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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

615 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B3K3
Tel: (604) 605-8282 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 605-8285
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: American, Steaks
  • Price: $$$$ ($45 or more)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Banquet
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30AM - 11PM, Sat - Sun: 4PM - 11PM
  • Gotham Steakhouse is a high-end American steakhouse serving the finest Canadian Prime beef.

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Great room, fair food, pretentious service
By Christine of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

Went to Gotham Saturday evening. We go out at least once a week for dinner and was really looking forward to Gotham as I had heard quite positive things about them. I also felt terrible about the negative press coverage they recieved a few weeks ago as a result of the shooting outside. This had nothing to do with restaurant and was unfair that they continually were mentioned. When we arrived I was very pleasantly not only by the greeting which was prompt and friendly but also by the room when we were seated. I think it is beautiful and very rich feeling. They have definately taken the traditional "steak house" feel and gone Way beyond. Our server was good, at times seemed a bit distracted but still showed that he really knew what he was doing. I just wish they would relax a bit; the hands behind the back, stiff, good evening mam is a bit tired in my view. Had beef tenderloin - was cooked perfectly, and the sides, mushrooms, asparagus, garlic mash were all Very good. My steak itself was only ok - for tenderloin it wasn't that tender and the flavour was alright. The server never asked how everything was or I would have told him and perhaps had it fixed. However overall I would go back as I loved the place and with another server it could be the perfect spot.

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Eh, Take it or Leave it...
By ck1234 of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Interior was great, but I love all "Steakhouse" interiors. I was on a "rare" rep paid "dinner"...they usually only pay lunch, so when dinner was offered, I chose Gotham, as I've always wanted to go...

Had a drink in the lounge first. Can't complain because I had a cosmo...enough said...

Moved to the dinner area! We ordered oysters..mmmmmm. truly delish, don't even know that I've had em as good as that at Monk's or Joe Forte's...(personally, I hate Monk's but like the Oysters...yeh, maybe even feel that way about Joe's too, come to think about it!!!!!

Sides were: Lyonaisse potatoes, and asparagus...also yum! The potatoes really, REALLY were good!!!!

Then, 2 filets with lobster...eh, meh....not good in my opine. If I was paying, I might have protested! Lobster & steak were good....but seriously, I don't even like "filet" so please make it melt in my mouth. We both left a quarter of our steaks, and rep even agreed that they weren't up to par. I usually order a bone-in cut that is more flavourable...anyway, I'm digressing now thinking about when I'll find the "Ultimate steak" in Vancouver. If you know better, I'd pass and move along....and please tell me where the "great" steak is in Vancouver!!!!! I've been to Hy's and, no, not there either!

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Always a treat
By byrdman of richmond (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

Me need beef... urg must eat cow, body feel weak. So I was feeling the previous nights festivities, got to love Christmas party season. Yep I craved good proprely prepared food that rocks and beef had to be the star.
dragged myself in their had a killer salad, great charred bread, Mr. Porterhouse, friend had Mrs. Filet and we shared spinach, mush, and a baker.
Who will ever serve meat as sides so on days like this when I ate Vegy for days so I could splurge at the party, but their vegies too, so no meat... booo. Hey i have food allergies and still serve those foods for guest. Offer small meat and save the drivethru after. Ok enough digressing.
Desert was good and chocolaty. A killer Zinfandel selection to boot. Yippeee kyaa for the best steak in town for me in '07.

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we need to splurge more often
By gsarwal of Kerrisdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

had returned from a great vacation (where I splurged) and just to end it off, decided to go for some "well-cooked" steak. Turned out to be better than expected. The servers were real friendly, not snobs like how I expected and they had my favorite red wine bottle, the Caymus Special Select Reserve Cab. Sauv 1994 which was just a bonus. In short, we all should splurge atleast once a month and if so, i recommend Gotham's. Plus my name and the restaurant match :) got a free drink just for that

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Unbelievably Disappointing
By Davros of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 10:29am [Dine in]

Saw all the great reviews on here, and were in the mood for steak, so off we went. How unbelievably disappointing! We both had striploin steaks. And they were completely bland and flavourless. Mine was cooked fine, my partner's was over cooked slightly.
Service was comparable to a milestones or earls, and considering the price point that is not acceptable. We weren't drinking and our bill was almost $200 for 2 people. Not worth the price and not worth the raves.

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How Does This Place Rate So High?
By PromQueen of Kitsilano (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice now, and both times were nothing better than the Keg. For very expensive steaks, I don't notice any difference whatsoever!
The shrimp cocktail was chewy, like rubber, and the cockail sauce tasted like its out of a jar from Safeway.
Again the steaks were nothing special, a plain piece of meat on my plate, not marinated, not seasoned, not flavoured in anyway. And one time it was massively over-cooked, they did recook it for me, but the recook came out very underdone, and had to get them to cook it more, and it came back over done again. At which point I gave up and ate it as is.
Also got the Lemon Pie for dessert, and it tasted also like it was straight out of the freezer section at Safeway...I guess I know where they do their shopping!
I'm guessing the people that like this place don't eat out much, I can't understand why so many people think its good.

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Incredible experience
By mui122 of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:13am [Dine in]

I would say that I'm a pretty picky eater. But this place really impressed me. I've been here twice. The first time was during dine out so it didnt wow me that much. But when I came here for the regular menu, I was very impressed. We ordered a few appetizers and me and my bf shared a porterhouse steak. The steak was INCREDIBLE! Ive never had a steak that was this juicy! I almost cried when i had my first bite! I was definitely satisfied! The appetizers were good as well but the portion was a bit small. Not unreasonable tho. The side dishes I ordered were huge! Onion rings were awesome. The wine my server auggested was very good. Service was great! She was very attentive and friendly. Ambiance was also great. I sat in the lounge. Good lighting, comfortable seats and live piano entertainment. All in all I was very happy to pay a few hundred bucks for this dinner. Worth every penny.

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Absolutely Wonderful
By mrsfred of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

I took my son and daughter-in-law here for my son's birthday. They are from Texas, where good beef is a way of life. However, they were both very impressed with the quality of the steak. My son and I had Ceasar salads, and my daughter-in-law had a green salad. We all had Filet Mignon with grilled tomatoes, cream corn (real cream) and asparagus. Everything was done to perfection. The staff made us feel very welcome and special. I was impressed with the music; very light and entertaining. I would go there again in a heartbeat. Yes, it was expensive, but I would seriously recommend it to anyone for a special event or just a romantic outing.

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great steaks and wine!
By jboogie of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

I'd go again...great food, good service...and wonderful wine menu. mm mm. I really like how some of our friends were dressed down but still were treated the same as everyone else. They are not snobby and this is a classy place. It was a nice evening and I'd go back. Nice for special occasion or a date.

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Stand out service with boring steak
By theRealAirness of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 20, 2006 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

I must admit that the service and ambience is right to the top. However, I ordered filet mignon medium rare. It was overcooked. The waiter sold me out that it was soft and tender. It is nothing close to that. And, it does not come with anything for $40 and up.

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True steakhouse
By foodlover of downtown (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

This is a great place, the steaks are awesome, the service is always top shelf.

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woooorst server everrr
By god_damn of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 27, 2010 - 2:37am [Dine in]

came here a while back for a special occasion. was greeted by a friendly and polite server who took our coats. then we sat and waited at least 15 minutes for a waiter to make his first appearance. literally scanned the restaurant continuously in hopes of catching somebody's eye, but to no avail. finally he comes around, offers no apology and takes our order all while maintaining a high degree of condescension and haughtiness. i guess we looked young and he figured he wouldn't be getting his usual 35% tip. anyways, tried the porterhouse and ate about 1/3 of it. while delicious, who else but a mountain lion can eat 24 oz for a single meal? not to mention it costs about $50 excluding sides. had about 2 alcoholic drinks and bill came to over $250. for this price, i'd rather have 3 decent dinners somewhere else where i don't feel like i'm being treated like a hobo

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Don't Know What's the Big Deal About this Place Is
By foodcritic81 of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

Been here once a few years back and I can't say it's left me craving to go back for their steaks. Aside from the great service, I don't know what the big deal about this place is. Right from when we walked in, it was a good experience, service wise - with the hostess cheerfully greeting us, down to our server, who was really knowledgeable and knew a lot of about the menu. Now to the let down...the food was good but it's not the best steak I've ever had. My uncle worked as a chef and he makes better steaks than this place. I guess it's the old boys club kind of place that gives it a lot of appeal. It seems like the kind of place where the businessmen conducts their business talks over lunch and dinner. A lot of older people there on the night that we went, my boyfriend and I were the only other young couple that we spotted there.

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Good, but I Don't Think Even Batman Would Go Out of His Way to Come Here...
By bunni of Burnaby (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

Went there for a special event. It was OKAY.

Food: Portion size is small, but the mashed potatoes will MELT in your mouth. The meat they serve is tender and juicy - but get it medium rare. My friend got his well-done, and it was just barely edible. Another friend had a salad that had lettuce leaves that were BROWN. EWW!! Drink choices were limited, and did not really complement the meal. I honestly think I could have made better steak and mashed potatoes at home.

Service: Nice people. Decent looking, but they could be happier. Every server in our room looked as though they were contemplating our deaths or their own. One woman stuck out, though, as being the most melancholy of the bunch. Yikes.

Value: This isn't a place you go for something casual. I paid quite a bit for my meal. If it was based on just the food, then MAYBE I would. Seeing, however, that the value should include all the services and venues you received....it wasn't worth the sixty dollars I spent that night.

Ambiance: We had a room so it was nice. We chose our music, and it was nice to (at least try to) relax and savour our food. I must say, however, that the area our room was located in...reminded me of a dungeon. Yikes.

Overall, I'd go there for some drinks, probably. I wouldn't go there for a meal unless it was a special occasion and actually had some merit to it.

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nice place
By caremal of BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

i was there for the weekend with my b/f. we made resevation but i didn't like where the girl sat us. my b/f enjoy his dinner, can't remember what he had. but i had the steak and lobster. i enjoy the lobster but the steak...just ok. they said they added some salt and pepper to it but it was weak. my steak was crispy on top and not juicy until i got to the middle. i had 4 nice juicy peice. also had to add some more salt and pepper myself. me and my b/f order a side dish that was good enough for two. we got mash patato, it was good but after 10min of that mash sitting there it went hard on us. kind of like a dough after. i did enjoy my time there thought the place looks lovley and the server was wounderful.

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Pleasantly Surprised
By hotshot of north vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

We went to Gotham on a week night expecting just another expensive steak but ended up being pleasantly surprised. This was the best and biggest steak I have had so far in Vancouver. The sides were delicious as well. Everything was well cooked and well presented. The waiter was unpretentious and was able to predict and cater to our needs without being asked. The ambiance is cozy and quite romantic while maintaining a modern feel. I would recommend this restaurant to those looking for a great steak!

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Steak done right
By foodock of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 23, 2006 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

This was my second time at Gotham’s. The first time was for Dineout Vancouver, so this was my first regular visit. As we arrived, we were promptly seated and presented our menus along with the wine & cocktail lists.

We started with the fresh oysters that were quite pleasant with both the vinegar and cocktail sauces. We all had salads next. I had the Tomato & Onion salad with the Blue Cheese and Vinaigrette. Simply put, it was excellent. The dressing added a good richness to the dish. The others enjoyed their salads (green & Caesar) as well.

For the main entrée I had the bone-in New York and one of my friends had the same. The other two had the Steak & Lobster. The New York steak was well seasoned and definitely had more flavour than the steak that I had a Morton’s a while back. I was told that the Lobster was prepared perfectly and it did not require any of the melted butter that was served with it. We also ordered sides of Snap Peas, Sautéed Mushrooms and Lyonnaise Potatoes. These were tasty, but we couldn’t finish of all of it due to the size of our main entrees.

We finished up with dessert. I had the Dutch Apple Pie. It was okay, but I kept finding the pieces that usually cocooned the seeds. Okay, but not outstanding.

The service was quite attentive except for the occasional bumping of our chairs. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and would definitely try to come back again.

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Over rated
By mayo of Burnaby (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 19, 2009 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Went for a special occasion dinner. I've heard good feedbacks of this place for a long time, but sadly, this place did not impress me.

Food: It's JUST ok - almost not ok for this price. I had New York strip with lobster tail. I was surprised nothing on my dish was too much better than the Keg. For my first bite of the steak, I cut a 1cm thick slice, and it was VERY CHEWY. For the rest of the dish, I had to cut it into small pieces in order to chew it through. I never expected to have this experience in a high end steakhouse. My boyfriend ordered porterhouse - medium. But the filet part was like medium well done. He was very disappointed. We had much better porterhouse in Morton's. (too bad Morton's is closed now)

Service: We had a slightly bigger group. And is it why it took them forever to get our food done? From the time we finished the appetizer to the time we got to see our entrees, it took them over 30 mins. I am not sure how long it exactly was. 30 mins was counted since I first checked my watch wishing they would bring me my dinner sooner. so the actual time could be 40 or 45 mins........ The server was not especially friendly nor mean. But he did not come over to see how we were doing given we had a very long wait.

Ambiance: It's pretty good. I like the high ceiling, etc. But if they can keep the piano volume down a little will be better.

Overall: Sorry, I won't go back and will not recommend my friends to go.

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Snoooooooooty and exxxxxxxxxxxpensive
By Peter M of V7T (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2012 - 10:54am [Dine in]

They advertise a lot so people come. The food doesn't justify the price. As soon as people realize that Keg has a BETTER steak for half the price this place will die. I suggest Keg for quality and price or Vera's for a better hamburger and better service. It wasn't like I was taking a blonde supermodel on a first date that I needed to show off paying the high prices.

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Older cleinetele
By winny gentleman of New West (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

We didn't enjoy the stuffy atmosphere. It seems like they pretend to be a classy high end place (the prices) but the meat is gerasy shanks of leftover flesh. The taste was off and the empty place was a testament to the lack of quality and high prices. The couple of tables that were occupied was by older retirees who were savouring their established relationship withe waiter.

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