The Stubborn Goat Gastropub

4.2
474 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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The Stubborn Goat Gastropub is the place in downtown Halifax to go for craft beer and upscale comfort food. Our focus since day one has been to source as many ingredients as possible locally to give every guest the freshest and most flavourful dining experience. We believe that sharing food makes dining together better, so we offer a large selection of social plates geared toward sharing. Let our talented professionals take you on a fun journey of the best Nova Scotia has to offer!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(902) 405-4554
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Dan Price
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Cross Street
Blowers St
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Parking Details
Street parking is available at meters.
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Public Transit
Plenty of public transit options nearby as we are located in the heart of Downtown Halifax.
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Entertainment
Offering a wide variety of local musicians from solo acts, duets, acoustic and more.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Food
4.4
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Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Didn’t realize. Memorial cup weekend. Resto was good tho and they coped w the hockey folks well. Great service.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at the Stubborn Goat. Loved it! Food, service and atmosphere great! It is a bit loud in there but it is part of the over experience. Definitely will be back!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service was GREAT. Friendly, helpful, understanding. A bit loud with the live Music, but that was just me who did not know about it. It created a good atmosphere. My food was a bit cold (meatballs) and my fries were all the ‘small ends’ Of the fries. But i loved the idea of ‘social food’. Overall we had a good night!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

While the stubborn goat offers a great atmosphere, location and social plates. It’s food is very subpar. They have a few stellar dishes while most others are mediocre at best. The servers are nice but it is difficult to get refills, etc. As well, neighbouring tables are very close.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Stubborn Goat has amazing food, great service, and I love the atmosphere

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TO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had the most fantastic breakfast/brunch at the Stubborn Goat.... smoked salmon, banoffi waffles, buffalo chicken waffle tacos..... all delicious! Now I want to go there for dinner too!

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JM
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great brunch and fantastic value

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was awesome, food was good, love the atmosphere.

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PW
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable . Great new menu additions. Made the reservation on line, so easy! Had best seat in the house by the window. Not our first visit and definitely not our last.

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EC
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yes
Ive recommended many many people over the yrs
Espec on the boardwalk location

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BM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Fun place with a good vibe - but go for the vibe and drinks - not the food. Sorry to say, but the food lacked taste. No pizzazz. But it was an enjoyable evening due to great service and fun surroundings.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

Went for wing night. Service was extremely slow. We were there for over an hour and a half just to each order 1lb of wings which are on the appetizer menu. It took half an hour to even be asked our food order and another half hour for the food to be served. Thankfully the wings were delicious, but they were the only good thing about our visit. I typically love the stubborn goat and have good experiences so was very disappointed by this last visit

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TS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We had brunch on a Sunday Morning.The service was fine for coffee and water refills but the food was not the greatest.We could see the kitchen and watched as our food sat there and sat there and got colder and colder.Which was strange given that The Goat says that the food comes to your table as it is ready.This definitely did not happen.All of our food came to the table at the same time.
This is the second time in a row that the food has been less than average.I don't think that we will go back for a very long time.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

This is a tough one to write because it's a really popular resto. The four things that turned me and my table mates off were:
1. The excellent server (who was great all evening) advised us after ordering that the style of service is "social" meaning the food comes out when it's ready to ensure it's hot and perfect. Meaning we may receive our meals up to 10 min apart. What? That's abdicating the hardest part of cooking for more than one person!
2. The mushroom risotto was a deep fried hockey puck of dryness. No smooth creamy wonderfulness
3. While the risotto was unexpectedly fried he coconut shrimp was not. It was overcooked and bland.
4. It was expensive. Three mains and one app (just water) was over $100 after tax before tip.
The next night we went to 2 doors down and was blown away.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to visit the Goat. Excellent service, a huge selection of beer and cider, decent wine list and generally very good food. The thin crust pizzas are particularly fine. For me this and the Old Triangle are Halifax’s premier pubs.

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FH
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Food-wise our table was hit and miss, 4 meals, 2 were great and 2 not so much. However the service and atmosphere will bring us back for another try.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great. Portions were too small. As as appetizers, the food was about right, but the prices were too high, imo.

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E
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

I was happy with the service. The server was quick and would check up on us but she was very quiet.

The food is what I was disappointed in the most. It came way too quickly (probably 5 mins after being ordered) which indicates it wasn’t made on the spot.

We ordered the lobster Mac and cheese, which only tasted like lobster (no cheese flavouring) and the consistency was off. The roasted Brussels spouts came out either boiled or steamed and was definitely not roasted. The pea croquettes were our least favourite. Not sure why that’s on the menu.

Our favourite appie was the fries. I guess it’s hard to screw up fried potatoes.

I’m not this aggressive ever about food but it was extremely disappointing and I don’t think I’ll be back for food. Probably just drinks and maybe the fries again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was excellent. Very knowledgeable on menu items as well as beer. Great smiles from staff, made for a comfortable and pleasant dining experience!

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the Stubborn Goat. This is the second time we have been here and it was just as amazing as the first. The food is delicious, service is very friendly, and price is right! Making a reservation is very easy on line. We will be back, my son picked the Stubborn Goat as the restaurant for his birthday lunch (he just turned 12!). Thanks for making his day special.

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AS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We will be back. Portions were perfect, food was delish, and prices were very reasonable.

Try everything, it's all great.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Unfortunately the food was not as good this visit. We've been to your restaurant three other times. We had the chicken pizza this visit and the chicken seemed like "yesterday's" old dark meat. The rest of the pizza was good, but chicken on pizza should be fresh and tender. And this was not. The ambiance is great, the server was friendly, the drink options were wide and varied. Overall, we'll be back... but we'll try something else next time.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

super good, food was fast and delicious. even thoguh its loud, the tables are far enough away that it doesnt really affect your party

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GM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Only one negative. They need to fix their bathroom.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

They have a new brunch menu which we all thought was terrible. None of us will be back

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ML
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Brunch... great vibe. Meal hit the spot!

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C
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My group had a wonderful experience at The Stubborn Goat Gastropub. Our server was very tentative and gave great food and drink recommendations!

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EP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

They were clean, nice atmosphere, food was great, food came out fast, waitress was very nice. Have been there before and found the nois level high but we were seated at a different table and the nois was not nearly as bad

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

First time there. My husband and I shared a pizza. It was great!

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a fantastic dinner I have been their before it’s great food as well as fantastic atmosphere. Little noisy with the music but the food is the best part.

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TS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

had the fundue.whoever made had gone overboard with the cheese.there was next to no cheese flavour to it,just an off putting wine taste.the rest of the food was fine

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D
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent. Two of us had the lobster Mac and cheese and it was one of the best we’ve ever had. Truffle fries were great. Waitress was very good and made sure we have everything we needed and was very friendly.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was incredible! The food was amazing and the drink as well! We had a wonderful night with friends!

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a delicious meal. We did find the music from the speakers far too loud. However, after speaking with our sweet waitress she promptly pulled the remote from her pocket and turned it down. The salmon was cooked to perfection. We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Our service was poor. The waitress did not pay much attention to us. The appetizer was good but cold. Our burger was over cooked and the mushroom Mac and cheese was very bland.

This has been my favourite restaurant for the past 4 years and this was the first time we were not impressed with our meal. On top of it we were sad to see the green beans and Stallone pizza fell off the menu as they were our favourite dishes

I am not sure if this was simply a bad night for the kitchen and service but this experience has impacted our view and love for the stubborn goat

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I would say yes and no. Usually we love the Stubborn Goat. We made a reservation for six upstairs well in advance and requested the upstairs as we find it quieter. When we went upstairs the hostess realized it was a table for four. We were then seated downstairs in order to accommodate our group. The hostess was very apologetic.
The food was good but not as great as we were used to. The meatloaf had amazing flavour but was a bit tough and dry. The fries, always a fan favourite with our group were warm but not their usual piping hot. It might have just been an off night. I would say our waitress was excellent and attentive.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I think the prices went up since my last visit, some items they could actually charge more for, I felt, oddly enough.
The food was served very quickly, my only reason for 4 stars on the service aspect would be, in my opinion, hold off on the cooking of the orders, untill I was a little further into my first drink.
Some of the best food in the city, some of the best drinks, awesome service and decent music.
I love this spot.

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M
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super engaged and knowledgeable staff. Great twist on tapas.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The hostess and our waitress were amazing. They were so kind and friendly. Great atmosphere.

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