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
328 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (236)fit for foodies (217)notable wine list (154)romantic (134)hot spot (104)neighborhood gem (94)good for groups (84)great for outdoor dining (81)vibrant bar scene (67)late-night find (31)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • A very pleasant meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Water Cafe is a great treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food; artfully presented. Had outdoor table on a beautiful night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service challenges
    WestsideLocal
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have come to Blue Water Cafe for many, many years. It has been a favourite for my wife and I as well as for our family and friends. We were there this past Friday and had our dinner out on their patio. We ordered an appetizer that was suggested to us ( crispy pork and Octapus )......upon receipt we thought the dish was missing something as there was no crispy component to the dish....upon bringing this up to the server she apologized and advised she would look after as that was just not right.... Quite some time passed so my wife asked about the status....clearly she didn't have it looked after. Minutes later, the manager came with a bowl of crispy pork instead of replacing our dish....failure and embarrassing...not acceptable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING SEAFOOD!
    Onlyreviewwhenimeanit
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    From alberta in Vancouver on business and an associate Reccomended blue water. Glad we listened! AMAZING oysters, the best scallop, tuna and salmon sushi I've ever had and a wine list (including an $8000 bottle!!??) to make all wine lovers drool! Will DEFINETLY be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    Kipper
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I requested a nice table for our European cousins and was not disappointed. The food was excellent and the restaurant was a happening place. The service was fine but in the past I have had much more attentive waiters and better explanation of the menu. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion dinner
    Gemma1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Staff were very friendly and helpful, service was excellent. Seafood tower was spectacular to look at and delicious to eat. Lobster was expertly cracked for minimum mess at the table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Superb place for dinner. Creative menu, really excellent service and of course brillant food preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive restaurant
    Cecilio
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food is ok, but nothing extraordinary to be so expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    criticalVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Really enjoyed a very nice meal ... beautiful restaurant ... service was A-1 ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jtiz
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very well informed wait staff.... Super knowledgeable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    Unclepii
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We enjoyed the place very much the quality of the food was outstanding and I simply congratulate you about such a wonderful eveninig we spend there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    DanT
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent food and a large diverse menu. Outstanding service. My wife and I took our 11 and 13 year old there and they also loved the place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tina
    TinajaneVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent choice. Had sushi rolls to start and on to Mediterranean Sea bass for dinner. My husband is gluten free and the rest. Was very accomadating. Waiter was excellent, not rushing dinner. Would highly recommend for the beet seafood in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food! worth the price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Its a bit pricey but the freshness of the seafood makes up for it. a definitely a must try place at least once! seafood is amazing and shelled ones are so fresh they melt in your mouth
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Diner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had the ceviche at $19.50; it was delicious. The crab salad was skimpy at $17. The halibut was delicious. It was a VERY expensive meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great seafood restaurant
    KLDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very good restaurant if you are intetested in seafood. Service and menu are very good. You pay high price for the quality. Great for special occasions. Just a picky comment, but hostesses at the front could be friendlier on the welcome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The hype is deserved. Very fresh fish, well-prepared, excellent service, nice wine list. Hard to find this kind of quality anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.