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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Nova Scotia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 EDNA Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (716)
CAN$30 and under
Bistro
Halifax
About the restaurant
An upmarket neighbourhood bistro serving locally focused dishes. We are a bustling one-room restaurant with a comfy bar. Seasonal menus include P.E.I. Blue Dot rib eye steaks, local seafood, and seasonal veg.

Open for lunch service Tuesday-Friday 1130-230
Open for Supper service Tuesday-Sunday 5-10pm
Open for Brunch service Sunday 10-2 pm (beginning Jan 21)

We keep bar seating open for walk-ins each night so feel free to pop in.

Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed.

***Please note when picking a reservation time that our licence requires minors (even sweet tiny little babies) to be out of the restaurant by 10pm, sorry for the inconvenience.

Top review
HalifaxCouplevip
Dined 2 days ago
Gem of a restaurant! Delicious food and great service. Enjoy it every time!
A photo of Beach Pea Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (769)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Lunenburg
About the restaurant
✼ If you would prefer to dine on our waterfront patio, please add a visit tag in seating preferences when reserving and we will do our best to accommodate you (weather permitting).

Let the Beach Pea’s team of talented chefs prepare a delicious meal for you. With diverse specialties, ranging from French cuisine to traditional Italian pasta, the combined experience of this kitchen produces delicious, elegant dishes with a focus on fresh Nova Scotia seafood.

We accept reservations for dinner service, but if our dining room and patio are full, you are welcome to have a refreshing drink at the breezy bar while you wait to be seated.

Please note that we hold reservations for a maximum of 15 minutes
We are happy to accommodate parties of 1-8 guests in our intimate space.

Top review
LisaGvip
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and attentive service in a cute little restaurant.
A photo of Tilly’s Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (507)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
New Glasgow
About the restaurant
At Tilly's Kitchen, our daily goal is to create, serve and enjoy fine food. The woman behind Chef Brad's inspiration was his Nana Tilly and her passion for cooking. We love fresh food, flavorful food, food that’s in season, and food that’s distinct. We design our menus with local market fresh ingredients, so that the food we serve you is as fresh and flavorful as can be. We welcome you to our restaurant, and wish you a hearty appetite.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding food and friendly staff providing great service. Always a wonderful experience. Thanks Laurel and team. Kathryn & Charles
A photo of CHOP Steakhouse & Bar - Halifax restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1415)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Halifax
About the restaurant
Chop was created for people who love sharing, connecting and everything steak. We are proud to offer a menu that shares our commitment to sustainable beef sourcing, serving high-quality cuts of 100% Canadian beef. It isn’t just the meat that’s special – it’s also how we cook it. Our Montague broiler cooks at up to 1800 °F, giving a beautiful crust and flavour to every steak! We slow roast our prime rib in a humidity-controlled oven, keeping it mouth-watering and tender. And we put this level of care into each of our hand-crafted drinks, and from-scratch dishes, including plant-based and seafood options, with something for everyone to enjoy. All of this quality comes with friendly hospitality in warm and energetic rooms. Open for breakfast, happy hour, dinner and late-night!
Top review
hemgvip
Dined 3 days ago
Chop consistently delivers good food and friendly, prompt service. Our group of 6 was treated very well.
A photo of Peacock Wine Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (333)
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
ShelleyP
Dined 2 days ago
From cocktails to dessert to service, the experience was incredible. This was my first time visiting and I will definitely be back !
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4.7
4.7 (1249)
CAN$51 and over
Steak
Halifax
About the restaurant
CUT Steakhouse offers a fine dining experience sure to please the most sophisticated of diners. Start your evening with a glass of award-winning wine or perhaps a popular craft beer. From our menu, savour a dry-aged New York Striploin, delicious AAA Atlantic Rib-eye, PEI Blue Dot tenderloin or Wagyu beef all cooked to your specifications. Finish off with an amazing sampling of fine cheeses, a specialty liqueur and a decadent dessert. Downstairs, SHUCK Seafood + Raw Bar features a seafood market with a wide selection of Nova Scotia product delivered daily. Enjoy oysters on the half shell, crudo, ceviche or whole fresh fish prepared to your liking. In the summer, sit outside on our beautiful patio overlooking the Halifax waterfront.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was amazing, no doubt about it. Atmosphere is nice, staff are polite, friendly and knowledgeable.
A photo of Gio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (390)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Halifax
About the restaurant
If reservations appear unavailable please email us at gioreservations@princegeorgehotel.com
Simply stated, Gio is the definitive dining experience of downtown Halifax. Since inception in 2006, the restaurant has garnered critical acclaim from those impressed by the ambition and execution of its four-diamond food and service. Dining with a twist, expect fun aside fancy, from the atmosphere to the plate. A divine and diverse menu shifts with every season, combining the best in local and global ingredients. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch, the restaurant also offers exquisite cocktails designed to enhance your experience and features a sommelier-selected wine list. Gio's private dining can easily accommodate groups of 10 to 20 with our Chef Greg Burns offering individually crafted menus to personalize your time with us.
We are perfectly located in the center of downtown just moments away from sporting, music and theatrical venues.
Life is a menu - Choose well

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The beef tenderloin medium rare was cooked perfectly and held so much flavour. The potato pave also stood out to me as an option I would recommend to others looking for a good side with the tenderloin.
A photo of da Maurizio restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2454)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Halifax
About the restaurant
Da Maurizio offers a premiere dining experience on Halifax's historical waterfront. For over thirty years this fine dining Italian restaurant has been considered Halifax's favorite by locals and travelers alike. It is no wonder Da Maurizio has earned National and International awards; one visit and you will understand why. The exquisite sauces and handmade pastas, the mouth-watering seafood and grilled-to-perfection meats, the exceptional service and beautiful decor, the comprehensive wine list and romantic setting all combine to make Da Maurizio and unforgettable experience. Whether you are seeking a romantic dinner for two, a celebratory family gathering, a lighthearted evening with good friends on the patio or a business discussion over dinner, Da Maurizio is the perfect destination.
Top review
Ginger
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food and service. Always a treat to dine here.
A photo of The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (22)
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
DaveOvip
Dined 5 days ago
Neil our bartender and server has 10 stars. Great service and conversation. Meal was awesome indeed. My complaint is 22.00 for a glass of pinot grigio by the establishment
A photo of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Dartmouth Crossing restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3948)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Dartmouth
About the restaurant
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar serves the finest cuts of succulent steak, aged for tenderness and grilled to perfection. Prime rib is a Keg specialty, slow roasted, hand carved and perfectly seasoned with special Keg spices. The restaurant also serves delicious seafood, memorable appetizers, crisp salads and decadent desserts. A casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. You'll find a truly comfortable and satisfying dining atmosphere accompanied by a fun and up-scale bar setting where guests can enjoy an excellent wine list, signature Keg martinis, and fresh squeezed juice cocktails.
Top review
JamieA
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent meal. We were sat in the middle of the restaurant so it was a little noisy and high traffic, but the service was excellent.
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