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Restaurant type

  • Lounge,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian,

Dishes

  • Seafood,

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,

Products and Services

  • Seafood,
  • Restaurant,
  • Dining,
  • Live Music,
  • Food,
  • Drinks,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
1535 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
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Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Methods of Payment:

  • Direct Debit

Meet the owner

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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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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Restaurantica12
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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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October 13, 2019

Fabulous location for a birthday dinner. Delicious food and fantastic view. Couldn’t be better

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2019

Everyone’s dinner was excellent as well as the service was very good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 12, 2019

Excellent service by Omar. Thanks for everything

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2019

The birthday cake is a wonderful surprise! Thank you Zac.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 11, 2019

Our server was excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 11, 2019

A safe place to eat for people with severe Celiac disease and that makes me very happy!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2019

Great as always!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

My food could have been hotter. Otherwise, it was delicious.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

We love The Sandbar! Great atmosphere, very delicious food, and excellent service! We have dined here several times and it has been fantastic every single time! We'll sure be back soon again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2019

Thank you for the window table. Our Albertan friends truly appreciated the view of the water!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2019

As usual the Sandbar delivers great food and service. It is our favourite restaurant in Vancouver, which we have been visiting for over 16 years

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2019

great place, really enjoy the cheerful girls at the front desk. also enjoy the singer , and of course food and service is great

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2019

The atmosphere was great but, as someone who is partially deaf, I did struggle to hear properly as the restaurant filled up and the background noise level increased - but there isn't a lot you can do about that. Everything else was marvellous.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2019

Our server Greg was well informed, competent and added to our dining pleasure. The halibut was nicely cooked

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2019

The staff were great- from booking and set up through dinner service. WE had a great evening !! I will book this room again and recommend it to others.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2019

Nice night !

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 30, 2019

A great evening..top notch service by Angie on the top level..food and flexibility was excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2019

Food was excellent! Congrats to the chef! Our server was nice but definitely lacks speed and sharpness. Also, plates and utensils were quite dirty. Had to wipe the baked remains with our napkins. Dishwasher machine needs serious cleaning!!!!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

September 29, 2019

Excellent! Amazing food. Attentive service. Made a special evening so special.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 30, 2019

Excellent experience with the food, our server Raj, and Lord Petyr Baelish (LittleFinger) was sitting a few tables from us to boot!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 30, 2019

We were in Vancouver for a conference and I organized a lunch for friends. We had a great time; we enjoyed the surroundings, the meal was very good and the service was excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2019

One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Also love the sushi bar! Thank you for your excellent service! Barbara

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2019

Tommy gave expert and personable service that hit all the right notes in our evening. He was knowledgeable and fun, while giving us the space to enjoy our meal. The tenderloin was cooked to perfection and the wine was stellar. Tuna tartar was a bit fishy for my tastes, but lovely atmosphere and service was worth it!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2019

Fantastic service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 27, 2019

Our server was amazing he knew when to show up and when to disappear... he answered all of our questions gave us recommendations when we asked...was courteous, prompt and very professional

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 27, 2019

We made a reservation but were able to be seated early. Staff was great and made suggestions throughout the evening. The food was excellent! Definitely get the dessert!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 23, 2019

Always a favorite Our server Angeline was a awesome

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

This was my 3rd visit to the Sandbar from Alberta. We shared fried Oysters & Thai curry mussels to start. We had the Halibut, Sable fish & Swordfish for mains. Shared Belgian chocolate pudding. Excellent food, presentation & service as always. Compliments on providing many years of a consistent exceptional dining experience

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2019

Just great. Especially the wait staff

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2019

I was looking forward to the pianist but there wasnt one. Atmosphere would have been 5

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

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