The Stubborn Goat Gastropub

4.3
452 reviews
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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!
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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
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
3 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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OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great. Lots of people enjoying themselves. The server was attentive, friendly.

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EB
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food and ambience both rate very high, the noise level can tend to be high but not in any way disturbing. I do miss some of the pizzas that used to be available

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DC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Upon arriving we were sent to the wrong table, and when we finally made it to our accurate reserved table we were told we had to be cleared out in just over an hour. This wasn't an isolated mixup, as we observed several other parties being shuffled around with blame being given to 'the reservation system' over and over. After witnessing numerous mixups, I feel perhaps part of the blame rested on management - or a lack thereof. The food quality was far below what used to be standard for the Goat, including a questionably sour-tasting Funghi pizza (I've had this dish countless times, but this was most likely my last). Our drinks were great (the variety and quality are always perfect here), and our server was amazing and handled the added stress of the many mis-seated parties very well. Also missing was the amazing live entertainment, which may only be a summer feature. Overall, this experience left us with a bad taste in our mouths (pun intended) and we will likely only be back for patio season to grab drinks only.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bryan Adams preconcert dinner!

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I enjoyed your lunch menu on a previous visit so recommended this restaurant to my friends for supper. Two of us were not impressed by the supper menu and our friends thought it was Okay. So I would only recommend the lunch menu.

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LA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the food and service were excellent, as was the live music!
the only thing on my wish list would be more vegetarian mains.
Thanks!

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a
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambience. No too loud, enough for table conversations. The food is good but could be better. The pizzas are good but expensive. I found the dough a little undercooked. It's more of a pub than it is a restaurant.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server, Maggie, was as cute as a button. She was attentive and presented herself and the restaurant in a very professional manner - I would definitely go again with family, friends or for a business dinner - all good!

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ordered a bunch of shared plates, it was awesome!!

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a lovely night, the food was delicious and the ambience is great.

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

I took my family there as a Christmas get together as we like to pick a restaurant every year and have a nice meal and some quality time. I was disappointed with the lack of gluten free options and when asked if i could have the salmon and if they could substitute anything all I was told was it will cost extra. I am sure some small potatoes could have been substituted out. Very easy. Then when we got our bill there was 2 meat loafs listed because I had changed my mind from meat loaf to salmon. The return with the new receipt was very quick not sure how it was only like 10 seconds but that part was fast. I am not sure if I could go back to be honest. The food was good but for someone who is gluten free there wasn’t much choices. I also asked for medium steak and it was more rare then i would have liked. I didn’t send it back because everyone else had their food and was eating.

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HC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I had the onion burger. It was very tasty, but there were way too much condiments on it. Very messy and hard to keep the burger from sliding out of the bun. Crab cakes were fishy tasting.

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TH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience. Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Would highly recommend.

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LM
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I usually like it here. Great atmosphere, good service, but my breakfast was cold, undercooked and too rich.

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

There nine of us dining. The apps were delicious and everyone was very happy with them. However 3 meals were unsatisfactory and had to be returned. The lobster and crab Mac and Cheese was not well received and the diners felt the overall dish tasted fishy which should not happen if the lobster and crab are fresh. The pizza was very dry with little or no sauce. However the restaurant was very accommodating to replacing these meals. Although there were a few bumps with our meals, I enjoy the Stubborn Goat and would not hesitate to return.

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AV
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service, food and atmosphere! I celebrated my 25th birthday there Saturday and our waitress was amazing! She went above and beyond to make sure we had a blast! The food was amazing! Highly recommend the Burgers as well as the queso dip! My favourite restaurant in all of Halifax hands down!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The Stubborn Goat is a great place to go with friends. The food was great and our server was very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We had an awesome time!!

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s
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were delighted with the service we received. The staff were friendly, efficient and professional. Always enjoy the food . This one of our favourite spots before and after Neptune Theatre.

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IM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Made a reservation for 6 people and when showed up the entire upstairs was booked for a private party and the place was basically a night club, received a phone call from management few days later apologizing and given a gift card for the experience. Great customer service and every other visit has been awesome!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Waitress was great, food was good, nice atmosphere

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful time, will be back. We enjoyed a few different wood fired pizzas's and appetizers.

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PE
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I appreciate the philosophy of taking food to the table when it is hot; however, managing a table's order is also a key part of managing a food establishment. Some of our party were done of their meal before others were served (and the last meal was overdone). I would recommend rethinking this approach.

Service was great.

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