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“Chives - our 'go to' restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chives Canadian Bistro

Chives Canadian Bistro
Ranked #6 of 710 Restaurants in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown Halifax
Cross street: Blowers and Salter
Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Chives - our 'go to' restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2010

We have been to Chives probably 10 times now, and not once have we been disappointed. Chef Craig and his staff have always impressed us with the food, service, and attitude.

The constantly changing menu featuring locally grown food is delicious and appeals to many different diets. My wife can't eat certain foods, and they went out of their way to make a special demi-glaze for her meal last night that we didn't ask for. It's those kind of touches that make you value the quality of the service you receive.

Craig is also a community oriented guy, and we've been to a charitable function hosted at the restaurant in which he and his team worked for free on behalf of the event. This sort of stuff just makes me proud to eat there, and to continue to frequent the restaurant.

My wife and I went there for our 9-year anniversary dinner there last night, and we were talking about our favourite restaurants, and we decided that while sure, there are many other places to go and eat, we know we're going to get delicious food cooked perfectly here, so why risk being disappointed. Chives will always be our go-to spot.

Thanks to Chef Craig, and the Chives team for always giving us a great experience and wonderful meal.

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Saint John, Canada
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“Never thought haddock could taste this way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2010

After doing lots of research I narrowed it down to Chives Canadian Bistro for our 6th year anniversary. We had the Vault/Wine Room and though it was small, it was still private and low light with candles so it was very romantic. The service was outstanding as we kept having our wine glass filled, its as if they knew when we needed it filled. They also occasionally would check up on us. The food was beyond anything we've ever tasted before, then again we are not ones to go to expensive restaurants. We went with the spinach salad with smoked salmon as a appetizer and it was drop dead amazing. The main course was the signature Lamb for her and Haddock for me and again and it was amazing. The dessert was the only thing left to be desire. We went with the Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 white wine, our first time trying it, and the next day we went to the local NSLC and picked up 2 bottles of it. If i had to say one negative thing about Chives is that the main floor is very loud and pretty crowded, though the low lighting and candles make it nice, i found the seats and tables too close together.

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Raymond, Maine
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“Great food in Halifax”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2010

Chives is great!! The food was superb and the staff was super.

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San Antonio, Texas
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“Should have top ratings in every category!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2010

Though they were very busy, we had excellent service, outstanding dinner, and desserts. The presentation of food on our table and every table around us was super....hard to choose just what to select from the menu...We will definitely go back the next time we visit Halifax.

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Toronto, Canada
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“Great food in a very charming bistro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2010

Excellent food with seasonal ingredients. All the dishes were well designed and well executed. I ordered the greek salad with panko crusted feta. While this is a huge pieces of fried cheese, it's surprisingly light and well balanced with the olive tapenade and dressing. Our mains consisted of a sea trout with candied onions (perfectly cooked fish, the best we had in Nova Scotia) and the lobster/asparagus risotto. The risotto had large chunks of meat, and the rice was perfectly cooked.

Overall, our experience was very enjoyable, with excellent food and service. It's a bit pricey considering that they should have access to really fresh, cheap seafood, but not more than I'd expect to pay in larger cities.

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