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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

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Cuisine type

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

Dishes

  • Pasta,
  • Seafood,

Features

  • Restaurant With Terrace,

Atmosphere

  • Dressy Casual,
  • Casual,
  • Cozy,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Ratings & Reviews - Water St Cafe

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4.8/5
  • Service: 5/5
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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, 2018

Loved it!. Great service and food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2018

We are visitors to Vancouver and we have now eaten twice at Water Street Cafe, given that in total we have spent 4 days in Vancouver I think the fact that we have chosen to eat dinner twice at this establishment tells all.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2018

We arrived before the lunch rush and were seated promptly. We all ordered the BC Red Snapper lunch special and although it took a really long time to arrive, it was delicious, we all cleared our plates. The servers were friendly, polite and knowledgeable but everything was just really slow. I'll happily go to this restaurant again but will make sure to ask about prep time for the meal if I'm on a business lunch.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

September 17, 2018

Great service. Great food (we all had the special). The wine was questionable and replaced immediately with no argument. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had asked for bread and did not get any yet the tables all’s round us did get bread without asking. Location was great and the other patrons were fun to talk to - tables are very close together so you get to chat with them if you want to.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 11, 2018

Really enjoyed, and waitress made wonderful food suggestions.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2018

Best meal we have had in Canada, could not fault it

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2018

My wife and I only had one meal out in Vancouver, and we are agreed that this restaurant was the perfect choice. The food and service were excellent, and the atmosphere reminded us a bit of Chez Panisse. It’s a great location, lots of activity around the Steam Clock. We’ll be working on duplicating their salmon candy when we get home.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2018

Food was sadly underwhelming. Our waiter recommended the pork belly and crab cakes as being great...they were far from it. Pork belly was chewy and the “crab cake” was mostly filler and I don’t mean with crab or shrimp but something resembling oatmeal. I’ve Never had a worse crab cakes then ones served here. my partner had the daily special of grilled halibut and apparently it was cold. We didn’t make a fuss publicly as we were taking out our friends from it of town. Overall very disappointing and would stay far away from this restaurant.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

September 1, 2018

Simply great, thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2018

Excellent service. Amazing food. Great outdoor seating.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2018

A really nice restaurant in Gastown just in front of the steam clock ! Pleasant atmosphere and kind waiters, food is also really good nothing extravagant but well executed !!! We will come back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 22, 2018

The wait staff were friendly and accommodating, professional and non-intrusive. The atmosphere is great and the food was excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2018

We loved this restaurant. One of my favourite in Vancouver now.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

August 6, 2018

The room itself is quite nice and the view fun, but the upstairs area outside the room feels shabby (old carpet with taped-over wiring underfoot) and unclean, and does not smell fresh. There was a serious problem with service at the beginning of the event. We had to go downstairs several times to ask that someone come up to take drink orders, and then there seemed to be only one wait person assigned to our 20-guest event. Later on, there were more wait people, and we appreciated that adjustment. We thought the food was good, but not great. The entire experience was pleasant but not memorable.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

August 4, 2018

Very pleasant aspect, food and service. Been there before and consistently good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 3, 2018

The staff made our anniversary dinner wonderful. They reserved a fantastic corner table and throughout the dinner were attentive and courteous culminating in the desert with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate with our desert. So glad our first date was there and 20 years later our anniversary dinner!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2018

Amazing food and fantastic service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2018

We had a private event at Water Street Cafe for a birthday. My husband and I have been to Water Street Cafe many times before and the food and service has always been amazing. But for our private event Water Street Cafe exceeded our expectations. The service was on point, the food was delicious, and the ambience was exactly what we had hoped for. All our guests were so pleased as were we. Water Street Cade is definitely our favorite restaurant in Vancouver.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2018

Ran out of 2 pasta service so so took long time to get refills music loud restaurant hot They did try and make up for it with free appetizers and deserts Not sure if we would recommend or go back Average at best

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 24, 2018

Food was actually pretty good, but the restaurant is extremely dated and the service was slow primarily due to a fairly young and inexperienced wait staff.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 23, 2018

Great dinner in a terrific spot for "clock viewing," a must when in this part of the city. The restaurant was busy, however, we did not feel rushed and ate an enjoyable, delicious meal with attentive service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 17, 2018

Food was excellent. Menu needs updating to be accurate though as we ordered apple crumble off the menu and in fact was apple and rhubarb and my husband hates rhubarb! I ordered beets as a starter and asked for goats cheese with it and was told it already came with cheese but his was not mentioned on the menu either. However we were able to return the crumble and get something else with no problem :). The location is fantastic - had an amazing view of the steam clock all through our lunch :).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 16, 2018

Great food. Great service. Very timely. A nice memory was made.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 9, 2018

This restaurant has to be on your list to stop by for dinner

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere. My only complaint was our server forgot to bring bread over.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 2, 2018

Great meal and glad we followed up on the recommendation

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 1, 2018

Appetizers took almost an hour too be served; Dinner was over an hour wait after the appetizers were served; When dinner was finally served ithe food was very disappointing for what they charge for an entree. You would think they would at least comp our appetizers or dessert for the ridiculous wait. Will not be returning and/or recommend!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

July 1, 2018

Service was top notch. Food was a bit lacklustre compared to my last visit ... crab cakes were a bit sad ...

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2018

This is the 2nd time we have had a group meeting in the upstairs private room, and will certainly return. The service was friendly and efficient. The food very good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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