The Press Gang

4.7
1355 reviews
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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 8:30pm.

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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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best spots in Halifax to celebrate anything or to go in for a fantastic everyday meal! For celebrations: order the Drill....there’s nothing as satisfying in the city like this! A top choice from us when we have visitors coming into town looking for recommendations!!

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TS
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was fantastic and we enjoyed every bit and sip that was part of The Drill! Looking forward to our next visit! We wish we lived closer than North Carolina so we could go every week! If you have not been before and are open and accepting to something great and surprising, do yourself a favor and order The Drill and and wait to be amazed by the wonderful treats they serve you and the amazing wine pairing! Just do it and go with the flow and you will love it!

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TP
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time. Reserved for a birthday, and they treated us well! The layout of the resto is amazing, feels like youre stepping back in time. Drinks were well balanced and the food was perfectly prepared. I got the lobster gnocchi and it was one of the best meals I have ever had! Not to mention they gave us a free desert for my friends bday! 10/10 would recommend!

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly service. We tried many places during our week long visit. This was one of the best.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the Drill and it was amazing! Very creative and tasty fare in a very charming atmosphere

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Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, the best dining experience in Halifax. We often visit the city and always reserve an evening at the Press Gang. The Drill is our meal of choice and the chef never disappoints. Exquisitely done and delicious as always. Our table service was second to none and the entire restaurant is warm and inviting. cannot wait till our next trip to the city to see what the Chef comes up with for our next Drill!!!

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CB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Krystal, was wonderful, and having the chef (another time it was one of the owners) come out afterwards and ask how everything was ... was and is a nice touch. The food is always excellent (not overpriced and adequate, like so many places everywhere) and we like the atmosphere (not open and ambient, but cove-like, more intimate). Keep doing a good job because we're close and we'll be back and want you to stay right where you are doing what you do so well. Salut!

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

All of our previous visits have been very good in every respect. This time we decided to have the Henry's Feast platter for two @$160. It was very disappointing. All of the food arrives at one time (which we knew) but in our case the food was warm vs hot and the platter had not been pre-heated or it was cold upon arrival at our table. So by the time we had the oysters and the halibut, the other meats and veggies were cool to cold. The waiter did take the remaining food back to the kitchen to be re-heated but at that point everything was tasting like poor leftovers. We definitely would NOT recommend this item to anyone.

For our next visit we will order The Drill or items from the main menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary. It was wonderful dining experience.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I found the prices high for the dishes that were served. Also only one vegetarian option that was pretty bland.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Wish i found it sooner. Love the history and ambiance. Food is fantastic!!!

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WT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! I was visiting Halifax for business and pleasure and chose The Press Gang due to reviews regarding their oysters. It is an absolutely incredible dining experience - the food is exactly what I had hoped for and more, the drink concoctions are carefully crafted, and the service is impeccable. I was SO impressed, and would love to return next time I am in Halifax. There was also live music (piano and saxophone) on the evening I was there with friends, and it added to the entire ambiance. We also met the chef, who made us feel quite at home, discussed the seafood with us, and answered any of our questions. Despite feeling wonderfully fancy, the service and the chef did not make me feel silly for any of my food/wine/drink questions! 10 out of 10!

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P
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, though pricey. Wish I knew beforhand that the mushroom addon to the burger was 8, but its probably my fault for not asking.

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AT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to this restaurant for 37 years. Hands down our favorite in Halifax.

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HB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had Atlantic halibut for a main course and scallops and duck for an appetizer. The appetizer was wonderful. The scallops were perfectly cooks with a light crispiness on the outside and a soft fleshiness on the inside. There was none of the rubberiness that some cooks fall victim to when cooking scallops. The duck was very good. At first I thought it was like a terrine but it was not. The duck still had a flesh consistency and stringiness that you find in poultry. It was akin to pulled duck. I opted not to have the ham wrap on the halibut and believe that was a good choice. I personally like my halibut a bit rarer but appreciate that that is a personal preference and no reflection on the chef. The halibut here was very good. I accompanied the dinner with a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc which worked well.

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D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting place to eat! Great service! Fantastic food!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening !!

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. We tried "The Drill" and our minds were blown with how delicious the food was. Not knowing what was coming next made the experience even more exciting. Service was fantastic, atmosphere was really comforting. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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S
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The most exquisite and romantic restaurant I have ever been in!!
Ambience is second to none!!
Service was excellent! Food taste was amazing!

Value was very disappointing...the menu description of the lobster gnocchi stated there was an entire lobster as part of the meal, claws and tail. It consisted of 70% gnocchi, 20% peppers and maybe 10% lobster meat (and I’m being generous...).
That was the only disappointing part of the evening. Lobster is a dime a dozen in these parts... no reason to scrimp on that detail, especially for the price.

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

If you fancy single malt, well The Press Gang is a must! A selection of of who's who in the scotch world.
My wife and I had The Grill. Four courses that were to die for! Our only minor suggestion to the kitchen is, the servings were too large! By the time we finished the first two courses we were, well, "stuffed"!
The major suggestion to management is to offer The Grill without a wine pairing (as is the case now) or with a pairing. Not knowing what the courses are ahead of time. wine selection is a shot in the dark. An excellent wine cellar though.
The chef came to our table at the end of the evening and that was very much appreciated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was fantastic and the ambience was geat

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BH
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a girls' night out and dinner was perfect! We all had various plates and they were all delicious. The Press Gang is definitely one-of-a-kind in atmosphere. It feels like we've gone back in time when we step foot inside. I love the rock walls and low ceilings. Thank you!

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere with great service. Our seafood risotto was full of large pieces of scallops, lobster and fish. Will definitely be back.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue and food. Would definitely recommend to my family and friends.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Press Gang has a fun and quaint vibe. The food was fantastic, and the service was top notch. The Chef paid our table a visit and was great to chat with and appreciative of our business. Would highly recommend.

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CM
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

80th Birthday

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CB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning beautiful building and a wonderful meal with dessert that are a work of art,
Will definitely return and we’ll recommend this restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was more than accommodating and patient with our requests. We were there for over 2 hours and did not feel rushed at all. It was an anniversary dinner plus a birthday celebration & we had the best seat in the house!

Kudos to Lindsey.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our do-over Valentines dinner and our first time and the Pressgang. There was a jazz duet playing by our table, they were great, just the right volume so we could talk and enjoy the music. The staff are friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The pace of the flooding coming out was perfect so we didn’t feel rushed. Both the appetizers and mains were perfect, I had the prime rib medium rare (cooked to perfection) and my wife had the duck, she loved it. I even had some of my potatoes, which I never eat, I just couldn’t resist. While the food is a little more expensive it’s well worth it. We will be back again and again.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was absolutely the best meal I have ever had. My Fiancee and I went together and ordered The Drill. It was an elegant mastery of haute cuisine. Foie Gras, Scallops, Filet Mignon, Swordfish, and Ribeye all made an appearance in this one meal. It was not cheap ~$300 including a bottle of wine and tip, but well worth it for the quality. We will be going again next year for sure!

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CO
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary, we had never been here before. Food was delicious, service was fantastic. Husband ordered the rib eye and it was coated in bbq sauce. For such a great cut of meat bbq sauce not needed. We will definitely be back

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was exceptional!

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, historic interior, and even more lovely staff. Had the most wonderful first experience here and it will not be my last. Thank you, Press Gang!

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Went for Valentine’s Day, our table was in the middle of a major pathway from other areas of the restaurant. Service was as to be expected at a high quality, well established restaurant.

Food was outstanding but the dining location, noise level and hustle and bustle around us detracted from the experience.

7/10 overall

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Y
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I thoroughly enjoyed my oysters however my main course was extremely bland in flavou. I was unimpressed with the dish and felt it fell far from expectations. The good news is that my dinner partner was very pleased with her meal from start to finish.

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JP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining event for us . Staff were welcoming, paid just the right attention . Lovely quiet atmosphere.
Fabulous dinner.
Best whiskey selection EVER!

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal, very flavourful, only complaint is the beef was over cooked.
Great attentive staff, lovely atmosphere.
Thanks

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KI
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had The Drill and were thoroughly impressed with each course. Was super impressed that we had a chance to meet the chef at the end of the meal when he came to each table to introduce himself. Can't wait to go back and see what the chef has in store for the next Drill.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service great. The Robbie Burns dinner with scotch pairing was nice. Appreciate the chef coming over to speak with us

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined there Saturday evening and we had the most delicious dishes. Our server, Sondra, was exceptional. Thanks for the great dining experience. Sondra also got us seats at the bar so we could enjoy the jazz music. Really lively and fun. We'll come again for sure.

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