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Chives Canadian Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
Downtown Halifax
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1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada (Blowers and Salter)
+1 902-420-9626
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard lots about this restaurant and finally went with friends. We were not disappointed! Many gluten free options, and the GF buttermilk biscuits are to die for!!! THE best GF biscuits I've had thus far (they don't taste GF)! Even bought a couple extra to take home with me. Knowledgable staff that seem passionate about food, cool atmosphere inside.

Thank mrandmrs C
Halifax, NS
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117 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Family of four chose Chives for a birthday dinner, we all had the table d'hôtel, delicious soup, Kale salad and salmon bruschetta To begin, then two steak and fries (perfectly medium and medium-rare) , fries could have less salty and crispier. Two had the roast chicken and maple risotto (which was the best item of the meal). For dessert, we... More 

Thank kingswood1
Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was worth a visit - all food was very good - love the biscuits in a bag. Service was very attentive and welcoming. The decor was not very desirable - it was very 90s/00s but didn't negatively distract from the experience, but could be redone soon. It was, however very clean and well maintained. So classic :)

Thank KatarinaAdventures
Halifax, NS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a small group, business dinner at Chives awhile ago. The seating was a bit cramped but the meal was excellent

Thank KreaHalifax
Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

One of the best meals I have had in a long time! Our server Simon was great! The service was promt and inviting. The selection of food was different from the same old choices at most places, which we loved! From venison (for myself) chowder (for my SO) to the halibut cheeks and paella followed by a shared creme brulee... More 

Thank breal172
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

One of the better meals we had in Halifax. We needed to be in and out quickly and the service was fantastic. Loved the biscuits and molasses vs the usual bread as well. I would certainly go again.

Thank Bryan P
Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I visited Halifax just a few weeks ago during some pretty inclement weather. One day was basically a total washout, when the wind and snow basically confined me to my hotel for an entire afternoon. Having eaten already at the hotel's lounge, I asked the desk staff if they could recommend a restaurant that would be easy to reach by... More 

Thank denverc30
Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Great quality food restaurant in an ideal location. Recommend for any local or visitor. Short walk to all the downtown hotels

Thank 223jbrown
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the food however the seating is very close to your neighbour so if you want an intimate evening I would suggest another venue.

Thank travellerbynature
Halifax, Canada
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105 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Attended the Amici Christmas dinner and it was amazing as usual. I've included the menu, but most of my photos didn't turn out. It was also Chives 15 year anniversary and the meal didn't disappoint. Service, wine and food were all excellent

Thank P W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada
    (Blowers and Salter)
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax>  > Downtown Halifax
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-420-9626

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