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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,
Location
300 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6
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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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September 18, 2019

I've been at the Water Street Café multiple times since the 1990s, and it never disappoints. On the contrary, it's always a pleasurable experience for the food, the service and the atmosphere in the heart of Gastown in Vancouver. The wine list is fine, and the prices are quite competitive. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2019

First visit. We felt lucky. Good food, fun atmosphere and solid service. We will recommend it to our Canadian friends. Will go back if we return to Vancouver anytime soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Everything was perfect, except the toilet seat was broken

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Carrey (Carey?) was our server, and he was fabulous! It was our third time visiting this establishment for dinner and we have never been disappointed! We are always satisfied with the food, the prices, and the service. When I explained that we were returning patrons, Carrey was sure to bring us a special in-house treat to welcome us back. My wine glass was never empty and my boyfriend's beer was never finished before another was presented. The food was delicious as usual! Our favourite appetizer is the Bison Carpaccio. So tasty :) We will definitely return as it is our favourite restaurant in Vancouver so far :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2019

An excellent restursnt on par with London Paris and Berlin. The food and service was 5☆.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

Our waiter, "Nye?"-I'm sorry if I got the name completely wrong, but I hope you can figure it out-was absolutely exemplary. What a fantastic server-friendly, helpful, just great. Food, as always, was so good! I also love the ambiance. The jazz music was wonderful, and the restaurant itself is lovely.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2019

Thank you for a lovely evening. Food and music very enjoyable. Delicious meal and great service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

Our Favourite place to dine in Gastown!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

Amazing as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 4, 2019

Reception in SteamClock Room.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2019

Outstanding food, so delicious, great staff - our waiter Shaun was really nice and relaxed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2019

Great atmosphere in the middle of Gastown. Varied menu, large wine and cocktail selection. Service and food were excellent. Definitely recommend this lovely place and will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2019

Excellent food & service! Will definitely be returning to Water Street Cafe.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2019

Fab server, very attentive but didn't hover. Food was amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2019

Enjoyed the fantastic music and the great view and feel of the 2nd floor overlooking Gastown . Our server was wonderful as she left us alone and was always there when we needed service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2019

Fabulous restaurant! The location was perfect, the food was delicious, and the service was outstanding. Thank you for such a memorable evening!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2019

Dissapointing meal. Carbonara was undercooked and cold. Server did not rectify situation when mentioned.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

August 27, 2019

Service was excellent and the atmosphere was great for our girls night out!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2019

small portions

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

We booked one of the private dining areas for a bachelorette party. The service was great! Organizing the event was a breeze as the staff and manager were quick to respond and the food was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 24, 2019

Great food and excellent service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2019

Had a great time really enjoyed the live music

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2019

Our waiter was EXCELLENT -very friendly and helpful -recommended a better wine and it WAS better. V patient with our ‘dithering’ and indecision. Food was reasonabld but took a long time for the entree and the steak was (apparently) cold Good experience though

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2019

Outstanding service from time we arrived for our business meeting/ lunch until we completed and left. Food was good and staff were very professional. We highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

Couldn’t be happier with the entire evening! Such a cool venue with great live music, (Aza is going to be a superstar !) great service and delicious food! Thank you Éli, Aaron and Tiffany for exceptional service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2019

I have been going to this restaurant for years. The food is delicious and the service is great! Fun atmosphere and good location. A classic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2019

Always a treat to enjoy the professional service, excellent food and great location! Water Street Cafe is our first choice for a business lunch

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

The service and food were average. The tablecloth was dirty. I was given a wet plate. The waitress was wearing a dirty cloth. I ordered a grilled salmon. I found that the presentation of the food was below average.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

August 11, 2019

It was a nice stay planed to celebrate my hisband’s birthday. Nice place in town due to the view on the steem clock

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

The food was rated a 3 because we didn’t find it was exceptional in taste. My pasta came out just luke warm so it went back to be heated and came back ok. We will come back to give it another try.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

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