Ancora Ambleside

4.5
255 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Seafood
Ancora’s mission is to embrace the harmony of Peruvian and Japanese
cultures while incorporating the bounty of the West Coast

Ancora has received numerous awards and accolades. This legendary waterfront location is truly a window to Vancouver, and its culinary scene.

Ancora's mission is to embrace the harmony of Peruvian and Japanese cultures while incorporating the bounty of riches the West Coast has to offer. Ancora's cuisine manifesto is hinged on sustainable seafood, while sourcing local and international ingredients, and draws inspiration from its Pacific Northwest surroundings. Understanding the city's dining evolution has inspired Ancora to create a menu that accommodates all of its diners' culinary desires, combining flavours and techniques which embrace several diverse cultures in a modern, yet approachable setting.

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COCKTAIL HOUR

Starting Oct 1, 2020 · Sun - Sat 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Buck a shuck, happy hour wine, cocktails and food daily from 2:30-5pm

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 255 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWoodG
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our evening at Ancora was amazing.
Outstanding service, superb cuisine and very, very carefully crafted cocktails.
For me, outside of Rome the dining experience at Ancora is as good as it gets.

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ChrisT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly service, nice and quiet ambiance in a great location.

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Froshie
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

My son’s birthday.

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PavM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. Happy hour is great value

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vipMontrosers
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the beauty of the room. It is always an occasion when we dine there...even if, Angus wore his slippers last time!
Your staff is excellent on every level.
The food has to be navigated,but.
, Ephesus have figured out what we like.
Thank you.
Margaret &Angus Reid

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vipj9Vancouver
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and style. We shared the causas as a started followed by mains: pasta special, risotto, fish and chips and paella. Everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent!!! So tasty and presentation is beautiful!

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Thomasn
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good service and all
Take out is discounted by 20%

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JudeC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful views, great ambience, delicious food and cocktails and wonderful service. We will be back!

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Fito
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My experience was incredible thank you to our service, food and the place very great full!

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NadyS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable atmosphere with one of a kind menu items, very enjoyable night out

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vipGarthS
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, and strong service in a mindful, Covid prudent environment. Highly recommended.

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vipMorag
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for a birthday lunch at the professional staff, food and service were excellent. Very engaging.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place, especially at happy hour. Food is great, staff is great and the “buck a shuck” oysters can’t be beat for the price.

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Localfoodiw
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

Poor service. Fresh oyster. Over cooked mussels. Nice view

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TLucky
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great atmosphere and food is good but pricy and service is really good.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Their ambience is quite nice but the oysters were not so fresh and their service was very poor.

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CamillaJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb experience! Irine our server made our evening very special and her attention to detail, sense of humour and acuity to the moment were very appreciated. Well done to Chef, cooking staff and managers.

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sofull
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service
Fresh seafood
Amazing view
Buck a shuck happy hour!!

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BrandOne
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food combined with excellent service by fantastic staff who worked very hard to ensure everyone in our party had an excellent dining experience. We were a party of four including two former chefs, one of whom was invited to view behind the scenes in the kitchen. Collective words from our party used to describe their meals: delicious, fresh, outstanding, impeccable, beautiful. Well done Ancora and thank you Irene. Highly recommended.

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Hugh
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice restaurant, beautiful Decour. Interesting menu, service was very nice. The Sushi pizza Is a terrific appetizer. Wine list a little bit limited but overall a great experience.

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vipVanfoodlover
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

excellent service - the most important aspect of fine dining - rectified all situations with food with understanding and care

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NormanF
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully designed restaurant near West Vancouver's ocean front, with reasonably convenient parking. Ancora's greeter offered seating for the two of us in the restaurant's quiet side or in the part with more energy.

We started with a Mixto Ceviche (mussels, scallops, shrimp, calamari, seaweed, yam). A dish very dependent on precise cooking was prepared perfectly, with bold flavourings.

I had scallops on edamame puree. The shellfish was correctly seared and not over or under cooked. In the only imperfect moment of the night, they had sat a touch too long and were barely warm when served.

Partner had been yearning for aji panca sablefish throughout Ancora Ambleside's Covid closure. She was not disappointed with this entree flavoured by mild Peruvian red pepper. Sablefish is a dish she has enjoyed at numerous restaurants and declares Ancora's version the absolute best.

I am not a fan of typical risottos but the shrimp, lobster, and rice dish we shared was extraordinary. Bold flavours elevated a dish that is sometimes too bland. Not this one.

I closed my meal with a dish of three fresh fruit sorbets. Perfect choice. Partner chose a chocolate dessert but agreed that something lighter was in order after a filling dinner.

As Siskel and Ebert used to say, "Two thumbs up."

Way up.

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Dtam23
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ancora was amazing as always. I’ve been to the Ambleside location a few times now and it has never disappointed. Service is top notch. The food is different and delicious. It’s a must in Vancouver.

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SarahH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner. Would definitely visit again. Servers were wonderful especially with the pandemic. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was warm yet professional. Enjoyed the ambience. The food was amazing.

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AllisonC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to see Ancora Ambleside open again. Enjoyed a wonderful meal, lovely staff. Very attentive. Would return anytime and highly recommend the restaurant to others.

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CoraM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect! I was surprised a bit with the pricing, but to own a restaurant with that location I’m sure the rent there is extremely high.
For a special occasion I would go back for sure!

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Katherine
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for cocktail hour with a few girlfriends - our server was outstanding and the food was amazing!! Not to mention the beautiful decor and beautiful waterfront view. Would totally go back.

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vipAllyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing staff, beautiful location! Irini is a sweetheart! Thank you!

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MaureenS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with wonderful service. I had the sablefish and it may be the best meal I have ever been served.

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TerryV
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and service. A unusual and welcome restaurant in W. Van.

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vipLucy22
Vancouver
47 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So happy that you’re open again and we’ll done on the lovely food and cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my beautiful date K out here for dinner. The food is amazing, great looking Resturant and attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome food!! Priceyyyish but worth it!

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vipRedd
Vancouver
120 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Very quiet night, I mean very quiet.
We enjoyed the veggie ceviche, and sea urchin starters, followed by the sable fish, and off menu, I ordered a "short rib brussel sprout combo" to make up my entree.
A request happily accommodated.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous!!!
EST restaurant in a long time!
Everything was wonderful
Melody Richards

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ClaraH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ancora Ambleside is my favourite restaurant in West Van. It's beautiful, chic and trendy, designed specifically to reflect its waterfront location. Every bite is a delight!
I like the crab starter, 3 pieces of deliciousness, sometimes not on the men, but if you ask they will make it. For entrée I love the steelhead trout, my guests had the duck . For dessert we shared the picarones, it's the perfect share dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant! Original, beautiful food, friendly and accommodating staff...

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Calvin
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome food. Great service. Excellent drinks.

FAQs

Ancora Ambleside is rated 4.5 stars by 255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.