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Railtown Cafe
397 Railway St.
Railtown Cafe (Howe St.)
968 Howe St.
Railtown Cafe (Granville St.)
429 Granville St.


Railway Street: Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 6pm | Weekends, 10am – 4pm
Howe Street: Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:30pm | Closed Weekends
Granville Street: Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:30pm, Weekends, 10am – 4pm


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Dan Olson, Executive Chef/Partner
Tyler Day, Chef/Partner
Allen Lau, General Manager


Located at the corner of Railway and Dunlevy in the historic Railtown District of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Railtown Cafe has been serving healthy and delicious food since the summer of 2012.

Launched by Vancouver chefs Dan Olson and Tyler Day — who own and operate the award-winning Railtown Catering out of the same facility — Railtown Cafe fosters a fun and friendly environment with a true sense of community for staff and customers alike.

Fresh is what Railtown Café does best, offering heaping portions of healthy comfort food prepared from scratch daily by a talented team of classically trained chefs. Whether it’s for grab-and-go breakfast, lunch or a mid-afternoon meeting, Railtown Cafe sources local and organic ingredients for their artisan bread loaves, soups, pastries and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches. Railtown Cafe also features a build-your-own salad bar unlike anywhere else in the city, along with house-made ice cream available, locally roasted coffee, cold-pressed juices and a range of local craft beer, wine and spirits.


Vanfoodster – “Hidden in the heart of Railtown which is off the beaten track just East of Gastown. This is a go to spot for an amazing lunch.”

JelgerandTania.com – Feature interview

CTV News Vancouver – Oscar Party Dishes Feature

Vancouverscape.com – Railtown Cafe Chefs head up Canada’s Bocuse D’Or Team

BCLiving.ca – “Railtown is what happens when a bunch of world class chefs… play around in a test kitchen with sous-vide prep methods. The result is a sophisticated yet simple cafe menu.”

Raitown Cafe at Bocuse D’or: Dan Olson – Coach 2013, Apprentice 1999