The Five Fishermen

4.6
1639 reviews
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Seafood
Join us at Five Fishermen restaurant in Downtown Halifax and let the personalized service and warm contemporary ambiance, set the tone for an exceptional dining experience.

Choose from a varied selection of the finest seafood available, or indulge in our critically acclaimed prime center cut steaks, aged 28 days and wood fire grill to perfection. Complement your meal with a selection from our wine menu — an award-wining list of more than 200 wines curated by our Sommelier.

If a more relaxed experience is desired, visit our lively bar where you can sip classic and creative hand-shaken cocktails or a selection of micro-brewed beers and ales, regional wines, single-malt scotches and fresh squeezed juices and enjoy signature appetizers . Whatever the occasion, from a quiet weeknight dinner to a special private event, let us handle every detail. We'll do the work. You bask in the glory.

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Join us at The Five Fishermen restaurant in Downtown Halifax and let the personalized service and warm contemporary ambiance set the tone for an exceptional dining experience.

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was terrific. We had not been there in 26 years. Like the changes that were made a couple of years ago.

SC
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Lobster, recommended

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and staff. Very knowledgeable regarding the menus and pairing wines

HS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious! I was there as a party of four, and all of us thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. We had a beautiful view of Parade Square and we felt well taken care of.

LG
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Five Fishermen is always the "special event" destination restaurant we save up for. The food is always delicious, and the service exemplary. And the servers, despite probably hearing the same question a million times over, still enthusiastically share the ghost stories and their own personal experiences, which is always fun.

BP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Wonderful service and seafood.

JR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great. Restaurant was beautiful. Food was entirely underwhelming.

B
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dining experience. Oyster Rockefeller were delicious for a first time oyster patron

Steak was perfect


Outstanding service

PC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Lovely place, extremely noisy, slow service. Food was good, not worth the price in my opinion. I would go again but only for a special occasion.

g
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service / food / atmosphere and location, highly recommend

C
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service from Carly. She even noticed that it was my father in laws bday and presented him with a lovely combination of desserts on the house!

BB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food excellent! This place really knows how to cook fish! Staff very helpful- decor & music choice not to our taste -but overall an excellent last meal for us on trip to Halifax

JO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The overall rating would have been excellent but for the hard faced woman with tattoos on her left arm who did nothing but prowl around with a tablet in her hand. She never smiled once. She growled at staff in front of patrons, an absolute no no in any quality establishment. The staff were clearly intimidated by her. She had absolutely no interaction with patrons. I did not see her smile once. It was a particularly poor look for a top flight restaurant. She could and should have been helping out as the restaurant was full and the other staff were going flat out when she was just mooning around trying to look important

SR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing ambiance and the food was incredible.
Service was friendly efficient and attentive
Will be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience at The Five Fishermen was incredible! The service was second to none and the halibut was perfectly cooked and absolutely wonderful. We were there for our anniversary and were made to feel very special. Thanks again for an amazing evening!

GK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent! Everything about it was Excellent! We had a wonderful evening!

KH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The taste of food was amazing and I liked that they have a valet parking service

DT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

The service was outstanding, the food was beautifully presented, and it tasted as good as it looked. My only negative comment is the fact that we were put in a very empty, quiet, behind the smoky kitchen room. It might have been because there were 11 of us, but we were the last seating of the night and it would have been nice to have been seated IN the restaurant, where we could see the city we were visiting for 3 nights AND celebrating a 47th wedding anniversary of one of my guests. It was TOO quiet at times and it made it very awkward at times.

L
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Poor service by waitress, it was the busboy that took our orders. Lobsters and vegetables were over cooked. I don't think the lobsters were 1.5lb like we ordered, they seem very small.

MC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious, especially the Mac and cheese side and the roasted vegetables. Service was fine but slow. Cocktails lacked flavour.

DP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and a perfect drink! We ordered two old fashions smoked! A great drink leads to anticipation fora great meal. My husband's pork Chop was tender, moist delicious cut. It was surrounded by fresh vegetables carrots,mushrooms sautéed in a wine bath that complimented the entire meal. My scallops dish~coquille st Jacques was very special! Mushrooms were superb varied by local foraging. Just the right combination of fresh herbs, cheese and cognac. Make the reservation service was on point enjoyed our evening dinner very much!

DB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and a solid atmosphere. The chowder was superb. For the prices, we would have expected more than just steamed vegetables. The panacotta was quite bland.

E
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were here 10 years ago and it was good then but WOW what great change and remodelling to the place. We were in Halifax for 6 days for a family reunion and tried a number of local restaurants in the city, this, by far, was the best meal we had during our trip! Casual, yet upscale, modern yet welcoming and each employee made you happy that you were there! Keep up the good customer service and delicious recipes because that combination is what makes people come back!!!

TM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the five fish, it was our anniversary and presented a tray of deserts with a rose and card so very nice touch.

T
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best culinary experiences in the East Coast! Our server was extremely friendly & knowledgeable about the wine list & dishes. Delicious seafood, amazing ambiance, and a great location in the heart of Downtown Halifax. We will definitely come back on our next trip!

JW
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Recommend it for the food. Had an early reservation and the place was not busy. It was our 50th wedding anniversary so wanted to sit in a large booth to feel a bit more private. They insisted twice that we had to sit at a place for 2 even though there were places for 4 open and were still open when we left. Another couple was in a booth for 4. Third time they relented and gave us a booth for 4. Not likely to go back as access to upper level is not easy for limited mobility issues.

SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited the Five Fisherman for our anniversary and we were so impressed by the ambience, the service and the food. Our server, Tyler, was so helpful and professional. I had the lobster which was cooked perfectly along with a variety of vegetables and potatoes. My husband enjoyed the five fisherman signature dish. All of the sea food in his dish was cooked perfectly grilled on wood which added great flavour. Unfortunately we are from British Columbia, otherwise we would visit again soon!

DS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Carly was a phenomenal server. It was our first anniversary and she made us feel special from the moment we sat down. The food was fantastic and the desserts were delicious. Can't wait to go again next year when we come back to visit Nova Scotia .

This was our second time at five fishermen. The first time was also excellent.

FR
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was a birthday dinner and surroundings and food met and indeed exceeded our expectations. We will look forward to frequenting this establishment again.

J
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The reason why the rating is a 4 is because the food was delicious! Unfortunately the service was sub par. We had to ask for water 3 times, we didn’t get the truffle fries we ordered and when we advised him to cancel the fries he didn’t even acknowledge the fact that he forgot them. We also noticed a manager guy walking around the different tables and at the hostess desk when we left and not once did he say hi to our table or buy when we left. For a restaurant of this caliber I would’ve excepted way better service

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!!!!

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Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic seafood, service and ambiance. A definite MUST when in Halifax, NS!!

JW
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

If you prefer to sit in and nice place that is rather new and prepared to pay a bit more for for the food then this is the place for you, how ever if you would rather go down the road and pay half the money at a lessor place for the same food then so be it. The food I ordered was tasty and cooked to perfection mind you not big portions but tasty.

GL
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lobster was amazing. Oysters were perfect. Wish I could try the whole menu!!!!

DH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I made the reservation online and mentioned that it was a special occasion. We were seated and the server brought us champagne. She asked about the special occasion and I told her it was our honeymoon. We ordered our food (Coquilles st. Jaques and the five fish dish) and vino. All was spectacular! We were waiting to ask for the bill when she brought us dessert with a rose. Nice touch and very classy. Thanks to all the staff that came by and congratulated us. Cheers!

FM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Moi et mon père sommes parti de Québec afin de manger dans ce restaurant. Cet endroit est plus que parfait à tous les niveaux. Notre serveuse Kristen était parfaite !!! Celle-ci prenait le temps de discuter avec nous, nous conseiller des agencements de plat et son service était impeccable. Il n'y a pas de mot qui existe pour dire comment la nourriture était succulente !!! Si je retourne à Halifax, soyez certain que je retourne à ce superbe restaurant.

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The only complaint I have, a significant one, is there was TOO much salt in the food.

SN
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our first time in Halifax and Five Fishermen was recommended to us by our Hotel.
We spent three nights there and chose to dine at Five Fishermen two of those.
Each time my husband and I had the 5 fish platter....absolutely delicious and so fresh.
A very busy venue yet your servers are at the top of their game! We look forward to our next opportunity to dine with you.

t
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed the wonderful seafood. Great service from Andrea. Attentive, friendly and professional.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you to The Five Fisherman restaurant and our server Aaron for a most special 50th Anniversary dinner. From the moment we sat down Aaron treated us like royalty. The food was delicious and the service was 5 star. In recognition of our special day Aaron brought us complimentary champagne and dessert with a beautiful red rose. It truly was a night to remember!

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