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“Good but not phenomenal”

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: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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 May 31, 2014

This has always been one of my favourite restaurants in Halifax. The setting is still lovely, and the food quite good. But, for these prices, the food really should knock one's socks off - which is it does not. Not sure if there has been a changeover with the chefs since my last visit? Or a change in their supplier of seafood? We were in Nova Scotia for a week, and I had scallops just about everywhere we went - the ones here were fine, but not the best we had (although the priciest). This will sound picky, and I re-iterate that the food was very good - but recognise you are paying prices on par with top restaurants and not getting quite that level of food. The service was efficient and pleasant, although it got a bit amusing/annoying that the (female) wait staff made eye contact only with the young man in our group. Detracted from the professionalism of what you would expect for these prices.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you are looking for fine dining and beautiful historic surroundings, try the lovely cozy atmosphere of the Press Gang. A familiar spot for some, and a must try for others! You won't be disappointed!

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Reviewed May 24, 2014

Experienced The Press Gang for the first time. The scallops were cooked to perfection as was the char. We were able to enjoy our meal at our own pace and never felt rushed (like we have experienced in other restaurants). Historical decor and layout of the eating areas were genius.

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1  Thank 380Liz
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Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

The waiter brought all our Oysters and appetizers together without spreading them out or asking to spread them out. We asked for a dry wine by the glass and he gave us a fruity wine. The Oysters were just okay b for $3.25 each, I was expecting better. He never came to check up on us and removing our empty plates was slow. Overall okay, but not wow.

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3  Thank MRknows
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Went to The Press Gang this evening and had a wonderful experience. We had the Drill! Wow! It was one of the best, if not the best meal we have ever had. The waitress was very knowledgable. Explaining everything on our plates. Food was perfectly cooked and had a nice presentation too.
The meal was a very nice experience.
Try it. It's worth it.

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2  Thank Karen D
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