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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.7
4.7
1145 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
A distinct new dining experience led by celebrated Chef Anthony Walsh, Drift features modern, elevated takes on classic Atlantic Canadian dishes and traditions. Located on the main level of the newly built Muir Hotel, our salon, bar and promenade offer a simple, modern and stylish setting in which to dine, drink, linger and relax without interruption. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as late night drinks, we warmly invite you to experience a taste of Drift at your leisure.

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2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (902) 407-6042
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Jamie MacAulay
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What 1,145 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Ambience

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Ambience

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Innovative

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for scenic views

  • Nova Scotia

    Good for special occasions

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

1,145 Reviews
  1. SharonS

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and lovely service from all the staff. The Nova Scotia Halibut Hodge Podge was delicious

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance. Excellent food. Very helpful server. Overall, very good. No complaints.

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  3. MarthaC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It hit the spot- location, interior decoration, good food.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Start with the cheese board from the dessert menu.

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  5. suzanned

    Wilmington

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent brunch !! The food was delicious and the service was lovely ! We especially loved the use of local handmade bread plates from a local artist! 👏🏻

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  6. aniquec

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakfast was delicious and the service was excellent as always. Our waitress was Josée and she was lovely!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great brunch food selection and very good looking restaurant.

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  8. WendyS

    Atlantic Canada

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to dine with friends. Locally inspired menu and tasty drinks.

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  9. Fortheloveofadventure

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we arrived the hostess was taking a reservation however see made eye contact and I was happy to wait. Then another lady came right over and spoke to me and at that time the hostess was finished and off we went to this beautiful table we decided to use the couch instead of the chairs. The hostess took my coat and told me about our server Lexy who was phenomenal from start to finish. Her eloquence was just incredible the way she manoeuvre around the table and her beautiful smile made it ever so much more special. The food was delicious and the wine selected by Encore was exquisite and matched our expectations. Thank you for a fantastic date night and can not wait to come back.

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  10. PeterD

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe and restaurant design. Their attention to detail in food and service was amazing

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  11. ChristinaF

    Montreal

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and good. Beautiful restaurant and location!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great friendly service and the food was excellent.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food wasn’t as good as in the past. Disappointing.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good and the server was nice but I had to ask for more coffee, waited a long time and they did not offer any refills. She never returned to ask if I would like more. I asked for butter or jam for my toast, said yes but she never brought it. Perhaps she was new. For the prices and level of dining the service was a disappointment.

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  15. NSFoodie

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great umami burger! Only feedback -> It would be nice if there was a sweet "nibblie"on the menu to have with your coffee after a big lunch ( small cookie / biscotti )

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  16. KevinTownsend

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and excellent staff would recommend to anyone

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  17. Monica

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were spoiless from the moment we walked in thw door. The waiter was amazing, so attentive! The crispy Tourtiere Roll was incredible. The flavors evolved in your mouth to reveal so many layers. The Pork Belly and Scallops did not disappoint. The scallops cooked perfectly against the smokey flavors of the pork and puree! Definitely need to go back to taste other delights.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special event put on by Benjamin Bridge which featured a collaboration between the head chefs from Drift and The Canteen was fantastic. The 5 course tasting menu was comparable to Michelin Starred restaurants. Every bite was delicious and the dishes were beautifully presented. The wines were well paired and worked harmoniously with each plate. A limited edition ice wine was the star of the evening. Drift is a lovely restaurant with excellent staff who performed well considering a very packed house. Well done!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Music was a too loud, and food take way too long to come out

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  20. Sana

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is very good, tasty and portion is rather good. Prices a bit too high which makes it a place I won’t go often. Overall it was a good experience.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome Easter brunch. Duck confit was delicious .

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    All was really good until our server had a longer than usual check out experience with one of his tables. We got left a line right at the end our meal for so long, I had to get up and ask another server to bring the bill and help pack up our left overs. I’m sure it was an anomaly but none the less our experience.

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  23. Halifax

    Montreal

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks and appetizers were good, the main dishes were disappointing. One person in our party received a meal not ordered and by the time the correct order came the rest of the table was almost finished. Very disappointing.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. Luv2dine

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and interior design are beautifully on par with each other. Delicious and stunning!

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  25. TonyL

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was outstanding. However, we requested a specific table for a special birthday celebration. We input the information on Open Table and visited Drift the next day to confirm the details. When entering the restaurant only 3 tables were seated, disappointingly, including the one requested. Also, the birthday not mentioned. Extremely surprised, frustrated and overall dissatisfied!

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  26. PEITravelGuy

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    What started as a wonderful evening ended with very horrible service. Food and drinks were very good and when it was time to leave I asked to bill the charge to my room. The waiter came back with a folio and slip to put my info on. I completed it with my name, room number, generous tip and signature. We then left for an evening at the Casino. Shortly after I received a message from Opentable that I didn't pay for my meal and I needed to contact them ASAP. Then I got a phone call basically saying I had dined and dashed. A few things here: - They had all my info and knew I was staying in the hotel - They didn't care at all and told me I never completed the form. The manager could care less. No offer to do anything. - The next morning I asked to speak to the GM of the restaurant. He came out with the "Blank Receipt" that I apparently never signed. I took it and lo and behold it had "Duplicate" and just been re-printed. I really didn't appreciate being lied to. I asked them to go to their camera and they will very clearly see my signing the receipt. They had zero interest in doing that. I was made to feel like a thief and I won't be back!
    DriftResponded on March 12, 2024
    Hi there, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your disappointing experience and any inconvenience you may have encountered during or after your visit. Please be assured that our senior management team is actively investigating your feedback. Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated, and we will reach out to you as soon as possible. Thank you.

    3 people found this helpful

  27. KimberlyB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Location and ambience are fantastic. Food was fantastic. Service poor, table not attended to. Food extremely slow, budget appetite accordingly, took about an hour to come out, we speculated it was potentially due to it servicing the new hotel (MUIR?) so managing room service? Would recommend to a friend, but not to be hungry.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were out to celebrate my birthday and our server made sure every aspect of our experience was top-notch. We were seated very comfortably, dessert came with a candle and message of HBD and the food was excellent (mussels for me and steak for hubby). I can’t get enough of the brown bread! Highly recommend.

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  29. Carmen

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very delicious. The blueberry pancakes are amazing!

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  30. foodie

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food took a bit long to come out, but this is also a place you go to enjoy your meal, not rush through it. it could have been slightly faster, but it didnt take away from the food or atmosphere.

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  31. Downtowner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice dining experience. Great cocktails, solid service, and modern atmosphere. Great place for a date night or out with friends. Food was clean and uncluttered and didn’t get lost in too many ideas. Wonderful location on the waterfront.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant - delicious food, the brien bread and butter is a must!!

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  33. StephanieP

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drift is 10/10. Fabulous food, incredible service, amazing environment! Would strong recommend trying it out

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  34. MarkN

    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
    Outstanding meal and great service! Some very unique fish/ seafood dishes in particular. Try the snow crab and potato salad - it is superb! Overall this is a fabulous restaurant showcasing the best seafood and meat products available in Atlantic Canada, all prepared to the highest standard!

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  35. PradeepK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Amazing food with really beautiful presentation. Well worth a visit

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  36. Kelly

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about Drift from the moment we walked in! The food was divine and every bite was savoured. Well be back again!

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  37. LawrenceM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. The food was excellent. Very nice atmosphere

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  38. hwbjsb

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, food and attention to detail! One of the best dining experiences in Halifax! Highly recommend it.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch experience from start to finish! Service was attentive, personable and intuitive. Food was amazing. Had the Shrimp and lobster toasts. It was flawless. Kudos to the staff and to management!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn’t love the food for the price. Thought the flavours were too complex and over powered each other. It was very good but for example the scallop and pork belly was very rich.

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FAQs

Drift offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 407-6042.

Drift is rated 4.7 stars by 1145 OpenTable diners.

Drift does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Drift

102-1709 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS B3J 0J4

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Halifax
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jamie MacAulay
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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