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Restaurant type

  • Bistro,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,

Features

  • Restaurant With Catering Services,

Products and Services

  • Private Dining,
  • Online Reservation,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
1537 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z4
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  • $26 To $60,

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Restaurantica12
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Always worth a visit

The menu is always interesting and the food up with the best in town - which these days is a pretty high bar to clear. The service can be a little iffy sometimes but always pleasant. Best meal ever may be pushing it for the five star rating - but in comparison to other 4 star rated restaurants this is far superior.

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Restaurantica12
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Overall great experience. Fantastic menu, great service and a good selection of wine. Did not let me down. I will be back. I recommended it to my mother who is pretty picky and she enjoyed it thoroughly. If you can win her over you have a good thing going. :)

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Here we are in the major leagues. Imaginative...

Here we are in the major leagues. Imaginative and artistic cuisine. Professionnally trained staff : pampering from the start to the end. And no stiff attitude. Velvetty ambiance. Appropriate music. Enough room between table, so that, at some tables, the meal can be intimate, even with a full house. Difficult to hear the conversation at the other table. There was a 3 year old in the room, but I did not hear him. A real wine list, although not the most extensive. Professionnally built, touches the major types of wines, with quality. Since I was dining in solo, I kept my eyes quietly, sensibly, on the selection availlable by the glass. The riesling from Niagara was good. As a starter, I had the Smoked Yukon Gold Potato Chowder with Seared Arctic Char. A revelation. I knew about the clam showder of Magdalens Islands, but this is a completely different dish. Made of a base of cream of potato, white wine, broth, onion, cream, 2 large peaces of char, 5 mussels, 2 large scallops and a lobster’s pincer. It makes a full meal in itself. One has to be really hungry to have a complete main dish after that. Seriously, if the customer is not exceptionnally hungry, the chowder and dessert do the whole job. I had ordered gnocchi primavera, though. It’s good, but I was already full from the chowder. I understand now the comment of another reviewer : yes, I also got about 10 gnocchi, but the dish is more than that. It associates vegetables and mushrooms, that are an integral part of the dish, not only siders nor the sauce. This was not more expensive than some other restaurants I tried in the last weeks. Even if I compare with the ones that were cheaper, here I got a real increment of quality, for only a small increment of money paid. Excellent value for price (50$ with 5 oz of wine). I also salute their promotion of local and Canadian products.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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Best value in Halifax

Wow ! From the app through to the dessert, everything exceeded my expectations and then some. Explosion of flavour, good size portions. They are true to their philosophy of 'comfort food' done in a extraordinary way.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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On tour from UK.Came on this place by chance.Busy...

On tour from UK.Came on this place by chance.Busy friendly ambience on a Sunday evening.We were tired from travelling so only managed one course which was excellent. the service was extremely courteous and informative and the guys very professional.Recommended it to all in our party.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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February 15, 2020

As always the staff at Chives provided a superior, perfectly cooked and well thought out meal. The staff is excellent with a great knowledge of the menu. The atmosphere is relaxing and private. We look forward to returning.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2020

The food was perfectly edible, but nothing special. $35 at any pub in the HRM gets you a meal just as good. Not worth the $175 bill. Good service, but again, nothing special. Fair atmosphere but dark. All told, a disappointment.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

January 28, 2020

Very accommodating staff and great food.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 16, 2020

Excellent dinner and service. This was a private meeting with dinner and the service and attention to our needs was phenomenal. The meal was exceptional with unique and flavourful offerings that left us raving. The knowledge of the staff on how to make adjustments to allergies, intolerances etc was greatly appreciated. I can’t recommend Chives enough for either a private meeting or dinner with a friend or loved one. I am still thinking of the warm bread and molasses that started the evening.....prepared GF for my needs:). Thank you again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2020

Remarkably good meal, knowledgeable and discrete staff, very nice atmosphere!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2020

wonderful in every way. biscuits and molasses were a fun surprise. mushroom schnitzel with smoked black cherries was amazing. service was lovely from arrival to departure. we will be back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2020

Excellent service above all else. The menu is creative, and all dishes we had were generous in proportions and wonderfully presented. Food quality was great, wine list had good selections, and mixed drinks were well presented. Will certainly return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2019

We had requested the special room that is closed off for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and when we got there it was not provided or available. The winter endive salad was pale and sweet. But not as cloyingly sweet at the tempura squash. Jeff the server was great. I was disappointed with the food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

December 17, 2019

We just love this restaurant. The food is just phenomenal. Every course was interesting and delicious. We have never had a bad meal at Chives. LOVE! The service is always great and it’s a really nice atmosphere. I want to bring everyone I know to Chives so they can enjoy this amazing restaurant. Thank you Chives!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

Great evening, excellent food!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2019

We celebrated our first anniversary there and the only thing we are sad about is that we don't live closer to it. The atmosphere is very cozy and relaxed. Maybe the tables are a bit smaller, but everything fits. The food is just amazing, fresh ingredients and so innovative, never boring or duplicate.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2019

As expected. Good visit

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 9, 2019

Chives never disappoints as a family favorite for special occasions and everyday get togethers! Food and service were terrific as alway!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 6, 2019

The food was excellent! Exquisitely prepared with delectable flavours and also nutritious and of high quality. Love the farm to table concept supporting local growers. Our server was friendly, informative and attentive and the atmosphere aesthetically pleasant. Chives is truly an exceptional restaurant- a Halifax gastronomic gem. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2019

Overall an excellent experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 31, 2019

Braised beef was excellent as was the wine chateauneuf du Pape and the lobster croquettes and the corn/seafood chowder were spectacular. Very subtle spices.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 31, 2019

Food was absolutely amazing!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 29, 2019

Fabulous fresh swordfish dinner. Will definitely come back the next time we are in Halifax.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2019

Quality of food and service is consistently exceptional, year after year. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2019

The best seafood chowder I have ever had. Wonderful halibut, albeit a small portion for an entrée. My wife had scallops for an app, and short ribs for her entrée. Gracious, attentive service. A modest wine list with too few choices for wine by the glass. We decided on a half bottle of Duckhorn chardonnay, always nice. All in all, a five star performance. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 19, 2019

Only comparing this visit to my last a year ago which was fantastic 5stars all the way..staff last night was a little distracted with a couple large groups.however we still had a great time and will of course return.as a side note my buddy and I could have eaten 20 of those biscuits!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

October 8, 2019

The service was excellent! Some of the best in the city. The food was prepared with care, absolutely delicious, and I will definitely be returning. A gem in Halifax.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

Wonderful way to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

Lovely, high-end dining experience in a casual atmosphere. The dishes were top quality, and any concerns about portion size should be assuaged. Our particular server was a bit cold, and a bit slow, but it was the beginning of his shift, so I'll cut him some slack. In fairness, he was very attentive. Flawless night otherwise.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 5, 2019

Thanks for another wonderful meal and for honouring our request for a particular table. Really nice touch. And the server Hannah is excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2019

Great night and excellent food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2019

Our server was great! We went for dinner Sunday evening. Most of us had the braised short ribs, which were fantastic. We enjoyed our experience and never felt rushed. This restaurant has an amazing atmosphere and delicious food and drink!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

Top notch food served by top notch people in a top notch setting make for a memorable dining experience. You will not be disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 26, 2019

Excellent on all counts.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 23, 2019

Food was good but the choices were not as expected. The website stated bacon wrapped pork loin and a chicken dish however both were not on the menu. Choice was disappointing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

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Sumptuous soups to savour in Halifax

Fine French dining often includes rich, creamy broth as a staple of the menu. You will find one of the best French onion soups in the city at Chives, which includes a caramelized four-onion recipe, along with a baguette and Gruyere. A gluten-free version is also available upon request. Their dining room mixes classic wood and trendy patterned chairs with painted, exposed ducts and a bank vault door.

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Where to enjoy NS wines when you dine in Halifax

Where to enjoy NS wines when you dine in Halifax

Chives Canadian Bistro’s relaxed and playful vibe makes its stellar food even more fun. The wine menu changes seasonally, but count on Nova Scotia wines being well represented. That’s easy with white and sparkling wines, but – impressively – Chives makes room for plenty of Nova Scotia reds as well, notably L’Acadie Vineyards’ intense and powerful Passito. Try it with the delicious lamb pot roast.

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Terrifically tasty gluten-free dining in Halifax

Chives Canadian Bistro offers a fun, fine-dining experience with classic, yet contemporary decor and a modern vibe. Chives changes its menu seasonally, and you’ll always find delicious, fresh, gluten-free fare such as lobster risotto, AAA strip loin steak, French onion soup and more. Fun fact: Chives has a sister restaurant called Two Doors Down that is located literally two doors down on Barrington street.

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