Studio East

4.7
174 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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, 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

Happy Hour Daily
Fall/Winter 5-6pm
Summer 4-6pm
Kitchen opens for dinner at 5pm

Closed on all statutory holidays. Open on Boxing Day December 26.
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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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Cunard & Robie
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Parking Details
Free parking on Cunard & Clifton Street
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Entertainment
Happy Hour All Night ... Every Sunday (except special days/events).
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Special Events & Promotions
See our website menu > Promo/Features
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

Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

$45 Prix Fix (3 Course Dinner) per person, 5pm-7pm seating only. Menu details to come.
If prix fix isn't your thing we're also offering our regular menu and New Year's features from 5pm-10pm. Desserts are offered until 11pm. Complimentary sparkling offered at countdown.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you to he great servers! We loved our girls night at Studio East! Delicious food and lovely atmosphere.

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CA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely blown away - Have been wanting to try Studio East for quite a while and it did not disappoint! Food was incredible, and Service was immeccable. We will be back soon.

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Worst food I have ever had - no idea how this place is still open. Great service, great atmosphere but the food was horrible.

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a fantastic time at Studio East while visiting Halifax - food was very tasty and very reasonably priced. They only offer 8oz glasses of wine, which was both a pro and con for me ;)

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was simply amazing !!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As always, Chef Luis Clavel produces and plated spectacular dishes in an intimate bar like atmosphere. Great for dining anytime, with a group or a family. Inspired food with great local beer on tap.

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EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Never disappointed there. The service is notable....flawless , really.
The food is very creative, well prepared using clean , fresh ingredients. Portions are very generous. This is one of the true gems in Halifax for dining.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fun, casual, cozy atmosphere. Food was great as always!

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R
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A fabulous experience. The food is beyond amazing.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Way too noisy, the tables are too crammed and the menu isn’t fantastic

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AC
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Studio East is never disappointing. Great food, drink, and service. Last night there was a mistake with one of the orders and they fixed it right away. The chef came to the table and personally apologized. This team really know what they are doing. We look forward to returning.

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MG
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Original restaurant, very original dishes. Attentive to sustainable food produce. A nice walk from downtown.

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M
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Phenomenal food, average-good service, and brutally uncomfortable chairs and benches. Brutally uncomfortable.

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JR
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was imaginative, well presented, delicious and adventurous but not strange. The service was exceptional and the general ambiance was warm and welcoming.

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r
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I ate here about 2+years ago and wasn't a fan as the menu was so limited with barely any vegetarian options. My how they have changed! The menu is much more expansive with a strong Asian influence. We absolutely loved it.

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KS
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Just want to say that the food was amazing, with many options for my friend who is allergic to gluten and dairy. And Cathy was super - really great service and so much fun!

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. I always love coming to this restaurant when I’m in Halifax. I’ve yet to have anything on this menu I’ve not enjoyed.

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CM
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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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E
Atlantic Canada
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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EH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was incredible, staff were kind and education on the menu. Price is right

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AC
Atlantic Canada
5 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
14 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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