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The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar

5218 Prince St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0B1, Canada
+1 902-423-8816
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Seafood, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
5218 Prince St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0B1, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When we first arrived the hostess placed us in a crowded little area right near the kitchen even though there were empty tables elsewhere. I had made a reservation too. It was cramped and the kitchen expediter was very loud. Knowing how expensive this place...More

Thank SuT_1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our dinner at The Press Gang was exceptional. The meals were a culinary delight and beautifully presented on the plate. Service was impeccable. Highly recommended for a memorable dinner in downtown Halifax.

Thank kfairchilds
Reviewed 1 week ago

Halifax doesn't have to hide in terms of good restaurants to begin with, but The Press Gang definitely ranks among the best. The interior is cozy and welcoming, some of the tables are set up in special places, such as near the mantle or in...More

Thank alexmtl2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having eaten in several of Halifax's 'fine dining' restaurants last week I can quite safely say that the Press gang has by far the best ambience of any. The feeling as one walks through the door is quite special and you know immediately that this...More

Thank skitech61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in Halifax for 9 nights for business and had dinner here on the last night. I should have tried it earlier because I would have come back. The ambiance is really nice. Restaurant is smaller than expected and service I must say was a...More

Thank To_Travel_To_Eat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our recent dinner here was arranged by the hotel concierge. The dining room is very pretty in an old house with ancient looking brick/rock and wood. Food was very good and fresh, with excellent menu options. We had seafood and it was fresh and well...More

Thank JohninDallas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an excellent experience here in every way. Terrific lobster, cool atmosphere, open kitchen, great live music! All in a historic building. Absolutely, worth it. Reservations necessary.

Thank Arnie R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a lovely place for décor! We enjoyed the live musicians very much first at our dinner table then after we moved to the bar seating. Suggest the ceviche and the octopus. We the ate the halibut and the elk risotto-yum. We drank some Nova...More

Thank CS1Portland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoed a lobster dinner in this brick walled, chopped up subterranean space. Good service. Hard to get in without a reservation.More

Thank Nscreative
thepressgang, Manager at The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your lobster dinner, so fresh, and are delivered daily in abundance. A popular entree in the summer time. Yes, we do recommend a reservation as we are busy year round, however we do take...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a delicious night at the Press Gang, especially the Sober Island Oysters and scallops! FOOD was AMAZING and DELICIOUS. Hostess unfriendly and lacking personality. Waitstaff were pretty busy, but efficient and supported each other. Overall good night out in Halifax.More

Thank KatFlorence
thepressgang, Manager at The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you KatFlorence for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner. The scallop entree is one of our most popular dishes. We take pride in our servers and support staff, and have been trained to provide quality service. Surprised to hear about your...More

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Lor M
11 March 2017|
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Response from Chris B | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we have 5 or 6 non-seafood entrées on our new menu plus a bar menu with another 3 non-seafood options. Chris
Zhao M
10 February 2017|
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Response from Chris B | Property representative |
Hi Zhao, We don't actually have lobster on our menu in the winter but if you give us a few days notice and let us know how many you would like we could bring some in for you. chris Director of Operations The Press Gang... More
Kelly H
22 August 2015|
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Response from marniebeau | Reviewed this property |
The drill is a surprise tasting menu inspired on the day you are there by the chef. There isn't much opportunity to change what is offerred, but. of course, if you are allergic or have a major aversion to a food, they would... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 36
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5218 Prince St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0B1, Canada
    (Grand Parade & City Hall)
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-423-8816
  • E-mail
The Press Gang, located in the heart of downtown Halifax, is one of the city’s oldest historic stone structures dating 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, game and poultry dishes to satisfy every palate. Enjoy a vast selection of fine wines and world- class cocktails.
Please note that due to our liquor conversion license, minors cannot be in the dining room past 9pm.
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