Blue Water Cafe
Blue Water Cafe

Blue Water Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluewatercafe.net/
  • Phone: 6046888078x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Late night menu: 11:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Frank Pabst
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Helmcken St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available nightly beginning at 5:00pm. Metered street parking is also available.
A word from Blue Water Cafe
Applauded for serving some of the city’s freshest and best seafood, Blue Water Cafe is housed in a stunning brick and beam heritage warehouse conversion in the heart of Yaletown.

Executive Chef Frank Pabst is known for his innovative and brilliantly executed West Coast plates, insisting on using seafood from wild and sustainable harvest, while Raw Bar Chef Yoshiya Maruyama is true to the Japanese culinary aesthetic of pure, clean flavours and ample portions that Blue Water Cafe has long been famous for.

An eclectic mix of locals and visitors are dawn to this vibrant, uniquely Vancouver dining room. ‘BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE' Wine Spectator since 2002.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES OF UP TO 14 GUESTS.

Reservations are not required for seats at our bar.
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Blue Water Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
337 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (234)fit for foodies (224)notable wine list (149)romantic (135)hot spot (103)neighborhood gem (91)great for outdoor dining (91)good for groups (86)vibrant bar scene (64)late-night find (29)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • YVR's gem for seafood !
    HersheyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One of Vancouver's great spots for seafood and a great atmosphere to accompany the experience. Great service and wise to menu items and suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a lovely time here from beginning to end. Could not fault it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Booked the Blue Water Cafe by chance for a group of 15 ppl. Had the private dining room which was very intimate and surrounded by the wine cellar. But the food was the best part, starting with the freshest oysters to the seafood tower appetizer. The main courses were all carefully prepared and wonderfully flavoured. We even had a special request for a gluten-free birthday cake that the pastry chef prepared for us that was outstanding. Our special event was made even more wonderful with great food and wine. Thank you Blue Water Cafe; you did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Blue Water was recommended not only by ratings on Trip Adviser but also by the hotel concierge as the top seafood restaurant in Vancouver. I have to say it was just OK. I was underwhelmed by the selection and the preparation of the food. I have had better lobster in Chicago. Very dissapointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A early dinner of 16 oysters, small soup and 8oz steak took 2 hours. Most of which we sat with no food on the table waiting and waiting. Our waiter forgot to put in an item, wine was dropped off without any information, the steak was so overlooked it was rubbery, then our check had items we didn't order on it. We barely made our event at 7:30.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bennie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very fine food, wonderfully presented and super service. Our server sold us on the very fresh halibut which was a great choice. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    LoveBirds
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My boyfriend treated me out to the blue water cafe and it was the nicest evening, our server was amazing with accommodating my food allergies and he approached up at the exact right points in the evening. My boyfriend and I loved our food and entire experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We picked this restaurant for our anniversary dinner and it lived up to expectations,. In fact it surpassed it. All the staff were very friendly and the menu was delightful. I would definitly recommend this venue and will be sure to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, Amazing Seafood
    JoChicago
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I had heard about the famed seafood dishes at Blue Water Cafe and just had to try it when we were in town. I was not disappointed. Everything was amazing, from the food, to the service, to the wine list. Would definitely go back here again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occassion
    JEEK
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We booked here for our 34 Wedding Anniversary. Was a wonderful meal. Great food and service. Loved the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service but was expensive
    PRicq
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great service and ambiance although the sushi was pricey for what it was.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    Dirceu
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent restaurant. The quality of the food is very good and the environment also. The service maintains the high level, with professionals attentive and polite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant meal
    DanC
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had dinner here on our last night in town. Reservations are a must as it is very busy. It is clearly a popular and well-run restaurant. The staff were polite, polished and professional. The décor was pleasing and the atmosphere was pleasant. The food was very good on the whole. The wine list is so extensive as to be a little too much of a good thing. All in all we had a very pleasant experience and we will certainly remember the outing for quite some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous evening!
    Wonderful25
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We chose the Blue Water Cafe for our 25th wedding anniversary and we loved it! We felt the service was attentive and friendly and the food was delicious! We loved the sablefish and crab salad in particular and sitting at the bar before dinner was wonderful! It was a warm summer evening and we chose to wait for an outside table, and we loved it! For a little bit more money than we usually spend on dinner, we felt we got a lot more in regards to the quality of the food and the impeccable service. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went here with my wife when my boss was in town - great place - great food, services, drinks, etc!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafoodlova
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The seafood tower was amazing. Service was great. (We had a lady as a server at first but later another server came over to assist us and we got confused who was our actual server. No one came to ask us if we were ready to order our food)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Dinning Place
    lollolVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was really good. For food, we definitely love to go back. However, service was slow. For the first hour, we're only served oysters. We had to wait for our main dishes so long. However, the food and ambience are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Water Cafe is a great treat
    achan6363
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I enjoyed my dinner a lot ! The server was great and pretty crowded for a Monday night early in the evening. You will enjoy yourself for sure !!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Anniversary
    BluH2o
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I came for our first wedding anniversary and had a great time. It was fairly slow inside at the time. We were sat at a table for two in between two others table of two. There was a bit of an awkward moment between the 3 tables as the conversations came to a stop when we sat. I do wish we could have sat somewhere else but I could have been more specific about our special occasion. The food was great, the drinks a tad small. I know how the industry works, but I feel like the price for drinks for the size is a bit high. People pay top dollar to dine here, make them feel like they get good value as well. Our bill came to $170 with tip. The value could be in question. Maybe a happy hour? Pull people in with the cheap drinks
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood
    sunnydee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    have dined here several times over the past 7 years. The food has always been great although the portions are becoming smaller and smaller each time. 3 scallops as an entree just doesn't seem like enough for the price of around 35$
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood heaven
    lespes
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If you are looking for excellent seafood, look no further. This is one of the best restaurants in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freshest seafood
    NgSing
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If you want freshest seafood prepared the right way, this is IT. The sable fish (black cod) and the sturgeon never disappointed me. They also have great variety of the freshest oysters from the Northwest. While this is a western restaurant, their Japanese sashimi is more than decent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding restaurant with great atmosphere. Loud group of about 12-15 people seated behind us was a distraction, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The most wonderful seafood prepared in very creative ways!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pricey but worth it
    LetsEatOut
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The seafood tier was pricey, but it had the most amazing raw seafood (oysters, clams, mussels, cerviche, tuna, etc.). Really a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb seafood
    papajohn
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great food, can't go wrong with how well the chef handles seafood. Halibut special was extraordinary. One of the best restaurants in town.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    Roxborough
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Bluewater is one of the best retaurants in Vancouver for seafood, and Vancouver has many good seafood restaurants. Always fresh and perfectly prepared. The dining room is very comfortable and inviting. Service is well above other restaurants. Location is convenient in Yaletown and its a short cab ride from the hotels along Burrard and West Georgia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a great fish meal here. Nice setting with great open kitchen view. Service and food were great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    ksinteral
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Sablefish is succulent and melts in your mouth! The wine pairings are fantastic from appetizer to dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night!
    Snackpants
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place. The servers are very friendly and helpful. They are able to make great recommendations for seafood. We had champagne,seafood tasting for 2, oysters and lobster. Expensive as you would expect($230 later)but it was a great night out. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service ever
    lds46
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A knowledgeable waiter gave warm and friendly service and made a very good experience even better. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We saved the best for last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    During our stay in Vancouver, we hit some new restaurants and some tried and true favorites. Blue Water Cafe was over the top phenomenal. The wine list was excellent, the sashimi was superb, but the oysters, the oysters. I have never had them prepared so well and so freshly presented. There was not one single tug at the shell and no oyster shell bits to sift through. Gorgeous. Can't wait to return. I had the arctic char for the first time and it was sensational. The addition of arctic char roe to the pearlized barley was perfect. The chef was even so accommodating as to give us the same dessert that couple next to us had specifically ordered. It was a one-off sweet, but they were kind enough to make it for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jofoxxe
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Gorgeous light happening and trendy Food and service excellent Great wine list Great seafood We had a dozen oysters of all varieties Lobster great Halibut flaky and veges crunchy Desserts lovely Great evening
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winning Dining Experience
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    An all around winning restaurant. We had an excellent waitress, the decor and vibe were great. Food was superb! Had a very tasty panzanella salad with heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. A silky Arctic char with barley. Very good, beautifully prepared. My only criticism is more of a range in wine selection. Anything old world was ludicrously expensive. Offer a choice. Not everyone wants to pay 100 plus for wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess needs to be more organized
    Annie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We came here for a date night; after arriving on time for our Wednesday 7:30 pm res, it took a while for us to be greeted and even some more time for the host staff to find my reservation information. We were informed the previous table was settling their bill as the hostess left us to attend to other matters. After about 10 minutes I had to find the hostess just to see if we can get a seat at the bar, and her response was that she'll check on it and let us know. Another 10 minutes later, no one has returned to let us know what's going on, despite 1 other group and 2 other couples being seated who arrived after us. The meal itself and our waiter were fantastic, but I did not appreciate the disorganization and extra wait before the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The service of our server was great, however, the seafood which we had was not as fresh as expected. We went to Diana's Seafood and Steakhouse in Toronto, the service was terrible, however, the freshness of the seafood was way better. I won't recall for the price since the quality of food was way lower than we expected.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • alwaysfresh
    sedimentaljourneys
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Remember that potato chip add....the guy was trying to say" always fresh". That's Bluewater. The food is always so fresh. Well prepared. Served with style. I'm never disappointed when I go to Bluewater. Great staff and add Andrea the sommelier. Winning combo all the way. Still one of the best the city has to offer especially the seafood.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    SLfoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is our second time at this restaurant and it never failed us. The Oysters are so fresh and sweet, main entries are so delicate and yummy. Thank you for a fantastic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really outstanding food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Visiting from New Zealand We chose this restaurant from various restaurant guides and were absolutely thrilled with the outstanding service and food . the service was knowledgable ,( food and wine pairing ) --- attentive without being pushy . The seafood was some of the best we have eaten ! definitely the best oysters :)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoJo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Amazing food, terrific waiter...enjoyed it immensely. Maybe the only quibble is that it took over an hour and a half to receive our main courses. But our waiter stayed on top of it and brought us a small bowl of lovely cold beet soup, and more bread. I will be back again, and again..............best Halibut on the planet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate