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Dear Friend, Dartmouth, NS

Dear Friend

4.9
4.9
289 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 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • 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
  • 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 289 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

289 Reviews
  1. MarkD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Dear Friend. It's a spot we go to again and again. It was great as always.

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  2. RichardG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from all staff. Felt very attended to. Great atmosphere, food was delicious. Cocktails were delicious.

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  3. JanetteF

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is exceptional. We chose 2 prix fixe, an order of waffles and several oysters for 3 people. The waffles are just delicious but so is everything else! We are looking forward to returning.

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  4. JamieM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, I love you all. Thank you thank you thank you

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  5. OWLS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem - cocktails, food and SERVICE was superb!

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  6. GeriB

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! Amazing cocktails and food! Hurry and treat yourself and the special people in your life.

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  7. Marlee

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 experience!! Will return for sure. Super relaxed, comfortable environment and staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

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  8. MarkL

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at Dear Friend after hearing so many marvellous things - and they did not disappoint. An intimate, yet inviting ambience with engaging and kind staff. The food was fresh and the cocktails crafty, the Milk Punch is a must try!

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  9. SusanM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I decided last minute to go by myself. I am so glad I did!! Mona was/is a beautiful person! Talked, suggested drinks & food! It was a very nice evening out. Meet some great people too!! Bonus!!!

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  10. Meredith

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always!! The new drink menu made picking just a few to try very difficult.

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  11. BrettMH

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a surprise birthday dinner for our dear friend. The staff went above and beyond to help us make it a very special night. Food, drinks and service were incredible. True hospitality at its finest. One of the best spots in HRM! We all can’t wait to be back again soon. Thank you so much!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was a bit in the pricy side, but the drinks were amazing.

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  13. goodfoodlover

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    cool spot with great ambiance, tasty food and amazing drinks! custom drinks is the way to go for sure if you want something specifically for you!

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  14. PeterK

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice and cozy setting with some fantastic drinks and amazing food! Love homemade crackers and preserved lemon butter now

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  15. RosieP

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Dear Friend - excellent oysters and other food (always exciting choices), knowledgeable wine recommendations, great service, wonderful ambience. Thanks for another wonderful evening!

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  16. SheriP

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food and service. Vegan options were fantastic! Great ambiance and friendly staff.

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  17. Paige

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time ordering the tasting menu at Dear Friend. Chef Jason is a mastermind! All of the courses we tried were delicious, and so well balanced. the beef tartare is the best you'll find in Nova Scotia! The seafood platter was so fresh, and has something for everyone- & even converted the non-seafood lover to a believer! the handmade pasta with shitake Bolognese was a true crowd pleaser, however our favourite by far was the roasted carrot dish. I dream about those carrots! service was incredible, as usual- the bartenders curated brilliant custom cocktails for everyone in my party, and each one was so unique, fresh, and delectable. Everyone at Dear Friend is so friendly, I just love going! Thanks for an amazing night!

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  18. BradP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there and it was really nice. Food was good. Had couple of cocktails and the bill wasn't too bad.

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  19. CatherineW

    Atlantic Canada

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a special experience when we are able to drink & dine at Dear Friend! Loved that we requested special cocktails and they were able to accommodate. Appreciated the chef coming to our table to describe what we’d be eating. All was wonderful, as usual!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superbe! Des huîtres à 1.50$ de 4 à 5, les cocktails sont excellents ainsi que le tartare de pétoncles. Les serveurs sont sympathiques et courtois. Je vais y retourner c’est certain.

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  21. JubulS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dinner I've ever had in Halifax. This place is unlike anywhere else I've been before. Truly fantastic all around.

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  22. Sheena

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yet another incredible experience at Dear Friend. Service was impeccable, drinks sublime, and food that presented well and tasted extraordinary. We love this place not only for the nicest staff, but the attention and care they put into everything they make.

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  23. KatherynK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If your looking for an intimate and trendy cocktail spot look no further! This will be your new go-to meet with your BFF, or your dress to impress and dine your hot date spot. The chef is fantastic with his new way of looking at delicious vegetables, and seafood. Ask the Bartender nd Cocktails Specialist to surprise you with something absolutely divine to sip on, as you munch away on a chef prepared journey of small plates. They have earned their spot in the top 10 of Curated Magazine for a reason. Highly recommend!

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  24. RyanO

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We could not have had a better experience! Our server (Jerry) was tremendous, took time to understand my allergies and explained what would be safe for me to eat. Neither of us drink, so what originally brought us to Dear Friend was a recommendation that they have great mocktails - and it turns out, they do! We really enjoyed the Nono Spritz. When I made the reservation, I added that this was for a date night and Jerry must've read these details when we arrived and asked about what else we had planned for the evening - we both loved the attention to detail. We will absolutely be coming back in the new year.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On Dec 12 /23 my partner and I visited as a year ago we had our first date at Dear Friend …. I was completely surprised when my partner asked if I would marry him last night and obviously said yes !!! ❤️The waiter had just brought us some bubbly to celebrate our anniversary! The whole bar congratulated us and the staff went way beyond any expectations I had and made the night even more memorable… I think we will be reserving our table for years to come !!!

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  26. LeeR

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and great drinks! Outstanding service.

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  27. SavannaS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The noise level was moderate but I think the noise mainly came from us. It was a memorable evening for a special occasion. Everything was perfect 🤩

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  28. Paige

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an incredible evening. Mona curated custom cocktails for each of us, to reflect our individual and unique preferences. He recommended new menu items which we devoured, especially the squash tart. Everything was impeccable & I can’t wait to return!

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  29. KaiB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really awesome staff and welcoming place! Will definitely return.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best cocktails in the city! Lingjie is an artist with her cocktails!

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  31. JLSDartmouth

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always top notch! Excellent cocktails, small plates, and service.

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  32. DanutaS

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the chef selected courses. A nice way to sample so much of the menu. We most enjoyed the celeriac pave (delicate smoky taste), parfait waffle and the tiramisu (not the usual overly sweet kind, it had a brightening splash of salt). Least enjoyed the scallop because it was too salty for our taste. Overall we had a lovely evening. Attentive service, cozy ambience. Dear Friends deserves its fine reputation.

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  33. Meredith

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Consistently great food, drinks and service.

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  34. AnCe

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and the option to have the chef choose your meal is a great idea. All the people working there are friendly and helpful. Cocktails are excellent too.

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  35. EKob

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Drinks were great. We had a vegan “let us cook for you” tasting menu. The first dish was excellent but all others were subpar. Definitely not a great choice for vegan cuisine. Would go back for drinks, but not for food.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely little place. Excellent service and food and cocktails.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience dining at Dear Friend. We initially went just for a drink and happy hour oysters, but stayed and ordered the "let us cook for you" option, which we strongly recommend. The dishes were imaginative and delicious, and it is a generous amount of food, and the service was amazing.

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  38. Meredith

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and amazing cocktails. The service has never been bad. Our favourite spot in the HRM for dinner or drinks. Highly recommend.

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  39. BarbaraK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this Downtown Dartmouth gem. The Beef Tartar is incredible as is the Tart and Corn Risotto.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderfully curated small plates and amazing high quality cocktails in a cozy neighbor bar

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FAQs

Dear Friend is rated 4.9 stars by 289 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 14 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
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • 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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