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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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“oysters” (161 reviews)
“cod” (20 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (12 reviews)
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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 November 25, 2015

The Press Gang never disappoints - even on a Tuesday. The service is impeccable, the ambience warm yet formal and the food is always delish. I came last on a work outing and I could not have had a better time. With an impressive wine...More

Thank LaurAVT1985
Reviewed November 14, 2015

We were only in Halifax for one night and picked this restaurant because of the reviews on Tripadvisor. Had a great meal. Service was very good as was the food. My husband even enjoyed the live music!

Thank Margaret W
Reviewed November 3, 2015

It was my first visit to this restaurant and pleasantly surprised. Their WEB site uses open table for reservations which I didn't work as well as human interaction but none the less we were seated as planned. The venue has a bit of a British...More

Thank Agent424
Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

What a gem! Highly recommended to anyone coming to Halifax. Beautiful decor and amazing food. Price is not too bad and wonderful service. Do yourself a favour!

Thank Karen O
Reviewed October 26, 2015

There were 4 of us, with me the only picky , as in, no seafood, eater. I had a delicious mozzarella and watermelon starter, followed by perfect filet mignon. My companions all had variations of seafood, and pronounced it wonderful. The service was attentive without...More

Thank noradolan
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Looking for a real dining experience? This is it. Small but varied menu featuring fish, seafood and meat. Beautifully plated and table service is attentive but unobtrusive. A sample platter of oysters from along the Atlantic coast allows you to savor the flavour and textures...More

Thank Leslie C
Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This was our third visit in three years to the press gang. We were celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary and wanted the best Halifax has to offer. We were not disappointed. Initially they sat us at a table next to the front door. I found...More

Thank Tableforfourplease
Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had an early meal (right as they opened) as we were attending a play later that evening. We informed our server of when we needed to leave and the resulting service was timely without feeling at all rushed. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank bmutas
Reviewed October 21, 2015

The restaurant is in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Halifax; it's a cozy, extremely rustic atmosphere, with wood beams and concrete walls. It's known for its oysters, which I don't eat, but my husband thoroughly enjoyed his. He also had a seared cod...More

Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed October 19, 2015

We has never tried oysters so when we found ourselves sitting at the "oyster" bar, we asked the young bartender for help with understanding oyster lingo. She was amazing! So sweet and helpful... she explained the different varieties and guided our choices all of which...More

Thank Mary7746
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Lor M
March 10, 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
February 9, 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
August 22, 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
$25 - $36
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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