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Café Lunette, Halifax, NS

Café Lunette

4.6
4.6
395 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
French
Café by day, bistro by night, this Parisian-inspired eatery will play host to morning coffee and pastries, business lunches, date nights, weekend brunch and everything in between. The menu will feature a greatest hits list of timeless French dishes, a selection of classic cocktails and wines, as well as a standout viennoiserie that will offer a rich variety of baked goods.

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2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Breakfast, Contemporary French

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (902) 334-1300

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Vanessa Belanger

  • Neighbourhood

    Halifax

  • Cross Street

    George St and Lower Water St

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Water St Terminal

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 395 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Brunch

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot Spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Lunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was very good, nice ambience. My main issue is there is only one washroom which is located in the office tower lobby, totally inadequate for the restaurant and a reason to not return.
  2. E

    daisytulipE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very welcoming ,quite delicious and definitely merits repeat visits.👍
  3. KP

    KevinP

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience. Food and service was great.
  4. j

    jamess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meals!! Lots of constant smiles from staff, a must go to for Halifax!!
  5. L

    Larrelli

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    The dominant feature: voices of other diners yelling at each other to be heard was VERY LOUD!!! Sound pressure level over 105 dB(spl) My ears were ringing for 1/2 hour after leaving. Chicken entrée was tasty but thigh and breast served in one piece with a dinner knife. Had to ask for a steak knife to get meat off bone. Communication with waitperson difficult because of noise level.
  6. CT

    CarolynT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good energy for a Tuesday night even. We were a table of six and everyone enjoyed their food.
  7. JB

    JeffB

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great meal. Service and food was excellent. The only thing was that it was cold in there and we had a vent blowing down directly on us
  8. AB

    ABAinNS

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was amazing. Service was attentive but not overwhelming. Very good wine list.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5⭐️!! Every dish we ordered was delicious and prepared perfectly (including a steak cooked to perfection). Hard to pick highlights when everything was so good. Steak tartare was certainly a favourite. Service was friendly and attentive without being too much. Overall, wonderful experience and will be back soon!
  10. H

    Heidi

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service … & decor 🌟 Wonderful halibut & salmon 🌟 Great service & wonderful evening❤️
  11. h

    heathers

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a celebration birthday brunch for our girlfriend. Thanks for making it special with a decorated dessert plate
  12. N

    Nicholas

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch menu is short and very French, but if you find something you want you're going to enjoy it.
  13. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to celebrate 2 birthdays. Café Lunette was extremely accommodating. Wonderful place for cocktails!
  14. SB

    StephB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly amazing place. The food was incredible, the staff were attentive and the vibe and decor were top notch. Only complaint would be noise level, it wasn’t even the music as much as it was all the people talking. Most definitely going back. Little taste of Paris here at home.
  15. SM

    ShannonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner, food and service was great! thank you so much!
  16. DT

    DeenaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. Spaces between tables are very tight. Portion size is a bit small for the price.
  17. FM

    FinlayM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Steak frites and bourginon were excellent - service was very good - however a request to have fresh drinks with out main was botched and my glass of wine arrived half way through my course. Noise level was high but good - my partner and I did not have to follow the conversation at the table next to us, but we could have a good conversation ourselves. Overall recommended, and would without hesitation consider returning for another special meal out.
  18. N

    Newfieboy2789

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a lovely restaurant. The decor is interesting but not too self conscious. It transports you to a different city. The space is very welcoming. The bar occupies a large portion of the restaurant -we were there for lunch so perhaps it’s size makes sense for the evening crowd. The tables are well placed and well spaced. The noise level was just enough to create a nice lunchtime vibe without being obtrusive. Our server was very pleasant and excellent,asking the right questions at the right time. Our food was very good and served at a comfortable pace. We shared a French onion soup which was very good and with crispy croutons-a nice original touch! We both had sandwiches-the roast beef and porchetta.These were very good and the portions were more than adequate. A glass of rosé complimented the meal nicely. Lunch with tip was just over $100. All in all this was a very nice outing. Cafe Lunette fills a niche just below the fine dining of Drift or The Bicycle Thief. Welcome to town-we’ve been waiting for you!
  19. GD

    GrahamD

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous French onion soup and roast beef sandwich. Chardonnay was delicious and the server was wonderful. Would hugely recommend trying it! We
  20. JS

    JakeS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Yes. A little loud for my preference, but tolerable. Food was spot on. Service was great as well.
  21. LD

    LaurDave

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for anniversary and the duck confit and steak frites were delicious! Our server was very attentive and polite. Highly recommend.
  22. JS

    JimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food quality and staff as well as great wine.
  23. CL

    CindyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I wasn’t expecting a bargain, all good. The noise level was unexpected. Lovely otherwise.
  24. C

    Christie

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Cafe Lunette was beautiful, but the dishes we ordered were overrrated. The Ratatouille I ordered looked notably different from the website's photo gallery. Although the rosemary detail was pretty, the presentation lacked the finesse I was envisioning in this traditionally layered dish. Perhaps the ingredient sourcing was a problem (the veg were cut into hardy chunks rather than uniform slices). But the vegetables themselves were unrefined - lacking depth of flavour and textural appeal. I'm a big fan of the dish myself, so perhaps my standard was too high? The rest of our party ordered the steak tartare, which they enjoyed thoroughly, but as a main, were served with french fries rather than extra tartare. We were sat in a busy, back corner of the room, even though the occasion (birthday) had been noted on our reservation. Cafe lunette! So much potential, and so disappointing.
  25. D

    Daisy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Great good and friendly staff. Seating a bit on top of each other and noise level is a real problem. I felt like I was shouting the whole time. Good location...bright and nicely decorated.
  26. JS

    JasonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic good, beautiful decor and great service. Only change would be tables father apart
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Outstanding staff and the food was to die for.
  28. S

    Sloane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It is a beautiful spot and absolutely delicious!!!
  29. AS

    ASMG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Breakfast items we ordered were bland. Good size but not much flavour / seasoning. Eggs Benedict and French crepe with ham, cheese and egg. Service was slow even tho it wasn’t very busy. Lovely decor and French vibe. Reminded us of Paris but won’t be back for brunch. Maybe a coffee and pastry.
  30. C

    Carole

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious food beautiful decor just noisy with people’s conversations.
  31. HB

    HeatherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a word: Exquisite. The food was utterly scrumptious, our server, Crystal, was supremely friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and went above and beyond to ensure our evening was nothing short of spectacular. Well will DEFINITELY be returning, and recommending Cafe Lunette to all our friends and family (maybe even strangers too)!!!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch menu was amazing, the food tasted great. Very good service, the restaurant looks really nice.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    After being seated we waited a long time until anyone came by to offer us drinks or water. After our beverage order was finally taken our coffee and tea arrived without the requested cream, milk and sugar. We had to flag down waitstaff to ask. Once arrived our coffee and tea were sadly lukewarm. Our food order arrived with the eggs cooked not how we had ordered. Again we needed to seek out our waitress to get salt and pepper for the table. The service when we did receive it was polite, but we were really disappointed with the overall lack of attention.
  34. OR

    OliviaR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The chicken was very salty and the cake we ordered was super dry. The beef tartar was fairly good. The champagne was good!
  35. DH

    DebHaligonian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a table for 6. Quite spacious. The service provided and all the appetizers and main dishes were very good. The selection of wines and beer were appropriate. The prices were moderately high. Two items to note: The noise level was very high early in the evening and late in the evening. It was so loud that we had trouble hearing our friends at the other end of the table. Secondly the bathrooms were a journey out to the main lobby and all bathrooms were in a unisex environment. The restaurant has only been open for 7 weeks. We believe they'll get the music levels worked out to acceptable levels.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Lunette has become one of our favourite spots in Halifax! The vibe is great, food is amazing and service is always outstanding. They’ve got a great team there and the wine is delicious. 10/10 would recommend.
  37. f

    flunkiejunkie

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a spectacular experience at Cafe Lunette - we enjoyed all of our meals, the cocktails, and the service was perfect. We wanted to try every dish that was coming from the kitchen. I loved the Manhattan and the creme brulee. We will be back - our guests also had such a wonderful evening visiting our city.
  38. a

    anon

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great French food. My oysters and the French onion soup were excellent. All the food was very good.
  39. J

    Jeda

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food good service, we went to there for my birthday celebration.
  40. RG

    RenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience. The staff were all passionate, kind and on point with their timing and The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great throughout the entire restaurant. The open style kitchen was also great, watching the staff work together preparing the food and getting it to the table immediately once prepared was impressive.

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

Café Lunette is rated 4.6 stars by 395 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Café Lunette

160-1741 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS B3J 0J2

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    George St and Lower Water St

  • Neighbourhood

    Halifax

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    French, Breakfast, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Water St Terminal

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Vanessa Belanger

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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