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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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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

August 7, 2019

disappointing- we have been to the restaurant several years ago and decided to give it another try- went for dinner- food is pretty basic, service is lukewarm..the only thing going for this restaurant is the location..perfect for tourists.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

August 5, 2019

Great location and service; and food was wonderful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2019

Wonderful location, good food, love the large windows, patio, interior - relaxed feel and great staff. Great place to enjoy a meal and watch the world go by and enjoy the Gastown Steam Clock!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2019

Fabulous night, dinner and service. Love this place! Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2019

Great location and menu. Loved the accommodations made by server. Notes on line menu was a bit different but didn’t matter. Loved the specials the music and the sangria.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2019

Truly one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. The service was so warm and friendly and our server made us feel so comfortable. It was our anniversary dinner and the server was extra attentive, getting us glasses of Champagne on the house and even taking care of our other drinks at the end of the dinner. Would definitely visit this place again. Lovely place, great food and very warm service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2019

Excellent dinner. And the service was first class.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2019

great meal with great service, sat outside on the patio, unfortunately the evening was full of emergency first responders tending to medical issues, constant sirens, and trauma. Nothing you could do about that. Next time we might dine inside. Overall a great experience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2019

Service was excellent, atmosphere was nice but temperature inside the restaurant was a little too warm (75 degrees outside and probably 78-80 degrees inside) and it was quite smoky inside from the kitchen. Food was good but average, nothing special.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2019

Good service and good food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2019

Came for my boyfriends birthday. Everything was great. Lovely atmosphere. We were greeted promptly and professionally. Our waiter was tremendous! he had good knowledge of the menu. Food was amazing. I had the pork belly, pesto pasta and a chocolate cake dessert! No complaints. Everything was presented fabulously and tasted amazing. Honestly can not recommend more. Lovely fine dining experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 26, 2019

Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable, and staff were able to put us on a table outside with short notice. Delicious food, fantastic location, we would highly recommend this restaurant to others.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2019

look forward to the next visit :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2019

We chose this restaurant because we thought it would be a quiet place for a family visit over lunch. My brother who lives in Nova Scotia is quite hard of hearing. With his hearing aid background noise is quite frustrating. We see each other so rarely. We came over from Victoria. Three times we asked if the music could be turned down. Someone at the next table also asked the same thing. The music would soften a bit and then go right back up. Really, would it have hurt to just turn it down? Patrons were shouting over the sound of the music. This isn’t a bar!

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 25, 2019

Had a wonderful time! Will send as many guests that we can!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2019

Great on everything, except the 3 halibut specials we ordered were dry. Fabulous service :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2019

They were able to accommodate our request for a patio table which really made the evening for our guests visiting from England. Great spot for good food and people watching.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2019

Hostess Lindsay was fabulous! We were very well taken care off. I have been coming to Water Street Cafe for over 25 years every time I visit Vancouver. Love it! My favorite restaurant and have another visit scheduled mid August and bring 4 new out of town friends to enjoy!! Heather xx

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2019

Homemade Knocchi over cooked. But rest of food was good. Steak looked great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

We loved the relaxed atmosphere, our server and the food. We weren't rushed, our server knew the menu and also how the chefs and bartenders prepared the dishes/cocktails. The server created a superb evening and every dish we ate was delicious. Granted the restaurant itself needs a bit of renovation, but that did not detract from our 100% enjoyment. Thank you for a great night.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

We come here every year for my mom’s birthday visiting from Edmonton. Everything is always amazing - the staff, the food and the atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

Lovely place, fantastic, efficient and knowledgeable service, delicious food with sensibly-sized portions. Made for a great evening- thank you!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2019

making a reservation through bookenda didn't gain us a nicer table than just showing up at the door, but the server (Clint) made up for the lack of choice in seating by giving us excellent service. the food is always good quality and value at Water Street Cafe, and the atmosphere is a beacon of civilization in gastown.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 18, 2019

Our waiter was really lovely. Always a great experience at this venue!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2019

Excellent in every way, except the music was often too loud!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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