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The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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5218 Prince St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3X4, Canada (Grand Parade & City Hall)
+1 902-423-8816
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Amherst, Canada
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Looking for a real dining experience? This is it. Small but varied menu featuring fish, seafood and meat. Beautifully plated and table service is attentive but unobtrusive. A sample platter of oysters from along the Atlantic coast allows you to savor the flavour and textures that are available.

Thank Leslie C
Cambridge, Canada
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

This was our third visit in three years to the press gang. We were celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary and wanted the best Halifax has to offer. We were not disappointed. Initially they sat us at a table next to the front door. I found it cold as I was sitting in a glass corner with the door opening and... More 

Thank Tableforfourplease
Halifax, Canada
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We had an early meal (right as they opened) as we were attending a play later that evening. We informed our server of when we needed to leave and the resulting service was timely without feeling at all rushed. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals and would return again. Though it is on the high-end price-wise, I certainly... More 

Thank bmutas
Nova Scotia South Shore, Canada
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

The restaurant is in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Halifax; it's a cozy, extremely rustic atmosphere, with wood beams and concrete walls. It's known for its oysters, which I don't eat, but my husband thoroughly enjoyed his. He also had a seared cod done in a bernaise sauce with potatoes and vegetables served in a cast-iron crock. He... More 

Thank Cheryl M
Joliet, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

We has never tried oysters so when we found ourselves sitting at the "oyster" bar, we asked the young bartender for help with understanding oyster lingo. She was amazing! So sweet and helpful... she explained the different varieties and guided our choices all of which we enjoyed.

Thank Mary7746
Richmond Hill, Canada
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118 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

We had a very early dinner on a Saturday evening, so the place was quiet, though they have live entertainment later on. Very nice, historic building, and friendly wait staff. My wife had the chowder, which was large, satisfying and very good. Oysters were also good, but the scallops were a bit disappointing as the pesto based sauce overpowered the... More 

Thank Rob W
Miami Lakes
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164 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

If you are an oyster lover (and who isn't), you MUST eat here. The oysters are fresh and varied - usually at least five different kinds. The other menu items are very good as well - I recommend the Caesar salad - yes, in a seafood restaurant - it is excellent as is the seafood chowder. Again, as I found... More 

Thank JohnKMiamiLakes
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

We ordered oysters, mussels and salad. All of which was wonderful--especially the oysters! (wow!). Unfortunately, their wine menu was not up to date and every wine we ordered was no longer available. After 3 tries, the server suggested 2 different wines that were in stock and similar to the wines we were wanting. The live music was very loud which... More 

Thank umdong24
Coquitlam, BC
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116 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

This was our "splurge restaurant" on our recent visit to NS and it was well worth the splurge. The building in which the restaurant is located is very old - built in the 18th century I believe - and beautifully restored/maintained. The service is efficient, professional and very friendly and, of course, the food is "to die for". My husband... More 

Thank schark
Feilding, New Zealand
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76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This was a great restaurant food choices were great and service excellent. We went with friends who had found it earlier in the week and wanted to show us how good it was. The wait staff were attentive and helpful and the ambience of the building was truly great. It's not an inexpensive night out but well worth the money.

Thank Robyn006

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$23 - US$31
Seafood, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5218 Prince St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3X4, Canada
    (Grand Parade & City Hall)
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-423-8816
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?