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“An excellent dinner out in Halifax”

The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar
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Ranked #10 of 748 Restaurants in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Grand Parade & City Hall
Description: 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.
Reviewed October 27, 2012

We heard rumours this might be a good place to try. Was it ever! The ambiance was great and our reservation secured us a nice table for two. Service was very good, knowledge server and just the right amount of attention. I couldn't decide on baked or fresh oyster, chose a variety of fresh ones as recommended. Main course was excellent, my wife commented her halibut was the best she had ever tasted. And for an end of the meal treat, it was an excellent scotch from their very extensive list. One ounce servings range from $12 - $189. They also had a short wine list of 1/2 bottles with decent wines for couples who don't want a full bottle. And they were priced at about 1/2 a full bottle which you don't see very often. And diners were there in suits and some in jeans, it all worked.

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Thank JD419
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The restaurant is hard to get parking for, but the trouble was worth it. The oysters of which we tried two of four varieties were to die for. It was Whiskey Tuesday and having just come from the Glenora Distillery, it was a treat to be given a glass of Breton Rare since we enjoyed it very much. Dinner was excellent, and our server was cheerful, and made us feel like we were his special customers. We ate in the private dining room in the back, and that afforded us an intimate dinner. However, the tables across from the bar looked inviting. Next time we'll take a table there just to experience it. The decor is stone walls, it is a historical building, and it has a certain ambience that you don't often find. The menu is pricey, but we found the food well worth it. Business casual to dressy seems the norm.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

This place is welcoming, comfortable, and dimly lit: a place to visit with friends, not to go on your own with a book. Staff are very friendly and efficient. The wine list is alright.

There is not much wrong with this place except the menu which is pretentious and silly. I spent at least 20 minutes scouring this document desperately trying to find something I could eat with pleasure. Naked oysters were the only option in first courses. Choosing a main course was almost impossible as every dish came with a preposterous assemblage of bizarre ingredients. This is an increasing problem around the world as far too many chefs think they are great artists and use a variety of incongruous ingredients and garnishes as a subtitute for real cooking which is to present superb, fresh ingredients in a non-mucked-about way that allows them to speak for themselves.

When pressed for about the fourth time to decide, I opted for chicken wrapped in prosciutto. The chicken was succulent and tasty but the strange vegetable concoction which accompanied it was awful. My friend's scallops and then duck breast were pronounced ok, although I noticed he pushed aside quite a bit of the extraneous nonsense.

Sadly, Trip advisor does not have a "good" category and because of the above, and because prices here are quite high (main courses between $30 and $42) I cannot award it a "very good". So "average" it will have to be.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had not eaten at the Press Gang for several years and the reviews have been continually great, so we chose to go there for our fortieth anniversary. We had a lovely large corner table. The service was top notch. But the food was amazing. We chose to have the chef's drill which was four plates with three treats on each one. It was a sampling of the best stuff on the menu and some things not on it. For the perfect oyster on the shell to the chocolate on the dessert plate it was all delicious. We will be back.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Another very good experience in Halifax. Comparing it to the previous three nights arrives at the highest marks for service and atmosphere but just very good for the food. Not that the food was bad, it just was not up to the previous outstanding food with not the same level of service or atmosphere. How to balance? The food clearly trumps service and atmosphere so if I return to Halifax, I would not return here.

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Thank DocHarrisHHI
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