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Watermark

1305 Arbutus St.
Vancouver, BC V6J5N2
Tel: (604) 738-5487 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 730-1642
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Pacific northwest
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, View
  • Watermark restaurant is located at Kitsilano Beach offering beautiful views and a menu of west coast dishes with an Asian flair. A large patio offers a perfect summer people watching spot.

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Wow the view, food not so much
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

A close knit group of us celebrated my gf's quarter century mark, alongside the great weather we've been having. Though we dined a little earlier than what we would've preferred, by the time we arrived, there were plenty of empty tables about.

The first thing you notice after climbing the stairs is the amazing view - you are literally a stone's throw away from the sand. Everything else is tidy and not overdone. While the sights were excellent, the food drew mixed reviews. The ravioli was the best entree, void of meat, instead a mushroom mix that was both tasty and filling. The fish entrees were next in line, cooked well, slightly underdone, with the swordfish having a great cream sauce, but the few sprigs of vegetables and the plain rice was terribly underwhelming. One of our carnivore friends ordered the striploin, which came grossly overdone; ironically it was the biggest portioned entree to boot, though he didn't bother to make a fuss. Appetizers were mostly misses, the mussels were not fresh, and mostly wasted on the rather good white wine cream sauce, and the side bread wasn't all that great. The shrimp in the spring rolls were overly fishy as per a previous reviewer, and the grilled eggplant lacked any sort of flavour at all.

We had one server for the night, and she made our meal more than pleasant with checkups and prompt dish clearing, though I did not like how our entrees came before we were finished our appetizers.

Without surprise, the views are the main act while the food isn't consistently executed all the way through and best reflects assembly line preparation on a plate (protein, neatly portioned vegetables, small starch, drizzle of sauce, garnish). It's another 4 star view, 3 star service, 2 star food restaurant that hangs on the coat tails of it's backdrop. Don't expect to be wowed, but the view is great.

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What Did You Say...?
By marymac of Delta, BC (145 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Of course, the location is incredible. Kits Beach on a clear night...wow. Unfortunately, in the winter, the inside windows and the outside porch panels reflect all the inside light. Couldn't see much of the view at all once inside the restaurant.

We were looking forward to our dinner. BUT... we stepped into the main restaurant and into a blasting wall of sound. There MAY have been music, but the roaring babble of all the voices in a half-full room (this was early) was completely overwhelming.

We dealt with attentively. Our wait person was VERY good, not obtrusive, but there when needed. We ordered calamari, prawn spring rolls, smoked salmon and a cup of seafood chowder as appies Calamari was good, but had a strange mustard-y sauce to dip into. Prawn spring rolls had pureed prawns (and starch?) inside, and while not greasy, were quite heavy. Smoked salmon was lovely, but the few small slices were hidden under a dressed salad. The chowder was pronounced to be VERY good.

Rack of lamb was the special, and two of our party ordered it. It arrived perfectly cooked with duchess potatoes and veggies. I ordered the sablefish, hubby the salmon. Sablefish was fine, served with lots of capers and a drizzle of sauce. Hubby's salmon was VERY overdone, although he loved the lobster risotto.

So, food was pretty good, service was attentive, the view should have been superb. What spoiled the evening for us (especially the elders) was the TERRIBLE RACKET. We were literally shouting across the table most of the evening. When the manager stopped by to check how things were going, we mentioned the excessive noise level He admitted that the premises had a problem with that issue and that "the owner" was looking at options. He also mentioned that, in the summer, with the windows rolled open, the noise travels outside and it isn't "nearly as bad"...!!!

Such a waste of a view and location.

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Nice view and service
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here with a couple friends last weekend, it was a nice sunny day out and their patio which overlooks the water is quite nice.

I ordered the hot seafood platter for 2, which has crab legs, shrimp, scallops, halibut and salmon. It also came with some vegetables, rice and pasta. The quantity food was pretty good, but the quality was only okay. The mussels didn't seem so fresh, the fish was also dry. The shrimp and scallops were fine.

The service was very good with non-intrusive but constant service. Had constant fill ups on water and a quality check. Also never felt rushed out even though we were there for quite a while.

Enjoyed the view and service. Probably would not be back because the food wasn't prepared well enough for the price paid.

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Super lunch!
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

Looking out at Kits Beach even on a windy, rainy day can be a delight at the Watermark. Been there many times but just love some of the appetizers...they don't mind you sharing and the innovative menu always has something different. The best is the signature rock salt chili prawns ($9.95), crisp and spicy with a sweet and sour dip. Not far behind are the prawn spring rolls ($9.95) made with mushrooms and water chestnuts with a wasabi yogurt dipping sauce. We also tried the black n' blue albacore tuna salad ($14.95) that was fresh and tasty. The open kitchen lets you feel [part of the action. This place gets better and better.

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Boo-urns to everything minus the patio
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

Watermark has been a last minute spot for us to go for a glass of wine and a nice view since it opened..
I've tried it over and over again and came to realize that it sucks.
For the people that don't live in the area I could definatly see the attraction, but after going there, giving it several tries, I have never left satisfied.
Ther service was okay, the basic "order-taker" which is fine - I get it - coming from restaurant background myself I could see how a ton of tourists could be annoying after awhile, but what killed me the most was the over priced everything and the just okay food.
I've been there with with a group of girlfriends, one friend, my parents, basically quite a few time and have always been disappointed.
The last time I went a friend had ordered a diet coke and was charged full price for the refill - which the server offered but didn't mention there would be an extra charge, after mentioning to the server that it's not a huge deal to us but to others it may be a surpirse to pay 6 bucks for 2 pops she told me that they were fine dining and that's what fine dining places do...after telling her that the straw she puts in my pop is more than the syrup they use in the drink she left and was obvioulsy embarrased as she realized we weren't tourists but people living in the neighborhood.

In any even, the place is nice, great view and an awesome patio to watch the sunset, but that's it. They food is a miss. Perhaps others have had a better time. For a drink in the lounge I'd come back, for food I'd rather go to malone's.

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One of my favourite restaurants
By diningdave of kitsilano (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

The location is spectacular, but I wouldn't go if the food was sub par. I've been quite a few times and have found the food and service to be very good every time. Desserts are a particular highlight. I've taken out of town guests who have loved it as well.

Watermark is not cheap, but really worth it in my opinion. Having said that, you can spend as much at Cactus Club. Such a wonderful place to eat dinner as the sun sets over Kits beach.

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Love it!
By xoxo of Richmond (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

I went to Watermark for the first time trying their dine out menu, we had a window table overseeing the beach, it would be better at summer time when sunset is at 9pm.

There are lots of selections. The bread was good (we had to ask the server to bring to us while we saw other tables didn't have to ask for it), the seafood chowder was rich and tasty and even better with the bread! My friend had the prawn, the size was generous. We had salmon and bouillaisse and both tasted very good. We were both full before dessert time but we still managed to finish them cuz they really tasted good!

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Not worth my time or money
By foodgirl of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Similar experience to other reviews already posted.
The servers were at best confused, and at worst, beyond rude.
The food was alright, and I may go back for drinks, purely to enjoy the view. The strange thing was, once we had ordered, the food arrived within 10 minutes and it was fine, if a bit bland. However, getting seated and wine served took over an hour. I even had to hunt down my own drink menu!! I think the kitchen staff (of which there seemed to be a huge number from a peak in the kitchen) are bang on, and everyone else is dead weight.

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What a let down...
By lovesfood of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

I have been meaning to make it over to Watermark for some time now so I could see for myself just what 6 million dollars buys you these days. Well, I found my answer: not a whole hell of a lot.

My fault for going at night in the winter. Not a lot to see of the view, but at least the interior was decent. Although it smacked of a poor man's version of a Cactus Club.

The wine room looked great, I could definately spend some time in there and the ambiance created by the fireplace was very nice. I guess I just felt confused. Expecting a lot, seeing some great touches, but at the same time, seeing some really poor ones.

As usual, what makes or breaks a dining or drinking experience is the service. We did not have a good one.

The waiter came over to us, coughed, then asked us what we would like to drink. We asked for a run down of what beers they had and was answered with...believe it or not...a scratch of the crotch, followed by a "the usual suspects; you know, 'uummmm." Thankfully, someone else poured the beer which was ice cold and perfect.

When it came to the food aspect, the waiter didn't really know his dishes and stumbled his way through it. The food itself was pretty good, but it won't win any awards.

Overall, I thought the place is probably a great daytime, high-end burger joint and nothing more. What a shame. So much potential.

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Disappointed...again
By vwou of vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

Ok so I decided to give Watermark a second chance since it is a possible venue for our wedding because of its setting and scenic location.

When we arrived (weeknight) there was no one there, so I expected the food to be better since the chefs can take their time cooking this time around.

Wrong...had the salmon and fries and the salmon was grilled so that no juices were left in and out. I am not sure what they are trying to do with with the salmon, maybe salmon jerky?

Also had the Kobe beef burger. Very average, just another burger you can eat all around town.

Let's face it, the location is great and pretty but that doesn't make up for the terrible food at all. What a waste of a great location

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Great view, good food!
By hbelle of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times, and I'm so sad they don't have the Salmon with loster risotto anymore! But the last time I was there I had Prawns with corn risotto which was delicious!! My friend and i were sitting outside on the patio when it suddenly got super windy, and everybody wanted a table back inside. So we moved inside for dessert, but our new server never arrived, so we just paid for the bill (which I had to walk to the server and give it to her myself) and then left. Service isn't as great as the view and food, but I'd recommend the place!

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It's all about the view
By Valdemar of Burnaby, BC (38 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:40am [Dine in]

I got taken hear once, for my girlfriend's birthday, and got about what I expected.

The view, of course, is amazing. We got a seat fairly close to the window, and got to watch the sunset. If you don't happen to sit near the window, then you are getting screwed.

Food: Average. I wasn't unhappy with my meal, but it was definitely not worth the high prices. It's typical "west coast" cuisine... it does the job, but it's not very inspired.

Service: It's hard to believe that they don't have any birthday cake or something special for birthdays. What restaurant doesn't have that? At least they gave her a free dessert. Otherwise, the service was adequate, although the staff there seem a bit inexperienced.

Value: High prices for average food. You are paying for the view, after all.

Ambiance: A very 'Yaletown' crowd, but the view was stunning. The one downside was that the tables were very crowded together and it wasn't as comfortable as it should have been. Obviously, they want to maximize the # of seats, but a pricey restaurant should allow you to sit down without bumping seats with people around you.

Overall: If you want to watch the view and the people on the beach, this is your place. Don't come here for the food.

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Great food and people watching
By JazzyCat of Cloverdale (30 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

We stopped here late Sunday afternoon for a light meal. At this time of the day they have a limited menu, but we had no trouble choosing something that appealed. We tried the mussels with chorizo, the olive tapenade and the seared tuna salad. The presentation of the salad was quite unique...done in a head of iceburg lettuce. The complementary bread was really tasty and the service was friendly and efficient. Best of all is the great view from the patio. We really enjoyed it!

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Think twice about dessert!
By skinnypete of Marpole, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2009 - 11:20am [Dine in]

I ate at Watermark at Kits Beach last night with my family. The setting is stunning - only a few such views in Vancouver. The food was pretty good. The sablefish was tasty, as were the mashed potatoes. I tried some salmon and halibut too, and those were good. We ordered the tiramisu cheesecake, and the dollop of cream on top tasted very rancid. I thought the music was a bit loud and distracting, but it might be just the thing if you're heading out to the bars or clubs afterwards.

I would highly recommend this place for out-of-town visitors, friends going for drinks, or those hoping to spot David Suzuki!

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food is okay, service is not
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I have been here a number of times but never for lunch/brunch.
Service at dinner can be a hit or miss thing as it also follows the brunch time also.

I was disappointed with the service we got. When we waived the waiter down to take our order he asked if we were in a hurry in a snarly way. Well if we have been sitting for 15 minutes with no water or acknowledgement it makes you wonder why I was bit impatient. After that the meal was a disaster, he bascially did the cursory drop off and no thank you when we paid the bill just picked up the folder and walked away probably thinking we were going to stiff him - maybe we should have then he would get a message. Some people enjoy their job and it shows, I guess he doesn't. To add insult he was training a young lady that day, oh boy, I hope she doesn't become like him.

As for the food its okay, but nothing to make me want to come back, in fact is a bit pricey.

Another restaurant off my list. Service is an important thing and makes a person want to come back or not.

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Food was beyond expectation,
By bae_g of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 1:41am [Dine in]

It was really cold night just expected to snow. My two companions and I went to Watermark just because it was there. (on the Kits beach).
Didn't see any great view from the restaurant (curtain was closed for it was too cold for the patio).

Food rating: it really was incredible. All of us were not that hungry but all the food was just beyond expectation. (maybe we did not expect too high of this place at the beginning?) I ordered the DOV (lamb), and my companion had DOV (salmon). To me, lamb usually has some unpleasant unique smell but at this place NOT AT ALL. I even stuck my nose into it and couldn't sense it. Anyway it was cooked just right. very tender, juicy,, wow,, the mashed potato it had on the side matched perfectly with it. All three of us really finished it good.

HOWEVER,, service and ambiance were just decent. It wasn't that bad at all but,, not very impressive. but food was really good so everything looked good...

Value!? Outstanding. I would definitely go back.

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Worst Service in Vancouver
By janie_tea of kitsilano (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

If you enjoy at least some level of good service, do not go here. It is unfortunate that the venue with the most spectacular location and architecture in Vancouver is occupied with such a disappointing establishment. I have been to this restaurant a few times now, and the experiences get worse each time. The last visit, we took my sister, who was visiting from out of town. The waitress treated the job as if it were a low-grade pub, walking away while we were in the midst of placing an order, totally disinterested in helping us. The food was mediocre. I will only go back if a different restaurant takes over the space.

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Weekend brunch
By peppe of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went for the Saturday brunch, were seated in the heated patio area. Our server did not show up for at least 6-7 minutes, and when he passed by to serve the next table, it almost seems like he didn't want to stop at our table because we actually had to ask him to get us drinks. We both had the Seafood chowder and it was good, served with garlic toast. My wife had the Kobe burger with salad and I had the Grilled chicken sandwich with fries. The chicken in my sandwich was cold, and I asked my server to make sure if it is intended that way. He said no, and offered to take it back. I hate to send food back to the kitchen, but it didn't taste good at all cold. Anyways, after another 5 minutes, they reheated my sandwich and it was hot this time. Overall, I was not impressed with the service provided because the server was not accessable. The food was ok. The service was lacking because of the lack of attention to detail as well. For example, when the soup came, we had to ask for pepper, but was given to us quickly. Also, after they reheated my sandwich with the fries, they didn't give me back the dish of ketchup and I had to ask for it again. This time, it took a little longer, perhaps 4-5 minutes before he came back with the ketchup. When the credit card came back, the server did not provide any pen to sign the receipt. The guy disappeared on us so we had to go out front to sign it. The hostess showed no smile and didn't seem happy to provide me with a pen to sign the credit card receipt. Overall, I would say that the dining experience was below average for a restaurant charging such price ranges. I don't mind paying more for a meal but the service was just lacking.

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Watermark
By saul of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 3, 2006 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Award-winning architecture, prime location, good-looking waiters, waitresses and bartenders. Judging by appearances, Watermark cannot be anything less than a hit. But, many are calling it a miss. I had the Watermark salad to start and had the red snapper (in bouillabaisse) for entree. Both were delicious. The food is definitely a hit. What bothered me was the physical sensation of being there. The music was painful to listen to. It needs to be light-years more sophisticated/ cutting-edge/ etc... And, it was so stuffy. I felt like I was travelling in an overcrowded third-class carriage on a rickety train. It's UNCOMFORTABLE to dine there. So, there you have it: Watermark is at once a hit and a miss.

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Good View, Nice to try
By feel100 of richmond (29 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 2:54am [Dine in]

There is a lot of negative comment. So i am thinking i should go or not. Finally, I go there for Sunday Brunch... the result is ???

Food: is average. Not very wow and surprise me. But the Mussels is yummy. I can taste the white wine in each mussel. <-- should try

Service: is very good. Waitress is very friendly and simile all the time. Keep asking me for each food.

Value is little bit expensive. But it's worth. It's hard to find a same place has a good view.

Ambiance: It's nice. However, inside is too tight. Table is very tight to each other. Not really comfortable. Luckily, i came there at 2:30, not much people.

I will go back for sure. Especially this is good place for dating.

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