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Nova Scotia’s 15 Best Restaurants That’ll Satisfy Your Inner Food Critic

Going out on a vacation for the weekend will call for an empty stomach, and you can’t go wrong with a place like Nova Scotia—home to some of the best restaurants in Canada! 

As you drive along the stunning coastline, the salty sea breeze tousles your hair, and your stomach growls in anticipation of culinary adventures—especially if you fancy seafood, then you’re definitely in for a treat on this one! 

So loosen that belt a notch and get ready to embark on a gastronomic journey through Nova Scotia’s best gourmet spots. 

The Press Gang Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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Address: 5218 Prince St, Halifax 


Contact Details: +19024238816

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Lobster Ravioli
  • The Press Gang Surf and Turf

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5–10 PM

Price: $$$

There’s nothing more tasty than the palate of the sea, and The Press Gang is going to be a special treat if you’re into fresh seafood and a cozy, historic vibe. 

Nestled in downtown Halifax, this spot is perfect for those nights when you want to indulge in some fancy dining without losing that relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

When we walked in, the ambiance immediately pulled us in—dim lighting, rustic brick walls, and a piano softly playing in the background. 

We started with their famous oysters, and wow, they were fresh and briny, just like the ocean. The service was top-notch too, making us feel like regulars even though it was our first visit.

Pro Tip: 

Ask for a table in the lower dining room; it’s quieter and gives you a more intimate dining experience. Also, their sommelier is fantastic—let them suggest a wine pairing for your meal!

The Bicycle Thief

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Address: 1475 Lower Water St, Halifax


Contact Details: +19024257993

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Lobster Linguine
  • Seafood Risotto
  • Classic Margherita Pizza

Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 AM–11 PM

Price: $$

By the name, you might think this is a bicycle shop, but The Bicycle Thief is far from it and way tastier than it sounds! 

This place is an absolute gem on the Halifax waterfront, blending Italian classics with fresh, local ingredients.

You will love the casual yet chic vibe here. When we visited, the waterfront view was stunning, especially at sunset. We started with their amazing charcuterie board, which was the perfect appetizer to share. 

Pro Tip: 

Go for a table on the patio if the weather’s nice; the view of the harbor is unbeatable. And don’t skip the Tiramisu for dessert—it’s heavenly and the perfect way to end your meal!

The Five Fishermen

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Address: 1740 Argyle St, Halifax


Contact Details: +19024224421

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Fresh Atlantic Mussels
  • Lobster Thermidor
  • Pan-Seared Scallops

Opening Hours: Daily 5–10 PM

Price: $$

Nova Scotia is definitely famous for its seafood, and The Five Fishermen is among the staple restaurants to prove that. 

Located in a historic building in downtown Halifax, this place combines rich history with mouthwatering seafood dishes that will make you a fan for life.

Walking in, the first thing you’ll notice is the elegant yet inviting atmosphere. We started with the mussels, and they were out of this world—perfectly cooked and seasoned. 

Pro Tip: 

The upstairs dining room offers a quieter, more intimate setting with beautiful views of the city. Also, check out their extensive wine list; the staff can help you find the perfect pairing for your meal!

Founders House Dining & Drinks

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Address: 3816 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Annapolis Royal


Contact Details: +19025320333

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Duck Confit
  • Braised Short Ribs
  • House-Made Charcuterie

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 4–8 PM

Price: $$$$

Tell us a duo that’s better than delicious savory meals made from local Canadian treats and fine dining? The short answer is: You can’t! 

Founders House Dining & Drinks in Annapolis Royal offers this perfect combo in a charming and cozy setting, making it a must-visit for any foodie exploring Nova Scotia.

From the moment we stepped in, the warm and inviting atmosphere made us feel right at home. The rustic décor, complete with wooden beams and a cozy fireplace, set the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. 

We kicked things off with their craft beer selection, which features some of the best local brews, and they paired beautifully with the meal.

The food here is a celebration of Nova Scotia’s rich culinary heritage. We couldn’t resist trying the Duck Confit, and it was a game-changer—tender, flavorful, and perfectly cooked. 

Pro Tip: 

Visit during the weekend for their live music nights; it adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the dining experience. And if you’re a dessert lover, their Maple Crème Brûlée is an absolute must-try!

Vines Pasta Grill

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Address: 4 Panavista Dr, Westphal


Contact Details: +19024344114

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Spaghetti Carbonara
  • Chicken Parmesan

Opening Hours: Daily 4–9 PM

Price: $$

Pasta and Italian cuisine are crowd-pleasers, and Vines Pasta Grill is no exception! Tucked away in Dartmouth, this cozy spot is perfect for indulging in hearty, flavorful dishes that remind you of a home-cooked meal.

From the moment we walked in, the warm, inviting atmosphere made us feel like we were dining in a classic Italian trattoria. 

The aroma of garlic and fresh herbs filled the air, setting the stage for a delicious meal. We started with their garlic knots, which were the perfect blend of soft, chewy, and garlicky goodness.

The highlight, of course, was the pasta. Their signature Fettuccine Alfredo was creamy and rich, while the Spaghetti Carbonara offered a delightful mix of smoky pancetta and perfectly cooked pasta. 

Pro Tip: 

Check out their weekly specials for some fantastic deals on both food and wine. And for a sweet finish, their Tiramisu is light, creamy, and absolutely delicious!

Captain Kat’s Lobster Shack

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Address: 3723 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Barrington Passage


Contact Details: +19026373728

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Lobster Poutine
  • Classic Lobster Roll
  • Seafood Chowder

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 AM–7 PM

Price: $$

Captain Kat’s is another staple that highlights Nova Scotia’s love for seafood, and it’s a kicker! This charming eatery is a haven for lobster lovers and seafood enthusiasts alike.

What’s amazing about the place is the nautical décor and casual, friendly vibe that’ll make you feel right at home. 

From our dining experience, we started with the lobster poutine, which was a delightful twist on a Canadian classic—crispy fries topped with succulent lobster and rich gravy. It was the perfect appetizer to kick off our seafood feast.

The main event, of course, was their famous lobster roll. Packed with fresh, tender lobster meat and just the right amount of seasoning, it was everything a lobster roll should be. You also need to try their seafood chowder, which is creamy, flavorful, and brimming with fresh seafood.

Pro Tip: 

For an extra special experience, visit during lobster season (May to July) when the lobster is at its freshest. And if you’re up for it, try their lobster ice cream for a unique and surprisingly delicious dessert!

King Of Donair

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Address: 6420 Quinpool Rd, Halifax


Contact Details: +19024210000

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Classic Donair
  • Donair Pizza
  • Garlic Fingers with Donair Sauce

Opening Hours: Daily 10 AM–1 AM

Price: $$

The King of Donair is made for those of us who love pizza and a good kick of spiced meat. This spot is legendary for its donairs, and if you haven’t tried one yet, you’re seriously missing out.

When you walk in, the aroma of sizzling meat and warm pita hits you. We highly recommend starting with their classic donair, packed with seasoned beef, sweet sauce, and fresh veggies. It’s messy, sure, but that’s part of the charm—you just have to get in there and enjoy every bite.

And it’s not just about the donairs. We also grabbed a slice of their donair pizza, which is like a perfect marriage between pizza and donair. The crust was crispy, the toppings were generous, and that sweet sauce brought it all together.

Pro Tip: 

Late-night cravings? King of Donair is open late, making it the perfect spot for a midnight snack. And don’t forget to grab extra napkins—you’ll need them!

Grand Banker Bar & Grill

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Address: 82 Montague St, Lunenburg


Contact Details: +19026343300

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Seafood Chowder
  • Fish and Chips
  • Lobster Roll

Opening Hours: Daily 11 AM–10 PM

Price: $$

A wonderful atmosphere, delicious food, and a great view outside—what more can you ask for? The Grand Banker Bar & Grill in Lunenburg has it all, and it’s the kind of place you’ll find yourself wanting to visit again and again.

Imagine sitting on the patio with a cold drink in hand, watching the boats in the harbor—it’s just a joy! The vibe here is laid-back and welcoming, perfect for a casual meal or a special occasion. 

And for the main course, the fish and chips are a must-try, crispy and perfectly cooked. If you’re a lobster fan, their lobster roll is loaded with fresh, tender meat that’s absolutely mouthwatering. 

Pro Tip: 

Time your visit for sunset to enjoy a breathtaking view of the harbor while you dine. Also, their local craft beer selection is top-notch, so don’t hesitate to ask for a pairing suggestion to complement your meal!


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Address: 1673 Barrington St, Halifax


Contact Details: +19024075260

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Patatas Bravas
  • Smoked Mackerel Toast
  • Churros

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 4 PM–12 AM

Price: $$

Boot bars do have good food, and the Highwayman is proof of that! This Halifax gem combines a cozy, rustic vibe with a menu that’s bursting with flavor and creativity.

When you step inside, the ambiance immediately pulls you in—dim lighting, wooden accents, and a laid-back atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. 

Also, their tapas-style dishes are perfect for sharing, and the variety ensures there’s something for everyone. We kicked things off with their patatas bravas, which were crispy, spicy, and incredibly satisfying.

Their cocktails are another highlight, expertly crafted and perfect for pairing with your meal. The smoked mackerel toast was a standout, with its rich, smoky flavor balanced by fresh, tangy accompaniments. 

Pro Tip: 

Head over during their happy hour for great deals on both food and drinks. Also, their menu changes seasonally, so there’s always something new and exciting to try!

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

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Address: 5136 Prince St, Halifax


Contact Details: +19024924900

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Fish and Chips
  • Irish Stew
  • Bread Pudding

Opening Hours: Daily 11 AM–11:30 PM

Price: $$

Nova Scotia is full of restaurants and bar houses with tasty food, and The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse is a prime example of this. This Halifax staple is perfect for anyone craving hearty Irish fare and a lively atmosphere.

What’s even better about this bar house is you can listen to live traditional music which heavily compliments the cheery place. 

Also, the menu is packed with comfort food classics that warm the soul. We tried the fish and chips, and let us tell you, it was some of the best we’ve ever had—crispy batter, flaky fish, and perfectly seasoned fries.

And it’s not just the mains that stand out. Their Irish stew is a must-try, brimming with tender meat and vegetables in a rich, savory broth. If you have room for dessert, the bread pudding is a sweet, indulgent treat that’s hard to resist.

Pro Tip: 

Visit on a weekend night for live Irish music that really sets the mood. And if you’re a beer lover, their selection of Irish and local brews is fantastic—ask for a recommendation to find your perfect pint!

The Naked Crepe Bistro Inc

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Address: 402 Main St, Wolfville


Contact Details: +19025420653

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Ham, Cheese, and Mushroom Crepe
  • Nutella and Strawberry Crepe
  • Spinach and Feta Crepe

Opening Hours: Daily 8 AM–10 PM

Price: $$

Does this mean that this bistro will be serving nude crepes (kidding)? The Naked Crepe Bistro is a fantastic spot to satisfy your cravings for both sweet and savory crepes in Wolfville.

The place has a relaxed, welcoming vibe, perfect for a casual meal with friends or family. From our time here, we decided to mix things up and tried both a savory crepe filled with ham, cheese, and mushrooms, and a sweet one with Nutella and strawberries—both were absolutely delicious.

Beyond crepes, their menu offers a variety of other tempting options. The coffee is strong and pairs perfectly with their desserts. And if you’re in the mood for something more, their salads and paninis are also worth a try.

Pro Tip: 

Go for brunch to beat the crowd and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. And don’t miss their seasonal specials, which often feature unique and delightful combinations.

Two If By Sea Cafe

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Address: 66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth


Contact Details: +19024690721

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Ham and Cheese Croissant
  • Smoked Salmon Sandwich
  • Almond Croissant 

Opening Hours: Daily 8 AM–3 PM

Price: $$

Probably the most creative name for a restaurant, Two If By Sea Cafe is another spot that gives pride to Nova Scotia’s seafood delights! This very cozy cafe is famous for its giant, buttery croissants and delicious coffee, but there’s so much more to love.

On our visit, the first thing that caught our attention was the laid-back, nautical-themed decor, creating a perfect coastal vibe. 

The croissants are indeed a must-try—flaky on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside, with a variety of fillings to choose from. We opted for the ham and cheese croissant, and it was heavenly.

Aside from their famous croissants, their sandwiches and salads are equally impressive. The smoked salmon sandwich was packed with fresh, flavorful ingredients, making it a standout choice. 

Pro Tip: 

Arrive early in the morning to snag the freshest pastries before they sell out. And if you’re a coffee aficionado, try their seasonal specialty drinks—they’re always a treat!

The Church Brewing Co

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Address: 329 Main St, Wolfville 


Contact Details: +19025422337

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Beer-Battered Fish and Chips
  • Wood-Fired Margherita Pizza
  • Craft Beer Flight

Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 AM–10 PM

Price: $$

A church and restaurant hybrid? We bet you’ve never heard that one before! The Church Brewing Co. in Wolfville offers a divine dining experience in a beautifully renovated church, blending historical charm with fantastic food and drink.

As you walk in, you’re greeted by stunning stained-glass windows and high ceilings that create an awe-inspiring atmosphere. 

We decided to try their flight of craft beers, each one showcasing unique flavors that were both refreshing and complex. It’s the perfect place for beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike.

Their menu features a range of hearty dishes that pair perfectly with their brews—all of which we love tasting (and so will you)! We couldn’t pass up the beer-battered fish and chips either, which were crispy, golden, and paired with a tangy tartar sauce. 

The wood-fired pizzas are also a hit, with the Margherita pizza standing out for its simple yet delicious flavor profile.

Pro Tip: 

Visit on a Sunday for their special brunch menu and enjoy live music performances that add to the unique ambiance. And if you’re a fan of brewery tours, don’t miss their behind-the-scenes look at how they craft their beers.

The Noodle Guy

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Address: 964 NS-358, Port Williams


Contact Details: +19026973906

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Signature Noodle Bowl
  • Gnocchi
  • Homemade Gelato

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 AM–7 PM

Price: $$

While the name might make you chuckle, the food at The Noodle Guy is no joke! This place is a haven for noodle lovers and anyone who appreciates fresh, homemade pasta.

As soon as you step in, the inviting smell of simmering broths and fresh herbs hits you. The place has a laid-back, rustic charm that makes you feel right at home. 

Personally, we went for their signature noodle bowl, which was packed with rich, savory flavors and perfectly cooked noodles.

But if you’re not into noodles that much, The Noodle Guy also has a variety of creative dishes that highlight local ingredients. 

The gnocchi, for example, is light and fluffy, served with a delicious sauce that leaves you wanting more. And if you’re craving for something sweet, their homemade gelato is the perfect way to end your meal.

Pro Tip: 

Swing by on a Tuesday evening for their special pasta night. There, you’ll get to try unique, off-menu creations that showcase the chef’s creativity. And don’t forget to check out their rotating selection of local beers and wines!

Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery

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Address: 62 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth


Contact Details: +19024462337

Best Food on the Menu: 

  • Crispy Pork Belly Bites
  • Korean BBQ Wings
  • Battery Burger

Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 AM–11 PM

Price: $$

Us Canadians have a deep love for food and craft beers, and Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery brings both together brilliantly! Located in Dartmouth, this mix of bar and bistro is a paradise for anyone who enjoys good eats paired with excellent brews.

We started off with the crispy pork belly bites—each bite a perfect mix of crunch and tender meat. It’s a dish that sets the tone for the rest of the meal.

Their Korean BBQ wings bring a burst of flavor that’s hard to beat, spicy with just the right amount of sweetness. 

And if you’re in the mood for a hearty meal, the Battery Burger is your go-to, juicy and stacked with all the fixings. 

Pro Tip: 

Hit up Battery Park during their weekend brunch for some unique and tasty specials that aren’t on the regular menu. 

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