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The Portly Chef

A North Shore dining destination

 West coast contemporary fare 

owner & executive chef, Jeffrey Batt   ||  general manager, Emily caulfield



Sunday Evenings at The Portly Chef

Prix Fixe Menu (EXAMPLE ONLY)

3 courses - $40 per person






Reservations are strongly recommended at The Portly Chef as
we are not the biggest of bistros and tables tend to fill up fast. Especially on the weekends!

Please note that due to the small size of our NEW outdoor patio, no reservations will be accepted specifically for the patio tables.                    All outdoor dining will be on a first come, first served basis. 

Call (604) 971-4377 from 11am – 8pm daily.
Please leave a message if no one is available to take your call and we'll get back to you ASAP to confirm your request.

Please inquire by email (or call) for all large party requests,catering services, private events etc:



Please note that we will be CLOSED on the following dates for private functions:

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - Brunch Closure ONLY (Normal Dinner service still in effect)

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Dinner Closure ONLY (Normal Brunch service still in effect)

  Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Dinner Closure ONLY (Normal Brunch service still in effect)



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. 

THE PORTLY CHEF; a Brief History
(as told by Emily Caulfield)

Since opening for business in May 2012, and with a sign on the door reading “you can’t trust a skinny chef”,people have been arriving from all over the city to ask “how portly really is the portly chef?” And although it may seem a tad taboo to ask such a question,you’ll be happy to know it’s actually a welcomed inquiry at our restaurant – one in fact that always makes the staff smile. Chef included.

Now the best answer, of course, is to reply with an invitation to come on down and pay us a visit; saunter up to the kitchen pass and just say hello. But for all of you out there reading this right now, full of curiosity (sorry, but I couldn’t resist the pun), what I can and will say is that our Chef, Jeffrey Batt is his name, stands 6 feet and 3 inches tall, has a booming voice which makes his Irish relatives proud, and is so passionate about food that he had his favourite fare tattooed on his right arm.

Jeff’s career, like many other successful culinary stories, began at an early age. He avidly watched his Dad BBQ outside and he followed his Mom around the kitchen like a faithful shadow. As soon as it was safe for him to get involved he was allowed to make his own snacks and even attempt to cook meals for him and his brother. Preparing Mother’s Day brunch for the most important lady in his life by boiling an egg in a beautiful china tea pot was the first real sign of Jeff’s culinary creativity. And if you ask his parents they’ll tell you that his passion and excitement for food would only continue to grow from there. Upon graduating high school, confident in which route he wanted to take, Jeff enrolled in the Culinary Program at VCC (Vancouver Community College). There he studied under exceptional teachers, learned to experiment and to compete, and with top marks to his name he would emerge one year later as a rising star. After VCC, Jeff took the opportunity to go travelling around Europe – to explore a bit of the classic culinary world that so very much intrigued him. Along with two of his best childhood friends, Jeff traveled from London to Turkey, Ireland to Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Months were spent exploring markets, touring restaurants and learning how to eat beautifully on a very modest backpacker’s budget. I mean who else could live off of Feta Cheese for an entire week while touring Greece?!

Upon returning home to Vancouver Jeff took his first real kitchen job: garde manger for Chef Steve Myddleton– easily his greatest role model to date - at the Village Bistro in Edgemont Village. Together they moved over to Ambleside Bistro in West Vancouver, where Jeff would take the position of Junior Sous Chef. His eventual first Executive Chef job was at Café el Nido, located in downtown Vancouver, working there until he moved to Marine Drive in West Vancouver. In 2003 Jeff took the position of Executive Chef at Monk McQueen’sand simultaneously helped to open Lift Bar and Grill with Bob Lindsay, another one of Jeff’s most significant mentors. His last position before opening The Portly Chef was the Executive Chef at the Granville Island Hotel.

Since May 2012, Jeff has called the North Shore his place of business as well as his home. He has built a loyal following of friendly customers and has assembled a team around him that operates like one big caring family.  From day one The Portly Chef has offered a collection of dishes that are second to none in North Vancouver, and “word of mouth” reviews in the community will surely verify my positive opinions. With zero intention of ever leaving the North Shore, Chef Jeffery Batt will continue to nurture The Portly Chef, play around with ideas for restaurant number two, and most importantly make plans to start a family of his own with his soon to be wife.



(604) 971-4377


1211 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, B.C
V7M 2H5


Lunch Hours:

Wed-Fri: 11:30am - 2pm


Wed-Sun: 5pm - late
(phone us to check what "late" really means!)

Brunch HOURS:

Sat & Sun: 10:30 - 2pm


Monday & Tuesday


Phone us to make your next reservation!


If we are not able to answer your call, please leave us a detailed message. We'll get back to you ASAP!


Email us about reservations, private parties, catering, special events, job opportunities etc.     The list goes on!


1211 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, B.C
V7M 2H5




Wed-Friday: 11:30am - 2pm


Wed-Sunday: 5pm-late
(phone to check what time our last seating is each night)

Brunch HOURS

Sat & Sun: 10:30-2pm




Position(s) available: Part-Time (Experienced) Server

The Portly Chef is looking for an experienced server to join our front of house team. Our ideal hire is someone who is eloquent, knowledgeable about food and wine, and willing to work as a team member.

We have part time positions available- approximately 3 or 4 shifts a week- but we do require that all staff work on Friday or Saturday evenings.

Staff are entitle to one staff meal per shift, competitive wages and tips.

Please submit your resume (via email) along with your availability. Again, please note that priority will be given to those with solid serving experience.


• Serving it Right is mandatory.
• Food Safe is an asset.
• Wine/Cocktail/Food knowledge preferred. Passion mandatory!
• Fine Dining experience preferred.


Position(s) available: Part-Time Dishwasher

The Portly Chef is looking for an eager new member to join our culinary team. Our ideal hire is someone who is hard-working, reliable, has strong communication skills, is familiar with the kitchen environment, works well as a team member and places high priority on keeping their work station clean. 

Staff are entitle to one staff meal per shift, competitive wages and tips.

Please submit your resume, via email, along with your availability.