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!
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.
It's a casual spot, though I would appreciate tables rather than high tables with stools.
Our favourite restaurant! Fabulous food and cocktails!
Best burger I ever had. Fast and friendly service.
Excellent food and great service, can’t wait to go again
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!
Can’t believe we have not been there sooner. Will recommend and also will be back.
Food was service felt a little
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.
Our first time eating there. The food was so flavourful and our server was fantastic ! Will definitely go back!!
Amazing food, love this place. Very casual and unfussy.
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.
Excellent all around
Not to be missed
Really great service
A must in Halifax
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
Great experience. The cocktails were fun and yummy . The staff friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Highly recommend!
The food was delicious with bright flavor and beautiful presentation! Our server was sweet and attentive; our new favorite place!
Excellent place. Friendly staff. Superb food. I suggest you try their Caesar cocktail- likely the best in Hfx
While all the dishes ordered were excellent, the ramen bowls were outstanding - deep flavours.
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.
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
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.
“Perfecto”, great smaller menu with lots of diversity and flavors to be had!
Overall a good experience.
Family group of 9
Great place and excellent food. Portions were large and the meals were delicious. I highly recommend Studio East.
Beautifully presented meal. Gluten free fryer! Attentive servers. Friendly ambiance. Enjoyed our meal.
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!
It was nice!
Service was wonderful food terrific, just a bit hard to hear a conversation 😉
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.
Great vibe and the food was delectable. I found the menu was a bit pricey for the quantity of food.
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 !!!
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!
Great and creative food at a very reasonable price. Studio East continues to be one of our favorite restaurants.
The food was top notch, in particular, the banana split.
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!!!
Great staff. The food was amazing! Great service! I can’t wait to go there again.
Wonderful food and fantastic dinner
It's a great restaurant - food truly outstanding. But it's super loud and not all that comfortable. So big tradeoff.