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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar

1619 West Broadway St.
Vancouver, BC V6J1W9
Tel: (604) 733-4141 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 733-4597
Neighbourhood: South Granville

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All about the Meat
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 9:59am [Dine in]

Bogart's is a great place to go for steaks. That's what they are all about. My hubby & I went and had the sirloin and ribeye - both cooked and seasoned perfectly. It's not a fancy meal but well worth it, especially with that entertainment book coupon. The hostess was extremely friendly and we got to sit in one of the large booths by the front, so that was a nice treat. =) A good alternative to Earl's on a Friday night for sure. =)

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wonderful restaurant!
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

ate here on valentines day and it was our first time at bogart's so we were not sure what to expect. it was a solid experience and i would definitely return without a doubt.
i ordered this seafood pasta which was absolutely magnificent: flavorful creamy sauce that accompanied the pasta and a good portion of shrimp and scallops that came with it. one of the best tasting pasta dishes i have ever had. my gf ordered the pork chop dish and it was equally as delicious.
our waitress was polite and friendly the whole evening. she brought our refills when we needed and was around in case we needed anything else so her excellent service made the dining experience that much better.
the prices are very fair relevant to the portion of food that you receive and in terms of the quality itself. there are very few places in town that charge prices like this and still give their customers the satisfaction of being full after.
they have a lovely environment with a jazz band that starts at 8pm... always a pleasure to have live and relaxing music to accompany a meal.
again, terrific restaurant that hits all the right notes... i would recommend this place to anyone.

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Best DOV ever
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Six of us annually get together to try out a restaurant we have never been to and this year Bogarts was on our list. Our waiter was very friendly and professional and explained the courses. He did not try and upgrade us from the advertised $28 menu to the alternative $38 menu...it was just there if you wanted to try other foods! We all had the seafood chowder which was excellent, scallops, mussels and other morsels in a tasty rich red broth. Six out of six liking it isn't bad! 5 in the party had for the main course steak striploin which as other reviewers commented was cooked more than asked for. Rare at Bogarts = medium and medium = well! Apart from that the meat was aged perfectly and tasty. The stuffed chicken breast and rissotto was excellent and the desserts all very good. Oh, that creme brulee! The wine pairings were well priced and the jazz in the background very pleasant. We were not rushed as in some DOV restaurants (we had an 8.00PM sitting) and didn't leave till nearly 11.00PM. A very enjoyable evening.

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Not what I expected
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 6:33am [Dine in]

I really wanted to like this place, I really did. I came here last night for a belated xmas dinner with my girlfriends. It ended up to be one of the most unpleasant dining experiences. The prices are fairly good compared to the other chophouses.
We started off with 4 appies between 3 of us - I ordered the tapenade which was really salty and overpowering. We ordered the roasted chicken breast (nice) and a rib-eye and NY steak. Both steaks had a lot of grissle and the "side of veggies" was no more than a garnish. The dessert was a bargain at $6, except they were not even close to spectacular. As K put it, the meal can be unexceptable, but a good dessert can turn the dining experience into a great one. That did not happen here. Not only did it take forever for the dessert to arrive, it looked and tasted like it went straight to the plate from a wholesale mass-produced cake. I kinda expected in-house made desserts from a restaurant of this calibre.
The best part of the meal? My cappucino that came and was finished way before my dessert arrived.
Worst part? The total lack of service. Our server came over to "warn" us that because a party of about 20 came in last minute and she would be "very busy" attending to them and would not be around very often. Made us feel very unwelcome and not as important. It wasn't like we were sharing entrees and drinking water all night. We spent good money here and did not receive the service we deserved. With a $200 bill w/ no service, I think we made a huge mistake of dining here.

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Food took forever to come out, but results were outstanding.
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Was here for a buddy's bday dinner. Cool and Casual "Old Boys" atmosphere . Live Jazz performance put me in the mood for a nice cut of steak and a glass of phat red wine.
The problem? We waited too long for our food - almost 45 minutes. But for 23 dollars, the JUICIEST medium rare ribeye steak I've had in a long time. Will go back for a fair priced Juicy steak.

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Average pricing; A safe bet.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Very casual though noisy, it's great to go with a few people, a large party or even bring your kids along. Live music or no, it's generally loud enough that restless, semi-rowdy children will go unnoticed. Prices are more than reasonable. The BBQ back pork ribs and lamb shank are tender, though too bad the lamb is still a little too gamey for me. The steaks are inconsistently, and unevenly cooked. One half of it can turn out medium to well, while the other 50% divided vertically down the centre can be thoroughly pink when medium-rare is requested. The mashed potatoes are smooth and buttery--simply perfect! The martinis aren't potent enough but they do sport a fairly large list of it.

The service is alright.

Nothing exceptional, but a good solid choice for the price range.

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Well done!
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 10, 2006 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Well, we went back for dinner and it was great. Top notch service led by the owner, who was on the floor greeting tables. I always appreciate seeing an owner take pride in his/her establishment.

The food was excellent, and delivered in timely fashion. I sampled the thick cut of prime rib which was melt in your mouth perfect. A definite step up from the Keg or similar restaurants.

$5 martinis and live jazz accompanied by stong service and great food will always prompt me to return. Well done.

Value was strong at $110 for two, including 4 drinks, appy, dessert, and two entrees.

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Kenny Coleman was the draw
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

I recently experienced Bogart's for the first time because I went in for dinner while Kenny Coleman was performing there. It was a busy Sunday night because of the entertainment but we managed to snag the last table on the floor. Kenny was better than the food. One dish I liked, another I strongly disliked (over-salted and not tasty). The service is satisfactory - no wow-factor but no complaints. The prices are reasonable and the decor is that of an upscale pub.

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Amazing Steak
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

I had been telling a friend of mine about Bogart's for quite some time so we decided to go during the Dine Out in January. Everything was exactly as I had described - food and wine was fantastic, atmosphere/ambiance was exceptional and the service was solid.

Ever since then, my friend had been practically harassing me to go back. As an added bonus, I had a coupon in my Entertainment Book so we took full advantage of it. As usual, I had the Tenderloin - cooked to perfection and the seasoning was spot-on. Even though we were full, we still forged through and ordered desserts, opting for the creme brulée as it is my favourite. It was delicious. I have yet to have a bad experience here and I've dined at Bogart's at least a half-dozen times within the last year. I will keep coming back.

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Surprisingly great steak, inexpensive price
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

This place was exactly what I was looking for, a decent non-special-ocassion steak place. At 26 dollars for a very good rib eye, I'll come back here often. A couple words of warning: 1) DO NOT ORDER vegetarian pasta -- it was literally inedible and should not be served to human beings. It is a steak house, but all food served should be at least edible if not great, I had to dock them a point on that one. 2) order your steak one doneness under what you actually want it -- they tend to overcook the steaks here. I wanted medium, ordered medium-rare, it was perfect! With entertainment coupon, it's a real steal.

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Jazz + Steak = :)
By yummitummi of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 3:32am [Dine in]

Had a terrific time here the other night, with the Dave Davies Trio performing.
Food: steaks were cooked JUST RIGHT! Both the sirloin and the ribeye sampled by our table were tender and juicy. Huge martini list...the PHD is tasty! Food came out quite quickly.
Service: Attentive and friendly, and unpretentious. No complaints here!
Ambiance: The room is dimly lit, and feels very intimate. The jazz is awesome. The only quibble I had was that there was a party with a crying baby whose wails occasionally drowned out the music, but that's not the restaurant's fault (or the baby's, really). At the back near the bar there are taller tables that seat 4, and let you see the whole room, but still feels nice a cozy.
Coming with an entertainment book coupon offers great value, but I would return without one too :)

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If you are going to earl's, just come here instead.
By Food_taster of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 10:56am [Dine in]

Bogarts is a nice place and i remember the food tasting very nice as well. The service on the other hand was not so nice. There was no small talk and servers did not look like they enjoyed the working atmosphere? Ambiance is solid but no wow factor here. Simply put, if you are planning to go to earls or moxie's, you should upgrade and come here instead food here is better, service not so much. The managers should really consider hiring people for qualities rather than physical "quantities".

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Old school charm
By InsideFoodie of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:18am [Dine in]

This was one of the better restaurants that I've been in for a long time. We were greeted immediately at the door. We got a seat in a nice corner. The wine and martini lists has a good selection. I had a martini to start and some wine with dinner. We ordered the Antipasto platter for 2 which was a great start to the meal. With crostini, olives, meats and cheeses. I ordered the rib-eye steak and my boyfriend ordered the veal chop. Both were melt in your mouth good. The portion size was good. I can never get dessert because it is so filling. The sides of seasonal vegetables and mashed potato for mine and gratin for the veal chop was good. On this night there was live jazz. It felt very old school Hollywood steak joint.

Our server was very attentive. Our water glasses were never empty and he pour my wine into my glass when it was getting low. Our utensils were replaced after each course.

I am very impressed by the whole ambiance. It was not too loud and the dark cherry wood added a great accent.
Overall I would recommend everyone to try at least once if not be a repeat customer (I know I am). It is a bit pricey but it is worth it.

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Try It
By Muse of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 23, 2006 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

This place was nice. The steaks are great and the pricing is fair, and it is better than the steaks served at the Keg. This is definately a steakhouse. Good and reliable. If you want 5 star dining go somewhere else.

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Great Steak
By kibbylover of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I came here back in September with a large group of girls and had a very nice time. The ambiance is great (deep reds and rich browns) and they have a nice lounge area.

After being to Gothams and other steak houses I can say that the steak was just as good if not better. It was perfectly cooked, it was tender and it was seasoned to perfection. Delicious. Also I had the jumbo prawn cocktails which had very plump and juicy prawns.

I would definitely go back.

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Rare laid-back dinner experience
By bart_weisser of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

We went to Bogart's for my belated birthday. It was late Sunday night, and we were happy to hear that the hostess was still taking in customers. We have always been frustrated with restaurants closing up very early in Vancouver, and this is defintiely a welcoming change. However, as we walked in, we were just catching the last leg of the live performance. We should have gone a little earlier, I guess.

The wait staff was very friendly and professional. The meat was done exactly the way we wanted, and the presentation was more than adequate. The desert was also heavenly, and Bogart's also serves some of the most satisfying espressos in the city (and I have been known to drink espressos straight).

What completes the dining experience was the laid back atmosphere. We could just sit back, enjoy the ambience, the food, and the music (not in that order). I think this (in addition of opening up late) also makes the meal much more memorable.

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The ambience sizzled
By goddard of coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

My complements to the designer, construction crew, and the live entertainers. The decor and ambiance were of very good quality -

Our server whilst passably competent, was lacking in friendliness, and appeared to have left home without his personality. It's probably in the left baggage, at some station along his journey of life.

Whilst acknowledging that the word "tower" applied to my crab appetizer from the $35 per person "Dine out Vancouver" menu, was not be construed as a literal description, a small splodge would have been closer to truth in advertising. A better menu description "Crab small splodge".

My steak whilst small, was tender and almost perfectly cooked, however the accompanying scalloped potatoes were so undercooked and flavourless; that anyone buying a supermarket instant packet, and following directions could have improved on them - thankfully that portion was also small!

My date's order of duck breast turned out to be mainly duck leg, and an overcooked leg at that.

I wish I could have also said "my compliments to the chef and server" however ..................

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Good experience ... but where are the people?
By javawzl of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

We had a good evening at Bogart's. Our waitress was not the best ... but the managers saved her ass by taking away our plates, etc. It's a real pleasure to have the managers (owners?) do the rounds. The food was better than expected. A little disappointed that the prime rib was no longer at 8pm when we arrived ... but the steak was good enough to make up! The jazz was good and the ambiance nice. It was nice to not be chased out of one's seat like so many Vancouver restaurants now do. We will return.

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Great jazz, bad steaks
By hungry_guy of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 1:41am [Dine in]

The servers were all very nice and the hostess seated us promptly and was friendly. We were provided fresh bread and water in good time as well. The beef carpaccio was AMAZING...we could have ordered a few more plates of those alone.

Our mains (4 steaks of various cuts) were ALL OVERCOOKED. The only reason we didn't send it back was that the service was a little slow and forgetful so we feared an agonizing wait if all our entrees were returned. The taste was there, but it was ruined by the blatant overcooking. Both rib eyes however had way too much girstle.

Great ambiance with the live jazz. But would not return to a Chophouse that goes 0 for 4 in what is supposed to be their specialty.

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Mixed results
By Eastvanfoodie of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

Went there with a friend on a Tuesday night during Dine out...found the restaurant half empty, which may be more a sign of the times than a reflection of the restaurant's quality.

Our greeter and server were pleasant and prompt. Surprised me a bit that while no one was sitting at the bar, the TV was on, and my companion compulsively kept glancing at the screen. Ruined it a bit for me, I think. Ambiance on the whole was OK, a bit drafty, but the place was half empty afterall.

We started with the beef carpacio (decent) and seafood chowder (pretty good, maybe a bit too much pepper), then for main course we had the chicken (really good, but the risotto was under-salted) and steak medallion (beef was a bit gristly, potato was COLD!!). For dessert we had the chocolate mousse (standard issue) and creme brulee (the top was completely burnt and bitter). Wine pairing was not exceptional. that's a 3 out of 6 for me...50%! Barely passing.

I'd have to say I'm a bit disappointed with the whole expericence. I'm all about the quality of the food (will put up with crappy service if the food is excellent). For such a slow night, and during Dine Out when you're suppose to showcase your restaurant to bring in more clientele, Bogart's simply didn't cut the mustard.

I may come back to give them a second chance after dine out, as it's pretty close to home, and try something on their regular menu.

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