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“Wow an unexpected delight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chives Canadian Bistro

Chives Canadian Bistro
1537 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
902-420-9626
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Ranked #6 of 583 Restaurants in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Halifax
Cross street: Blowers and Salter
Grand Cayman
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Wow an unexpected delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We had read the reviews but thought it probably overstated. How wrong I was. Chives, prides itself on using local in season fresh ingredients, and it shows. It is unpretentious yet it definitely respects all the ingredients. Your pallet is not overawed but quietly caressed. The service was excellent and the ambience gentle and it does not assault your wallet! You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Flavor and Technique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Wondrful little bistro upstairs on second floor. Quality, fresh and flavorful food; friendly and confident service. We enjoyed the soup of the day(sweet pea, coconut, cilantro) , lobster risotto (creamy smooth!) and fish of the day(Halibut with mushroom orzo, asparagus); all expertly prepared. Recommend!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
374 reviews 374 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
“Good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The restaurant was packed and the noise levels are are relatively high. The menu has an emphasis on local food with a number of twists. All the food was well prepared and tasty. The starter buns they bring as bread are wonderful. You could make a meal just on those. They have a decent wine list with reasonable prices. Service was decent.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Halifax
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“One of our all-time favourites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We've been to Chives at least on five different occasions in the last couple of years and have left satisfied every time. The service is personable and knowledgeable. The drinks accompany the food very well and the cocktails are wonderful. While the menu is not necessarily the most daring, the food always hits the spot. The biscuit to start the meal is worth the trip! No doubt our favourite restaurant in Halifax!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ontario
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The food at Chives was excellent. We had the lobster risotto and the steak Diane. Both were cooked to perfection with local ingredients. A highlight of our Atlantic trip.

Visited August 2013
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