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The Portly Chef

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
French, Canadian, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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1211 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 2H5, Canada
+1 604-971-4377
17:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:00
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Wed - Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 14:00
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Lima, Peru
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here a few times, the first time it was for our anniversary. Best meal I have had in a long time! We have been back only once since and it was just as good as I remembered. The staff is very knowledgeable on the wines and if you have dietary needs they will accommodate.Can't say enough about... More 

Thank Terrilala
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Creative cuisine with a local west coast twist. The menu is always a surprise and the flavors are palette pleasing. The Portly Chef is always a good choice.

Thank Don B
Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Went to the Portly Chef with my wife. Had the Brohm Lake Duck. I always thought that this was the lake named after the lake on the way up to Whistler Mtn. Wrong. Actually based out of Quebec. I've had duck before but this was above and beyond. Crushed cranberries and crumpled goat cheese along with a delicious sauce was... More 

Thank gerbie_10
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This little family owned and operated gem is an absolute find! Right in the mid Lonsdale corridor the Portly Chef is small, quaint and full of down home charm. The MAC and CHEESE are the best on the planet! And all the other items are beautifully presented with a twist of love. We really enjoyed our experience which lifted all... More 

Thank Jill J
North Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Consistently one of the best dining experiences on the North Shore. Friendly, attentive service and excellent plentiful meals, in a pleasant atmosphere.

Thank MTBooth
Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Heard this was a great spot on North Shore and had brunch today - fabulous huevos rancheras, Emily provided really good service..always attentive, but leaving us to our conversations, very friendly. Made our day - thank you to the 2 chefs who've apparently been working together for many many years - the partnership shows! Can't wait to go again. Cute... More 

Thank Bonnie C
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172 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I've nothing to say but the best food I have ever had in Vancouver! Everything is incredibly tasty and makes my mouth watering just thinking on it!

Thank Marcus B
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46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Food is excellent, and service good. A small, but friendly establishment, and easy for us to get to from Lynn Valley. Nice for a casual lunch with friends and/or family.

Thank Triceratops
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Having enjoyed The Portly Chef a few times each year since it opened, we chose it today for a very special occasion. Without a doubt, this was above and beyond the best lunch I have enjoyed in recent memory. I choose a cioppino whenever I find it on a menu. For the most part, I find the broth too thick... More 

Thank IamCBW
North Van
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Had a dinner here this week and the food was fantastic. I think I had some of the best foie gras I have ever had. Don't be turned off by the atmosphere. The food was superb.

Thank TA D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$31
French, Canadian, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1211 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 2H5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  North Vancouver
  • Phone Number: +1 604-971-4377
Located on Lonsdale Avenue, in North Vancouver, The Portly Chef is serving up some of the best culinary fare on the North Shore. Led by Executive Chef Jeffrey Batt and his fiance, Emily Caulfield, this family run Bistro promises a relaxed atmosphere, attentive front of house service and mouth-watering consistency on every plate.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?