Halifax for Foodies: Where to Eat + What to Eat in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Wondering where to eat in Halifax on your upcoming trip? Well, Sam and I have plenty of recommendations to share with you! This summer we spent a week sightseeing, but mostly eating our way around Halifax, Canada and let me tell you, we had some incredible meals. 

Our quest for a taste of the Maritimes led us to all sorts of restaurants, breweries, distilleries, pubs and outdoor patios, and we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite foodie experiences.

Being by the water, we had to try the seafood and we were blown away by the variety, from crab and lobster rolls to risotto with scallops, and seafood linguini to fusion maki rolls. 

Of course, we also had to try Halifax’s beloved donair, which is the city’s official dish. And in the drinks department, we sampled craft beers, Nova Scotia wines, and a variety of spirits that are aged inside the citadel. 

If any of this is opening up your appetite, read on for some of our suggestions (or you can also watch the video)!

Where to eat in Halifax

Waterfront Warehouse

Waterfront Warehouse is located right on the Harbourfront and it is best known for its seafood tower so that is exactly what we ordered!

It featured a full cracked Atlantic lobster, local oysters, a shrimp cocktail, crab claws, marinated chilled mussels, solomon gundy (which is another name for pickled herring), and a selection of sauces and chutneys. All of this was served in a two-story tower over a bed of crushed ice. Talk about presentation!

Eating Atlantic lobster at Waterfront Warehouse in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Waterfront Warehouse is where to eat in Halifax for delicious fresh seafood!
Caesars and seafood at Waterfront Warehouse in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

To accompany the meal, I ordered a caesar which is a savoury cocktail featuring vodka, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, and clamato (clam and tomato juice).

My drink was beautifully garnished with a slice of pepperoni, an olive, a pickle, a spicy string bean, and lemon and lime wedges. It felt like a meal in a glass!

The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief is hands-down one of the top restaurants in Halifax and we enjoyed a meal we won’t soon forget!

For my entree, I ordered the local scallops with a herbed crumb crust, lemon, white wine and garlic butter. They were a thing of beauty and a wonderful explosion of flavours!

Meanwhile, for his entree, Sam went for the jumbo shrimp sauteed with garlic, Cognac, and charred grape tomatoes with a splash of cream. It was an excellent start to the meal.

Scallops at The Bicycle Thief in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada