The Press Gang

4.7
1730 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 1730 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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DawnO
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappointed after dining here. The food, the atmosphere and staff are the best!

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SarahB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not think of a better place to celebrate with my fiancé

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TorontoAndrew
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent menu. The fish dishes are super and the desserts are delicious.

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MathieuD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic evening we had, food was amazing with 5 star service, local musician to make sure the atmosphere was just as special, we even got the history of the building from our server. Worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fiancé’s first time in halifax.
I come to Halifax 4 times/yr for past 20 years and Press gang is one of my favourites.

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vipShannonK
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great little find. Excellent oysters, a very well-priced charcuterie board and fabulous service.

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Fallon
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Five stars across the board. Definitely a great experience.

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GailH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love this place. Only been there twice….both times have been exceptional! Atmosphere to staff have been awesome! I would highly recommend iThe Press Gang as a must go to. Oysters …yummy. B

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JanetD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fabulous evening with wonderful food! Staff were friendly and helpful.

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Lisa
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will definitely be going back. The drinks, food, service and ambiance were all amazing.

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LaurelynB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our new favourite spot in Halifax. Food and service were best in class!

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Kyle
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was fantastic and the starter(warm spinach salad), rose sangria, mains(stuffed chicken breast and beef tenderloin) and dessert(key lime mousse) were all 10 out of 10!

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Brit
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner. The live band was great and I was impressed with the vegan options!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Very good, great place, great food and live music. Waiter was a little abrupt and non attentive at times but overall good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic dining experience. I highly recommend the beef tenderloin with lobster mashed potatoes. Absolutely delicious!

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vipCurtW
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Be sure to make The Press Gang a must!!!

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Booked 2 months in advance to get a good table where the music and bar is but was placed in the back room, it looked like that area is for the buddies of the restaurant.
Twice in advance I mentioned we were there to celebrate a birthday, even told our waiter but nothing happen!! There were birthday celebration in the main room though.
Very disappointed with the Press Gang since I have been there before and really enjoyed my time but never again.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great Friday evening at the Press Gang! Our server Rich was excellent, informative and on top of everything. We ordered "The Drill" and we were very pleased. Brian Corkery and his team excelled. The creativity and fantastic dishes made our night. Thanks to Brian for dropping by our table.

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BrianK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

Service was very bad - the server only spoke to or looked at my partner until the bill came, which I paid. He did not provide recommendations or engage with us beyond our food order. Food was unbalanced - very salty but otherwise okay. Ambiance was excellent!

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Jbyrd
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

Underwhelming - server was disengaged. Poured our own wine and water. Went with ‘The Drill’ - hoping for more creativity when the chef is given control of the experience. The food wasn’t worth the price point and the server did nothing to make it an experience. Lovely room and the food tasted great but was not cohesive. Much better restaurants in the city.

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Willows
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited The Press Gang restaurant on a recommendation on our recent visit to Halifax. It was a great experience as our server was outstanding and we really enjoyed the singer Tom Green. My husband loved his rib eye steak and my salmon meal was also very good. The chocolate parfait dessert was decadent and all drinks were top notch.

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TinaL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience!! Food was fab!! Service was fantastic !! Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food, we had a really great evening.

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great attentive service. Bonus of a bit of a history lesson about the building.

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Rudds
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Welcomed with a smile and a complimentary Anniversary champagne. Tried The Drill and asked for a wine pairing. Simply, one of the better (best?) dining experiences in memory. Truly outstanding food, impeccable service, terrific ambience. Very much looking forward to a return. Well played Press Gang. Enthusiastically recommend.

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ThaoN
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the oysters, and the seafood chowder. All were fantastic! The seafood chowder appeared to be a bit skimmed, but the flavour was all there. The bowl smelled like the sea, and they were not stingy on the seafood. The broth tasted super creamy, with smooth and light texture, not chunky or thick.

The service was also amazing. Both the bartender and the waitress were very attentive and chatty. They were willing to spark any conversation if you wish but were also observing enough to leave you in your own zone should you wish. Great place to dine alone (I was) or with friends/business meeting.

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tboz
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience from all aspects. Highly recommend.

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a wonderful experience. The raw oysters were wonderful. I decided to go with 2 appetizers instead of an entree - torched oysters (what can I say? I like oysters) and seafood chowder. The chowder was filled with big chunks of seafood and was probably the best I've ever had - I will remember it for a long time. My husband had the seafood risotto - again delicious. For dessert, he ordered the frozen chocolate and caramel parfait which looked like a work of art.

The building is a stone structure dating from 1769. The interior is dark and cozy with thick stone walls. If you can get a reservation here, definitely go. It's worth the splurge.

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DeannaF
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal meal…seafood risotto was amazing. A standout meal in a city full of great restaurants!

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rosiegirl
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were visiting Halifax and this restaurant was just around the corner from our hotel. We had amazing service and the food was delicious and well presented. I had the lobster boil. The lobster comes already cracked in a few places which makes it a little bit easier to work with.
The atmosphere was perfect. This place is great as a birthday or anniversary celebration.

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Donny
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional experience! My husband and I ordered “The Drill” which was a 4 course meal selected by the Chef. We had no idea what we were going to be served but it was all fantastic!

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SheilaP
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated my daughter's birthday at Press Gang at her request. This was expensive but totally worth it. Four of us pigged out with cocktails, beefsteak, salad, pork tenderloin, seafood rosti, cheese plate, and peanut butter pie. Nothing could have been more perfect. Thank you, Press Gang.

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MalloryD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose “the drill” on the menu ! What a fun experience! Totally recommended!!

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AllyM
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ate at the bar and had a lovely experience. Server was delightful and very attentive. Food was delicious!

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Sophie
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

You should reserve because they dont find you a spot at the entry.

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aprilc
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

press gang is in a great space...real feel of old Halifax...food inconsistent..but chowder amazing...good service..

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BradC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the Drill for wifes birthday. It was a great experience. The creative dishes were exceptional.

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JimR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal, the fish was excellent. Our server was attentive and the meals were well presented. We will definitely be back.

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KimF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Halifax and whenever we visits the city a stop at this place is a must!!

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TS09
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend. Great food, service and ambiance.

FAQs

The Press Gang is rated 4.7 stars by 1730 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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