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“The food, the atmosphere, the service, all terrific” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Onyx Wine Bar & Kitchen

Onyx Wine Bar & Kitchen
1580 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1H5, Canada
+1 902-428-5680
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Ranked #117 of 583 Restaurants in Halifax
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: French, Tapas, Wine Bar, Asian fusion
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: South Park Street
Description: Step in from Halifax's bustling Spring Garden Road and enter ONYX, an oasis of casual elegance. Sit at the back-lit white onyx bar and sip a mojito, crushed fruit, muddled fresh mint and rum. Or peruse the extensive Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with over 350 selections. ONYX, a big city feel, yet intimate. We offer inventive cuisine with professional service. It is an evening you'll remember. ONYX has received many accolades and awards in the short time we've been open. Here are just a few: A three Star Rating in "Where to Eat in Canada", one of only 29 restaurants in Canada to achieve this rating. A four diamond rating from AAA/CAA, one of the top ten new restaurants in Canada, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year that we have been open.
St. John's, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“The food, the atmosphere, the service, all terrific”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The chef has taken time to create a unique menu with little taste treats in between courses. The food is fresh, delicious and unique.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Halifax, Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Cool place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The food was delicious. The wait staff attentive. Loved the "amuse bouche" But there was hardly anyone there. I so hope that Onyx is doing well - it certainly deserves it.

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Halifax, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Pseudo hip”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Keep your gin and vodka in the freezer! Everyone knows this--otherwise you are watering your drinks with ice. The bartender was stumped to hear of a "martini" without fruit juice!!!
On to the food--talk about over-acting! The music was loud enough to drown out the chef--which was the real point after all, because what did we have? Gee, I forget. But I left soon enough to meet their business plan--driven out. And never to return...

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Halifax, NS
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Pretty good, but overpriced...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The atmosphere attempts upscale and sophisticated, although a bit "10 years ago". The service is prompt and efficient, but not warm. The wine list is superb, but staff wine knowledge is light, for a restaurant of this pricepoint. The food is quite good, but not particularly inspired, and portion size is far too small, to the point of being mildly annoying.

Overall, it's pretty good, but a little arrogant, pretentious, and definitely overpriced. I'm glad we tried it, and we enjoyed ourselves, but nothing about it really warrants a return. In this pricerange, there are better choices.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Superb food, exemplary service, we've always had good value and a very pleasant dining experience. We often go there when we have friends visit us.

Visited November 2012
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