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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.4
4.4
549 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 53 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 549 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Atlantic Canada

    Scenic View

  • Atlantic Canada

    Canadian

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot Spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Scenic View

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Summer2022

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Drift. Beautiful evening. Great food and service. Will definitely be back.
  2. DC

    DennisC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely time dining at Drift. The servers were very attentive and timely at when to take our order and delivery drinks and food. I personally have a very small appetite. With that in mind, I have to say the portions my wife and I had were very small and would not satisfy most diners. The Cod and Clams dish was miniscule and the Salmon dish was not much better. The salmon dish did not mention clams and yet there were several. Not a problem for us.....but would be serious trouble for someone with a shellfish allergy. Overall, we would recommend dining at Drift for a special night out.
  3. SS

    StylesSHere

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift is an excellent restaurant with really delicious sea food. All the menu items we had looked and tasted incredible. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the Salmon tartare starter and I loved the Clams and Cod item. The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent.
  4. KM

    KaylaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was delicious, the restaurant was delicious the waitress Mary, was amazing!
  5. EA

    EvelynA

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary. Lovely meal and service. A special spot.
  6. KT

    KellyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time there for weekend brunch . It’s an upscale very nice place . We made reservations with open table where we requested outdoor on the patio and our table was ready out there when we arrived . It’s on queens marquee so lots great people watching near waterfront. I can only attest to the brunch food which was hot and Delicious and enough ( straight forward breakfast was what we ordered ).We had great service and plenty of water and coffee refills . Inside looks very nice and the water closets ( bathrooms ) were clean and nice . Really like the atmosphere of this outdoor setting will be back .
  7. AP

    APlocal

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to go for breakfast. Friendly staff, tasty food and a great location.
  8. JY

    JustYourAverageGal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The steak tartar was great and the location and view are fantastic. The main course was Hodge Podge and the vegetables were very under cooked. The seafood component was strong, tender muscles, good lobster and scallops. My husband had the steak and chips and thought it was only fair. The wine markup was enormous by anyones standards (we bought 1 bottle) and the service was nothing special. We paid $240 for the above. For that kind of money the food has to be fantastic and it simply wasn’t.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Chicken dish was over cooked and service lacked in attentiveness. Issues with lighting several times during meal. Steak dish was tasty.
  10. BB

    BrianB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing service and food. Cannot recommend Drift enough for an amazing night out.
  11. MS

    MikeS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Nice place food was not good and this was our 5th time trying and it seems to be getting worse.
  12. TG

    TimG

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    We had an unfortunate experience last evening at dinner which the staff rescued rather well but breakfast this morning is the main cause of this critical review. We were very surprised to find that the restaurant is entirely separate from the hotel so that the assurances given by hotel reception on arrival yesterday were not fulfilled by the restaurant.
  13. TS

    TroyS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Ordered the hodge lodge and it shows lobster in the meal, but there was obviously no lobster!
  14. JM

    JaniceM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Early rez at 5pm got an outside booth. At waterfront so lively location. Great service, friendly knowledgeable staff. Food was great, we shared almost all the appetizers plus a few mains. Highly recommend
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service highly recommended
  16. A

    Angela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift hit it out of the park again. We took my uncle for dinner last night. He couldn’t stop raving about it all evening. He said it was the best restaurant experience that he has ever had. Thanks to Mary for creating a memorable evening that we will never forget. All of our dishes were fantastic. Highly recommend!
  17. F

    Foodlover

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality and preparation of food. Good value for what you get. Service is exceptional - the staff go above and beyond. Beautiful, tasteful, calming decor. I would have no difficulty eating all my meals at Drift. Happy hotel guest.
  18. AW

    AdrianaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, impressive presentation, wonderful atmosphere (we ate on the patio).
  19. A

    Alisha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Drift for a birthday supper - the service was excellent and the food even better. It was the best meal and experience we have had in a while. We will definitely return! They went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience.
  20. JW

    JordanW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    Salmon, steak, lobster bisque all extremely bland. Salmon was over cooked and looked like it was microwaved.
  21. s

    sarahm

    Atlantic Canada

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really terrific brunch!
  22. RK

    RodneyK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We have been to drift a few times, but this episode was the poorest. We had numerous servers and not really checked in on. We both had to wait for our drinks.
  23. PM

    PatM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely spot, delicious & creative food, delightful staff!
  24. SM

    SandraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, fabulous service. Hats off to the chef and to the manager and team. Overall 12/10 better than a 10!
  25. CD

    ChristineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant. Quality of the food was outstanding. Highly recommend.
  26. J

    Joanna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time eating at Drift and I didn’t want the experience to end! The food was incredible, the staff was kind and efficient, and I felt very welcome. I will definitely be back! Thank you!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional!
  28. p

    paul

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    definitely recommend eating here at least once if you love seafood
  29. d

    davidw

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Beautiful design The restaurant was very busy and the staff did their best but production from the kitchen post appetizers dragged considerably. Had it been seamless the meal would have been better appreciated
  30. DM

    DavidM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Appetizers and the salad we had were fantastic! The main was very disappointing. Lamb was expensive and not interesting and lacking in Flavor and seasoning. Expected a lot more for the price. Service was great though.
  31. n

    norms

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Was very good. The servers take care of all the details.
  32. GS

    GlendaS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Lovely restaurant, sat outside, more seating than table at our site. Lobster bisque was great! Lamb was clearly several different cuts of meat, which made for undesirable culinary experience. Mussels were prepared with heavy tomato sauce and noodles. I was expecting a broth so probably why I didn't enjoy. It was a weird combination for me. Staff were very attentive and friendly. I had higher expectations for this restaurant, they were not met here. Sorry
  33. K

    Kerry

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as per usual! I never visit Halifax without coming here to eat at least once!
  34. BF

    BrettF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    We were expecting something more harbour front however there isnt much of a view and we were sat in the more industrial section of the patio. We had the halibut and the hodge podge which were both fantastic. I would highly recommend either of these meals. We finished with the brownie dessert which was underwhelming and was very slow to come out. Overall the main courses were great but the service, ambiance and general experience is less than what I would expect given the prices.
  35. LC

    LucCooper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Accommodated all requests we made and helped me and my fiancée celebrate our recent engagement. Fully wheelchair accessible and will happily accommodate needs in that regard.
  36. KE

    KarineE

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was sooo good! It was the best fish i've ever eaten! Will defenitely come back next time were in halifax!
  37. WK

    WrightK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great ambiance , an terrific service. Drinks were well made. Well worth it
  38. T

    Tash

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great with the exception of the fruit flies, there were quite a few buzzing around our table throughout our experience
  39. AR

    AllisonR

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and attentive service, exceeded our expectations and would highly recommend.
  40. KS

    KenzaS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It was a great culinary experience thank you ! :)

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 4.4 stars by 549 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 53 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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