Gotham Steakhouse is a high-end American steakhouse serving the finest Canadian Prime beef.
Last Saturday we had a nice treat, chauffered in an SUV limo, dinner at this gold standard of a steakhouse, pampered for a few hours. The room was elegant, the food classic, the service impeccable. We ordered iceberg wedge, spinach salad, beefsteak tomato salad, calamari, rib eye steaks and blackened ahi tuna with roasted beets, asparagus and mashed potato sides. All the food was well prepared and nicely seasoned. Excellent dressings on all the salads. Great wine selection with some surprisingly reasonable selections, although if you're at all price conscious you really should not come here because dinner for 4 could easily set you back a mortgage payment on the average Vancouver condo. We were seated on the upper level at an excellent table overlooking all the action. The service as expected was unobtrusive, understated yet always there, and well timed. We did feel that the steaks, while tender and tasty, was not the best we've ever tasted, although to be fair we've had some amazing steak. It is not dry aged, rather wet aged 30+ days, so we were told by our waiter. Anyway, enough first world whining... It was an elegant meal with good company, fine wine and classy service. And at least we didn't get shot (ha ha).
It was a special birthday for my husband and he really wanted to try Gotham Steak House. It is a lovely dining room with nice high ceilings. We had a booth and it was very comfortable. I did find it a bit annoying (no fault of the restaurant) that with such a beautiful dining room so many of the clientele came for dinner dressed like they were going out for a picnic , jeans, shorts, tee shirts, flip flops etc.
The service was terrific. Our waiter Eeyear(sp) and his lovely assistance Stephanie took great care of us. They both made us feel so welcome and special. The prices are very high as others have mentioned. Everything is a la’ carte so when you order your meat that is all you get. My husband and I decided that rather than share an appetizer like we generally do we would have 3 side dishes with our entrée instead. My husband had the 16 oz. boneless New York Strip at $49.00 and I had the 16 oz. bone in rib eye steak at $47.00. We ordered sides of Asparagus spears, grilled beefsteak tomatoes and spicy mushrooms. We also had a great red wine – Poplar Grove Merlot. It was a wonderful wine and complemented the steaks very well. Complimentary onion bread was served with the meal. We also had cheese bread that was amazing. We were not told at the time Eeyear suggested the cheese bread that there was an additional charge for it. An oversight on his part. The steaks were very good and cooked exactly as requested. They were not exceptional, however, and for the price I was hoping for something a bit better. I did not feel it was value for the money as I have had better steaks at some of their competitors. The vegetables were very pedestrian and nothing that I would not be able to do myself at home. The asparagus was just plain steamed asparagus, the tomato was lukewarm and the mushrooms although they were supposed to be spicy were very bland. All the sides we ordered were in the $10.00 to $12.00 range. For dessert we shared a pecan pie and had coffee and latte.
The service was absolutely spot on. Our waiter even folded my husband’s napkin again when he went to the washroom. Between Eeyear and Stephanie we never touched the wine bottle.
We would not return simply because we find it difficult to justify the prices charged. It was a lovely evening but the total tab was $268.00 with tip. It’s the most we’ve spent on a meal and the food and ambiance just do not justify that kind of money.
If you are looking for a great steak in Vancouver, look no further than Gotham Steakhouse. I had the porterhouse steak (obviously) and at just under 50 dollars for a la carte, it ain't cheap. This 24 ounce USDA bohemuth makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The service is what you would expect in a top notch steak house: witty, intelligent, and snappy. They also have an extensive wine list and even a small cigar offering. Now if only the Entertainment book had coupons for Gotham...
Stopped into the cocktail lounge before a Canucks game. Right away we were asked if we were going to the game so they could make sure we got timely service. Also asked if we were eating or just having a drink.l Brought us not only the bar menu but a dinner menu as well.
Lounge has a great vibe, baby grand and fine staff. They were not snooty at all if you regularly go to upscale restaurants. Perhaps you might think so if you like to pretend you are from West Van but are really from Surrey.
Waitress was knowledgable, friendly and helpful as was all tlhe staff we encountered. Cocktails etc are a little pricey but it is a fine dining restaurant not T-Barz. All our drinks were fantastic.
We had some halibut and chips - the fish was the best I've had anywhere while the fries were so so but, I'm not a fry fan anyway. The price for that was comparable to a local fish and chip shop but much superior product. A steak sandwich was $24 but was cooked to perfection and the side caesar was awesome.
All in all you could drop 2 bills in the lounge with a tip. Any comparison to the Keg is a joke as perhaps the steaks are the same, but Gotham has lots of other options for people who don't eat steak unlike the dinosaur Keg.
Incredible loaf of bread! Wow, so far my favourite house bread all-round! Perfectly softened butter spread. Great silky smooth fresh raw oysters. Always great and friendly service. Not at all snooty.
The porterhouse steak is wonderfully juicy and very very large in portion (24 oz) and easily an inch thick in cut! Made perfectly medium rare. It's a workout to finish it! I almost would recommend passing on the sides and appetizers just so that you might be able to leave an inch of room in your stomach for dessert! Whether it be a big slab of steak or a healty portion of fish, you can have it cooked as rare as you like it or as well-done as you wish.
Great comfortable seating, especially the booths, and just enough privacy to enjoy your company especially in the dining area upstairs. A fine steakhouse atmosphere that is deserving of full stars but since more finer detailed dusting is required in some possibly less noticed areas, I cannot give them full marks for missing such a thing during their regular cleanings though the seats and tables are sure to be kept clean, they are still not thorough enough with the rest of the room.
Definitely worth frequenting regulary for the service, atmosphere, and quality steak in huge portions while ignoring the price tag. I never mind the price tag as long as the service is neither suffocating nor overbearing. What's also very important for a restaurant to have, at least to me, is enough space between tables (or at least placed strategically enough) to provide an adequate amount of privacy & comfort to its diners so that one wouldn't unintentionally or otherwise, be eavesdropping so easily on its neighbouring tables. I can't stand those type of places & I find it a ridiculous trend amongst quite a few well established fine dining restaurants. Thankfully, Gotham isn't one of those.
Incredibly friendly staff - they made us feel welcome as soon as we walked in the door.
Food: absolutely amazing, even down to the complimentary bread! I regretted ordering the chicken after I tasted my boyfriend's steak, although the chicken wasn't bad. We didn't know the side dishes were gonna be so big (after looking at a neighbouring table) but the waiter recommended we get the smaller portions when we ordered (it was cheaper too - what a nice guy!). I wanted to order dessert but couldn't cram it in cuz I was already so full. :(
Service: the best I've ever had. Our waiter (named Paul) was the nicest guy! Not stuck up at all. And we sat in a booth upstairs and just watching him lug plates and plates of food up and down those stairs was tiring for us. Even the door people were really friendly as we arrived and were leaving. Don't forget to take a mint - they're chocolate filled! Yum yum!
Ambiance: great. Excellent place to take a first date (a little pricey so remember your wallet!). Heard this is a favourite place for many celebrities so try and get a booth upstairs! (Halle Berry ate there but we didn't see her... :( ) Not recommended to do Dine-Out-Vancouver though - heard it wasn't so good from friends of mine.
Recommended. Checked out Gotham on a Wednesday night for my girlfriend's Birthday. Great steakhouse, with a sophisticated atmosphere, tasty eats, and fantastic service. Be prepared to spend some money.
Food - For the starters we had the crab cakes and beef tenderloin carpaccio. Very tasty, but extremely small portions. For the main I had the special, which had a bit of everything - king crab legs, filet, new york strip, and veggies. My girlfriend had the filet mignon and exclaimed, 'best steak of my life'. For sides we sampled the garlic mashed potatoes, onion rings, and fresh asparagus. Outstanding all around. Biggest onion rings I've ever seen in my life.
Service - Great service from the time we walked through the door. Jackets were immediately taken at the complimentary coat check. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Can't remember the table conversation, but I remember him being quite funny and engaging.
Values & Ambiance - Really fantastic ambiance. Beautifully dark room, tables lit by candlelight. The value is where this place is lacking. With tip, our bill came out to $200 and we didn't even have any alcoholic drinks. Be prepared to lighten the wallet a bit to fully enjoy the experience.
Let me start by saying the restaurant is probably my favorite in terms of looks and service of all in Vancouver. Classy classy classy. I had a great evening. BUT that being said, the food was just not all that great. The steak was only so-so, lyonnaise potatoes were not all they were hyped to be, and the carpaccio is better at Cactus Club. Someone please tell me there's better steak somewhere else in Vancouver.
We dined at Gotham on the evening of 5 April 2009. The restaurant was not particularly busy.
The entire experience at this restaurant was positive with outstanding food and service along with ambiance. The physical premises are in the old steakhouse tradition with dim lighting and richly appointed interior touches.
I requested unsweetened iced tea as a beverage and was informed that they only had sweetened available so they would brew some unsweetened iced tea especially for me. What followed was a truly excellent unsweetened iced tea with a hint of honey flavoring. Lovely!
The vinaigrette on the beefsteak tomato and red onion salad was delectable. The clam chowder was superb. The porterhouse steaks were impeccable and were seasoned and cooked exactly correctly. They were melt-in-one's-mouth tender. If there was a weak spot in the food it was the shrimp cocktail which only contained four shrimps instead of five or six but the cocktail sauce was superb.
The waiter was knowledgeable, not condescending or solicitous, prompt and appropriately attentive. His quality of service was far, far above the average restaurant server.
Comparing Gotham to Hy's or Morton's, it easily stands out as superior to both. The value is also far better than the ridiculous Morton's. Your taste buds and wallet are both well served at Gotham.
I've now been to Gotham probably 4 or 5 times over the last several years. Each time I am struck by the feel of the place, which seems more USA if you will. Those of you who have dined at Morton's or even better in my opinion, Ruth's Chris in the US, will know what I mean.
The place has a very masculine & quite proper feel, yet the service is reasonably casual although quite efficent. It operates on three floors. The white table cloths, booths, piano in the bar area etc all give it a private club feel. In short, when you walk in, you are primed, ready & expecting a special evening.
Let me say I have never had a bad meal at Gotham. But each time I return, I have found my expectations are let down every so slighlty.
An appetizer plate did have promise. The ahi tuna was delicious. The prawns very nice. The crab cakes so/so. The bruschetta unecessary.
My ceasar salad was wonderful, probably one of the tastiest I have had in many years. A tomato and blue cheese salad was ruled a winner. For those of you who have had this latter salad at the Keg before they withdrew it from their menu, it is virtually the same. Easily with bread could be your lunch.
For my entree, I had the petite filet. It came as ordered, medium rare, but it was a tad dry to my mind. The "most tender cut" of meat was nice but not great.
My dining companion had the rib eye. It was of course much thinner than the filet but covered almost the whole surface of the plate. Very tasty and filling. Could have easily been shared.
The sides were all quite acceptable, ie: aspargus, tomatoes, pommes frittes all nice, but nothing spectacular on this evening.
Portions at Gotham are huge, to match their prices.
In summation, if you have not gone, I would say give it a try but save it for that special outing. You might consider splitting an entree (other than the filet) as steaks are large and more meat than anyone really needs. As the menu is a la carte, split a side or two.
Going to Gotham for dinner, I know my steak will be cooked to perfection! For appetizers I love the garlic butter shrimp, the shrimp is so sweet and the it tastes so glorious. You have to get 2 sides to go with your entree to fully complete your meal, I normally go with the sauteed mushrooms and baked potato. Gotham has been very solid with their steaks for years, great place for any occassion!
I visited Gotham for a business dinner tonight and was far from blown away. The room is fantastic, well decorated and in keeping with a high end dining room. The menu is short and sweet, offering all the traditional steakhouse fair a la carte. I had the bone in rib steak, with oysters to start, both were very good, and well prepared.
What really killed the meal was the below average service. Empty drinks, lack of attention and straight up informal wait staff left me wondering what the hype was all about. I wont rush back anytime soon.
Craving the old steak and our group decided to hit Gothams. Promptly seated by the Hostess with a smile. One thing for sure is the ambience in this place is one of the best. Service to match but when you think about it, you should be getting this kind of stuff for what you;re paying. Ordered the Prime Rib but unfortunately wasn;t cooked to my deside which I requested rare. Although most chefs and servers have different opinions on what a rare steak looks like my was definately prepared medium. It wasn't juicy and for the price could've had a better bite at the Keg. Asides from my rib, the other guests loved their food. Bottles of wine are fairly priced depending on your budget!
The long-debated Gotham - it's not really as expensive as the myths but I wouldn't say they offer good value. It's a bit pretentious as to be expected. The lounge is unassuming so not a bad idea to have your meal there; otherwise, I would choose the Boardroom. My favourites there are the raw oysters and the porterhouse.
Went here with a group of friends and got one of their private dining room.
The ambiance is good but nothing spectacular. Lets face it, not like they have a nice view or anything.
The service was good, friendly and attentive staffs.
Now the real reason why we go there, the food. Honestly this is personally one of the most overrated restaurant i've ever dined in. The food was average at best.
The raw oysters were very good cause they were fresh.
The king crab legs were good, the shrimps in the shrimp cocktail although big in size were not as fresh as they should be.
The lamb chops were good but not $43 good.
The steaks were good but again not $45 good.
The sides were overly seasoned. Especially bad was the mash potatoes. It was too salty and runny.
So in summary, you could get the same quality of food in a restaurant that cost 20% less.
I love steaks, I eat steaks as much as I could...so obviously, I've tried gotham's. I have only been once though.
I must say, although the price of a steak isn't cheap here...its not outrageous...the quality of steak is amazing and cannot be matched in vancouver. I had the porterhouse...and it was my dinner that night, and lunch the next day (what a great lunch). My party of 4 also shared 3 sides, and 3 appy's...we were sooo stuffed. Food was superb.
As far as value...its not bad...definately not cheap, but I personally think its worth it (and no, I'm not rich...far from it actually...)
Service was a bit lacking however...when I went it was far from busy, and the waiter was not too attentive and not much to mention about.
The venue itself is nice and classy...you can tell money was spent here...All in all I'd recommend!
A near-flavourless New York for a nickle under forty bucks? And that's a la carte (which means "no potato" in French). Go to The Keg for a better steak, salad, potato, appy and drink for the same price.
HOWEVER, the ambiance is great for a date or if you feel like feeling wealthy. The service is good (not great), but I do like that they (at least the servers I've had there) aren't that brand of snooty waiter that one can often come across at the higher end joints.
I used to love their grilled rib eye. Gotta order the larger one though. It's impossible for me to eat even a third of it but the larger steak has the proper thickness factor for it to be grilled evenly on the outside & perfectly medium rare on the inside. If you opt for the smaller steak, it just wont be as nicely done--either grilled to perfection on outside & mediumto well done or poorly grilled & medium rare. Spend the extra $10-$15 for the perfect thickness thus the perfect steak. Wish they would have a perfect 4oz steak for me instead of insane 18-24-portherouse portions! Crab cakes were tasty one time & soggy another. The creamed corn is my favorite, possibly because there is a stick of butter in it. Service is hit & miss. Where have the professional servers gone? Tap water in my pellegrino? How dare you charge me for another pellegrino after pouring tap water in them!! The room has always had a lovely steakhouse feel to it. Rather empty, I guess the gangsters have gone and regular law abiding citizens haven't realized it's possibly safe again.
This place is really top notch! Thie service is amazing, the food is also amazing and the have a VERY extensive wine menu. Gotham lives up to its reputation!
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.