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The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island

4.7
4.7
2562 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
The Sandbar serves up the freshest Seafood in a warm sophisticated atmosphere with offerings such as our fresh oyster bar, wood burning grill and weekday Happy Hour promotion offered.

Located in the heart of world-famous Granville Island, perched over the water front with views from every seat. Guests can enjoy the bustle of the market, the non-stop energy of False Creek and the shores of Vancouver’s West End. The busy animated open kitchen gives the guests the “Granville Island Market feeling” plus an up-close look at the chefs as they prepare their seafood creations.


Not bookable

Online reservations at The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island can only be made directly on their website.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Canadian, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 669-9030
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Wesley Dennis
  • Private party facilities
    Our "Crush" room located through our glass wine cellar can accommodate groups of up to 22.
  • Neighborhood
    Vancouver / British Columbia
  • Parking details
    Free Parking Available after 6:00 PM
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,562 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

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    Hot spot

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    Great for fine wines

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    Romantic

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    Great for scenic views

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    Most Booked

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    Hot spot

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    Great for fine wines

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    Romantic

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    Great for scenic views

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    Most Booked

2,562 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Was served breaded prawns after clearly stating I was celiac. Ordered the surf and turf special. Small, not so tasty portion was served with two small shrimp, “6 ounce” (4 ounce at best) steak and a side of completely undercooked boiled baby potatoes. Waited 15 minutes for the food to be remade as my partner waited her meal got cold. Restaurant did nothing to remedy the situation. We did have a small order of the sushi which was very good.

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  2. LisaM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The live music is great, but it is too loud. The tables are quite wide and I spent the whole meal leaning across the table, straining to hear my dining partner. It was like being in a nightclub and having to yell.

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  3. ErinL

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Perfect place to eat before seeing a show at The Arts Club.

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  4. Josie

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A win every time! The view can’t be beat on the patio. And the food is always excellent. We have been many times and enjoy it always!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the most amazing time!! The food was exceptionally great, our sever was conscientious, kind and knowledgeable, the ambiance was beautiful by the water and the entertainment was brilliantly outstanding with pianist/singer Emily Best. She was absolutely stunning!! We had the greatest time, ever!!

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  6. Couplefromvancouver

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place - good food, good entertainment mens and good times! Very enjoyable evening.

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  7. BreanneM

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favourite places to eat in the city! No, waiting when we got there on a Friday. Made a reservation at six and we managed to get out on the beautiful patio which we were hoping for. We were in a rush to get to the theatre and they got our food out in a hurry. Service was friendly and efficient. Ambiance was just divine! Thank you Sandbar!

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  8. SueG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Courteous staff and I wished we had had a table by the window as we had guests from the UK. Maybe next time I will enquire before we arrive at the restaurant.Thank you for the complementary birthday cake desert and I appreciated a quiet happy birthday from the waiter rather than make a noisy fuss!

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  9. Tiferrobin55

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved our meal. Great service and such a nice way to spend an afternoon with a long leisurely lunch. Shrimp cocktail was my favourite and my sister’s was the crab dip. Highly recommended.

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  10. DonH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Matt was a Great Waiter! Helped us chose Our Dinner Which was Great ! Picked the Sablefish … Was Good … but I’m a Halibut and Salmon Guy !

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  11. SandyR

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit pricy on some items, but the food is FANTASTIC. The salmon could not have been cooked any better. 10/10. Nice atmosphere with the piano player as well. If you want a nice dinner out, this is the spot for some amazing seafood dishes.

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  12. RachaelB

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Amanda was lovely and the food tasted delicious. I thought they had a good diverse offering on the menu while still sticking to the theme. That being said I wish the dish was more cohesive. I had albacore tuna and my partner had salmon, both of which came with veg and potatoe that were delicious but felt like an afterthought. As a seafood restaurant, maybe that was the point. The cocktails were awesome and I loved the live piano player. Overall would definitely have date night here again

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  13. rlee

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a table by the window with great view as asked for. Food and service were top notch, couldn’t be better. A wonderful start for a concert evening! Thanks a million!!!!

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  14. Lali

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! I had trouble choosing what to get, and everything was amazing.

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  15. TiffanyM

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual! Food was delicious service was great! We really enjoyed ourselves.

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  16. ArleneC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you Sandbar staff for working yesterday and making our Family Day super special . As usual, everything was delicious and service out of this world 💖. Shout out to our server Rob and Noura for making sure we are taken cared of...spoiled actually. Looking forward to the next time. Excellent job everyone.

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  17. MuratA

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Helpful friendly service, good food, fantastic location.

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  18. MarcS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the top restaurants in the city. The food was excellent and the service great.

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  19. CBinVan

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service and with reasonable prices. We had salmon and artic char, along with crab cakes and all items were absolutely delicious.

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  20. Igor

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant and it was fantastic! Warm welcome, inviting atmosphere, and delicious seafood. The menu had great options, with the Avocado & Pesto Benedict and Hummus highly recommended. Expertly prepared dishes bursting with flavor. Impeccable service made our experience perfect.

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  21. GordonD

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a pleasant experience. A little loud for conversation. The overall atmosphere was nice. I would go back but not in a hurry to get there.

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  22. RobertaB

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food. We previously had reservations for 2. We tried changing to 4. But they said they were fully booked. When we were seated the table was for 4. So it worked out

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  23. CindyL

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner with oysters, scallops and sablefish. We requested a window seat, but there were no more so we were seated in the patio along the glass with a beautiful view.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Generally the meal & service was good. But “SEAFOOD TOWER” is a loud and pompous name for a mediocre very overpriced platter where prawns are old/overcooked/too frozen (they sorta disintegrate when you bite them), crab legs also taste like just out of freezer, tartare is lacking flavour and reminds the taste of Costco frozen poke. And basically except caviar, that extravagant dish was not worthy of ordering. What really frustrated us is that when we complained about the prawns, they brought new prawns that were the same bad quality!!!

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  25. GabeF

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun time. Really enjoyed the pizza and the view from the patio

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  26. Wouter

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great hospitality combined with fresh cedar planked salmon and to sushi on beautful Granville Island: the Sandbar has it all👍🏼😊.

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  27. DenyseH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went for our 4th yr anniversary and they were amazing. They gave us our dessert for free and very attentive. We got the seafood tower along with 2 sushi rolls and a few cocktails. Our bill came to just below 300$. We didn't get a table to see the nice views but we took a look around while waiting for our meal. It was an amazing experience.

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  28. ErickRN

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I visited with My girlfriend on Valentine's day for dinner. The Valentine's special menu was exquisite. The waiter was kind and professional, the live music not too loud and enjoyable, such as the environment. We had an amazing experience in there. It's been a while since the last time I ate seafood this good. Everything was fresh and delicious. I definietly will come back for more!

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  29. JoshL

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    All the seafood was good. Even the people who got steak said it was very good. I got the Sablefish and it was very very good. The seafood pasta with prawns I tried and it was also very good. No complaints from anyone in our party for any of the food.

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  30. None

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was not until the end of this survey that you asked what nickname I wanted to use for the review. But, you did not make me aware that this survey would be published and I do NOT want it published. I am happy to have it shared with the restaurant management only. Permission should have been sought first to publish. Thanks

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  31. Suria

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our first time dining at The Sandbar to celebrate my son birthday.Our server Rihanna was amazing.We loved the food & ambience.For sure will go back again.Thank You for the lovely experience.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So far so good. Food is good. The price is reasonable.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish special - sablefish - was a succulent, perfectly prepared entree seasoned and wood grilled to perfection. Served with colorful fresh vegetables and coconut rice, it was a masterpiece.

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  34. Casual

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific atmosphere, food pretty good, services adequate. Server managed to spill a dish on one of our guests. No apology. However replacement menus item at least came quickly. Would have preferred some sort of consideration for the slip up.

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  35. neeshhhy

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    we were there for a birthday. server knew this but forgot several times. He kept attending to the table in front of us. forgot to bring drinks and an extra napkin. we reminded him twice. brought out birthday cake but again forgot and didn't bring a candle. we sate over 10mins with our desserts waiting for him to come back so we could ask for a candle. horrible service. place seems to have gone downhill. Also only had one oyster available and the server blamed it on the Pandemic which has been over for more then a year!

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  36. Marcel

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seafood others had was good but I had strip loin steak and it was tough Flavors were good Waiter was awesome!

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  37. GailA

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great evening. Matt all appreciated Matt.

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  38. Lucille

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience from our amazing server (Veronika) to a sumptuous sable fish meal. Every course was sublime, tasty and presented in an attractive way. Nautical ambience was an added bonus. With this high level of service coupled with toothsome food, prices seem reasonable. We will return again and again and ……. :)

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  39. Yourhonor

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I booked a table on the right side and they gave me a table on the left side. when I asked to move they didn't care

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  40. Leon

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a really lovely family celebration dinner. Great service and delicious food. Highly recommend!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island is rated 4.7 stars by 2562 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island can only be made directly on their website.

Google Map for The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island

1535 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Vancouver / British Columbia
  • Hours of operation
    Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Canadian, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free Parking Available after 6:00 PM
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Wesley Dennis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (604) 669-9030
  • Private party facilities
    Our "Crush" room located through our glass wine cellar can accommodate groups of up to 22.
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