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300 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6
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Open now 11:30 am - 9:30 am

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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Cuisine type

  • West Coast,
  • Canadian,
  • International,
  • French,

Dishes

  • Pasta,
  • Seafood,

Features

  • Restaurant With Terrace,

Atmosphere

  • Dressy Casual,
  • Casual,
  • Cozy,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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samlanterman420661
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Ordered a bottle of wine, 2 starters and a pasta. The wine came right away and the waiter said he would bring us bread which showed up about 20 minutes later. The rest of the food was taking forever and the waiter kept assuring us it would be right out. Then we noticed that the table behind us, who had arrived 20 minutes after us had just gotten their mains. At that point we decided to leave so I asked for our check. No comped wine just an apology and a debit/credit machine pushed at me.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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Heid2815
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Visited as a guest in this awesome place and restaurant for lunch just today. I enjoyed good food and a delicious wine. Must try!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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adri1277
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We just visited with my infant daughter and parents in law. I love this restaurant. Our server Clint had loads of personality and was an absolute riot. He had us laughing and had a personable yet professional style. The bread is a favourite. I had the carrot ginger soup, shared the crab cakes and don’t normally eat pork belly (but heard their sandwich was awesome) and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The red lettuce and apple paired with it perfectly. Utterly delicious! I’ll be back.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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elvi1772
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The atmosphere is warm and friendly. The service is tentative and amazing. Water Street Cafe has a wide variety of choices from appetizers to main dishes and an entree. Reasonable prices and food that melts in your mouth. Their tomato soup is to die for.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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deni8732
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We went for dinner on Nov.17th and it was excellent. The staff were great right from the beginning and made our dining experience worth every penny. Love the location right in the middle of Gastown and the ambiance is very warm and cozy. The menu has something for everyone and save room for desert!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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kaitpineau
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I loved my experience at the Water Street Café. It was the perfect warm and romantic spot to grab a delicious meal. The staff are friendly and provide great service right from the moment you walk in the front door. I've enjoyed my meal every time I've been, but their gnocchi is my favourite!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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griffinguy
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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!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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February 17, 2019

Amazing dinner, with superb service. We will return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

Service was not good! Server was no polite. Portions are so small there!!!!!!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

February 15, 2019

A really nice Valentines dinner: good food, good service, live music, reasonable wine prices. What more could we ask for?

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 15, 2019

Lovely service ! Our waiter was so kind and funny and it was delight

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2019

Hi Water Street team! Thank you so much for hosting our morning workshop. Your private rooms are a wonderful Gastown gem and your staff were professional, accommodating considering the early start (!), and the food was excellent! See you soon, the TIB team.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2019

amazing service and was fortunate enough to try the dine-out Vancouver menu for brunch. It was Delicious - the snowy steamclock view was also a nice bonus. Treated with a smile and gratitude by the entire team. Deff recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2019

Had a great experience. Staff was very accommodating when it came to making the reservations. Awesome central location right in the heart of gastown, super friendly staff, and best of all the kitchen was easily able to cater to all the dietary restrictions my friends and I had (ie. dairy free, gluten free, pescatarian ) which is like hitting the jack pot for my friends and I =)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2019

Great

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 8, 2019

Had a nice time and good food. The restaurant however was quite crowded, perhaps because it was during the dine out Vancouver period. Sort of felt like sardines. Food was great and weight staff pleasant. I will chalk the error in the desert from the dine out menu to that.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

February 3, 2019

Meal was amazing - DineOut brunch was fantastic! However, it took an unusually long time to get our last course (dessert) and we had an appointment for 1:00pm so found that we were a bit rushed at the end when we had mostly been sitting around after the entree.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

February 4, 2019

Our table was waiting for us, it was busy and we chose to order off the Dineout menu everything was delicious.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2019

Everything was excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2019

We all totally enjoyed our evening. We were not rushed; service was just right leaving use to visit; and the food presentation and menu variety left us with difficult decisions. Only comment to make was the family member, who dines out frequently, found the beef ribs to have too much fat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 31, 2019

A wonderful dinner at Water Street Cafe. The service was prompt and friendly, the food was excellent and our table was perfect. The washroom is very small, cramped and needed some attention, but that aside, I will return soon for the exemplaryThe Happy Hour offering.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2019

Excellent meal. We had a good time.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 30, 2019

Excellent service Lovely person serving us The food was varied and all dishes were great

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2019

Very good

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 28, 2019

Outstanding food and service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Excellent! Fun evening, great atmosphere. Shared plates and very accommodating.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Excellent! As the starters than the main courses, it was very good! Lorrene has been a great waitress as well. We come from France but, for sure, we’ll come back again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Second time here and both times were great! It was a busy Friday night but service and food were excellent! Went with my husband and 8 year old daughter.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

I know it was dineout event and Saturday, but we were waiting too long for serve desserts. We thought their were forget about until the server remind us the desserts are coming :P

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 27, 2019

Went for Dine Out Vancouver great food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Tables were a bit cramped but the atmosphere & service were great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Service was quite average. Server was not particularly engaging and did not seem to make much effort. We all liked our salads. The squash ravioli tasted like it's bought and not made in house (which I assumed it was, as this is a well-known, reputable restaurant). I was less than impressed. The atmosphere is lovely and we enjoyed our night despite the average food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

January 28, 2019

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The staff are very attentive & the food is delicious. Always a lovely treat to visit the Water St Cafe.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2019

Dine Out Vancouver 2019 brunch was so worth it!! I've never been that full in a very long time. Every course was delicious, ALL of the staff were so lovely, and the atmosphere, restaurant decor, and waiter's/waitresses' outfits were sooo nice. Would 100% recommend the restaurant to anybody for brunch. Please do brunch again next year for Dine Out!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Great evening !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Amazing service, great atmosphere and delicious and quality food for the Dine Out Vancouver brunch. I can't believe we had such a good time and food for only $25! The quality of the ingredients and the service made this experience even better! Thank for a great time! We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 22, 2019

The food was great, the service was good. The music was so way too loud.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

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