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The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$24 - US$38
Seafood, Canadian, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Downtown Halifax
0.7 km from Halifax Public Gardens
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went out for a special meal... and that is just what we got! We ordered the drill, which is the sit back, relax and be surprised because you have no idea what you are in for. I could give a breakdown of the dishes,...but it would not help you, because yours will be different, and without question this four course made for you meal will never be the same, but it will be great and leave you full. Something to showcase this would be our entree, a spin on a surf n’ turf which was a salmon wrapped in rice paper with charred leaks and beautifully cooked duck breast with a rice pilaff and it was exceptional! We had an amazing server whom had no idea what we were getting, however made a good wine recommendation based on what we may get and it fit the bill! If you want to have an amazing meal and feel adventurous this is a must in Halifax! Plus, the back area is just super cool to sit in!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 20 October 2020

Fascinating historical building setting with great food and exceptional service. After dinner went to the bar for a post dinner drink and listened to some great live jazz.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 26 September 2020

We had our anniversary dinner there last night. Wonderful seating in a stone alcove, with a simply fantastic server who started us off with glasses of bubbly and made the whole night special. Chef Brian made edible magic for us last night. Wonderful oysters (you...HAVE to try the torches oysters—-think oysters Rockefeller, the rock star version). Atlantic Halibut dome to perfection and a dirty rice that was unbelievable. Mushroom pappardelle modified by adding lobster—-our request, handled beautifully. This isn’t our first trip to Press Gang, and time and again, the mains have been creative, packed with flavour, and never just “good enough”. There’s a passion that finds it way onto your plate at the Press Gang. That passion was clear when Chef Brian personally came to chat with us at the end of the evening (we had never met him before, but are very glad we did!). All in all, it’s our favourite Halifax restaurant. A must-do every time we’re travelling to the city.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 14 September 2020

First time back here in a couple of years. Now regret not having gone sooner and more often. The service was first class, the ambiance was very good and the food delicious. Will be returning soon.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 7 March 2020 via mobile

Exceptional seafood in a rustic environment, lovely decor , staff super friendly and food was amazing

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 19 February 2020

We are a family from Québec, and may have become accustomed to paying outrageous prices for underwhelming and occasionally pedestrian meals. On advice from a local, we found this ‘adresse’ and ordered The Drill. Absolutely no doubt we have been spoiled, and the Chef made...our night in more ways than one. We are impressed, and we are pleasantly surprised by this wonderful Halifax restaurant and its artisans. Bravo.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 15 February 2020 via mobile

Great service. I sat at the bar and the bar tender was friendly and Awesome service. I had great scallops with smoke salmon and follow with the seafood risotto. Everything is to die for... He pair it with a nice NS white wine, to discover....Perfection.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 11 February 2020 via mobile

What a great spot! Live music and exceptional service and a lovely selection of whiskey. We enjoyed our visit and will be back

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 10 February 2020

Went to The Press Gang for the Dine Around foodie event and we were really glad we did so. For a very economical $50/person we each had a 3-course meal. I went with the charcuterie sampler followed by the beef wellington whereas my wife went...with the cucumber crab roll and the lobster mac and cheese au gratin. We both finished the meal off with the sticky date pudding. We raved about everything which was cooked to perfection. For anyone who enjoys oysters there was a very impressive looking oyster bar which greets you at the front door. The service was fantastic and the decor, lighting and overall ambiance are perfect for a romantic dinner.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 10 February 2020 via mobile

It's a great place to go slurp some oysters and the steak was fantastic. I'll definitely be going back again.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Response from Halifax2016 | Reviewed this property |
Call and ask (902) 423-8816. It is locval.....
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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
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