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 June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (238)special occasion (238)notable wine list (162)romantic (121)hot spot (110)good for groups (94)neighborhood gem (93)great for outdoor dining (88)vibrant bar scene (65)late-night find (25)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (8)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Nothing a Blue about this Water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Outstanding service, food and wine. I count Blue Water one of several of my top Vcr restos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit to BWC
    LotusBlossomVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We are seafood lovers and were really looking forward to this second visit but it was disappointing. Enjoyable but not outstanding as expected (having been impressed by Roy's in various locations in the US since last visit), maybe because we ordered the daily specials (golden trout and halibut) and not tried and true menu selections. Even the roast red pepper homous type spread that came with bread wasn't that good, and the tuna carpaccio starter was bland. Did enjoy the swimming scallops starter though. Service was excellent and we thoroughly appreciated our efficient, professional and informative server, and speedy delivery of everything without asking.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Rosieposie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our server eddy was great, the food was outstanding! This restaurant never disappoints me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wished I was a regular
    WhereRMyGlovesEdmonton
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Marvellous place, great service, cuisine excellent. We had a fish platter to share as appetizer, crab cocktail the BEST, but all very good. Char as main dish... do not eat your cutlery. When we asked what people liked most, our waiter responded, 'oh, uh, they just walk in here and know what thy like to order'.. Arghh.. wished I was one of the regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JFvO
    JFvO
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The ambiance was welcoming and warm, but not overwhelming, the waiter polite and knowledgeable. We had a seafood tasting for two, consisting of dungeness crab and baby shrimps, scallop ceviche, albacore tuna tartare smoked sockeye salmon terrine with a local sparkling wine. The food was fresh and a wonderful mix of surprising but harmonious flavors. As entrees: Sablefish in miso sake glaze, baby bok choy, edamame, quinoa and shiitake mushrooms yuzu dashi and scallops caramelized belgian endives, wild rice griddle cake candied ginger and citrus sauce paired with a fresh Riesling. A wonderful experience and a restaurant I highly recommend to anybody interested in exceptional fish dishes presented in a way beyond traditional cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vancouver Gem
    dougat49
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Blue Water is a destination restaurant for us--and we live in San Francisco! We have been going for years and have never been disappointed. This time was no exception. Our table was ready as promised, service was gracious and attentive, and the food (trout and char) was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    diner29486
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We made reservations ahead of time and were taken to (what we assume was) their wine cellar. It was perfect; quiet enough to not have to have a chat without needing to raise our voices at any point. My girlfriend and I shared the seafood tasting for two, twelve oysters, toro sashimi and the sablefish. Everything tasted great but we were blown away by the sablefish. We ordered it after reading reviews praising it and we were definitely impressed. It was so buttery and delicious, we had to emphasize how good it was between bites. Our server (unfortunately did not mention his name) was great! He was very welcoming and attentive. All in all, one of the best meals we've had. Definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    Dallas1977
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Coming from Dallas, this is just what we wanted. The sablefish dashi was out of this world. Even gave us a secluded booth for our anniversary. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian and fish focus
    Beeper
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband loves oysters, and they were an outstanding appy choice. I wanted a salad, and find it weird to literally only have mixed greens...how hard is that to prepare, plus asked for olive oil only for my dressing and the waiter delivered with balsamic and then with lemon and olive oil and finally just olive oil. We had sable fish and halibut. Nice presentation. Lots of families, couples and groups of friends: busy, but not a rushed feeling. Big BC wine selection, many price ranges so tourists understand the fantastic wine growing in province, but can choose their price. A nice place to celebrate. Yaletown is a popular area, but luckily, there is, if needed, a garage within easy walking distance of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Fine Dining In Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We go here pretty much at least once a month or sometimes couple times a month and the service and food are always consistance. Amazing wine list and sushi/sashimi menu. they have a private VIP room for a special group party and love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sublime
    PanchoPR
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always a stop when I visit. This time we are going twice. All around great place. At first glance newbies will find it pricey. By the time they leave they realize it was a bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place
    MIkeM
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is my third time at the Blue Water Cafe. All have been great and this is a word I do not use lightly. All three of us on this occasion enjoyed the food and the service was simply superior. It was a busy Friday night but service was never rushed. The server knew the menu and made a number of helpful suggestions. When they were out of my first choice from their 50+ list of single malts and I declined their recommeded alternative (only because I had had it), the bartender took the time to come to the table and personally make an alternate suggestion. The wine was not kept at the table but was always topped up when needed -- this is a feat that few places manage let alone when busy. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    DavidD1
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The seafood was amongst the freshest I have ever had. Waitersextremely knowledgable. Fusion between Japanese and traditional seafood outstanding. Terrific right down to the entrance and exit thanks to The vibrant Histess, Lenka.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have the sablefish
    curlew8
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The waiter, Sam, was extremely knowledgeable, attentive and warm. Never waited for more than 10 seconds for anything. The sablefish was mind-blowing. Miso glaze, much like Miso-glazed black cod in some better Japanese restaurants. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was great. The vening specials in particular. The wine list is extensive and high quality. The service was exceptionally good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & ambiance
    luv5stars
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had heard and read many great things about Blue Water Cafe; which our experience confirmed. The food is fabulous, the service was great, friendly and enjoyable as well as the atmosphere which was lively and uplifting. Additionally, they were excellent explaining the menu, matching wine with our food and happily spent the time needed. Without a request, a manager walked by and spoke with us for a while; which was enjoyable and informative. A great restaurant; which we look forward to returning to again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Experienced
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had an awesome evening with great food and service in a fun part of Vancouver. We will definitely go back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lacklustre experience
    Sadie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My take on this place is that it badly needs a refresh or they need to go back to basics. What I experienced was uninspired dishes that were executed poorly. It seems like this place thinks it can get by on the fact that it serves seafood. They need to put more care into their dishes (e.g. My scallops were burnt) and think about creating a dish where every element on the plate is worthwhile. I was shocked that my scallops came on a bed of greasy diner style onions--yuck! Vancouverites expect more. Will never return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's Not to Love?
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Blue Water Cafe has definitely become my favorite restaurant by far! Each time the excellent food, service & ambiance is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb by any standard
    twotravelbugs
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My wife and I ate from the traditional seafood menu one night and from the sushi/sashimi menu the next evening. We were doubly delighted. The food presentation and quality was simply superb. Our wait staff was very knowledgeable and helpful, and made you feel welcome and relaxed from the outset. The wine list was comprehensive both in North American and International varieties. The location is easy to walk or train to, even for a Vancouver novice. The atmosphere in the restaurant was busy and vibrant, and perhaps would require some planning for a quiet, romantic dinner for two. Apart from that I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant if you really want a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, I mean EXCELLENT
    JackVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    One of the best dining experiences we have enjoyed in N.A. Truly extraordinary and a must for sashimi, sushi or oyster lovers. I am desperately trying to think of another excuse to visit B.C. and dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food and service!
    Birthday43
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was my first time at Blue Water Cafe and it was well worth the wait! I've walked past many many times and always said I wanted to go in. I finally decided to celebrate my birthday with dinner there. It was a little overwhelming at first but our server Tara was exceptional. She took us through the menu, the wine list. Her knowledge was truly amazing, she really takes her job seriously and delivers what she knows effectively. The food was outstanding!!! From the Tasting Menu to the main course, every bite was fresh. The most delicious meal to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding yet again.
    AlexZ
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My second visit to this restaurant was as impressive as the first. The food is extraordinary with superb flavors, textures and presentation. No question my new favorite restaurant in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We very much enjoyed our evening. The food was great as was the service. We certainly will go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    Serge
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We chose this restaurant based on an excellent experience last year when visiting Vancouver. We were not disappointed this time either. Attentive service, excellent food, and very interesting venue (old warehouse with big posts and beams).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening
    Selchie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a birthday celebration at the Blue Water Cafe. The food was nearly perfect, the service perfectly attentive without being overbearing and the atmosphere very pleasant, if a little loud. The prices matched the high quality of the place, but the cost was well worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HarryVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our shared dinner was Kobe beef short ribs which were very good. My "complaint" is the menu was quite limited so making a choice was somewhat difficult. The restaurant is located in the trendy Yaletown district and I'm sure that influenced the high restaurant prices.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish finder!
    HersheyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Strongly recommend the Bluewater Cafe for those who want the whole package when dining out. This place always is on their game. Great staff, menu represents cross selection of the Pacific all housed in great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • must go
    edccVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Must go when in Vancouver Very innovative menu. Have the scallops as an appetizer Service was superb without being intrusive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An absolutely first rate place
    CarmelannaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Incredible oyster selection! Great sushi and sashimi. Outstanding scallops and sablefish. From start to finish, the service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but a leak
    IceTea
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Eligant food, friendly waitresses/hostesses and wonderful ambiance. Has some leaky pipes but nonetheless will visit again and fairly noisy. 9.5/10 will come back, food was fantastic; had the stable fish. Everybody should try it one day. Even if you might die from it, you should try it one day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at The Blue Water Cafe last week. Staff are most attentive, pleasant and personable. The atmosphere is convivial and energetic but doesn't overpower the experience. The food is outstanding and the wine list is extensive and covers all the bases and then some. We ate sushi and sashimi. The tuna is like butter and the salmon is so delicate you barely need to chew. The crab was outstanding. They offered bread with the meal which I usually never eat. It came with an herb butter and a red pepper bean tapenade. I tried it and then asked for more. The menu also offered some beef choices which sounded delicious. Unfortunately we live in Toronto and the beef ail have to wait until our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was one of the best restaurants we've visited all year. Everything was cooked to perfection. Service was fantastic. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and made very helpful suggestions with cocktails, entrées and wines. We would definitely return when in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply fantastic!
    Patshe02
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Loved loved loved our time spent at Bluewater Cafe!! Food was fantastic and the service was top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal of the year
    DiningJim
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It is a shame that the star rating only goes up to 5 because the Bluewater Cafe is definitely a 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Lucy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our experience here was nothing short of excellence from service to taste..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No foodie blues
    Noontimeediner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Blue Water Cafe was the best dining experience that I have enjoyed for many years. Everything from the rolls (and the spreads) to the espresso were impeccable. Although we opted for an Okanagan standard, the wine list is most impressive. The first course, consisting of oysters on the half shell, was fresh, varied and delicious. Both the Sable fish and the Scallop entrees were cooked to perfection with imaginative accompaniments. The finishing touch was a sweet meringue-based confection (macaron) that had a fluffy exterior with a firm, but delicate, filling. All in all ... outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were very pleased with the food (variety) and service (excellent); very attentive but not intrusive. Drinks were topped off and plates were cleared in timely fashion. All staff were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This restaurants menu has everything you would want to order something for all types of cuisine. The outdoor patio was very nice and the staff was very friendly. The whole dining experience was very good. We ordered a variety or raw and cooked seafood as well as amazing tenderloin. The desserts we amazing the best ones were the lemon tart and the lava cake. The wine list is like a novel there are so many to choose from so there is a wide variety to please everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blue Water Delivers
    PickyPerhaps
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant that never disappoints. Fresh delectable seafood and fish every time. From appetizer to dessert there is no disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.