Steamworks Gastown

4.3
427 reviews
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Continental
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Group Bookings
Since we first opened in 1995, Steamworks has been a favourite of Vancouver locals and visitors alike. Whether you're joining us for lunch, a drink after work, or a group dinner with friends and colleagues, we're honoured to have you with us.


Steamworks gets its name from the famous Gastown steam line that runs through our premises. Our onsite brewery uses steam to fire its kettles. The instant heat of steam allows for greater brewing finesse, and most importantly great tasting beer. Whether you're in the mood for a thirst quenching Lions Gate® lager, or a full bodied HeriocaTM Oatmeal Stout, we've got a beer to please your palate.

Private Dining

Steamworks is very much a boutique event facilitity. Gaze upon spectacular views of the harbour and north shore while you enjoy our friendly, professional service. With three private rooms, Steamworks can host private parties from 30 to 700 people. From burgers to bubbly, we do it all!!

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Took a group of my coworkers for a post work get together. Great Experience and very attentive staff members.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Steamworks is our go to business lunch and Christmas party place for over 12 years now. They have great beer, good comfort food, good selection and professional staff.

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and service during a particularly busy period.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

everything was great except the hostess and the server didn't seem interested in attending customers

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JC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

The ribs were so dry they were almost inedible and the pizzas were overcooked and lacked pizzaz.

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IC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

We thought the food was not worth the money. The boulabaise was the worst we have ever had. No broth.Most of the shells were empty Boulabaise is a soup....
Salmon was a bit too spicy and not advised by waiter.

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Online reservation worked well. Sat down with our out of town party and enjoyed a few beers before dinner. As it happened two more people we all knew joined us. everybody said their food was fabulous. I had the Lobster Ravioli and it was very fresh and tasty. Beer selection is wide ranging and our server was always around to see to our needs. We will be back soon, going to try brunch next !

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LH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We booked on line through open table. I was all excited to be able to do it on line. When we got to steam works we were told that we did not have a reservation. I showed it to them on my phone as I had confirmation that I had a reservation and then a reminder also came via email reminding me that we had the reservation. They said that they had trouble with the online reservation system but that they did have a table that we could sit at. We no sooner sat down when an email from open table came through and said that we had been checked into the restaurant. Not sure what was going on between the restaurant and open table. We were just happy they had a table for us and our friends.

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DI
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Christmas lunch

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great spot! Good food and drinks! Lots of seating and great staff!!

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FJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This was my second time. First time the hostesses were snobbish and not really there to greet guests but. This time maybe because it was not a crazy time, they were accomodationg and listening to our requests. Server was great as well. i ordered a tap beer and it wasnt tasting what I expected. When I asked if she could exchange my drink to something else, she brought me testers and helped to choose good choice. Food was hot and quick. It was very casual and pleasant visit.

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l
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were originally seated in the lower level next to the kitchen. We found it too dark, too noisy and too much smell of fryer fat. The staff was wonderful in reseating us upstairs in a much better and brighter location. Our waiter, Elinet, was very attentive and the food was yummy. 2 burgers and 2 different pizzas hit the spot. We will return again.

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CP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I found the tuna poke appetizer outstanding & the cucumber and strawberry&rhubarb ales delicious!

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JB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, good beer, good atmosphere - our group of twelve business colleagues from around the world were thankful of the recommendation.

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place with great location, great beer with an above average selection of the usual pub food.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a very noisy section and literally could not hear each other. Not for a date night! But food was good and wait staff attentive.

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PC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Am a big fan of their butter chicken and their beers. It's the best around in town.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

I took my mum here on a friend's recommendation. The service was mediocre. They did take an order and checked at our table if things were ok a couple of times but it took quite some time to get the bill and the server didn't come back take the bill soon. We walked up to the ladies at the front if we could give them the bill and they said the server will pick up the bill from our table so we had to trot back to our hotel, stand there for a couple of minutes and in the end walk up to the server and say here is the bill thanks. The food was also mediocre. I had seafood chowder and Caesar salad. It was ordinary. Mum's steak was covered in soot after ordering medium well. She had to carve off the outer layer of the steak to eat the steak as she felt too embarrassed to send it back. We will return here never.

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LI
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Too noisy and portions were mediocre.
One dish said it came with seasonal vegetables which turned out to be a spear of zucchini and two pieces of pepper. Lots of mashed potatoes.
The fish and ships had few chips and dead looking coleslaw. Not very appetizing.

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VU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Beer was disappointing for a craft brewery but overall the experience was decent.

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m
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Awful. Truly awful. 20 minute wait for drinks. The breading on the crispy chicken burger had half fallen off, causing the chicken to be rock hard. Rest of the food was poor too, not good quality. Clearly the chefs at Steamworks do not care about the quality of their work. Steamworks needs a management overhaul, I used to love this brewery 5 years ago. Dont waste your money now.

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ML
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food is very good . Was also served quickly. Good menu. The beers are very good.
The resevation worked but we got wrong because I wanted (high seat) we got a normal and the right by the kitchen. The waitress was not exactly friendly on this evening. I think I will celebrate my birthday next time where different

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D
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Steamworks is an old favourite. Food and beer are good, and the location is great for us (coming from the North Shore by seabus and walking around downtown after). Lots and lots of seating means we can pretty much always get in.

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L
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great location, good food and fantastic waiter who was attentive and very helpful! They offer a wide variety of food to we were able to make sure everyone in the family was happy. I would visit again.

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

For some reason the server didn't care if my drink was empty or cared to even ask if I wanted another one??????

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PM
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service as always. Your hot wings are awesome!!

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

The food was pretty good. My friend and I had burgers and the meat was tasty, bread was good. My husband had a pulled pork sandwich, which he said was good and our other friend had a soup and salad bowl that he enjoyed. The fries were okay (but not great). Our waitress was fantastic! The only things I didn't like (and it was my fault for not considering this when choosing a restaurant) was the noise level - it was very hard to have a conversation because of the music and conversations of others. Also, the tables are very small - you can't keep 4 glasses of water, 4 beers and 4 dinners on the table. p.s. The beer was really good!

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RN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

For some reason our server brought our appies with our main meals. It’s my biggest pet peeve when stuff like that happens. Otherwise food was good, service can def be faster as it wasn’t very busy.

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D
London
66 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great friendly place, good food, great beers

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NR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service
Accomodating servers when had extra people join our party
Great Pints
Great Food
Went before Bryan Adams and had a lovely time

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AM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Quick post work drinks with some friends. Staff were friendly - food was good - beer and old fashioned were excellent.

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T
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We were hoping for views of the water, which we got... But it turned out to be just past the "backlot" and train yard. Also, the window bench two of us sat at was unbelievably uncomfortable. As for the service, our waiter was friendly and attentive. And the food was quite good. Everyone really enjoyed what they got. No one in our party ordered beer, but they had an impressive selection and a flight of 10 on the menu too. I can heartily recommend this place to anyone.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Went as a group of 5 friends. Upon arriving, the front staff ignored us for a few minutes. Once we got the food, the fries were hard as rock, the pretzel had too much salt!, also the blue cheese tasted like it had been diluted with something else, waitress seemed annoyed and impatient when serving us. The only good part was the hedgehog ice cream dessert and pool tables!

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DI
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very noisy from people talking and traffic eating outside on deck otherwise very enjoyable

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AS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Wanted an inexpensive healthy option for grilled food near Rodgers Arena. Shoukd have gone Asian.
Food here highly mediocre. Chicken was dry, salad boring, fish tacos meh. Slaw not too good.
Excellent beer selection

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

A nice meal. Prices are a bit higher than your Moxies or whatever, but the food is a cut or two above the chain places. A nice patio and some great harbour views. Some excellent brews on tap. Service was quick, friendly and competent. Great casual experience.

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s
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

BBQ chicken burger was good. Very filling. It was a decent portion for $15.99! I couldn’t even finish all the fries.

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TK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great beer great food.

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DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good overall.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Did not enjoy the food- fish tacos were more like a burrito. I’d only come back for the drinks.

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