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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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March 19, 2019

Wait staff and general manager were super, as was the food. Good wine list.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Water St Café was a delight to enjoy brunch at. The staff were so friendly, welcoming and attentive. The venue is beautifully designed, light and spacious. The food was absolutely delicious, perfectly timed and perfectly cooked. We really enjoyed people-watching through the large windows, and listening to the steam clock chime. Many thanks for a lovely experience! We will definitely be recommending this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

The service here was absolute amazing. Eli facilitated a smooth booking and accommodated all of our culinary requirements. Joe was our host for the night an made sure everything ran smoothly. Long story short - Love the service, location and food. I have no problems recommending this spot to anyone.!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 17, 2019

Very nice server

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 15, 2019

We reserved a table ahead of time but were seated directly next to the front door. When we asked for a less busier area, we were seated at the very back of the restaurant near the noisy kitchen. We had trouble hearing each other. Walk-in guests who didn’t reserve somehow got the nicer window seats. First our server brought food but not enough utensils or napkins. He did manage to bring the utensils but we had to wait at least 10 minutes & food got cold. Servers seemed overworked & were nowhere to be found during our meal. We ordered coffee & dessert. Sadly our server managed to bring one dessert & forgot the coffees. We ended up without water & grabbed some napkins off another table. Won’t be going back.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

March 13, 2019

We happily celebrated my Mother’s 87th birthday at The Water Street Cafe. Our appetizers were wonderful and started off the evening perfectly. We had the Burrata Caprese (YUM) and the Calamari (Yum) too! Our main courses were fabulous. The Chef was very accommodating to adjusting our dishes for vegetarians. Will definitely be going back. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Excellent ambiance, food and service!!! Joe was amazing!!! Thank you for making Laura’s birthday celebration so special and truly memorable. We will continue to recommend you to our friends and family!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Always Fabulous, this is why we recommend this restaurant to our guests at the hotel I work at! The staff are always so friendly and have great recommendations if you don't exactly know what you want:)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Love this place, always. Friendly and unpretentious. With great service from knowledgeable, warm staff. And the food? Terrific!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 28, 2019

excellent, as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2019

I recommend the Water Street Cafe completely for any type of celebration or simply a fabulous meal any given day. The food is so thoughtfully prepared, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is classic, unique and wonderful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2019

Nice atmosphere, a bit loud though and the tables are pretty close together. Past was decent noting amazing. Nice date night idea.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

February 24, 2019

Love this place☺️

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 22, 2019

Lovely venue, good food and warm service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2019

It was a wonderful experience, warm and inviting! The food was so full of flavor and had original takes on classic dishes that I really loved!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2019

We appreciated having a round table . It was a very nice evening. Thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2019

Great restaurant, great people. Always amazing food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

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