooks the glistening waters, creating a serene and breathtaking dining experience.

The patio is adorned with comfortable seating and rustic accents, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely meal while taking in the scenic views.

Now, let's talk about the star of the show: the Paella. Los Toros takes great pride in serving traditional paella that is bursting with flavors and aromas. Prepared with a meticulous attention to detail, each plate of paella showcases the culinary expertise and dedication to authenticity.

To complement your meal, Los Toros also boasts an impressive selection of Spanish wines, handpicked to enhance the flavors of the cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
An amazing dining experience- server was phenomenal!!
A photo of Betty's at The Kitch restaurant
4.4
4.4 (616)
CAN$30 and under
Wine Bar
Lunenburg
About the restaurant
Wine Bar & Wood-Fired Pizza...


i’m a betty. you’re a betty. everyone’s a betty.
betties love wine. betties love wood-fired pizza and small plates.
​betties REALLY love wine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Great value. Music is good,but it could've been a little softer because of small space.very enjoyable.
A photo of Bar Sofia - Halifax restaurant
4.3
4.3 (777)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Latin
Halifax
About the restaurant
Showcasing the vibrant essence of Latin cooking, Bar Sofia is a paradise for lovers of shared plates and cocktails. Led by celebrated Chef Anthony Walsh, Bar Sofia playfully nods to his family’s Argentinian heritage as well as the next generation of food lovers, artists and adventurers.
Top review
NotASocialiteJustSocialvip
Dined 3 days ago
Absolutely the best meal I have had since arriving in Halifax. One of the servers greeted me at the door then came by just to see how I was doing! She wasn’t my server and I thought that was very nice of her. I had beef empanada to start. They were large so I had one and one to take home. My main course was the seasonal fish with coconut rice, plantains and a citrus arugula salad. Perfection. Amazing meal for a hot summer day. I can’t wait to plan another trip to Halifax and come by again.
A photo of Orso Pub & Grill restaurant
4.1
4.1 (122)
CAN$30 and under
American
Halifax
About the restaurant
Nestled at the base of the historic Citadel hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia, lies Orso Pub & Grill, a charming and vibrant dining destination that captures the essence of Canadian hospitality. Boasting a warm and inviting atmosphere, this establishment has become a favourite among locals and tourists alike, thanks to it'd delectable menu, excellent service, and breathtaking views of the iconic Citadel hill. while Orso offers a wide range of mouthwatering dishes, one standout creation that has captured the hearts and taste buds of patrons is their legendary Guacamole stuffed Onion Ring.
the pub's commitment to contemporary aesthetics and its strategic positioning allow patrons to enjoy the natural beauty of the historic landmark while savoring a delicious meal or indulging in a refreshing beverage.

Top review
drwojovip
Dined 2 days ago
Food was quite delicious and the portion sizes are huge. Good service. Excellent drinks. Quite a surprise. Limited menu but worth the trip for a nice pub meal. Try the potato skins. Huge and delicious
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