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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.4
4.4
573 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
A distinct new dining experience led by celebrated Chef Anthony Walsh, Drift features modern, elevated takes on classic Atlantic Canadian dishes and traditions. Located on the main level of the newly built Muir Hotel, our salon, bar and promenade offer a simple, modern and stylish setting in which to dine, drink, linger and relax without interruption. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as late night drinks, we warmly invite you to experience a taste of Drift at your leisure.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (902) 407-6042

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jamie MacAulay

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What 573 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Scenic View

  • Atlantic Canada

    Canadian

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for Brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot Spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Scenic View

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. SS

    SamS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Good for fine dining but I didn't enjoy the food. Maybe I don't have a taste for such small portions and a limited menu. Overall experience is great!
  2. CC

    CharlesC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were pleasantly surprised by the qualité of service and food
  3. JR

    JenniferR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Lovely patio seating. Spectacular service. Everything on the menu sounded delicious so we ordered 6 appetizers and a main to get a good sampling. Beautiful presentation. The food would have been amazing but for the salt which was very over the top on every dish. I will go back once more hoping for less salt. Great cocktail menu.
  4. DD

    DookDav

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brendan was excellent in his service and knowledge of the food and history of the restaurant. Favourite server
  5. SR

    ShaneR

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed celebrating our anniversary at Drift. The menu has many fish choices. Our server was excellent and the hostess was very welcoming.
  6. HF

    HFXMatt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal, and fantastic service. Our Tuna Sashimi and Beef Tartare were incredibly executed. My main, Capellini with Mussels, while delicious was probably the safest, lesser inspired of the two. The, Cod and Clams was perfect. Best of all, it wasn’t noisy, at all. Our server was attentive but not intrusive. It was early, but still busy. I look forward to dining here again.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Price point is too high for what you get compared to other restaurants in Halifax. It’s a nice environment but not worth it!
  8. m

    myneckmyback

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Everything would have gone without a hitch if it weren’t for the chairs - they were only comfortable for about 20 minutes. My husband and I could hardly walk today because of our back and hip pain (were in our late 20s lol) I would suggest finding chairs that have completely evolved into something comfortable! Food, drinks and ambience were spectacular though! I would recommend to someone not familiar with NS cuisine. Lovely take on the hodge podge and blueberry grunt!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening. The good was great! Our server - such a nice guy and part of a friendly, coherent team. We were encouraged not to rush, which made the experience all the more enjoyable.
  10. SJ

    SuzanneJ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was delightful and very knowledgeable. Loved that the main courses came out together with several servers. The food was excellent and the resto is now on our regular go to list for dining alone and with friends.
  11. AK

    AlanaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with dishes created from local ingredients. The service was outstanding. Reservations are a must as this spot was busy!
  12. r

    rolandg

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance surpassed only by the freshness of the food. Service was very friendly and extremely quick but we were not rushed.
  13. T

    Trish

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice little gem on the waterfront. NS home cooking, elevated to fine dining.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    STEFAN. Our German server was amazing. My friend & I were catching up and decided to go to Drift for dinner. He was so kind, funny & very professional. Highly recommend asking for him as your server!!
  15. J

    Jeff

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The design / decor both on the patio and inside are great, the aesthetic is definitely on point. Service was also great. Our server was attentive and personable and provided honest answers and opinions regarding our questions about the menu. They didn't criticize anything but also didn't just say everything is amazing, which was appreciated. Our wine was delicious, an Okanagan Pinot Noir. The one area we found to fall short, and arguably the most important, were the entrees themselves. I had the butter roasted halibut and my wife got the capellini with mussels. The flavor of my dish was pretty good - not amazing, but tasty. However, the fish seemed overcooked or as though it sat for a while after it was finished cooking. The center was somewhat moist but the outside was quite dry & tough. The pasta was cooked perfectly and had great texture but my wife described the sauce as "elevated SpaghettiOs". I sampled some and she nailed it, that's exactly what it tasted like. Again, not offensive but not what you expect from a fine dining experience, particularly given the rest of the overall experience, which to be fair was otherwise wonderful. We agreed that we'd probably return to Drift for cocktails, but not to eat, the quality of the food does not reflect the price point and there are better local options available.
  16. NN

    NathalieN

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Because the restaurant is related to an hotel there is a not negligible number of people passing by the tables while you are seated, you would not expecting that in an up scale restaurant. Somebody apologize for that but didn’t do anything to change the situation.
  17. CT

    CTGo

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was decent in terms of temperature and portion sizes...but could have focused more on presentation and letting expensive ingredients shine through (scallop dish was more like a dill pickle dish ft. scallop, and colour was not the most appealing). "Fresh pasta" was a bit of a stretch - more honesty needed on menu, perhaps. Servers were attentive, water was filled often, and patio was quite nice and well spaced. Lots of other places I would recommend to those visiting Halifax who want a more "local" experience at the same price point, but not bad overall.
  18. KW

    KendallW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect spot in Halifax. The unique and varied menu was above expectations. The service was exceptional and food was 5 star. Interior design is sophisticated while calm and relaxing. Felt odd a first as we didn’t realize the Muir hotel lobby was attached and egress through Drift was natural and gave a good urban energy to the whole space. Furnishings are at a level of offering rarely seen in this neck of Canadas coast. Wine list and mixed drinks we well thought and quirky. Give it a try. With three starters and two mains as well as a cocktail each and a bottle of Prosecco with tip all came in at about $305 Good value for a special evening dining well
  19. SS

    SusanS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The decor and artwork at Drift is contemporary Nova Scotian, interesting to look at, and creates a comfortable environment. The food is very good and represents the east coast, with British roots. There were some unusual dishes, along with old favourites. Our server was attentive, helpful, and friendly. A good experience!!
  20. C

    Casbro

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I were given a gift card and were finally able to use it this past weekend. We decided on brunch and we were not disappointed. Food, coffee, and cocktails were all lovely. Service was a tiny bit slow at the beginning but the food was very fast, we were in absolutely no rush and just happy to be out. It was a great way to spend our way Sunday.
  21. RK

    RebekahK

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very beautiful place and location. The service was incredibly slow though. I understand busy rush times but our server didn’t check in on us at all. Just took our order, and cleared our plates to bring the bill. 2 other servers brought our drinks and food. We were not checked in on once. The food was good and even though it took a little bit we were pleased that it was still hot when it arrived. The food didn’t disappoint but it also wasn’t anything crazy good.
  22. t

    truck

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were ther for brunch on Sun. I really don't like to complain, but, I had a fruit cup, which was fine, asked for a croissant, but were out, so I had sour cream coffee cake, which I felt was a little dry or stale. I also had a side of smoked salmon, which was good,, but it should have been served with some crackers or bread. The other meals looked amazing. We had to ask for coffee a couple of times, also salt, peppe,r ketchup. I understand you were short staffed and I do understand it is so difficult to find staff. However, I will return again and I would recommend to others. Thank you for your time and stay safe Lorrie
  23. AR

    AdamR

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Slow and clumsy service; coffee not refilled; beverage order taken multiple times; slow food delivery.
  24. S

    Summer2022

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Drift. Beautiful evening. Great food and service. Will definitely be back.
  25. DC

    DennisC

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely time dining at Drift. The servers were very attentive and timely at when to take our order and delivery drinks and food. I personally have a very small appetite. With that in mind, I have to say the portions my wife and I had were very small and would not satisfy most diners. The Cod and Clams dish was miniscule and the Salmon dish was not much better. The salmon dish did not mention clams and yet there were several. Not a problem for us.....but would be serious trouble for someone with a shellfish allergy. Overall, we would recommend dining at Drift for a special night out.
  26. SS

    StylesSHere

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift is an excellent restaurant with really delicious sea food. All the menu items we had looked and tasted incredible. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the Salmon tartare starter and I loved the Clams and Cod item. The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent.
  27. KM

    KaylaM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was delicious, the restaurant was delicious the waitress Mary, was amazing!
  28. EA

    EvelynA

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary. Lovely meal and service. A special spot.
  29. KT

    KellyT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time there for weekend brunch . It’s an upscale very nice place . We made reservations with open table where we requested outdoor on the patio and our table was ready out there when we arrived . It’s on queens marquee so lots great people watching near waterfront. I can only attest to the brunch food which was hot and Delicious and enough ( straight forward breakfast was what we ordered ).We had great service and plenty of water and coffee refills . Inside looks very nice and the water closets ( bathrooms ) were clean and nice . Really like the atmosphere of this outdoor setting will be back .
  30. AP

    APlocal

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to go for breakfast. Friendly staff, tasty food and a great location.
  31. JY

    JustYourAverageGal

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The steak tartar was great and the location and view are fantastic. The main course was Hodge Podge and the vegetables were very under cooked. The seafood component was strong, tender muscles, good lobster and scallops. My husband had the steak and chips and thought it was only fair. The wine markup was enormous by anyones standards (we bought 1 bottle) and the service was nothing special. We paid $240 for the above. For that kind of money the food has to be fantastic and it simply wasn’t.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Chicken dish was over cooked and service lacked in attentiveness. Issues with lighting several times during meal. Steak dish was tasty.
  33. BB

    BrianB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing service and food. Cannot recommend Drift enough for an amazing night out.
  34. MS

    MikeS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Nice place food was not good and this was our 5th time trying and it seems to be getting worse.
  35. TG

    TimG

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    We had an unfortunate experience last evening at dinner which the staff rescued rather well but breakfast this morning is the main cause of this critical review. We were very surprised to find that the restaurant is entirely separate from the hotel so that the assurances given by hotel reception on arrival yesterday were not fulfilled by the restaurant.
  36. TS

    TroyS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Ordered the hodge lodge and it shows lobster in the meal, but there was obviously no lobster!
  37. JM

    JaniceM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Early rez at 5pm got an outside booth. At waterfront so lively location. Great service, friendly knowledgeable staff. Food was great, we shared almost all the appetizers plus a few mains. Highly recommend
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service highly recommended
  39. A

    Angela

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift hit it out of the park again. We took my uncle for dinner last night. He couldn’t stop raving about it all evening. He said it was the best restaurant experience that he has ever had. Thanks to Mary for creating a memorable evening that we will never forget. All of our dishes were fantastic. Highly recommend!
  40. F

    Foodlover

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality and preparation of food. Good value for what you get. Service is exceptional - the staff go above and beyond. Beautiful, tasteful, calming decor. I would have no difficulty eating all my meals at Drift. Happy hotel guest.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Drift offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 407-6042.

Drift is rated 4.4 stars by 573 OpenTable diners.

Drift does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today
Google Map for Drift

102-1709 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS B3J 0J4

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Halifax

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jamie MacAulay

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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