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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.5
4.5
373 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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Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am 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 373 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Atlantic Canada

    Scenic View

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Business Meals

  • Nova Scotia

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

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  • Nova Scotia

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  1. MH

    MikeH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best meals I've had in halifax, great staff and atmosphere. Can't wait to go back again !

  2. W

    Wavey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    An upbeat, vibrant restaurant. Service and food were excellent, would highly recommend.

  3. LJ

    LucyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The space is beautiful and very well thought out. The service and food were excellent, I will definitely be back.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a nice spot to meet a little pricey but worth the value! Customer service is incredible and the food was amazing.

  5. KK

    KimK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had fantastic service and the food was impeccable.

  6. R

    Rache

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Servers were not at their best- not the most friendly, not particularly attentive even though the restaurant was not busy. It was a late evening reservation. We were seated next to the open door despite a number of window seats, and needed to ask the staff to close the door because of the cold wind. The food was superb.

  7. K

    Kate

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Our service last night wasn't impressive whatsoever. We were very surprised that a high end restaurant like that had such sub-par service. Our waitress was a robot, unenthusiastic, not overly friendly, and only did the bare minimum. We felt like we were waiting for everything, service was slow, and we couldn't help but notice that the large table beside us was the same. Their food wasn't delivered together. One was finished eating before others were served and they looked like they'd been waiting long as well. I'd never want to be served by her again. She did not work for her tip. The roasted chicken was a let-down. Dry, tasteless, the jus tasted burnt (maybe it was meant to be?). I expect my meal to be better than I could make at home, and it was FAR from. The fish cake was delicious but we wished it was larger (even if we had to pay more). Our first time at Drift a couple weeks ago had amazing service, which is why we returned. The food was average both times, but last night was disappointing. For a $200+ bill for two people, we expect 10/10 food and service. We will not be back.

  8. B

    Brenda

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The server was very pleasant however we felt rushed. The main courses were modest at best.

  9. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    I was expecting the lunch menu but it was the brunch menu. So I did enjoy the fish cakes and beans but really wanted the lobster BLT. My Hascap Margerita was the highlight. Staff was very busy but not really efficient.

  10. KH

    KayleeH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    We visited drift on sat may 15 at 1pm as a group of 4 for lunch all our first time. Inside probably only had about 5 other guests. We waited 20 mins with no waitress coming to take a drink order or bring us water. Finally I asked someone if we could be served. Most of the waitresses seemed to be cleaning tables and everyone including what I believed to be two managers walked by multiple times without asking if our orders had been taken. Finally once we place both our food and drink orders together. It took about another 20 mins to get our first drink. We were hoping to order off the lunch menu but were told they don’t serve the lunch menu on weekends only brunch which was weird to me. We ordered the burger ( was good) two smoked salmon on eggs and the fish cakes. ( very small portions and not much came with it ) our lunch for the 4 of us with a couple drinks and tip was about 270 dollars. We were not overly impressed with our experience and unfortunately all of us said we wouldn’t come back. I was quite disappointed as we were looking forward to trying this place for awhile.

  11. MR

    MRobart123

    Atlantic Canada

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great lunch, great time as always 😀

  12. ES

    EvanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Had the steak and chips. The steak had a nice mushroom sauce but was too salty. The chips were just French fries which I was disappointed for the price. Even if the potato was cut differently would’ve matched the plate better. Overall, not a bad place but I don’t think I’d visit again

  13. F

    Foodie123

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Atmosphere is stunning. Starters were great, the main course left something to be desired. Will return and stick to the excellent starter menu.

  14. F

    Foodie

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Food no better than a diner. I had fish cakes which were good however whatever was accompanying them was a mystery.

  15. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed the food, but the service was perfect! My partner raved about the lamb, and the fantastic cocktails!

  16. KM

    KathrynM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Mothers Day brunch and our waiter Lucas was a doll.

  17. JW

    JimW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The menu was very limited and different from what was posted on line. It definitely did not present as a 5 star establishment despite the hype that was written up in the marketing of its opening. We visited on Mothers Day and that added to our disappointment.

  18. DB

    DeniseB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1

    Seated at terrible table which should not exist. Half In the hall by coat closets, truly awful. Not at all worth the price. So disappointing on Mother’s Day.

  19. JS

    JSM31

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Good spot! We enjoyed getting together with family. Waitress was a bit distracted and not very friendly. Different experience than my December visit. Bar was set high then.

  20. SR

    SaraRK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Overall, things were fine. The location is very cool. The smoked salmon on my eggs benny was amazing. However, it wasn't the experience I thought it would be & that came from the lack of communication prior to the reservation. I would also like to note that I did provide almost all this feedback to the restaurant as well, & not just here in this review. When I booked the table through OpenTable, I made a note indicating that my son has a dairy allergy & would it be possible to make pancakes without dairy. There was no response, so the day before the reservation, in between service times (mid afternoon), I called & left a voicemail asking someone to call me back regarding my question, which I articulated on the message again. There was no call back. The next day when I got to Drift I asked the person at the front door if it was possible. He wasn't sure, so I asked my server & she said no, as another table had just asked and the chef said no already. She did go back & ask again, as I told her I explicitly called & left a note via open table. The manager came to talk to me & I again explained that I tried to communicate prior explaining further that this was so important because my son has autism & eats a VERY limited amount of things & I would've fed him at home prior. The manager tried to suggest other options, & then asked what he does eat. I listed the 10 options he eats. Spaghetti, arrowroot cookies, veggie straws, pancakes, etc Steak and fries are 2 of the options. I explained that it must be medium rare otherwise he wouldn't eat it. The small (maybe 4 oz) steak was medium. Barely a hint of pink. Thankfully my son did eat some of it. I was charged $34 for 'steak and eggs' for my 7-year old's meal. I think the price is fair, but considering kids pancakes are approx. $10-12?, this was significantly more expensive than I anticipated paying for a child. Simple communication prior in response to my inquiries & this review would probably be very different.

  21. DM

    DMatt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great atmosphere, but a bit noisy. Food was excellent, but a bit overpriced. Overall great experience

  22. HA

    HeatherA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Comfortable atmosphere. Food is perfection. Service was attentive. All and all a great overall experience.

  23. KB

    KevinB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good and service were both top notch! Would happily dine there again.

  24. KS

    KristaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    We were so excited to have brunch at Drift, but it was disappointing. It was very pretty and the Maître D’ who greeted us was great but that’s where the good service ends. My fish cakes and side were cool and bland. We had two different waitresses and they forgot to bring part of my order. It never came….walked down to Sea Smoke and our waitress there, Jenna, saved the day.

  25. MB

    MarleneB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a lovely young lady serve us. The food was a Little long arriving, but we enjoyed our coffee in the meantime. When it arrived is was hot. The meal was delicious, and we will return for brunch again.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We went for after dinner drinks and managed to secure a table for 9:45pm. The staff were very attentive, our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and friendly.

  27. R

    Richard

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’ve been consistently enjoying our visits to Drift, and this past Friday was no exception. Great cocktails great food and a thoughtful, though not massive wine list. Service was super!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place. I love the atmosphere and enjoyed one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! Top notch service as well

  29. MR

    MRobart123

    Atlantic Canada

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ventured down for Burger Bash and Drift's Lamb Creation Did Not Disappoint 😋 Delicious!

  30. S

    Sally

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Over priced for what you get. The food is nothing special and you’ll get better meals from local restaurants. Skip.

  31. DD

    DavidD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we enjoyed our experience, service was great and very helpfull

  32. BO

    BrianO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    I’ve heard a lot of talk about Drift and decided to try it out. The restaurant decor was nice, clean with a modern twist. Our staters and mains were delicious, no doubt! A few things that brought down my star rating were, one the price, although the staters and mains were delicious and server was very pleasant. However the price did not reflect the portion size in comparison to bicycle thief and other restaurants of that standard. As a pastry chef what really disappointed me was the dessert. I had seen posts on Instagram of the different desserts that were on offer and they looked delicious. When I ordered my first dessert the pavlova, it was unavailable. For a limited menu there were few other options to choose from. So I went with the blueberry grunt. Honestly for what looked like a soup with croutons on it with vanilla ice cream. It reminded me of my first year of culinary training in school. I was disappointed.

  33. T

    Taylor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing, thank you for having us. Great food and atmosphere

  34. NS

    NSFoodie123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal service, great atmosphere, incredible food! Staff were all incredibly thoughtful, the restaurant was quiet and well-designed. The food was just fantastic! We can't wait to be back!

  35. S

    Spatula6

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience, signature drinks were very good, food was perfect and favourful. Service was top notch

  36. GC

    GrahamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service and ambiance. This is definitely a restaurant to visit you will not be disappointed.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food.

  38. MF

    MissFoodie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Crab and lobster fish cake was tasty to start with a few oysters. My husband had the hodgepodge and was very pleased. I had the salmon and it was delish and I was satisfied. We shared the salted brownie and it was alright. I may try the blueberry grunt next time.

  39. KB

    KarenB

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for our anniversary and had a fabulous time. Everything was exceptional

  40. s

    suzanned

    Wilmington

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent !

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

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

Drift is rated 4.5 stars by 373 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.

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Booked 63 times today
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 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • 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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