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Bar Sofia - Halifax, Halifax, NS

Bar Sofia - Halifax

4.6
4.6
257 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Latin
Showcasing the vibrant essence of Latin cooking, Bar Sofia is a paradise for lovers of shared plates and cocktails. Led by celebrated Chef Anthony Walsh, Bar Sofia playfully nods to his family’s Argentinian heritage as well as the next generation of food lovers, artists and adventurers.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Latin, Argentinean, Peruvian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Dinner Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (902) 334-1010

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Alistair Gilroy

  • Neighbourhood

    Halifax

  • Cross Street

    Prince St and Lower Water St

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Public Transit

    There is a bus stop at Hollis St before Prince St (8822) and one at Lower Water St before Sackville St (8821)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 257 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Atlantic Canada

    Hot Spot

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Ambience

  • Nova Scotia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Nova Scotia

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot Spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Scenic View

  • Nova Scotia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great ambience! Delicious food.
  2. MR

    MelanieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time there! We loved it. I would definitely recommend
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic atmosphere and food. A bit pricey.
  4. MA

    MichaelA

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bar Sofia had Great drinks and tacos! Will be going back
  5. L

    Leah

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is always great! love the atmosphere! delicious food and drinks! 10/10
  6. CD

    CarrieD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food was amazing, flavourful and a great mix of shareable dishes and larger plates. The service however is below par and unprofessional. After waiting over a month for a reservation I was expecting much better service. The table next to us were important investors who were being served by the manager and experienced amazing service, however, our table went 25 minutes without our server checking in and completely forgetting one of our orders. The restaurant doesn’t need the loud music, let the food speak for itself and I would expect a bit more class then jeans and a T-shirt from the service team.
  7. MS

    MikeS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This is a great spot fantastic food. Everyone is struggling for staff at the moment and we happened to be their when new staff was being trained. It was very nice to see them being trained properly and not just thrown into a job. Great job
  8. NH

    NicoleH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent…service was excellent…music was borderline obnoxious and too loud.
  9. DM

    DulcieMac

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a dining experience you do not want to miss if living in or visiting Halifax. It’s fabulous!!
  10. R

    Ranishka

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. I'm surprised that this restaurant doesn't have a handful of awards. The presentation and taste of everything we ordered were just outstanding.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service was a bit slow but it was very busy. Also wait staff was new. Mixed up the order and we waited for a while for drinks. Food and ambience was so great however we would still go back!
  12. AM

    AllisonM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the chefs table experience. Would recommend!
  13. OC

    OlyaC

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Highly recommend. Great food and service.
  14. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved shared plates and the sangria hits the spot on a sunny afternoon. Looking forward to the patio!!
  15. A

    Alexhya

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I wanted to see what the restaurant was like and decided to have lunch here. The food and service was ok.
  16. L

    Laura

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely loved our visit! Our waiter was working his first shift and he was so kind and attentive. We had the halibut fish tacos with chips and avocado and wow, delicious. Such a beautiful spot on the waterfront.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! Love the atmosphere and food was deelish!
  18. K

    Kayla

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Obsessed with this place. The food was delicious and the people-watching from the patio was five star.
  19. TJ

    TiaJ

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place the food was amazing and the service was outstanding.
  20. KC

    KellyC

    Atlantic Canada

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally fabulous as always! Good, atmosphere and staff are over the top!!
  21. B

    Babs20

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE Barb Sofia! The food is amazing Spanish Tapas. The ambiance is fun, lively, I feel like I am transported to Spain. And the staff are so nice. We are always treated like family. Brunch on the weekends with my daughter has become a tradition. Lunch with my husband or my son. And it's the best place in the evenings with my girlfriends. We do love to sit at the bar by the chefs, they are so fun to talk to. It's definitely the place in Halifax.
  22. C

    Cait

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New favorite Halifax restaurant. Made my reso 1.5 months in advance. Worth the wait!
  23. LC

    LadyCA

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, drinks, service, energy and ambiance! Unfortunately though, it was VERY hot and sticky - some airflow or air conditioning would have made it the perfect evening ;)
  24. KS

    KenzaS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect moment spent with my friend and sister, I love this place !!
  25. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I feel like I should be saying more about how delicious the food was, but it was really the service that stood out the most. From the minute we walked in, we felt very welcome. The hosts, the manager, the people who filled our water - everyone was so outgoing and friendly. Our server, Taylor, was exceptional - witty, friendly, matched our vibe perfectly. Every aspect of service was elevated and just perfect. Thank you for the attention to detail and for the top notch service.
  26. JC

    JessicaC

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, delicious food, fantastic service!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as always. They go above and beyond to make your experience memorable and the ambience is awesome!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  29. KB

    KathyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & outstanding cocktails. Servers were attentative.
  30. NB

    NaomiB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was outstanding and the vibes were great as always! Service could have been a little more personable.
  31. F

    4Foodies

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service! Nice patio.
  32. B

    Bmeharg

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!!! I can’t wait to go back 💖 It was like going to a different country! The food it life changing.
  33. BL

    BriannaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love going here! I celebrated picking up my wedding dress with lunch here with my Mom and Sister who also loved every minute of it! The atmosphere is truly amazing - we cannot wait for the new patio to be open!! We will be back agian!
  34. JF

    JenniferF

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    I’ve been to Bar Sofia 4 times since it opened: twice for lunch, once for brunch, and most recently for dinner. The food has always been delicious, no question. Super yummy flavours, love the variety on the menu. The decor is bright, eclectic, and lively. My issue is the service. The first three times I would say the service was ok, mediocre at best. There is one server there who occasionally will help out and she’s awesome - I always wish we had her for the full experience. But last Friday night was the worst service. The place was very busy so we were trying to be patient but it was as if our server had never served before, he was so inattentive, he was often wandering around the restaurant looking like he wasn’t sure what to do, and even though he would be at the next table he would never check in to see if we needed anything, like most servers would do. We had to flag him down for anything we needed, including paying, even though he had already brought the bills and we could see him roaming around. I don’t think I’ve ever written a bad review like this - I always want to assume the best but this was beyond for a restaurant of this calibre. I really hope this was truly his first night serving so that he can only grow and learn from here and that Bar Sofia does a better job training their servers. The only other thing I’ll say is that our reservation was for 9:15 and I didn’t realize it turns into a lively night club so the music was so loud we had to yell over dinner. That’s not a criticism, just a head’s up depending on the type of experience you’re looking for. It definitely had an energetic vibe but I was catching up with a friend so we were looking to gab:). Again, amazing food, great vibe but service needs to level up.
  35. c

    curtism

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, beautiful setting and the food was outstanding. Bravo!
  36. B

    Bjss

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I was in with friends the other night. Had a lovely time. Thank you for accommodating the extra person at the last minute. Also really appreciated Oliver’s descriptions and recommendations on food and drinks.
  37. j

    juanita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it here ! Went for a work lunch and was provided great service and delicious food!
  38. JR

    JillianR

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails! The Avacado and chips are the best.
  39. m

    munchreviewer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The dishes and the atmosphere was great, however a bit too loud. The food presentation is nice but not great flavors. The worst aspect was the service was not hospitable and slightly chaotic.
  40. B

    Babs20

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favourite restaurants in Halifax. I bring my family, my friends, and my colleagues every chance I get. The team are so kind, the chefs chat with you. The food is extraordinary! I love that they are very gluten conscious. As our family is celiac. The flavours are amazing, the cocktails, and OMG the brunch! Best weekend brunch. The vibe is Spanish. I love that you can share food together and the music is fabulous.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Sofia - Halifax offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 334-1010.

Bar Sofia - Halifax is rated 4.6 stars by 257 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Bar Sofia - Halifax

1709 Lower Water St 104, Halifax, NS B3J

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Prince St and Lower Water St

  • Neighbourhood

    Halifax

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Dinner Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Latin, Argentinean, Peruvian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Public Transit

    There is a bus stop at Hollis St before Prince St (8822) and one at Lower Water St before Sackville St (8821)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alistair Gilroy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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