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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.6
4.6
1131 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
A distinct new dining experience led by celebrated Chef Anthony Walsh, Drift features modern, elevated takes on classic Atlantic Canadian dishes and traditions. Located on the main level of the newly built Muir Hotel, our salon, bar and promenade offer a simple, modern and stylish setting in which to dine, drink, linger and relax without interruption. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as late night drinks, we warmly invite you to experience a taste of Drift at your leisure.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 07:00–10:30 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30–15:00 Bar Daily 11:00–00:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30–15:00 Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 17:00–22:00 Thu–Sat 17:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    (902) 407-6042
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Jamie MacAulay
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Experiences

  • Burger Bash

    CA$29.00 per person

    11 Apr - 20 Apr 2024
    We are delighted to announce that Drift is participating in this year’s Halifax Burger Bash for the third time! From April 11–20, we’ll be serving The Drift Umami Burger ($29) for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The D.U.B. features two 4oz beef patties, Brothers bacon, bone marrow butter, and aged cheddar. To top it off, we’ve added a sprinkle of sea truffle and mushroom duxelles, next to our housemade piccalilli. Served with Atlantic spiced fries, this burger is not to be missed. For every burger sold, $5 will be donated to Feed Nova Scotia. Make your reservation to dine-in or order for takeout.
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What 1,131 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nova Scotia

    Innovative

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for scenic views

  • Nova Scotia

    Good for special occasions

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

1,131 Reviews
  1. NSFoodie

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great umami burger! Only feedback -> It would be nice if there was a sweet "nibblie"on the menu to have with your coffee after a big lunch ( small cookie / biscotti )

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  2. KevinTownsend

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and excellent staff would recommend to anyone

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  3. Monica

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were spoiless from the moment we walked in thw door. The waiter was amazing, so attentive! The crispy Tourtiere Roll was incredible. The flavors evolved in your mouth to reveal so many layers. The Pork Belly and Scallops did not disappoint. The scallops cooked perfectly against the smokey flavors of the pork and puree! Definitely need to go back to taste other delights.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special event put on by Benjamin Bridge which featured a collaboration between the head chefs from Drift and The Canteen was fantastic. The 5 course tasting menu was comparable to Michelin Starred restaurants. Every bite was delicious and the dishes were beautifully presented. The wines were well paired and worked harmoniously with each plate. A limited edition ice wine was the star of the evening. Drift is a lovely restaurant with excellent staff who performed well considering a very packed house. Well done!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Music was a too loud, and food take way too long to come out

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  6. Sana

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is very good, tasty and portion is rather good. Prices a bit too high which makes it a place I won’t go often. Overall it was a good experience.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome Easter brunch. Duck confit was delicious .

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    All was really good until our server had a longer than usual check out experience with one of his tables. We got left a line right at the end our meal for so long, I had to get up and ask another server to bring the bill and help pack up our left overs. I’m sure it was an anomaly but none the less our experience.

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  9. Halifax

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks and appetizers were good, the main dishes were disappointing. One person in our party received a meal not ordered and by the time the correct order came the rest of the table was almost finished. Very disappointing.

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  10. Luv2dine

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and interior design are beautifully on par with each other. Delicious and stunning!

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  11. TonyL

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was outstanding. However, we requested a specific table for a special birthday celebration. We input the information on Open Table and visited Drift the next day to confirm the details. When entering the restaurant only 3 tables were seated, disappointingly, including the one requested. Also, the birthday not mentioned. Extremely surprised, frustrated and overall dissatisfied!

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  12. PEITravelGuy

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    What started as a wonderful evening ended with very horrible service. Food and drinks were very good and when it was time to leave I asked to bill the charge to my room. The waiter came back with a folio and slip to put my info on. I completed it with my name, room number, generous tip and signature. We then left for an evening at the Casino. Shortly after I received a message from Opentable that I didn't pay for my meal and I needed to contact them ASAP. Then I got a phone call basically saying I had dined and dashed. A few things here: - They had all my info and knew I was staying in the hotel - They didn't care at all and told me I never completed the form. The manager could care less. No offer to do anything. - The next morning I asked to speak to the GM of the restaurant. He came out with the "Blank Receipt" that I apparently never signed. I took it and lo and behold it had "Duplicate" and just been re-printed. I really didn't appreciate being lied to. I asked them to go to their camera and they will very clearly see my signing the receipt. They had zero interest in doing that. I was made to feel like a thief and I won't be back!
    DriftResponded on 12 March 2024
    Hi there, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your disappointing experience and any inconvenience you may have encountered during or after your visit. Please be assured that our senior management team is actively investigating your feedback. Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated, and we will reach out to you as soon as possible. Thank you.

    3 people found this helpful

  13. KimberlyB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Location and ambience are fantastic. Food was fantastic. Service poor, table not attended to. Food extremely slow, budget appetite accordingly, took about an hour to come out, we speculated it was potentially due to it servicing the new hotel (MUIR?) so managing room service? Would recommend to a friend, but not to be hungry.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were out to celebrate my birthday and our server made sure every aspect of our experience was top-notch. We were seated very comfortably, dessert came with a candle and message of HBD and the food was excellent (mussels for me and steak for hubby). I can’t get enough of the brown bread! Highly recommend.

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  15. Carmen

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very delicious. The blueberry pancakes are amazing!

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  16. foodie

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food took a bit long to come out, but this is also a place you go to enjoy your meal, not rush through it. it could have been slightly faster, but it didnt take away from the food or atmosphere.

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  17. Downtowner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice dining experience. Great cocktails, solid service, and modern atmosphere. Great place for a date night or out with friends. Food was clean and uncluttered and didn’t get lost in too many ideas. Wonderful location on the waterfront.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant - delicious food, the brien bread and butter is a must!!

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  19. StephanieP

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drift is 10/10. Fabulous food, incredible service, amazing environment! Would strong recommend trying it out

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  20. MarkN

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal and great service! Some very unique fish/ seafood dishes in particular. Try the snow crab and potato salad - it is superb! Overall this is a fabulous restaurant showcasing the best seafood and meat products available in Atlantic Canada, all prepared to the highest standard!

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  21. PradeepK

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Amazing food with really beautiful presentation. Well worth a visit

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  22. Kelly

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about Drift from the moment we walked in! The food was divine and every bite was savoured. Well be back again!

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  23. LawrenceM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. The food was excellent. Very nice atmosphere

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  24. hwbjsb

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, food and attention to detail! One of the best dining experiences in Halifax! Highly recommend it.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch experience from start to finish! Service was attentive, personable and intuitive. Food was amazing. Had the Shrimp and lobster toasts. It was flawless. Kudos to the staff and to management!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn’t love the food for the price. Thought the flavours were too complex and over powered each other. It was very good but for example the scallop and pork belly was very rich.

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  27. AshleyM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our third time dining at Drift and it was phenomenal every time. Food is top notch, as are the cocktails and service.

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  28. DustinH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and value! Will definitely go back again.

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  29. NatashaN

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve read mixed reviews about the food. We had a party of 6 and the experience was excellent. The food was perfect. Very cool, different menu that was delicious. We love the atmosphere and the service was amazing. We are here on business and will definitely be back when we are here again.

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  30. BeckyH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You pay for the location. Food was ok but not the best I’ve had for the price.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, service, interior design, and view. Super convenient parking! Looking forward to taking my parents here on their next visit. We will definitely be back!

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  32. DannyF

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was quite loud in the restaurant and I found it difficult to carry on a conversation.

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  33. CharleneP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible! We had the Chicken and Rappie Pie and it was amazing. Chocolate mousse for dessert was delicious. Every staff member was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Ambience was perfect! Overall a great experience.

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  34. Marj

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience, a real jem for the waterfront. Pricey, but great for a special nite out

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and the Ambience was very nice. Staff were all very friendly and overall it was definitely worth visiting this restaurant.

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  36. PeteY

    Atlantic Canada

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For an upscale breakfast / brunch on the waterfront this is the place

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  37. MattB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in, and couldn’t have been more impressed. From the server to the atmosphere, to the food. There wasn’t a single thing that didn’t check every box available. 10/10 will be recommending to anyone looking for one of the best nights out they will ever have!

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  38. ElleL

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good food, great service. Recommend getting a reservation ahead of time.

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  39. PharmacologyD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tuna crudo is my favorite and so is the Paper Plane cocktail!

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  40. ChristopherH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything, from heated, underground parking, to light displays on the buildings exteriors, was excellent!

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FAQs

Drift offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 407-6042.

Drift is rated 4.6 stars by 1131 OpenTable diners.

Drift does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Drift

102-1709 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS B3J 0J4

Additional information

  • Area
    Halifax
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 07:00–10:30 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30–15:00 Bar Daily 11:00–00:00 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30–15:00 Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 17:00–22:00 Thu–Sat 17:00–23:00
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jamie MacAulay
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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