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The Press Gang
The Press Gang

The Press Gang Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepressgang.net
  • Email: thepressgang@eastlink.ca
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Best birthday ever- food was incredable- waiter was awesome- entertainment was great!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Ordered "The Drill" with meat prepared rare. The main course was Short Ribs, Beef Tenderloin and a cut of Pork I don't recall. The beef and pork were overcooked. We didn't have time to send it back. I expected better for the $150 price tag. Otherwise, a great experience in a near perfect setting."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Location is fantastic and the very old building is a treat! Wine list is disapointing and they were all out of our first three selections. This was unacceptable. Otherwise its a special place to dine."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I went with my wife for dinner. They put us in the basement so we were not able to see the show or hear the music. Our server was professional and on time. We ordered the beet salad, the halibut and the chops dishes. Now I thought the presentation of the beet salad could have been much better. As for my wife's fish plate. She said that the coscous was lumpy, the fish was ok, but that there was something missing. Something to wrap all the tastes together. My chops were ok but I didn't like the mashed sweet potato. Too much butter. In any case, it was an Ok experience. Surely not worth the price. I guess it can be a good option for oyster lovers...."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Even though the service was tad slower due to "food emergency" it did not matter as the atmosphere was good and the wait person cheery."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I have been dining in Halifax for years and love the wide range of restaurant and dining experiences the city offers. The Press Gang has become my new favourite and will remain to be for quite some time."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The service was fantastic with impeccable timing; not too slow and not too fast. A relaxing dining experience. The menu was great. An addition to the advertised fixed price menu was also available and the food was the best part. However, I and one of my table-mates were curious as to whether or not the special was the same price as the rest of the "prix fixe" menu. Although it did not change my decision to chose the special I was surprised at the final bill considering advertised fixed price should have added up to less. Overall my supper and the experience was outsanding and I would recommend this restaurant with the caveat that the bill may be more expensive than expected. Excellent supper, outstanding service, and worth every penny."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My fiancée and I ate here this past weekend. We have no qualms about going out a few of times a year and spending $150-$200 for a nice dinner. The bill here came in around $150 for food and a glass of wine each. The food, while good, isn't something I'd pay that amount for again any time soon. The tenderloin steak was very small, basically a 3-4 bite steak. Winter salad was a tad bland. Presentation was okay, but nothing spectacular. Service was very good, noise level allowed easy conversation, and the atmosphere is good with exposed wooden beams, etc. May give them a second chance some time in the future, but for now, we have other places with which we are happier to spend that amount of money."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "folks and food were excellent...great service, fabulous food"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We came to the press gang for an early valentine's dinner and we had a wonderful evening. The group close to us were a little boisterous but it was not overwhelming. The only suggestion or disappointment was the lamb on the henry platter....it is too small! The most flavourful item on the platter to be sure but two pieces rather than just one would lead to a world of difference. Overall we had fabulous wine, food and service."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Our window table was warm and cozy suiting the old beamed atmosphere of the interior. The service was friendly and attentive. Our meals were enjoyable , two of us having the cod and two with beef steaks. The cod was slightly too peppery and one steak was perfect and one slightly charred on the outside but overall very good flavors and presentation. Desserts were very delayed but complimentary sparkling wine was offered. When they arrived they were fabulous , a trio of creme brulees. The Press Gang has always been a special place for our family."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The Drill was an outstanding demonstration of food and care. The four courses were absolutely a delight to eat and paired with wines and scotch this was the perfect evening."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "What a great way to spend an evening, great food and not rushed!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is a fabulous place. The food is excellent, the scotch selection is out of this world and the wine menu is extensive. This is a great place to go for a nice drink and listen to excellent live jazz. We will be back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We had heard about the press gang for years and when we finally had a night out on the town we headed right there. We were tucked into a little private nook. The waitress was attentive but respectful of space. There were so many amazing things on the menu we decided to go for the let the cook decide your four course meal. Everything was divine and there was so much food it could easily have fed four. The energy in the place was awesome. The staff was so professional and present. I would totally recommend it to anyone seeking a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Meal was very good (tasty), prepared perfectly and presentation was excellent. OK value for price of the meal but I knew that I was going to a more 'upscale' restaurant. Unfortunately, oysters on the half-shell had a bit more shell in them than I am used to. Overall, very good experience."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We could not make a better choice for a romantic dinner in Halifax! Amazing food, really nice ambience and excellent service! They have been all very kind and professional! The only downside was the awfull Out of Tune music !!!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "have been here many many times....not nearly the food we remembered. music was too loud and all in all not a great experience. ...this time"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I can't praise this restaurant highly enough. From the moment we were greeted at the door the service was perfect. You feel very welcome with attentive service that is not over-bearing and the time between servings was spot-on in my opinion. The food is absolutely amazing and the range of dishes superb"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Service was great, food was excellent and the drinks were outstanding."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Fantastic place to spend time with friends. Food and service was exceptional. The Oysters, and Butter Lobsters were delicious. Our table also tried the Tenderloin.....Wow! One of the best I've every had, perfectly prepared. Great bar vib with the funk/jazz trio. Well done we will be back very soon."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The resaurant was very romantic and the food was very tasty.We found it a bit too quiet and the portions a little too small. Quite expensive but I guess thats true of many downtown restaurants.Nice for a first date when you dont want to eat too much."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "A truly awful food experience at a ridiculously expensive price."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "My wife and I have been coming to this restaurant since we first moved to Halifax in 2007. It's not cheap! So be prepared to spend $200 for 2 glasses of wine each, half a dozen delicious Nova Scotia oysters, a shared winter salad, and two mains. I had the wild boar chop which was served with cauliflower au gratin and seasonal veg. My wife had the pan seared halibut with rice and seasonal veg. The boar was as scrumptious as the best T-bone steak. The halibut was moist and firm. There are many excellent desserts on offer, but we opted out as the festive season has left us sweetened out. But we've had the cheesecake and creme brûlée and tiramisu in the past and a neighbouring table of four gushed about their desserts. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit! The ambience was perfect for enjoying a long overdue evening out with my husband! Wine was crisp, the service superb and the food divine. Atmosphere was perfect for intimate conversation and the live music was the icing on the cake. Thank you Press Gang!!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Was not overly impressed by yhe food. The ambiance was great. Wine list good service soso"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The Press Gang is one of those special restaurants that has great food, friendly service combined with a special atmosphere that is great for those special occasions or dinner parties out on the town."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "First time I have been there. Very nice restaurant . Excellent food and wine list. I will be back."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our meat at the Press Gang. The specialty drinks to start were so tasty and made you want more. We all enjoyed our appetizers, main course and dessert. Everyone had different meals and were very satisfied. Our bottle of wine was really enjoyable and our waiter was right there when you needed him and he was very pleasant. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys awesome food."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The drill was really good, very well presented and very tasty"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "When you first step through the door you know you are in for a unique dinning experience. The wood and stone facade are like being transported back in time. You can almost hear the hustle and bustle of the harbour 100 years ago. The staff are friendly and are there to make sure you have the best dinning experience possible. They are not in your face but have intuitive timing to serve you. Once you bite into your first course you know you have found the gem of Halifax"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Old brick and stone walls with low open beam ceiling make for a warm and inviting atmosphere. The noise level was moderate to low. The service was casual and friendly with good attention to detail. The Malpeque oysters were excellent and the scallops cooked perfectly. The halibut was a touch overdone. We appreciated being able to buy bubbly by the glass and wine by the half bottle. A very pleasant dining experience. We are a mature couple who eat out often in good restaurants in Halifax and while travelling domestically and abroad."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The interior is a 250 year old basement in an old mansion. Located directly across from the Halifax Parade Ground. Fantastic ambience, very good service and the food was divine...wish we had found this place years ago. We will be back!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013