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Chives Canadian Bistro

1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada
+1 902-420-9626
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made reservations for their "Vault" for an anniversary dinner. To which we were told there was a choice in reservation times. Upon showing up for our reservation we were told that someone had booked it AFTER US for an EARLIER TIME. To which they were...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank T K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well I’ve been to chives probably 15 times and last night was probably my favourite. We arrived with our 9 week old baby and they put us in the “vault” room. It was so fantastic. It was private and we were able to take the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has been a fixture of fine dining in Halifax for many years, but I have never eaten here until now. We went with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. They do not have an extensive menu, but all the meals were delicious. I...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Art H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Food was impressive on every level. Would rate food much higher......However, service was not; and for that very reason, we will not likely be returning- nor, will we recommend this restaurant. Our male server made us feel uncomfortable from the minute we arrived. He sent...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lanawl
Reviewed October 29, 2018

We try to go to the "best" or most highly recommended restaurants when we visit a new city. Chives came highly recommended and we eagerly anticipated a fabulous experience for our final dinner in Halifax. The ambiance is excellent, the service is also excellent (not...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank DaisyKeira
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Tried Chives based on TA reviews and was not disappointed. Nice atmosphere, great food and friendly, professional service by Jeff. We had the mussels as a starter and moved on to the halibut, pork chop and a side of scallops. All were well executed and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank Onthebacknine
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Had dinner there a couple of weeks ago. The food is all locally sourced, and was quire fresh. I had fresh scallops, while my wife had halibut. Both were impeccably prepared, very tasty. Since we were visiting, our waiter also provided lots of helpful advice...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mark_scho
Reviewed October 8, 2018

My wife, I and the widow of a mutual old school friend from the UK thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there recently. We ordered glasses of Pinot Grigio and a bottle of Merlot to follow. An amuse gueule of biscuit with molasses set the tone of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Melville P
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

First time dining jn Chives, very impressed with their appetizer - Smoked Mackerel, it was served in a small jar with a layer of Orange Marmalade on top. We also ordered the Seared Scallops Lobster Risotto as entree, the portion was huge and the scallops...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank missyprincess
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Our waiter Simon had a professional and friendly manner. He paced the meal where we never felt rushed or lagging. Zucchini soup with grated apple was flavourful and hot. Perfect for a rainy night. The beet salad was big enough to share and had just...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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October 12, 2018|
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Response from James A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, corkage is available at most every restaurant in Nova Scotia. The fee ranges from $10-30 depending on the spot.
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September 23, 2018|
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Monday-Sunday 5:00-9:30pm
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If you are asking for Chives number it is (902) 420-9626. Otherwise not sure what you are looking for
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$16 - $24
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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 - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 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
  • E-mail
Established in 2001 and located in historic downtown Halifax at 1537 Barrington Street. Chives boasts an elegant yet relaxed dinning room where you will enjoy seafood and farm forward cooking. Join us for dinner and enjoy what the Nova Scotia waters, farms and vineyards have to offer. You will enjoy from scratch, fresh cookery by our professional chefs, and pampering from our service team. We hope to see you soon!
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