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Steakhouse, Seafood, Canadian
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Downtown Halifax
0.7 km from Halifax Public Gardens
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Reviewed January 20, 2024

Went to Barrington Steakhouse for my birthday and got cold food, slow service and a high bill. Our party of 4 waited about 20 minutes before our server came to take our appetizer orders. Then we waited 30 minutes to get the apps and another...30 to get our mains. While I don’t mind waiting for good food, ALL of our mains were cold. On top of that, the house bread was salty, my lobster risotto was undercooked, and I found a piece of the lobster shell in the risotto. We were truly disappointed in our experience and I anticipated eating at this restaurant all week. Also they don’t do anything special for your birthday. There were 2 other parties in the restaurant with birthdays, and they got a single balloon by their tables. I didn’t get a balloon until one of the other birthday parties left. How upsetting! 0/10 DO NOT RECOMMENDMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Guest Services Team, General Manager at The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, We'd like to thank you for taking the time to post a review of your dining experience with us here at the Barrington, I would also like to apologize for not living up to expectations. We work very hard to deliver excellent experiences...More

Reviewed December 20, 2023 via mobile

Reservation was at 7:30 for 4 of us. Service extremely slow. Mains took 90 minutes. 4 hours later our bill was complete. Super disappointing on top of so so food experience. We dine out a lot and this is very subpar for Halifax. We have...written them in an email with our concerns to try and help them tighten their service but no response.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Guest Services Team, General Manager at The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2024

Hi Greg, We'd like to thank you for taking the time to post a review of your dining experience with us here at the Barrington, I would also like to apologize for not living up to expectations. We work very hard to deliver excellent experiences...More

Reviewed November 9, 2023

My wife and I had returned from Ontario and were spending the night in Halifax visiting our daughter. We decided to head out for dinner at one restaurant, but the wait time was plus 30 minutes for a table. We headed off down Barrington Street...and settled upon The Barrington Steak House. I should note that our daughter works for another restaurant within the Murphy Group of which The Barrington Steak House is part. So....she knew all the staff working that night. The service was prompt and attentive and quite enjoyable. We order a variety off the menu including steak, lamb, and seafood. I personally had the rack of lamb and it was by far the best lamb I've had in a restaurant in a while. The place wasn't overly busy, but it did get loud at times. I happened to find it dimly lit(for the ambiance), so reading the menu for myself was a bit of a challenge. The prices are cheap(lamb was creating $50). All things considered, it would be a nice choice for a special nite out.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 12, 2023 via mobile

This place had good reviews so our expectations were high. The menu had lots of stuff about how good the steak would be. We arrived at 7.30 and didn’t get served until 9pm. Apparently there was a big group downstairs who took priority. Our steaks...were tough, overcooked and the rest of our meal was cold. We complained and had lots of apologies which we were told would be reflected in the bill. We were too hungry and tired to wait for another meal to appear. When the bill arrived we were shocked to see that the wine which was delivered because our choice was unavailable , was twice the price of the wine we had chosen so the bill was still 243 dollars for the worst meal I have eaten in years. Needless to say I was furious with my husband who then left a tip of more than was the reduction of the bill!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Guest Services Team, General Manager at The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2023

Hi Chris, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate hearing from our guests as it allows us to continue to learn and improve. It certainly sounds like your experiences did not meet the premium standards we pride ourselves on and...More

Reviewed August 3, 2023 via mobile

We went for a late dinner Wednesday night. The staff was so nice, helpful and friendly. The service was excellent. We sat in the lounge and the ambiance was great! the oysters were fantastic and the ceviche was sublime. The steak was fantastic. There is...a lot of pride here, highly recommend. Quality was amazing.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 24, 2023

Very nice restaurant. Lots of space between tables to allow for privacy. Food and service were both excellent.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 12, 2023

When we passed this place on one of our many treks in Halifax we knew we had to check it out. So we made reservations and indicated that we were celebrating my birthday. We were impressed when we got there, great atmosphere. However, after a...while got tired of the atmosphere as it took forever to get our meals. Now I understand the kitchen gets busy, but at least keep us informed. They did bring us some bread to tide us over, but two small pieces just does not cut it. We finally got our steaks, and they were perfect, worth the wait, but by that time, we were starving. Being a birthday celebration, I thought we would get some kind of dessert. Instead, a card signed by staff and a gift card for oysters or a glass of bubbly on our next visit by the end of the year. Since the restaurant is located downtown in a tourist area, they must realize we would not return. Very cheap gesture on their part. I know that if we returned to Halifax would not bother with this place.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 4, 2023

Our reservation was for 7:45pm. Restaurant wasn’t full but apparently there were 2 large parties. It took an hour before we received any food and that was just bread. An hour and forty five minutes before we got our appetizers. Our server apologized and said...that the 2 parties had placed extensive orders and ours got in behind theirs. At 10:15 one of our group went downstairs to ask when the kitchen closed and was told it closed at 10pm! We’d had enough and asked for our bill and although a staff member said our food was “being plated” but our patience was at an end. If the kitchen couldn’t cope with the pressure of a less than full restaurant, then they’re in the wrong business.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 28, 2023 via mobile

We went here for my birthday, and the steak was delicious. Comparable to Texas steak where we come from. However, the environment was very noisy and full of kids, which I couldn't believe you would bring kids to this expensive steakhouse. Our waiter was very...friendly, and asked if we were celebrating something, and we told her, and we thought they would do something special. Like, give a free dessert or something like that. But nothing special was done. However, she was very nice. If you are looking for a good steak, this is a great place. However, just beware that the night we went, there were 2 tables with a bunch of kids, and they were upside down in the chairs, running, jumping over each other in the booths, and just out of control, it was not a romantic place at all.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed January 10, 2023 via mobile

I have been here maybe 4 or 5 times now in the last 4 months. I am not a steak eater so I can't review their full meals. However, I go for their oysters with in house migonette and housemate 'cocktail sauce'. Their oyster selection...is always top notch and accompanying bits are excellent. The ambiance is perfect for a date; conscious of price points, but I mean, Steak and oysters date night! The service however is where this review is really set. Their staff are outstanding. My first visit I was wary on my attire, jeans and a reasonably nice top. No jusgement, no eyebrows, perfect service. Next few times similarly dressed in jeans or leggings with some sort of casual top. Always always friendly server's and front of house staff. I generally have come after I have been to the gym (yes showered and clean clothes) and tonight i was dressed quite relaxed with a hoodie and jeans. The staff did not treat me any different and were absolutely outstanding, friendly, informative and knowledgeable on my few questions. I always ask questions about tiny menu/recipe (migonette) changes. I have been served by a number of their staff and they are all wonderful. 100% recommend if you are looking for a treat for yourself, a date might, or just a glass of bubbly and some oysters (Tip & Sip).More

Date of visit: January 2023
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MMGM79, Owner at The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2023

Hi there, We appreciate the kind review! Thank you so much for visiting us, we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the oysters, steak, service, and overall experience. You are always welcomed in and we can't wait to see you again soon! Thanks again, The...More

Reviewed December 19, 2022

It was our first time at Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, and it was a great experience. Enjoyed the rib-eye cooked perfectly medium rare, the oysters Rockefeller that was just amazing, the calamari that's uniquely great, and the pana cotta and carrot cake donuts for...dessert. Our server was Kennedy, and she was pretty cool and easy to talk to. She knew the offerings and was on top of our orders, perfectly timed and served. Will make sure to come back next time we think of going out for steak!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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MMGM79, General Manager at The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2023

Hi there, Thank you so much for leaving us a review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the rib-eye, the oysters, the calamari, and the desserts! We will be sure to give Kennedy and the team a special shout-out! Thanks so much, The Barrington...More

Reviewed December 19, 2022 via mobile

Really enjoyed our evening, the food and atmosphere were amazing. Servers Devon and Breagha went above and beyond with drink recommendations.

Date of visit: December 2022
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MMGM79, General Manager at The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2023

Hi there, Thank you so much for visiting us! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your evening, the food, and the atmosphere. We will be sure to give the servers a special shout-out! Thanks so much, The Barrington Guest Services

Reviewed December 12, 2022

We were so impressed by Barrington Steakhouse from the second we walked in the door. The decor is stunning and the staff were so friendly and helpful! We had multiple appetizers as well as everyone had a different type of steak dinner. Everything was incredible...and I would go back again in a second! Stephen, the manager, was engaging and checked in on us throughout our meal and I would gladly go back anytime for such a wonderful experience. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 12, 2022

I went to Barrington Steakhouse for dinner last week and it was AMAZING! Excellent, very attentive service and a wonderful meal. The live entertainment in the bar is a really nice touch. I stayed for an extra drink just to enjoy the music and the...bar atmosphere! Highly recommend Barrington for a nice evening out in the city.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 25, 2022

My daughter and I were in the city for a teacher conference. We had supper Thursday evening. The food was outstanding! Service was fantastic! The lady singing was so enjoyable! Great ambience! An overall wonderful experience! I have already recommended this restaurant to my friends...who are visiting the city.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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MMGM79, Owner at The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2022

Hi there, Thank you so much for visiting us! It means so much to us that you and your daughter enjoyed your dining experience, the service, live music, and the food! We can't wait to see you again soon! Thanks again, The Barrington Guest Services

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Limited parking is available on the street, or in nearby parkades.
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No, but I wouldn't dress like going to McDonalds. Would suggest nice casual dress
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