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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Atlantic Canada

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Atlantic Canada? 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 The Ostrich Club restaurant
4.9
4.9 (661)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Halifax
About the restaurant
The Ostrich Club is all about quality over quantity. Simple food with big flavours. Natural wines. Thoughtful cocktails. Warm and inviting service.

Please have a look at our menus though please note that the regular menus may not be entirely current as there may be a delay from open table in re-posting the most up-to-date ones. See our website for current menus.

We hope to welcome you soon!
#livefastdieyum

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Tasty small plates but the real winner is the cocktails and the ambiance. 9.5/10.
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4.9
4.9 (746)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
St. John's
About the restaurant
Located in historic downtown St John's, Newfoundland. An upscale casual cuisine of family - style dishes that share between 2 - 4 people. An eclectic selection of wines from around the world. Reservations of 6 or less can be made through OpenTable. We do not take reservations of groups larger than 8. Walk - ins welcomed when seats are available. We do not reserve the bar seats and Chef's Table. Thank you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Tapas style meal every plate was delicious! We sampled every desert couldn’t decide a favourite…
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4.8
4.8 (693)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious food, excellent service and beautiful atmosphere! 🌟
A photo of Gio restaurant
4.8
4.8 (381)
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 on May 11, 2024
Gio went above and beyond to cater to my mom’s gluten allergy. She loved the fish and chips made with sparkling water instead of beer. Everyone left full and happy. My favourite restaurant in Halifax!
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4.8
4.8 (278)
CAN$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
St. John's
About the restaurant
LIV - Nordic for Shelter and Life, embraces a new approach to dining, importing a true European style of partying by combining cuisine with a vibrant nightlife.
Top review
CraigLvip
Dined 5 days ago
We love Liv! Great ambience, excellent drinks. There is a real casual vibe with excellent fusion food and how can you go wrong with Sushi Wednesdays BOGO!
A photo of Exile restaurant
4.6
4.6 (815)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
St. John's
About the restaurant
Thrill your senses with a dining experience at Exile, JAG's restaurant. Exquisite plates will tantalize your taste-buds and an embracingly warm atmosphere creates the perfect dining experience.
Enjoy our locally sourced ingredients at lunch, during a weekend brunch, or on a special night out with family and friends.

Please note our restaurant does not allow under age patrons after 8:30 pm.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Love this restaurant. Love the vibe. Service is always good and servers are always pleasant. Food is delicious.
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4.6
4.6 (652)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mediterranean
Halifax
About the restaurant
A refined yet earthy dining destination on the Halifax waterfront, Daryâ offers a fresh, bright take on Eastern Mediterranean cooking. Featuring a globally-inspired wine list, vibrant cocktails and a large, sunny patio, Daryâ’s spirited, relaxed atmosphere invites diners to break bread with friends and loved ones and sample as many flavours and textures as possible.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Best place to enjoy... Very family friendly restaurant... Had a great evening
A photo of Sip Bar & Fare restaurant
4.6
4.6 (47)
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
IanF
Dined 5 days ago
Great service, drinks, and food. A lovely spot to spend time w friends.
A photo of Pazzo Ristorante & Enoteca restaurant
4.6
4.6 (61)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Halifax
About the restaurant
Benvenuto and welcome to Pazzo, a new Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Halifax. Inspired by our love affair with Italian cuisine, we’ve beautifully transformed two floors of a Barrington Street heritage building into a cozy bar on the lower level and a gorgeous dining area upstairs. With a focus on fresh handmade pasta, meats and cheeses cured in-house, and wines that flow as freely as laughter around a family dinner table, we invite you to join us on a journey of Italy’s rich food culture and la dolce vita!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
Staff very friendly and knowledgeable! Atmosphere was fantastic … food ….out of this world good ! We will be back!
A photo of Bar Sofia - Halifax restaurant
4.4
4.4 (752)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Enjoyed our mealy very much. The flavours and food quality are impressive. Service was great and the atmosphere is always lively. We are returning customers and will continue to be.
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