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Committed to Quality... Our culinary team works with local suppliers to bring in the freshest of products to showcase the best that BC has to offer. Local beers, spirits and the best BC wine list in Vancouver. What every small restaurant ought to be: a commitment to quality, service and value that keeps our guests coming back time and time again. Creating true guest connection and the best hospitality experience in Vancouver. We are a Vancouver landmark since 1988 Across from the steam clock in the heart of historic Gastown, our stone-clad heritage building, the Edward Hotel, has stood since 1906 amongst the cobble stone streets in the oldest neighborhood in Vancouver. Our restaurant has been
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Canadian
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Vibrant cafe atmosphere with friendly staff. Excellent food from an eclectic menu with reasonable prices. Takes reservations.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommend by a friend. Very lucky to get a window seat - entertaining watching people photograph the underwhelming Gas Town clock! Service very good. Good also very good but expected just a little more for the price. Both opted for fish - salmon tasty, cod...needed a bit more flavour. BC Sauvignon Blanc wine was ok - glass topped up regularly from bottle we ordered which was a nice touch. A nice ambiance + good central location.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the opportunity to go to dinner last night at Water Street Cafe. The minute we walked in we were welcomed and treated like family. The hostess directed us to our table looking out on the Water Street steam clock. She was so welcoming...and professional asking us about ourselves and telling us a bit about the restaurant. We started our meal with a before dinner drink delivered in minutes that were the best we have had ever. Our meal started with the house specialty- crab cakes. We have had crab cakes from the east coast to Alaska. None have been as well prepared and seasoned as these were. The crab was in abundance and the presentation was amazing. We then ordered a glass of wine each off of the incredibly extensive wine menu that included so many BC wines. It seamed the wine was delivered within seconds of our ordering it. Upon the servers recommendation we both ordered the Dungeness Crab spaghetti. Not only because fresh crab done well is hard to come by but to have this with house made pasta was a simple decision. It did not disappoint. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the crab was in a sauce that enhanced the flavour and did not over power it. The mild rich flavour of crab is a challenge as it is easily over powered. The sauce complimented and enhanced the crab. Simply amazing . We ordered a second glass of wine and enjoyed amazing service even as we went up stairs to enjoy our dessert with out wine. The service upstairs was equally amazing. This staff clearly enjoy their jobs and serving people . So attentive. An amazing evening. Thanks staff and owners for a cut above experience!!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Limited menu that is on the expensive side. Pleasant staff - but so few, a side order placed mid-meal never made it. Food was nothing to write home about. Location is the sole redeeming quality. All things considered, if dining in Gastown, chose another location.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Kaitlyn B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you directly about your experience with us. Kindly email us at info@waterstreetcafe.ca.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Water St. Cafe is easy to find, directly across the street from the historic Gastown clock. We stopped in - without a reservation - on a Thursday evening and were seated at a window table. Food was excellent, beautifully plated and served well. Our waitress...was excellent. We enjoyed watching the tour groups pass by while we each had glass of wine from their varied selection. So good, we decided to come back the next night. We lucked out with continued delicious food and great service - including smiles of recognition and complimentary glasses of sparkling wine as a welcome back. Even better, there was a live jazz band concert that evening upstairs, so we enjoyed great music, too! Highly recommnend for the food, service, and wine list. By the way, on our way out, we noticed the Trip Advisor awards they've already received! No surprise there - do stop in and enjoy!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Kaitlyn B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

How wonderful! Thank you for joining us twice! We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The worst Italian food and service I’ve ever had and I’ve been to many restaurants in my life. It wouldn’t make my top 100 restaurants , don’t ever go there !!!!!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Kaitlyn B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you directly about your experience. Kindly email us at info@waterstreetcafe.ca. Thank you.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has a good atmosphere and is right in centre of Gastown area. Staff very friendly and decent service although did have a bit of a wait for drinks. I had the gnocchi with prawns which was ok but gnocchi was not melt in...the mouth and prawns were a little overcooked. Tiramisu for dessert was a lot more authentic and a good sized portion. Overall not bad value for area and a good location but wouldn't rave about the food.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Kaitlyn B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your honest feedback, we appreciate hearing from our guests and hope to host you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were great, good food, view - opposite the Steam Clock on Gas town. Good wine list . Had a great evening.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Kaitlyn B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wonderful! Thank you!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came in on Saturday evening and sat upstairs, amazing music and food. The servers were excellent and service efficient… Great drinks too

Date of visit: May 2022
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Kaitlyn B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! We have music every night and for brunch on Sundays. We hope to host you again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being tourists, we were looking for a brunch and happened upon this gem of a place. It was a great experience. The breakfast sandwich is incredibly good. My wife enjoyed the Blackstone Benny and we had great drinks as well. It's right across from the...steam clock and you can see it from our table. A great place! Thank youMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Kaitlyn B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for making us a destination on your trip!

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May 18, 2022|
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Hello! Unfortunately, we are not able to permit dogs inside the restaurant or on the patio as per health code regulations.
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November 2, 2021|
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Hello! You can find our menus on our website under the “Menus” option. Menus can also be found on our Facebook and Google pages. Thank you!
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Our menus can be found on our website under the “Menus” option. You can also find them on our Facebook and Google pages. Thank you!
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Water St. Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4