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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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
Buck a shuck happy hour!!
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.
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.
excellent service - the most important aspect of fine dining - rectified all situations with food with understanding and care
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."
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.
Excellent dinner. Would definitely visit again. Servers were wonderful especially with the pandemic. Food was excellent.
Service was warm yet professional. Enjoyed the ambience. The food was amazing.
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.
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!
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.
Amazing food! Amazing staff, beautiful location! Irini is a sweetheart! Thank you!
Very enjoyable evening with wonderful service. I had the sablefish and it may be the best meal I have ever been served.
Very good food and service. A unusual and welcome restaurant in W. Van.
So happy that you’re open again and we’ll done on the lovely food and cocktails!
Took my beautiful date K out here for dinner. The food is amazing, great looking Resturant and attentive staff
Awesome food!! Priceyyyish but worth it!
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.
EST restaurant in a long time!
Everything was wonderful
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.
Brilliant! Original, beautiful food, friendly and accommodating staff...
Awesome food. Great service. Excellent drinks.
The food was good however, there wass something missing when compared to say, La Mar, in San Francisco, or with Ceviche, in London.
We ordered the tuna ceviche which wasn't a ceviche at all. It was a tuna tatake on a Peruvian sauce. There's enough good tuna tatake in Vancouver, and if that's what we wanted, we would have gone elsewhere. We wanted a ceviche so we went to Ancora and felt a bit let down. The other criticism would be the causas. They were quite small compared to the aforementioned two other locations.
All in all it was good and we will return in the future, we were just hoping for a bit more.
Ancora is fantastic! One of the few places in the area where you can get Peruvian cuisine. The flavours are amazing and the service is always top notch.
Nice to have a really nice restaurant in West Vancouver. However, overpriced. $61 for an 8oz tenderloin.
Best seafood appetizers ever. Good value, was very worth it
Watch out for the server asking you if your want your drink being made with “well alcohol” as opposed premium and then charging you premium anyway. Very shady way of doing business!
The food was amazing same with the service and everything else.
Server was great. Was majorly over booked and took us over 2 hours to get are main. Which we took to go cause we were tired of waiting. 2nd time there won't be going back.
The beef short rib for the Valentine’s Day set menu gave me nightmares. It was of the worst things I have ever eaten. I’d be curious to try it again when it isn’t a set menu, but unfortunately that was enough to keep me away for good.
For a busy night the food was excellent. We felt the pre-fix menu was a good representation of what to come back to experience fully. The front of house staff had a rough night. Inexperienced and understaffed front door meant guests were left waiting for 30min with reso. No real organization to get people seats at the bar or anything to help the delay. Management were candid and apologetic; table service and kitchen made up for the initial poor impression. We will be back, overall we still felt the restaurant was excellent.
We chose to visit Ancora for Valentine's Day dinner as their web site stated that they had a special Valentine's tasting menu as well as their a la cart menu. When we arrived, we were informed that we would have to wait for our reservation as they were running behind. In addition, we were told that the a la cart menu was not available. After being seated at 8:15 for our 7:15 reservation, the manager came over to help us withe menu. We showed him their web site that documented the a la cart option. The manager did a great job of offering an option for my wife who had an issue with the set menu items.
The service and food presentation were excellent.
One last comment. While sitting at the bar waiting for our 7:15 table, we had the pleasure of watching the kitchen staff. Sadly, one of the items we saw was a staff member thawing out sable fillets using a propane torch with the flame from the torch touching the frozen fillets. Not the type of handling of frozen fish products that I would expect from Ancora. Needless to say I did not chose the sable menu option.
Food was great! It was Valentine’s Day so it was very busy. But the waitress’ service was excellent!
Great food and fantastic service.
I am beginning to think of Ancora as a real gem in West Vancouver
One of the best sea-food restaurants in the Greater Vancouver. Definitely THE best one on the North Shore. The food is superior; a very interesting (and successful!) twist on the Japanese cuisine. Reasonable corkage fee. We will be back, often :-)
Horrible desserts. Red meat very good.
Absolutely wonderful food, beverages ( wasabi margarita was amazing!) and very attentive service. Nice ambience too.
My only suggestion would be to list the specials shortly after giving the menus, not quite awhile later. Nicer to be informed.
This restaurant lives up to its promise. Excellent food, outstanding Serv band great ambiance.
The food is amazing, the atmosphere is calming and beautiful and the staff very welcoming 👍🏼.
Ancora Ambleside is rated 4.5 stars by 237 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.