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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.4
4.4
640 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

11:00 p.m.


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

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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Experiences

  • Canoe x Drift

    $225.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Sept 29, 2022 only
    For one night only, we are thrilled to be hosting our friends and colleagues from Canoe, one of Canada’s most celebrated restaurants, to bring you an unforgettable tasting menu experience paired with wines by Lightfoot & Wolfville. On Thursday, September 29, six talented chefs representing both Canoe and Drift will be teaming up to deliver a multi-course menu reflective of our region–and country’s–unique and beautiful terroir.

What 640 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

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Canadian

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Scenic View

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. MM

    MaryM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Although the food was tasty and perfectly prepared, I enjoy a full dining experience.So,the chairs (mid modern style)are beautiful but uncomfortable,the atmosphere was noisy (no fault of the restaurant) and our server was acceptable but not at all exceptional.It was a good meal but I will not be returning.
  2. CF

    ChristineF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Nathan provide us with excellent service. He made excellent recommendations on food choices.
  3. BF

    BFMCharlotte

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from the moment we entered the restaurant. Variety of food options and wines. Very good evening.
  4. m

    michaelc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place to have dinner. Beautiful place. Good menu. You do need to be proactive - it takes a long time to get your wine and a longer time to order food.
  5. MH

    MikeH

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal ! Clean quiet atmosphere Thanks again Drift crew ! !!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great…look forward to trying breakfast and lunch
  7. GD

    GregD

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great except for the salmon dish. The sauce was not great and the glass noodles were awful. The server Brendon was amazing. Very kind, considerate, helpful, pleasant and respectful. It was nice to be greeted as Mr. Davis and he wiped out table after each course. Loved that. Greg
  8. D

    David

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food2service2ambience4
    Ambiance and location great. Servers courteous. My Full Drifter breakfast was missing 3 items listed on the menu (bacon, deviled tomato and potatos). Thought it was a small sized meal for the price and only realized I'd been shorted after discussing the meal and checking the menu later in the day. Poor quality control from kitchen and servers. Had a great time though and wouldn't hesitate to return.
  9. LE

    LarryE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service provided by our server, Stefan. It was my birthday and they provided complimentary sparkling wine and a special chocolate birthday wish on the dessert plate. We had a great evening and enjoyed the halibut main course.
  10. JM

    JackM

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Over priced for the quality of the food. How does a restaurant charge $8.00 for 2 dinner rolls? $$40+ for baked halibut. This is definitely a place for expense account dining. Very noisy - which I like but not so for my guests We did have a very good server and the wine steward. Stepanne (?from Germany) knew his stuff. Not a restaurant I will visit again - especially with so many excellent options such as the Bicycle Thief, da Maurizio, etc.
  11. RL

    RichardL

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Dessert menu quite ordinary for restaurant of that calibre which was disappointing
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very positive, super good service, very good food, great location and fast service
  13. D

    Debbie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Twice we enjoyed a delicious brunch in this lovely setting.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    It was good, but expected a lot more for the price. Very expensive for the quality of food they’re offering
  15. W

    Wendy

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Generally a lovely breakfast. Truly the best eggs Benedict I’ve ever eaten. Should have been a five + star but the potatoes were not warm enough. In fact, they were verging on cold. When paying a premium for the meal, this was a big miss. But the eggs Benedict are HIGHLY recommended!
  16. CS

    ChristaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was gorgeous, the food was impeccable and the server was incredibly professional, knowledgeable and made the experience wonderful!! Can’t wait to come back again!!
  17. 1

    1085

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, best service in Halifax Would 10/10 recommend
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My friend and I went for our annual birthday lunch. I had the hodge podge and my friend had spaghetti and clams. We both had white wine which the restaurant did not charge us for since it was our birthdays. The food was good, about a B+ but for the price we expected better. The hodge podge had 1 scallop, a small piece of fish and 5 or 6 mussels - a modest serving which was over priced. All the items were about 20% more than expected elsewhere including the wines. The server was lovely but the bus boy started sweep under our table before we left This was my second visit. I chalked the first experience to opening jitters but I will not be going again.
  19. MS

    MSHx2

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Drift. We had eaten breakfast here earlier this morning, and returned for our celebratory meal. All of the staff went above and beyond to make us feel very welcome. The food was wonderful, just a few areas for improvement. We were dining at 8:30 PM so it is understandable that a few of the dishes were not available, as they had run out. The temperature of my meal could’ve been hotter, and my husband’s clams had some grit. Nothing that affected the enjoyment of our evening. Joel was amazing. He provided us with many suggestions for our drinks and his knowledge and recommendations were exceptional! We will definitely return.
  20. JD

    JDCheverie

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, excellent service and recommendations from our server. Can’t wait to return.
  21. LS

    LindaS

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a superb lunch for our wedding anniversary. The food was tasty, prepared with a lot of originality and in good quantity. The service was attentive and friendly. The restaurant itself is beautiful. They responded immediately to our request to put the music down a little bit. I highly recommend and can’t wait to go back. Linda, Shediac River NB
  22. CG

    ChrisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Our clients were so impressed. Thank you from Discover Halifax
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Our service acted as if she wanted to be anywhere but there. She walked past multiple times and didn’t acknowledge us. We ordered drinks they took 20 minutes. Finally your awesome manager came over and saved the day. She got our drinks sorted took our food order. The food was amazing and the patio ambience was perfect for brunch. And even the poor service couldn’t ruin that.
  24. LT

    LThornton

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed three meals at Drift. Food and service is fantastic. Menu pricing was incorrect on a few items each time ( bottled water & cocktails), recent menu change we were told. Look forward to eating here again, would just ask for banquette/sofa seating as the chairs are really uncomfortable and too high for the table.
  25. GF

    GregF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous food and service although the portion size was small for a main entree . Ambiance was mediocre and the value was questionable for the price. Would recommend with the qualifier on ambiance/value
  26. CK

    ChrisK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Service was awkward. Food was cold Beautiful room.
  27. J

    Jibman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Drift is quickly establishing itself as one of the better restaurants on the Halifax waterfront. Interesting variations of traditional Nova Scotia dishes.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager Joel is the best…he personally made sure everything was fine even though it was busy.
  29. KK

    KevinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic! Service , exceptional! Highly recommend! Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary!
  30. JA

    JoAnneG

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I always enjoy a dining experience at Drift. The service is impeccable, the decor and ambiance could not be better and the food is done to perfection every single time.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Very slow service and more substance to the lobster sandwich
  32. JB

    JaniceB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Hello, We had reservations for or daughters birthday. The noise level was high even though the restaurant was not full. The food was no better then what you could make at home. The dishes are maritime basics with a fancy name, not much variety and way over priced. The cocktails were basic and unnoticeable. The waiter was doing his job. Nothing more or less. Will not be going back. Sorry. Was hoping to have a better experience. 'Will not be going back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent, the restaurant ran out of the pasta that was unfortunate. One of the guests was really looking forward to it.
  34. EW

    EastmeetsWest

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I can’t honestly review this place without mentioning the abundance of salt the kitchen felt necessary to include with my meal. Lobster bisque… salt fest! Fries with the steak… sodium overload. Not enjoyable, at all. You want to bill yourself as some sort of be all resto situated under a boutique hotel ( spoiler, it’s a Marriott ) then straighten out your kitchen staff cause that was embarrassing.
  35. CS

    ColinS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    The food is too salty. Cocktails are good but it’s overpriced for the quality of food.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arriving at Drift we had heard mixed things about quality & experience but nonetheless were excited to check it out. They did not disappoint. Service by Stefan & team was superb. Signature Cocktails were creative, regular cocktails were perfect, white & red wine selection was fitting for the menu choices. Noise level increased as the evening moved on but it was never too loud. The food was delicious. Everything served at the right temperature and nothing took too long to get to the table. Standouts were the oysters, halibut, steak & fries, salmon & desserts. They have a patio that faces a large square with lots of activity & people watching, plus floor to ceiling windows so if you’re inside like we were, you won’t miss a beat!
  37. J

    Jenn4

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First off…. Our server was outstanding! Very knowledgeable and charming. The atmosphere is beautiful and you can’t beat the location. Our appetizers were super delish. The menu is pricey….. but everywhere is these days. I had the lamb…. It wasn’t my favourite. It was very chewy….however my husband loved the halibut. Over all a very nice experience. I will go back…. But will likely try another main :)
  38. JP

    JenniferP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, they were also very accommodating in changing our reservation an hour later. Awesome location, awesome food, great people.
  39. SP

    ScottP

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service, delicious seafood. Patio was great.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience, lovely server, just a few little details Food was good but the finishing touches were not perfect. E.g. pepper over powering the tuna tartare - Chou in the bisque was not crisp — too long in the soup before serving. Looking forward to our next visit.

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 640 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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2 people

11:00 p.m.


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
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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