Our warm & cozy dining room is available for Parties, Events or
Meetings on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings
Call us today and let our team help you make your event a special occasion
Owner Liz Cunningham moved to Halifax from New York City 12 years ago. After working in the television industry for 32 years, she finally realized her dream of opening a neighborhood restaurant in September 2009.
Her friend and local contractor, Rod Malay, had just finished building “The Nile House” on Charles Street and there was a space available on the ground floor. Liz jumped at the chance. The building is not only beautiful, but green with its geo-thermal heating and cooling as well as its green roof – facts that Halifax diners appreciate.
Before long, Liz, friends, and family all pitched in to choose colours, refinish chairs and paint walls. Liz remembers the camaraderie. “It was a real labour of love and a collaborative effort.”
Over the bar, visitors comment on a beautiful framed picture of Tess, the owner’s mother, for whom the restaurant is named. The reproduction of a 1937 New York newspaper ad features Tess modeling a fur coat for sale at the remarkable price of only $29.98!
Liz recalls, “We just couldn’t settle on a name for our restaurant. One day, about a year before we opened, my partner said, “Why don’t we name it tess after your mom and hang the newspaper ad in the restaurant?” We did.”
tess: a friendly, warm, and cozy neighborhood spot is fast becoming a hit with Haligonians who come back time and again.
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At tess we believe in simple food made from scratch, using locally supplied ingredients whenever possible.
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Feel free to stop in and see us, we always love to have visitors! Or, if you just have a question for us, just click on the email link to the right and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
HOURS of OPERATION
|Saturday and Sunday||9:30am to 2:30pm|
|Monday to Friday||11:00am to 2:30pm|
|DINNER Service and TAPAS Menu|
|Thursday, Friday and Saturday||5:00pm to 10:00pm|
Whether it’s a Cocktail Party, Sit Down Dinner or Buffet Style Dinner you are thinking about, let tess host it for you .
Our restaurant can accommodate private groups of up to 32 guests. Our chefs will plan the menu with you; all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the evening with your guests. Whatever the occasion – birthday, retirement, wedding, a private evening at tess’ is a great way to host a stress-free party.
Backyard Patio – In the warmer months our beautiful private backyard patio is available for bookings as well. This space can accommodate up to 50 people in a unique setting.
Perhaps it’s an early morning business breakfast you are looking to host, we can help there too. Continental style, hot buffet or a combination of both are available.