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About Cafe Chianti

Relax in our cozy restaurant and indulge your inner gastronome.
Enjoy one of our signature cocktails or explore our climate controlled wine cellar.
We offer a large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, pizza and chicken dishes.
2 separate dining rooms are available for private parties from 15 people up to 65, extensive bar selections with a deep wine cellar specializing in Italian, French and Californian wines.

Proudly serving you for over 27 years!

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Harvey Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(902) 423-7471

Website:
http://www.cafechianti.com/

Entertainment:
On special days / private parties

Catering:
3 course dinners starting at $55.00/person

Parking Details:
50 parking meters within 1 minutes of the restaurant

offer limited underground valet parking in the eveings

Public Transport:
bus stop 100 feet from the restaurant, connections to all of Halifax

Executive Chef:
Graham Ross

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
we specialize in catering to Birthdays, Office Parties, Weddings, X-Mass parties and any other special occasion you may have for the past 27 years. If you need catering for 10 or 125 we can make it happen with ease.
Contact Mr. Jan Wicha ( catering ) 902-423-7471 or info@cafechianti.ca and leave your contact information.

Private Dining

If you are looking for a location to host a private event, celebrating a special occasion, or just want to dine in one of Halifax’s top restaurants, call today for your taste of Italian cuisine.

Cafe Chianti Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (36)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
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Romance (26)
Business Meals (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Cozy (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Authentic (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Group Bookings (12)
Neighbourhood Gem (10)
Pre/post-theatre (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Casual (6)
Lunch (6)
Gluten-Free Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Fun (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Brunch (3)
Late-Night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Waterfront (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo-Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

We went to Cafe Chianti on a girls weekend and we were not disappointed! The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was spectacular! We would definitely come again!

Tags: Cozy
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Great service! Great food! Great atmosphere! Seafood crepes were to die for!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and food, as always !

Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was outstanding service was not as friendly or relaxing as usual (new server?).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very nice restaurant, the ambiance and service enhance a creative menu. The wine list is excellent and should you have a palate for a very special wine the owner's cellar is a rear treat.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
Food3
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on September 30, 2017

The ambience and service were wonderful. My concerns were the with the food quality and the prices were on the high side. My chicken Parmesan was overdone and at $25.95 over priced as well. My friends lamb braised ravioli was tasty but at $25.95 she thought this was overpriced too. The tiramisu at $11.95 was overpriced for the small portion that was served. It had been my idea to try this restaurant and I should have checked out the menu first so that there were no surprises as well as checked the reviews ahead of time. Thx Barb

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very pleased with this restaurant. Server was efficient and friendly and the food was to die for. The wine list was comprehensive and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Would def recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The service was uneven and the food was mediocre. Did not live up to reviews.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

Bit of a deception to start, front window shows a table with linen tablecloth, but NO tables inside had them.
What I wished to order was "Sorry, we're all out" (at 7:00 pm) rather early to be running out.
Conversely when the wine I wanted was "out of stock" they upgraded my order at the same cost.

Overall quite respectable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

The menu is northern italian with a maritime seafood focus. It used to be east european specializing in hungarian dishes that were less common. Italian is common in Halifax. I miss those hungarian items like gholash . They should consider bringing some of them back for variety and to differentiate themselves.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on September 22, 2017

was a great dining experience. The scallops are simply delicious. I was adventurous and tried the octopus, I a not a big fan. I am sure they are fantastic, if you like octopus but not for me. My server was great. He knew when to show up and when to be invisible, which is always a good thing when having dinner ad conversation with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This restaurant came highly rated and was an easy walk from the Westin Nova Scotian. Great menu with attentive service staff, and good ambiance. The only negative that kept me from a 5 rating was my cannelloni came very hot and I needed to wait 10 minutes before eating it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience5
Service2
Value5

 
·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely. However, the service was very slow at the start and a request for sparkling water was never filled. Otherwise, the waitress was friendly and somewhat knowledgable. Otherall, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Came here with friends for a birthday celebration. The food was outstanding. The server was personable and efficient. He was very funny too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food, great service. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had an excellent meal here - they are an Italian restaurant and they do an exceptional job! Our server was friendly and personable and thoroughly knew the menu and had excellent suggestions when I couldn't decide! My wife and I came for my birthday and the only let down was that OpenTable asks if you have any special request/notes to go with your reservation so for fun I put it was my birthday since that was the occasion. However the restaurant made no note of it at all - by no means an issue because it's just a birthday, but I figured why even ask then? Lol That was minor though - would definitely go again and the whole experience was among the best in Halifax!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing friendly service, tasty food and wine and a great atmosphere. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 8, 2017

Loved our waiter - recommended an amazing red wine to compliment our dinner

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful evening. Staff was great, food was amazing. Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was an overall pleasant experience and I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Don't let outside appearance fool you! Cafe Chianti is much bigger inside and is split into two main dining rooms. Great decor adds an authentic flair. Our server was super nice and brought us reading glasses when we realized we'd forgotten ours. Food was superb - would heartily recommend arancini or asparagus starters and the duck for mains. Finished off with super smooth crime brûlée

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on August 27, 2017

We went for our anniversary dinner. Originally wanted to go elsewhere, but it was too busy. Luckily we found this gem! It was a lovely place, almost felt like someone's home inside. The dining room was fairly full and, apart from waiting a while to be asked for initial drink order, everything came out quickly once order was in. Food was delicious - we got the calamari to start and for mains got the gnocchi and seafood linguini. The gnocchi was light and tender and the cheesy pomodoro sauce was very flavourful. The seafood in both our appetizer and linguini was all cooked to perfection. For dessert we had the lemon pannacotta, even though we were so full from all but licking our dinner plates, and it was the perfect light addition to finish the meal. All in all would highly recommend this restaurant and happy we ended up here instead of first choice!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food is amazing.....service is even better....but the wine.....the best

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Naples)·Dined on August 25, 2017

It would have been nice to have more choices for vegetarians and a vegan option too.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Table as requested was provided. Our server "Scott" was great. The food was excellent

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Don't know how we missed this one before. Excellent food and good value. We will return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent service attentif et professionnel , mets goûteux

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had been to Cafe Chianti before, and returned this time for our wedding anniversary. Because it was Monday night, it was nice and quiet. Our waiter was excellent, helped us to decide what we wanted to eat and was around just enough that we felt looked after without being bothered. the wine was excellent, likely the best caesar salad i have ever had, and both my wife and I had the chicken parm which was delicious. Recommend to any one looking for agreat meal downtown.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on August 9, 2017

One of our favourite spots. Great food, good wine selection, good service and nice ambience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

My husband and I were on vacation in Nova Scotia, spending the day in Halifax. We decided to eat at Cafe Chianti because I had found a groupon for the restaurant. I'm so glad that we did! The food was excellent and our server was outstanding. I would highly recommend!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

A lovely dinner with outstanding service. The lamb ravioli was delicious as was the beet salad. Highly recommend and a bit out of the fray from downtown.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food....good portions -not too big....all the meals that people had were very good...my pasta was very tasty - perfect texture and spicing...dessert was fabulous - gelato. Great service, great ambience..thanks

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great experience. Food was delicious and there was lots of it. Very nice wait staff as well.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 5, 2017

wonderful and not rushed. please order one of the desserts. to die for.

Food2
Ambience4
Service1
Value1

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 30, 2017

By far the worst restaurant we've visited in Halifax. The tiny piece of haddock was so overlooked it wasn't edible. The seafood crepes were awful. The service was non existent.
He never even asked us how the food was and for $380 with tip for 2 appetizers and 4 entrees with inexpensive Pinot Grigio you could do much better almost anywhere

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on July 29, 2017

Fantastic evening with our nee friends from Ireland.

Tags: Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Hands down the best restaurant in Halifax. My #1 favourite hangout, date, Friday night, any night place. Service from Scott is amazing, he knows the best wines and has great suggestions on the menu. This wasn't my first time here and won't be the last. I think I'll make reservations again this weekend.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Organic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Cafe Chainti. The waiters are top notch and very attentive. The food is always fresh and seasonal. The restaurant accommodates food intolerances, without hesitation. The atmosphere at Cafe Chianti is always friendly and cosy. We love coming to this restaurant for special occasions, and everyday dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value4

 
·Dined on July 22, 2017

I was very disappointed with my night out which was my Anniversary dinner. Right from being seated our service was not up to the standard we would expect from such an elegant restaurant. We had dined here before and were both excited to enjoy another beautiful evening. It took 20 minutes before anyone even came out to hand us a wine list or offer any other drink. Our server did not even introduce himself to us or failed to even engross in any kind of conversation with us which we always enjoy doing when dining out. We later found out by another hostess speaking to her table that they had a party of 25 in the back and things were pretty busy and she kept apologizing to them! Not one comment from our host! Food was delicious though....but I'd think twice before going again for a long time...No matter what size table you have going on in the back, the rest of your guests should not feel second best or not taken care of! Our server would quickly come out, drop our food off and disappear!

Tags: Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on July 20, 2017

Our experience was absolutely amazing! We had a large group - visiting here from California for a wedding. The food was delicious and customer service was perfect. Staff was so friendly. Loved everything!! (Except the Cesar salad dressing) lol

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies

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