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About The Five Fishermen
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.
Halifax, NS B3J 2B6
Seafood, Contemporary Canadian, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Complimentary Valet Parking available with reservations only
CAN$30 and under
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The Five Fishermen - has earned the reputation of Halifax's premier seafood restaurant for over 35 years. Internationally known for delicious seafood and historical setting, The Five Fishermen offers the best of Nova Scotia hospitality and cuisine. The freshest Maritime bounty, an award winning wine list and genuine Maritime hospitality makes dining at the Five Fishermen extraordinary.
If you are searching for a place to host your next group function, Five Fishermen is the perfect setting for your private or semi-private event. Visit us at www.FiveFishermen.com to book your next event.
We offer complimentary valet service with dinner reservation for the Five Fishermen Restaurant.
One block from major public transit stop.
Chef Chris Kyprianou is a new addition to the Five Fishermen family; having joined us in the spring from Toronto. Chris comes from a family that was built around the dinner table. It was a time to unwind, laugh and indulge with great food so it comes as n
Private Party Facilities:
If you are hosting an intimate dinner for family, a party or a corporate event, your guests will feel welcomed and catered to at Five Fishermen. Our dining rooms can be configured to suit your needs and our event coordinator will see to every detail. From separate lighting, music and temperature controls, to complimentary A/V, we will ensure your event is seamlessly executed. Our menus change with the season to offer our guests the best of the season. So the custom menu we prepare for your event will depend on the time of year you plan to join us. But whatever the season, your menu will feature rustically prepared ingredients at their peak of freshness and a Sommelier-selected international wine list. Visit us at www.FiveFishermen.com to book your next event.
If you are searching for a place to host your next group function, Five Fishermen is the perfect setting for your private or semi-private event.
Private Party Contact:
Alana Stobert: (902) 422-4421 ext. 240
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour M-F 4:30-6:30 PM, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
The Five Fishermen Ratings and Reviews
The food was the best part. I thought they were a bit skimpy on the bread and the portion size was very small. No complaints from me as I'm watching my waistline but don't expect heaping portions given the price. Our server was informative about local options in wine and we sampled a few choices. Not really kid friendly unless your child enjoys fish and chips.
After a very long day, we were looking forward to a restful and pleasant evening and are pleased to say that we loved our dining experience. The Five Fisherman was recommended by family who had been there the week before and it surpassed our highest expectations. Everything was perfect... from staff and ambiance to our meals. Our highest compliments to the chef for delicious and beautifully-presented food! The oysters surrounding dry ice were a lovely start... the wood smoked salmon and the sea bass along with sauces suggested to us by Luca were perfectly cooked and so flavourful. The lemon/berry tarts were delicate and a perfect ending to a delicious meal. We loved that the seafood was locally-caught. Rather than wine we decided to try local beers and our choices complemented our meals. Luca was our wonderful waiter. He was so personable and gracious and took time to answer questions and tell us about the history of the building. Those who greeted us and brought us to our table and those who brought our meals to us were all friendly and very professional. I also loved the added touch of fresh flowers and high quality hand towels in the ladies' room. We will recommend The Five Fishermen to everyone. In fact, it's already on my Facebook page :)
A bit over priced with low quality food. One could do better by eating further away from the water front. We were staying in Halifax for the week and had far better meals away from the tourist areas.Evan the hotel resturants offer a better deal in the quality & price.
We had the pleasure of experiencing the renovated restaurant for our 2nd year anniversary. Our server, Emily was absolutely fantastic - professional, funny, and helped make us feel like a million bucks. We were over the moon! Thank you, Emily! The host staff were also fantastic and took the time to write a special Anniversary card for us - such a lovely touch, thank you! Mitton shared great stories with us and it was so good to feel like part of the Five Fish Family!
For dinner, we enjoyed the fresh shucked oysters (perfect! and we loved the unique mignonette!) and mussels (everyone MUST try these!) with our main meals being the Five Fishermen and Halibut. My only tiny suggestion would be to let the chef know if you like your fish cooked a certain way. I prefer a less done (is that a thing?!) halibut/fish and scallops. The halibut and scallops that we had were delicious and the flavors were perfect, we just would have preferred them a touch "rarer".
The Bar! Gorgeous wine selection and pairings. We would have had more if we were staying downtown! Definitely take the time to try one of the cocktails. I can't remember the name of the Goslings rum cocktail we had but it was spectacular. We also enjoyed wine by the glass and there is a great selection to choose from.
If you're in the city, the Five Fishermen is a unique treat and well worth the visit. Though they have renovated and have a modern look, the charm and elegance of the restaurant and its history is still tangible. No ghosts were spotted....
We had a wonderful early dinner. Very happy to see delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Desserts were yummy. Loved the view of church grounds. Also loved the haunted washrooms. Our server answered our ?s and was so friendly. It was a perfect dining experience.
We dined at the Five Fishermen several years ago. At that time the interior was decorated to reflect the historic nature of the building and you felt like you were in an old building and could relate to its past. At that time we had an enjoyable evening and connected to the significance of this venue which was part of the allure to dine there.
This year we dined and the interior had been completely renovated and modernized which removed any feeling of historic importance. This was, to me, very disappointing and for that reason I will not return, have told others not to go back and although the meal was excellent the ambience was destroyed.
Now for the meal' The menu has been downsized from our first visit and the mussel bar is no longer available.
My wife ordered a glass of wine, but we were told they had only one bottle left and did not want to open it for one glass even though it was on the menu by the glass. We ordered the pork belly appetizer but asked for no goat cheese which was not a problem. Although not a big issue it took a long time to get it. Later we were told they made an error and initially added the goat cheese and had to redo. Thirdly, my wife asked for ancient grain as the side with her order but it came with rice. So that is three strikes. Fortunately the meals were very good (after they brought a side of the ancient grains).
We learned afterwards that the staff were all new since reopening which may explain why certain things happened.
Unfortunately, my disappointment was initiated by the modernization of a very historic building and that is the main reason I will not return.
The atmosphere was lovely...well appointed, trendy. My daughter and husband had the oysters and they thought they were the best they had in all the Halifax restaurants where they tried them over the course of a week of vacation. The wine selection is extensive however, no martini's are on the menu. Some fancy cocktails were featured and was mixed nicely. The food was good but the portion sizes are small. Vegetable was included but only had 4 small asparagus and 6 bite size potatoes. With a serving of 6 oz. of fish, I will still a smidge hungry. Would have been nice if they had a bread basket to accompany dinner. My daughter had asked about the ghost hauntings (apparently the place had been a morgue at one point in the past) and is claimed to be haunted but the staff didn't want to be bothered with trivial talk after they got their tip. The place is very pricey, the food was good, but be prepared to pay high tourist/city prices!
The five fisherman has been a staple in the Halifax restaurant scene for a long time now, may places have come and gone and this one has remained. In keeping with the times they have renovated their space hitting the nail on the head with a beautiful chic dining area, open spaces, refreshing concept of an open kitchen (very big in Montreal /Toronto) and gorgeous wood plank bar. This isn't even the best part it is simply the first impression, the mussels are to die for with a rich creamy white wine sauce, I followed with the sea bass which had a peppery skin on a bead of chefs vegetables and creamy whipped potato and the chai cheesecake with coconut whip cream... Well I've said enough, except I can't go without mentioning the amazing service, truly.. Well done five fish you continue to shine
My wife and I were in Halifax for the first time and Five Fishermen was recommended by a friend. We were VERY impressed by the entire experience. We had a very personable and knowledgeable server (Tyler) and he helped us with menus choices and parings, desserts, etc. The swordfish was especially tasty, and went well with a tasty smokey scotch (Lagavulin 16). We had a wonderful time, and have already recommended the restaurant to friends and family. The recent renovations create a very classy, yet comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. If we are ever back in Halifax, this place will be at the top of the list of places to visit again.
We all met from around the world to tour Nova Scotia and was told to dine at the Five Fisherman and it did not disappoint. I don't normally order seafood at restaurants but they did not over cook anything and did it just right. Thank you for a great experience!!
We planned a visit to Nova Scotia and really wanted to dine at the Five Fishermen as we had seen it on a TV show. The restaurant has been recently renovated which is nice but now has lost its historic character. The waitress we had was very clumsy and spilled both our water and wines when pouring. She was probably new as she had a nervous laugh and didn't really know how to respond when we showed our disappoint in her skills. The food took a while and one of the dishes was under cooked when it arrived. To be fair, the manager did come over and make amends. I believe once the staff is properly trained, both kitchen and wait staff, this should be a very nice restaurant but it was pricey for the service we received. A note that the bar staff was very well trained and knowledgeable.
It all started with the attitude of the host at the host stand. We arrived a bit early for our reservation as my wife uses a cane to walk and we wanted to make sure we arrived on time. The female hostess said they were clearing our table, I then asked how long a wait and she said 10 minutes and offered us a seat in the lounge or bar. Usually no prob, but it was what the male host said right after that in a condescending tone that ticked me off, he said "yeah about the time of your reservation". Not professional at all. So we are waiting more like 15 minutes when a 3rd person comes over and ask if we have a reservation and our name. I tell her it and my wife tells her. We wait probably another 5 minutes then she comes back like she can't find the reservation (that they already acknowledged they had) and has the wrong name. I will admit I was probably a bit rude at that point, which I think must have gotten us flagged in their system, because once we were seated things took forever. When we interacted with the waiter he was good, but the time it took him to come by and how long it took between courses took forever. The table next to us came in 20 minutes after us and got their entrees before us, as an example.
Now onto the food which was quite good and the only thing saving this from a 2 or 1 star rating. The mussels appetizer is very good and the bread they serve is great. I had the swordfish which was good and my wife had the chicken and shrimp combo which she said was delicious. The bartender also made me a really nice mock-tail.
I wish the overall experience would have been better. I am disappointed as I was really looking forward to the meal.
We traveled to Halifax and this was one spot I was really looking forward to having dinner. We were not disappointed! Fabulous food and cocktails. We had great service and our waiter even took a photo of us at dinner and sent us home with a fun snapshot. I loved everything about the meal. I had the Five Fish meal and it was amazing. The cocktails were delicious and you definitely do not want to leave without dessert. We had the cedar smoked Smores. Thye had recently renovated and I thought the décor made the place super cozy but elegant. We had a window seat and the view was great.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary at The Five Fishermen and returned t celebrate our 46th. It was a lovely meal - the food was excellent and they gave me a red rose as a token of our anniversary. Probably won't make it n our 75th but certainly recommend it.
My husband and I went to the Five Fishermen on a whim for our first anniversary, and I can say with absolute certainty that we will return next year. The staff and managers treated us like royalty. I can't ever remember having such a wonderful dining experience as this one.
The food was spectacular; the desert was to die for (flourless chocolate brownie - yum!); the wine was lovely.
Our amazing waiter even gave me a rose at the end of dinner, and a card for us signed by the staff. We were overwhelmed with the hospitality.
Dinner at The Five Fishermen was delicious! The food is fresh, products come from within a 50 mile radius and the dishes prepared are savoury.
The ambiance is great for casual and fine dining, with soft, good tunes playing in the background, just loud enough to be heard, but low enough that you can hold a conversation, even in a group of friends.
The service is excellent! Our waiter, Joel, was attentive, made great suggestions from the menu, and was very personable and friendly. The courses were served in a very reasonable time, allowing you to enjoy some conversation without starving.
Overall, wonderful experience and would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Halifax.
This restaurant has been transformed by a recent renovation. Although I miss the cosiness of its former guise, the food and service are excellent. I felt the nicoise salad was overpriced for the portion size but the 5 fish entree was good value. SErvice was very attentive.
We arrived a bit early for our reservation but were accommodated by the hostess and 'manager'. The table had a lovely view of the park.
To acknowledge our 40th Wedding Anniversary, the manager sent champagne, a red rose and card with well wishes from the staff - a wonderful gesture.
We were invited to choose from a sommelier prepared list of wines. Our selection of an Australian Shiraz was wonderful and reasonably priced.
Our oysters Rockefeller and Grilled Cauliflower appetizers were delicious.
My wife's strip sirloin and my '5 Fish' entrees were done perfectly. The cheesecake and sherbet we had for dessert were a perfect conclusion.
Our dining experience was absolutely perfect - with the exception of an occasionally disruptive child a few tables over ......... not exactly something within the restaurant's control.
Thank you so much for the experience.
This was our honeymoon and the crew of Five Fisherman were amazing to us. They introduced us to a new wine favorite, created an awesome assortment of tasting portions and even gave us a card signed by the staff to congradulate us. It was amazing and never to be forgotten.
Excellent meal at the newly refurbished Five Fishermen restaurant. Food simple but of high quality, portion sizes moderate, encouraging flirtations with dessert which might have otherwise been resisted. All staff helpful, friendly and enthusiastic. Not cheap, but a good example of getting what you pay for. If we lived in Nova Scotia rather than Auld Scotia we'd be regulars!
The food was superb. It was my first time to have a scallop ceviche which came on bite-sized toasted pita chips. Delicious. Followed by halibut with cassoulet and then a really nice sharing, creative desert - a trio with dry ice for show. With some Grand-Pré wine it made a lovely evening. I was asked for feedback and gave it, something that is usually ignored but this time it was welcomed and acted on which really impressed me. At the end our waiter, Ben even wrote a very nice personal note on the bill. All the touches that go to make a memorable meal and so I would highly recommend.
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