Nova Scotia is famously known for its seafood and in particular lobster and scallops. Being located on the Atlantic ocean you can’t get much fresher seafood than what we have in our restaurants. Unless you eat it fresh off the boat, on the wharf that is. When visiting Halifax however where do you start? Here is a great list of some of the best seafood restaurants in Halifax.
Sea Smoke Restaurant and Bar
Located in Bishop’s Landing, Sea Smoke Restaurant and Bar is a great place to go for fresh sushi and the best seafood in Halifax. Sit outside on a chilly spring day by their fire tables and dine on everything from oysters to lobster stuffed mushrooms and even Halibut with a champagne honey sauce. For their fresh sushi options they offer everything from Hotate (scallop) Nigiri to Tako (octopus) sashimi and even a Black Mamba Roll. (Tempura shrimp, lobster, red pepper, avocado, cream cheese, unagi sauce, poppy seed dressing, spicy mayo, black tobiko, scallions in a panko breaded roll.) They have every kind of seafood you could imagine from salmon to eel, snow crab, butterfish, and tuna.
Sea Smoke Restaurant ↗
1477 Lower Water St, at Bishop’s Landing, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Seafood, Steak, Sushi
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Outdoor dining with view of harbour. Reservations recommended.
Brown Hound Public House
People in Nova Scotia LOVE fish and chips. One of my favourite fish and chip places in the province is called the South Shore Fish Shack in Lunenburg. However if I was going to enjoy fish and chips in Halifax then I might head to the Brown Hound Public House. That’s right I am sending you to a British Pub for some of the best fish and chips in the city.
Typically when you order fish and chips in Nova Scotia you get haddock but at the Brown Hound they serve you Cod fish. This tends to be the more popular option for fish and chips in Newfoundland, but we love it here as well. One order of their British Style Fish & Chips will get you a huge piece of beer battered cod, with their beer battered fries, housemade tartar sauce and of course a side of mushy peas.
Brown Hound Public House↗
2394 Agricola Street, Halifax, NS B3K 4B9 &
1450 Ironstone Lane, Halifax, NS B3J 0H9
Pub Food, Finger Foods
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Visit during happy hour for great deals!
Dave’s Lobster Halifax
Not a restaurant but a seasonal food hut located in the SaltYard on the Halifax waterfront. Here Dave’s serves up some of the most delicious lobster rolls in town. Visit and grab a lobster roll mixed with mayo, or one loaded with butter. Can’t decide which you like most, order the half and half so you get to try some of each! They also serve delicious lobster grilled cheese sandwiches and even lobster tacos. Grab some food to go then nab a spot to eat on the foundation wharf while enjoying views of the Halifax harbour.
Dave’s Lobster ↗
Get a virtual tour of the museum. Ideal for schools and events.
Lobster rolls, Grilled Cheese, Tacos
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Comes with a bag of chips and pickles
Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar
If you are looking for oysters or a fancy seafood feast then you definitely have to go to Shuck. They have a fresh oyster bar with oysters from PEI, New Brunswick and of course Nova Scotia. You can get 13 fresh oysters for $36 or visit during oyster happy hour for $1.50 per shuck. Served with a daily mignonette, seafood sauce, lemon or as is you can slurp your way to happiness. If you are hungry enough you also need to try the Shuck Seafood Tower. ½ lobster, snow crab, ceviche, yellowfin tuna sashimi, salmon gravlax, a shuckers dozen of oysters, cocktail sauce, ponzu sauce and horseradish aioli. Not only is it a bunch of delicious seafood but it is also quite a beautiful tower to share on your instagram as well.
Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar ↗
5450 Cornwallis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 1A9
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Seasonal dome dining available!
The 5 Fishermen
The historic 5 Fishermen restaurant must be included on the best seafood restaurants in Halifax tour. Known as a swanky bar and eatery it’s the kind of place that you take someone to impress them. The historic building it is located in is also said to be haunted as it used to be the city morgue and even held victims of the Titanic at one point. But that’s a story for another time. When you visit The 5 Fishermen you are there for some of the best seafood the city has to offer. Start with fresh local oysters, or a tuna tartare then enjoy a seafood chowder or oysters rockefeller. For the main dish you can select from lobster crusted haddock, shrimp linguine, surf & turf or one of their many other fabulous dishes. Don’t forget to try a local Tidal Bay wine from Nova Scotia to tie it all together.
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1740 Argyle Street, Halifax NS B3J 2B6
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Halifax is a seafood loving city and we are a seafood loving province, so wherever you go you are sure to have great seafood. These are just a few of the very best seafood restaurants in Halifax!
Cailin O’Neil, Digital Creator
Cailin O’Neil is an award winning travel video blogger and content creator who has been running TravelYourself.ca for the past 13 years. In July 2020 she officially launched NovaScotiaExplorer.com to highlight all of the great things Nova Scotia and the surrounding provinces have to offer and to encourage more people to visit!
Evans seafood located in the Alderney Ferry Terminal is the best place for fish and chips, clams and chips, seafood chowder, and many other seafood main fares. They catch their fish, and the batter is very light and all gluten free. It’s worth the $2 ferry ride to the Dartmouth side of the harbour…and there are many other great foodie restaurants on that side!
Awesome tip! Thank you for your comment Bev!
Thanks for having my contribute!
Thank you for your insight into the Halifax food scene!