The Sardine Can Vancouver

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The Sardine Can – Experience Spain in a bite

The Sardine Can is a little restaurant located on the edge of Gastown in downtown Vancouver. You can easily walk by without spotting it which is what makes it so great. On offer are a selection of classic Spanish tapas dishes and Spanish drinks from beer and wine to sherry and brandy. I was impressed with everything they served. The highlight of the tapas I ordered, were their namesake, the smoked sardines on toast which offered a delightful smoky and salty bite. They also have seasonal specials available which have never disappointed me.

You know the expression “packed like sardines”? That is not the case here. The restaurant’s white tiled floors and high ceilings makes the restaurant feel more spacious. With three high-top tables and seating at the bar that overlooks the open kitchen, it is an intimate experience.

As it is a tapas restaurant you can expect the plates to be small and prices can quickly add up depending on what you order. However, The Sardine Can is a great place to grab a drink with a couple nibbles as an afternoon pick me up or before heading out for dinner elsewhere. Doors open at 16:00 (noon on the weekends), and with its no-reservation policy, can fill up quickly.

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Powell Street 26, Vancouver

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 16:00 – 22:30, Sat 12:00 – 22:30, Sun 12:00 – 21:30


Per person: C$ 15


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)