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Chives Canadian Bistro

1537 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
902-420-9626
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Ranked #2 of 598 Restaurants in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
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Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Halifax
Cross street: Blowers and Salter
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I hosted an international group for dinner at Chives, and the experience was fantastic from start to finish.We enjoyed local wine, were charmed by our server who was friendly, attentive and engaging. The meals all round were spectacular, and it left my guests marveling at the calibre and quality of this restaurant. I have personally dined at Chives many times... More

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Morristown, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We researched a good restaurant to highlight our trip to Nova Scotia. We were surprised by the lack of creativity of the decor. Bright green paint and an out-dated mural that would be better suited in a child's room. We were served quickly and our appetizers arrived in a timely manner. Seafood chowder was excellent with big chunks of lobster.... More

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Halifax
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We ate at Chives on a Friday night in August, we had a party of 8 with two guests visiting Halifax for the first time. We were extremely impressed with the whole dining experience. Our waiter Michael was amazing, he was very knowledgeable about all the food, and was extremely professional. George also introduced himself to the table and made... More

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Crystal Beach, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We ate at Chives this past Saturday night based on high ratings and recommendations from locals. The food didn't really live up to our expectations but it was still good in my opinion. I would warn patrons to ask to keep your bottle of wine at your table as they take it away and put it on their bar. When... More

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halifax. nova scotia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We recently shared our anniversary dinner with good friends at Chives. The food and service were, quite simply, excellent. I am frequently somewhat disappointed when dining out and often question the value for money spent. Especially since I would describe myself as a foodie and someone who can put together a very good meal. It is a real treat to... More

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Echternach
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We spent a nice dinner there. The food was excellent! Really fresh and huge portions. As appetizer we had a lobster chowder - delicious!! As main plate, we had meat. So tender and full of taste. Really nice place to have dinner!

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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Warm and welcoming service, casual ambience and, above all, superb food. Dined at Chives last week and I can't stop raving about the delicious Newfoundland cod and an incredibly delicious vanilla bean and greek yogourt panna cotta with lemon curd, blueberries and a pistachio crumble. My fellow diners enjoyed mouth-wateringly tender braised lamb shoulder. Highly recommend Chives for beautifully prepared,... More

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England
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great choice of food and well presented. Book ahead as even on week day (though was peak season) they get booked up. First time we tried to eat here they were full but they sent us to their sister restaurant two doors down (yes it's called this) and had a good meal there to.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

This was truly one of the best meals ever. Seven adults of varying ages and tastes and each of us raved about the quality of the food and the service. The restaurant is housed in a converted bank and has several interesting areas, including a vault, for seating. The menu is not extensive but covers a good variety of what... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I ate at Chives on a recent trip to Halifax, based on the excellent reviews on this site; we were not disappointed. The restaurant was bright and casual and the servers were helpful, accommodating, and attentive - and fun. Our appetizers and main courses (we both had fish) were great - absolutely no complaints. But the biscuits... More

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