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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Nova Scotia

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Sip Bar & Fare restaurant
4.7
4.7 (58)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Dartmouth
About the restaurant
Centred around a roaring hearth with an airy atrium and terrace above, Sip offers food and drink with character. Our menu features upscale cocktails — including curated classics and custom concoctions — and shareable plates cooked over an open flame.

Join us for a bite or a bevvy. We’ll keep the fire going.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
First visit here with my sister visiting from Miami. Two thumbs up!!! Ambience, food, service were amazing. Drinks a little pricey but not more than other fine dining. The cost of alcohol just kept our consumption low. Would recommend to anyone who wants to share an amazing food experience with someone special.
A photo of Peacock Wine Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (327)
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 6 days ago
We had a wonderful evening and an esquisite dinner :)
A photo of Moxie's - Bayers Lake restaurant
4.6
4.6 (38)
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
MeganC
Dined 1 day ago
Great experience with friends, excellent service & delicious meal served in a timely manner. Between us, we had the Thai chicken salad was very flavourful, the grilled chicken zen bowl that will definitely be ordered again, and the chicken Madeira rigatoni which was filling and rich and hit the spot!!
A photo of Moxie's - Nova Centre restaurant
4.6
4.6 (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
4.5
4.5 (177)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Limited menu, but all items were delicious. Will be back!
A photo of Salt & Ash - Halifax restaurant
4.5
4.5 (875)
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Halifax
About the restaurant
A warm, relaxed and feel-good retreat where friends come to gather over crackling fire, delicious food and cold beer, Salt + Ash represents a new wave of Nova Scotia dining. With a focus on live-fire cooking, its approachable menu of unique shared snacks, wood-fired pizzas, hearty meat and seafood, and East Coast family-style favourites is both inviting and laid-back, while its idyllic waterfront setting offers uninterrupted harbour views.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Music on patio to loud for dinner time, would have been better if it was more tailored to eating not dancing.
A photo of Bar Sofia - Halifax restaurant
4.4
4.4 (764)
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
Kelly
Dined 3 days ago
Brought out of town guests here for dinner and we loved it! Food, service and vibe was great. Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Lot Six Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (645)
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Halifax
About the restaurant
Please note: *This restaurant is 19+ or must be accompanied by a guardian*

At Lot Six, our cocktails, food, wine and beer leave a lasting impression. That's because we source only the best ingredients. We're always on the hunt for the most quality and unique products and the our staff not only keep up with techniques but are leaders in their field behind the bar and in the kitchen. While inspired by the flavours of the world, we're even prouder of what we have in our own backyard. Our abundant local pantry along with the influence of foreign cultures matched with our eagerness to entertain and education is the backbone of what we strive to offer our friends and guests.
Top review
ZeynepO
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Lovely atmosphere, delicious brunch and amazing staff!
A photo of Waterfront Warehouse restaurant
4.2
4.2 (14)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Halifax
About the restaurant
This is the place for simply sensational seafood in Halifax! We are the only venue in Halifax to offer fresh lobster and oysters all under one roof. Come and experience the richness of Nova Scotia"s maritime tradition in a relaxed, warm restaurant atmosphere. Located on the historic Halifax waterfront, Waterfront Warehouse blends fine dining with a view of Halifax Harbour. Select your own lobster from our tanks; enjoy a selection of oysters from our Oyster Menu or savour the mouth-watering flavours of our Cedar Planked Salmon. Stay toasty by the giant fireplace as you watch the ships go by. For group bookings please email warehouse@rcr.ca.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We had the lobster and oysters and they were amazing! Waitress was very friendly and helpful.
A photo of Orso Pub & Grill restaurant
3.7
3.7 (108)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Our server was wonderful, food was delicious and large servings.
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