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Chives Canadian Bistro

1537 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
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Ranked #5 of 615 Restaurants in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Canadian
Neighborhood: Downtown Halifax
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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
Cross street: Blowers and Salter
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English first
Halifax, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Not much where to go get decent food in Halifax, Chives is probably the best place so far. Not fancy, but professional staff and creative chef who offers unpretentious cooking with sometimes really good surprises. I would rank it 3.5/5.

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Hamilton, Ontario
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I am not a big portion guy so this place was fine for me. Food was excellent. Selection sparse but no complaints although the chicken was a tad overdone. Flavours made up for that. Currently a bit hard to find due to signage. Prices are fair. Sat in an awkward table so not sure what the ambience is otherwise.

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Bedford, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were fortunate to get a late reservation at Chives just a few days before New Year's Eve as it was a last minute decision to go out. We arrive a few minutes early, however our table was waiting for us. The special menu had some great choices, however we both choose the same items. The Duck-Duck-Goose appetizer was excellent,... More 

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Annapolis, MD
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201 reviews 201 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We really enjoyed our evening at Chives. We had a cozy corner table with a good view of the charming restaurant. Our waiter was friendly and efficient, a good source for menu recommendations. The wine selection was perfect as were the wines we chose. The food was nicely presented and excellent tasting, the best we had on our 5-day trip... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We had an early supper with 6 adults and one child on a busier than expected Sun night. Service was off to a good stat with our Coates being taken as we were directed to our table. Good size and comfortable chairs were a plus. Our waitress was efficient, friendly and was super attentive. Big tick there. The entree was... More 

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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Went there with wife and friends The decoration is neat. The atmosphere was quiet except for few guest laughes We ordered the Lamb Melanise and the Fish Dish. The tastes were great. Simply, a great place to dine in while in downtown. P.S. I was about to give this place a five star until we ordered the banana bread dessert... More 

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90 reviews 90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Great food, great menu, great wine list and excellent service. Nice ambience, took the staff of five for a Christmas dinner, everything was going super until a cockroach climbed down the wall beside my head. I was a bit freaked out. Doubt I will come back.

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Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

From start to finish, I loved my dining experience at Chives. It's no secret that Craig Flinn is Halifax's best chef and his menu did not disappoint, nor did the wine! The service was attentive and friendly, the atmosphere was cozy and warm and the whole evening felt so special! All local ingredients and so fresh. The pork tenderloin was... More 

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Was lucky to have the opportunity to dine with one of my favorite people on a girls' getaway and she chose this spot due to its food ethics. We were very pleased. Loved the fact that locally-grown and sourced foods were used. Really liked the creative menu choices. My faves were the biscuits with molasses and the bread pudding. We... More 

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Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I went to the Chives in September and was very impressed! I had the Market Mayhem (delicious!), my boyfriends had the steak (he said it was the best meal he's ever had), and my friend had the chicken (also amazing!). We left extremely satisfied. Although the food was great, the service was even better. I am unsure of the name... More 

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Additional Information about Chives Canadian Bistro

Address: 1537 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada
Phone Number: 902-420-9626
Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Regional Municipality  >  Halifax>  > Downtown Halifax
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Canadian

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