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3.5
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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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Nice environment and service but average food and overpriced
By quart of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

Food: I've been here at least a dozen times and I find I like it less after each visit. Their specialty is supposed to be the steaks of course, they're good but not amazing. The salmon is usually plain and dry. Now when I have to go for a special occasion I just have several of the seafood appetizers instead, which are the only part of the menu I still like: crab cakes, fried calamari, etc.

Service: Always excellent. However, I have to warn readers that every time I've been here I'm always in one of the guest rooms or large dining tables where we have a dedicated server(s) so I don't know if that's representative of the normal tables.

Value: Only decent. Very uncreative food. If it was simply but amazing I would be grateful, but they can't even do the simple stuff very well, so I'd have to say the value is weak considering the large bills when we leave.

Ambiance: Very nice. Although the food and value are lacking, I always feel very comfortable with the nice piano music, lots of dark wood, low lighting. Very comfortable atmosphere.

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A little too much to pay to hang with the stars
By ChIrish of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

Me and a few friends went to Gotham for a nice night out before my wedding. Our server was very attentive, courteous and friendly. Even when my buddy kept intentionally making crumbs with the bread so that the server would have to use his little "vacuum" again.

The wine list is alright, not great. However my Manhattan was excellent. I ordered the porterhouse medium rare and it came a little closer to medium then I would have liked. It was also way too salty...but then again, noone can grill up a steak like you can, y'know? Anyways, the sides were average. Onion rings were a little soggy and everything was slightly over salted. I still enjoyed the meal as did everyone else at my table. Probably won't be going again any time soon though. We were also sitting by some band and my friend said he's seen Elijah Wood there before. Stars or no, the price is astronomical for average food.

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Excellent
By SWL of Oakridge, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I came here with my significant other on our anniversary. I ordered the porterhouse steak and he ordered the new york striploin. We had some appetizers and a bottle of wine. The porterhouse steak is a must try here. I cannot stress enough how good this cut of meat is. But I would suggest that if you are going to order it, to cut out the appetizers, cause I had half of my steak left by the end of the meal.

The meal ended up being around $200 before tip, which I had already expected. The bottle of shiraz that we ordered alone was already $80. The service was excellent. Our server was very attentive, knowledgeable, and unafraid to make suggestions.

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Nothing much
By Gigi50 of West End (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

We had a pre-fixe menu for an office party. That cinched it right there. No choices. The blue cheese tomatoe salad was pathetic. The tomatoes were not even close to being ripe, the onions too strong and you cannot assume everyone loves blue cheese or may want it that particular day. Not impressed. The sides were pretty much the most disgusting crap I have ever experienced in a professional setting. Fried potatoes? I come from Idaho, we know how to cook potatoes and my mother turned over in her grave I am sure. Burnt yet sloggy and wet at the same time. Gross. Creamed corn from a can, obvious and bad. Creamed green slog, I mean spinach. Terrible once again. We also had no choice of steak, only what was allowed by the boss, and most ordered medium rare, I tried medium well. Mistake. Burnt to crisp on one end and raw on the other and raw in the middle. The medium rare steaks were less raw than mine. The staff seemed to spend most of their time smirking at us as if to say 'pathetic pre fixe losers....' and I must agree. If you are bothering to take your staff out, let them at least choose what they want. It was embarrassing and I fully believe the food was thrown together for our 'cheapskate' get together. This isn't the last in a long line of loser office parties but I would not recommend anything about this place from the sample I endured.

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Some People Don't Understand
By Advisor of Toronto (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

Well, it has been some years since I have been to Gotham but I remember it as a very favourable experience. Don't let my overall rating dismay you because I had to put something in and I would never give a rating or comment too strongly without trying it again. In any event, to my old 60 year old eyes the price of the porterhouse on the steakhouse menu is not $75.00 but rather $52.95. That is a price you can expect to pay at any of the top end steak houses. It appears the people writing the reviews were also not aware that in most fine dining restaurants like this, food is served a la carte. In other words you pay for each item you choose to order. I like creamed spinach myself and the best I have found is Lawry's in Chicago. However, back on point... stop complaining, learn to type well and enjoy your time. AND, if you are not satisfied.... TALK TO THE MANAGER OR OWNER. They want you back ! Happy Dining from the dining king of North America... ME!!!

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A Pleasurable One Time Experience
By foodfair3 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 12:16am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I visited Gotham on my birthday. The first impression of the restaurant was that - wow, the ambiance and the interior were elegant and pleasing to the eyes. It was indeed a romantic place for a date~ I had the opportunity to visit the washroom as well, and it was clean and beautifully constructed. The server was annoying though, keep hassling us to make our orders and tried to explain the more expensive dishes in detail while disregarding other entrees. (I guess that was business) We ended up ordering 1 entree of lamb chop and 1 entree of filet mignon and also, 1 side of mashed potato. When the food came, the portion was moderate but was actually more filling than what we expected (since there was only meat but nothing else that was on the plate) We didnt even finish the mashed potato at the end cuz it was filling (we are both big eaters btw). The champagne we ordered was great as well. Overall, it was a good, romantic dinner, but we would have come more often if it wasnt as extorbitant on the menu.

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Best steak in Vancouver
By spice of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

The best steak I have in Vancouver. Will definitely go back again for special occasions. For appetizer, I highly recommend the Oyster Rockefeller. For entree, you absolutely cannot miss porterhouse steak. Dessert is just so so... nothing too exciting. I found Gotham's price is much more reasonable than Morton's comparing the quality of food they serve.

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Very Impressed with the food, service not so much
By Rainuck of Kitsilano (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

I've been on a bit of a Steakhouse kick of late visting the Vnacouver staples and a few in the US and I must say the food at Gotham was fantastic and my Porterhouse (the king of steaks in my books) was one of the best I've had. The room is Modern but still gives a steakhouse feel and the atmosphere was casual but upscale. My sole issue with my visit was the service. Our evening began well with a frinedly greeting and a waiter that offered suggestions that were helpful, but deteriorated with our waiter getting scarce as the meal continued to the point that we had to ask to have our plates cleared and were forced to request the bill from another server as ours was nowhere to be found. I will give it another shot because the food was that good. I'm hoping the service was an anomaly, It is a fairly expensive meal and the service simply was not up to par.

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Nice Place, Good Food
By Beed of Surrey (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

I had high expectations of this place from the previous reviews. The restaurant had the typical steak house setting, low lights and candles. There was live music playing when I was there, which gave it a nice touch. The service there was quite friendly. Our waiter had taken time to explain the characteristics of the cuts of steak.

I decided to have the lamp chops, medium rare. This was the first time I have eaten lamp chops so I can't compare it to anything else. Although I have to say it was quite good. Everyone else at my table seamed to enjoy their dishes. The entree is served alone and side dishes such a vegetables are extra. I would recommend this place for the person who would like a delicious dinner if you can afford to.

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too salty
By robertus of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 3, 2008 - 12:38am [Dine in]

I'll start with the good part. Spacious big tables. (Often I just turn around when I see those 1 sq. foot tables in eateries.) Nice interior and friendly staff, which is usually not a problem in Vancouver.
My fillet mignon was just way too salty. My remark on this was not properly addressed. ("Oh yeah, he tosses a lot of salt around")The salty hit on my pallet was so strong that I couldn't taste any good from the fillet. My fries were terrible and the mayo rancid and bread was like putty.
I usually cautiously order only the basics at a first restaurant visit, as I did today.
I wont go back.

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Will have filet mignon next time
By nwong1 of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

Took my honey here for a birthday dinner.

He was planning to have the filet mignon and I was going to have the roasted prime rib. But the chef's special was too good of a deal to pass up. Three medallion-sized steak cuts (new york, filet mignon, and rib steak), one lamb chop, one king crab leg, and two sides in a mushroom sauce for $55.00. Gristle on the new york cut and okay rib steak.

I will try this place a second time because the rare filet mignon was outstanding--tender and flavourful. Aged well. Service was fun and professional--delivered a dessert with my honey's name written in cream on the plate.

My overall rating is always based on food quality.

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i gave them the benefit of the doubt
By andi of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 3:36am [Dine in]

the first visit was a disaster. we were a group of about 20 in a private room downstairs. almost half of the steaks were sent back because they were underdone. it seems they have a prob cooking a steak past medium. i sent mine back (asked for medium-well) and it was brought back once again all bloody & pink inside.....the server suggested maybe i try the chicken (part of our group menu options) it was brought to me RAW inside.....i showed it to the server and he whisked it away. needless to say i didn't eat anything else. the waiter was profusely appologetic. on this visit the service deserved a rating of 3.

the second visit was much the same. but this tiem it was a dinner for 2. we asked the waiter to ensure the kitchen cooks the steak well. had to be returned and it still came back pink.......my husband didn't eat it.
the waiter didn't offer to change it for anything else and then pretty much ditched us for another table of what seemed like friends of his or maybe regulars that he knew. he spent a lot of time chatting with them. there were only about 3 other tables in the restaurant.... we waited for him to come by to order coffee and dessert, but he took so long that we got our bill instead and headed elsewhere for sweets. on this visit the service get a 1. so i'll be fair and average it out to a 2.

the overall gets a 1 because the food quality for a restaurant like Gotham just wasn't there.

if you want a great steak, head over to Morton's. i have had great meals, from appies to dessert, and exceptional service there.

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little known secret
By jagr99 of downtown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 3:16am [Dine in]

Gotta love Gotham!! The food and the staff are amazing. Now other reviewers complain about the prices -- here's a tip -- sit on the lounge side. They have a smaller lounge menu but the prices are ridiculously cheap. They have this "Seafood Sampler" for $16!! You get ahi tune, calamari, crab cakes, one prawn and smoked salmon all with respective sauces. It's enough for a meal for one oR a sharing dish for 2 or 3. Also try the mini kebabs. $14 or $15 and you get a 5-6 oz filet cut on a kebab

I often go with my girlfriend and we eat ther for less than $40 BUCKS!! And we leave full!! Plus If you sit at the bar -- the bartenders are entertaining. Look for "boozy" that's what his nametag says. You'll love the place!!

Bon Appetit!!

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alright...
By hungrygirl of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 2:26am [Dine in]

I found the steaks to be overpriced for what I got, I enjoyed a better tasting steak at cactus club. The ambiance was wonderful and the service was very good, but the food didn't match the price for me. It won't be a place I will be frequenting often.

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A Very Lovely Meal
By ryan-adrienne of North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I were out shopping one day and decided to go for a nicer dinner out of the blue. We googled steakhouses in the area and Gotham's poped up so we gave it a try. It was pretty early, maybe 5pm, and there was no other customers. Our waiter was SO helpful and informative and he helped us pic the best cuts for our tastes. I had the porterhouse, and my boyfriend had the filet mignon, chargrilled. Both were medium rare and done perfectly. He's a health nut, so we ordered 1/2 order of Broccoli, and 1/2 order of onions for me, which were HUGE. No way was it humanly possibly to finish our massive steaks and all the extras, we felt bad for the waste. He doesn't eat bread, but I ate lots of the delicious onion sourdough. We skipped dessert but the meal was wonderful. Beautiful restaurant and amazing food.

We couldn't have been happier and I can't understand why people are so negative, but we would deffinately go back. Any restaurant is worth a try and this one's no different.

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