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Top Five In Halifax

We're going to be in Halifax in September and are looking for fine dining recommendations. What are your top five?

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  1. 1. Fid
    2. Chives
    3. Gio
    4. Da Maurizio's
    5. Jane's on the Common

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    1. re: boynamedsous

      I went to Fid recently and had a pretty lame experience. The service was very good, but the food was below par for sure. Actually, I would say the hanger steak I ordered was the worst steak I have ever had in my life. I didn't know it was possible to have a steak that tough, and my jaw was sore for days after. Also, my mashed potatoes were not warm. The trout/kimchi appetizer was very good though. I probably should have sent my meal back and they would have taken care of it, but this pretty much ruins the dining experience for me and I feel they should just get it right the first time.

    2. No argument on Chives, Gio and DaMaurizio. Jane's is overrated and Fid has received mixed reviews of late, plus neither would meet my definition of fine dining. I would add Fiasco and the Press Gang.

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      The Press Gang
      5218 Prince Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3X4, CA

      1. I'm not even going to try for five, but I will firmly put Fid at the top of any restaurant list for Halifax. (I take Greg B's point that strictly speaking Fid is not fine dining. I would say that from my experience the food is fine dining quality, but the atmosphere is more casual/bistro).

        Although I haven't been there recently, I've been impressed with all of my visits to Gio so I'd echo the others on that one.

        If you're here for a few days and have means of getting out of town, I think a trip to Lunenburg to Fleur de Sel is well worth your while.

        I'll end with a question - what are people saying about Ryan Duffy's lately? A few years ago I can't even imagine myself asking that question, but I recently heard a few things about it and their current chef that have made me interested.

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        1. re: parleek

          I can only speak to Ryan Duffy's lunch experience, but I was shocked at how much it impressed me. I say that because the last few times I was at Duffy's in their previous location it was very bad indeed -- to the point where I not only would avoid recommending it, but would actively discourage people from going there. It was a horrible fall from grace for what was originally a pretty good spot under Risley management in the early/mid 1990s. By the time they were finishing up on Spring Garden it was not far above pub food. But the latest incarnation in their new home was outstanding.

          1. One place that everyone has failed to mention is Stories (Haliburton House)...it's my favourite "fine dining" restaurant in Halifax. I fully agree with parleek. At visit to Fleur de Sel in Lunenburg is well worth the trip. The Press Gang can be good, but both the food and service are inconsistent in quality.

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            The Press Gang
            5218 Prince Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3X4, CA

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            1. re: hooper_75

              I agree, Stories is very good, and often overlooked. I often forget about it myself. I'm glad they have a few items on their menu that aren't venison, bear, or other large mammal generally considered something to be scared of rather than shot and eaten ;-)