The Five Fishermen

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Seafood
Join us at Five Fishermen restaurant in Downtown Halifax and let the personalized service and warm contemporary ambiance, set the tone for an exceptional dining experience.

Choose from a varied selection of the finest seafood available, or indulge in our critically acclaimed prime center cut steaks, aged 28 days and wood fire grill to perfection. Complement your meal with a selection from our wine menu — an award-wining list of more than 200 wines curated by our Sommelier.

If a more relaxed experience is desired, visit our lively bar where you can sip classic and creative hand-shaken cocktails or a selection of micro-brewed beers and ales, regional wines, single-malt scotches and fresh squeezed juices and enjoy signature appetizers . Whatever the occasion, from a quiet weeknight dinner to a special private event, let us handle every detail. We'll do the work. You bask in the glory.
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CW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had friends visiting from France. They really enjoyed the Five Fishermen experience and food. Our server, Patrick, was bilingual. He made everyone feel comfortable and welcome - and bounced between French and English in a relaxed, efficient way that included everyone. The service was spectacular and he had the right mix of humour and fun - while being professional.

We had the lobster kinilaw - oh my goodness - it was soooo good! It's one of my new favourite dishes.

Thank you for an amazing evening!

AB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A Halifax institution that sources locally and cooks seafood to perfection.

RL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience all-around. Brought relatives from out of town and you didn't disappoint. Three of the four of us had the Acadian Seafood linguine and it was amazing as was the Coquilles St. Jacque. Very pleased and impressed by the timely service provided by Aaron. He has a sixth sense for showing up with everything at the right moment. I'll be bringing the whole family back in December!

DB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the five fish as recommended by our server. We feel that the menu should explain to the customer how the seafood is prepared. For example we are great seafood lovers and enjoy our seafood pan fried Or in the case of lobster steamed. However all 5 fish were apparently cooked on the grill. We both felt that this cooking method took away from the flavour of the fish. In fact our lobster tail and the halibut had very a strong charred flavour which overpowered the fish itself. This was brought to the attention of our server who was kind enough to relay our concerns to the chef. The chef then prepared another lobster tail for both my wife and I, which was much more desirable and was a wonderful gesture.

C
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

MH
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service! We were celebrating a birthday and they treated us exceptionally!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service.
Great location. Loved the modern decor and overall atmosphere

t
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect place to have a celebration. Food was outstanding. Servers gave us time to chat without pressure to order. Food did take a while to arrive and they did forget to bring dessert, had to remind them... not cool. But overall, a great experience and the food was outstanding, now isn't that why we go to dinner :)

RC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed all aspects of our dining experience...we had the five fish grill and it was wonderful! Service was great as well...so all around a 5 star meal.

EG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

My expectations were high since the reviews were pretty good but I was quite disappointed by the lobster dinner. The restaurant and food presentation were great, but the lobster was only medium. Not particularly succulent and small. The claws were practically non-existant and what was touted as 1.5 pounds was probably less than 1.25. The potato side was excellent, but that's not why I ordered the lobster dinner. To be fair, my husband enjoyed his seafood pasta.

H
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Halifax on a cruise and decided to have dinner here. We loved it. The local wine and beer were very good and the seafood was wonderful. Highly recommend the upstairs dining room.

GM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

First serious issue, accessibility. Restaurant is on second floor with three sets of stairs. Two of the five liked their food, two though acceptable, and the fifth found steak terrible. Service was just okay, although waiter friendly. Overall, very disappointed and will not return.

GG
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

3 of our party of 6 had the lobster which was tough and very chewy. We are from the prairies and were looking forward to great seafood and were very disappointed. The steak meals were great as well as the pork chop. Our server was excellent very disappointed in the lobster

EC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly attentive staff, excellent food. We had classic lobster, appetizer and dessert. Extensive wine list.

M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and service, i tried the grilled fish and it was cooked to perfection

RN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff. We were a group of 8 and booked on short notice. The staff not only helped with securing a table for 7:00pm on a Saturday evening, but when we arrived early, they did their best to accommodate and we were able to sit 15 minutes prior.

SD
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I attended this restaurant on Saturday night September 28th 7pm. Our reservation was ready on time. Our server was fantastic (cant recall his name). We sat upstairs and the environment was upbeat but not overwhelming. The only complaint I have was our mussels were tiny. I was expecting huge, filling ones since we were in Halifax. They still tasted great but was surprised by their size. And would have loved some bread to sop up the yummy sauce:) I had the seafood risotto and I think it was the best meal I’ve ever had. My husband had the Artic Char and it was equally as delicious. I will dream of this meal and can’t wait to return.

LB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed. My husbands salmon was stone cold , so was sent back. By the time the meal came back , all of the rest of the party had finished eating . His veg was also very overcooked and soggy. They also forgot my cauliflower substitute for mushroom with the coquille st Jacques. They did comp the one meal but ..... not impressed for the price.

LS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Fish was dry. Over priced. We had a reservation but got seated almost a half hour later than the reservation time. Disappointed with the good. Dry & overcooked.

D
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our last night of a two week east coast trip and we saved the best for last. The service, food and atmosphere was awesome.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was courteous and efficient. Food was delicious and well presented.

FR
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was lovely, service a little slow but pleasant. We were disappointed with our table. It was in an alcove where the four of us sat in a row making conversation challenging and impossible for our hearing impaired guest. We asked for a different table but they were unable to accommodate us. Very disappointing

JJ
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very popular and restaurant with great ambiance. Food quality is excellent. Our service wasn't bad, but given the caliber of this restaurant and price level, I expected better (our server seemed a little inexperienced). Overall a very good restaurant, definitely something to experience in Halifax. I would return again.

O
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our food took far too long but atmosphere is nice.

JB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation for 6 o’clock so not too busy yet on a Sunday night after a full day of touring Halifax
I just had a cup of tea as I wasn’t feeling great and the server( sorry didn’t catch his name) was excellent
Husband wanted a salad with scallops-wasn’t on menu but they did a plate up for him
Which he really enjoyed so much so he ordered 3 more scallops
Ambience was lovely
Had a window seat
Location great just down from citadel
Would recommend a visit

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal with great service and an low noise, chill ambience. Great location for a group or just a date. Our server was very eager and had great suggestions. If I had one negative comment, the drinks were pricey for the options, but not unlike another similar restaurant.

C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening visiting with our grandson who is in Halifax at university. He recommended the Five Fishermen and we were not disappointed. The food (Cioppino,Seafood Linguine and Arctic Char) were wonderful. Everything was prepared and cooked perfectly
It is easy to see why this is one of Halifax’s premium restaurants

AC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our parents here for their 50th wedding anniversary and staff went above and beyond to make it a wonderful evening. Complimentary champagne, appetizer, dessert, a rose and a signed card from those working that evening. Our server was delightful and the food was delicious. Our parents came here for their first anniversary and the staff made their 50th very special.

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurent. One of my go to for special occasions. Service and food are exquisite. The type of food that even though your full you can’t stop eating it because it’s that good. It’s definitely on the higher end of prices so if you’ve never been to it, definitely save up and go for a special occasion.

LT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here lived up to our expectations. All our friends said you have to go here and they were right. Service was very professional and friendly. The food quality was excellent! We definitely would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

85th birthday

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Noisy, pricey, and horrible service

JM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great option for the seafood lover and the vegan. Hard to find a place that caters to both

GA
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! We were 5 of us and we seated in a few minutes of arriving ( we had made reservations prior). Food was delicious and the wine selection was fantastic. I would highly recommend this place as part of your Halifax gastronomy experience.

S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best dinners we had on our Halifax vacation. Seafood is delicious and ambience is inviting. Great for a fancier dinner!

CI
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, food was excellent and service from Carley and the rest of the second floor team was exceptional.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal portions were perfect. Not too large but very satisfying.

The wine recommendation by the waiter was on point.
Ambiance was wonderful.

Great value. We would eat at the Keg for more I believe. Thanks again.

G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

service was quick n efficient. food was tasty and well flavored. we had 5 fish n pan fried haddock. the room is well appointed, comfortable n reasonably quiet. the veges were MUSH. if you like them this way, then good for you. if not avoid ordering veges. all else is good n worth while.

JI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A thoroughly enjoyable and delicious night. Thank you.

CM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great quality of food and the ambience is quite warm! All of us were pleased with the overall quality and price point of our dishes. Unfortunately we had very snooty server who was quite poor at their job.

I’m trusting that not all servers are as weak as this one and that other customers will give similar feedback if they haven’t already done so.

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