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Dear Friend, Dartmouth, NS

Dear Friend

4.8
4.8
153 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Dear Friend is Downtown Dartmouth's cocktail & wine bar. Join us in our cozy, European style cocktail bar or on our vibrant patio for great food, amazing cocktails, attentive service and awesome music. Located in the heart of Downtown Dartmouth on Portland Street, we are steps away from the Dartmouth Waterfront and Alderney Ferry Terminal. Our small plate food menu showcases Chef Bradley George's take on fresh Nova Scotian seafood and cured meats, as well as small plates with Asian and Spanish influences. Our bar team features some of the best the country has to offer; always creating new flavours and perfecting classics. Join us for our Oyster Happy Hour, everyday from 4pm-5pm, or book a table with friends to imbibe. We have lots of space for walk-ins as well!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0000000000

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Bradley George

  • Neighbourhood

    Dartmouth

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 153 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Service

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Ambience

  • Atlantic Canada

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Atlantic Canada

    Late-Night Find

  • Atlantic Canada

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Atlantic Canada

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Overall

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Food

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Service

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Ambience

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Value

  • Nova Scotia

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot Spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Nova Scotia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AF

    ArthurF

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Milk punch is one of the best drinks I’ve had in a long time. The chips and dip was also 10/10. Overall great spot!
  2. J

    Jerf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best cocktail spot in the HRM, will be back again and again and again!
  3. HP

    HeatherP

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A curated menu of fabulous food and cocktails. Love this neighborhood cocktail bar. Service was warm and lovely. Great ambiance.. intimate and cozy
  4. A

    Andrew

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect gem of a spot. Best mixed drinks ever and aren't afraid to get creative !
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Everything was perfect!
  6. S

    Sara

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    Drinks were delicious. However, service was very slow. The portions for the main dinner options were too small, considering the price. Great place if you are only looking for cocktails and good vibes.
  7. TK

    TylerK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great drinks! Great food! Great birthday celebration! Thank you Dear Friend
  8. BC

    BarbaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, our server very knowledgeable about the dishes and the various cocktails
  9. A

    Andrew

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for drinks. Highly recommend it to everyone
  10. R

    Rich

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, came with out-of-town colleagues. They love the food, especially the duck prosciutto and haddock. Excellent place for drinks and a playlist!
  11. C

    Charlotte

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    cocktails, food, service were all amazing! Highly recommend the Hot Pot Bling cocktail.
  12. A

    Angela

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We popped in for a drink and appetizer during a staycation in the city. The restaurant was lovely! We enjoyed our wine. The menu didn’t offer as many options as we had hoped for. We enjoyed the cheese board and went elsewhere for dinner. Great, unique atmosphere.
  13. P

    Paige

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing service, amazing food and out of this world cocktails that can't be beat.
  14. BM

    BrigidM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic time- food, drinks and service were 100%! I brought 2 friends who hadn’t been and they loved it!
  15. S

    Sarah

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New menu was delicious! Server was excellent. I'm pregnant so had their zero proof amaretto sour and it was amazing!
  16. DW

    DavidW

    Atlantic Canada

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped by for a couple cocktails on a Sunday evening and everything was fantastic. The new seasonal cocktails were inventive and delicious, and the service was excellent. We'll be back again!
  17. KM

    KariM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience. The staff are very knowledgeable and help you find the perfect drink. Exceptional cocktails 🍸
  18. SN

    ShawnN

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best time at Dear Friend. Love it here
  19. L

    Leigh

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Cocktails were very creative, well made, bartenders fun to talk to. Food exceptional, just an all around great experience. Highly recommended!
  20. CS

    CraigS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very small menu, but everything was a winner. Great food and cocktails, excellent service, great music. We will be back!
  21. D

    Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Dear Friend! Food, drinks, and service are always top tier.
  22. Z

    Zander

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Go for cocktails and not food. The charcuterie board was a small plate and $28.
  23. CM

    CarolM

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE Dear Friend. They never fail to make you feel welcome to be there. The staff are always friendly and sometimes entertaining! The food is fresh and tasty. Their cocktails are award winning for a reason! You can’t go wrong with this restaurant either on the patio for a casual gathering or inside for a more “fine” dining experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a great atmosphere! Servers were fantastic.
  25. l

    lmmarie

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here a few times and this was by far the best! The food the drinks the service all 🤩 amazing
  26. DD

    DavidD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was lovely and made lots of time to describe items even as his section filled, very good service and very good menu
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic!
  28. F

    Friederike

    Hamburg Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent olives (missing some bread), Tuna crudo was delishes, scallops in a very interesting sauce. Great food! Very friendly service. Enjoyed!
  29. DW

    DavidW

    Atlantic Canada

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were excellent as always, and the food was great, too! Excellent service as well, we'll definitely be back.
  30. C

    Caity

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Dear Friend with our friends, while in Dartmouth for vacation. It is a really cool spot with small sharing plates and amazing drinks!
  31. AD

    AnnD

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Tucked away in the sleepy town of Dartmouth. Metropolitan vibe to it to that elevated the Halifax experience. Superb value for fun cocktails, great option for a night out with friends or a romantic date.
  32. SZ

    SueZedQue

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A lovely spot for an pleasant evening. Good food, drinks, friendly service.
  33. HO

    HerbieO

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, even better cocktails. Would definitely be visiting Dear Friend again
  34. b

    beckshepp

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great recommendations from Kaitlyn. The sangria slush was amazing!
  35. S

    Snipes

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Such great food & drink, and equally amazing people!!!
  36. GL

    GeorgiaLee

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always enjoy Dear Friend. Staff is friendly,knowledgeable, share interesting information about how they prepare the amazing cocktails,etc. my favourite place for dates.
  37. CT

    CTGo

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Servers were attentive, knowledgeable, and having a good time! True NS hospitality, and a great cocktail program to boot. Oysters were expertly shucked during oyster happy hour, and menu was just the right size (lovely choices, seasonal, and not overwhelming). Patio seating was great, music was bumping, and everything was totally worth the price (and the trek across the harbour from Halifax via the ferry). So glad to have visited, and will be back soon!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super quaint and quiet when we went, all the staff were lovely and attentive and very helpful with recommendations. Will definitely have to come back next time I’m in the city!
  39. LM

    LizaM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our servers were fantastic and the food and drinks were as well - our experiences are always consistent. Fun and funky, one of our favs !! Nice touch with the oysters presentation 🙂
  40. DW

    DonnaW

    Atlantic Canada

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great drinks. Need to improve wine list.

FAQs

Dear Friend is rated 4.8 stars by 153 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 7 times today
Google Map for Dear Friend

67 Portland St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H1

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Dartmouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Bradley George

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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