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Drift, Halifax, NS

Drift

4.5
4.5
459 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

11:30 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Contemporary Canadian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (902) 407-6042

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jamie MacAulay

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What 459 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Scenic View

  • Atlantic Canada

    Most Booked

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for Brunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Business Meals

  • Nova Scotia

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot Spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for Lunch

  • Nova Scotia

    Scenic View

  • Nova Scotia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great dining experience. Excellent service. The meal was great thank you. The waitress was so attentive
  2. JM

    JoanM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I will never return to this restaurant. Our server Josh did a great attempt, but it was his first week. I have digestive issues which the kitchen resolved by “making my meal as plain as possible “ this consisted of mashed potatoes with an overcooked piece of halibut with an adornment of pea shoots. Hardly worth the price! We shared a sea salt brownie which was adequate but microscopic. If the management of Drift think this meal exemplifies “elevated Atlantic cuisine” they are so wrong. They may be able to pass it off as such to tourists but it was an insult to every cafe, restaurant and home cook who make this food every day. There is something dreadfully wrong with the acoustics of the room, we went on a Monday evening and the restaurant was not close to full but the noise was overwhelming. There was no indication of COVID precautions and the tables were quite close to each other. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, I’m quite sure we need to go to somewhere else to ensure we can actually celebrate with great Atlantic cuisine.
  3. S

    Sara

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food-many options, clean, good service, good portion sizes. The drinks are very good.
  4. KH

    KHalifax

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Underwhelmed with the food but environment, service and location was great
  5. L

    Lala1231

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a good brunch, and the service was excellent!
  6. AG

    AlexG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the customers next to us were very loud, which really negatively affect my experience there. Steak is a little bit average. Overall, amazing place
  7. JR

    JoelR

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    The setting was great, Thankfully! Unfortunately, this was the only thing that was enjoyed. Over priced for what was received. The service was the worst part. The girl did mention she was new, which was fine, however, being new doesn't account for how awkward she was. Not what I was expecting from Drift. Unsure if I should give it another shot.
  8. HF

    HF123

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambience and service. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs and took care of us.
  9. DM

    DawnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and service was great. Atmosphere and vibe great too.
  10. ND

    NoraD24

    Atlantic Canada

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Been to the restaurant several times and at this point find the menu to be limited. The service is always fantastic the food tastes delicious but we would like more options.
  11. T

    Tara

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    We made reservation and it wasn’t ready for us. We had to wait 30 minutes and didn’t receive our meal for 1.5 hour after our reservation
  12. RG

    RebeccaG

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very loud food good but pricy
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous first meal at Drift! We tried a variety of items from the menu and everything was delicious, interesting and beautifully presented. Special thanks to our exceptional server Rayanne who graciously accommodated our special requests.
  14. JR

    JamieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. I would recommend Drift for anyone!
  15. M

    Marv

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    At the time we visited the restaurant was very busy and due to the acoustics it was very noisy. Our server was very nice and when we complained about the wine, offered to change it to an alternative immediately. The food was ok but nothing special, the rappie pie was nice, but the halibut stated it came with bubble and squeak, and nothing on the plate resembled bubble and squeak. We were also surprised that you have to pay $7 for bread, most restaurants give bread complimentary. All in the we found the restaurant and the food overrated and overpriced.
  16. CJ

    CJWB

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Server was a little overbearing; served us well but almost disingenuous.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and staff!
  18. EA

    EvelynA

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Cecilia was delightful. We appreciated her recommendations. The presentation was lovely and the food absolutely delicious.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Our server was awesome and those bread she recommended were the best too. We went for breakfast but ended up having lunch as we were late. So happy with the lunch course. Would definitely be back for dinner and breakfast
  20. S

    Suds

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Service very good. There was a large group party which increased the noise level, the staff were very apologetic.
  21. A

    Alfie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location, service and food at Drift are spectacular. Rayanne, our server went above and beyond to give us a great experience. Everything is 10/10, but I'd like to mention that the bathrooms need to be a bit tidier, to avoid the bins overflowing with tissues. Other than that, we had a wonderful time and will definitely come back! Thank you
  22. FD

    FelishaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so happy with our choice for our 17th wedding anniversary! The food was delicious and full of flavour. The atmosphere was amazing and the service was wonderful! Can’t wait until my next visit! Our city has some pretty cool spots to go to now. I would highly recommend Drift!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Beautiful room but the acoustics are terrible. Even the staff were complaining about the noise level. Difficult to hear the server and each other. Appetizers were great( oysters & scallop crudo) . Wine list was excellent. The Hodgepodge was sublime and nicely prepared.. The Rappie Pie & chicken was odd.. A tiny Le crueset with delicious Rappie Pie was accompanied by a plate of chicken breast chunks with undercooked bitter parsnips covered in a tasteless brown sauce. The Molasses cake dessert was dry almost stale tasting and I expected it to be warm . The whiskey sauce was delicious. Not sure I’d go back
  24. RM

    RobinM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food was very good and our waiter was excellent. We were seated at a very small table for a party of six and when we asked to move to a larger table to be more comfortable we were told basically to be comfortable with touching each other’s thighs. Overall not the response I would expect from an O and B restaurant
  25. C

    Crystal

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, regular check ins with regards to service but our waiter left with no notice and someone new just appeared to take over. Very efficient service but limited engagement. Food was good but meal was expensive. $270 for 2 ppl and I don’t drink.
  26. A

    Alannah

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere. A nice addition to the waterfront.
  27. d

    deborahd

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food great wine and service beautiful decor
  28. L

    Loveoffood

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Restaurant is absolutely breathtaking. Food was amazing, drinks were next level. A must try!
  29. WC

    WilliC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!! Would highly recommend. My new favourite restaurant in Halifax!
  30. CB

    CharlesB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We were two couples dining at Drift for the first time. Overall the experience was very good. My seafood hodge-podge was wonderful as were the salmon and halibut. My friend had the steak which was somewhat undercooked and cold but I noticed he ate it all quite quickly all the same. Drinks were great. Desserts were also quite good, I enjoyed the gluten free strawberry shortcake. Service was good and will become more polished over time I expect.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Nathan was absolutely amazing! It was our anniversary and he and everyone in the restaurant went above and beyond to make it extra special for us. Definitely recommending and returning ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  32. ES

    ElenaS

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood was absolutely delicious and fresh paired with a Nova Scotia white wine. The restaurant atmosphere was both relaxed and upbeat. Staff was knowledgeable and attentive and would definitely recommend!
  33. F

    pennyF

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh food
  34. L

    Linnie

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Wow, this was my first time at Drift and it was very good. The decor is imaginative and calming, the ambience busy but not noisy, the service excellent and the food, so, so good. Unusual flavour and texture combinations that really work. I'll definitely be back with other friends next time. Be forewarned it's expensive.
  35. SH

    SerenaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best experience. The food, atmosphere and service was superior. Would go back again!
  36. O

    Odin

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Halifaxs' finest restaurants!! Beyond excellence in everything!!
  37. DB

    DeniseB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Certainly worth a return visit. A great place on a summer day to people watch. We were not rushed.
  38. JW

    JulieW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patio was incredible!
  39. C

    Cams

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I wish portions were bigger, otherwise a fantastic place to dine.
  40. PA

    PAULAH

    Atlantic Canada

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful, from reception to being served. Food choices were varied and freshness awesome. Are going back again today.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Waitstaff 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 4.5 stars by 459 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 reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for Drift

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Halifax

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • 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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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