The Water St.Cafe, established in 1988 is a Gastown cornerstone overlooking cobbled streets and the world famous steam clock. The high ceilings and large windows make for a bright and casual atmosphere. Our summer sidewalk patio is ideal for people watching and enjoying the true flavor of Gastown.
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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 5/5

Perfect Little Gastown Restaurant

I hit the Water Street Cafe recently for a business dinner and remembered what a great little spot it is. With straightforward simple decor the Water Street Cafe mostly lets the large plate glass windows speak for themselves. With a lovely view of the streeet-scape in Gastown you feel like you are in a cafe in a city much older than Vancouver. The food is always good and I tried the beef carpaccio for the first time in my life and based on the excellent experience I had I will definitely try that dish again...very tasty! I had the tuna nicoise for my main and that was also very good. They have a wide and varied menu and seem to offer something for everyone. Can't wait for my next trip to the Water Street Cafe!

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival: $30 Menus

Dine Out Vancouver Festival: $30 Menus

The high ceilings and large windows of this café make for a bright and casual atmosphere. In the summer, the sidewalk patio is ideal for people watching and enjoying the true flavour of Gastown.

Romantic restaurants in Vancouver

Romantic restaurants in Vancouver

Located in the heart of Gastown, this beautiful restaurant is an iconic Vancouver dining destination that nearly always requires a reservation. I was lucky enough to try out Water Street Café spontaneously last winter when I simply ducked inside to escape the cold and managed to score a seat – no reservation! Since then I haven’t been so fortunate, but Water Street Café has remained as one of my favourite spots for a romantic and yummy meal. Menu options range from Italian inspired pastas to sumptuous seafood dishes and meaty mains.

Gastown patios to take in Vancouver's historic ‘hood

Gastown patios to take in Vancouver's historic ‘hood

This Gastown institution has been going strong despite the increasing gentrification of the neighbourhood in recent years. It could be thanks to its fresh and predictably lovely European-inspired West Coast fare, but it may be equally due to its outdoor patio, rounding Water Street and stretching up Cambie. You can’t help but feel transported to a charming French or Italian town as you dine al fresco with white tablecloths, housemade focaccia and a perfectly chilled glass of Pinot Gris. Its staying power is undeniable.

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Methods of Payment


  • $26 To $60

Restaurant type

  • Bistro
  • Coffee Shop

Cuisine type

  • Italian
  • West Coast


  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant
  • Restaurant With Terrace


  • Casual