When it comes to Canadian seafood, Halifax is indisputably the capital of all things lobster, haddock, and chowder. The east coast city has built a reputation as the major stop for sea fare, due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the region’s large variety of fresh produce suppliers. Whether you’re looking for a no-fuss home style meal or a stylish and trendy dining experience, Halifax is sure to have just the restaurant for you. We’ve rounded up a few seafood restaurants in this major Maritime city, each of which puts its own unique spin on fresh, flavourful fruit de mer.
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Five Fishermen Restaurant Grill (1740 Argyle Street)
Located in a converted schoolhouse from 1817, the Five Fisherman Restaurant aims to offer a trip through time as well as a savoury menu. Five Fishermen is known for its exclusively Nova Scotian seafood, including an impressive selection of lobsters, oysters and steamed mustles served with four of the restaurant’s signature sauces. For a prestigious fine dining experience, the upstairs restaurant is said to combine excellent service with incomparable seafood. More a more laidback evening out, the restaurant also claims to offer a casual grill area downstairs.
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Bluenose II (1824 Hollis Street)
Another Halifax landmark, Bluenose II restaurant was named for the fishing schooner that serves as the Nova Scotia sailing ambassador of Nova Scotia. Since 1964, Bluenose II has served Nova Scotia seafood, as well as vegetarian and Greek specialties. The family owned restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with specials that are prepared daily. With a second location having recently opened, the popularity this 52 year old home style restaurant seems only to be growing stronger and stronger.
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Salty’s (1869 Upper Water Street)
If you’re looking for dinner with a view, Salty’s may be your solution. Overlooking the Privateers’s Wharf and the harbour, a window seat at this restaurant will excite tourists and Maritimes locals alike. The fresh oysters here are a crowd favourite, but their chowder and huge portions of fish and chips tend to be honourable mentions among Salty’s diners. Diners can enjoy watching the boats sail by, while enjoying authentic Nova Scotian seafood.
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The Press Gang Restaurant Grill (5218 Prince Street)
The Press Gang Restaurant comes by its name earnestly. Located in a historic stone structure that dates back to 1759, this building was once home to a “press gang,” a group known to coerce other men into joining the navy or army. Today, the Press Gang Restaurant offers a sleek, stylish dining experience. Notable features include an authentic oyster bar perfect for a casual meal among friends and live music on weekends complimentary of local jazz, soul, and blues bands. The extensive wine list features carefully selected choices, which include an extensive collection of whiskey.