McKelvies Restaurant – Halifax, NS

I worked in a hotel a few years back while still finishing up University. After a short time there, I noticed that every time an out-of-towner asked for a restaurant suggestion, they would get one of two answer: Five Fisherman or McKelvies.

I had never been to either, although the strong consensus among the rest of the staff led me to recommend the same. So, after years of blind recommendation, I finally decided to try McKelvies out for myself.

McKelvies is located on 1680 Lower Water Street along the Halifax Waterfront.  I was there with acquaintances so we ordered some calamari and spring rolls to start. While I couldn’t partake in either (Wheat allergy), the general conclusion around the table was that the spring rolls were some of the best they had tried, and the calamari was perfectly cooked.

Onto the main course.  Fortunately for me, McKelvies has a full Gluten free menu. I was torn between the seared scallops and the salmon. With a little help from the staff, the salmon won out. The sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetable side were perfect, the salmon just the slightest bit over cooked but still delicious. My lunch mates reported top marks for the Aqua Seafood Pasta and the Grilled Santa Fe Salmon Salad.

It was all so good that we didn’t pass on dessert when asked, despite being comfortably full. My Creme Brule was my favourite part of an already excellent meal, although I was a bit sad that I couldn’t try the Ginger bread cake and Double Chocolate Bruno Cheesecake, ordered by my table mates.

The food was so good I’ve almost forgotten to mention the staff, who were lovely and just the right amount of attentive. All in all, McKelvies was well worth the three year wait.

Happy hour runs 4 pm and 6 pm daily  (weekdays) with some great deals.

McKelvies Restaurant
1680 Lower Water Street
Halifax, NS


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