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EDNA Restaurant, Halifax, NS

EDNA Restaurant

4.8
4.8
643 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Bistro
An upmarket neighbourhood bistro serving locally focused dishes. We are a bustling one-room restaurant with a comfy bar. Seasonal menus include P.E.I. Blue Dot rib eye steaks, local seafood, and seasonal veg.

Open for lunch service Tuesday-Friday 1130-230
Open for Supper service Tuesday-Sunday 5-10pm
Open for Brunch service Sunday 10-2 pm (beginning Jan 21)

We keep bar seating open for walk-ins each night so feel free to pop in.

Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed.

***Please note when picking a reservation time that our licence requires minors (even sweet tiny little babies) to be out of the restaurant by 10pm, sorry for the inconvenience.

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2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Canadian, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (902) 429-2550
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Nick Mooney
  • Neighbourhood
    Halifax
  • Cross Street
    Portland Place
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 643 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Overall

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Food

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Service

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Overall

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Food

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Service

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Value

  • Nova Scotia

    Innovative

  • Nova Scotia

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Nova Scotia

    Good for special occasions

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

643 Reviews
  1. DavidS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    -Drinks were incredible -Charcuterie board was yummy. Apricot jam was really good. -Beats were yummy -Buratta was pretty yummy, but the one we had ~2 years ago was much better -Gnocchi with lamb ragu was disappointing. The dish came across bland and had too much anise. We had to add lots of salt, which is not something we want to do to a $30 dish. Would still recommend Edna to a friend. The last time we were there (two years ago), the meal was mind blowing!

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  2. DougFrantz

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our son the chef advises us to avoid eating out on Valentine’s Day because it's such a stressful day for kitchens. We ignored his advice this year and went to our best-loved restaurant, EDNA. We were glad we did. The restaurant was as intimate and inviting as the hug that greeted Catherine from Shaw, one of our favourite servers. We’ve been lucky to live in cities with wonderful restaurants – Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and Paris, among them. We return regularly to places that accompany excellent food with knowledgeable, friendly service. EDNA is tops in both those essential categories. The menu emphasizes local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients, and Chef Nick and his crew consistently turn out dishes that are innovative and multilayered with flavor. The food today is the best it has been in the 10 years we have patronized EDNA, from standard fare like oysters and scallops to tasty surprises like the arancini amuse bouche on February 14. The servers provide precise explanations without over doing it. They are uniformly friendly and committed, though not all are as effusive as the delightful Shaw. These are the reasons that EDNA is our favourite restaurant anywhere, even on Valentine's Day.

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  3. Brooke

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EDNA, our go to spot has really disappointed in some aspect on the last two visits. The tuna tartare was excellent, as was the cocktail I ordered. The fettuccini was undercooked (a little crunchy), and just basic. The gnocchi has great flavours, but was over cooked and mushy. Service was attentive and excellent.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and experience was FABULOS! Will definitely be back .

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  5. Michelle

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible, as always. The food is consistently a 10/10 experience. The ambience is amazing and the staff are lovely. I highly recommend!!!

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  6. PeteY

    Atlantic Canada

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a fantastic brunch on a stormy Sunday. I had the board special; I strongly recommend checking them out. The service was excellent as always.

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  7. DonnaG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed a most amazing birthday dinner with a small group of friends at Edna with SUPERB food and service. It’s such a beautiful space with lovely ambience. I can’t wait to go again.

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  8. DanaD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Edna always delivers delicious food and great service. Highly recommend.

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  9. BenS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quick service and delicious food. Quiet ambiance.

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  10. LeslieM

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always! So excited that brunch is back, we truly missed it!

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  11. PeteY

    Atlantic Canada

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family was very happy to be able to come here for brunch again. The staff were fantastic as always. The menu has been updated from the previous incarnation of the brunch menu but many of the old favorites were present. Strongly recommend reserving ahead of time

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  12. WillP

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious! Attentive but not overbearing service.

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  13. ConorS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was incredible, the food was amazing from starter to dessert and the ambience was exactly what we wanted to celebrate a very special occasion

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  14. NicoleP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, we enjoyed a wonderful evening at Edna! Service, food/drink and ambience are all exceptional. One of our all-time favourite restaurants.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Amazing food. Always our favorite

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  16. Chris

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent NYE menu. Everything was great as usual.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were superb!

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  18. tomm

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our lunch at Edna's. The service was friendly. The food was very good. The ambience was homey. A perfect place for lunch. We will come back.

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  19. MichaelA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love going to EDNA. I make a point of dropping in most times when I’m in Halifax. They adeptly handled our group of 8. So many upscale dining experiences are a copy of what other restaurants are doing but EDNA is truly innovative. Had a lovely amuse-bouche, the baked oysters, brussel sprout appetizer and the halibut cheeks. All excellent.

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  20. JoshW

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked Edna’s for a dinner with some friends from out of town. While the food, cocktails, and service was very good, it was a little annoying to be asked to wrap up our dinner as another booking was coming in. Because of this, i tipped our server less because. I feel we would not have been asked if we had just walked in and waited for a table rather than booking.

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  21. TaraM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good restaurant, Great service and food, Will go again

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  22. JayJ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful candle lit kinda vibe. Music was at the right volume. Waitress was so informative helpful and made eye contact and smiles which is so hard to do with consistency. The food was spectacular! Truly amazing and loved the experience.

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  23. DarrenK

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Edna’s consistently delivers amazing food and down to earth friendly service. Love this place.

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  24. DanielleA

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Edna never disappoints. The food, cocktails, service as always, was outstanding. My only complaint would be the acoustics. At the back table, voices and kitchen sounds bounce around harshly, making it hard to hear each other.

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  25. Mimi

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Edna’s always top notch! All four of us had different but outstanding meals. So, so good. Couldn’t even pick a winner. Great food, great presentation, wonderful staff. Definitely recommend Edna’s!

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  26. GayleE

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely to have such a spot open for lunch. Food, service, ambiance all excellent. Will certainly return soon.

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  27. AlyssaC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food. The sticky toffee cake was also perfect..

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  28. AngelaV

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was delicious. Everything from the appetizer, to the wine, to the dessert. Our waitress was very knowledgeable.

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  29. KristenG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was top tier! What an excellent experience!

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  30. AMB118

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stellar as always. One of the best overall restaurants in Halifax.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there with a group of 8 , everything was above and beyond our server Cathy (kathy) was superb and the drinks were well balanced Thank you

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  32. Nick

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Loved the restaurant, service was fantastic. There was a snafu with one entree, resolved quickly. Food all great. Beef tartare and the crispy braised beef the show stoppers

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  33. Ruby

    Atlantic Canada

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for taking care of us four moms on a much-needed night out! We had a few dietary requests and they were all accommodated for with no trouble.

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  34. Mary

    Atlantic Canada

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is always innovative, fresh and enjoyable but over the years it has become noisier and more expensive.

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  35. DavidG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The beet salad and crispy braised beef were excellent!! The halibut cheeks were great also but the smoked pork fettuccine was too smokey for me. The fettuccine was perfectly cooked! Excellent service and nice ambiance but the noise level was up there!

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  36. Luncher

    Exclusive

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a large party. Our server was excellent and attentive. The lunch special was delicious.

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  37. DougFrantz

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have enjoyed EDNA since it opened. Since Heather and Cora have taken charge, the food and service have reached new heights. The meals are always inventive and care is taken to use local producers. The smoked pork fettucine is my favourite dinner dish, but everything is uniformly excellent.

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  38. ELIZA

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and a delicious meal. We had the steak and it was cooked perfectly with a sauce that complimented the meat so very well.

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  39. AliyaK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely meal and experience at Edna! Very consistent over the years!

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  40. JolantaG

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as always and our server was wonderful.

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FAQs

EDNA Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 429-2550.

EDNA Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 643 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for EDNA Restaurant

2053 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS B3K 3B2

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Portland Place
  • Neighbourhood
    Halifax
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Canadian, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Nick Mooney
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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