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“Michelin star quality” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Front and Central

Front and Central
117 Front Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1A5, Canada
902.542.0588
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Ranked #3 of 29 Restaurants in Wolfville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Canadian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Michelin star quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We had been recommended the restaurant but at first had trouble locating it as it is in a side street off the main road. Look out for the flag! What a find! The decor was simple but elegant and the restaurant quietly relaxed. The portions are starter size, the idea being that you can try a few things. On the whole one dish is a starter or desert and two dishes equivalent to a main course. Prices were reasonable and two dishes cost much the same as we had paid elsewhere for a main course. The food was quite remarkable, interesting and tasty combinations of flavours, beautifully cooked and presented. The staff were attentive and friendly. It was certainly the best meal we had eaten in 3 weeks touring the area and equally as good as any michelin star restaurant we have tried in the UK. We did make the mistake of ordering the dairy free pannacotta which would no doubt have been great if we had been on a dairy free diet but for ourselves really needed a good dollop of cream!! We agree with JShy12 the scallops were the best we have ever tasted. We left the restaurant wishing we were staying longer in Wolfville and could go again!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FrontandCentral, Owner at Front and Central, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thanks so much for taking your valuable time and sharing your thoughts with us! We are so pleased you enjoyed your time!

We take pride in the food we produce from locally sourced items and we're ecstatic that you enjoyed what we presented to you.

We would love to have you back again!

Thank you
Chef Dave
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Halifax
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“A little taste of food heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

I've eaten at F&C on five different occasions. Every visit has been a slightly different and exciting experience. I've eaten at many world renowned restaurants, but few of them have the careful attention to detail or challenge the status quo like Dave Smart and his team do. Recently my favorites are the fried buttermilk chicken with blue cheese and pickeled celery, the duck breast with turnip and granola, and the sour cream ice cream with lemon infused olive oil and blueberry balsamic. I can't wait to see what's next. Oh, I also recommend trying their cocktails- they have some homemade infusions that are epic.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FrontandCentral, Owner at Front and Central, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.

You even made me blush a little!

Please come back and visit us again soon!

Dave
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“Delicious! Delicious! Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is probably the best meal we had during our 10 day trip through Nova Scotia. The food was amazing! The scallops were the absolute best that we have ever had. The server was very helpful and friendly. We read the reviews, and our server recommended three plates each. We got to try a lot of dishes, but were very full by the end of it! (which is a good thing!). The food was very well prepared, and you could tell a lot of time and effort was put in to each and every plate. We would recommend anyone staying in Wolfville to try it out, you will not be disappointed! Great food, great staff, great experience!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FrontandCentral, Owner at Front and Central, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us online!

It is an amazing feeling when someone recognizes the effort put forth from my team and I.

We would love to have you back the next time your in Wolfville!

Dave
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“Dinner at Front and Central”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Very good food but one needs to order an appetizer, entre and dessert - otherwise the portions are very small and one could leave a bit hungry.

Visited September 2013
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FrontandCentral, Owner at Front and Central, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thank you for your review....you are correct, with our 'small plates' format we recommend that you order three courses plus dessert for a full meal.

It was one of the significant format changes we made earlier this year when we re-branded the restaurant as a way to provide a different dining experience.

While you can still come in and order 1 dish as an appetizer and double up on another as a main course, we felt that the 'small plates' format would give the diner an opportunity to try out several of the dishes on our constantly evolving menu to take advantage of the amazing produce we have here in the valley....and respond our creative whim in the kitchen.

So glad you enjoyed the food and hope to see you back again soon

Dave
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Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada
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“Other Reviews Here Don't Lie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Some of the very best food I have ever tasted. Food that makes you sit back, close your eyes and slowly nod your head in sublime agreement with the flavour explosions occurring in your mouth. I love the small plate concept allowing you to order a number of dishes which is especially beneficial when dining and sharing with a partner - increases the taste options.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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FrontandCentral, Owner at Front and Central, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
I am so pleased you enjoyed your time at Front and Central with us!

We would love to have you back at anytime!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Dave
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