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Cafe Chianti

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 20-06-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Cafe Chianti
Updated 20-06-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Let our Executive Chef create for you the divine tastes of Italy using only the freshest of seasonal ingredients. If you are looking for a location to host a private event, celebrating a special occasion, or just want to dine in one of Halifax’s top restaurants, call or reserve online via our website today for your taste of Italian cuisine.
US$13 - US$33
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Steakhouse, Pizza, Seafood, Italian, European, Tuscan, Central-Italian
Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday

The service was excellent, attentive staff. Ceasar salad and tenderloin perfect! Will definitely be back again.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a wonderful dining experience that was made even better by our server, Kate! She was knowledgeable & witty. The atmosphere was cozy & welcoming and the food, scrumptious. Definitely worth checking this place out.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 17, 2021 via mobile

Recently came here for a birthday supper. Restaurant located right in Barrington Street, perfectly located near a busy location. Restaurant was very clean, staff were very friendly. Menus were big, great, food was fresh and of big portions! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 11, 2021

Wonderful atmosphere, great food attentive service soft music. What more could one reasonably ask for?

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2021

This is a truly great restaurant. Cafe Chianti delivers on every single level possible. The food was delicious, the service impeccable, and the location, downtown within walking distance to the water, is perfect. The Ceasar Salad was terrific, the filet and Seafood Pasta dishes left...tastebuds satisfied, lovely presentation, delectable! And a great wine list. The service is second to none. I highly recommend. Clearly rates it's place as one of the top restaurants to eat in Halifax. We will be back!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 13, 2021

We decided to have dinner here with friends one evening. Both spouse and I wanted to have some Italian food. Kind of a coincident too as at that particular time/date we should have been in Rome Italy, but COVID changed that. Our friends had not...been at this restaurant before, so it was new to all. We had reservations luckily, as that night (actually a Friday) it was busy. We were promptly seated, and ordered some wine. It arrived very quickly and were pleased with our selection. The server came and told us of the evening special and gave us a few more minutes to order. We placed our orders for apps and mains. They came quickly or maybe it was the great conversation and laughter at our table that we didn't notice the time. We were all pleased with our apps and mains. We found all to be well prepared and presented. Delicious was the word. Desserts were as pleasing as well. Our server checked in from time to time throughout our meal and refilling the wine and water glasses. Pricing was comparable to other restaurants, service was very good and the food was very good as well. Based on our experience, we had an enjoyable evening and will be returning in the future.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed September 13, 2021

Wonderful ambience. First rate service and the food was fabulous. Could have been a restaurant in Tuscany.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 10, 2021

First I would like to say that my husband and I had wanted to visit Cafe Chianti for awhile and the opportunity presented itself on September 8, 2021. The restaurant atmosphere was very nice so our first impression was very good. We ordered a bottle...of wine which was fantastic and then our dining experience took a turn. We both ordered caesar salads which we both enjoyed. I ordered Arancini and our waitress advised they were sold out due to a large gathering in the restaurant. So I ordered Orzo Fritta and my husband ordered spaghetti and meatballs. Few minutes passed and our waitress returned and advised that the Orzo Fritta was sold out so I decided on Gnocchi and again it was sold out. We decided to share the spaghetti and meatballs. The meal arrived and it was absolutely awful. The sauce had a very pungent taste and the meatballs were extremely overcooked. After the waitress cleared the table and brought our bill, the hostess came to our table and asked if we had enjoyed our meal and we were completely honest that we did not enjoy the meal and explained to her that we had been very much looking forward to dining at the restaurant but were disappointed with our meals She discounted our meal $15.00 as a token which was fine. Upon returning home, we reviewed the bill and we had been charged for the Orzo Fritta that I did not have because it was sold out. We will definitely not be returning to this restaurant. It is not usually our style to do a review on restaurants because we appreciate the hospitality industry but given the expected quality of the Cafe Chianti we felt other customers should know about our experience.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 30, 2021

Amazing service and fabulous food. The owner was especially kind and checked up on our table throughout the evening. We sat on the patio and when it got chilly, they provided cozy blankets for all. Definitely going back as this was my first time to...dine there. Five starsMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 17, 2021

This is the second time my husband and I have gone to Cafe Chianti and we love it. The food is delicious and the service is excellent! I especially appreciate the more quiet atmosphere so you can actually have a conversation. Would definitely be a...more regular place for date night!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Yes, Cafe Chianti is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Cafe Chianti is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4