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The Press Gang

4.7
4.7
1754 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

7:00 PM


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

  • Neighborhood

    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 1,754 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Best Ambiance

  • Atlantic Canada

    Romantic

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Food

  • Nova Scotia

    Best Ambiance

  • Nova Scotia

    Romantic

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  1. J

    Julie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a beautiful romantic dinner out. Historic, gorgeous building with live music at just the right volume. Food and service werefantastic for our first time to Halifax…highly recommend
  2. KJ

    KazakhJeff

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Press Gang never disappoints - Can't wait to go back!
  3. JC

    JasonC

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most memorable meals we've ever had. Very professional and friendly service from start to end. A wonderful time!
  4. T

    Tanya

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Absolutely delicious! The service was also excellent. I highly recommend.
  5. S

    Steven

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good as was the service. However, these did not correspond to the bill, which substantial. Much better value at other restaurants in Halifax
  6. OL

    OLIVIER

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service and the ambiance is awesome
  7. MR

    MRobart123

    Atlantic Canada

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar meal, stellar service.
  8. B

    Brule

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Oysters, lobster and the filet with my wife couldn't be any better.
  9. B

    Brian

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding evening, arrived for 8pm reservation, live music was not loud and added to the evening. Food was exceptional having had the Feast which feeds two and allows you to try everything. Whether dinner for two or a group book ahead and you will not be disappointed.
  10. b

    balls

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible, and our server was very helpful in helping us decide what to get. Excellent experience.
  11. D

    Dominique

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Ambiance was very nice and romantic. Food was ok, we had the risotto and the scallops pasta for which the creamy sauce and the garlic butter was overpowering. Only the scallop appetizer with smoked salmon was worth it. Service was ok. Would not go out of my way to go back since it’s kind of costly, but overall the decor and ambiance made up for it.
  12. DD

    DelD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with “the drill” and a dozen oysters and wow. Everything was unique and great. Amazing service and live music!
  13. WB

    WarrenB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We were a little shocked when we showed up for our 5pm reservation 10 minutes early and were told to leave instead of being offered a seat at the bar, the bar tender was there, people were standing around. When we came back after a short walk, she said we didn’t have a reservation even when we showed her the confirmation on the phone. Even after showing her she argued with us that we wouldn’t get a table…. She gave us a table, it was a terrible location when we questioned her she said “well this is your table “ pretty much take it or leave it. Our server was good but they have the wrong person at the door for customer service. As the hostess she sets the tone and could have ruined our evening.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both had The Drill and the chefs creations were so good!
  15. JD

    JanD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Historic downtown Halifax gem. Fabulous food and drink and extremely friendly wait staff. A must for Halifax fine dining!
  16. JS

    JeffS

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service and food!
  17. RC

    RosanneC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space with excellent seafood meal. Service was good. The wine list was unremarkable as were the cocktails. We had an enjoyable evening and would return for the fresh and well prepared seafood.
  18. DG

    DavidG

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it. They created drinks for us, the food was superb (seriously deliscious), and the “deconstructed” dessert actually came deconstructed. Interesting and deliscious. What else is there, really? And, it was a cool looking place and we wanted to take server w us (he was that good). Anyway, 5 stars easy. We heard it was good but one never knows. It was.
  19. JT

    JillT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our wait was condescending and patronizing. Live music was nice
  20. RS

    RandyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, some of the other guest were loud. The lobster would have been better if they didn't grill it kinda took away the taste of the lobster.
  21. SR

    SarahR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Henry’s Feast is fantastic. Erin was wonderful. The atmosphere is perfect.
  22. K

    Kristina

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat the oysters, the risotto and the peanut butter pie!
  23. L

    Lauren

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and outstanding food. Great live music and very cool ambiance
  24. J

    Julia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going to press gang and the seafood risotto was incredible, probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. A bit pricey but definitely worth it.
  25. ES

    EvanS

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner. Excellent food and terrific service. Highly recommended.
  26. VW

    VickyW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation and friends had recommended this place. Definitely worth it. Service was spectacular and food was delicious!! Had a lovely little private area to ourselves. Absolutely fabulous.
  27. K

    Kalikat

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent oysters, Enjoyed the grilled halibut with risotto. Delicious dessert of deconstructed lemon pie. Had a taste of seafood chowder which was also done to perfection.
  28. EU

    EldaU

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was ordinary. The ambiance was bad, a person showed up 3 times to get a table without a reservation and manager didn't come help the poor girl at the door to help her with the disturbance. The waitress was disorganized.
  29. GV

    GinV

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, attentive staff and spectacular oysters
  30. MA

    MericA

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely night at the Press Gang. Food was delicious, service was impeccable, the ambiance was great. We also had the most wonderful steward who made sure every detail was perfect. We have been here before and will be back again :) Highly recommend to anyone who loves a romantic night out.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall1food5service3ambience3
    The food was outstanding and our waiter, although new, did a good job, but the noise coming from upstairs and the noise from the toddler at the next table will make us hesitate to return. I’m sure the owners can’t do a lot to influence the disco thumping through the ceiling (although I hope they’re trying to), but they can choose not to admit toddlers after a certain hour. It ruined our otherwise good experience. When considering where to next go for a meal that we’ll (happily) spend hundreds on, I can’t say I’d recommend the Press Gang because if this.
  32. JK

    JudyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very cool atmosphere and decor, looks authentic!!
  33. FS

    FSL3

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I dined here in July 2022 and were really impressed. We had oysters, the seafood chowder, the seafood risotto, and peanut butter cake. All of the food was superbly done. Our server Rich was helpful, attentive, and pleasant. All in all, a great experience. Highly recommended.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal meal The table of 4 went with “ The Drill “ and couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. Then around a hour before leaving a musician arrived who was very talented on the acoustic guitar. A memorable night for sure , Always a go to when in Halifax Thanks Press Gang , see ya next time
  35. TB

    TrishB

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to restaurant for great food and service. It has never disappointed.
  36. MA

    MarlinA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service.
  37. 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
  38. RH

    RiannH

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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.
  39. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Exceptional Oysters. Very helpful and knowledgeable waiter.
  40. 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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 4.7 stars by 1754 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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

  • Neighborhood

    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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