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Ancora Ambleside

4.5
237 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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Offers

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 237 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CamillaJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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BrandOne
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
119 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.

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StevenM
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

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vipSwaffie
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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RichardA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice to have a really nice restaurant in West Vancouver. However, overpriced. $61 for an 8oz tenderloin.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Best seafood appetizers ever. Good value, was very worth it

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

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!

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artinz
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing same with the service and everything else.

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Reubensdad
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

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.

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BenKerr
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

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.

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TedandDar
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great! It was Valentine’s Day so it was very busy. But the waitress’ service was excellent!

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PeterG
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and fantastic service.

I am beginning to think of Ancora as a real gem in West Vancouver

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Olga
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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 :-)

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vipJessica
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Horrible desserts. Red meat very good.

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Canadianfoodie
Vancouver
42 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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vipIGGhosh
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant lives up to its promise. Excellent food, outstanding Serv band great ambiance.

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SaraH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing, the atmosphere is calming and beautiful and the staff very welcoming 👍🏼.

FAQs

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.