The Press Gang
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.
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!!
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!
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!
Great food and friendly service. We tried many places during our week long visit. This was one of the best.
We did the Drill and it was amazing! Very creative and tasty fare in a very charming atmosphere
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!!!
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!
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.
We were celebrating our anniversary. It was wonderful dining experience.
I found the prices high for the dishes that were served. Also only one vegetarian option that was pretty bland.
Amazing place! Wish i found it sooner. Love the history and ambiance. Food is fantastic!!!
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!
Good, though pricey. Wish I knew beforhand that the mushroom addon to the burger was 8, but its probably my fault for not asking.
My wife and I have been going to this restaurant for 37 years. Hands down our favorite in Halifax.
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.
Very interesting place to eat! Great service! Fantastic food!
Awesome evening !!
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.
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.
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.
The service and food was fantastic and the ambience was geat
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!
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.
Excellent venue and food. Would definitely recommend to my family and friends.
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.
Stunning beautiful building and a wonderful meal with dessert that are a work of art,
Will definitely return and we’ll recommend this restaurant
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.
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.
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!
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
Food was delicious and the service was exceptional!
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!
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.
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.
Wonderful dining event for us . Staff were welcoming, paid just the right attention . Lovely quiet atmosphere.
Best whiskey selection EVER!
Great meal, very flavourful, only complaint is the beef was over cooked.
Great attentive staff, lovely atmosphere.
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.
Service great. The Robbie Burns dinner with scotch pairing was nice. Appreciate the chef coming over to speak with us
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.