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Chives Canadian Bistro

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Downtown Halifax
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1537 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z4, Canada (Blowers and Salter)
+1 902-420-9626
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Boulogne-Billancourt, France
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106 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014

Having read good reviews, we expected much better. The decoration is not particularly attractive, service was cold and hurried, food was OK but not great (seafood chowder with overcooked fish, fine crusted cod), and wine is expensive. Except in Quebec City where we found very nice restaurants, our experience in Eastern Canada is that you had better stick with standard... More 

Thank LesTontons24
kutztown, PA
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62 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2014

You'll have to decide on that one. Obviously, per reviews, people like this place. I was enjoying a laid-back Nova Scotia holiday and we happened upon Chives. As stated the food is good, But the presentation and amalgam of tastes ( on both the halibut & cod) made it felt like they try too hard. The restaurant is, I feel,... More 

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New York City, New York
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100 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2014 via mobile

The restaurant focuses on local foods and wines. All were presented very attractively and delicious. We started with the cold water shrimp spring roll and General Tao pork and the Cape Breton crab and sweet corn cake - excellent. For main courses we had the (very large) porch era and the tenderloin with urban blue cheese and mushrooms. Again, excellent.... More 

Martinborough, New Zealand
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014

We enjoyed our dinner at Chives, and particularly the friendly, attentive and informative service. Warm buttermilk biscuits served in a paper bag were a nice touch at the beginning, and the menu certainly lived up to the local fare billing. The farmers market salad included coloured beets and was very light and fresh, which was just as well as the... More 

Thank Sumac2010
Halifax, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2014

I hosted an international group for dinner at Chives, and the experience was fantastic from start to finish.We enjoyed local wine, were charmed by our server who was friendly, attentive and engaging. The meals all round were spectacular, and it left my guests marveling at the calibre and quality of this restaurant. I have personally dined at Chives many times... More 

Thank GGW0331
Morristown, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 September 2014

We researched a good restaurant to highlight our trip to Nova Scotia. We were surprised by the lack of creativity of the decor. Bright green paint and an out-dated mural that would be better suited in a child's room. We were served quickly and our appetizers arrived in a timely manner. Seafood chowder was excellent with big chunks of lobster.... More 

Thank Jonathan T
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2014

We ate at Chives on a Friday night in August, we had a party of 8 with two guests visiting Halifax for the first time. We were extremely impressed with the whole dining experience. Our waiter Michael was amazing, he was very knowledgeable about all the food, and was extremely professional. George also introduced himself to the table and made... More 

1 Thank Joe M
Crystal Beach, Canada
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2014

We ate at Chives this past Saturday night based on high ratings and recommendations from locals. The food didn't really live up to our expectations but it was still good in my opinion. I would warn patrons to ask to keep your bottle of wine at your table as they take it away and put it on their bar. When... More 

3 Thank bclewes
halifax. nova scotia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2014

We recently shared our anniversary dinner with good friends at Chives. The food and service were, quite simply, excellent. I am frequently somewhat disappointed when dining out and often question the value for money spent. Especially since I would describe myself as a foodie and someone who can put together a very good meal. It is a real treat to... More 

1 Thank kellog
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2014

We spent a nice dinner there. The food was excellent! Really fresh and huge portions. As appetizer we had a lobster chowder - delicious!! As main plate, we had meat. So tender and full of taste. Really nice place to have dinner!

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
Casual upscale, farm to table, chef inspired dinning.

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