Ancora False Creek

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Embracing the harmony of Peruvian and Japanese cultures while incorporating the bounty of the West Coast seafood.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.1
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
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SoniaP
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Armando was awesome! It was a great night to celebrate the second to last day of the year

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Bonnie
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were treated like royalty! Every thing was delightful and our meals were all so special!

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JoeS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Our second visit. Great food, just a new server who did not know the menu well. The service was less than what we would expect for a restaurant in this price range.

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vipMaxlunchroom
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We were excited to try this hot spot, but left quite disappointed. While the server and manager were pleasant and knowledgeable, the food was really lacking. One starter was very bland, another much too salty. My halibut was so overcooked it should have been sent back, and both the sauce and accompaniments were unappealing. We just wanted to cut our losses and left without ordering birthday desserts. If you must go, the sablefish is worth ordering, at least they didn't mess that up and it came with nice garnishes, if a tad sweet. Sigh, yet another overrated fine dining place that is anything but.

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pOlo
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Not good choice of varieties. Grilled sea bass lack presentation,portion pasta little small,hamachi was smaller size than last time.wrong order ice cream,waitress lack experience and knowledge.disappointed birthday lunch with nothing but after bill to wrong person.

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evermac
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

On a positive note the food was delicious, unfortunately it went down hill from there. The atmosphere was lacking, certainly not helped by the chilly temperature of the restaurant. The service was shocking for a restaurant of it's caliber. Unfortunately most the attention and there was a lot was focused on what a appeared to be a table of restaurant reviewers. Overall I was left disappointed but thankful the food was the saving grace.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was great. Sa

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vipTeresa
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Ancora has a wonderful atmosphere and service, with beautiful views. The food was superbly prepared with a very nice presentation to it as well. The service was quite good, but our waiter did not know how to describe some of the menu items. The wines were overpriced. In our opinion, the restaurant could do a better job by providing some moderately priced wines for those of us not on a company expense account. The sushi appetizer was surprisingly good.

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vipCourtlandia
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m usually at Ancora Ambleside - same great menu, same great food!

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vipMomof4
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was simply brilliant. Our server was attentive; the atmosphere was relaxed yet elegant

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

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vipask4janice
Vancouver
62 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Ancora and loved it! Very bright even on an overcast rainy Vancouver evening. I can only imagine how lovely it would be in the summer.
Started with the tuna causa, sockeye sashimi, and shrimp & lobster risotto. Was surprised they all came at the same time but all 3 were delightful. Probably wouldn’t get the sashimi again only to make room for other Peruvian dishes.
For mains, I got the halibut & he got the scallops. Both were lovely, especially the accoutrements (my eggplant purée and chickpea “cubes” were amazing!!).
Split the “pumpkin” rice pudding for dessert along with the paired tawny port. Fantastic meal. Very much appreciated the sommelier’s guidance toward a Portuguese wine we’d never tried before (and loved). I’ll remember this meal for some time!

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vipAmandaM
Vancouver
56 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I have been to this restaurant a number of times and it never fails to be consistently wonderful. The food is great (the only restaurant that I will order risotto at) the decor really nice and this time we had lunch on the patio and just watched the boats go by! Interesting cocktail menu as well. A favourite for lunch and dinner.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

We arrived early and were greeted by a charming staff member who found us a seat at the bar. The Batman showed no interest in getting us a drink but on request acquiesced to do so. Then to table: very pleasant area , lovely ambience. Unfortunately we were largely invisible and seemingly various servers. The sommelier could not be found. When wine was organised ( a charming grand cru Chablis) not poured till requested.
The food was ok but rather overworked and did not let the seafood shine. We are used to better quality seafood at much lower prices.
In all a disappointment and way overpriced.

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vipKathleenL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was superb! Great taste, great flavors which all blended together unbelievably!

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SarahO
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ancora has a delicious menu, all which seem very fresh and gorgeously plated. The service was friendly and lovely, the setting is beautiful with a spectacular view and the food and drinks were fabulous. I'd definitely come again and would recommend it to friends as well.

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vipestelleinvancouver
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Farewell lunch. Service was very, very slow. Don’t be in a hurry when you dine here. Food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it. The food and service was excellent. Thank you 🙏🏻
We really enjoyed it

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vipKorzo
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very good restaurant and great service.
Best part of our dinner were the appetizers
Main courses were very good but could have been great except Halibut was a bit over cooked and dry. Not what you expect from a very good restaurant like this
Worth the trip for a waterfront experience
Gave us a really good table and professional service

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FrequentDiner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Beautifully situated, intriguing and delicious offerings, good wine list. Attentive service at first but very slow once our mains were delivered (second glass of wine, desserts, our bills). Perhaps because of full house on a Wednesday night? In any event, I still highly recommend for the ambiance, for the warm welcome, and for exquisite food. Will definitely return.

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vipPedro
Vancouver
69 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a nice discovery! Excellent cuisine, beautifully presented, and very attentive and friendly service. Also really enjoyed sitting on their patio. Had one of the best seared tuna meals that I have ever had!! Not a bargain, but well worth it!

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vipEeyora
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Location was beautiful, service was wonderful, plating was unique and pretty, the food was good, but only okay. Nothing wowed us in terms of taste.

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DavidP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very enjoyable evening. Unique combination of ingredients made the meal interesting.

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vipMichelle
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Our server was very inattentive, we had to ask for water every time. One time we had to ask three times for her to refill our friend’s hot water. However, 4 people came to our table when cleaning up the dishes. In the mean time she kept revisiting the large table next to us. I expected better service at a restaurant like this. Food was overly savory, especially the miso-squash quinotto that came with the sablefish. The risotto was very good. I would not come back or recommend this restaurant.

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vipBunny
Calgary
72 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visiting from out of town. Reviews were great and it did not disappoint. The spicy tuna roll was fresh and delicious. Hamachi was a great item to split and to die for. My husband had the sablefish and I had the scallops. Both were prepared extremely well. Our server was knowledgeable and very accommodating! Would definitely recommend.

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AllanB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My wife and I requested a view table as it was our anniversary. Ancora provided a view table, and also recognized us by providing free desserts. The food was also outstanding, with several unique dishes.

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vipRedd
Vancouver
111 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vancouver top ten!
Service was excellent, and pleasent.
Sablefish dish was perfect, which made my very good beef dish pale.
A wonderful evening.

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vipKenny
Vancouver
37 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We always walked by the restaurant or see it from Granville Island, but finally decided to try this fusion restaurant by the water. Given all the west coast/Japanese fusion restaurants in the city, this one is somewhat different being Peruvian. The restaurant has two floors and a patio. It was still too cold for the patio to be open, and the second floor seems a bit isolated and cramped. We were seated on the main floor, but away from the windows. The late afternoon sun was low and came straight into the mostly glass restaurant.

The service was good and the food was well presented. Perhaps we were not adventurous enough in our selection, or perhaps we got lost in the description of the 2-3 Peruvian dishes, but ended up ordering some raw seafood, steak and fish. It was a good meal, desserts were inventive, but I wonder if Peruvian food is suppose to be so similar to Vancouver-westcoast.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent wine recommendation, and a problem with one of the small plates was quickly resolved. The other small plates and the mains were of excellent quality. Seamless service. We will be back.

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AlexanderL
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Some of the best food/service/wine experience I've had, the wine list is curated perfectly. An absolute oasis in the city, views of the to bridges and passing boats is an absolute charm, a must visit in Vancouver. Great pinot noir (burgundy) selections I might add. Notable dishes-bigeye sashimi and Halibut!

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vipzahrar
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Very disappointed!! This restaurant has been a complete miss as of late and I’m done trying to give them a chance. We had the worst waitress possible; lack of customer service, lack of attention to detail, just complete lack of knowing how to do her job!! Prices are ridiculously high for what you get. The staff walk around like pompous snobs and seriously look down at the guests unless you are known to them!!! They don’t smoke. They don’t care about you or your guests, except what your money!!! And the when the bill arrives they add dishes onto your bill that you didn’t order!! And then have the audacity to request a 22-24% tip!!!
Terrible. Don’t dine here. This place should be shut down!! It’s awful.

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Beamer
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ancora never disappoints.
Andreas runs a tight ship and Yoshi shines in the Sushi department.

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Dustind
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff. Everyone went above and beyond to make it a very special night for my wife.
Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was maybe the best I've had there. Think this was my 4th time there! Amazing very well seasoned food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Ancora rhymes with the French "Encore" which means again, and I return because the food is outstanding. In a city with many top-flight restaurants and amazing Chefs, Ancora shines with its own light due to the innovative orientation leaning on Peruvian influences with a decidedly modern twist. Close to the water (1 feet away ...) and filled with natural light, lunch is a true oasis.

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CKDine
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great experience and interesting food combinations and flavour. My only issue was picturing some of the items as there were a lot of unfamiliar ingredients but I guess that’s expected when combining two diverse cultures. Worth checking out. Cautionary expense would be the non-stop sparkling water.

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jamesp
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

simply the best, wine, service, view-need i say more

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vipFancypants
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We shared the scallop aburi sushi and it was flavourful, smokey, and tender. The sablefish dish was delicious. The portion was generous, the potato purée was smooth, quinoa crisp added a nice texture and the kale was seasoned well.

This is a venue that you would want to bring to impress someone. The view overlooking False Creek is breathtaking. Our server was attentive and presented us with macarons for our anniversary.

The prices on the menu as listed on Open Table is not the same as at the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Noted that it was a birthday on the reservation and received no greeting or acknowledgment for my dad’s birthday. The hostess also did not ask about the special occasion as most restaurants do (ie are we celebrating an occasion tonight? What brings you in tonight? Etc.)

Service was good, our waiter was friendly but lacked attention to the needs of the guests. Two guests sat through the entire dinner with an empty glass until asked within the last 10 minutes of our dinner experience.

The table behind us spoke extremely loud which made it awkward throughout dinner being able to hear their conversations.

Food was good but nothing to rave about.

Overall value was mediocre. Likely won’t be a restaurant we would recommend or return to.

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Ancora False Creek is rated 4.3 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.