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“A hidden gem in Halifax”
Review of Tess - CLOSED

Tess
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, American, Canadian, Fusion, Soups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Halifax, Canada
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349 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in Halifax”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went out in the backyard courtyard and could not believe this wonderful little little oasis in the city...it was so uniquely and brightly decorated...look in every nook and cranny and you will keep discovering quirky little touches.
There is also a great patio out front and a cute little restaurant within.
We had the breakfast burrito and the breakfast scramble..
Both were amazing..the flavours to die for! I loved that they used locally sourced Andoullie(maybe not spelled right?) sausage from Sweet William's and the sourdough bread from a french bakery out of town(Have to go there for this bread!) One of the best brunches ever!
Inside they had some martini's featured...looked very interesting...must try next time.
There was only one waitress out in the courtyard on a busy Saturday and she was a pro! Excellent service from our delightful young waitress!
Can't wait to come back...the crepes looked like a little piece of heaven...

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Mississauga, Canada
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“You Gotta Eat Here”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Before departing on our trip to the east coast, I compiled a list of restaurants between Kingston & Cape Breton that had been featured on the popular television program, - 'You Gotta Eat Here'. While on our trip, and when we were in the vicinity of these restaurants, we tried to eat at as many of these places as possible. We found most of them to be overrated and came away scratching our heads wondering what all the fuss was about. The only exception to the restaurants that we visited was 'Tess'. On arrival, we were greeted by the friendly owner, Shawna and were seated at a cozy table for two I had the Nova Scotia beef stuffed with brie, topped with a creamy onion & mushroom sauce along with 'rustic' mash & maple glazed carrots. Wow, great taste & meal. My wife had maple seared scallops served with spaghetti tossed with green onions, tarragon, roasted squash olive oil. The dish was sprinkled with goat cheese & served with toast. The combination of flavours were subtle yet oh so good!
We both judge a good meal based on not only the meat portion, but also the various accompaniments vegetables, sauces & starches, along with it's presentation. It was obvious to both of us that the chef here, knows what he's doing. We look forward to our next visit.
Well done Tess!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Peeets
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Prospect, Canada
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely Dining Experience”
Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

I went here for lunch with my mother and loved it! We both had crepes which were delicious. The service was both fast & friendly. Just make sure you check their hours before you go as they have kind of odd hours. Would highly recommend.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Sinead M
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Harrington
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108 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great lunch on a special day”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

We decided after our niece's graduation to have lunch at Tess. It came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. We were a party of 9 coming in from the rain. We got our table promptly and ordered a bottle of wine to celebrate. Service was friendly and efficient. Several had the Fish cakes which were delicious(I sampled!), others had open face sandwiches and I had the 3 1/2 alarm chili. Food presentation was beautiful. Everyone enjoyed their lunch. Price was reasonable. Definitely worth looking into.

  • Visited May 2014
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Hidden delight”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Most often a journey off the beaten path leads to pleasant experiences. Such is the case with TESS (aka Chez Tess Creperie, then Chez Tess) recently under new ownership but with attention to quality that leads to a fine eating experience. The wait staff and the Chef show a dedication to customer satisfaction that is superb in taste and service which must be experienced, We will return.

  • Visited May 2014
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