Gotham Steakhouse is a high-end American steakhouse serving the finest Canadian Prime beef.
We already knew it is very expensive before we went. This was our time for a special meal at a new restaurant we hadn't tried before.It would be justified if the steaks were good or superb. It was not. They charge you extra for everything. the service is jaded. The carpet looks old and they act like you owe them! The food itself was so boring. It really tasted like it had been sitting out for a day. A good steak never needs sauce, but I really wanted to order some. Except they would charge me extra for that too I'm sure.
Gothams is one of the best steakhouses in Vancouver. I was greeted warmly by the hostess and seated promptly after indicating that I had a reservation. The service is excellent as it is considered a near fine dining class type of restaurant. I was introduced to some of the best wine paired with the appetizers and even had a nice introduction to the steaks. I decided on the Porterhouse as it was the largest steak being a super meat eater that I am. The porterhouse is a combination of tenderloin and ribeye steak.. It was great. The steak itself was a bit salty but it was quite good. Value wise, steaks are a bit pricey and side dishes are extra. Ambiance is excellent as well. Very nice.
I dined at Gotham's first time tonight and loved it. The service at the restaurant is really outstanding. The staff is friendly, funny, accomodating.....Food is delicious and ambiance awesome. I will definately return!
Made reservations for my hubbys b-day. Stopped by before hand to set up arrangements for staff to put gifts in the limo I had ordered when it arrived. This was not a problem and the lady and gentleman who helped me out were AWESOME and VERY friendly. I tipped the lady who was very good to me 20 for her help. As for the food, my hubbys steak was great. The appys need al ittle more description on them, and my steak was a little blah. Mashed potatoes had far too much garlic on them.
For the price, the food was so-so. Service was GREAT and the environment was awesome too.
Cheese plate was yummy and the ice wine was super good. bill came to 250 for
2 glasses of wine
1 2oz glass of ice wine
I went to Gotham's on an early Saturday night ~5:30 pm. Restaurant was fairly empty, and I was seated promptly.
Food: I had the fresh oyster as an appetizer. It was nothing to brag about. Joe Forte's has much better oyster, but these were only acceptable, considering the price of $15.95 for 6. However, then I moved on to the steak. I had the bone in rib steak, done medium rare. I'm not a steak guy, but this piece of meat was done excellent. Very juicy, with the fat marbled in. Tender mmeat that could have been cut with a butter knife. I don't think I can go to the Keg anymore after eating this steak.
Service: Always attention: drinks always refilled, explained menu items, very patient with our group of 6 indecisiveness. The server even joked around with us, which was nice. I expected great service at a restaurant of Gotham's stature, and that is what you get.
Ambiance: Maybe it was that I went early, but no piano, waiters standing around doing nothing. Just kinda missing a classy atmospere. Lighting dimmed mid way though dinner for no apparant reason. However, seating is spacious and noise level is low, so conversations are easy.
Overall, this is an excellent restaurant if you want top of the line steak and to be treated right with great service. Next time, I'll come back later, and hopefully the ambiance is a little better. But still highly recommended.
We went to Gotham about 2 weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I think it is one of the best steak houses in Vancouver. Our steaks we well prepared, seasoned and juicy. One of the best parts of this restaurant is the room. Comfortable, warm and elegant, I think it is great for everything from a quick bit to a full on business dinner. As for the service, this is probably their weakest point. It was a little slow and lacked sincerity.
I've been to Gotham twice this year. In Jan and Aug. Both visit I had absolutely top notch experience. The steaks were the best that I've had. (I lived in NYC for 9 years and I've had some amazing steaks down there)
I must agree with Chefdave that the Prime Rib is what you don't want to order though. It's not as bad as Chefdave had represented, but it is ordinary.
The house wine would not disappoint you. Especially @ like $20 per litter.
Bottom line, if you want beef, Gotham's the place to go in Vancouver.
Food- Since I was craving a steak(I rarely do), we decided to go to Gotham. I don't like those huge fatty steaks, so I ordered the filet my friend ordered a big piece of meat (not sure what it was lol)! For our sides we ordered the lyonaisse potatoes and the sauteed spinach. My steak was absolutely delicious! Sooo succulent and tender - it melted in my mouth. I tried a some of his and it was just as yummy (except I liked mine cooked more!). Potatoes were also fab as was the spinach(nice lighter addition). He picked a nice bottle of red wine (I am no connoisseur, but he thought it was up to par). We were so stuff after dinner so we opted for gorgeous glass of port.
Service- We had a male server. It may be a bit of a generalization, however I always find males to be much more efficient. He was very good.
Value- I think that it was well worth the price. It is not for someone on a budget, but well worth it if you have the opportunity.
Ambiance- I enjoy this kind of atmosphere. Dark and warm, I would describe it as sort of a gothic feel. Since my friend goes there a lot for business lunches, he knew the hostess and we got a nice private table.
This is nice family style comfort food. I ordered the porterhouse steak which at $49.99 was ridiculously thin , salty and tasty. The apargagus was done beautifully, the potatoes were mashed ( That's All I can say abouth them, and the corn was creamed :) I have eaten at the great steak house of New York and this does not come cloise. I had a similar steak at the keg ( theirs was thicker.) We were seated on the edge of the passage and were brushed by literally about four times by waiters and patrons. The room was gorgeous though and I liked to people gaze discreetly. Behind me sat two enormous gangsters (upscale hell's angels types) wearing jewelled jackets. Very shiny. Our waiter was solicitous and attentive and I left him a very hefty tip. He suggested we share some dishes and was perfect. Helpful get not obtrusive. Go once for the experience.
Went for a group dinner and our server's name was Beau. He was probably the best server I've ever had though I don't go out for fine dining too often.
Food was delicious - steaks were cooked to perfection. Caesar salad, fresh. Sides were top notch too.
If money wasn't an issue, I'd come back with no hesitation. Too bad I can't afford spending $200 a sitting though.
With due respect this is probably the most expensive steak house in Vancouver. I got no choice but had to 'pamper' my clients simply because they knew I was the one to pick up the tap! First of all it was way too dark and you could hardly read the menu. The restaurant was not busy yet we were (party of three business men) seated right in the aisle area and please don't ask why! I myself was in restaurant business for more than thirty years, we seat our customers accordingly. Intimate couple by the fireplace or cozy corner overlooking the city view not because this is my section for tonight shift and I would not want to seat them somewhere else. Customer service and satisfaction come first and we share tips pool including the chefs. Guess the other section of the restaurant is classified as a ‘lounge’ or ‘club’ and we could smell a hint of cigar or cigarette smoke! There were some ‘VIPS’ or football players wearing gaudy jewelries with couple ‘working girls’ sitting in another corner. You could tell gourmet dining was not their main course. These were the ones that came in fancy cars and what not! T Bone steak was more than $75 a piece, other condiments (mushroom, French fries) et cetera you had to order separately. The waiter was obviously not ‘professionally trained’. Food was sub-standard and the steak was chewy! Oil for French fries was greasy but I guess people come here for the experience but not for the food. Every bite of my steak I kept asking if it worth $10. I can get better meat from a butcher store or in Granville Island to be sure. Holy Batman I don’t really have anything positive to say about this joint!
First of all, I really liked the ambiance here. Tall ceiling, rich colours, gorgeous rooms...
The waiter was pleasant, but not around enough.
I'm not a steak lover, but my filet mignon was good. Not melt in your mouth memorable, but delicious at the time. Spicy mushrooms and onion rings stood out, but the bread is what I remember the most. It was a big, hot, round, onion sour dough loaf and it was perfect. Soft, flavourful, fresh tasting, it was everything a restaurant bread should be. I would go for the bread alone.
I love going to Gotham, if for nothing else, watching the people arround us. I have eaten there several times, only once had an inferior meal; all other times were excellent.
Love the side dishes, love the decor, great service; the onion bread is the best bread i have had at any restaurant - ever.
my only issue, was the last time we ate there, the chef had cracked pepper and salt over my steak as part of the final garnish. well i don't like salt and really didn't want it on my steak.
other than that one little problem, i have had at least 15 to 20 great dining experiences at gotham
I had my filet mignon, which is not as good as I expected. It was abit salty and not strong beef taste. But the porterhouse steak is just fabulous! It tastes so good, juicy, tasty!! It is so big that a 6ft 200lbs guy can just finish it. The lamb is sooo good too.
The restanrant is good for fine dining as its decor is so elegant, spacious, servants are friendly and has a sense of humor that he wanna offer us "steak" desert. The berry cheesecake is so nice but 1 desert is more than enough for 3 of us as the cant-miss porterhouse steak is huge!
I had a great time at Gotham last week with my friends. We actually hadn't planned on going there and found the place purely by accident. We went there near 5 and the place was quite empty. The hostess was helpful and friendly.
I had a filet mignon with sides of creamed corn and mashed potatoes, which were shared by my friends as well. (We were a group of 4; 3 side dishes could've been more sufficient.) The filet mignon was, if I'm not mistaken, about $50 and I ordered medium. I believe it was closer to medium well. But it was by all means enjoyable and done beautifully. The seasoning was light yet just enough. The side dishes were very nice as well. I had a glass of vueve du vernay with them - which was acceptable.
Our waitor was very amiable and helped us choose our dishes. His descriptions of stakes were very comprehensive... (Perhaps more than enough?) 5 o'clock is not at all a prime time for dinner so I'm not sure if I would've gotten the same quality of service had it been very busy.
Our overall experience at Gotham was pleasant but even now I'm not sure the food was worth all that money. I'd like to think I paid for the great atmosphere... but even so.
I'd say try Gotham if you have a special occasion to celebrate. But visiting more than twice? They will have to impress me more at the second time around.
Gotham. What else can I add to the glowing reports on this page? We don't eat steak very often, but when we do, we do it at Gotham. All AAA Alberta. You can't make a bad choice. I had the fillet, my wife the petit fillet, my friends had the porterhouse & the NY strip. We had differing requirements when it came to 'doneness'. Perfect every one. 3 sides are enough for 4, especially when you have a delightful starter. I would suggest arriving 30-45 minutes before dinner so you can sit on the comfy sofas in the piano bar and enjoy the music, the room and the company. Must have been there a dozen times or more & we look forward to the next.
I've heard so much raves about this place as an amazing steak house. We went here expecting amazing, flavourful steak. It was not. It was bland, flavourless, and dry. The quality of the meat was fine, they just do absolutely nothing with it.
Honestly, if you're a steak house if there is one thing you should do well is steak. The service is decent, but nothing special. The room is very nice, and I guess that's what you're paying for when you go here. I recommend avoiding this place altogether.
For Steak-Only houses, my experience is that Gotham is the King. Morton's is the Queen. And Keg is like a Jack.
For the Ace, you'll have to go to the Met in Seattle.
Gotham is top notch service, food, price is reasonable for this kind of joint. I'd say my steak experience was a notch above Morton's. A definite must try if you're a steak afficianado.
I am still hunting for a 'favourite' steakhouse in Vancouver. The server we had was moody - I have no idea what we said (or rather, didn't say) to make him turn, though he convieniently became engaging as he brought our meal at the end...
My sister's big old porterhouse was OVERCOOKED - perhaps because the server ran away without asking her how she wanted it.. My rib-eye was good, the sides were average. The room is really gorgeous - .. I heard saltlik makes good steaks, so I guess I'll go there next time i'm craving steak..
We've been to Gotham a couple of times in the last year and I can't sing it's praises loud enough. The bread, the steak, the sides are all very high quality.
The staff was very friendly and walks through the menu each time. My father in law tried to order a medium well steak and our waiter spent 5 minutes convincing him to order something below medium... as it turns out, everything was cooked around medium rare (with the exception of my requested rare steak) and my father in law was won over.
The room feels like a steak house but the class of a fine dining restaurant. If you want a great steak in Vancouver, skip Morton's... avoid the keg like a plague and spring for 10 bucks more for this quality.