Studio East

4.6
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290 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Global, International
Nova Scotia's one of a kind "Asian-Global" fusion farm-to-table restaurant.

You'll find the locals at Studio East enjoying craft beer, an urban space in the bustling corner of Halifax Commons. Casual but exquisitely crafted food. Imagination rules. A spinning globe of a menu. Cambodian Love Curry. Pad Thai Wings. The Ultimate Pork Ramen. Love The Burger. Rice Bowl. Fermented Ribs. The vision of a locally sourced, globally ambitious restaurant is balanced by the depth of experience that these two chefs bring to the table. Chefs Ray Bear and Saronn Pov are food explorers and pioneers. They have brought Halifax the best of global cuisine that is fun and unpretentious.

Did you know in spring of 2018 Chef Ray Bear and Saronn Pov started a 212 acre farm to raise and grow our own food for the restaurant? Follow @KisikRidge to learn more about our farm-to-table dinner retreats and Inn! They're working hard to develop a blueprint for sustainability. Exciting times!
What 290 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was vibrant but not too noisy for conversation. Our reservation prevented a longer wait for a table. Our group of three all ordered a different meal and all were equally impressed. The Chef came to our table for a chat which was nice. folks seated next to us had been to the restaurant several times and added their approval to many items on the menu. Parking was not an issue. Dessert was a generous piece of cheese cake that was shared by the three of us. We will definitely be back to try some of the other items on the menu. Oh yes, almost forgot, the washroom was very clean !

JR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Always enjoy the food Interesting food well priced

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious cocktails, great service & lots of gluten free options. Food was amazing. Will definitely be returning

BM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Chairs at high top table were very uncomfortable. Service was good but confusing, not sure how many people were serving us. Food presentation was a excellent and value was good. A bit too heavy on the cilantro for our liking.

DB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food with great service and atmosphere! Would recommend to friends.

JL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great food with terrific service at reasonable prices

HM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Hello! Service was good just a tad confusing - we waited 20 mins for someone to see us then were bombarded with four different servers within the spam of 10 minutes. A reoccurring joke throughout the evening was we really weren't sure who we were tipping - none of the four servers introduced themselves. Both my date and I work as a team service restaurant and were still confused.

Food was amazing and fairly priced, however, we went in on the mystery extravaganza for 2 and didn't feel as though the fire-lit lime and floral arrangement warranted the price. Still a great drink!

MA
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always fantastic. It's my go to restaurant and I've never had a bad meal!

LV
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place and highly recommend it. Wonderful food and service.

GC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was fantastic service was excellent it’s a little bit of a tight spot but it was very enjoyable..

FS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing combination of flavours! Interesting menu.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as usual. Favorite place in the city highly recommended

AD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Attentive service, out-of-this-world food from Brussels sprouts to bulgogi, this place is all you’d ever ask for in a casual dining restaurant

N
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Ray, and his stylized cooking
Always a pleasure

N
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jillian prepares sublime cocktails, pair that with exceptional inspired fusion food. Perfecto

MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent restaurant with great service. I go on a regular basis and am never disappointed. The menu is diverse and always makes for a difficult choice as the are so many great dishes.

MK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! I had their special - bulgogi with avocado, jalapeño, rice.

RH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Yes. We often get togther with friends at Studio East. Food is always delicous and wait staff freindly and attentive

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service. Managed our large group beautifully! Thanks for a memorable evening

D
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Have been to Studio East a couple times before. Love the ambience and diverse menu. Love the local sourced food and connection to the owners farm (not sure how they find the time!). Excellent cocktails. Not being consummate 'foodies', we felt the various tastes in our entrees (Thai Love Curry & Fish Curry Ramen) overwhelmed each other to the extent that the uniqueness of the meal was lost in its complexity. The battered fish in the ramen, while delicious, becomes soggy in the broth as it is a large portion that takes a while to eat. Appreciate the creativity & like a fine wine, one needs to learn how to appreciate the flavours as they emerge. We also chose Studio East this time as our out of town friends included 1 vegan & 1 non-seafood eater, so the menu works very well for that. I'd like to come back & try some other dishes, but it will be awhile while we 'digest' our experience.

DV
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It's a casual spot, though I would appreciate tables rather than high tables with stools.

w
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite restaurant! Fabulous food and cocktails!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best burger I ever had. Fast and friendly service.

L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great place!

M
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and great service, can’t wait to go again

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family visited Halifax on vacation and this was our favorite meal of the trip. Not only was the food delicious, but our waiter Alex really went the extra mile to make our experience memorable. Thank you for the Peggy's Cove recommendations, Alex!

EB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can’t believe we have not been there sooner. Will recommend and also will be back.

RG
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was service felt a little
Rushed.

T
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

We did enjoy our experience at Studio East and thought the food was solid, but not spectacular. We were a party of five and saw several different dishes, the standouts probably being the chicken skin appetizer and the the dumpling appetizer. The fish tacos were good and so were both ramen offerings, but I wouldn’t say any of them really stirred the soul. The service was very friendly and helpful which was the highlight of the meal. As far as the space itself, they have tables outside which would be great on a nice evening, but the tables inside were quite warm without any air conditioning. There were some other things on the menu that I’d like to try and the service was great, so I’d give it a recommendation.

j
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time eating there. The food was so flavourful and our server was fantastic ! Will definitely go back!!

G
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food, love this place. Very casual and unfussy.

BL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good although I wish you had more vegetarian options.

The bit of nann bread was $7! That is way too expensive and we didn't get much bread.

PJ
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around
Not to be missed
Sat outside
Really great service
A must in Halifax

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Looooooooove Studio East! Service and food are amazing. A little too loud and echo-y on the far side of the resto. I continue to bring friends and family there. Hard to get them to go back with me due to noise. Everyone always looooves the food

SS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. The cocktails were fun and yummy . The staff friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Highly recommend!

EG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious with bright flavor and beautiful presentation! Our server was sweet and attentive; our new favorite place!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place. Friendly staff. Superb food. I suggest you try their Caesar cocktail- likely the best in Hfx

FS
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

While all the dishes ordered were excellent, the ramen bowls were outstanding - deep flavours.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great casual atmosphere but rather dark inside and a tad noisy but after a while it wasn’t noticed. Some well placed lighting would provide added ambiance and light. Nonetheless, food and service was very good. It’s the kind of place I look for but is hard to find. Well done.

E
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

The server didn’t explain the dish at all, and then ignored us after someone else dropped off our food. As a server myself I was disappointed with the lack of caring from the server and the quality of the food

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