The Press Gang
Great location. Decent food.
It was great , the only thing was we didn’t really like were we were seated, we had gone there especially to watch the live music and we couldn’t see it , we could only hear it . But I do really love that place
Ambience and service was fabulous! The food honestly could use some work. Salmon tasted off, overdone, dish overall was meh., missing a sauce or something. The halibut although quite tasty, was a little salty. Lamb chops were also a little over done. Oysters and desert were fabulous!
Started with oysters which were awesome
Husband’s steak was thin and over cooked
( he asked for medium rare)
My meal was cold and lacked any kind of lamb flavour ( cooked to order medium)
Overall a special night wasn’t so special
Thankfully we had a gift certificate to ease the pain
Amazing experience!! Exceptional food and service. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend.
It is always a treat to visit this place. The food is always a most pleasant experience. The special touches and the attention given to us by the staff makes us feel wonderful. That is why we like to come back.
One of the best dinners out all year. I had the seafood risotto and the scallops were done perfectly. Lovely staff too. If I’m ever back in Halifax I will definitely go again. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
It was a disappointing experience. I was so excited to go here — boomed it for our last night when I knew they would have music. Made reservation days in advance. Arrived to be seated in a corner away from music and everything. Asked for a table in the main room - despite a number of tables being empty they told us they couldn’t accommodate and sat us in the bar next to the music - the music was lovely and very talented jazz musician but couldn’t hear each other. Menu is somewhat limited and just didn’t really want to pay $40 for an entree sitting in a bar. I will go back and hopefully next time will have a different experience - we ended up leaving and going to the Bicycle Thief which We had been to the night before and absolutely loved. I guess just got off on the wrong foot at Press Gang with their unwillingness to accommodate a table request that was more suitable for what we wanted at a time when it was not overly busy and didn’t seem like it should have been difficult to do at all.
Excellent food and service. Atmosphere very nice with live music.
Excellent selection of deliciously fresh East Coast oysters
Had the salmon. Very good. And cooked perfectly!!!! The lamb chops appetizer is great as well.
Fantastic meal. We had the “Henry’s Feast” for 2. Lots of food and absolutely delicious. Excellent wine list (not an overwhelming number of wines but good choices at all price points. Chef came out and spoke to us after dinner and told us of the history of the building.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening! The food was outstanding. Probably the best risotto I’ve had!
One of our favorites. Romantic ambience in a historical building. Food is high quality and seafood is fresh.
Service has always been great, though this time we were a bit disappointed. But I would give that another chance, since it might have been an off night.
Oysters were great. Smoked salmon wrapped scallops were amazing.
One of the best places to eat and be entertained on a Saturday night. The team is amazing, the food/drink is unbelievable. A regular favorite for a date night.
Everything was excellent, took my husband for a celebration supper and we both enjoyed it. The atmosphere can’t be beat!
Had a wonderful evening and the food was incredible!! Service was attentive but not intrusive. The oysters were fresh and delicious and the Caesar oyster shooters were a great treat. We will be back.
Everything was wonderful especially the service! I had the halibut and my friend the lamb.
Press Gang was highly recommended and we were not disappointed. Wonderful meal. Very interesting building which adds a uniqueness to the experience. I will be back next time I am in the city.
The oysters were great. We had a scallop appetizer that had one cold scallop that shouldn’t have been there. The proteins from the entrees were very good. The vegetables with the mains were horrible. The potatoes were over cooked, leathery, and hard. The other vegetables, carrots and brussels, were underdone and way under seasoned. Drinks and service excellent.
Great space and atmosphere. Oysters were a bit expensive but excellent. Chef has the laudable custom of coming by tables to chat. Every thing we ordered was well prepared.
The risotto was amazing! It lets you try a little bit of all the Nova Scotia seafood (two big shrimp, two big scallops, a piece of halibut, a generous amount of lobster meat), plus lots of vegetables and the rice itself. And the ambiance is pretty great. I'd highly recommend it!
Great meal, and loved the ambience.
Bus boy was hovering and a bit to eager to clear dishes. Kitchen staff were loud.
Great food, lovely atmosphere! Will be back!
All around wonderful experience!!!! I felt like I was sitting in a 200 year old Scottish oyster House with all the food quality of a 5 star restaurant
Very cool atmosphere and decore. I kept waiting for a pirate or a 1920s prohibition gangster to walk in. Food was awesome, absolutely perfectly cooked. Wait staff were very thoughtful and appropriately attentive.
Wonderful reception from hostess and we did not have reservations. Lucky to get a table on a Saturday evening. The restaurant is like stepping back to 1759 with brick and stone walls surrounding diners. Our table was in the remains of a fireplace and our chairs rested on the hearth. Authentic wood beams and flickering candlelight added to the ambience. Waiter was lovely and had great recommendations. One of us had a whole lobster and the other seafood in croute. We shared oysters for an appetizer and enjoyed a delightful banana/chocolate pastry with cinnamon ice cream. Truly a special evening.
Fabulous meal for our 30th anniversary. We had The Drill so the chef made a special 4 course meal for us. We were spoiled with complimentary sparkling wine to start. The 2 seafood appetizers were yummy and the wine recommendation by our server was perfect. Our main was beef tenderloin with lots of veggies - it was wonderful. We should have been too full for dessert but we ate it anyway! We have enjoyed a couple of meals at the Press Gang before but We are both so happy we chose this restaurant for our special celebration.
I had the coffee rubbed beef tenderloin with a jus that I could have drunk from a glass! It was magnificent. My tenderloin was cooked well done perfectly. Fingerling potatoes and carrots finished off dinner. A very full plate that I could not finish.
The building itself, the second oldest in Halifax, exudes history and ambiance. I do suggest not sitting in the bar area as I found it chilly (October). We were moved to another room without an issue.
My husband had the special comprising of a seafood melange on puff pastry with scallops. He loved it.
Excellent service, real old time rustic charm to the restaurant. Very good food. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
On vacation. Looked for fine dining restaurant and found online this restaurant. Wonderful atmosphere, good service excellent food. Being foodies we ordered 5 apps as well as entree. Chef Brian came to our table and introduced himself. My son in law who is a chef and has a fine dining restaurant of his own had a lively discussion re food and food prep. Brian also gave us the story behind the name PRESS GANG as well as the building. He made a special presentation of all his deserts. He created a silver tray of under the ocean and ships out of his deserts. It was not only beautiful to look at as well as delicious. The evening was wonderful. Once our travels were over the last night before leaving Halifax we ate there again with my having the most delicious whole lobster. We highly recommend the Press Gang for your dining pleasure. Heather, Anthony and Nancy(Smith) Alphano.
The food was phenomenal along with our host. She went out of the way to make us laugh and was great for suggestions with the menu. Will absolutely return again.
Fabulous dinner and excellent service and ambiance.
Best Halibut ever. Also loved the special lobster cake. Service was good and the place has a nice intimate feel to it.
Wicked good food, I highly recommend it.
Outstanding. Loved everything about it! We tried to go back again, but couldn’t get in.
Outstanding in every regard. Rich was excellent as was all of the service around him. Great atmosphere, fantastic food, excellent ambiance & the perfect level of attention.
We went to The Press Gang because of a friend’s recommendation (her “favourite fancy place” in Halifax). We had high expectations and we were not disappointed. They’ve built a wonderful, intimate décor in this old building, with excellent understated service and wonderful food to round out the experience. Our rating of the sounds level was because we were seated next to a table of loud-ish businessmen (oh, well, not enough to ruin the experience). We had seared scallops, beef carpaccio (served as a canape), salmon, and flourless chocolate cake – all courses were delightful. The added touch was a table visit from the chef, Brian. He was genuine in his interest in our experience and obviously very proud of the restaurant. Well done!
Wonderful food and service in a very interesting old building. Great ambiance.