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Downtown Halifax
0.9 km from Halifax Public Gardens
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The Bicycle Thief exudes a relaxed, come-as-you-are feel, in an atmosphere that blends Old School style with New School attitude. Drop by for lunch or supper, or pull up a chair to our wicked wine bar for a fantastic glass from our titanic selection. The Bicycle Thief offers North American food with an Italian soul, and legendary cooking that will steal your heart…
US$8 - US$31
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Italian, Canadian
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I own and operate three Halifax businesses and was doing some light renovating when I decided to try out the Bicycle Thief for a quick lunch time re-fueling. I felt a bit underdressed at first but my waiter made me feel like a princess and...made my whole experience special. I ordered the slow roasted pork ribs that melted in my mouth with their house made BBQ sauce. Later on I splurged on the wonderful peanut butter & chocolate ripple sundae, a must have for all ages!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were excited to get out for a meal as restaurants opened up after extensive covid restrictions were lifted. Having walked past the funky bicycle parts sculpture many times we had promised ourselves to to try this well known waterfront fixture. The buzz worthy "cabanas"...were fully booked but we accepted an intimate table for two inside. The place was full but all the tables were isolated by plexiglass and staff were masked. There was considerable movement which certainly did not follow spacing protocols and I was told that they were "figuring it out." Service was top notch from the moment we sat down! Staff were energized and gracious and quick to offer insights on various menu items. The meal was overall very good. Our shared charcuterie platter was generous enough on protein but lacked sufficient acid and sweet accompaniments. It paired well with the selected Syrah. Partner's spaghettini was excellent and the seafood perfectly cooked. My short rib appeared to be more of a short quarter of beef! It was melt in the mouth with a rich jus and certainly the result of crafted braising. Whipped potato was the perfect pillow. The veg seemed to be more of an afterthought. A taste of chocolate decadence was a nice finish. We departed with full tummies! The staff of Bicycle Thief care about service and they execute an appealing menu with good value We'll be back.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 6 December 2020

I've been meaning to write this review to thank the owner of the restaurant, Hakan Uluer, for incredible customer service. My 86 year old mother lives at Parklands on the Gardens. She wanted to get a special takeout dinner for us at the end of...September. She was unaware that La Frasca was closed on the Tuesday she went over to order dinner for that night. She knocked on the door and the owner came out - she explained that we were coming in that night from outside of Halifax. Hakan sat down with my mom and they chose items from another of his restaurants (Bicycle Thief) which were similar to meals that we had already pre-chosen from the La Frasca menu. Hakan then told my Mom that he would go and get the meals from the Bicycle Thief and bring it to La Frasca at the arranged time (La Frasca is very close to Parklands). The food was delicious and we were all very impressed at this very kind gesture.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 17 November 2020

We went for dinner to celebrate a birthday, and had a perfect dining experience. All of the food was imaginative, beautifully plated, delicious- and absolutely justified the cost. The combination of people who looked after us were to a person considerate without being intrusive, and...we felt special - something that doesn't happen often in busy restaurants. The menu was extensive and made choosing a challenge- but we were both delighted with our decisions. Can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 2 November 2020 via mobile

With much anticipation we visited the “Bicycle Thief” last week. Having heard rave reviews from friends and acquaintances I didn’t think I would be as disappointed. First though I wish to note our waiter I believe, “Mille Grazie”was superb; attentive and professional, one couldn’t ask...for better. Our starter was a pear carpaccio salad which was large enough to share. Flavourful and interesting definitely no complaints. Note bread was complimentary with I believe a red pepper spread. For entree I chose the pumpkin ravioli. This is where true disappointment set. Loved the idea, however was both disappointed in the lack of flavour, should be herbed up and portion increased. Perhaps had 6 little ones, really at $24.00? It’s pumpkin & pasta! My significant other chose the “Halibut”; again very small serving at $32.00. Again, not flavourful which so could be served in a broth. To conclude I found beverage prices aka really taking it to the top on corkage. Note an 8 oz. glass of an average sav blanc was $23. Couldn’t recommend, so disenchanted.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 31 October 2020 via mobile

ME Michel Joseph MAiLLET decided to go on a BiT ova vicarious vacaty iN2 some older stomping grounds me used to live at back in the years 2001 in HALiFx Nova Scotia Canada & ONe ov me favorite restaurants used to be called BiSH long...ago because it is located in BiSHOPS LanDiNG & ME remembers when it was BiSH me went there with ME CAR on a vacaty as well me was except that adventure would have been in 2011 iSH & When ME ARRiVE & ME was fairly early compared to the dinner crowd that TradiTy eat at BiSH ... ME had ME BMW 328i Hard Top Convertible at that time & ME hardly carries any loose change with ME & of course when me parks... there in front of me are Parking meters & ME knew dinner was to be a decent amount of time & not enough loose change in ME pockets & iT wasn’t long after me got there; still in the parking lot that a nice lady comes to the rescue and turns within ... the lady is the owner or part owner husband and wife team if BiSH restaurant. iTALiAN couple. & Offers to put the change in the Parking Meter & iNViTEs ME inside. ME had made reservations to sit at the bar travelling single as usual. That night was great and me got a tour of the kitchen & met the Kitchen staff. Drank wine & ate tremendous food... iT’s not long after that that the restaurant ... XA management ... completely renov@ and name change from BiSH iN2 « BiCYCLE THiEF » & the name BiCYCLE Thief Derives ov iTALiAN Novel Xcept ME thinks the story is truly meant to write ABby Bikers & HARLEY Davidson’s. iN June 2020 me went back & HA Pi ME DiD. Summer & Georgeous D8 AMiD the CoViD 19 PanDeMiC... ME Decides to HAV ME Self a TAL Beer [ The Tall Ships hang around the Harbour at times in the summer in HALiFAX ] & ME HAz MESeLF a CharCuTTERiE Board DeliCe Formidable with added cheese aside from the cheese that came with iT in order. ME asked the server To add a hard textured cheese truly potent; old & FLaVoRFuL onto the board. The gentlemen sitting next to me at the bar sounded like either a regular or a review writer. Or perhaps both. We talked a bit & he mentioned to me the seafood chowder from the menu & the desert on the menu. The desert he mentioned and talked ov ... ME Knew that piece since me had that the nice with the Lac of Loose Change. ME raved of that desert to acquaintances must be for good 2 months de suite. The iTALiAN Chef [ Owner or Co Owner ] makes his own recipe GeLato at BiCyCLE Thief [ formerly known as BiSH ] & ME Had had and the gentlemen reminded me of ... The BANANA FOSTER is a banana smothered in Grand Marnier set on Feu FLAMMiNG until the banana becomes warm and tender and the Grand Marnier Caramelizes & iS traditionally served with House MADE Gelato ... ME pretty cert me got that entire process correctly. Except which one ELE’ME iS PLATED First ... ME Doesn’T Know if the House Made iCE Gelato is First [ Probably last since that melts ] & Desert iS Built as goes. What people don’t know is the deep roots of me past is that in 1995 me worked at TiM Horton’s Children’s Camp in TaTaMagouche Nova Scotia Canada & ME met a NuMBAi of people at camp ME camp name being TweeTY. There was this one nice gentlemen was the General Manager of the Local TiM Horton’s store owner within me region... his name [ General Manager ] was is BRiAN Foster & Things LiK That because Tim Horton’s is a coffee and pastry stop ... when ME Notices deserts with certain names is brings back memories to ME somehow. & Cert times ... ME Can look at the new donuts on shelf at Tim Horton’s and ME Can see what kind of year me is headed for & iF me should invest iN LiFE iNSuRANCE or if ME is good to ROC & ROLLS!More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 24 October 2020

Heard good reviews about this place. More than it deserves, actually. It's not bad, but for the price, you would expect something a bit more? The lamb I ordered was satisfactory, and the dessert was exceptional. Service was great, but that is expected in a...place like this. In other countries, top-notch service isn't asked for, it comes with the whole experience. The wait staff tried their best though despite all the COVID19 restrictions. The place was a bit too dark for our liking. It was a good dinner overall, for Halifax standards. Maybe that's good enough for now.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 19 October 2020 via mobile

I have been so excited to try this restaurant since we moved here from BC last year. My husband planned a special birthday dinner for me and a few friends (we were a party of 10). Our server was great and kept the drinks flowing,...but unfortunately the food was disappointing. I had the calamari to start and it was way over cooked to the point of being rubbery. The beef short rib that I had as my main was okay, but was dry and the veggies were also overcooked. The other issue was the lighting was so dim that we could not see people at the other end of the table...I get ambiance but this was too much lol. We have dined at Il Mercato and loved it so I was bummed that we did not have a similar experience from a sister restaurant especially for a special occasion:-(More

Date of visit: October 2020
59kh, General Manager at The Bicycle Thief, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2020

Hello Alysia, we are so sorry to hear about this unpleasant experience you had while dining with us. We want to thank you for taking the time to send along this feedback! If you don't mind, we would like to learn more details from this...More

Reviewed 18 October 2020 via mobile

Great spot down on the waterfront. The food was absolutely delicious. The service was outstanding. Great value for the money.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 17 October 2020 via mobile

Great ambiance, wonderful location, food was ok (but not as good as expected given reviews), staff were a tad pretentious. Salmon was great; halibut was not a great choice. Overall - ok. I have had better meals in halifax.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Response from NS-Rover | Reviewed this property |
It caters more to adults. We have been there several times and I believe I’ve seen children there. I do not recall seeing a kids menu. Probably best to contact the restaurant directly.
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Response from robertsB2891BB | Reviewed this property |
Yes they sell gift certificates but remember the vast majority never get used so typically you are simply making a cash donation to the vendor which is always appreciated as it is not taxable.
14 July 2018|
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Response from njgrandma20 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we only did seafood & didn’t look at the non seafood stuff. Suggest you go to their website & look at menu. Enjoy. Halifax is a beautiful city
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