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The Essential Restaurants of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Where to get superb seafood, pub grub, donair, and more

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Heading to Halifax for a weekend? A scenic 12-hour drive or hour-long flight from Montreal, Maritime Canada’s largest city is a seaside haven brimming with some of the best seafood in the country. But there’s more than the typical seafood by the seashore. Head down bustling Barrington Street or Spring Garden Road, and offerings range from a classic French bistro and Italian to local staples donair and garlic fingers.

In the mood for a traditional plate of fish and chips? Henry House has you covered. Something a little more refined? Newly-opened Bar Kismet is just the place. And of course, no trip to Halifax is complete without grabbing a slice at Pizza Corner after a night of pints and a live trad session at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Brooklyn Warehouse

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2795 Windsor St, Halifax
NS B3K 5E3, Canada
(902) 446-8181
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The Brooklyn Warehouse is a cozy, no-fuss watering hole catering to all diets and palates. From local wine and beer to oysters, fish & chips and falafel plates, there’s something for everyone in this dimly lit resto-bar.

2. King Of Donair

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6420 Quinpool Rd, Halifax
NS B3L 1A8, Canada
(902) 421-0000
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King of Donair is credited as the creator of the Halifax donair, and over the years, it has developed a loyal following — and for good reason. The King’s original donair has been around since 1973 and is a staple in every Nova Scotian’s fast food repertoire. Fancy some garlic fingers (that’s garlic and cheese pizza slices)? King of Donair does those too, and very well.

3. Bar Kismet

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2733 Agricola St, Halifax
NS B3K 4E2, Canada
(902) 487-4319
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Opened by two alumni of Toronto’s Bar Raval in 2017, Bar Kismet offers everything from fresh seafood and seasonal veggies to natural wine. Their intimate dining space is unpretentious and welcoming but get there early — the whole restaurant only has a few dozen seats.

4. Lion and Bright

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2534 Agricola St, Halifax
NS B3K 4C5, Canada
(902) 496-0022
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Located in Halifax’s North End, Lion & Bright doubles as a light-filled café by day and an intimate wine bar by night. From coffee to cocktails, this contemporary restaurant offers it all, including an ever-changing rotation of local beer and wine, and a solid brunch.

5. Envie

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5775 Charles St, Halifax
NS B3K 1K7, Canada
(902) 492-4077
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Envie is arguably Halifax’s best vegan spot, but there’s no granola here. This refined plant-based restaurant skips the tired shaved beet and carrot salad in favour of contemporary dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients, featuring everything from dumplings and pizza to a “charcuterie” board.

6. Your Father's Moustache

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5686 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
NS B3J 1H5, Canada
(902) 423-6766
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This classic pub and eatery shines brightest in the summertime. While the standard pub grub and decently priced drinks are great, the sprawling rooftop patio is even better. Grab a spot by the roof’s edge to glimpse Spring Garden Road and the Public Gardens below.

7. Tom's Little Havana

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1540 Birmingham St, Halifax
NS B3J 2J7, Canada
(902) 423-5995
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Tom’s Little Havana is one of those rare haunts that feels as though it’s been plucked straight out of a nineties sitcom — kick back and stay a while while sampling their ample board game shelf and affordable local beer selection alike.

8. The Wooden Monkey

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1707 Grafton St, Halifax
NS B3J 2C6, Canada
(902) 444-3844
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The Wooden Monkey has been paving the way for hip, vegetable-heavy venues across Nova Scotia since 2004. Expect casual fare in the burger, sandwich, and while it’s very vegan-friendly, it certainly doesn’t shy away from the freshest, locally grown meats and seafood.

Spicy apple barbecue ribs
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9. The Press Gang Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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5218 Prince St, Halifax
NS B3J 3X4, Canada
(902) 423-8816
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When on the East Coast, it would be a major mistake to skip out on shellfish. And Press Gang offers a wide variety of them, served right at the bar alongside one’s drink. Not in the mood for oysters? No problem. Their T-bone steak and peanut butter pie are also highly sought after options.

10. Economy Shoe Shop

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1663 Argyle St, Halifax
NS B3J 2B5, Canada
(902) 423-8845
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Not a discount footwear store, but rather, a bistro tucked into a cozy alcove on the most picturesque part of Argyle Street — and it’s been there since 1995. While they offer hearty and homey traditional pub fare, Economy Shoe Shop also known for its unique and intimate setting complete with indoor tree, live jazz and creative cocktails.

11. Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

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1645 Argyle St, Halifax
NS B3J 2B5, Canada
(902) 406-7640
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When Haligonians say “authentic Irish pub” about this place, they aren’t kidding. This watering hole was designed and built in Ireland before it was shipped to and assembled in Halifax back in 2008. Here, you’ll find everything from Guinness and Jameson to Prince Edward Island mussels, fish and chips, and rum glazed Atlantic salmon.

12. Obladee

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1600 Barrington St, Halifax
NS B3J 1Z6, Canada
(902) 405-4505
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A relaxed spot to spend an evening, Obladee Wine Bar feels like an old friend, with a charming set of seasonal vegetable dishes, ample charcuterie and biodynamic wine on offer. In the summer, its hillside patio gives way to a great view of busy Barrington Street below.

13. Johnny K's Authentic Donairs

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5246 Blowers St, Halifax
NS B3J 1Z6, Canada
(902) 420-1010
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A relative newcomer to the infamous Pizza Corner (that’s the corner of Blowers Street and Grafton Street), Johnny K’s is a modernized take on the classic east coast donair joint case in point: it offers one of the city’s only vegan versions of the classic shawarma-adjacent sandwich with its oddball sweet garlic sauce. Meat donairs are on tap as well, and fare well on the flavour front.

14. Sushi Fujiyama

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5244 Blowers St, Halifax
NS B3J 1J7, Canada
(902) 492-1133
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Through an alleyway and past a hidden door, this ground level sushi spot boasts sushi, sashimi and an intimate cave-like setting. Think of it as a delectable sushi speakeasy — with impossibly fresh fish.

15. Red Stag Tavern

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1496 Lower Water St, Halifax
NS B3J 1R9, Canada
(902) 422-0275
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Nestled inside the Alexander Keith’s Brewery, the decidedly divey Red Stag Tavern is a must-see for all beer lovers. Stop by for a quick pint and pub grub after the brewery tour for some of the freshest IPA on the East Coast.

16. The Bicycle Thief

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1475 Lower Water St, Halifax
NS B3J 3Z2, Canada
(902) 425-7993
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This upmarket Italian haunt is situated right in the middle of downtown Halifax’s Bishops Landing. Its outdoor patio offers unparalleled views of Georges Island National Historic Site and of the waterfront boardwalk, making for great people watching while enjoying a cocktail. Expect plenty of Italian classics: house-made gnocchi, panzanella, scallopini, and more.

17. Henry House Pub

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Henry House, Halifax
NS B3J, Canada
(902) 423-5660
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Built in 1834, Henry House is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Perhaps more importantly for hungry locals and tourists alike, it also serves some of the best fish & chips in the city, and a great veggie burger as well.

18. Two If By Sea Cafe

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66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth
NS B2Y 1C2, Canada
(902) 469-0721
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For flaky croissants (including creative filled permutations), coffee, and a more-than-decent view of Halifax, look no further than Two If By Sea. This Dartmouth-based coffee shop overlooks the cityscape and is a quick jaunt from downtown Halifax.

19. Yeah Yeahs Pizza

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66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth
NS B2Y 1C2, Canada
(902) 463-5050
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Just above Two If By Sea, there’s Yeah Yeahs Pizza, where ultra-thin, New York style slices await. Well worth the quick ferry ride across the harbour to Dartmouth.

1. The Brooklyn Warehouse

2795 Windsor St, Halifax, NS B3K 5E3, Canada

The Brooklyn Warehouse is a cozy, no-fuss watering hole catering to all diets and palates. From local wine and beer to oysters, fish & chips and falafel plates, there’s something for everyone in this dimly lit resto-bar.

2795 Windsor St, Halifax
NS B3K 5E3, Canada

2. King Of Donair

6420 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A8, Canada

King of Donair is credited as the creator of the Halifax donair, and over the years, it has developed a loyal following — and for good reason. The King’s original donair has been around since 1973 and is a staple in every Nova Scotian’s fast food repertoire. Fancy some garlic fingers (that’s garlic and cheese pizza slices)? King of Donair does those too, and very well.

6420 Quinpool Rd, Halifax
NS B3L 1A8, Canada

3. Bar Kismet

2733 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4E2, Canada

Opened by two alumni of Toronto’s Bar Raval in 2017, Bar Kismet offers everything from fresh seafood and seasonal veggies to natural wine. Their intimate dining space is unpretentious and welcoming but get there early — the whole restaurant only has a few dozen seats.

2733 Agricola St, Halifax
NS B3K 4E2, Canada

4. Lion and Bright

2534 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C5, Canada

Located in Halifax’s North End, Lion & Bright doubles as a light-filled café by day and an intimate wine bar by night. From coffee to cocktails, this contemporary restaurant offers it all, including an ever-changing rotation of local beer and wine, and a solid brunch.

2534 Agricola St, Halifax
NS B3K 4C5, Canada

5. Envie

5775 Charles St, Halifax, NS B3K 1K7, Canada

Envie is arguably Halifax’s best vegan spot, but there’s no granola here. This refined plant-based restaurant skips the tired shaved beet and carrot salad in favour of contemporary dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients, featuring everything from dumplings and pizza to a “charcuterie” board.

5775 Charles St, Halifax
NS B3K 1K7, Canada

6. Your Father's Moustache

5686 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1H5, Canada

This classic pub and eatery shines brightest in the summertime. While the standard pub grub and decently priced drinks are great, the sprawling rooftop patio is even better. Grab a spot by the roof’s edge to glimpse Spring Garden Road and the Public Gardens below.

5686 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax
NS B3J 1H5, Canada

7. Tom's Little Havana

1540 Birmingham St, Halifax, NS B3J 2J7, Canada

Tom’s Little Havana is one of those rare haunts that feels as though it’s been plucked straight out of a nineties sitcom — kick back and stay a while while sampling their ample board game shelf and affordable local beer selection alike.

1540 Birmingham St, Halifax
NS B3J 2J7, Canada

8. The Wooden Monkey

1707 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C6, Canada
Spicy apple barbecue ribs
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The Wooden Monkey has been paving the way for hip, vegetable-heavy venues across Nova Scotia since 2004. Expect casual fare in the burger, sandwich, and while it’s very vegan-friendly, it certainly doesn’t shy away from the freshest, locally grown meats and seafood.

1707 Grafton St, Halifax
NS B3J 2C6, Canada

9. The Press Gang Restaurant and Oyster Bar

5218 Prince St, Halifax, NS B3J 3X4, Canada

When on the East Coast, it would be a major mistake to skip out on shellfish. And Press Gang offers a wide variety of them, served right at the bar alongside one’s drink. Not in the mood for oysters? No problem. Their T-bone steak and peanut butter pie are also highly sought after options.

5218 Prince St, Halifax
NS B3J 3X4, Canada

10. Economy Shoe Shop

1663 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada

Not a discount footwear store, but rather, a bistro tucked into a cozy alcove on the most picturesque part of Argyle Street — and it’s been there since 1995. While they offer hearty and homey traditional pub fare, Economy Shoe Shop also known for its unique and intimate setting complete with indoor tree, live jazz and creative cocktails.

1663 Argyle St, Halifax
NS B3J 2B5, Canada

11. Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

1645 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B5, Canada

When Haligonians say “authentic Irish pub” about this place, they aren’t kidding. This watering hole was designed and built in Ireland before it was shipped to and assembled in Halifax back in 2008. Here, you’ll find everything from Guinness and Jameson to Prince Edward Island mussels, fish and chips, and rum glazed Atlantic salmon.

1645 Argyle St, Halifax
NS B3J 2B5, Canada

12. Obladee

1600 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z6, Canada

A relaxed spot to spend an evening, Obladee Wine Bar feels like an old friend, with a charming set of seasonal vegetable dishes, ample charcuterie and biodynamic wine on offer. In the summer, its hillside patio gives way to a great view of busy Barrington Street below.

1600 Barrington St, Halifax
NS B3J 1Z6, Canada

13. Johnny K's Authentic Donairs

5246 Blowers St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z6, Canada

A relative newcomer to the infamous Pizza Corner (that’s the corner of Blowers Street and Grafton Street), Johnny K’s is a modernized take on the classic east coast donair joint case in point: it offers one of the city’s only vegan versions of the classic shawarma-adjacent sandwich with its oddball sweet garlic sauce. Meat donairs are on tap as well, and fare well on the flavour front.

5246 Blowers St, Halifax
NS B3J 1Z6, Canada

14. Sushi Fujiyama

5244 Blowers St, Halifax, NS B3J 1J7, Canada

Through an alleyway and past a hidden door, this ground level sushi spot boasts sushi, sashimi and an intimate cave-like setting. Think of it as a delectable sushi speakeasy — with impossibly fresh fish.

5244 Blowers St, Halifax
NS B3J 1J7, Canada

15. Red Stag Tavern

1496 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1R9, Canada

Nestled inside the Alexander Keith’s Brewery, the decidedly divey Red Stag Tavern is a must-see for all beer lovers. Stop by for a quick pint and pub grub after the brewery tour for some of the freshest IPA on the East Coast.

1496 Lower Water St, Halifax
NS B3J 1R9, Canada

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16. The Bicycle Thief

1475 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Z2, Canada

This upmarket Italian haunt is situated right in the middle of downtown Halifax’s Bishops Landing. Its outdoor patio offers unparalleled views of Georges Island National Historic Site and of the waterfront boardwalk, making for great people watching while enjoying a cocktail. Expect plenty of Italian classics: house-made gnocchi, panzanella, scallopini, and more.

1475 Lower Water St, Halifax
NS B3J 3Z2, Canada

17. Henry House Pub

Henry House, Halifax, NS B3J, Canada

Built in 1834, Henry House is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Perhaps more importantly for hungry locals and tourists alike, it also serves some of the best fish & chips in the city, and a great veggie burger as well.

Henry House, Halifax
NS B3J, Canada

18. Two If By Sea Cafe

66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1C2, Canada

For flaky croissants (including creative filled permutations), coffee, and a more-than-decent view of Halifax, look no further than Two If By Sea. This Dartmouth-based coffee shop overlooks the cityscape and is a quick jaunt from downtown Halifax.

66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth
NS B2Y 1C2, Canada

19. Yeah Yeahs Pizza

66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1C2, Canada

Just above Two If By Sea, there’s Yeah Yeahs Pizza, where ultra-thin, New York style slices await. Well worth the quick ferry ride across the harbour to Dartmouth.

66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth
NS B2Y 1C2, Canada

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