The Five Fishermen

4.4
1414 reviews
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Seafood
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.
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KS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The decor was great, they've given a lot of thought into blending the historic building with the modern restaurant. A real gem.

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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from beginning to end, greeted with a smile, taken to our table in a timely matter. First time there, very much enjoyed our dinner. I would highly recommend this place. Would gladly go again. Cheers to the staff from the greeters to the chef.. you all do an excellent job.

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CD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and outstanding service from Lyv. Great ambiance

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit to this restaurant. The food was outstanding as well as the service. We will be returning in April for graduation celebration.

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DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallop appetizer was the best I’ve ever had.
I was with a party of 6 and all entrees were excellent.
Will definitely visit again💕💕💕

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is are second time here from pei what can i say the food the service the surroundings second to none .the atmosphere is lovely quiet ideal for the romantic couple .thanks guys for a lovely experience

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w
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We have been to The Five Fishermen many times, often on New Year's Eve. This was our first visit since the major renovation. I'm sure the reno has improved the space for people who work there -- servers, cleaners, etc. -- and probably there are customers who appreciate the changes also. But in the past, I think one of the restaurant’s charming attractions was the knowledge that you were in an historic Halifax building. That ambiance is gone and replaced by new floors, new bars, new chairs and tables, several booths.

As if to emphasize the break with the past, there was loud music – not pleasing background music but modern rock sounds and also rap/hip hop. It was loud enough to inhibit conversation.

That said, we enjoyed our evening, as we always do. The food was good -- we went with the New Year's Eve special of surf 'n' turf. The restaurant was crowded and hectic and the service reflected that. Servers were busy but we were not rushed or kept waiting.

I'm sure we will go to The Five Fishermen again. It's almost a tradition. My biggest disappointment was the nature of the renovation and that can't be undone. Maybe some changes could be made in the music choices and volume, however.

Happy New Year to all.

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced for the quality and quantity of food.Without the bread,would’ve left hungry.Disappointed for a New Years Eve meal.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

New Years Eve with family.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Amazing food and great service, we will be back!

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening out. Very Nice atmosphere and food.

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EC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Will be going there again in future

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JK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service in the most gorgeously-renovated space. Most restaurants that have been around this long are past their prime - The Five Fisherman is definitely not one of them. Nothing but praise for his Halifax gem! The 5 Fish dish is a must-have - but be sure to upgrade the green pea risotto to lobster risotto... well worth it. Our compliments to the chef!

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ID
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. They made a small mistake on drinks and comped them right away. Also free bubbly. Wonderful main dishes.

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T
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. I don’t even like seafood and this was excellent

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SG
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were fantastic from beginning to end!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent value, excellent service!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came to Halifax to take our daughter out for her "Champagne " Birthday. She chose The Five Fisherman. We were led to our seat which happened to be on the upper floor overlooking Grand Parade Square. The service was excellent. Our server's name was Liv(?). We enjoyed a beautiful meal in a cozy atmosphere. As we just finished our dessert, we watched the Christmas tree lighting and fireworks show. We didn't know that was taking place before hand. Thank you to all who made the occasion an awesome memorable experience.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, view, ambiance, food and service. A little pricey but worth it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and stylish place, great food & good service. Only regretful they ran out of whole lobster, as that was one of the reasons we came

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My visit surpassed my expectation. We had been here 17 years ago. The service was excellent. The waiter was attentive without being intrusive. The good was excellent. It was a quiet night, so the candle lighting really set the mood.

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PF
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait service was friendly and prompt however manager on duty was unprofessional and made many at our table uncomfortable. I doubt we would return

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N
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last night of a holiday, stopped in for a delicious chowder. As if that wasn’t enough, kicked it into gear with the Lobster Pot Pie. Need I say more??

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D
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences in Halifax I have ever encountered. I took a friend from out of province to celebrate his birthday and have never been so embarrassed at show casing our east coast city. From the reception to the attitude of the waiter, being rushed through a meal in 55 minutes, to the mice and unapologetic manager, there wasn't much more that could go wrong with this restaurant choice.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten!

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l
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was recently renovated and although it is very nice it is missing its old charm. The servers we’re capable but inexperienced. The cocktails were average. The food was presented well, prepared well and very tasty. The tables are not too close so that you can have a conversation and actually hear what is said at the table. This is a big plus.All in all it was a good experience and would definitely return.

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RW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Too expensive , unless your rich. Food was fine but not exceptional. Small "gourmet " servings. Would not recommend. Plenty of better options nearby

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HB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had outstanding service. Clara and Alain went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. And the food was excellent. Top of our list for our next visit!

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ZK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delecious food ! I liked grilled salmon in maple syrup souce

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Despite the name of the restaurant, it needs a few more selections of non-seafood dishes. Music was a bit loud for me. Waiter was new but did a great job! I really like that one person sat us, another brought water, our waiter took the order, others brought our food. That's teamwork. Well done!

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster pot pie was excellent and so was the dirty Martini.

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TG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun night out with friends. Halibut was delicious!

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DW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, but a little pricey would be my only complaint.

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TP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basically the best meal I ever ate.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The old five fisherman had more character, appeal, charm and history. Now it is just another cookie cutter restaurant. Menu was much better previously. Server was great. No longer is a maritime restaurant.

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J
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Notre serveur se nommait Alain. Nous avons énormément apprécié pouvoir échanger en français avec lui. Il a su vite faire parti de nos taquineries et le souper a été des plus agréables grâce à son amabilité, son sens d'humour, et son professionnalisme. Merci.

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B
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great find. Definitely good for a special occasion. The restaurant was comfortable, if a little crowded. The service was perfect. Our server was very professional; attentive but not intrusive, helpful without being pushy. The seafood was absolutely delicious. Honestly, one of the best meals I have ever had! It wasn't cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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D
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very busy hot spot. The staff was accommodating and knowledgeable. Dinner was fresh and delicious local seafood. It is pricey but well worth it.

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

This restaurant came highly recommended so I was very excited to eat there while visiting Halifax. I was disappointed. The smorgasbord portions were very small. They included edamame in the discription and there were literally 6 beans scattered on the plate.
The market salad was also tiny! As were their oysters.
Beer selection was also very limited.
We quickly got our bill and went somewhere else to eat.
The service was ok and the place is nice but I’d suggest going there for a drink only!

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TC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

With the most recent renovation I feel the ambiance was lost.

Missed the mussel and oyster bar

The history of the building was not marketed on the menu or any of the literature which is a shame

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