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Granville Island was once an island; actually, truth be told, it was a sandbar. So it seems appropriate that one of the city’s most popular eateries pays homage to Granville Island’s geographic past. Nestled under the Granville Street Bridge, The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant celebrates its industrial and fishing roots with an interior that is designed for warmth and casual elegance.

Part of the Sequoia Company of Restaurants, The Sandbar seats 350 guests across three levels in what was once a manufacturing building. The ground floor is home to an intimate sushi bar. Upstairs, the main dining room features nautical decor accents that offer a nod to West Coast style. “Suspended above the main bar is Kivi, a 24-foot salmon troller hand built by Allan Farrell, (one of the West Coast’s finest craftsman of wooden boats),” explains general manager John Hawkins. The second floor is also home to a private dining room (adjacent to a wine cellar that boasts a collection of more than 1000+ bottles), and a low-lit lounge. At night, the Teredo Lounge transforms into a trendy piano bar with an intimate vibe and live music. The third-floor heated patio, open year-round, is perhaps the most sought-after space in the restaurant. “At night under the stars, you can capture the most stunning cityscapes on the patio,” adds Hawkins.

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Ratings & Reviews - The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

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  • Atmosphere: 4.3/5
  • Food: 3.6/5
  • Service: 3.6/5
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Kailah K
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Great location for a special occasion!

Recently had a family event here and it was great! We had a dedicated server to our party, which was great - it meant we never got ignored. The seafood here is very fresh and tastes wonderful! The fresh sheet has a great selection - highly recommend the sable fish (black cod) it was very good. The wine list is somewhat limited, but they have picked some of the best wines from BC, which is nice. The rooftop deck is one of the best in Vancouver! Just amazing to sit up there and watch the boats go by... highly recommend Sandbar for locals and tourists alike!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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This restaurant is one of my favourite destinations on a sunny day. I prefer outside seating, which positions you directly below Granville Bridge. Great view, great food. Service is always friendly. We ordered: Eggs Benny bacon, toasted english muffin, hollandaise, roasted potatoes $12 Wild Salmon Burger grilled $15 The only dish which disappointed us was the red beat salad. It used to be my top item on their menu. Not sure what happened, however, portion was extremely small and taste was off.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Sandbar is in a fabulous location, under the...

Sandbar is in a fabulous location, under the Granville bridge and overlooking the vista of blue, but the food is only average. Funny: all five of us, when given our menus, said the same thing: 'This is hard to look at!' They really should hire a good graphic artist and give it a makeover. Someone that charges more $ but does good work. Ask for a table upstairs.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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January 19, 2019

Nothing exciting about the food. That is not to say it wasn’t good food. It just wasn’t a “wow” factor. To be fair, not many places can achieve that level. And this is causal dinning. Would I go again? The rest of the sequoia restaurant will continue to have my business

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

January 19, 2019

Always a great night out !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 18, 2019

Lovely way to spend an afternoon. Our server was delightful and lots of fun!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 16, 2019

Always like here…

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2019

This is my favorite seafood restaurant in Vancouver. I grew up in Iceland and Scotland, where seafood is always fresh and delicious. This seafood is on par with what I could get over there. Well done!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2019

Wonderful time. Our waiter was fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2019

Fantastic food and the service was amazing! We will be back and will bring friends with us.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2019

Always amazing!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2019

What a wonderful experience! The oysters were amazing, and the service was fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2019

Was a great experience and we really enjoyed the food and service. I will bring business associates here again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2019

Great time!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 11, 2019

Awesome

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2019

A great place to spend time with friends, nice relaxed atmosphere & great service! We highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 8, 2019

Always good service and good food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 6, 2019

Our server Omar was fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2019

Everything was perfect, thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2019

We had a great time. A bit noisy but we expected this. Great music and excellent service!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 2, 2019

We had a lovely meal and the food was fabulous .

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 1, 2019

Great place for a leisurely late afternoon lunch with the family. The kitchen is really quick on service. Food was great - the fresh tuna was delicious. We highly recommend it!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 31, 2018

Love your restaurant! Cant wait to go back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2018

Fabolous food and excellent service! It was a great evening, thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent. Diandra looked after our every need. Also, there was a pianist providing entertainment and he was wonderful. It was a lovely evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2018

Always great atmosphere, service and food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2018

Patrick, our server was excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2018

Our waiter was fantastic!! As always the food was really amazing and the view was so stunning

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2018

no complaints at all........thx

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 27, 2018

Great experience all round. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2018

An outstanding restaurant. Fair price for excellent fish. Servers very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Affordable and palatable wines. All in all, great ambience and a “feel good” experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2018

Great place for dinner before a show at the Waterfront Theatre. Our server was first class. Attentive. Water glasses always filled.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2018

Wonderful - a little issue that management and staff handled very well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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