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Chives Canadian Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
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 - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Returned after several years and had an excellent meal. The lamb wellington was different and very good. Th appetizer of scallops and pork belly was very good with the only minor complaint that for the price only two scallops seemed a bit skimpy.

Thank douglas h
Durham, England, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Completely wacky but rather nice you get a warm scone with molasses and cream to commemorate how the NS used to trade with Hawaii. They NS got molasses and rum. The H got salt cod.Doesn't sound fair to me but there you go. Lovely decor, very nice waiters excellent red wine but my cod dish was dry and for some... More 

Thank Elizabeth G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with the team after an all day session with them. This was a very good choice. Being from the states, I followed my Canadian colleagues recommendation and was pleased - as usual. Everything on the menu looked good. Establishment that is 2-doors down is owned by the same proprietors and is aptly named "two doors down"!! Will try... More 

Thank Dvbath
Halifax, Canada
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been going to Chives for several years. The service is very professional yet friendly. The food is very good and very creatively put together. Their biscuits are to die for. Will definitely recommend this place. Actually this place has become my favorite restaurant in Halifax. They change their menu frequently which I think is very important for a... More 

Thank Pratheesh T
Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant has a focus on sustainability/gluten free/local food. Very well prepared with a friendly upscale atmosphere.

Thank Robert D
Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

fantastic food, excellent service - a gourmet experience . Chef Craig FLynn wins awards, and it is easy to see why.

Thank LynnandAllen
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here sporadically over the last three years on visits to Halifax and every time the food and service have been great. This time my swordfish was amazing, not a steak, but a filet cooked perfectly. My partners pork was to die for. Great service too, only slight quibble might be the limited wine list but the wine... More 

Thank academic1
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the warm biscuits with whipped butter and molasses to the delicious entrees, Chives is the best! Tatamagouche Lagered Ale got the thumbs up - so did my South of the Border cocktail! Sadly, no room for dessert. Next time!!

Thank PaperDresses
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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148 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

It had been quite a few years since my last visit to Chives so I thought we would try it out for a date night with my wife. That particular evening there was a large and very loud group seated in the middle of the restaurant which made it hard to carry on a conversation at our table. Not really... More 

Thank ErnieScar
Toronto, Canada
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

With plenty of new restos in the city popping up, this restaurant should not rely on it's previously good reputation. It's the only reason I gave it a shot. The food unimaginative and frankly, not tasty at all. The service was at the I'm doing my job and that's about it level. The front reception was bland. I was also... More 

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?