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“Fantastic food”

The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar
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Ranked #14 of 712 Restaurants in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $29
Cuisines: Seafood, Canadian, International
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
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“Fantastic food”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This was probably one of the best meals ever. All for a very reasonable price. The setting is very unique in an old building. Live music started at 8:00 before we left.

Visited August 2013
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Long Island, NY
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely and romantic”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This place is a gem. The food was wonderful and the staff courteous and professional. Our waiter informed us that this is the second oldest building in Halifax. It just barely escaped the big explosion.Ask to be seated in the room with the fireplace, which is part of the original building.

Visited June 2013
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Chevy Chase, MD
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141 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Eating well, way up north”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Press Gang. Halifax. Tuesday, August 6, 2013

We paused before trying Halifax, Nova Scotia’s venerable Press Gang. We thought it a hangout for unruly newspaper folk. But that’s not it. Press Gang’s building is very old, erected in 1759, which lends some veracity to myth or legend that it commemorates Halifax lads who in some earlier time, the war of 1812 or the American Revolution, could be conscripted--or pressed—into service with free drinks.
These days, few Army recruiters could afford Press Gang’s most celebrated beverages, its 100-some single malt Scotch whiskeys, which go for up to $135 a shot. Our own check, including wine but no whiskey, surpassed $200. To spend less, try teetotaling.
If you can still meet the Press Gang’s pricey thresholds, you have found a restaurant that ranks at the peak of Halifax’s best. For M.F.A. (My Favorite American) and me, the Press Gang’s overriding feature was all the other features that combine to define the restaurant’s ambience:
The interior brick and stone walls enclosing nooks like ours, the disks playing Cole Porter and Miles Davis, the warm, dramatic spotlighting, the bright and well-informed yet unobtrusive young woman serving us, and, yes, the very inspired cuisine.

  • Visited August 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing atmosphere and food”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

I walked by this place for years wondering why people talked about it so much. It doesn't look so impressive from the outside. I finally ate there and was blown away. Now I wonder why it doesn't get talked about more than it does.

The atmosphere is historic, romantic, elegant, etc. The food is creative and high end and delicious in every detail. Don't be thrown by the simple descriptions on the menu. It is sort of like the outside of the building, deceptively simple.

The price is, well, what you expect to pay at a restaurant of this caliber. Special occasion territory, but worth every penny.

  • Visited October 2012
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113 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Pure class, a must see in halifax.”
Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

This place takes you back to the days when a bar was a bar. The old stone walls and hard wood decor made this a memorable night. This is a place to not be missed.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Golgo8
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