Studio East

4.5
143 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • 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, 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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Neighbourhood
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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 143 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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K
1 review
5.0Dined 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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New England
1 review
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
8 reviews
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food !

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L
1 review
3.0Dined 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
2.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch. Fantastic!

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K
Toronto
1 review
3.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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New England
1 review
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The service and other patrons were excellent and very friendly. The seating was uncomfortable and the noise level was quite high that evening.

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RM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
5.0Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, ambiance and service was excellent. Really enjoyed my visit here. Our server in particular was fantastic - she was prompt, polite and very knowledgeable. I will definitely be coming back here.

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MC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant does a lot with a small space. The lower ceiling can make things a bit noisy, but that's the only issue here. The food has an asian flare but is unlike anything you ever tasted, made with local ingredients, it's always on-point. Amazing tiki cocktails and great local beers on tap. The atmosphere is fun/trendy. Highly recommend this little gem.

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TL
Atlantic Canada
1 review
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere, amazing service!

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LH
Las Vegas
1 review
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Creative, fun menu, great value, live music Sunday night. lots of fun!

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F
Atlantic Canada
10 reviews
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good place to meet friends. Great food with many gf options. Lively atmosphere. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. And I like that you can make a reservation here.

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T
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was great, so many different flavors in each dish. We got the sushi taco, dumpwings, Japanese fried chicken and burger. We thought the fried chicken was a lot better than the burger — it almost had too much going on. I believe the dishes had a beautiful presentation but the lighting was so dim I couldn’t see what I was eating. I kept pulling out my phone to shine a light on my meal. So the presentation was lost. Service was fast and friendly.

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K
Atlantic Canada
1 review
5.0Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and our server Cassie was outstanding Please pass along our compliments to both Cassie and the geniuses in the kitchen.

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RC
1 review
2.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Mixed feelings. The food was good, my boyfriend enjoyed the appetizer, I didn’t (not a big deal) the wine was great as well as the service. Our only qualm was the table we were at, probably the single worst table I’ve ever been sat at (and we had a reservation) the music didn’t match the environment, zero ambiance, tables too close together, also tables are far too high. Wasn’t impressed over all, but would go back for the food at a less busy time.

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M
1 review
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food, outstanding service, very uncomfortable chairs and benches.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
4.0Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Great service. Burger was terrific. Never had a fried egg on my burger before! We did find the lighting was way too dim. We could barely see what we were eating.

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SD
1 review
5.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had calamari to start and the Japanese fried chicken for the main. It was absolutely delicious!

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AF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing customer service, even though was a busy valentine's day, staff kept full control. Amazing food! Special thanks for Kathy!

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