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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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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (166 reviews)
“cod” (19 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 January 3, 2016

I had high expectations for this restaurant but to be honest, the food was good but certainly NOT worth the price. Moreover, the service was absolutely subpar considering the price point of this restaurant. I had the 'lobster taster' platter to start which was delicious,...More

3  Thank Chelsea M
thepressgang, General Manager at The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2016

Hello Chelsea M, my name is Wallace Fraser and I am the GM at The Press gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar. I offer no excuses for your experience only my sincere apologies and the hope that you will give me the opportunity to show you...More

Reviewed January 2, 2016

This was my first visit to The Press Gang and I was delighted with the atmosphere, service and the creativity and taste of the food. It delivers everything it advertises. The only downside -of course, it isn't cheap but you do get a top notch...More

Thank Linda00
Reviewed December 27, 2015

We arrived late, so we didn't expect too much. Some of the staff had left. Some of the items on the menu were sold out. What we had (Digby Scallops) were not quite fully cooked so the texture was a little off. The Atlantic salmon...More

Thank FreshBlather
Reviewed December 20, 2015

Historic charming spot downtown Started with oyster shooters and baked oysters Absolutely lovely Had the veal special for main and did not regret it Fellow dinner companion enjoyed their chicken and pork tenderloin Good solid choice for downtown

2  Thank heeto
Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

If you don't like oysters, this is still the place for you. High end dining with outstanding ambiance, excellent service, an incredible and varied menu. Interesting cocktails that will make you want to try them all. And the oyster bar is fantastic!

Thank H3295ZTjanetb
Reviewed December 9, 2015

My daughter and I were craving the best seafood we could find. The online menu of The Press Gang looked very promising so we gave it a shot. No problem getting a table. We were led to a cozy table in an old fireplace! Our...More

Thank DennisMoore
Reviewed December 7, 2015

We loved visiting the Press Gang when in Halifax and the food was amazing. The men in our party loved the oysters and rated them almost as good as New Zealand oysters. My fish was amazing and still think I would like to go back...More

Thank Robyn006
Reviewed December 7, 2015

Not only was the food delicious, the service was fabulous and our server very helpful with her recommendations. Loved the historic and warm atmosphere. Definitely a restaurant to visit the next time we are in Halifax.

Thank Tjarritify
Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

I went here on a recommendation and the food didn't disappoint. Seemed a quiet place even though it was relatively full, which suited me. Had a lobster starter that was a mix of various Asian themes like maki, spring roll and a fritter. Very fresh...More

Thank John G
Reviewed November 26, 2015

This is one of my go-to restaurants in Halifax. The menu always offers something fresh and new and there are lots of choices to satisfy everyone in your party. Located in a heritage building, the surroundings create an intimate ambiance. Our server was fantastic, striking...More

Thank TorontoJK
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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
$23 - $35
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
Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, 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 - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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