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Chives Canadian Bistro

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Downtown Halifax
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1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada (Blowers and Salter)
+1 902-420-9626
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Halifax, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Europeans liking good food we are, living in Halifax for a decade we are, gave up on going to restaurants in Halifax besides Asians we have, last spot we kept was Chives where we would go about 2-3 times a year. Ambiance and service are good I find, but the food is really not what it used to be -... More 

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St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Chef Craig knows what works! Great wine list to pair with each and every meal resulting in a most enjoyable evening.

Thank DocC52
Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We like a good brunch with quality ingredients - living in Halifax and travelling the world - it is always great to come home to a genuine east coast breakfast/brunch. It will be busy but that tells you it is good. Great good for dinner and always popular when we bring out of town guests

Thank Sparky468
chefdarren, Owner at Chives Canadian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank Sparky 468 you for the great review, but it seems that it was intended for another restaurant, as we do not and have never served breakfast or brunch in our 15 years. Warm regards, Chef Darren. More 

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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had planned it to take advantage of the last evening of the Dine Around menu (a set menu available at a number of restaurants during February/March in Halifax). They have wonderful tea biscuits that are served warm with butter and molasses. They've been a fixture there for a very long time. Something to look forward to every time, and... More 

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Barrington, Canada
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for dinner on a Friday night. We were greeted and seated quickly. We split an appetizer of smoked salmon bruschetta which was delicious. For our mains we had the Lamb Bourgignonne, and the Herb Roasted Chicken. Presentation was very nice and the tastes were great. The lamb was 100% meat with no fat and the root vegetables along with... More 

Thank Reg2654
Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chives made this night so extremely wonderful and special. When I made the reservation I had mentioned we were celebrating a late Valentine's Day together, and they put us in this amazing private dining area where it was just the two of us. We both have busy schedules so it was very appreciated and so romantic. Our server was kind... More 

Thank lenna66
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate at Chives last night for the 4th time. It was excellent as always. The food, service and atmosphere are perfect. We shared the Cumin Cauliflower Graton, then my husband has the Morroccan Vegetable Tagine and I had the striploin steak. They always start you with their signature buttermilk biscuits and butter and molasses. After all... More 

Thank HollyHaligonia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Heard lots about this restaurant and finally went with friends. We were not disappointed! Many gluten free options, and the GF buttermilk biscuits are to die for!!! THE best GF biscuits I've had thus far (they don't taste GF)! Even bought a couple extra to take home with me. Knowledgable staff that seem passionate about food, cool atmosphere inside.

Thank mrandmrs C
Halifax, NS
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120 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Family of four chose Chives for a birthday dinner, we all had the table d'hôtel, delicious soup, Kale salad and salmon bruschetta To begin, then two steak and fries (perfectly medium and medium-rare) , fries could have less salty and crispier. Two had the roast chicken and maple risotto (which was the best item of the meal). For dessert, we... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017

This was worth a visit - all food was very good - love the biscuits in a bag. Service was very attentive and welcoming. The decor was not very desirable - it was very 90s/00s but didn't negatively distract from the experience, but could be redone soon. It was, however very clean and well maintained. So classic :)

Thank KatarinaAdventures

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada
    (Blowers and Salter)
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax>  > Downtown Halifax
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-420-9626

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?