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The Press Gang

1106 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Global, International
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Global, International, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week at 5pm. Closed December 24,25,26th, and January 1st.
Due to our liquor conversion license, minors cannot be in the dining room past 9pm.

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Phone number
(902) 423-8816
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Bolt
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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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Cross street
Grand Parade & City Hall
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Parking details
Street parking is FREE between 6pm and 8am and on weekends & holidays
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A proud supporter of local live music, The Press Gang hosts the immensely talented Mike Cowie every Friday and Saturday night.

Acclaimed trumpet player, singer and songwriter, Mike Cowie along with top Halifax musician, Gerry Carruthers on piano 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.
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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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The Press Gang Restaurant is a perfect venue for a wedding reception, corporate function, and private parties. Please contact Saundra for pricing at 902-423-8816.
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5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Always amazing food and amazing service. Scotch list is top notch.

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Another delicious meal at The Press Gang. Went with a friend over the weekend and had a wonderful time. Enjoyed some oysters to start, lots of variety available. Beautiful, creative, high quality food. I love the atmosphere, the building is old and unique in the most wonderful way. Our server was kind, attentive, and knowledgeable.

3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was very well cooked
Service was on point and met our needs
We felt rushed, they seemed to be wanting to flip the table. I could see them standing on the corner with our next course waiting for my last bite so they could bring the next course right away.
We had oysters to start, scallops as appy, the mac/cheese and seafood pasta, and a great desert.
It was a cool spot, next time we would book for 8:30 instead of 7:30 as we had a nice surprise when leaving of a good piano player.

RJCMP (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Incredible atmosphere and amazing food!
Beautiful bar...every spirit imaginable and the freshest Oysters.

Mauro (Atlantic Canada)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We considered The Press Gang as our special occasion go to restaurant that has never let us down in the past. On our last visit it was to celebrate Valentine's day and we had been advised that there would be a table d'hote menu rather than the usual for the evening. As mentioned, based on past experience we had confidence in the food and service despite the fact that the $75 per person charge for this menu seemed even more expensive than usual. We ended up being disappointed with the small portions (although well presented), limited selection and the lack of quality service given the main plate was not to my wife's taste to enjoy and no offer to have it corrected. All in all we are sorry to say The Press Gang did not live up to it's otherwise higher standard that you should expect at this price point.

LyndonP (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service and rapport with Brad our Server who was quite professional and informative assisting us in wine choice.

Aluminumhuman (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food and service was really good, but the price was much more than expected from looking at the website and dining menu. Still a great place to bring a date or to just have a nice meal.

Simtou5444 (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful meal guys! Perfectly suited to a dinner date night!

LaurieB (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Always excellent both front and back if the house. Well staffed with very knowledgeable folks, great Scotch selection, fresh oysters always. This is our go-to favorite, and one of the best in the city.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was great; a little beyond the usual (elk and ostrich).
Our server, Robyn, was exceptional.

AshleyC (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

It was excellent! They had catered to my birthday request and has a dessert brought out for my friend after we finished our meal. Relaxing atmosphere, wonderful staff, and great food!

OpenTable Diner (Saskatoon)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great meal with dedicated staff. Food was fresh and delicious. The oysters !

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I was going to take my wife out to a different place for her birthday, but she liked The Press Gang so well last year that we had to go back. The food was excellent, the service friendly and knowledgable... the one drawback was the noise level, due to a large table of revellers nearby. But even that was not sufficient to ruin a great evening at The Press Gang!

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Our service was fantastic. Overall-3 out of 4 were very pleased with their meal

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was great. Nice oyster selection.everyone enjoyed their meals. The server was fun. Service was spot on. Wasn't overly busy so was quite and we had a room all to ourselves.

PeteandJane (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and service. 2nd time we've had reservations for a special occasion and they have seated us in the bar rather than the dining room which is usually a lot quieter. First time, I asked them to move us and they did so right away. This time I didn't ask so I guess it is partly on me. I could understand it if I was in my 20s but I am over 70 so it would seem logical to keep us out of the bar area?

Robertzed (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

this is a consistently great restaurant. local ingredients and masterful preparation by the culinary team is second to none. there are many theme nights with live music or scotch tasting. incredible oyster selection and great bar seating. its historic with a modern flair. lots of different seating options from intimate dining to groups to business anniversaries or whatever. in the centre of the city in the heart of biz and entertainment district.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food, great ambiance. Always an enjoyable experience!

nnwoodman (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Very pricey but wonderful New Years dinner.

BigAl (Atlantic Canada)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food, excellent service, great ambiance. We had our anniversary here and it was a wonderful choice, the staff did their best to make it very special and they succeeded. The Foie Gras sauce was a bit too acidic for our taste but the rest of the meal (especially the Duck) was delicious. I also enjoyed the Elk but wish the portion of meat was more and the blueberry gnocchi that accompanied it was a miss for me. The Creme Brûlée they served which was an egg nog flavor was delicious. I also enjoyed their daily flavored butter. Great experience overall.