Halifax has a very unique food scene: The majority of our local restaurants source local ingredients, incorporate our renowned seafood, and of course, feature donairs. Haligonians make enjoying local cuisine a hobby. With many food festivals, the Dine Nova Scotia Association, award-wining chefs and so many unique choices, Halifax is the food hub of Atlantic Canada.
Below we have curated a list of our favourite spots in no particular order to dine in Downtown Halifax!
The Bicycle Thief
The Bicycle Thief is an upscale Italian Fusion restaurant on the gorgeous Halifax Waterfront. Their menu choices range from fresh local seafood to three-course Italian dinners. The Bicycle Thief also features a legendary wine bar and a heated patio for those cold Halifax winters.
Julep Kitchen and Cocktails
You’ll want to make sure your phone is charged to Instagram your dish and drink when you head to Julep. Known for their stunning presentation and delicious flavours, Julep is a newer restaurant to hit Barrington Street and we know it’ll be here for years to come.
Hermitage was developed by the same folks who created Julep, which shows just how delicious their dishes are. Hermitage offers chef-led tastings daily, and their presentation is to die for. The atmosphere, flavours and menu selection all exude sophistication and attention to detail.
Ristorante a Mano
Ristorante a Mano is an upscale eatery that specializes in classic Italian meals. Situated on the Halifax Waterfront, it is a must-see. The ambience is exceptional, the service is fast and the food is delicious! The owners of a Mano also own the Bicycle Thief and La Frasca found on Spring Garden Road.
2 Doors Down Food + Wine
If you are looking for a crisp local beer, head to 2 Doors Down! 2 Doors Down is a casual urban bar and eatery that rotates its menu seasonally. Space is limited so book ahead to secure a seat: based on the quality of food and drink they will be booked solid most nights. They also have some great vegetarian options!
Elliot & Vine
Elliot & Vine is a European style restaurant with a modern twist in Halifax’s trendy North End. Their dine-in space has the perfect intimate atmosphere for a romantic night or drinks with friends after work. The food is exceptional, and if that isn’t enough, their breathtaking murals created by artist Jean Bradbury inside are enough of a reason to stop by.
Agricola Street Brasserie
Stop by the Agricola Street Brasserie to experience French-inspired seasonal cuisine and you will not be disappointed. Not only does the Brasserie serve exceptional diner with original flare, but they also have a killer brunch. We highly recommend trying the seafood here as they pledge to source all of their seafood sustainably!
The Barrington - Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
You are guaranteed a delicious Atlantic steak if you order one from the Barrington. Aged and cut in house, their beef is cooked to perfection and typically served along with maritime oysters. Tourists and locals alike agree that dining at the Barrington is an experience to remember. This steakhouse and bar hosts local musicians for those who wish to be entertained while dining too!
Blue Olive - Greek Taverna
If you are searching for authentic Greek cuisine in Halifax, the Blue Olive is where you should be heading. Their recipes are authentically greek and have been passed down for generations. The Blue Olive also has many vegetarian and vegan options that are absolutely delicious!
Da Maurizio offers a premier dining experience on Halifax’s historic waterfront. Known for their exquisite variations on Italian cuisine, their award-winning menus will exceed all of your expectations. Their outstanding service (and wine list) has made Da Maurizio an all-time favourite for locals and tourists.
Will you be checking out any restaurants on our list in the near future? Halifax has so many delicious local restaurants to try, you are sure to land on something tasty on your next venture out!