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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.6
4.6
1117 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 12 times today

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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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What 1,117 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Innovative

  • Atlantic Canada

    Canadian

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Innovative

  • Nova Scotia

    Good for special occasions

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

1,118 Reviews
  1. KimberlyB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. hwbjsb

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. DannyF

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. PharmacologyD

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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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  27. 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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  28. ErinM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Restaurant! We enjoyed our time. Food was excellent.

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  29. DannyF

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Would definitely go back.

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  30. JillianM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect, start to finish! Get the pork belly and scallops!

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  31. AronR

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent. We had the oysters to start which were amazing. We both ordered the steak. It was cooked perfectly but the cut was not the best. Other than that an excellent experience and will definitely return.

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  32. Carly

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit. The service was amazing. Food exceptional. The lobster shrimp to start was so good. We shared and was more then enough. My husband s steak was cooked to perfection and so flavourful. Pork belly and scallops delicious. Also had room service for breakfast from drift. The mushroom omelet was the star! Wonderful

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great breakfast spot! We love the hipster, it’s delicious!

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  34. AmarjeetS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. I tried steak from many other restaurants but Drift steak was so good 🥩. I tried lavender lemonade and taste was great

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love that they remember me and give me a quieter corner table

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  36. Sarah

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful and thoughtful space with a nice atmosphere. Delicious brunch.

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  37. TaraM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was very pleased with the experience. The fact that the 1st waiter took the time to find out my name from the host was a very nice touch. The ambiance was relaxing, warm (even though it was a very cold night) and inviting. I will definitely be back!

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  38. chadb

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came to this restaurant as part of our platinum American Express dining experience. Beautiful restaurant and the service was perfect. My only feedback was the host didn’t offer to hang out heavy winter jackets, but we seen her ask everyone else. We also felt the food menu was small. Having a book of wine lists but a small page for food was very limited. Deserts were also a bit low end for the high end atmosphere. Appetizers were too seafood heavy for anyone who doesn’t like seafood. Overall beautiful restaurant and service with a limited menu

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  39. GermaineC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my third time eating at the Drift and probably my last. While it is a beautiful restaurant with excellent service the food was, and has always been, just OK. The food prices are very high. Appetizers are about $20 and mains are $30 -$60. With drinks, wine and tip the total came to $300 for two people. At these prices one would expect a fine dining experience. When asked how the halibut was, my guest replied... It was OK. As a result, the server was kind enough to offer one dessert on the house, which was appreciated. However, the Drift should really try to up the quality of the food it serves. I won't be back again for a while.

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  40. HeatherM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a pleasure we went at 6:00 was lovely we were looked after explained what ever we asked about the menu we had the ceaser salad which was amazing and different one had steak the other lamb and the other Halibut and for dessert one had apple crisp and the others flourless chocolate cake to die for Thank you for a lovely evening out at your amazing restaurant we will be back

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Drift is rated 4.6 stars by 1117 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 12 times today

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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