The Press Gang

4.5
1329 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Global, International
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
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.
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CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning beautiful building and a wonderful meal with dessert that are a work of art,
Will definitely return and we’ll recommend this restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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MB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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!

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CO
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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AB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was exceptional!

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

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.

7/10 overall

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Y
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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JP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dining event for us . Staff were welcoming, paid just the right attention . Lovely quiet atmosphere.
Fabulous dinner.
Best whiskey selection EVER!

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal, very flavourful, only complaint is the beef was over cooked.
Great attentive staff, lovely atmosphere.
Thanks

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KI
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service great. The Robbie Burns dinner with scotch pairing was nice. Appreciate the chef coming over to speak with us

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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DH
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Again another evening at The Press Gang. This time a food tribute to Robbie Burns. Great to try something new. However, far, far too much food per course. As good as it was I could not finish any of the courses. Scotch was very good and nice change from our usual wine with dinner. Thanks to the chef for another great experience while in Halifax.

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RP
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were a party of 7 people. I write this review for 3 of those. I did not contact the other 4. The escargot was mediocre. The green onion flavour and the sheep cheese were overpowering. The one order of lamb shank was thought to be fine with the veggies very firm, as was liked. The order of calamari was adequate but with very little sauce on the bottom of the plate. The crabcake had far too much potato relative to the crab. The sea food riscitto was tasty. The nonflour chocolate cake and the bread pudding were grossly over sweet. The bread pudding wasn't eaten bec ause of its sweetness.

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LA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had Henry’s Feast and it was delicious. Service was excellent from all employees. The only suggestion is to not serve everything on one large platter instead bring the food out by item so that food is served at optimal temperature for eating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Totally enjoyed our meal at The Press Gang. The ambiance was very cozy and antique. The service excellent and the food delicious.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Disappointed in this Halifax gem. Menu items were a throw back to the 90s, bbq sauce on the steak was too heavy and smothered the flavour of the meat. The sweetened butter was just....weird.

My manhattan and oysters at the beginning of the meal were a highlight. They still do amazing oysters.

Called yesterday wanting to describe my experience to them before posting here. No call back.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Food was not good at all
Service was great, very friendly and attentive

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NT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal, wonderful staff, fabulous atmosphere. Wish I had visited sooner. Definitely going back.

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GW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Terrific atmosphere in an historic space with candlelit stone and beams. Food is first rate accompanied by a very good wine list. The live music creates a vibrant but not overpowering dynamic and the service is attentive.

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KC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service, great amount of food

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DH
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An awesome New Year's Eve menu. Food was delicious, service was excellent. Great ambiance, quiet intimate table location - what more could you ask for. Happy New Year 2019;-)

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l
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. I found the chef yelling out to the servers a bit distracting. This would be my only negative complaint. We enjoyed the meal except for one of the deserts.

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SP
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The space is historic and has a lot of character. The service was great and our appetizers were fine, but the main courses were very disappointing. The Lobster Gnocchi was over sauced, over seasoned and resembled a bowl of soup more than a plate of pasta, also the lobster was chewy and tough. The Wild Board Chop was overcooked and dry but was accompanied by a delicious barley risotto (the star of the meal!) Overall we felt the quality of the food did not nearly match the price. You are paying for a unique ambiance, but I wouldn't recommend or return to this restaurant myself.

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FX
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an awesome time with family, great food/wine, good service, wonderful place. Will definitely return.

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MR
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our 3rd time and the food was Great yet again. The Drill did not disappoint.

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JS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Salad lacked dressing. The Risotto was gummy, not creamy. Fish overcooked.
Oysters are excellent. Boar chops were very good.
One thing that is consistent is the excellent level of service and restaurant cleanliness. We have never had poor service at the Press Gang.

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Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The ambience here is so charming it's hard to bash it. Easily one of my favorite spots to kick back. That being said, two out of three of us at the table were very disappointed in their food choices. At this price point, everything should be phenomenal or at least meet expectations and it missed the mark by a lot; especially the lobster gnocchi. Still, a great vibe and a halifax staple if you order the right things. My oysters were excellent.

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XM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Went for a staff Christmas party. Overall a good experience with exceptional food. Service was attentive though somewhat absent, especially given the number of other patrons in the restaurant. There was also some room for improvement when it comes to suggestions for paired wines, oyster preferences, and other complementary dishes—this knowledge was lacking during our visit. In addition, while the food was delicious and cooked very well, portion sizes were underwhelming for the price of the dishes. Would recommend, overall, and would visit again.

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great meal with great service , although a little expensive for some tastes !

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MB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Excellent food that was perfectly prepared and prompt friendly service. Loved the atmosphere. An amazing dining experience overall and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really good. I had Lamb Shanks, and Pumpkin Spice Creme Brule for dessert was excellent. Service was efficient, and servers were friendly and helpful. This is my 4th time dining here, and it never fails me each time. My work colleagues enjoyed their meal and had a great time.

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c
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

The oysters were fantastic. The cocktails as well. The mains tasted like they were boiled and then microwaved. Bland. Almost inedible.

I was persuaded (read fooled) by all of the positive reviews. I would not recommend this restaurant at all. At all.

On top of it all, it was expensive. I'd like a refund.

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EC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Poor choices of wine by the glass

Steak was dry

I take the time to write this review, for your benefit not mine, and it gives me a message that it has to be 50 characters. I will add this to my list of complaints about my experience

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The swordfish in the menu was delicious. The torch oyster was amazing .

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Best Oyster and Scotch selection in Halifax. Excellent service and cozy atmosphere. Stay classy Press Gang.

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner here during our weekend in Halifax! The ambiance was great, the live jazz was sensational and the food was fantastic! We can’t wait to come back here the next time we are in town

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