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Water Street Cafe


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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Tomato & Basil Bruschetta
Fresh roma tomato, basil, asiago cheese, garlic, extra virgin olive oil
Soup of the Day
Sunshine Coast Seafood & Corn Chowder
For two 11.25
Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, fresh grated parmesan, anchovies & garlic
Fresh pacific shrimp +3.50
Mixed Green Salad
Champagne dijon vinaigrette, candied pecans
Roasted Golden Beet & Spinach Salad
Goat cheese, cherry tomato, dill vinaigrette
Mozzarella Alla Caprese Fresh Italian Mozzarella, Roma Tomato & Salsa Verde
Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio
Shaved parmesan, dijon, capers, extra virgin olive oil
Calamari Fritti
Cucumber garlic dill yogurt or sautéed in a marinara sauce
Fanny Bay Oysters
Smoked chipotle, cream, sundried tomato, parmesan gratinée
Small 12.50
Large 15.50
Spaghetti Alla Bolognese
The classic meat sauce, roma tomato, fresh herbs
Small 11.25
Large 13.75
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, bread crumbs, cracked chilies, parmesan cheese
Small 11.50
Large 14.50
Spaghetti Basilico
Fresh roma tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil
Small 13.50
Large 16.50
Linguine Alle Vongole
Baby clams, extra virgin olive oil & fresh herbs or marinara sauce
Small 13.50
Large 16.50
With Italian sausage plum tomato, cracked red chilies, extra virgin olive oil
Small 13.25
Large 16.25
Spaghetti Carbonara
Pancetta, scallions, egg, parmesan
Small 14.50
Large 17.50
Linguine Pesto
With chicken house made pesto, artichokes, sundried tomato, fresh chicken breast
Small 14.50
Large 17.50
Potato Gnocchi
Potato dumplings, prosciutto, fresh pacific shrimp, butternut squash w/ sage sauce
Small 13.75
Large 16.75
Spinach & Ricotta Cheese Ravioli
Fresh roma tomato, extra virgin olive oil & basil sauce
Small 15.95
Large 19.95
With jumbo prawns oven roasted roma tomato, basil, garlic, extra virgin olive oil
Italian Deli Panini on Ciabatta
Capicola picante, ham, salami, provolone cheese, salad & frites
Portobello Mushroom & Goat Cheese Panini
Grilled zucchini, eggplant, sweet peppers, salad & frites
Grilled Angus Cheddar Cheese Burger
Lettuce,​ tomato, red onion, chipotle mayo, dijon, frites
New York Steak Sandwich
Grilled focaccia bread, green peppercorn demi-glace, side salad & frites
Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich
Fresh​ chicken breast, roasted red peppers, basil salsa, herb cream cheese open faced on grilled focaccia bread, side salad & frites
Forno Roasted Chicken Salad
Avocado, papaya, fresh greens, orange & citrus vinaigrette
Jumbo Prawn & Papaya Salad
Pan seared, herb & citrus vinaigrette, served over crisp greens
Hot Salmon Salad
Seared wild BC salmon, sweet soya dressing, served over crisp greens
Open​ faced omelet, side salad & frites - changes daily
Fish & Chips
Beer batter, tartar sauce, side salad & frites
Veal Scaloppine
Thinly sliced veal, pan seared, lemon, sage & butter sauce
Ginger Braised Beef Short Ribs
Slow​ braised succulent short ribs, garlic mashed potatoes
Duck ConT
Pineapple chutney glaze, balsamic reduction, garlic mashed potatoes
West Coast Crab Cakes
Dungeness & rock crab, pacific shrimp, roasted corn salsa, garlic aioli
Grilled Fillet of Wild B.C. Salmon
Peppered honey basil strawberries, balsamic reduction
Miso Grilled Albacore Tuna
Scallion, pickled ginger, sesame soya dressing
Fresh Fish of the Day
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. From a great selection of local beers, spirits and one of the best BC wine lists in Vancouver we have the best that BC to offer you. 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. 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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunday night is their $ 35.00 Daily Creation option being served. Reservations were made by the spouses husband which he claims this is his favourite restaurant by far. My partner had the daily soup, rigatoni and the chocolate cake. I had for starters the Beet...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Diane K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Classy restaurant across from the Steam Clock with large windows with a view to the action. Service attentive to a large and diverse group. Food well prepared and visually attractive

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 740stephenl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Directly across the street from the Gastown Steam Clock, this bistro is informal but serves up very good food. The waiter was very helpful and friendly. Our party of four all enjoyed the food. Only complaint was the noise level made it hard to converse....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 132suzannee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice space with a casual elegance vibe, with large windows facing the streetscape giving it a European cafe feel. We were welcomed and seated promptly. Our server highlighted the evening specials and was attentive and informative. I chose the crab cakes, which were nicely...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank R6734ITsamb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ducked in here for an early lunch on a rainy day. Although we were not dressed the part for such a fancy place, we were quickly seated and made to feel welcome. The service was great, the food was great and it was a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank PaulParks
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Stopped in for dinner on our last night in Vancouver. Lovely staff, excellent wine list appealing ambience. One of the best meals we ate during our short trip to Vancouver, great place to sit and people watch too!

Date of visit: March 2019
2  Thank 37miles
Reviewed March 14, 2019

Was wandering around Gastown in the rain late in the morning looking for an early lunch. The restaurant we were looking for was closed but the Manager of the Water Street Cafe saw us lingering around the corner of his restaurant and invited us in...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Wade S
Reviewed March 14, 2019 via mobile

What a wonderful dinner we had at this cozy spot in Gastown. The service was personal and on point allowing us to enjoy our time alone but also engaged. Too this off with great food and we have a winner!

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Scenic784566
Reviewed March 4, 2019

We enjoyed our meal, which was well prepared and tasty, but we were totally put off by what we saw in the kitchen. They have an open plan so you can see the front couple of kitchen staff, and the one fellow who looked to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank TannisRob
Reviewed February 20, 2019

We had a very uncomfortable experience here as we got that table. The problem seemed to be the interaction of the air unit over the door and the ceiling fan. The result, in any case, was a downdraught that seemed impossible to control. After asking...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Dick L
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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and
stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of
being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many
plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell
the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's
history a more lively presence here than anywhere
else. Having been originally founded around a popular
worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of
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