Steamworks Gastown

4.3
443 reviews
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  • Casual
  • Great Beer
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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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1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food good service requested a view on app and got a wonderful view of the bay.

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PG
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and service. Sit in the bar area down below if you can.

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DA
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Our server was fantastic, she was attentive and checks up with our table often to ensure we are in good shape with our food and drinks.

The food was a bit mediocre, the salad was droopy and not in best fresh shape, the fries for many of our orders were not the best, a lot of small crumbly end pieces and some are not cooked through. The Korean pizza was tasting a bit bland.

Overall experience is good.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The lamb burger was amazing and my partner had the Stilton steak salad. The salad was really shy on the Stilton but the steak quality was amazing.

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a
New England
47 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, great vibe. Meals were very well prepared. Had the Salmon burger. Highly recommend.

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It was just a tad loud over lunchtime.. Easier to talk after it cleared out a bit. Comfortable and pleasant. Good food. Location is right beside Waterfront station with an unexpected view. I will definitely return.

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j
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Server was very pleasant but the food was extremely slow, we had hungry kids with us and it was pretty difficult for us. The meals were also quite greasy and the oil for the fries tasted a bit stale.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

The waiter never returned to ask us how our food was and never refilled our small glasses of water. One guest didn’t like their food

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MB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Recently, I had two friends in town, one from England, the other from Australia, and after travelling around the province for over a week, I thought they'd enjoy a casual evening with good food and a view of the mountains (just as I had requested).

They were a little late in arriving for a 6:45 reservation but the server was extremely polite and unobtrusive as I sipped on my flight of beers before they arrived.

Once they arrived, the server again was mindful of giving us time and space as the three of us had a lot of catching up to do. We eventually ordered drinks and dinner and were attended to as necessary but again, the server gave of time to just enjoy the food, drinks and each others' company.

Overall, the evening was very pleasant, the food was fantastic and my friends left having had a very enjoyable evening all around as did I.

This is the second time I've brought friends from out of town to Steamworks and each time, it's been a really nice experience.

Keep up the good work!

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WM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really nice place and good food. Stouts are great!

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place to have lunch. The pulled pork was very good. We enjoyed our meal. Service was good.

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Mostly great, but quite often they'll cram a party of 4 on one square table even though there still seems to be booths / more space elsewhere, and it's really hard to eat comfortably, especially with everyone having 2 drinks (incl. water) and long plates. If there's an important reason they do this then that's fine, but I thought it was worth mentioning. The servers are hit or miss as well, but generally fine.

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AC
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Came here for lunch with the family and it was fine, good food with of course great beer. I suspect it would be busier later in the day.

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NM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I recommend because of location, food is not so good, Chicken tender has no taste and burn, my friend oredered wings and she said they were dry and not much taste.

Service is not bad, and had a good view.

Location is great, very close to transit.

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KW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Service/beer good, food not so much. Better options especially where you’re located.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice, cozy environment. Delicious food, very good, friendly, helpful staff.

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 23, 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 December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and service during a particularly busy period.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 19, 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 12, 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 11, 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 11, 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 28, 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
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Christmas lunch

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 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 17, 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 6, 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 29, 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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S
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 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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d
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 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 19, 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 20, 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 12, 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 1, 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
91 reviews
Dined on July 24, 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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