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East Side Mario's

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186 Chain Lake Dr, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3S 1C5, Canada
+1 902-450-1311
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was fine, nothing to brag about though. The all you can eat salad/soup and bread would have been great if they had kept it coming. The guy that was serving us must have thought the seats would explode if we sat there too long because he sure was in a hurry to get us seen to and out... More 

Thank Peggy N
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a Movie we wanted to go for a snack and they advertised 1/2 price appetizers after 8:00pm, so we chose them. We waited a long time to be seated even though there was hardly anyone in there. The waitress took so long to take our order after she delivered our drinks, I was sure they forgot about us. Ordered... More 

Thank eesey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

Visited here after viewing the movie Lion at the theatre,, needed a quick drink prior to ordering food,,, the food here is aways good and the variety is very good as well... our waiter was very accommodating and pleasant.. prices are always reasonable here...

Thank Aubrey N Theres... C
Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Have been there several times for family meals. Service is a hit or miss, and the food can be that way as well. Last visit we had a fabulous waitress and did not have to tell her that we were missing anything. Restaurant can be a little noisey at times, so not a place to go for a quite meal.

Thank Jbloats-sista
Moncton, NB
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208 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

While the food at a different East Side Mario's location hasn't been the best lately, this location delivered great food and wonderful service. My daughter was full on the Italian Wedding Soup before her pizza even came out. She was more than happy to take it back to the hotel and eat it later. I really enjoyed the parmesan chicken... More 

Thank Nic7895
Halifax, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

We ordered chicken parmesan and it came with pasta. The sauce over the pasta was worse than store brand pasta sauce in a jar. Nothing had any flavor. I can't believe this place would stay in business

Thank spago27
Lunenburg, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Great Meal for New Years Eve with family and friends. Kids were happy and staff were helpful. Soup and salad was a good choice.

Thank rtibert
Halifax, Canada
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118 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Going to East Side Mario's you have to know what to expect. It is busy and slightly noisy, but you get a great meal at a good price. We started with a tall glass of ice cold Coors Light draft ($6.60) and you can up size it for another $1.50. Not much of a decision there. We have learned from... More 

Thank Blair M
niagara falls, ontario, canada
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104 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Stopped here for dinner one night while visiting in Halifax. Just down the road from our hotel Comfort Inn Bayers Lake. Friendly service, good food!

Thank Screwball
Halifax, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We live in the area and usually go to this particular ESM every 2 weeks or so. The waitresses are quite friendly and knowledgeable. I usually stick to one of 5 things I really like. Sometimes they bring me the wrong thing because it has a name very similar to another item. Other than that, if you leave this place... More 

Thank chelseyeslehc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Canadian, American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 186 Chain Lake Dr, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3S 1C5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-450-1311
Hey Budda Boom Budda Bing! We are the Home of All-You-Can-Eat soup or salad and garlic home loaf and offer delicious Italian meals at great value. At East Side Mario’s your family is our family and we are committed to deliver Amore in everything we do!

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