Quality Inn Halifax Airport
60 Sky Blvd.
Goffs, NS B2T 1K3
Phone: (902) 873-3000
Fax: (902) 873-3001
Couture and Haute dining have a new name in Dartmouth: Nectar Social House. This bar and restaurant offers a scintillating and stimulating experience to those who like to dine in style, but not burn a hole in the wallet. The elegantly designed eatery also has a lounge area where you can gingerly sip the intoxicating house cocktails, martinis, and wines offered here. The food is a rich mix of seafood and contemporary meat and vegetable dishes. You can try their delicious and juicy Lobster Crepes, Lobster Phyllo or Seared Halibut, which are all local delicacies sprinkled with international influences. Vegetarians will also find something worthwhile here, but there aren't too many veggie options so you will have to choose from a handful.
Getting to MacAskill's Waterfront Restaurant, on the top floor of the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Building, means a refreshing, 10-minute ferry ride across the harbor from the Halifax waterfront. Elegance and privacy are the bywords here, with fine linens and flatware complemented by discreet lighting. The sparkling nighttime Halifax skyline provides all you need in the way of atmosphere, and there is a terrace. MacAskill's specializes in fresh seafood and a top-flight wine list. Haddock, halibut, salmon, and lobster are all carefully prepared to maximize their delicate flavors.
Take the ferry across the water to Dartmouth for a memorable experience in fine dining. In one of the city's oldest buildings, La Perla serves it up Northern Italian style with delicious soups, antipasti and pasta followed by beautifully presented main courses of veal, beef, chicken, lamb and seafood. The food is in competition with the view from the restaurant; it's difficult to say which is more exciting, the Halifax skyline by candle light or the trout with bourbon butter sauce.
There is no actual Chinatown area in Halifax, so this large restaurant gets all the fame with the name. It's a short drive from the downtown area, north on the Bedford Highway. A large patio overlooks the Bedford Basin and the restaurant's own dock. The menu tries to cater to all types of Chinese food-lovers, so there are a few hot dishes sprinkled in with your basic deep-fried shrimp and broccoli-beef. The combination platter for two, which includes egg rolls and soup, is a hefty meal; all portions are generous. Timings vary for public holidays, call ahead for details.
Julien's Patisserie Bakery and Cafe is an authentic French bakery, which offers a variety of mouth-watering pastries and cakes which are touted as the best in the city. The soft and oven-fresh bread is very famous and sought after by tourists and locals alike. If you are a chocoholic, then buy the delicious Belgian Chocolates available in various shapes and sizes. The deli items at Julien's are also definitely worth a try. They roast their own beef, pork, turkey and chicken for sandwiches. The amazing Tuna, Veggie and Chicken Salad sandwiches are yummy.
Brightly lit interiors, good coffee and art, Fred promises you all this and much more! This space, done entirely in white, is a real visual treat given the exotic art on the walls and the quaint bar. Sip on a cup of steaming hot coffee, as you munch on a snack and take in the eye-catching art on the walls. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
What could be better than visiting a traditional Scottish pub that not only has an extensive drinks menu, but also great pub meals and a warm and friendly atmosphere? That's if that pub is also located in an extremely beautiful and luxurious waterfront setting! And that's exactly what you can expect if you visit the Fife & Drum Pub housed within the posh Halifax Marriott Harborfront Hotel. The pub also features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. So grab a Heineken, gorge on some Deep Fried Pepporoni, Jack's Steak Quesadilla, and Pulled Pork Sliders while you have a merry time with your mates when you visit this pub.
No matter where you sit, inside or out, upstairs or down it's bright and cheerful at Salty's Restaurant, and the views are memorable. Housed in a beautifully renovated building that juts out into the harbor, Salty's fresh-air patio is open from May-September. The downstairs menu features lighter meals, like the vegetarian wrap, a mixture of smoked Gouda, lettuce, tomato and vegetables served with a house salad. Upstairs, the fare is a bit lusher. The chicken supreme filled with spinach and cheese, swordfish or shark steaks (when available), and poached or broiled Atlantic salmon. The restaurant opens at 11:30a daily.
Escargot is not really considered seafood in Halifax, and this restaurant in the Citadel Hotel, is one of a few that offers the delicious little mollusks. Those seeking lighter fare will be pleasantly surprised by the lobster salad which contains lobster meat and fresh sliced mango atop exotic greens. Heartier eaters will find lamb Evangeline a treat which is essentially a boneless rack of lamb on a bed of spinach. The room at botaniCa Restaurant and Lounge sports tablecloths with warm earth tones under subdued lighting. Comfort is the key here and the serving staff is alert and friendly.
Here is a great little place for a meal, from breakfast to dinner. The decor invites exploration and you'll be hopping up from the table now and then for a closer look at the drums, or perhaps or the beautiful suit for sale and hanging in the corner. The food is delicious African cuisine that will transport you straight to the deserts of the continent even while in the chilly weather of Canada. Try the curried chicken and beef stew or, for the vegetarians, plantain and rice. Portions are generous and the fire from the hot sauce can be quenched with a bit of mango juice if you go overboard.
The Lower Deck is a very popular bar with the locals and tourists. It comes highly recommended as far as live entertainment goes. It not only has the some of best live Celtic entertainment seven nights a week, but the ambiance is friendly and upbeat. It's not a surprise that it is always packed to the brim. It has a fine blend of the young and the not so young. Customers mainly flock here for beer, music, comedy and a chilled out night to remember.
If your perfect idea of a great evening is listening to lilting music in an outdoor setting, then head straight for Stayner's Wharf. The jazz performances at this venue, are what has earned Stayner's Wharf its reputation of being a hub for jazz enthusiasts from all over the city. At Stayner's Wharf there are music performances by both well-established artists as well as local favorites. Apart from enjoying the music, make sure you also sample some of the delectable seafood and steak dishes offered at this place. There is also an indoor seating area where the bar is situated.