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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
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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February 24, 2020

Thank you so much for a wonderful birthday celebration!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2020

Great food, atmosphere and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

The Sandbar is where we go for our adult "happy meal" before heading to The Arts Club. The food is consistently excellent and the service is wonderful. Our server, Grant, was charming and attentive. Our one bone of contention is that the lemon tart is no longer on the dessert menu...please bring it back!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

Very disappointed with the Sandbar Tower. Dismal presentation, no soy, ginger or wasabi offered with the salmon sashimi. Our server advised that it would be enough food for three men. We all left hungry even after sharing three appetizers at the table. Will not be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

February 23, 2020

View was excellent, heaters were good. Service good

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 22, 2020

Excellent service. Food was tasty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

I go to Sandbar frequently. The food is amazing. My favorites are the fried calamari and the Sable fish (best I've tried ever). The service is fantastic, all staff is very friendly and attentive. The patio has a view of Granville Island, the ocean and mountains. One of the best views of beautiful Vancouver.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2020

Amazing service, amazing food and an amazing view! My fiancée loved it, will be sure to return soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2020

The service was incredible. If we're ever back in Vancouver we will absolutely be having dinner here again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2020

Good food, friendly staff; my friends and I enjoyed our lunch.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

Our server was excellent and the food was very good. We had a great night!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

We came in from out of town to celebrate our Mum’s 60th birthday. The server, Greg, was friendly and made us feel like we were the only table in his section! The live music was beautiful and the volume was just right that we could enjoy it while still holding a conversation. The food was absolutely incredible and the complimentary dessert was so generous and such a nice touch! Thanks for having us, we’ll definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Our server Nik was fantastic. He’s served us before. Great service and great recommendations. Food was fabulous. We requested a specific place and weren’t seated there and they accommodated us after we arrived. Love this place...

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

I can't remember being served any better ! The service was 5 stars everyone was very accommodating and the management and staff were often asking us is everything ok do you need something, it was unbelieveable. I had the lobster which was very good and my wife had the mixed seafood dish both were a valentine special, everything was very taste and cooked perfectly. When my wife noticed someone near the glass wall with a little better view they had no problem in sitting us there. We love the atmosphere ! We will definiteley be back soon. I am a Google guide and will be putting a 5 star review in soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

Lit af

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Incredible establishment. The staff are very friendly and happy to help. The food is so good. Great cocktails. Incredible views from the heated upper outdoor deck.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2020

We had an outstanding meal and our waiter was terrific. We will absolutely come again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2020

I come here a few times a year - birthdays, out of town visitors. I have always found the service and the food to be very good, that's why I keep coming back. The vegetables that come with the fish taste fresh and cooked to the right point. The service is very competent, and friendly without being overly so. On this occasion our server, Montana, was well up up to standard.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2020

Our favourite restaurant in Vancouver!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2020

Excellent food, service, atmosphere and music!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Tommy our server was amazing, very nice guy!! We got the perfect window table, just as I requested it, we had an awesome time!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Great evening and food was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Unfortunately the window request wasn’t accommodated :( Maybe next time we’ll get lucky

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

We've been to the Sandbar many times and it never fails to impress each time we go. Professional staff, nice atmosphere, and great food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Great service. Great food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Excellent evening and great service. Attentive but not overbearing. Live music was at a nice level so we could enjoy conversation without having to shout at each other. Food was perfectly cooked and portion sizes were good value. Will happily return in the future.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Our waiter did a wonderful job and was very helpful making menu suggestions for first time visitors. The live music was good, not too loud, which allowed for easy conversations. One of our group felt the martinis were too small.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

I do still miss the good ol days when there was a DJ and some dancing. Food is always consistently 5*. Bring back the DJ and dancing !!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

What a fab night out with our Dining Diva’s monthly Happy Hour group. We will definitely be back. The long table you provided was excellent and our waiters looked after us so well. Loved the entertainment too. Great job!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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