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The Portly Chef

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$$ - $$$
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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4 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great date night spot. Plan to be on time and subsequently leave time to find parking. So totally worth it for food and atmosphere.

Thank joanna w
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

The food here is actually very tasty. The reason I only gave it 3/5 is purely for personal health reasons. I like to eat food that tastes good and is not loaded with fat or sugar. I found the food here to be overly saturated with fats. If you like that kind of food, then this will be 5/5 for... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Food is awesome, service is as awesome and will be back many times. Can't wait to take my kids there and anyone else who would like a quality gourmet meal prepared by professionals.

Thank John M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Came to North Vancouver for some shopping and dropped by Portly Chef for lunch. Friendly staff welcomed us into a relaxed atmosphere. I had the beet salad; lovely. Great way be rejuvenated for more shopping.

Thank Cedric T T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

After reading all the good reviews on TA I was eager to try it. Went for a Christmas lunch with friends. It was very busy, the noise level makes it impossible to have a relaxing conversation. The decor is nice.The food took forever to arrive and when it did,one order had to be send back because it was not hot.The... More 

Thank grousse
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We were looking for a nice place for a special dinner with friends over the festive season. The Portly Chef seemed like a good option and I can say it didn't disappoint. Us ladies like to dress up a little and the guys like it casual. They fit in better than we did but it's a place that could go... More 

Thank scissorgirl
North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

A small restaurant serving creative items with excellent friendly service.Portions and presentions are perfect. It can get quite busy so would highly recommend reservations especially on weekends. When busy it can be quite noisy.

Thank KitKat_1955
Vancouver BC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

It took me a while to return to this nice room on the North Shore. It's small and it's noisy when packed and it was packed on a Friday night. We brought our own wine for the $20 corkage charge and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Each of us had something different: Linguini, Stuffed Irish Chicken Breast, Lamb Shank and Beef... More 

Thank AlegreVancouverBC
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

We have been to the Portly Chef many tims over the past few year, both for lunch and dinner. The service is always exemplary. The menu is a little different to other resturants in the area, but the food is consitently delicous and beautifully presented.

Thank Derek H
Vancouver, BC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

As our previous visits, the food was an experience for the taste buds, as always. But, the highlight of the evening was the dessert that they are trying out. They called it a "chocolate creme caramel". It was AMAZING. Chocolaty, not sweet and simply out of this world. We all were thinking of having a second helping, it was that... More 

Thank Marcus S

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