- Just steps from the waterfront, Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar on Salter Street offers lightly cooked and raw fare. The raw menu features scallops and an array of local oysters, plus crab, lobster, shrimp, and more.
- In addition to one of the waterfront’s largest patios, Salty’s on the Waterfront in the Historic Properties boasts an array of fresh local seafood. It’s an ideal place to get your mandatory Maritime feed of fish and chips.
- The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar raises the standard for local surf and turf. This stylish restaurant in the heart of the downtown features Atlantic Canadian beef and oysters, alongside an expertly curated wine list.
- Intimate Lot Six on Argyle Street is a must for serious cocktail aficionados. The bar offers a creative array of cocktails, including offerings like Quest of the Parsnip (tequila, lemon, parsnip, angostura bitters), Compelling Argument (Lot 40 whisky, Fernet Branca, vanilla, salted maple, absinthe, bitters), and Wise Men Say Nothing (bourbon, Ardbeg scotch, lemon, grapefruit, sage, egg white).
- With its French-inspired seasonal menu, Agricola Street Brasserie has helped turn the North End into Halifax’s hottest dining destination. Artfully prepared seasonal dishes, including fresh Atlantic seafood, pair with Nova Scotian wine and beer.
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With three locations around the city, Sushi Nami Royale is your go-to spot for Japanese fine dining, offering traditional and fusion sushi, paired with creative cocktails. Find it downtown on Dresden Row, just steps from bustling Spring Garden Road.
Trevor J. Adams
Picked as one of Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants in Canada (2015), Primal Kitchen on Brenton Street is a butchery-inspired gem. Sustainable local meats (smoked, cured, and butchered in-house) are the specialty, paired with a creative selection of local wine and beer.
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The Shore Club Lobster Supper in Hubbards is an essential Nova Scotian experience, reopening for the season on May 12. Enjoy a huge feed of fresh Atlantic lobster in the rollicking and informal setting of the Shore Club, one of the province’s last old-fashioned dance halls. The menu also includes all-you-can-eat mussels, with vegetarian, steak, chicken, and kids’ meals. Open weekends.
- Take a break from exploring Spring Garden Road in the subterranean refuge of the Rockbottom Brew pub, where you can enjoy house-made craft beer. Locals love the zesty IPA and malty Irish red. But why play favourites? Order a sampler tray to experience all the newest brews.
The Stubborn Goat Beer Garden on the Halifax waterfront is the ideal place to while away a sunny afternoon watching the ships go by. Alongside a rotating selection of local craft beer, you’ll find tasty noshes from the operators of the Stubborn Goat gastropub: tacos, nachos, fish and chips, burgers, salads, and more.
- Get your day off to a good start with a visit to one of the five Cora locations around Halifax. Specializing in breakfast, this popular Quebec chain offers hearty, creative breakfast, complemented with heaps of fresh fruit.
- Bagel Montreal Style on Dartmouth’s Wyse Road offers exactly what the name says: traditional Montreal-style bagels in a variety of flavours, hand-rolled and baked in a wood-burning oven.
- Opening at 7am, Annie’s Place Café on Queen Street is a Halifax favourite for hearty home-style breakfasts, with daily specials and baked goods aplenty.
Enjoy a rustic evening in the heart of North End Halifax. Agricola Street’s Timber Lounge is a lumberjack themed bar decked with raw wood and acres of plaid. The bar features local taps and bottled beers, but axe throwing is the main draw. Safety first: staff are on-hand to train and supervise.
LOBSTER LOVERS WON’T WANT FOR REASONABLY-PRICED OPTIONS AT LBS.
Thanks to careful prep by the chef the lobster at lbs. comes out of the shell easily, eliminating the fuss of enjoying the crustacean.
Feast on fresh lobster at lbs. (The name, which stands for “Lobster,” “Burger,” and “Salad” is pronounced “pounds”). The short menu has four feature items at only $22 each: the 1.25 lbs. lobster, lobster roll, a burger topped with aged cheddar and bacon, and a lobster salad. Sit back at the large bar and quench your thirst with refreshing cocktails and a rotating selection of non-alcoholic custom sodas. And if you still have room, order the popular lobster poutine made with rich gravy. For crustacean-lovers on the go, the take-out window at the back serves Sam James coffee, as well as lobster rolls and ice cream sandwiches. —Karen Stevens
Ufficio’s charming nautical-inspired decor.
WITH A MENU THAT CENTRES AROUND SEAFOOD, UFFICIO IS A FRESH ADDITION TO TORONTO’S ITALIAN DINING SCENE
Torontonians love their Italian restaurants; we each have our favourite spot for Neapolitan pizzas and spaghetti Bolognese. But when it comes to coastal cuisine, we’re somewhat underserved. Enter Ufficio, a highly stylish spot that puts the focus on seafood, with pescatarian dishes ranging from romesco-sauced B.C. Saltspring mussels on a chickpea fritter to grilled octopus with caponata. The intimate restaurant sits on one of Dundas West’s hipper stretches, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself swimming in specialty cocktails, too.—Craig Moy
1214 Dundas St. west, 416-535-8888; ufficiorestaurant.com
Fresh mollusks and other delicacies are on the menu at John and Sons Oyster House (photo: John and Sons Oyster House)
Meaty mains still reign supreme in this city, but these recently opened seafood restaurants provide sanctuary for fish-favouring diners.
1 Gussied up Summerhill residents abandon decorum as they slurp the seasonal spread of mollusks from John and Sons Oyster House. But don’t just fill up on raw fare. Dishes like seared diver scallops ($25) and lobster poutine ($19) are also available.
• John and Sons Oyster House, 1 Balmoral Ave., 416-515-0551 (plus one other location); johnandsonsoysterhouse.com
• Map and reviews
2 Vancouver-trained chef David Friedman brings a bit of the West Coast to Red Fish—a number of his offerings have a whiff of Asian influence. A seafood-focused brunch satisfies weekend crowds.
• Red Fish, 890 College St., 416-733-3474; redfishresto.com
• Map and reviews
3 Chef Matt Dean Pettit first made his name at Toronto Underground Market events. Now he’s got a hip restaurant, Rock Lobster, at which to shill his popular lobster rolls ($14), jerk crab and shrimp ($13) and more.
• Rock Lobster, 110 Ossington Ave. 416-533-1800 ; rocklobsterfood.com
• Map and reviews
Halifax Seafood Restaurants: McKelvie’s on Bedford Row in Halifax (Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency)
Situated next to the world-famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Sou’westeron Peggy’s Cove Road offers some of the best local seafood, including chowder, fish and chips and lobster.
• Sou’Wester, 178 Peggy’s Point Rd., Peggy’s Cove, 902-823-2561, peggys-cove.com
• Map and reviews
It’s hard to overstate the effect The Black Hoof has had on meat eating in this city. Since its late-2008 opening, the hipster hot spot specializing in high-end charcuterie and artisan cocktails has spawned numerous imitators. Such has been the formula’s success that its creators decided to replicate it for themselves in the Hoof Raw Bar, which does for seafood what its predecessor did—and continues to do—for meat. You can probably imagine what that means for the menu: heaps of shellfish, shareable offerings like squid salad or raw scallops, and a quartet of cured fish make for great bait; a finely honed list of wines and spirits helps ensure you’ll be well and truly hooked.
Dine on seafood at Waterfront Warehouse
Salty’s on the Waterfront in the Historic Properties is one of the best catches on the Halifax waterfront. You can go classy or casual with menus for the family or a romantic night out. For a quick lunch, take in the casual menu, which has
lobster corn chowder, seafood pasta, Salty’s crab cakes and more. The upstairs menu at Salty’s offers seafood selections such as lobster, scallops, oysters, shrimp and salmon. Indulge in a fine cocktail, too.
The Waterfront Warehouse Restaurant blends fine dining with a great view of the Halifax Harbour, all in a rustic, nautical setting. Try the hard-shelled lobster, seafood chowder, planked Atlantic salmon, delicious bouillabaisse or one of the eight types of oysters from around Atlantic Canada. You can also select a perfect wine to complement your seafood dinner.
Coasters’ lobster gilled cheese sandwich
A ByWard Market mainstay, Coasters serves up great food and unbeatable views in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Seafood is the specialty (fish tacos, all-you-can-eat mussels, fish and chips), but with classics like burgers, pulled pork and lighter fare like salads and wraps on the menu, there’s something for everyone. We recommend the lobster grilled cheese — a deliciously indulgent take on a comfort food classic. Warm decor and a fantastic view of the market below make for a memorable Ottawa experience. Open daily.
ByWard Market. 54 York St., 613-241-4954. www.coasters.ca
By SHANNON KELLY
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The popular $12 fries are served with a "side order" of steak.
If you love ending the day with a glass of wine and a good meal, look no further than Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro in the ByWard Market, which is known for its warm, relaxed atmosphere (as well as its $12 French fries served with a side order of steak). This restaurant carries 70 wines by the glass, 200 types of beer (including hard to find Belgian ones), and 20 wine flights, which come with a tasting sheet and three different wines. Live jazz Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday evenings and a complimentary cheese table Sunday to Thursday from 4pm to 6pm add to the experience. 54 York St. (in the cellar), 613-241-4270.