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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
  • "Wonderful dinner, outstanding service. Jazz trio a very entertaining addition to the experience without being too loud. Lobster was nicely presented, sweet & tender. Will return on our next visit to Halifax"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "This restaurant went beyond our expectations. We expected to have a wonderful experience, but this place was unbelievable. The staff made us feel right at home. The food and drink selections that our server recommended were excellent. Although we only make it to Halifax every three or four years, we will make it a point to have a fantastic dining experience each time at The Press Gang."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Coming from Vancouver with loads of hot spots and expensive restaurants this restaurant is world class. The buttered lobster was amazing. Spent our 2nd anniversary there. Great find!!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Food was very good. So was the service. However it is very loud. The decor is great, stone pillars, feels like a cave or wine cellar from 1800's, but acoustics not good. Good for girls night or boys night, but not a romantic dining place. Just too darn loud"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Great cocktails! Food was amazing. Baked mussels and pork belly were amazing. Tuna steak and beef tenderloin were cooked perfectly!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It was such an awesome dining experience . We had an amazing night for our 25 anniversary"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I always look forward to my trips to Halifax so that I can include a visit to the Press Gang, one of my all-time favourite restaurants, but this time I left disappointed. Food is always exceptional, and the atmosphere is wonderful; this time was no exception - oysters to start, then the pork and scallop main; I would have also liked to order desert, a glass of ice wine, and a cappuccino, but my server was so inattentive that after 30 minutes of waiting with an empty plate, empty wine glass, and empty water glass, I was so disappointed and sad, that I just asked for my bill. I left not feeling full or happy; it’s a shame when service ruins what would have otherwise been a fantastic experience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My wife and I were in Halifax for the weekend and wanted a romantic date night restaurant. A friend strongly recommended The Press Gang, and it did not disappoint. We ordered The Drill (only request was to hold any oysters that may be included). Each of the 13 items that we were then fed was perfectly prepared and presented. Our servers were very attentive. This meal was a treat and it delivered on all accounts."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We dined at the bar on August 8th and experienced one of the best cocktail and worst kitchen performances of the year. Our bartender was friendly, engaging, skilled and a great salesman. Knowing our expectations, he steered us away from dishes that would truly disappoint, but what we did land eating was still bad. Dry, tasteless Duck Confit, salty Beef entrees and boring Desserts. The worst part of our experience was that the kitchen was completely buried. Everyone's food took an embarrassingly long time to be served. Management bought a lot of drinks, while running around the dining room apologizing versus going into the kitchen and help get the food out. The live music was OUTSTANDING ! If you go, sit at the bar and eat oysters."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "While in Halifax we used Open Table to find a near by restaurant. We were pleasantly suprised by the unique dining experience in this historic location. The wine list was extensive, the scotch flights were interesting and well paired. The food was very good and the wait staff was friendly, prompt and efficient. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "From the follow-up call to confirm our reservation through to the desert our meal was the perfect experience. Our server was fantastic quickly taking care of our requests. The food quality and presentation was superb."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Really nice setting, great service and the food was outstanding... Had the deconstructed caesar salad to start which was decent - heavy garlic in the dressing which I did enjoy. For a main I had the special - scallops on a bed of curried jasmine rice - outstanding. The scallops were seared to perfection. It was dressed with some microgreens which it could have done without but outstanding nonetheless."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Excellent Gastronomy & Atmosphere for an Executive business dinner; we had international business colleagues visiting. Ambiance & noise level was perfect and the service was impeccable. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our food was good, service was outstanding. Our knowledgable server gave us a history lesson on the building, and a quick tour of the dining room. Her wine recommendations with our food was spot on., and was quite entertaining throughout our meal. We had the beef tenderloin and thee halibut which were both good."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Wonderful food and great service in a truly remarkable setting."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Vacationing in Nova Scotia, we were delighted to have The Press Gang recommended to us by our son. Our table was quiet and private, but we still met some engaging people nearby and that added to our experience. The Tuscan Mussel appetizer was beyond delicious, and out two entrees, Medallions of Pork Tenderloin with Pan Seared Scallops, and Fresh Nova Scotia Halibut, were beautiful in presentation and in taste and quality. We also benefited from tastings of a small batch Irish whiskey and a limited Canadian whiskey. That was an added and very welcome bonus, presented by a gentleman who was charming and engaging."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I brought clients in for dinner, and we were all very impressed with both our meals and the service. Will be coming back on Tuesdays for its Whisky Tuesday night, and given samples of whisky to try. Tried the feature scallop dis with the lobster risotto which was amazing. I highly recommend The Press Gang over other restaurants in this city for the food, and prompt, knowledgable service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Press Gang is in one of the oldest buildings in Halifax, very cool decor and ambiance. But what a disappointment the food was! My husnband liked his oysters on the half shell, but that was about it. I had a forgettable salad, then we struggled to find anything appealing in the ordinary looking entrees. The cooking was mediocre. The wine choices by the glass were way overpriced (and I know this because the selections were all too familiar and competely unimaginative). We spent near $200 for a filling but unsatisfyingmeal. We think the place is coasting on it's location and long established name recognition. Better places to eat in Halifax!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This place has it all....built in 1757 so the history and ambience is excellent. The food is superb and well priced for what is presented and described within their menu ! The Jazz trio on Thurs-Sat is some of the best Jazz that I have heard and I've been to my share of Jazz places in Toronto! These guys will not disappoint...promise :) Great wine selection, bartenders know their craft and the service we received was very courteous and prompt !"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We booked this restaurant after reading great reviews. Unfortunately, the food was not up to our standards.Crab cakes were terrible (tasted like from a frozen food box) Oysters were okay, needed spicier cocktail sauce or horse radish. Scallops were good. Lamb was alright, a bit overcooked. Salmon and Halibut were pretty good but the side dishes were horrible. Desserts were unimaginative and not very tasty. Overall, the price was outrageously high. I wouldn't go back. However, I have to say we are accustomed to cooking our own delicious meals so someone else might find the food better than we did. In the end, we were very disappointed because we don't eat out often and when we do, we try to pick a restaurant that has superior reviews. :-("
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good food, nice setting, great service. The oysters were excellent! The history of the building was more added fun."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I love coming to this restaurant. They have just released a new menu, and the Halibut dish and Lamb were delightful. The service is always excellent, with a great Maritime friendliness."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant in a historic building. Food was excellent, and the service friendly and prompt."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Booked the Press Gang for our anniversary . We were given a quiet, secluded table and given complimentary champagne - a very nice touch. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at The Press Gang. Menu was varied and interesting. Food was good. Service was delightful."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My wife and I took a weekend away. I chose this restaurant for our anniversary dinner and they made it special. Appetizers (crab cakes; mussels in blue cheese/leek) main (halibut;lobster in truffle butter) were prepared with great skill with excellent sauces and garnishes. Our server was funny friendly knowledgeable... everything you could hope for. We moved down to the main floor to finish our wine and some dessert while listening to some good music. A memorable evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service and ambience was less than it should be for the price. We were in the very back of the restaurant in a cornet which was not appealing at all. Felt rushed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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