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About The Five Fishermen

Join us at Five Fishermen restaurant in Downtown Halifax and let the personalized service and warm contemporary ambiance, set the tone for an exceptional dining experience.

Choose from a varied selection of the finest seafood available, or indulge in our critically acclaimed prime center cut steaks, aged 28 days and wood fire grill to perfection. Complement your meal with a selection from our wine menu — an award-wining list of more than 200 wines curated by our Sommelier.

If a more relaxed experience is desired, visit our lively bar where you can sip classic and creative hand-shaken cocktails or a selection of micro-brewed beers and ales, regional wines, single-malt scotches and fresh squeezed juices and enjoy signature appetizers . Whatever the occasion, from a quiet weeknight dinner to a special private event, let us handle every detail. We'll do the work. You bask in the glory.

1740 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2B6
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary Canadian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Complimentary Valet Parking available with reservations only

Cross Street:
Carmichael Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(902) 422-4421

Website:
http://www.fivefishermen.com/

Entertainment:
The Five Fishermen - has earned the reputation of Halifax's premier seafood restaurant for over 35 years. Internationally known for delicious seafood and historical setting, The Five Fishermen offers the best of Nova Scotia hospitality and cuisine. The freshest Maritime bounty, an award winning wine list and genuine Maritime hospitality makes dining at the Five Fishermen extraordinary.

Catering:
If you are searching for a place to host your next group function, Five Fishermen is the perfect setting for your private or semi-private event. Visit us at www.FiveFishermen.com to book your next event.

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet service with dinner reservation for the Five Fishermen Restaurant.

Public Transit:
One block from major public transit stop.

Executive Chef:
Chef Chris Kyprianou is a new addition to the Five Fishermen family; having joined us in the spring from Toronto. Chris comes from a family that was built around the dinner table. It was a time to unwind, laugh and indulge with great food so it comes as n

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour M-F 4:30-6:30 PM, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

The Five Fishermen Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (47)
Good for a Date (46)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
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Creative Cuisine (32)
Local Ingredients (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Romantic (25)
Business Meals (24)
Cozy (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Authentic (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Healthy (15)
Fun (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Casual (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Seasonal (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (6)
People Watching (6)
Scenic View (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Waterfront (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined 5 days ago

It’s tough to make clients feel truly special, but what they did for my mothers birthday honestly touched me. They made such an effort to make her feel special from giving her roses, a signed card from every member of the staff, dessert with a candle, champagne...what a wonderful way to treat people.

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·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had! The staff were phenomenal! Friendly and helpful. The added touches for celebrating a birthday made the evening even more special. The food was unique and very flavourful. The valet parking is an added touch that really made our night. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Received fantastic service from Luca! He was pleasant and jovial, his recommendation that I asked for was 100% bang on!
We had a great time and would certainly return again. The food was great also as well as the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Disappointed in seating for 2 with a
Post behinds seat & servers bumping into chair & carrying trays over my head while I am eating.
Also view was the back of high of seat. I would only recommend people to request a seat with booth by window.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a wonderful NewYear’s Eve. The food and service were excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

over riding sense around us the entire time was that we need to order , eat, and leave ; so the table can be used by next customers in line .

Serving staff seemed to be under pressure and non wait senior staff did persistent rounds of all the tables in a very obvious fashion , as if to say , " don't let us see you getting too comfortable "

very uncomfortable for us during our meal

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The prices were high for what you received. We ordered mussels to start and they were small and stringy. Some were so stringy that you couldn't get them off the shell. The Five Fishermen used to have great mussels. The dessert selection was very poor and I love dessert but didn't have one. We had one starter between us, an entre each and wine and the check was over 150.00

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service was extraordinary, however the volume an choice of music on the sound system was a problem for me. It was pop music and it was quite loud. I could not have a quite conversation with my wife at our table.

I recommend piano music for dining.

Cheers,
Kevin Moynihan

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I grew up in Halifax with the old Five Fishermen.
You cannot compare the two. Experience was a lot better!
We had Wood Fire grilled Arctic Char with two different sauces. The chimichurri was the best I ever had. pineapple salsa was good too.
We had grilled cauliflower appetizer that was out of this world GOOD!
Highly recommended!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

My boyfriend and I wanted to try different dishes; which is what we did by ordering shark, swordfish and char. I didnt really care for them; but at least I tried it. I found the mussels and scallops couldve been cooked more for my liking, and there was alot of pepper on my food; which I wasnt too fussy about. I dont know if I would try it again; but at least I can say I have one thing off my bucket list. The experience was great, and the service was absolutely enjoyable, and the atmosphere was pleasant. If I do go again, I'll stick to food that I am familiar with, and really enjoy. Thank you very much

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was ok, but not great. I may give a tougher review than most as I am a commercial fisherman and a seafood lover. I don’t mind paying for good food, but when the price the high, it had to be justified.
DMC

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We always love going to Five Fishermen. The food is delicious, wine selection superb and the service excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

1. MUSIC was too loud for "older" 60's group even after requesting and having the volume reduced . This was expected to be a lovely evening with extensive chatter. Could barely hear the guests at the ends of the table even while sitting in the middle of "7"
2. Food was excessively expensive for what was delivered. There were pieces of the meal that were really enjoyed but NOT the overall meal (cauliflower app was wonderful)
3. Alcohol was excessively expensive. Over $21 for an 8 oz. glass of Pinot Grigio ...ridiculous.
4. Overall all return trip disappointment as compared to a much better experience from a significant number of years ago especially because we brought a group of relatives/friends at our recommendation (7 guests in total) . We were in Halifax to attend a family wedding and are not native to Halifax but we will NOT be returning or recommending this restaurant to family and friends who are either visiting or residents of the area.
5. Waiters mixed up meal placement for about 1/2 of the guests and had to be requested to redirect to the individual who had ordered the meal.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

A friend from out of province was visiting and had been anticipating our dinner at The Five Fisherman for quite sometime. it exceeded her expectations as well as my own! We shared the Lobster Mac and Cheese, Truffle Fries, and The Five Fish. Our server was great; very efficient and attentative. The drinks were great and of course the food was amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great menu. Everything cooked perfectly. Attentive but non-intrusive service. Very good wine list. Great bartender. A fine old building that has been updated without destroying its lovely historical ambience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Delicious & fresh seafood, beautiful atmosphere and knowledgable, friendly staff. Three thumbs up!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Organic
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We brought Business friends from out of town to Five Fishermen to enjoy Maritime seafood and unique ambiance, our guests were completely thrilled with the experience

Everything from location to service to food was excellent. The view of Downtown Halifax was unique and added to the overall experience

We would definitely recommend Five Fishermen to anyone

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

This is probably one of the best meals I have ever had. Every single item we ordered was absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend the lobster mash and the seafood Smorgasbord, the Smorgasbord had an amazing Salmon ceviche. This place knows good customer service, we were very well taken care of. When booking through open table, we were able to let them know it was for a birthday celebration. The Manager and our host made the night really special for us, it’s definitely an eating experience I will never forget. I cannot wait to come back in the summer for round 2!

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We were at The Five Fishermen recently for a birthday celebration and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was fantastic (swordfish and salmon) - cooked to perfection with seasonal vegetables. The wait staff was professional, knowledgeable and pleasant. The restaurant has recently been renovated and there was definitely a "wow" factor regarding the decor. We will definitely be returning in the near future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food. The new decore is lovely. Needs more salads on the menu. Would recommend it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our new favourite restaurant! We will be back for the amazing food and service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My dinner was cold but otherwise everything else was very good

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Service and atmosphere was very good. It is a seafood restaurant but decided to order the steak. Based on the menu description, cuts offered and price, I expected a quality meal. Well, I could barely get through half the steak. I kept trying to navigate around the gristle but eventually gave up. I shared my disappointment with the server and at the end of the meal was granted a $25 discount towards my next meal. This is a huge assumption that I'll want to return. I was very disappointed. Poor value for the cost. Fortunately my business guest was pleased with his meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Last minute reservation for 8, they gave us a lovely quiet spot for a birthday celebration. Food was awesome and the service excellent! Thank you

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. The staff are well versed and are quick to respond to questions about the various offerings. Even on a Thursday night I would recommend you make a reservation, it was getting very busy by the time we left (8:00). Great timing between plates. Extensive wine menu. And Bonus they offer free valet parking. When I booked I was asked if it was a special occasion. It was my husband's birthday and low and behold he was given a card, signed by all the staff, and his desert was free. Nice touch.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Steak was perfect. Dry aged. Grilled over a wood grill. Mouthwatering. Excellent and attentive service. Really enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I were at Five Fishermen to celebrate our 51 st Wedding anniversary. This was our third consecutive, and one of many, celebrations of that and other events at this location.
The food was exception. Our waiter was very professional and helpful.
The recent renovations are very well done.
This is indeed our favorite spot for fine dining in Halifax

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The staff were outstanding on Sat night. We were celebrating my granddaughter's 18th birthday and we couldn't have asked for better service. I took in a cake that I had made and they graciously brought it to the table with candles lit at the appropriate time. Thank you all.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great evening! Waiter was very attentive. Was attracted to the "special" early bird menu. Had to mention it three times before was able to order from that menu. Waiter was aware of the special - he knew what I was talking about.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Felt like a night out in Paris! Five fisherman made my birthday extragantly elegant! Amazing ambiance and warm staff. Everyone was so kind and graceful. Although our party was in a rush, nevertheless we were granted a 5 star experience. I felt I was being treated like a Queen by the gentleman waiter as he gifted me with a single rose and birthday card on behalf of everyone from the top chef to the valet guy! Quite personable and special I’d say. It was a smooth evening with an exotic touch! Can’t wait to dine in again!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Beautiful lobster!

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Lovely renovations since my last visit. More up to date and not so dark upstairs. We had a great table overlooking Parade Square. The menu had been recently updated. Not as extensive as before. I think I preferred the old menu. Our choices were the seared scallops and the five fish. Both excellent. We did not enjoy the deserts. Apple tart ( very hard over-cooked crust). The white chocolate creme brûlée was runny and not cooked. Overall a good experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The staff were very friendly and the host was most accommodating. Food was fresh and well prepared. Great dining experience!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We felt rushed, food was not very warm and deserts were small. Staff seemed to have an attitude. I was expecting better based on the reviews.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Incredible experience. We went to 5 Fishermen for my husband's birthday and they made it hands down the best dining experience we've ever had. When we first arrived, we were given two flutes of champagne to celebrate, and throughout the meal we were constantly impressed by our server and the staff. They were full of great recommendations and SO friendly. The food was absolutely spectacular - the fall menu is impeccable and I had the best braised shortrib I've ever had. I can't wait to try to winter menu! At the end of the meal, my husband was given a card for his birthday signed by the entire staff and it was just an incredible touch that made him feel so special. We absolutely loved our time and will be making 5 Fishermen our go-to for all special occasions without a doubt. Thank you!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Too bad the mussel bar is gone. It was why I kept coming back to this place. The food was good but I am not sure I would come back as there are lots of other options that offer the same kind of food. The mussel bar was unique.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

We were a group of 7 for a business meal. Everything was great. Staff was awesome!

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Phenomenal service from the time we walked in the door until we walked out, all of the staff we came in contact treated us as if we were the only people in the restaurant. The food was well presented, prepared as requested and delicious. The Five Fishermen is a restaurant I will recommend without hesitation and will certainly visit again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A great experience where food and service where both excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service were superb, but we don't understand why you would want to play loud pop vocal music in such a classy place?
Some of the best restaurants that we go to across the country don't have any music at all. Or if you must, then how about some soft jazz or string music or anything instrumental.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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