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“Almost Perfect” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joe Beef

Joe Beef
2491-2501 Rue Notre-Dame, Montreal, Quebec H3J 1N6, Canada (Le Sud-Ouest (Southwest District))
514 935-6504
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Ranked #86 of 4,416 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $82
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Le Sud-Ouest (Southwest District)
Cross street: Charlevoix
Montreal
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Almost Perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We finally got to try Joe Beef this past weekend. We had wanted to go for a long time and made sure to be hungry. When we arrived for our 9:30 reservations, people were lined up outside. We got to the front to tell the hostess that we were there and were told that it wouldn't be long. Good thing it wasn't too cold out because we waited half an hour before our table was ready. A bit disappointed with that but what can you do. We started off with some oysters and clams casino, which were very good. Our next dish was the burrata. Not very good. It was very cold and not smooth and creamy at all. A disappointment. Next was the mains. We had lobster pasta and the Joe Beef steak. Absolute best we ever had. The pasta was creamy and delicious and came with a 2 pound lobster. The steak was super tender and grilled to perfection and tasted absolutely fantastic. Like having a steak in Argentina. Overall we had a good experience and would definitely go back.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Barrie, Ontario
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162 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“What can I say, these guys know their stuff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Montreal is a Mecca of fine dining if you are a new visitor. Joe Beef is one more in a long line of "you gotta eat here"s. Small, intimate, reserve with lots of advance planning, it is worth it, regardless of which seating may only be available. The menu on the blackboard is always changing with the seasons, but the beef, duck and fish in general are all delicious. I tried the halibut this time as a large plate of red meat at 10:30 is not necessarily conducive to a next day early start. The duck pate was of course a must appetizer, as are the oysters. Wine list is decent as you would expect. Enjoy!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“The best everything I have ever had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Honestly, I have never eaten such amazing food in my life. Every dish is original and the flavors just come together perfectly in your mouth. The waiters & waitresses are so knowledgable about the food that they serve (which is very rare in other restaurants) so they can definitely help you choose from the large selection on the menu, which is minutely written on a chalkboard. Try their Bloody Caesars they are delicious, and again, originally presented! I can't say enough good things about Joe Beef- everything is mouth watering from the entrees to the main course to the dessert and the drinks. This is one place you should save up (and reserve way ahead of time) to go too!!!! All my thumbs up to this place.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ontario
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
“A Fun Night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had the first sitting as our waitress explained that they seat a first sitting and then a second at 9:30pm. Many folks in Montreal dine late and linger over their meals. We enjoyed looking at the big chalk board with all the daily features and our waitress was more than helpful in translating some of the items we could not figure out. It is a tiny restaurant with many tables just for two lined up against a wall. the menu is on the chalk board directly behind where you sit but can be seen by everyone, and as I said it was fun. There is definitely something on that menu for everyone and you don't go away hungry. They have a very extensive wine list and there is plenty of wine to drink by the glass as well. Service was attentive but not rushed and the only restriction was that we needed to vacate our table for the 9:30 seating. That left us with a bit over 2.5 hours to eat and we were finished comfortably before that. It is a bout a $15 cab ride from the "old Montreal" area we were staying but I would go again and try their sister restaurant Liverpool which is right next door. A very nice dining experience.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Among the best food in Montreal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

If you want to treat yourself and taste the best of what Montreal has to offer, you should head to Joe Beef. Had the best Oysters and wine to accompany the meal was well chosen by the very informed staff. The go to spot in Montreal

Visited August 2012
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