The Five Fishermen

4.5
1942 reviews
CAN$51 and over
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1942 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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SueR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As it was our anniversary, we received a complimentary glass of bubbly and a rose at the end of dinner. The waitress was excellent. All staff were professional and attentive. The food was excellent. I’ve always enjoyed dining at this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place to eat in Halifax.

JL
JL2021
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Bring back the mussel bar! Otherwise, lovely. More hip than it used to be.

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Travtrini
Ottawa
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this new version of the Five Fishermen. The food was delightful and the service friendly and helpful. It has been a decade or more since we were last in Halifax and the Five Fishermen did not disappoint once again.

SH
StephanieH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

Do not order any seafood. Second time there and had seafood which was not fresh at all. I sent it back. Awful.

BM
BillM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely be back. Food was outstanding. Great atmosphere

PC
vipPriddisCouple
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

The Menu listed on open table was not the same as the menu we received in the restaurant. Open table showed a gluten free menu and when I asked the server they didn’t offer one. Even the main menu was different - far less choices were offered. I found the music too loud and the service to be a bit slow. The food overall was good but not exceptional.

KM
KevinM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

The 5 Fisherman has undergone a major renovation. It use to have an oyster bar, no longer. In fact although mussels was a featured special, the chef, Amy, had to come out to tell me she couldn’t serve them because they were so bad. It took 15 mins for the first staff to serve me for a drink. I was sitting at the bar in front of the bartender! While I understand measures for covid, the safety plexiglass screens are so close to the seats, your face practically presses against to sit down. I asked to move to a booth of two. They wouldn’t. They did buy me a glass of wine and an appetizer which I appreciated. For the past few years I’ve been going to the Bicycle Thief when I’m in town. I thought I would try the 5 Fisherman for nostalgic’s sake. Mistake. Back to the Bicycle Thief I go.

BR
BurgerReviewGuy26
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for Burger Week with a few friends. We all agreed it was the greatest burger we’ve all had. On top of the great food was the excellent service and friendly staff. Can’t wait to go back soon.

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Bearpair
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Exceptional meal. Quality and presentation excellent. Dessert a little underwhelming but very tasty. I expected something that would “blow me away” but hey, I’m hard to please.
Great atmosphere. No pressure dining. Certainly not rushed at all.
Only disappointment was when I called earlier to inquire about parking, no one answered the phone. Easy fix management.
My new fave in Halifax. Great job folks!

RP
ReidP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service and ambience was amazing. super friendly staff and the place looked fantastic. A few more vegetarian options would have been better.

DJ
DonnaJ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

All very good. Only slight negative: we were not asked how we wanted our filet mignon cooked and we didn’t think to ask so it was quite over cooked.

JG
JohnG
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was very very good. Selection was awesome and the atmosphere is very nice

JL
JerryL
Manitoba
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were originally seated in a very noisy section (just a large group having fun, but we couldn’t hear ourselves across the table) We asked our server if we could be moved, she was great! We moved, and everything was fantastic

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Devon
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Took a little long and low music but great experiences and would go back

DA
DanielA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Haven't been here in 30 years. Service was very good and food was excellent.
Both couples had celebrated our 49th wedding anniversaries in the past 2 weeks to 2 months so 5 Fisherman gave us all a comp glass of Champagne! Nice touch!
Food display on our plates was very interesting and quality was excellent. Ambiance was nice (we spent 2.5 hours there, BUT - and BIG BUT: music was too loud and seemed to focus on rap music!!! That alone may make us NOT ever go back. Spoke to our server a couple of times and she said management turned it down but not noticeably.
We observed that when we exited from the back room through to the stairs, the music seemed damped in this room.
Management: get your heads together! For a high quality restaurant, choose better "dining background" music not the bilge and volume you were playing.
Noise will be a major factor when anyone asks us how did we enjoy ourselves...

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Nathalia
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

Food is excellent, but the portions are tiny and overpriced. Service is below average. Asked for fresh grind peppers, we finished the food before the sever come back and without the pepper. Also, while paying, the server would stare directly at the keyboard while us tipping the tips. Very rude. Do not recommend.

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Jeannie
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was good from start to finish. Scallops -particularly good and generous portions. Only 3 cold deserts to choose from though.
Service extremely slow and server not well trained. We were seated over 15 mins before we were offered a drink, then waited another 15 mins to receive them . It was 45 mins before we received appetizers. Asked for tea at end of meal and it took server over 10 mins just to return and say they did not have any. However, we did not have the worst experience of the night, our server also drenched a woman in the neighboring table by spilling a full glass of water over her head!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The food was underwhelming and the prices were steep. After our server took our order, she disappeared until right about when we were done with our entrees. My water glass, which was the only drink I had at that point, stayed empty throughout my entire entree. I kept trying to flag a server down for a water refill but to no avail.

We complained about how skimpy the lobster tails were and to their credit they brought us each a new half-lobster tail. For a $180 dinner (2 people), it would have been nice to get a full lobster tail with the entree initially since it was listed as part of the entree, not after we’ve had to complain.

The ambiance in the restaurant was good, unfortunately it was overshadowed by the poor meal. All the best items that used to be on the menu, like their seafood chowder and their lobster Mac n cheese, are now gone.

This was our first anniversary dinner so it was supposed to be special, but in the end we wish we had gone somewhere else.

MP
MisterP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The lobster taill was the worst ever see and the rissoto was not enough salted .

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PatrickK
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lives up to reputation on all levels , friendly ambiance, wonderful evening .

JR
JillR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

We both had fish my plate was not edible I could not eat it and have it back My husbands halibut was dry question it being in a microwave the server was lovely and the manager apologize took my meal off and gave a gift certificates

NB
vipNellieBoBellie
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly a five-star experience at the Five Fishermen, from the service to the food, drinks and ambiance.

I was visiting from out of town and looking for a nice place to enjoy my last dinner in Halifax. I started off with an Old Fashioned, and ordered some oysters as an appetizer.

The oysters were perfectly shucked, leaving all the natural juices in the shell. My main dish “The Five Fish Experience” was exceptional in taste and presentation. I wouldn’t hesitate to return or recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a memorable meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

It was ok. Not sure I would go back. The service was great but sadly the food was just ok. The lobster crusted haddock was over cooked and the beef tenderloin we had was well cooked under seasoned …

RK
RickyK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good! Would recommend. Will be back to 5 fishermen!

JO
JOHNR
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The lobster was amazing. Great service, nice building.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When we are in Halifax we always eat at the Five Fisherman. We absolutely love it.
Thanks again for an amazing meal.

PM
PhillipM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The service at this restaurant is very poor and the food experience is only average at best. There are too many other good restaurants in Halifax to spend your money here, go somewhere else.

DJ
DJMG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

Extremely slow service. Food was good put not exceptional. Cold and cheap sides plated with main course. Would have ordered dessert but was too worried it would be another hour before we got it.

KB
KevinB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner for 4 and had a great experience and we were treated very well! Food and service were excellent!

AH
AndreaH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had my birthday dinner here and it was amazing. The bartender came up with new cocktails just for us, the food was delicious and the service warm and attentive. My sister-in-law who is the pickiest of eaters cleaned her plate for the first time ever that I had seen at a restaurant. The cherry on the top was the great music which was just at the right volume to create a nice vibe but quiet enough that conversation was easy. Highly recommend!

NT
NicholasT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

Ground floor is a supper club lounge vibe. Very loud. Not what we were expecting for fine dining restaurant.
Upstairs is nicely decorated but similarly loud. Server was not very attentive to the table. Dishes took over an hour to come out once ordered. Good was good, but priced as if it would be excellent.

AH
AllisonH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great visit. Solo traveling and inwas able to reserve a bar seat 12 hours before. Was very busy, waitress was apologetic she was not able to check in as much, but other staff made sure to help check in with everyone due to the busy time. Food was Amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was so memorable, we will never forget our time here!! The food was amazing and the service outstanding!!

J
Joeats
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and staff. Little bit over priced for the average pocketbook

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Celebrating birthday

MP
MelissaP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing and the food, delicious. The restaurant design is beautiful and we had nice views of the park across the street.

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Bruce
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It is a nice place to eat with good food, however it had a quieter and more comfortable feel before it seems to have gone through some reno's or upgrades?

RP
RandyP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, ambience and service. Unforgettable anniversary

PR
PopR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good quality food with little pretentiousness. Good value for high quality dining

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The Five Fishermen is rated 4.5 stars by 1942 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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