It’s time to get out of the house and discover what our beautiful city has to offer! We have compiled a list of 5 restaurants in downtown Halifax that you have to try. Read more to find out what makes each one special.
- The Bicycle Thief
- Ristorante a Mano
- Little Oak
- Sea Smoke
- The Daily Grind
1. The Bicycle Thief
A walk along the waterfront boardwalk will take you past The Bicycle Thief and its endearing wrap-around patio with bright red umbrellas. The art installation tower of bicycles on the front lawn is like an X that marks the spot of where your destination should be. Named the best fine dining restaurant in Halifax by readers of The Coast, you’ll find a menu that is inspired by Italy, as well as our local Atlantic Canadian bounty. A few options you could enjoy include the risotto with scallops, filet mignon with lobster, or beef short ribs with local roasted vegetables.
2. Ristorante a Mano
For the best Italian food in Halifax, make a plan to dine at Ristorante a Mano. They were also voted best pasta in Halifax by readers of The Coast. Ristorante a Mano is a great choice for date night, lunch, or a family event. Everything on the menu—including pizza, pasta, and salads—is handmade and delicious.
3. Little Oak
Little Oak, a small restaurant tucked in beside The Bicycle Thief, was named one of Canada’s top restaurants in 2019. You can enjoy carefully crafted dishes paired with a recommended wine by their in-house sommelier. Little Oak is perfect for experiencing fine dining in a casual setting.
4. Sea Smoke
The first thing you see when you arrive at Sea Smoke is their expansive patio with firepit tables and views of the Halifax Harbour. They are known for their creative cocktails and fresh, Asian-inspired menu items. Stop by for sushi and drinks during their daily happy hour, or make a date for a fun evening of elegant dining on the Halifax waterfront.
5. The Daily Grind
For a casual dining experience, The Daily Grind offers all-day breakfast and lunch items such as salad and sandwiches. Start your day at The Daily Grind with fresh coffee or tea, or end your day with a glass of wine or local craft beer. The Daily Grind is conveniently located at Bishop’s Landing, where you’re only steps away from the waterfront boardwalk.
Feel Safe While Dining Out
Extra health and safety protocols have been implemented for the benefit of customers, team members, and our community as a whole. Please remember to stay home if you are not feeling well or have recently travelled. When dining in Halifax restaurants, you are required to wear a mask when entering or exiting, going to the bathroom, or waiting for a seat in a common area. If you are seated or are dining outside, you can remove your mask. Staff will also be wearing masks during their entire shift.