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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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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 1 week ago via mobile

Ask the server for recommendations..there are choices and delicious!! Appetizers, drinks, and man dishes for many different tastes to enjoy!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed May 10, 2024

We celebrated a family birthday for my aunt recently. The food was outstanding, presentation impeccable, ambience amazing, and overall great experience! I am a repeat customer traveling from Ontario, we make a point of coming here every time I make it into town. Ensuring that...the customer is the top priority at this establishment reflects well creating a powerful image and relationship with their valued customers!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2024

Wonderful, thank you! We hope to host you again!

Reviewed May 3, 2024 via mobile

We initially stopped at the cafe at lunchtime. We didn’t want to eat anything however they happy to seat us and we could have a drink. We saw some meals being brought out and they looked delicious. We booked for dinner and we were not...disappointed. There is a photo of Seafood Gnocchi and it lived up to our he photograph. The seafood was absolutely delicious and plenty of it. My friend didn’t like gnocchi and they were happy to swap the gnocchi for spaghetti. The service was friendly and attentive. Well done Team!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2024

Thank you for the great review! We hope to host you again!

Reviewed April 27, 2024 via mobile

I enjoyed our meal. I had the braised lamb. It was delicious with a tomato sauce. I also had asparagus and it was nicely done. My wife and brother in law had the clam chowder and they both enjoyed it. My other brother in law...had the chicken parmesan. It was huge and on spaghetti.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2024

Thank you for the kind review! We hope to host you again soon.

Reviewed April 20, 2024

Well well well, Eli 😐 I’ve got a bone to pick with you….. I was introduced to the amazing French Toast 2 years ago, and I’ve been craving it ever since. I’ve told countless people about it, and strongly urged them to go try it...….. I finally found an opportunity to come back to this neck of the woods, I was so pumped up this morning as I marched myself down to the café - about to stuff that goodness in my mouth again 🤤 ….. And BAM 😳, you’ve taken it off the menu …. What in all of Christmas, Eli?!?!? I’ll have you know - You were wrong & Clint was right 😝 It’s of the utmost importance that you reinstate the French Toast. The Dulce waffle is good, but it will forever live in the shadow of the French Toast. How could you do that me & Clint, Eli?!? Just stomp on the little guys - pulled the rug right out from under us. “Not today Bonnie - fun’s over” - That’s what you might as well have said out loud, to my face - right before you sent me away again, back to a place where it’s cold and miserable and there’s no Water St. Cafe … tsk tsk 😉More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 13, 2024

It’s taken me a while to get around to this review after an incredibly disappointing Christmas Dinner when I was in Vancouver with my family. The quality of the food but, in particular, of the main course was what I would expect from a frozen...dinner except that the vegetables were stone cold with the rest of the meal luke-warm. I don’t know if that was because of the error in serving that was made (they skipped our salad course by mistake with not even an apology). Maybe the food went back and just sat out while they brought us and we finished the salads. But for a meal where they charged $125/person, it was totally unacceptable. When we arrived, we sat down and ordered cocktails. We were asked to choose our food selections immediately. Sure enough, the cocktails and the first course arrived at the same time. I think we had been seated 10 minutes by that point. So we delayed ordering the wine and drank cocktails with the first course. We still hadn’t finished the appetizers when they tried to serve the main course and I had to ask for salad course that was missed. The food was coming out so quickly, we had no time to digest and we completed the entire meal of 4 courses in an hour. We were told, when I booked, that we had the table for 2 hours and nobody was arriving to fill the departing tables when we were there, so I don’t know what the urgency was. We were not even offered coffee or tea with dessert. The bill was brought after 15 minutes, and we were out. The only thing I was grateful for was that none of us fell ill after the meal. I did write to the restaurant afterwards to complain that a bill over $500 for three people for the quality of food and service that we experienced on Christmas, was totally unacceptable. They offered to have me return for another “experience”. I don’t even know what that means but, unfortunately, I don’t live in Vancouver, and I would not be willing to risk another similar experience by returning during another visit. Also, this was a special occasion, being Christmas dinner with family coming into town to get together, and it was embarrassing to me personally having selected this as a spot where we should spend our evening. I would have expected that a portion of our meals would have been refunded but they refused. I have read other reviews which seem very positive so I can only assume that they were not able to handle such large crowds for Christmas dinner and had pre-prepared all of the meals, maybe days in advance. But what we paid for a lukewarm Swanson dinner was unacceptable and, unfortunately, really ruined our family Christmas dinner.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2024

Hello and thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We'd be happy to connect with you again to discuss your experience directly. Please email us at info@waterstretcafe.ca and we'll connect you with our Management Team. Thank you.

Reviewed April 11, 2024

We had a wonderful dinner a this restaurant. The food was delicious and the servers were prompt and attentive. We took our grandchildren with us and they were treated with kind attention. We all had a marvelous time.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2024

Thank you for the kind review! We hope to host you again soon.

Reviewed April 7, 2024 via mobile

This is a lovely restaurant. The food was excellent and Chad, our waiter, was very helpful and quite humorous! Definitely would recommend this as a good restaurant in Gastown.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2024

Thank you! We look forward to hosting you again.

Reviewed April 6, 2024 via mobile

Chad was our server, he was so charming. Full of good jokes and great menu recommendations (trust him!) The food was amazing, only left wanting a larger portion size :) Definitely coming again for their homemade gnocchi!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2024

Thank you!

Reviewed December 11, 2023

Romantic restaurant with great food and superb people watching. So good, we went twice in one week! Charming and engaging wait staff who were happy to answer any questions about the food and the area. We ordered the homemade butternut squash pasta and also the...Pacific lobster and it was amazing! It's across the street from the Gastown steam clock so there is a lot of activity to watch as you eat.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kaitlyn Brennan, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2024

How lovely! Thank you for the kind review!

Reviewed November 26, 2023 via mobile

We enjoyed the ambience the appetizers were very good and the main course was solid. Very enjoyable experience through first table.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 23, 2023

Got invited for amazing wonderful 5 course wine set diner once a month even at the Water St Cafe from my business partner , if you like me , picky and fussy , you never go wrong with their wine tasting menu here , I...all way happy and enjoyed the quality of the food and service for their Gas Town location , just across the Steam Clock , very trendy and relax , good turn out , menu excellent creative planning , every dishes and wine just delicious , top notch ! compliments to the chef , simply stunning with professional staff , not miss a beat , impressed P/R from the Lady Management , well done Ladies ! truly it is one of the best Wine Tasting Dinner I been ! I have no problem come back here any time if I am in Gas Town , menu lot to choose from , and not pricy special the Brunch ! Thank you ! truly recommend it .More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 8, 2023 via mobile

Very pleasant two hours in the restaurant - great ambiance and good food. Not always easy to enjoy a meal on your own - but the staff serving me were warm and friendly and I did not feel like a was being chased during my...meal - and the place was busy! It is in a great location and food for people watching. I chose the meatballs with pork, beef and veal in a rich tomato sauce - which was yummy.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed October 7, 2023 via mobile

We just flew into town and decided to spend the afternoon in the Gastown district. Through recommendations in Trip Advisor we chose Water St for a late lunch. Unsure of what “Canadian” cuisine is exactly, we were excited by the menu. Some bison, duck and...crab later we were stuffed and loving it. The drinks did not disappoint nor did the affogato for dessert. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 27, 2023 via mobile

Great live music on second floor. Cozy atmosphere and great service. Food is delusions. It’s not cheap here but the place is great. It was worth it!

Date of visit: September 2023
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K B, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2023

Thank you!

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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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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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