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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was here on four separate occasions in March. Overall I highly recommend this restaurant. Weekday lunch (Dine Out Vancouver): Clint was our server and he was amazing. So funny and personable, great humor, engaging, very attractive, helpful and overall a super nice guy. I...had the burrata and beets appie, pasta with clams (spaghetti vongole) and tiramisu. Everything was good; I really enjoyed the beets, and the pasta was garlicky with lots of clams. I also tried my friend's crab cake benny, which I thought was delicious. I don't usually like tiramisu but I really like it here. Drinks were good too. Overall, great food and great service. Weekday lunch (lobster madness): Clint was our server and he was again amazing. He remembered me and presented us with a complimentary appie - hummus on taro chips - it was tasty and light. We had the burrata caprese, lobster benny on focaccia and tiramisu. All delicious, lots of lobster on the benny. Again, great experience overall. Weekend dinner (lobster madness): I had the lobster salad (half lobster) and the surf and turf (half lobster). I didn't realize the lobster would come in the shell - so I struggled eating the salad, and i asked for the lobster in my surf & turf to be deshelled. Mistake. I could see that the deshelled lobster I received was not even close to the actual amount of lobster I would have gotten if I had not said anything. The salad was okay, sort of a boring salad and the lobster of course took time to deshell and eat. The steak in the surf and turf was delicious, and the lobster was good too - I could really taste the butter. Service was average, but our server didn't seem too attentive to our empty drinks. Weekend dinner (lobster madness): I had the lobster bisque, lobster cioppino as the main, & tiramisu. The bisque was okay, not super flavorful, and had no pieces of lobster in it like I was hoping there would be. The cioppino was totally worth it, as it had mussels, clams, tender salmon, and a half lobster. I spent the time deshelling it and it was totally worth it. Sauce/broth was delicious too. The tiramisu was as usual delicious. Server was friendly and always on time. The food is great here and Clint the server is phenomenal!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Kaitlyn P, Marketing at Water St. Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello! Thank you for the detailed and kind review! We’re proud to have Clint as a server, along with our whole great team. We look forward to hosting you again and thank you for your wonderful support!

Reviewed February 22, 2021

Stopped by for a quick cocktail before 10PM curfew, had an early grey old fashioned that was amazing. Wishing we had time/appetite for dinner, but will definitely make sure to have dinner there next time, everything smelt so good and other tables' food looked unreal....Definitely going back again next time i'm in the Van.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 8, 2021 via mobile

One of our go to spots each week to eat/drink and listen to fantastic background live music, particularly Sundays and Wednesdays if you are a jazz lover. David Sikula does a great job to bring in talented artists. Very good service with a nice drink...selection and food menu. Plenty of plexiglas between guests and performers. For jazz nights, they implemented a noise policy to keep your talking to low whisper, if at all to respect the performers and us regulars who come here to listen to the music. Check out who is playing by searching for 2nd floor gastown on Facebook and then make your dining reservation on the restaurant website.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 3, 2021

The amazing staff complete the great dining experience we had Christmas day. Not being able to spend time with family was replaced with delicious food, friendly and accommodating staff and perfect ambiance.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 31, 2020 via mobile

Despite the health order to shut down alcohol sales earlier we had superb evening here on new year's eve. You could have had their 5 course set menu or limited a la carte. We so much enjoyed their lobster risotto, sablefish and clams entrees prime...rib and pumpkin cheesecake to finish off. All excellent. We come here regularly on other nights as well to enjoy their live music lineup. Thumbs up. Great service! We love coming hereMore

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 9, 2020

We started coming I would say at least monthly since July to have some dinner and enjoy the local live music on the 2nd floor. They’ve increased the plexi glass separation. As we work through the menu we’ve tried: OK: crab cakes; Good: mezze platter,...calamari fritti, burrata caprese with sundried tomato was unusual, burger; Excellent: mushroom gnocchi, spaghetti alle vongole, meatballs & pappardelle, short rib, lamb shank-huge. The service has been very good each time.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed October 25, 2020

To be fair for this review, we went during the week and stopped here late evening (around 9pm or so) for a couple late night drinks in October 2020. We didn't try their food. That said: we loved this place at night. They had candle...lit atmosphere that we could see from outside and inside was even better to be in. COVID-wise they have one entrance in, one exit only to minimize contact. The tables are social distanced, and very tastefully at that. They placed tables with decorations in between and spaced everything out very nice. And it looked very natural design-wise; unlike a plastic barrier between the table next to you for example. While we didn't know it, upstairs they seemed to have a live band playing, as I went to the restroom. The booths looked in use and wasn't sure if a fee was required or not, however they played well from what I could hear and was fairly loud. Which is very surprising: the place itself is fairly old looking. So aside from a spiral staircase upstairs dividing it, we had zero clue they had a live band up there and one side couldn't hear the other: it was perfect. I was impressed the upstairs band couldn't be heard below and vice-versa. We had a couple drinks, and we loved the atmosphere. You're just outside where the Steam Clock is as well and can see it from where you're seated (on the first floor) and at night seeing the steam roll off, along with candle-lit tables, was a fantastic atmosphere and something we'll remember.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 13, 2020

well finding good service at a restaurant in Vancouver is like finding a needle in a haystack...and we were thankful to stumble upon this delicious, hospitable cafe! From the moment we arrived the host was attentive and helpful. We were sat at a nice table...near the window and the server made conversation. Food was delicious, highly recommend the salmon tartare. When we visit Vancouver again we will return!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

We stopped in for supper on a Sunday evening at about 6:30. I had meatballs and gnocchi while my wife had the 3-course meal. Her mushroom gnocchi was phenomenal. My meatballs were excellent. Gnocchi is their specialty and they're among the best I've had. The...staff were helpful and friendly. My only knock against the place is the slowness of service. 40 minutes for our mains after our appetizer. 15 mins waiting for bill. Another 10 mins waiting for credit card machine etc etc Otherwise, it's a great place. We'll likely return.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 6, 2020

A great place for a meal - it's a bistro not just a cafe. We had salmon and beef burgers - they were great! Daily specials. Great place to watch the steam clock!

Date of visit: July 2020
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