Fast food

Seasonal operation on Halifax waterfront. Serves vegan bowls, cookies, drinks. Food is vegan, except for dairy cheese. Open Mon-Wed 11:00am-9:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-9:00pm. Open summer season only - check ahead.

Venue map for Heartwood by the Sea
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11 Reviews

First Review by TheVeganPeach


Points +234

08 Oct 2022

Incredibly bland

Tried a couple wraps from heartwood and they were so tasteless, just plain raw chickpeas and veg in a wrap ://

Pros: Nice drinks

Cons: Expensive, Tasteless



Points +102

04 Oct 2022

Decent options, kinda bland

Can accommodate GF. But everything was just meh. Glad to have a safe option, but nothing to write home about

Pros: Vegan options, GF options, Fast service

Cons: Bland


Points +484

02 Sep 2022

Tasty Vegan Oasis

Great vegan bowls, good size, fast, satiating and well-priced.

Pros: Lots of Vegan/gf Options , Great smoothies, Custom Substitutes


Points +24

27 Aug 2022

Disappointed, but happy it’s there

The bowl I ordered was overpriced for what it was, and the “vegan Caesar” dressing on my partner’s chickpea wrap seemed to be commercial Italian salad dressing, but I hope they stick around. It was great to find kale and tofu in the sea of fried food and dairy ice cream along the waterfront. If you’re really hungry (like I was) it will work in a pinch, but I would suggest taking the short walk to Copper Branch for better value.

Pros: Location

Cons: Overpriced


Points +1382

06 Sep 2021

Don’t bother

Was at the harbour and hoped to find vegan ice cream. The closest we could find was a smoothie at heartwood by the sea. We had a banana peanut butter smoothie that had no flavour and was full of unblended ice chips. Not worth the $8. FYI, we subsequently found non dairy ice cream and chocolate down the road at Peace by Chocolate. Copper Branch is also just a couple of blocks away and is much better choice than Heartwood.

Pros: None

Cons: Overpriced, No flavour , Ice chunks


Points +28

01 Aug 2021

Tried a vegan smoothie

I tried a $10 vegan chocolate smoothie and it didn't really have any flavor, it basically tasted like a granola smoothie - the only good thing is they can add vegan protein to it making it a bit healthy. Their lemonade is $4, maybe next time I'll try that.

Updated from previous review on 2021-07-31

Updated from previous review on 2021-08-01


Points +62

01 Jan 2019

Great vegan pizza

This vegetarian resto has a few locations in Halifax and tons of vegan options. Their vegan pizzas are crazy good!!

Pros: Lots of vegan options


Points +124

Mostly Veg
12 Aug 2016

not as wowed as I wanted to be

I was so excited to find healthy real food on the boardwalk but was disappointed by their quality.

Pros: it's real food right on the boardwalk!

Cons: the spring roll was practically all noodles and no, the cookies that were labeled gluten-free were not


Points +78

11 Aug 2016

lovely Vegan gem

Had a lovely pomegranate, banana and blueberry smoothie. A TLT wrap with smoked tofu. Very tasty. Peanut butter and chocolate cookies were good too. Loved the many vegan options.

Pros: tasty, fresh, vegan food and drinks.

Cons: a bit pricy, but would go back.


Points +859

05 Aug 2016

Be careful with vegan orders

We ended our coast to coast by train trip to Canada in Halifax, and were happy to find this place right on the waterfront. It was during the busker festival, so they also had a coffee trailer just a bit further down. The workers there were super friendly(I think one was the owner), and the coffee was good. So then another night we were walking along the harbour and decided to grab a bit here. I ordered the taco salad and my husband a burrito. The guy asked my husband if he wanted cheese, to which he said yes. The taco salad looked awesome, but it also looked like it had cheese. My husband took a bit of his burrito, and there was no cheese so it ended up in my dish instead. We simply switched even though I wasn't in the mood for a burrito(it wasn't too was really just beans in a tortilla wrap with a small side of salsa), and I didn't want to waste food by returning it. I also found it really expensive for take-away food. I ordered an iced coffee drink that was warm, and my husband had a smoothie with oats that was pretty tasty, and it came up to over $40 *gasp*. We could have gone out to a nice restaurant with service for that price.

Pros: good location, has potential, compostable packaging

Cons: orders get mixed up, overpriced


Points +9415

06 Sep 2015


Update: Still ecstatic they are on the waterfront but got a spicy peanut bowl yesterday and it wasn't very appetizing. First off the price is high for the amount you get and it was cold and basically mush. My friend got the coconut curry bowl and her sauce was flavorless and basically liquid. Not very appetizing.

I am beyond ecstatic there's now actually a place I can eat on the Halifax Waterfront. Heartwood introduces it's second location in Halifax, a cute little shack where they offer healthy fast food including their famous Heartwood bowls, smoothies, other drinks, cookies, a hummus platter and salads. It's so refreshing to see a fully vegan spot by the water. Although, Heartwood's main restaurant offer dairy cheese, this location is fully vegan as of this moment.
Updated from previous review on Saturday July 04, 2015

Pros: all vegan, great location, yummy

Cons: Costly

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