Studio East

4.6
156 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
STUDIO EAST ETHNIC GASTROPUB

You'll find the locals at Studio East enjoying craft beer, an urban space in the bustling Upper West End. Sit at the open bar kitchen and watch one of Nova Scotia's premier restauranteurs, Chef Ray Bear, personally shuck an icy plate of fresh oysters for you. 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. Warm sushi. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Gastro Pub, Asian
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Hours of Operation
HOURS
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Summer Patio Open for Drinks at 4pm (weather depending)
Summer Happy Hour Daily 4-6pm (weather depending)
Kitchen opens at 5pm

CLOSED on statutory holidays (New Year's Day, Heritage Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Labour Day, Christmas Day & Boxing Day).

Canada Day July 1st - Sausage Take-Over
Swing by our patio for some housemade BBQ sausage and cold drinks!! (we're closed for full dinner service though)

For updates follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @StudioEastHFX

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Phone number
(902) 422-8096
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ray Bear/Saronn Pov
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Cross Street
Cunard & Robie
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Parking Details
Free parking on Cunard & Clifton Streets.
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Entertainment
Jazz Night Sundays Live and Happy Hour All Night ... Every Sunday (except special days/events).
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Special Events & Promotions
See our website menu > Celebrations/Events
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 156 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
Service
4.3
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4.4
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CM
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food with excellent presentation. Fun and engaging staff.

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IT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious and interesting food, locally sourced. I went with a friend and shared the chicken skins, cauliflower and broccoli dish, charcuterie board and french fries. Everything was so well made, so beautifully presented, and, well, just yum. And service was prompt, checked in often and very friendly. We sat on the patio and enjoyed some of the last rays of summer, it was loud because it's on a main street, but totally manageable.

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GN
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best ramen ever!! Charcuterie Board was awesome! Very creative & tasty menu. We have only a couple of days here and wish we have more time to sample the other dishes. Definitely recommended 👍🏻

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food & cocktails!

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E
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food. Chicken crisps are outstanding. Very interesting Asain fusion.
Knowledgeable wait staff that care about food. Worth the money. You should go.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great beers and really really good food. Try the chicken skins and the Filipino Pineapple BBQ Pork. I would eat that again right now!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had an excellent evening. The only opportunity for improvement for us would be the actual chairs. Not very comfortable and just not inviting.

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LD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were looking for something different and we food it!! Great food, cool spot and people that cared. Definitely recommend the dumpwings, warm sushi and the Thai chicken curry ( there is also a tofu version)

Awesome job overall

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y
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A bit loud, and it wasn't full at all - maybe the music was just up too high. We had to yell across the table. But food is always amazing. The burger I think is overpriced for what you get compared to the size of the rest of the dishes, but tasty for sure.

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JK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food in a small quirky setting! The service is great and you can make a reservation - a plus in this small wonderful restaurant

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L
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our absolute favourite restaurant in Halifax. The food is delicious!

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AC
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have gone before and were really impressed. This time the food was very good but the first time the food was remarkable. We will definitely return for the excellent service.

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LP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great flavorful food. Our server was perfectly attentive. Aside from one minor distraction of our Tandori steak, which was delicious, but a little chewier than preferred. This wasn't a big issue but our server took it off our bill without us evening asking, which showed such care and consideration for our experience with the restaurant. My party had 8 people in it and we all agree that Studio East would become a part of our regular restaurant rotation. The group ordered the Dumpwings, Pad Thai Wings, Calamari Pakora, Tandori Steak, Butter Chicken, and the burger. Everything was delicious. Portions were big. And the pricing was a great deal, especially compared to other restaurants that were considered. We were all very happy.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The quality of the food was top notch as always!!! The server was attentive, pleasant and had a great sense of humour. We also tried the shortcake (deconstructed) - very unique take but yummy nonetheless. Thank You studio east!

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Creative and interesting menu options. The Pad Thai chicken wings were delicious, sticky and with the right amount of sweetness. Charcuterie platter was really different, definitely an adventure. The burger was awesome, juicy and tasty. The poke sushi taco was not a hit, not much fish and with a greasy tasting shell.
Staff was wonderful and other diners were friendly, very nice atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Thai wings are spectacular. So many gf options. Thank you. Lovely meal on the patio.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing birthday supper here! The staff took such great care of everything, service was fantastic and food was delicious. One of my favourite spots in Halifax.

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G
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Asian fusion food in Halifax. One of our favourite local restaurants!

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KL
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a great meal on Saturday night at studio east. We started with the calamari and both had the chicken Thai rice dish which was delicious!

My only complaint is that it is a small seating space, gets loud at times and can feel like you are sitting with the people next to you. Overall a good experience though and I would definitely go back.

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about this place ..staff n food were awesome ...will be going back for sure :)

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S
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always an amazing dinner out at Studio East. The food never disappoints. Great cocktail options and a relaxed atmosphere. We love this place. I had the rice bowl which was so flavorful. The new fried chicken was a big hit as well.

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OT
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ramen! And the playlist brought back all my memories of undergrad!!

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S
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious, all 6 of us ordered the Rice Bowl, one of the best meals I've ever eaten in this city. So good.

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RC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

second time here. great starters!! vice nice atmosphere and the service is especially good. had the chicken__excellent !! will be back soon !

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A real gem with home made good, and creative options.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Service, drinks and atmosphere were all on point, and I would come back based on that, alone. The food was okay. The warm sushi was mostly rice (would have been nice to have some veg rolled into the middle). A very cool idea, though, and the flavours were excellent. The taco's piece parts were good on their own, but together kind of fell a bit flat for me. The pad Thai chicken wings smelled strongly of fish sauce, and I had a hard time getting past that. That said, the flavour was okay. Finally, yellow curry was very tasty, but had no kick or spice. Would be nice if there was an option for heat level on the menu.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here for a nice birthday dinner and weren’t let down. She’s celiac and they have so many gluten free options that don’t skip on flavour. Added bonus— Sunday’s happy hour is all night 🍻

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TS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food !

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L
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Service was terrible - we could hardly get a drink to save our lives! I've normally had great service here but this particular visit was just awful. Food was great, we ended up having to go to the bar to order drinks because they just never arrived. Our server was totally oblivious.

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Not a great experience. It was the warmest day of the year and their air conditioner wasn't working. The food and service was so-so and the bottled beer was closer to warm than cold. Had heard good things about the place but after our experience, not likely to return.

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g
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I had heard how great this place was and went there for a birthday meal. We did enjoy our evening, but felt that the servers were not very attentive. The calamari pakoras were really good and the tofu curry. The warmed up sushi was trying a bit too hard :)
I would go back to enjoy the patio.

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CK
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch. Fantastic!

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Pros: Food was outstanding and the service was very good.

Cons: Brutally uncomfortable chairs and benches. Also very noisy, not ideal for intimate conversations.

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DP
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service and meal were amazing as always! The dishes we ordered were so flavourful. Brought two friends who hadn't been before. Pretty sure they'll be back as will I!

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JM
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food , full of flavour. Fun drinks. Lots of vegetarian options. Amazing dessert doughnuts.

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KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Was delicious as usual. Staff and food was amazing. Nice way to celebrate my birthday 🎈

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RG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was great to see chef and we had a blast will be back again for sure ty

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RR
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We keep coming back. It has options for everybody in our party from the picky eaters to the Vegans.

The appetizers are interesting. The Calamari Pakora is a refreshing change from the rest of the calamari in Halifax. The Dumpwing and Chicken Crisp are novelties not to be missed.

My favourite and go-to is always the Ultimate Pork Ramen Bowl. The Chinese fried doughnut was crispy and the seasoning of the broth is delightful.

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JG
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was amazing and service excellent! Best burger ever eaten and the hand cut fries with truffle oil and grated Parmesan were perfect, even after they had cooled down. Well done! We’ll be back! Have to try the ramen bowls next!

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E
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The kitchen hours and quality were key factors in choosing Studio East for my birthday get together. The food was beautiful as were the drinks. We all loved the menu! Alex served our party and was considerate and great overall. Will definitely be back on many Friday’s in the future❤️

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