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The Carleton

$$ - $$$,
1685 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
+1 902-422-8340
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good27%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“kimchi” (2 reviews)
“chicken wings” (2 reviews)
“bread” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Canadian
$$ - $$$
1685 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Carleton on the evening of December 19th with two friends. From the moment I walked in I did not feel welcome. There was an event going on that evening and the bar was full and loud. I approached the bartender to ask...More

Thank yazmar2017
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carleton, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Yazmar2017, and Happy 2018! You are right on two counts - our room was full due to a pre-ticketed, sold out show, and it was loud, with conversation and holiday revelry between sets, when performers were on break. You were one of the lucky...More

Reviewed December 14, 2017

I recently visited the Carleton on a trip to Halifax. The atmosphere is vibrant with great live music. People are not afraid to have some fun and get up and dance!! The service is very friendly but the food is truly the highlight here. We...More

Thank Sztella M
Reviewed November 26, 2017

Great atmosphere, great food with an Award winning Chef, that provides mouth watering dishes no matter what you order. A party of three we started with the Cheese Tray that includes different cheeses such as cumin gouda and stilton blue with crostini breads and apple...More

3  Thank 671george
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

Went with my family, a party of 6, and we were really surprised on how good the food was! We had the pork belly adobo, the chicken wings and the arancins as starters, and they were amaaaaazing! Congratulations to the chef and his team! Can’t...More

Thank carols1991
Reviewed September 21, 2017

We had a great time here . We have been here a few times and it's always a great spot to have a casual meal and listen to some tunes .

1  Thank easterntreker
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carleton, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2017

Well Hello and Thank you 'Easterntreker'! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves. We've had a recent run of some terrific Artists in house. This, coupled with our new Chef and his fabulous food, is making for a great combo. Jen

Reviewed August 8, 2017

The downtown location is excellent and will only get better after the Argyle Street rehabilitation is complete. The venue is intimate and the sound quality is very good. The service is excellent and the new menu is very good. The entertainment is wonderful. We saw...More

Thank nwaynesworld
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carleton, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Hello "nwaynesworld"! Thank you so much for the "shout out". As we keep moving toward our re-build, it will be important to hear from folks about what they like and don't like. Lots of great shows lined up for the end of summer and into...More

Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

The short version is I figured out why The Carlton is struggling for business. (For the whole story read beyond this paragraph). They clearly don't understand how good customer service works and they don't appreciate good paying customers (in a mostly empty bar). I'm saddened...More

1  Thank dvinson
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carleton, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Hello dvinson, I can only say that this was extremely painful to read, and what you describe is not reflective of how we wish to treat our guests. If you had not written this, I would not know, nor would our new owner. We do...More

Reviewed July 23, 2017

I used to love this place, but the new owners have done very strange things to it. The menu is weak and frankly trying too hard. I've tried it twice. The first time my meal was mediocre at best. The last time I ordered a...More

1  Thank Lara C
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carleton, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Hello Lara, First let me apologize for the length of time it has taken to respond. It took some doing to "claim" the Trip A page for The Carleton, as our new owner takes over. We are here, quietly working on many things before we...More

Reviewed July 13, 2017

I haven't been here for a while however the last experience was amazing. Food, service, ambiance was so inviting. Typical of Nova Scotian Hospitality! It was really calming and nice.

Thank Brewster8861
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Don't get me wrong, I love the concept of The Carlton, live music every night, but the layout of the place is not great. It's really small and tight and most angles you can't even see the stage. It needs a major redesign but that's...More

Thank wayne c
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Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Canadian
Drinks, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1685 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-422-8340
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