Studio East

4.6
251 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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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

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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.

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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!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Overall a good experience.

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

Family group of 9

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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.

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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.

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PS
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!

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

It was nice!

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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 😉

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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.

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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.

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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 !!!

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CS
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!

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Miami
7 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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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was top notch, in particular, the banana split.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was amazing except the obvious drunk at the next table which unfortunately is like 12” away and you might as well be at the same table.
I’d asked to move but the only had a table for four open they needed to keep available for a larger party as it is very busy. Great server and fabulous food we will go back! The rice bowl with pork was phenomenal as was the ramen bowl with pork!!!

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NF
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff. The food was amazing! Great service! I can’t wait to go there again.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and fantastic dinner

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Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It's a great restaurant - food truly outstanding. But it's super loud and not all that comfortable. So big tradeoff.

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience at Studio East. Service was great and staff were helpful with both the wine pairing and dinner suggestions.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a great meal. All special request were happily made. Love this spot

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AE
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great place, interesting menu and cool atmosphere

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JC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I don't know if I'm being credited with all my open table reservations. Hope I am. I love this restaurant , the food is unbelievable and I find myself having cravings for menu items.

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FD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Nice trendy restaurant. A lot of people, quite noisy. The food is quite good and the prices are fair.

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend Paula and I came to celebrate and we were not disappointed. Ray prepared us lovely appetizers and an amazing meal. We love the ambiance of Studio East and tell everyone we know to check it out. We will be back! Thanks,Bettina Baker

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

My first trip to Studio East was great. This trip was not as good. I will go one more time to see if this was just a blip. My resevation was for a tegular table but we got a high table with stools. My Ramen bowl was a bit bland and uninspired. My friend’s fish tacos were good but not great. Our server was nice and efficient. My friend and I had to get up and move our table ourselves because where they had positioned it meant I kept hitting my head on the lamp. Again, this time was alright but not nearly as good as the first time.

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AL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I've been here a few times over the last few years and usually order the pork ramen bowl -- which I have enjoyed many times at Studio East. Though, having recently gone here, I ordered the same pork ramen bowl -- the "ultimate" size, as usual -- and noticed the portions were significantly smaller and was not worth the price ($18.95). The giant bowl only had two (!) spoonfuls of noodles, very little vegetables, and two very small, one-bite sized pieces of meat. When I got the bowl, it was full of soup, but you could not even slightly see the contents in the bowl because it seemed like all the soup was masking the food that was not in there -- it lacked plating. I have also ordered this to-go before, and have gotten way more meat/contents. The portions are inconsistent. Additionally, I usually order this item gluten-free (so it comes with rice noodles -- the most economical/affordable noodles out there in-store). I addressed the portion with the server and she said that because the dish is GF, the portions are usually smaller... which is 1) not the greatest response and 2) seems unfair if that's the case. As someone who can't eat gluten, I so often have to pay MORE to have my dish modified or have food items subtracted from the dish, without having these items be supplemented for. A better business plan would be to compensate for subtracting gluten-items. They gave me a 25% discount for dissatisfaction, which was nice of the staff, but the dish, as it was, was still not worth the discounted price. I was an advocate of this restaurant before, but now I am no longer a fan and will not be returning.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food, as always, was spectacular. But the service was subpar. I don’t mind waiting when it’s busy, but we sat at our table for half an hour before our waitress came to take our drink order. Other staff members asked us how our food was and refilled our drinks, and then she would come around to ask if we needed anything.

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EH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome food, as always. Staff are friendly, service is fast.

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TM
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It's a good relaxed spot in the north end , with good food.

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KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Henry was a great server, portion sizes and flavours were amazing

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CN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very good food. great vibe
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MC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Have heard great reviews from other guests of this restaurant and we love to try new spots in the city. We were disappointed. Ordered an app that never came. Dry burger, salty dumplings.... hoping this was just a one off and the previous reviews were correct. The service was almost too efficient as funny as that sounds, almost felt as if were were being pushed out (there was no wait to indicate that the table was needed.) We won’t be heading back anytime soon.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The Japanese fried chicken was awesome!!

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JR
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food. We will be back

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M
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a great time whenever we’re there. Atmosphere is always amazing!

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience. Went for a birthday with a table of 6. Attentive, knowledgeable service. All of our needs were met at a timely and cheerful fashion. A few of us asked about tiki cocktails and our server graciously concocted delicious drinks on the fly. Food was well timed, generous, perfectly seasoned and beautiful. A fantastic time was had by all and greatly appreciated. We will all return and recommend to our friends. Thank you

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R
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience, affordable price...amazing taste for the ribs, highly recommanded...we will come for sure for next. Thanks again Ray

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NB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first visit to Studio East. We will certainly be back. Our table was ready at the time we had reserved it. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was wonderful. Studio East had a real positive buzz and, while on the slightly noisy side, it was not so loud as to limit conversation in any way. The lighting fit the ambiance but it was dim enough that it did inhibit our ability to easily and fully appreciate the presentation of our meals in their bowls. It did appear that presentation was important and was first rate. The food itself was superb. The non-drinker of us did suggest that such an excellent restaurant, that prides itself on being local, should have some local kombucha on tap or at least available in bottles.

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