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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.6
4.6
1057 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 8 times today
Experiences are available.

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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Experiences

  • New Year's Eve

    $135.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2023 only
    On Sunday, December 31, dine your way into 2024 with a delectable five-course dinner prix fixe. Chef Lawrence Deneau has crafted a locally inspired menu featuring Venison Carpaccio, Oxtail & Chestnut Ravioli, and Nova Scotia Halibut Cheek Hodge Podge—all topped off with a complimentary glass of bubbles. Ring in the New Year with an unforgettable dining experience and reserve your table today. Please note: our à la carte menu will not be available.

What 1,057 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for brunch

  • Atlantic Canada

    Good for business meals

  • Atlantic Canada

    Good for business meals

  • Atlantic Canada

    Innovative

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Good for business meals

  • Nova Scotia

    Good for business meals

  • Nova Scotia

    Innovative

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for scenic views

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

1,057 Reviews
  1. SheltonM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾. Would definitely recommend it.

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  2. ChadK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, atmosphere and service was excellent! I would recommend Drift to anyone for any occasion.

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  3. JasonF

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my family out to celebrate my wife's birthday last night. Drift did not disappoint any one of the four of us. The menu was tight but has something for everyone. Cocktails and wine list were exceptional! Our food ran a little late due to roomservice demand but I can tell you that this was one of the best dining experiences we have encountered for a very long time. Our service was very attentive through out our meal. The entres were definately worth the wait. The lamb dish I had was perfect and my wife was delighted with the Halibut dish. We enjoy eating out together as often as we can to support our local resturants and we will be back to Drift. Thank you for an very appreciated dining experience.

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  4. AnneMarie

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great experience at Drift. Consistently great food. Intimate yet upbeat atmosphere. Loved it!!

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  5. VictoriaR

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service. Delicious food. Menu options suitable to all diets. Love the decor. And getting from The Residences to the restaurant by using the garage entrance is such a boon when it is cold or rainy!

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  6. JanetD

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is simply fabulous. The food is delicious and is accompanied by stellar and friendly service.

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  7. Denis

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Resturant was relatively quiet. We were surprised that there were only a haanful of guests in the Resturant

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Steak was just meh and there was a large crowd of ingrates there being loud and rude .

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really appreciated our server Nathan's suggestions. He was so kind and knowledgeable. I had found it very loud in August for my parents' anniversary - they are aging and I found it a little loud. It was absolutely magical last night! Thank you!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pre cocktail and canape reception at BKS service was a bit unbalanced, they had a hard time making it to half of the room, but the dinner at drift was exceptional, top notch service, beautifully presented and delicious. A great collaboration! Congratulations to both chefs for showcasing their talents and Benjamin Bridge for great pairings.

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  11. Lovefoodwine

    Atlantic Canada

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This evening was a ticketed event, a collaboration between 2 chefs featuring a local winery that paired the wine with the meal. The ambience is always there at Drift, and this evening was no exception. Beautifully prepared food with excellent service in a beautiful dining room.

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  12. Lynne

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The carrot and ricotta fish was delicious! As was the chocolate cake! Loved the chocolate and salt combination.

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  13. AngelaM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was terrific and we were well looked after, we all enjoyed our brunch together..beautiful decor..

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  14. GerryC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambiance, good service, high price for the quality of the meal.

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  15. Visitor

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good but there wasn’t anything great about it. The food was nice but not what one would expect at the price point. Overall it’s okay but wouldn’t return or recommend.

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  16. Friday

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our servers were very friendly and attentive. The food was good the service was very good.

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  17. ChadL

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing, super nice spot. Atmosphere was great, could be a bit loud for some people.

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  18. AshleyH

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere, good drinks, food was delicious.

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  19. MoniqueJ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy and clean Friendly service Food tastes great.

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  20. RobertS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The first thing you notice when walking into Drift is how beautifully the restaurant is illuminated with evening light through the outside glass walls onto the restaurant's soft and muted wood grain which covers floor to ceiling. After that you settle into an evening of delicacies. A fabulous array of cocktails, appetizers and mains. The dessert menu was as enticing as well. Service was extraordinary as our server (Lexie) answered all our questions and recounted ingredients and techniques that inspired our taste buds and imagination. We had breakfast at Drift the following morning and had the same experience with an entirely different menu and staff. Be prepared - one visit is not enough. Enjoy.

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  21. JoeK

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a fabulous meal…beautiful restaurant and staff was so friendly!

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  22. kristinf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I expected something much more modest and banal in terms of cuisine. It was thoughtful, still unpretentious and that often neglected word these days, delicious. Charming staff, and bar a slightly overcooked piece of halibut, it was an almost perfect meal. Probably the best salmon tartare I’ve had in ages.

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  23. bruce

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nathan was a great server, professional and attentive

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elegant and relaxing. Fell in love. Would recommend for intimate gatherings

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  25. DMKhalili

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great and the staff is very helpful and accommodating. Overall an excellent dinning experience.

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  26. RobinS

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A few tweaks will help to bring it to the standard it is hoping to achieve.

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  27. monapea

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was a bit slow. Not a great selection on the mane. I didn't enjoy the batter on the fish. The salad was good. Disappointed with the food overall. It's a beautiful place.

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  28. EricaA

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our experience at drift. The food was fantastic and loved the atmosphere

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  29. Tippie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the steak, and it was perfectly prepared and presented.

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  30. SusanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent and staff was attentive. A very relaxing experience.

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  31. RonaldB

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great place. Fantastic A must go to spot

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  32. PaulaF

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was all fantastic from the tuna appetizer we shared, my scallops, my partners muscles in wine sauce and his blueberry dessert. Staff was friendly and helpful. The place itself was beautiful.

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  33. RobertM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Will not return. Too noisy. Food was average Value was not there.

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  34. Casbro

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic. We both had the pork belly and scallops and every bite was amazing. Drinks were perfect. Literally no improvements required. Note this wasn’t our first time, we have had brunch as well, which also does not disappoint.

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  35. Claire

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance. Delicious food. Service impeccable

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  36. Cathy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were excited to try Drift, however a bit disappointed with the food. I ordered the pork belly and each piece was cooked differently - one of them being over cooked and dry. My friend ordered the pasta and it was dry and it was not fresh. Cocktails were great though. For the price, the service and food needs improvement. I will likely not return.

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  37. CurtisG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Very over priced salmon was under cooked and halibut was over cooked. Our server was a young lady who was excellent and very friendly. The issues are in the kitchen. At these prices the food needs to be exceptional

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  38. AlanS

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our breakfast at Drift was marvellous. We will definitely return for breakfast and other meals

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  39. LadyNProject

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing all round, highly recommend, treated some good friends to dinner and they loved it!

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  40. maryw

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All was very good, service and food included. If I have a complaint the portions were too large!

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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 4.6 stars by 1057 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 8 times today
Experiences are available.

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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