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Dear Friend, Dartmouth, NS

Dear Friend

4.9
4.9
316 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 2 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 316 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
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

316 Reviews
  1. JenniferP

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second time at Dear Friend, we brought along 2 other couples and we all tried the chef's tasting menu. We were all delighted and loved the entire evening. We will be back.

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  2. DonnaW

    Atlantic Canada

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional! Travis is a delight. Excellent service and very knowledgeable. Thank you Mona(spelling?) for making me my special spicy cocktail ! Angus friendly patio soon!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dear Friend is a treasure of downtown Dartmouth for its lively yet intimate atmosphere and superb cocktail and food selection. Their staff are always friendly and inviting and you can count on an amazing experience every time you visit .

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff at dear friend were welcoming and kind, they made my birthday celebration so special!

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  5. CraigE

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super food (beef tartare, raw scallops, and asparagus small plates), delightful smoky cocktails and friendly knowledgeable service in a lovely, cozy spot.

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  6. Laura

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and creative cocktails with friendly but not pushy service. Cannot say enough positive things about DF!

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  7. Paige

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dear friend is a charming, hip, delightfully fun spot to sip drinks, eat snacks, or indulge in a several course meal. It is my go-to spot in HRM for deliciously handcrafted & customized cocktails and mocktails, fine-dining bites, & outstanding customer service

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic! Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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  9. megan

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, cocktails and service are always top tier. Our favourite spot!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best bars with food anywhere! Lovely staff, drinks, eats and playlist.

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  11. Fussy

    Atlantic Canada

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first visit to good friend. There were four of us and we enjoyed our drinks and meals. Two of our group have celiac disease and they were very accommodating. The menu is limited but tasty. I would definitely go again.

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  12. LaurenB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Above and beyond. High quality cocktails, delicious food, exceptional service. Will be back!

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  13. Soleil

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails, food, atmosphere and service were all excellent

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  14. TimW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely blown away by the cocktails and the food as well! Jeremy took amazing care of us the entire time and it was lovely having the chefs bring out each course and explain what was in each dish.

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  15. JimR

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and cocktails were delicious and the service was outstanding...we had a great evening with friends who were there for the first time and they could not believe how good this restaturant is.

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  16. JimR

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was good except the twin tier seafood, it was simply not worth the $110...

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  17. KerryJ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly, fun and attentive. Unique cocktails and food.

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  18. NateJ

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were perfectly balanced, and had a great selection of Burbon. Service was some of the best I’ve ever had in the city. Their “let us cook for you” menu selection was incredible.

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  19. JimR

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! The beef tartar was the best I have ever tasted. This is now our favorite restaurant!

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  20. Meredith

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was perfect as always. The cocktails are thoughtfully crafted and executed every time. We love bartenders choice - and haven’t gotten a cocktail we didn’t enjoy.

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  21. JenniferP

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at Dear Friend Bar, as a belated birthday celebration. The service was outstanding, very helpful with the allergies we had. Highly recommend doing the blind box (chef creates the dishes), like a tasting menu. It was one of the best experiences we have had. We will definitely be back.

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  22. LindaM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special place and would highly recommend. Food was excellent. Staff were great- accommodating and knowledgeable. Cocktails were superb and creative. We sat underneath a speaker and they lowered the sound for us no problem. An enjoyable evening here. It was perfect. Will return. Thanks.

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  23. ShijuMathew

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, great cocktails and good food and a great place for date night.

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  24. SiobhanR

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place. Best staff, ambience and great value for very high quality food! Always a treat. And that carrot dish was so so so amazing!

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  25. EloiseB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As soon as I walked in, I fell in love with the ambience. Soft, inviting, candles lit, and a warm welcome from our server. The music the whole time we were there, was spot on. Food was delicious, and with surprising flavors. It was perfect for our date night, I'm excited to go back.

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  26. JonyR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome evening spent at Dear Friend. Was hoping to try their tasting menu but it happened to be dine around and so we had the three course price fixe. It was outsanding and the crew took great care of us!

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  27. HeidiC

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a group of 5 and had a fantastic evening. The staff are personable and the service was great. Food and drinks were exquisite, beef tartare was the best I have had. They have a maximum time for your reservation but they were able to let us stay beyond that time. Definitely recommend!

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  28. MarkD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    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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  29. RichardG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  30. 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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  31. JamieM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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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  32. 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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  33. GeriB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Meredith

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 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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  38. BrettMH

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

Dear Friend is rated 4.9 stars by 316 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 2 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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