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The Press Gang

4.8
4.8
1721 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (902) 423-8816

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Bryan Corkery

  • Catering

    The Henry Room <br />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

    Saundra Heaslip: (902) 423-8816

  • Neighbourhood

    Halifax

  • Cross Street

    Grand Parade & City Hall

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is FREE between 6pm and 8am and on weekends & holidays

  • Entertainment

    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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

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What 1,721 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Ambience

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Overall

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Ambience

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  1. MA

    MarlinA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service.
  2. K

    Kevin

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience. The waitstaff were wonderful the food was wonderful. A smaller selection of oysters than we were hoping for but we got there late on the Thursday evening around 9:00pm. Cocktails service food all excellent Will absolutely return. Laura was our server and she was amazing. Didn’t rush us out and even allowed us to add 3 to our table later in the evening for drinks and dessert. The deconstructed lemon meringue pie was to die for
  3. RH

    RiannH

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seafood risotto and oysters were delectable. Our server Erin was lovely and personable the building is steeped in history and makes for a unique and fun experience.
  4. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Exceptional Oysters. Very helpful and knowledgeable waiter.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service, ambiance. It was a special occasion. Ten years ago we were there and were blown away by the Drill. We are in Ottawa and planned our trip around getting a reservation there. We can no longer do a Drill, but were ready for oysters and expertly prepared food, cocktails and a great choice for wine. Planning our next trip sooner than 10 years. Note that we can’t say enough about the staff ensuring that a backpack we left behind was kept safe so we could get it before we left for Ottawa the next morning. Panic averted thanks to them.
  6. RB

    RebeccaB

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Lovely place I'd been wanting to go for a while. Server was lovely, cool authentic ambience, good food (a little overpriced compared to what I've experienced in Halifax) but the noise level was a killer. Loud sound track playing on top of large groups talking loudly made it hard to hear my dinner partner.
  7. DW

    DanielW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous food, people and ambience Great oysters!! Great seafood risotto!! Wonderful people I highly recommend!!
  8. C

    Charles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Edward was great!! The guitarist was perfect!! The busboy was very efficient!! Food very good!! I recommend this great experience!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the desire to try this unique atmosphere and we were so happy we did from the time we walked in and we were welcomed by Eddie our server and he made both feel relaxed and set the tone of a fun dining experience. The food was incredible and the service was impeccable and we both walked away thinking how much we enjoyed our dining experience. Thanks for making this happen!!
  10. MF

    MikeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we've had. The seafood risotto and shrimp &amp; scallop aglio e olio were amazing. Live piano and singer were also excellent.
  11. V

    Valr

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and even better service.
  12. TP

    TedP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food, very pleased. Recommend
  13. m

    michaelc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and historical building. Great bar, fully stocked. Variety of food selections.
  14. h

    heavy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Very poor risotto
  15. MB

    MarcB

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always a pleasure to eat here when I'm in town. Service and food is always top shelf
  16. EC

    EmmanuellaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I, had a great time at The Press Gang for our first wedding anniversary. The service was very good and the food delicious.
  17. MG

    MelG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I dined there for a special occasion on a Saturday night. The ambiance was warm and the service was spectacular. Highly recommend the calimari as a starter and the seafood risotto was delicious. We would return.
  18. CM

    CarrieM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very noisey due to the base from the hotel beside. Was a bit disturbing. Otherwise everything was great!
  19. JE

    JeannetteE

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. My colleagues enjoyed the oysters. We did not feel rushed to leave and were able to enjoy an after dinner drink while listening to the live music.
  20. AA

    AmandaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our 5 year anniversary and our table was in a private nook in the restaurant and it was perfect. The food was delicious, portioned just right and the aesthetic was rustic and cozy. The oysters were amazing. We'll definitely come back
  21. JW

    JarrettW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood risotto was amazing and highly recommended. Amazing service
  22. DV

    DavidV

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great service. Very happy with the experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best seafood chowder I have ever tasted!
  24. D

    Dree

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience with The Drill. Absolutely will come again !
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The food was excellent. The atmosphere does match the history of the building. However, for the covid era the building felt very stuffy with limited ventilation. Staff wore masks but patrons did not at any point as far as we could see.
  26. AP

    AndrewP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service. The oysters are great. I had the lamb, it was delicious and my mom had the risotto which was amazing as well.
  27. PT

    PghTravler

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are returning during a 5 day stay! Delicious food &amp; great service.
  28. EM

    EllenM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting Halifax for my husbands 70th and we could not have done better than The Press Gang. The food was outstanding as was the service, ambience, and everything else. We would most definitely go back if we visit Halifax again.
  29. LH

    LoveHalifax

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great history, delicious food and excellent service
  30. RP

    RachelP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambience!! One of the oldest buildings in Halifax. Loved every minute!
  31. AL

    AnnetteL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic ambience, oysters, lobster and espresso martini :))))) Had a wonderful evening. Over the top delicious!!!!!
  32. B

    Brian

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and service. Food was incredible.
  34. BA

    BeatriceA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greet place . We decided for The Drill menu and the desert was one of the best we’ve ever had .
  35. DR

    DarleneR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Before coming to Halifax I read reviews where to eat and Press Gang was highly recommended. My experience was definitely in agreement.service and greeting were excellent and meal was definitely amazing. Also excellent location. Will definitely come back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place was spot on. The only remark I have is that due to the lack of windows and the number of patrons and staff the restaurant, it gets quite warm and stuffy. We would have stayed a bit longer and tried more items had it been a little cooler.
  37. SF

    SteveF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    As always it was really good. I just wasent the biggest fan of the tenderloin this time but the seafood risotto was out of this world. I messed up and should gotten that. Service in point and ambiance perfect.
  38. JB

    JonahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Missed the Drill by 15 minutes... Really enjoyed everything else $$$
  39. M

    Momee3021

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All time favourite spot in Halifax! Sober Island oysters are the best. Excellent service.
  40. BL

    BrigditL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. Amazing atmosphere. Cozy and trendy all at the same time. Food was delicious. Definitely recommend!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

The Press Gang is rated 4.8 stars by 1721 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for The Press Gang

5218 Prince St. Halifax, NS B3J 3X4

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Grand Parade & City Hall

  • Neighbourhood

    Halifax

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street parking is FREE between 6pm and 8am and on weekends & holidays

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Bryan Corkery

  • Entertainment

    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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (902) 423-8816

  • Catering

    The Henry Room <br />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

    Saundra Heaslip: (902) 423-8816

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