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The Press Gang
The Press Gang

The Press Gang Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepressgang.net
  • Phone: (902) 423-8816
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Wednesday
    5pm - 10pm
    Thursday - Saturday
    5pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Beth Muise
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine
  • Catering: The Henry Room
    Our 18th century private dining room comfortably accommodates 15 guests. In addition, we offer one semi-private space, suitable for up to 28 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our 18th century Private Dinning Room comfortably accommodates 15 guests. In addition we offer one-semi private space, suitable for group of 28 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Milan Vechter (902) 423-8816
  • Entertainment: A proud supporter of local live music, The Press Gang hosts the immensely talented Mike Cowie Trio every Friday and Saturday night.

    Acclaimed trumpet player, singer and songwriter, Mike Cowie along with top Halifax musicians, Gerry Carruthers on piano and Larry Bjornson on bass, perform popular pop songs from the 70’s to present day. Enjoy this talented trio's uniquely arranged versions of songs by Sting, Prince, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, The Beatles and more.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us for Whiskey Tuesday, every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m at The Press Gang. Learn everything about whiskey from consulting sommelier Wallace Fraser and sample from our extensive selection of over 100 single malts. Each week, two types of whiskey will be featured for your tasting pleasure.

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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Parade & City Hall
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is FREE between 6pm and 8am and on weekends & holidays
A word from The Press Gang
The Press Gang, located in the heart of downtown Halifax, occupies one of the city’s oldest historic stone structures which dates back to 1759. Boasting a formal dining experience like no other in the city, The Press Gang features an extensive menu with a rich array of exquisite seafood, meat and poultry dishes to satisfy every palate.
Visit our famous Oyster Bar for a selection of Maritime oysters, succulent appetizers and an extensive list of wines and martinis. Enjoy one of Nova Scotia's largest scotch selections, featuring over 75 single malts and listen to our grand piano played by some of Halifax's finest musicians every Friday and Saturday night, beginning at 7:30pm.

The Henry Room
Our 18th century private dining room comfortably accommodates 15 guests. In addition, we offer one semi-private space, suitable for up to 28 guests.
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Diner Reviews
  • "While visiting Halifax we had the pleasure of eating at the Press Gang twice. The first time we were a group of 6 people and we all enjoyed an appetizer, main course and dessert plus some fabulous wine. The second time was a romantic dinner with just my husband and myself. We enjoyed "The Drill". We were not disappointed with any of it. The service was fantastic, the meal was fabulous and the wine was delicious. Overall it was an excellent, romantic experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We celebrated a friends birthday and had a fantastic time. The new summer menu is exciting, table and bar service was perfect and the band completed the experience. Well done thank you. Best in Halifax!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed every minute of the Press Gang, from the moment we walked into the restaurant until the moment we left. The staff, the ambience, and especially the food will remain with us as the best place to eat in Halifax. Thankyou for making our last night in town so memorable."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Truly a wonderful restaurant. Great food, service and ambience. Jazz trio is wonderful as well. One of the finest restaurants we have found in the country."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Another great night at the Press Gang! Easy reservation process followed by exactly what we wanted for our table. 5 people in our group and everyone loved their meal. Attentive comfortable service topped off with great music from the band. A perfect night. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had a lovely dinner here for my husband's birthday. Ordered the steak and he had the halibut, both we're incredible. The service was fantastic and they even surprised him with a piece of cake for his birthday! Was definitely blown away by our experience here, would definitely recommend and will be back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was my first dining experience at The Press Gang. For the main course, I had the swordfish. I can definitely say it was an excellent choice! I plan to return and try the dinner for two."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I enjoyed the old structure and the wait staff gave us a bit of history. Very nice place for small business dinner meetings."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food very good. Has a great atmosphere. Would return in a minute . Great spot."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Fantastic... Delicious food, great service, amazing bar, and a very cool 3 piece band. All of that in one of the oldest room's 1759 in one of the oldest cities 1749. BTW great oyster bar!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We enjoy getting out! The food was delicious and our service was terrific! We are the type to chat with friends about our experience and believe me we will spread the word. Our steaks were cooked to perfection. Thanks again and see you soon."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Yummy mussels and steak :) Our waiter added to our experience - he was very friendly and funny. I also like the teamwork of servers to bring your food and clear your plates - it seemed really efficient (something that I normally don't think of, but I appreciated the service of all the staff). Couple the dining with the Neptune tickets and we had an excellent night out!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Waiter not knowledgeable about wines. Very expensive oysters. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I thought the over all service/experience/food was a defo 10 out of 10. I would be more than happy to recommend and will be returning sometime soon."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We've eaten at the Press Gang many times before and are never disappointed. Affordable but still leaning toward fine dining, the Press Gang is a great place for a group of people who might have a variety of tastes or budgets. Definitely won't break the bank but also presents a very nice, fine dining experience. I'd highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The atmosphere was fantastic live music was playing, but there were quieter rooms as well. The service was fantastic, they weren't in your face but managed to be there exactly when you wanted them. Vegetarian options were limited, the one vegetarian main was a seared tofu on rice noodles. Flavours were good, the tofu could have been a marinated a little more, but everything else was so flavourful, I didn't mind the tofu itself being a little bland. My friend's fish seemed to be cooked perfectly. Desserts were delicious, but all of them seemed very heavy/rich, we would have liked to see a lighter option. Overall a great experience, it would be a great place for a lot of different occasions. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "One of the regular places for us, especially for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "It was a great evening. We ordered several dishes that were simply superb: Arctic Char, Henry Platter, Beef Carpaccio, and Calamari. We also had the creme brulee, which was delicious. Our drinks and food all came in a timely manner. Service was present, but not overburdening. Of course, the ambiance of The Press Gang is always amazing with its dim-lighting, stone walls, and thick wooden beamed ceilings. Fit for a relaxing night out, whether you are a foodie, music lover (Blues/Jazz every Friday and Saturday), or just someone who wants a delicious drink or meal to wind down the evening with."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "It was nice, but definitely not a Halifax restaurant that I would return to for a special occasion in the near future. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Top notch food quality here. Great professional service, beautiful location. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The Halibut was the best I have ever had. On a bed of couscous, beautifully blackened, and delicate and moist. Then a hint of genius, small grilled pieces of charizzo. perfect compliment Then finish the meal with a scotch selection provided by the bartender. The ambiance is nice and the service excellent. Every time we go to Halifax we of to the Pressroom."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The lobster mac & cheese was like heaven! Steak done to perfection, quail egg beatifully presented, scallops spiced perfectly. A meal well done!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "It was such a wonderful experience. They had such a playful pallet of choices. Service was excellent and not over whelming. Great selection of scotch.Worth your time."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "fish not good! Salad had no taste. Beard pudding very dry. Very disappointed! They knew, that's why they comp'd both meals. Sat next to door & got cold every time the door."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This is the 6th or 7th time my wife and I have dined here either as a couple or with larger groups of good friends - we can't say enough superlatives about every touchpoint in the restaurant - from front of house to kitchen and everything in between. Always so very special and memorable."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food was simply amazing, the service and attention to detail outstanding. Relaxing and cosy atmosphere with the bonus of historic brick walls and decor. The oysters are amazing. This place is an absolute gem tucked away. The vibe band capped off a fabulous evening!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I always bring my clients to this restaurant, and it always is an amazing dinner. Thank you for a wonderful evening, from both incredible service to the outstanding food. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This is our go to place for a nice romantic dinner. However this time it did not satisfy. First it took 20 minutes to get drinks and I was extremely hungry since I wanted to enjoy each course, but there was no complimentary bread offered to help fill the time before appetizers. It took another half hr for the appetizer which was too salty, to the servers credit it was removed from the bill. The beef from the main course was chewy and not as tender as it should have been. Overall the quality was not there. I don't mind having a 3hr meal if we are enjoying the meal. If this was our first time we wouldn't go back :("
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Certainly good but not outstanding. Would certainly go back but there are other spots in Halifax worth a try"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Amazing service, perfect food. The atmosphere was great, especially when the band started playing. Drinks were delicious! It was amazing upscale without being pretentious. Quick service without feeling rushed. We had a great visit!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food Was great but only served warm beer with no light beer choices as they were "all out" Beer fridge was broken for several days..apparently ice no longer keeps bottles cold. Disappointing "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner here a couple nights ago. It's not often I can say that everything was deliscous but it was. The service was friendly and prompt. Our four course tasting menu arrived very quickly, with each course better than the last. The sous chef, Ben Nichols is doing a great job, keep up the good work! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Being new to Halifax I asked a few locals for a few suggestions. They don't stear you wrong in Halifax let me tell you - they are serious about their food here. I absolutley loved The Press Gang. The ambience was just right and the food was fantastic. The service was second to none and I'll be back in a heart beat. I just have to get my flight booked!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Every time I have been at this restaurant (5-6 times) the quality of food, wine, service, attention to detail - well everything really was absolutely excellent!! 10 out of 10 and more!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I am hesitant to say it for fear of it being harder to get a table but it is one of my favorite Halifax restaurants. I visit Halifax several times a year and always place the Press Gang on my list of fav spots for dinner. Food and service is excellent."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This is the kind of restaurant that forces me to come back. As a sporadic visitor to Halifax, I always stop here on my travel day for a light meal of fresh oysters and one or two of the excellent appetizers for a light repast. Then I return a day or two later to have one of the stunning main courses. This is the fifth time for this cycle! The menu changes, but the quality of the food and the enchanting combinations of protein, vegetables, sauces and seasonings can be counted upon."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The Press Gang truly is a Halifax gem. The menu reflects the maritime heritage of this historic port. The food is delicious, and the service is perfect. Fantastic bar and bar staff. The weekend house band are brilliant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had been to the press gang in August and had been happy with food but not the service. This time everything was great, they have a new menu with some reworked favourites and our party of four enjoyed everything that was ordered. Our server was attentive without being obtrusive. We will go back soon!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Hey the staff seemed as tired as the timbers and the granite in this little gem of a restaurant. A tired waiter and a down right depressing bus girl had me flat lining on a date at 75.00 per! Char & rack of lamb were fantastic! Music billed as a 7:30 start really didn't happen until 8:30.... 4 piece jazz ensemble had very good vibe. Great scotch choices.... Would drop in again for scotch at the bar but not for dinner!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We went to Neptune and decided to stay in HFX for dinner. It had been a few years since our last time at Press Gang. My Aunt had never been. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and service was attentive without being bothersome."
    Dined on 3/1/2014