Joe Beef

Joe Beef

Steakhouse$$$$
Le Sud-Ouest, Montréal
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  • Brittany | @.
    "Get the oysters and the lobster spaghetti and the bloody Caesar."(11 Tips)
    Stephane G.
    "Try the foie gras poelé, arancini and giroles....just great!"(14 Tips)
    Open Air P.
    "The Pizza Salad with Pepperoni Bacon is delicious!"(2 Tips)
    AskMen
    "A bloody Caesar with spectacular garnish."(3 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterAugust 18, 2014
    Bill Addison's review: "The signature 'spaghetti lobster-homard,' with chopped bacon & tarragon among the cream and butter, bridges the decadence between retro lobster Thermidor and pasta carbonara." Read more
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlackburnApril 14, 2017
    My favourite dining experience since I've been in Montreal. Highly attentive staff, great dish selection you would not find elsewhere. Come here as a group and order to share. 10/10 would do again.
  • Garud I.
    Garud IyengarMarch 17, 2015
    Carefully prepared gourmet comfort food. Let the waiter know your tastes and they'll craft a great menu for you including drinks. The lobster spaghetti is not to be overlooked.
  • Vania S.
    Vania S.October 22, 2016
    One of the most memorable meals of my LIFE! Loved the foie gras w/ shaved apple (tasted like a rich apple pie), sea urchin, lobster spaghetti, and lamb shoulder.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithOctober 15, 2015
    Lobster spaghetti was beyond amazing! So flavorful and you get an entire lobster, def share! Menu on wall no English menu though. But food and cocktails make up for it!
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanApril 15, 2017
    What can you say that hasn't already been said. Order all of the greatest hits: lobster pasta, steak, double double. The wine selection is also amazing. Just trust the staff and you will be happy.
  • Serg
    SergAugust 2, 2013
    I went with a party of 6; everyone was delighted with their meal. I had the horse steak and it was delicious. The breakfast sandwich is easily one of the top 5 things I've ever put in my mouth.
  • Lenny G.
    Lenny GalloJuly 6, 2015
    Picture doesn't do justice to the amazing food. It lived up to the hype and waitstaff was friendly. Make reservations well in advance and if you don't speak French, let the servers order for you.
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainJuly 6, 2017
    Well worth the wait. Believe the hype. So impressed with the service. Very accommodating. Recommendations spot on and personalized. Go here with a group if you can. So much good food to enjoy.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WFebruary 12, 2017
    Undisputedly, this place is the Mecca of québécois cuisine. Do not miss this if you're visiting Montreal. The menu changes all the time, so ask the the waiters for recs – they'll hook you up.
  • Rental Homes C.
    Rental Homes CanadaDecember 17, 2013
    A Griffintown's institution. Joe Beef is always above-par. Their soft steaks, often served in the pan they’re cooked in, may come wrapped in bacon, served with scallops, or swimming in gravy. Go!
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardJune 13, 2012
    Talk about amazing Quebec bistro food! If they have the "foie gras double down" on offer, and you're feeling brave of heart, go for it. Otherwise, trust your waiter and they'll lead you well.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 7, 2013
    "People ask me all the time what my favorite restaurant in the world is, and I always give them the wrong answer. My favorite restaurant in the world is Joe Beef." -David Chang [Eater 38 Member]
  • sukhchander
    sukhchanderAugust 29, 2012
    1. order a joe beef pilsner - it's brewed for the joint. 2. ask for a tour of the garden to see where your salad comes from. 3. savor the oysters. 4. order everything with foie gras. 5. foie gras!!!
  • Anne-Lovely E.
    Anne-Lovely EtienneOctober 21, 2011
    Excellent ribs (not the best I had, but still very good) but please order a nother side with your plate... Beans come usually with it.. What a mix! Good old fashion fries do the job! Good appétit!!!
  • Gordon B.
    Gordon BerryJuly 29, 2013
    Be vigilant when ordering wine! The staff likes to suggest wines. Usually the higher prced ones! Have a look at the wine list! Meal was GREAT! Terasse was intimate and spacious!
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda ViolatoFebruary 29, 2016
    Great ambiance, great wine but me and my friend were not so impressed by our main course for the price . The spaguetti and ossobuco was gorgeous tho.Ill go back and try again. Maybe a bad day ?
  • Open Air P.
    Open Air PublishingApril 16, 2012
    The Pizza Salad with Pepperoni Bacon is delicious! Now you can make this amazing meal; Chef Fred Morin's recipe is featured in the "The Better Bacon Book" for iPads. http://bit.ly/foursq_bacon
  • Cindy
    CindyMarch 23, 2013
    Start off with the bloody Caesar. Get the asparagus salad with fresh mozzarella & raw scallops for appetizers. As for the entree the spaghetti lobster is definitely a winner!
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.August 21, 2014
    Terrific atmosphere (very cozy) and service; food is great. Skip the double down - it's overrated and not super flavorful. Definitely grab anything with rabbit or lobster mushrooms!
  • G
    GOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is amazing, especially the beef steak & cream of mushroom soup. Great atmosphere & ambiance, & friendly staff. However, the service was very slow; waited over an hour just for a soup and salad.
  • Open Air Publishing
    Open Air PublishingApril 24, 2012
    Try the pizza salad with pepperoni bacon! Now you can make this amazing meal; Chef Fred Morin's recipe is featured in the "The Better Bacon Book" for iPads. http://oapub.co/9a4d0f5d
  • Allan
    AllanNovember 29, 2016
    An instant favorite. My only problem with this restaurant is that I don't live in Montreal 🙃
  • Emily H.
    Emily HirschJuly 6, 2013
    Best meal I ever had. Foie gras double down is to die for, literally might kill you. Really inventive dishes and farm to table produce. Yum
  • Rental Homes C.
    Rental Homes CanadaDecember 17, 2013
    Located in the heart of Little Burgundy, this classic steak and seafood joint takes local Quebecois ingredients and turns them into belly-warming comfort food. Needless to say that J.B. is a landmark.
  • Christine
    ChristineSeptember 13, 2014
    Excellent lobster spaghetti!! Perfect to share with a friend if you take a starter. Enjoy!!
  • Leisha M.
    Leisha MagsisiOctober 16, 2015
    A must go!! Great wine recommendations. Lobster spaghetti and the venison were amazing. Start with the buratta & the smoked meat bites.
  • Neal R.
    Neal RSeptember 26, 2014
    Excellent meal in so many ways: menu, service, terrace seating, music and of course the beef. Spectacular.
  • Brittany | @.
    Get the oysters and the lobster spaghetti and the bloody Caesar. Everything is delicious. Service is fantastic.
  • Kayo S.
    Kayo S.July 7, 2017
    Lobster spaghetti was super rich (lots of cream) but quite good. Halibut was cooked nicely. Friendly & patient staff.
  • Evan M.
    Evan MacDonaldApril 12, 2012
    My only advice. Eat here. We had some amazing oysters, delicious cheese and crackers and our meals were top notch.
  • heather d.
    heather doughertySeptember 16, 2012
    You can't go wrong with the steaks. Everyone is super helpful - if you don't understand French just ask!
  • Wil K.
    Wil KeenanJune 28, 2017
    Razor clams, garden lettuces, smoked trout + kohlrabi + roe, duck "banh mi" style w/ foie gras
  • Anne T.
    Anne TaillandierFebruary 17, 2013
    Stick to the appetizers: foie gras double down, meat pie and shaved truffles, and compote de lapin rule!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WApril 4, 2013
    The double down was my favorite! If you like hip hop from the late 90s/early 00s, you'll love the music in the place.
  • Me7sn
    Me7snDecember 22, 2015
    This place is simply amazing .. A must to visit in montreal
  • Steven E.
    Steven EhrlichOctober 2, 2010
    OK, Vanya the waitress is AWESOME. Try the Oeuf en Pot, the Potato Soup (if on the menu), the Mozzarella, and the wines. This is a don't miss in Montreal.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 26, 2013
    This classic steak & seafood joint takes local Quebecois ingredients and turns them into belly-warming comfort food. Read more
  • kranz s.
    kranz so lowJune 13, 2010
    this is one of my favorite restaurants world wide....love mcmillan and his food...raw and rustic looking with an ever changing menu that never disappoints. We kill it here.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 9, 2011
    The menu changes daily – but Tony orders up clams, a double down, beef, chicken and duck. As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.
  • David S.
    David StrasserJune 7, 2012
    Sit at the bar and you'll get the most attentive service in the restaurant. Order whatever the staff tells you.
  • Andres
    AndresOctober 16, 2015
    one of my favorite places in the world...if youre a yank (or never had horse) get the horse steak!
  • Juju G.
    Juju GSeptember 14, 2016
    Deeply disappointed. Overrated. The main dishes lacked a lot of flavor. Spaghetti needed was too sweet and creamy. Chicken needed more salt. Steak too chewy. Trout and zucchini flower were amazing.
  • Harry J.
    Harry JacobsMay 15, 2016
    Lobster spaghetti + beef steak obviously. Make a reservation but you'll still have to wait.
  • Beez S.
    Beez SanSeptember 24, 2017
    All the classics - lobster spaghetti, strip steak, cake
  • Allison C.
    Allison Cordner PhotographySeptember 17, 2011
    Love the ambiance and the funk food here. Great wine. Fantastic place to bring friends and clients.
  • Joanne H.
    Joanne HaasJuly 22, 2015
    Try the Smokemeat Croquettes - #Montreal #foodporn #foodie (via @Foodspotting)
  • Pedro V.
    Pedro VaccaraMay 17, 2017
    Difficult to say, I was expecting a wow moment after waiting so long for reservation. Next time, I will try the aged beef, because the rest was ok but not special. Cozy ambience, not a bad service.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 21, 2010
    A bloody Caesar with spectacular garnish. Comes with two olives, a pickle, a celery stalk, an orange wedge, a jumbo shrimp, & topped off with a salted oyster. You'll love it. Read more
  • Frank M.
    Frank MaguireJuly 14, 2013
    Menu changes everyday but always start with a bloody Cesar and the double down
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