Water St Cafe

4.4/5
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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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March 16, 2020

Tough to beat the location and vibe of this restaurant. This wasn't our first visit and definitely won't be our last. Always a fantastic experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2020

Wonderful restaurant; great location, delicious food and kind, prompt service. Highly recommend !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2020

We had the great pleasure of being taken care of by Taylor who made our birthday celebration extra special The food was great as always. The service - impeccable!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2020

Lovely restaurant - have been here many times and will be back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2020

I had reserved for my first night in Vancouver to hear some great jazz and did. Table right next to the music as promised. My Google maps failed me and I called 4X's to get directions....... the two ladies were VERY cordial although somewhat dumbfounded by their verbal directions I finally arrived for a most enjoyable evening.... great food, great service, great jazz and THEY COMPED ME THE BILL for my difficulty in finding the place. Highly recommended.... just not too pleased with Cricket phone service in Canada.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2020

Great tasting dinner especially dessert ( flourless chocolate cake). The 3 course Sunday dinner is a great bargain. Very attentive service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2020

Great service, a beautiful meal, will return most definitely

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2020

They sat us next to the window, it was the perfect atmosphere to have a conversation and people watch. The food was delicious. I would definitely recommend their breakfast to friends.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2020

Service felt a bit rushed for our sitting despite being right when restaurant opened. My friend's dish had to be remade despite discussing allergies with the server.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 5, 2020

Had an absolutely amazing dinner at Water Street. Every plate we ordered was spot on including the creme brule. The service was top notch. Will definitely be back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 3, 2020

Our experience with First Table and Water St. Cafe was absolutely wonderful! Our server was sweet and accommodating, and made us feel extremely comfortable in our first time at Water St. The atmosphere was lovely, romantic and quiet early on a Monday evening. We had the crispy pork belly - which was exquisite, crab cakes (wish they were paired with a less sweet sauce), calamari, Manhattan clam chowder, and the Spaghetti aglio e olio (also a standout!). Definitely will be back again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 1, 2020

Staff was friendly and atentive but meals came out too slowly. Still they were delicious!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

March 1, 2020

Great restaurant, great food, great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 1, 2020

The food we ordered was below average at best. I ordered the truffle gnocci and there was not the slightest hint of truffle in the entire dish. My friend had the vongole which was just salty. The service was great. The food unfortunately was not.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

February 28, 2020

Our office had a private dinner event upstairs and we had a lovely time. Fantastic friendly staff, smooth food and beverage service with a fabulous atmosphere. 10/10 in my books. We shall be back soon. Ashley Awde

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 27, 2020

We had great time! Food was good, service was excellent. We had a table right beside the window, it has good view of the historical Gastown.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

Everything was amazing, from the service to the food. It was the first time going to Water St. Cafe and definitely will be coming back again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

Amazing. Best in the city. Highly recommend to anyone who has never been before!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2020

Thanks, we had a lovely evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2020

Thank-you so much for a lovely evening! The service was outstanding, our waiter Sam was amazing about all the details and made us feel right at home and thank-you for all the generous extras. It was a wonderful birthday celebration for my husband and time out with our family!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

Water St. Cafe is my favourite restaurant! The service is amazing and the food is excellent. I’ve dined here with family and friends for brunch, lunch and dinner and the experience is always wonderful! I especially love the restaurant’s ambience. Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 22, 2020

What a great spot. So cozy and casual. And food was great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2020

Excellent food, great service and lovely atmosphere. We went for dinner on Valentines Day and reserved the upstairs for the live music. Unfortunately because there were so many guests that evening we had to be seated downstairs. Although disappointed we couldn't hear the live music, the Water St. Café more than made it up to us. Thanks for taking care of us and showing us a nice evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2020

We very much enjoyed our evening at Water Street Cafe. The salmon was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. Our server was helpful and attentive. The live music upstairs that we took in after dinner was a delight too. Thanks.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

An amazingly night. Live music was perfect. I could not say enough about my meal. It’s was mouth watering delicious

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

Overall the food was average...nothing I would feel compelled to come back for. Otherwise the service was very good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

February 16, 2020

Pasta was cold

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Amazing experience. We where looking for a new go-to restaurant. We found it!! Service was fantastic - well done Sam and Kate. Food was delicious! We will be back- soon. Finished the evening off upstairs listening to a great jazz trio. Do yourself a favor and visit Water St. Cafe

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

They accommodated my request for a dish not on the menu. Server had even checked with the chefs when I had first asked for an abbreviated menu choice on offer. It wouldn’t have been a good choice re my allergies. At the end of the meal I went to thank the chefs personally...their smiles were my dessert and I so appreciated every one’s support.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

always a memorable occasion at the cafe I have been enjoying this place for the last 20 plus years the manager and staff are number one my guest are always made to feel like the center of attention ,it the little stuff you do ! keep it up PS. i think the music is a tad loud downstairs my past two visits

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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