Studio East

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276 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!
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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

RH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

D
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant! Fabulous food and cocktails!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best burger I ever had. Fast and friendly service.

L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place!

M
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was service felt a little
Rushed.

T
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

G
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

BL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

FS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

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

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting Nova Scotia and Halifax for the first time. Another restaurant we had dinner at the prior evening suggested we try studio east. We were very happy. Everything was amazing. The chicken crisps are to dieeee for.

LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

“Perfecto”, great smaller menu with lots of diversity and flavors to be had!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Overall a good experience.

B
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Family group of 9

P
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place and excellent food. Portions were large and the meals were delicious. I highly recommend Studio East.

H
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautifully presented meal. Gluten free fryer! Attentive servers. Friendly ambiance. Enjoyed our meal.

PS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everytime we come to studio east we are always satisfied! From the delicious cocktails to the food that always has layers and layers of flavour, this place never disappoints!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

It was nice!

JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was wonderful food terrific, just a bit hard to hear a conversation 😉

JD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We have made a few visits to Studio East and have always enjoyed the taste and quality of the food. During our last visit, our server seemed to forget about us once the food was delivered. We were never asked about the food or offered another drink. We also had an appetizer order that was mixed up and the replacement was never delivered as promised, but was still on the bill. Just a couple of annoying points this time, but I would still return.

A
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great vibe and the food was delectable. I found the menu was a bit pricey for the quantity of food.

BN
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food !! Great service!! I will defiantly be back !! My only suggestion would be to introduce some new wines !! The flora from light foot and wolfville paired really nice with most dishes we had !! Thanks guys !!!

CS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were just down for the weekend and looking for a decent place to dine in with my husband and 2 teens and happened to notice Studio East on our way to another restaurant downtown Halifax. Parking was terrible so we decided to give Studio East a try. Within 15 minutes we'd reserved online, parked and had a table ready for us. We were immediately greeted and seated and the service was welcoming and warm. The food was a perfect fusion between pub and Asian fare. We loved it and would definitely return!

E
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great and creative food at a very reasonable price. Studio East continues to be one of our favorite restaurants.

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