The Press Gang

4.8
1680 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1680 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nads
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall was a very good first experience at the Press gang, I had noted on my reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, we were sat in a very cozy, almost cave like little spot which I appreciated, we couldn't hear the singer (Joe butcher) and there was a large, noisy table across the room but they were having a good time and we could still engage in conversation, so that wasn't bothersome at all. Our server had given us a complementary glass of sparkling, which was on the bill but he quickly corrected that when it was pointed out. We ordered the drill which I would do again, I think its exciting not to know what is coming next! Before our main dishes came my husband and I both said "I bet it will be lamb, because we don't care for lamb as much" it was, and we had a chuckle. But the lamb was seasoned well and was delicious! My haddock on the second course was a little over done as it was a smaller peice than my husband's, but still very nice. Tried to go in April for a birthday but another shut down had canceled that, was really happy we were able to celebrate something else with the Press Gang, and I think it was one of the mostly lively Saturday nights in downtown Halifax since pre-pandemic, which added to the atmosphere for sure. Chef Brian was very well spoken at the table while explaining the dishes, and I didn't feel as though I couldn't ask questions, he was happy to answer, will be back for the Drill again! Or maybe something from the regular menu (I didnt even look at the menu because the Drill is what brought me in, I've wanted to do it for years)

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SamanthaG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

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Dawn
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The charcuterie board was the best we’ve ever had and the seafood risotto was amazing! We also loved the history lesson that Brian provided. Excellent food, cozy atmosphere and wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal lovely atmosphere

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NatalieL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Press Gang never disappoints! We had The Drill which was a culinary experience! Absolutely amazing!

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Steve
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit after many years. Great food, great ambiance, great service.
Pre-show dinner, and after-show drinks.

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DeniseR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious our table had the duck, steak and 4 seafood risotto, calamari, seafood chowder and Oysters.

The chowder has large chunks of seafood.

Will be back!

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Octogoop
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were super friendly and accommodating. The "vegan" risotto they made was BOMB. Overall great experience. Thanks PG!

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GeraldH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of our favourite Halifax hotspots And never disappoints.

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KathyM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meal and service in a long time. Had the Drill and Chef Bryan came out and served every course and explained the dishes. Will be back again. Thanks for a great experience

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ElmarieP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant ambience is very cosy and comfortable. The service from reception to dining was excellent, with very friendly staff. My son and husband really enjoyed their oysters (from 3 different provinces) and my son really enjoyed his lobster. My ribeye steak was well-cooked, but the peppercorn sauce was slightly too salty. The desserts were interesting and very tasty. They have a vast list of Scottish single malt whiskies, which my husband liked. The prices are on the high side, but the quality is good and worth it for a special occasion.

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JandK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Halifax. Excellent food service and ambience. Everytime we go there it never disappoints. I would highly recommend if you are looking for a fine dining g experience

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Emma
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is passionate and love what they do. You can see it in the service and taste it in the food. We decided to venture out and try “Henry’s Drill”-best meal we have ever had AND so much fun! We recommend asking about the history and sticking around for the love music (weekends I think) while your at it

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Haywards
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a wonderful anniversary dinner - the staff are attentive, non-intrusive and not pretentious

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we had was delicious. We had the warm spinach salad, pork tenderloin, seafood risotto and chocolate/caramel parfait. It was all 10/10! My wife had the best sangria she ever had there and the service was great. New favourite spot!

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MelH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always excellent. Press Gang never dissapoints!! Despite the power going out and having to cut our dinner (the drill) short, Chef Brian and the staff were very accommodating. Excellent customer service. We will be back again to enjoy the full experience very very soon !

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Abcd
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The drinks they give you on your anniversary aren’t free…keep that in mind and id consider sending them back since the sparkling wine tasted like pasta water.

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BryanM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!! My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the Press Gang. We did the ‘Drill’and it was unbelievable. It had everything you could imagine. Very pleased! Give them a Michelin Star!

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KenzieM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, environment, display, and staff. Couldn’t have asked for anything better. Best in Halifax

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CATM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish, custom whisky flights created by the bar and a couple visits from the chef to check on enjoyment of all courses. Service was exceptional.

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DeniseR
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some oysters and calamari to start. The calamari was cooked just right!

We had the seafood risotto amazing!!! I don’t usually eat risotto but this wanted me licking the plate. My spouse had the PEI Blue Dot Beef Tenderloin with the lobster mashed potato’s delicious.

Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes.

We will definitely go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience1

The live music was depressing. Missing the live jazz and instrumental music

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! As always. Our favourite restaurant in Halifax.

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JulieF
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef came over twice to ensure we were enjoying our meal and to chat about the Press Gangs background!
We had the Drill 5 different occasions but this one- the best one yet!!!
The atmosphere is so amazing at this restaurant

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SuzanneR
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, excellent service, wonderful ambience. Loved the live music!

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BenedettaH
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really nice to be out in public again and to sit and dine inside a restaurant. We received top service. It was the best way to spend our anniversary!!!

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jamesb
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the drill. It was very delicious with a good mix. The noise level was a little high but over it was a wonderful night out.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GreT meal as always and nice to be dining out again

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MilanB
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and the atmosphere was perfect. Live music was perfect volume level for background noise but could carry on conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our party is vegan and the chef prepared a special dish for her because nothing on the menu was vegan. He then came round our table to check that she was enjoying it. Our server was delightful and attentive. We will certainly be back here!

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Chad
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was awesome, me and my wife had a blast very friendly service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best fine dinning in Halifax .
Chef Brian was amazing and a pure artist with our meals.
Can’t express enough the architecture he showed .

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TimO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of my favourite in Halifax. The food is always great and the service is terrific. Kudos to the whole team - we appreciate the experience!

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MadeleineG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Nova Scotia inspired food in Halifax.

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Pierre
Atlantic Canada
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We ordered the chefs Drill. It was a four course cornucopia of absolute decadence.

Ever single course was a mouth watering delight, perfectly prepared. I thought the Value was bang on for the price. Very Funky restaurant.

Our server was less than enthusiastic, but covered the basis ok.

I highly recommend this fabulous restaurant and suggest taking the leap and trying the Chefs Drill.

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Berrygirl
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always fantastic food and so delicious! Love the feel from the ambience and the history of the building and architecture. It was nice to be able to have a nice conversation and hear yourself think, until a group of younger women came in and began talking so loudly.

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Kenny
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and staff. Musician was amazing. Ordered the Drill and the food was so good. Will be back

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dartmouthbarb
Atlantic Canada
20 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely private table near the window and the heater! Food was excellent, service excellent!

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DeanD
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and entertainment. Bartender was amazing as well.

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MarkC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was giving my girlfriend "the Ring". I chose this place not only for its ambiance and great food, but because we were here on our first date years ago. We were not disappointed. We had the delicious oysters - we expected the usual shucked oysters with various toppings, but these ones were baked and had bacon and other flavours. Delish! Our entrees were clones because the Seafood Risotto jumped up into both of our faces from the menu. OMG! 4 different types of seafood, on the side, with a creamy and most delicious risotto. I sampled a piece of each of the four seafood types: shrimp, lobster, halibut, and scallop. Normally I would have said lobster or scallop as the best, but wow, that halibut was amazingly fresh and well spiced/cooked, so it was my fave that night. Our dessert was the peanut butter/chocolate super decadent dessert - no need to say more! Our server, Lindsay, was amazing - she was most attentive and friendly, yet not too attentive. And when she found out why we were there, she brought us a complimentary flute of champagne....we didn't ask for this, she did that on her own. Many thanks! On top of this, the two-man band played a variety of great tunes at a nice sound level. All in all a fantastic choice for our special occasion.

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The Press Gang is rated 4.8 stars by 1680 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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