For over 250 years, Halifax harbour has been the commercial, cultural and historical backbone of the city, as well as the main stage for economic activity across the maritimes.
Where merchants and tradespeople from near and far exchanged goods headed to and coming from the rest of the seafaring world.
The modern social dining experience involves exchange of another kind—where friends, family and coworkers swap stories and ideas, laughs and looks, appetizers and toasts.
we recognize our connection to the early roots of the city and its merchant past. In the lively company of gentlemen, ladies, merchants and more, we hope you’ll make a little history of your own.
The kitchen at The Exchange serves up globally inspired dishes that are both sophisticated and approachable. Made fresh from scratch with locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients, this menu crosses gastronomical boundaries with creativity and confidence.
As an Atlantic Canadian destination restaurant, our constantly changing lineup of fresh “catch of the day” seafood features — from traditional local favourites like halibut to more exotic options like arctic char, monkfish, branzino and more — will be an attraction in itself.
The ample list of local craft beer is complemented by wine selections from across the globe, while our team of in-house mixologists artfully compose signature libations that celebrate a return to true cocktail culture.
The bar area features floor-to-ceiling wine storage and a spectacular 12-foot art deco liquor display behind the wraparound bar. A comfy lounging area with feature fireplace creates the perfect space to exchange lively chat and small plates.
Unearthed by archeologists in 2001, the area bounded by Hollis, Sackville, Granville and Salter Streets contains the footprint of the original Halifax town of 1749, an area home to both merchants and families.
Here at the corner of Hollis and Sackville in particular, Halifax is no stranger to the very best of times. On February 22nd, 1785, Halifax’s very first advertised concert took place at this location in what was The Golden Ball Inn. It was also at The Golden Ball Inn on January 1786 that proprietor John O’Brien gathered a “number of respectable Inhabitants…native of the Kingdom of Ireland” to found the Charitable Irish Society.