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Dining
A waterfront view makes everything taste better.

Halifax

Enjoy some of the best flavours and harbour views that Nova Scotia has to offer right on the waterfront.

Plus visit Historic Properties and take in some local market fare at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market and Historic Farmers’ Market. For more information on dining and entertainment in Halifax, visit Downtown Halifax and Discover Halifax.

“New Place”: Seasonal Kiosks are open in their new location, between Salter and Sackville streets near Waterfront Warehouse, check out a list of our new and returning kiosks here

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Historic Properties

Experience Halifax’s heritage firsthand at Historic Properties on Halifax’s waterfront. A designated National Historic Site in the heart of downtown Halifax, Historic Properties is the first restoration project of its kind in Canada, featuring three city blocks of Canada’s oldest surviving group of waterfront warehouses and some of North America’s finest Victorian-Italianate façades dating back to the late 1700s and early 1800s. Charming historic buildings offer modern boutique shopping, gourmet dining, and true East Coast entertainment.

3Sixty

The newest addition to Casino Nova Scotia, 3Sixty features bars, bands and buffets.

Little Oak Bar

A place to drink beautiful wines and spirits, while eating decadent bites in a warm and inviting atmosphere. No reservations.

Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar

Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar is Halifax’s new premier seafood destination. Located on the ground level below premier steakhouse CUT.

CUT Steakhouse

Enjoy the highest quality cuisine in the most opulent setting. Start your evening with a glass of award-winning wine suggested by their Sommelier, then enjoy a Caesar salad prepared table-side before devouring a dry-aged black Angus steak or perhaps a Nova Scotian rack of lamb. As the evening winds down, you’ll linger over a glass of speciality liqueur, a sampling of artisanal cheeses or one of their divine desserts.

Lower Deck

The original Lower Deck Pub opened its doors on the Halifax waterfront in 1974, combining proud Nova Scotian hospitality with great food, great beer and local entertainment seven nights a week. A favorite “go to” pub for the locals and a “must visit” destination for tourists from all around the world. With a second location in Clayton Park.

harbourstone sea grill & pour house

Located in the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on the Halifax waterfront, the harbourstone sea grill & pour house offers a casually elegant environment and fresh local fare.

Ristorante a Mano

Located in Bishop’s Landing, Ristorante a Mano offers an enchanting experience of a neighbourhood Italian trattoria.

Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar

With their second location in the Piazza at Bishop’s Landing, the Smiling Goat has become one of the premier coffee and espresso locations in Atlantic Canada. Supporting local, they create their own baked goods, treats, paninis, soups, salads and other delicious offerings in their kitchen and serve up Nova Scotia draught beer, bottled beer, cider and wines.

The Bicycle Thief

Located in Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax waterfront, The Bicycle Thief exudes a relaxed, come-as-you-are feel, in an atmosphere that blends Old School style with New School attitude. Drop by for lunch or supper, or pull up a chair to their wine bar for a fantastic glass from our titanic selection. The Bicycle Thief offers North American food with an Italian soul – Maurizio’s Italian soul! Let his legendary cooking steal your heart.

McKelvie’s Restaurant & Bar

Over 30 years ago McKelvie’s opened their doors on Lower Water Street in Halifax. Originally built in 1906 to house the horse-drawn fire fighting equipment of the Halifax Fire Department, this historic space offers a perfect waterfront view. Now over one hundred years old, its doors are open to all those looking for a sublime dining experience.

Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill

Famous for their panfried haddock, fish and chips and seafood chowder but they also offer mouth-watering appetizers, juicy steaks cooked to perfection and hearty pastas. Once you’ve enjoyed your dinner, stay and take in some of the best live music Halifax has to offer.

The Gahan House Harbourfront

Located in Historic Properties, Gahan House offers a wide array of pub favourites to suit everyone. Perhaps try a Gahan speciality or their handcrafted brews on site or to go.

Salty’s

Salty’s Bar & Grill & Patio are about as close to the Halifax Harbour as it gets. The casual atmosphere and waterfront location make Salty’s a natural for gatherings during the day and well into the evening. If you desire something quieter then head upstairs to their restaurant, which offers a superb view of Halifax Harbour, and a great selection of local shellfish, fish, steak, lamb and chicken.

Waterfront Warehouse

Come and experience the richness of Nova Scotia’s maritime tradition in a relaxed, warm restaurant atmosphere. Located on the historic Halifax waterfront, Waterfront Warehouse blends fine dining with a view of Halifax Harbour.

Bishop’s Landing


Nestled along the picturesque and historic waterfront in Halifax’s downtown, The Piazza at Bishop’s Landing includes a wonderful variety of boutique shops, exceptional dining, and unique services to meet your every need.

Murphy’s The Cable Wharf 

Murphy’s The Cable Wharf is the largest Tour Boat and Restaurant Operator in Halifax. It combines nightlife, nature tours, sightseeing, fine dining, tours of historic Halifax, and much more. Dine in at Murphy’s Restaurant to enjoy an unparalleled view of the harbour.

Red Stag Tavern

Located in the famous Alexander Keith’s Brewery on Lower Water Street, the Red Stag delivers classic Nova Scotia hospitality with great food and cold draft beer. Their outdoor rooftop patio, private function room, and historic landscape makes this a popular spot for any patron or visitor to Halifax.

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Stone’s Throw Patio

Located directly on the Halifax boardwalk, the new Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel patio, Stone’s Throw, offers stunning views of Historic Properties, Halifax harbour and downtown Halifax. Try locally-sourced items like wood burning pizza and shareable plates, or enjoy Nova Scotia wine, distilled beverages and refreshing craft beers on tap.

Deep Sea Donuts

Deep-Sea donuts hand make donuts to order throughout the day from fresh batter mixed in house. Coffee and espresso-based drinks made to order using premium Java Blend Coffee.

The Chowder House

The seafood Chowder House is a food service “with a twist”. Visitors to the waterfront can interact with the culinary team while the prepare their hot chowder French in-front of them.

The Cake Lady

A one stop shop for Fresh Baked goodies, Fresh Roasted Nuts, Fresh Local produce, drinks, ice cream and locally designed Nova Scotian product creations for Nova Scotia artisans.

COWS Ice Cream

COWS Ice Cream has two waterfront locations. Ice cream & retail shop on the North End of the Boardwalk, and ice cream kiosk at the “New Place”

Katch – A Modern Seafood Shack

Bringing gourmet seafood in a fast, casual environment with amazing water views. Each menu item uses quality products and local ingredients.

BeaverTails


Delicious addictive whole-wheat pastries are hand-stretched then float-cooked and served piping hot, topped with butter and your choice of delectable flavours.

Black Bear Ice Cream

Locally-made ice cream and treats.

Waterfront Pizza & Wraps

Waterfront Pizza and Wraps provides comfort foods and healthy alternatives on the Halifax waterfront.

Heartwood


Heartwood food represents the essence of Nova Scotia’s farmers and producers. Heartwood believes that the secret to making our food taste so delicious is using the best quality ingredients.

Dave’s Lobster


Originally from Prince Edward Island, Dave’s offers a variety of Atlantic Canadian lobster rolls and awesome grilled cheese.


Smoke’s Poutinerie

With over 30 types of Poutine on the menu, Smoke’s Poutinerie is bringing an authentic Quebec classic to the rest of the world in its own unique way.

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden — committed to showcasing the best Nova Scotia has to offer to the millions of tourists who visit Halifax’s stunning waterfront each year — all while exceeding the expectations of locals and loyal customers alike. Pushing the boundaries of what the authentic Nova Scotia experience is.

Dartmouth

A waterfront view makes everything taste better. Try one of Dartmouth’s numerous fresh air cafes, eateries, or pubs. For more ideas visit Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission

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Portland Street Creperie

A Nova Scotia twist on a European favourite!

Stone Pizza

Stone Pizza is a new pizza experience in Downtown Dartmouth specializing in personal pizzas created to order right in front of you.

Il Trullo Ristorante

Enjoy waterfront views at this Italian restaurant featuring a southern cuisine, located at King’s Wharf.

Just Us

The newest location for the Just Us Coffee Coop is located on the Dartmouth waterfront at King’s Wharf.

Two If By Sea Cafe

Whether it’s a perfectly pulled espresso or a rich, buttery croissant, you will find the best in the city here. Their mission is to provide treats heavenly enough to tempt even the staunchest coffee and pastry aficionado. Independently owned and proudly calls Dartmouth home.

Ma Belle’s Cafe

A local breakfast, brunch and lunch spot in Downtown Dartmouth including bakery items including their famous cinnamon rolls.

The Canteen

Neighborhood restaurant in downtown Dartmouth offering lunch, dinner and brunch. Local, seasonal cuisine. Check out Little C, the Canteen on Portland just next door.

Seventy 3

Tastes, flavours and cuisines abound in Canadian food circles; the 73 menu is a nod to their zealous inclination to try diverse and distinct tastes. Located in Downtown Dartmouth they specialize in Canadian Fusion.

Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery

A BeerBar & Eatery featuring AceBurger2Go and Ace4Lunch in the heart of Downtown Dartmouth. Offers up upwards of 20 taps of Craft Beer and House-made Soda goodness plus a Seasonal Dinner Menu by Chef Mark Gray.

Evan’s Fresh Seafood

Evan’s Fresh Seafoods is a family owned and operated Fresh Seafoods Company, originating in 2008 as a Seafood market & delivery business. Evan d’Entremont has been a fisherman for over 20 years and now sells directly to the customer as fresh, frozen or cooked products.

Celtic Corner Public House

A local favourite, this pub offers a great view of the waterfront from the top deck.

The Wooden Monkey

The Wooden Monkey is known for their local, organic fare at their waterfront location.

Alderney Landing

Alderney Landing is home to a number of fresh stops including local fare at the popular Farmers’ Market.

Lunenburg

Dining along or near the Lunenburg waterfront offers a chance to enjoy delicious meals— including the freshest seafood—while taking in the magnificent view.

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Fleur de Sel

This award winning restaurant features, a casual, but elegant dining room, garden patio, and a bar where guests can enjoy a cocktail prior to sitting down to dinner. It’s no surprise that fresh, local seafood plays a leading role on the menu here.

Rum Runner Inn

Specializing in fresh seafood purchased and prepared daily to perfection. An innovative seasonal menu showcases the best of local flavors with local and international wines and a breathtaking view of the harbour.

The Savvy Sailor

With year round service you are sure to find the very best in regular and specialty coffees, Nova Scotia beer and wines, and local food with a unique flare. Overlooking the waterfront, the menu offers something for everyone.

The Salt Shaker Deli

With spectacular views of Lunenburg harbour and a carefully crafted menu created by award-winning chef, Martin Ruiz Salvadorto, this spot pleases a variety of tastes. A must stop on your next trip to Nova Scotia’s South Shore. 

J-3 Pizza

A family run business offering quality food at great prices. Eat in or take out and enjoy the nice weather from their outdoor balcony.

Grand Banker Seafood Grill Restaurant

The cozy neighborhood restaurant offers a comfortable place to relax, have fun, and enjoy friendly conversation. The menu is all about quality, focusing on fresh, local ingredients.

Dockside Inn & Restaurant

Strategically situated harbour-side, “The Dockside” provides an unobstructed view of Luneburg’s famous Fisheries Museum, the colourful waterfront and one of Lunenburg’s most historic districts.

Big Red’s Family Restaurant (Old Lunenburg Jail)

Established in 1977 after the Swinemar family decided it was time to combine their business expertise with delicious, unique family recipes for pizza, subs, and donairs and foray into the fast food restaurant industry. Enjoy water views from every seat.

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Magnolia’s Grill

What would Lunenburg be without Magnolia’s Grill? This restaurant has a fun atmosphere, wonderful staff, great music, the best fish cakes AND a key lime pie that is to die for.

The Old Fish Factory Restaurant

Come experience the outstanding view of Lunenburg’s harbour from our dining room, bar, or wharf-side patio. Committed to serving locals and travelers a hearty meal in an inviting and hospitable atmosphere.

The South Shore Fish Shack

Located in the heart of historic Lunenburg, it features a simple menu of seaside favourites, sourced locally, and classically prepared. Dishes are designed to let the fresh seafood shine while you enjoy stunning harbour views from either of their patios.