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
343 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (238)fit for foodies (237)notable wine list (157)romantic (136)hot spot (106)good for groups (99)neighborhood gem (99)great for outdoor dining (98)vibrant bar scene (62)late-night find (28)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great place.
    diningdiva
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Generally, the food was very good, although a bit pricey. Sushi was kind of disappointing because the sushi rice was too firm - almost seemed a bit undercooked. Fish was very fresh, although we've had much higher quality tuna and toro in Japan and Hawaii. For the price, we were expecting close to top of the line. Loved the Dungeness/seaweed/cucumber salad and the pork cheeks! Oysters were also fabulous. Service was outstanding! Our server, Jennifer, was awesome. She was very friendly and upbeat, yet extremely professional. She anticipated our needs before we even thought about them. Would return the next time we are in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    momo
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The only way todescribe this restaurant. Service food was just perfect..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't say enough good things......
    Ouiji
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Possibly my 3rd time dining at Blue Water and it is superb. Many of my medical acquaintances deem this their favourite restaurant in Vancouver. I concur. Service was outstanding. The food was colourful in presentation and the taste, devine. Chicken and Halibut were the dishes of choice for this particular evening. Don't miss the dessert course either. It was a Monday night, we were dining on the patio and when I went inside for a moment, the entire room was packed. That says it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafooder for Foodies
    VictorEast
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Top notch fish, ambience and service and priced accordingly. Salmon sashimi does not get any better than this. Amazing Dungeness crab, seaweed and cucumber appetizer. Mains included perfectly cooked sablefish with a miso sake glaze in yuzu dashi and pumpernickel crusted sturgeon with cauliflower purée and golden beets. Popular restaurant for good reasons: great food; handsome, understated ambience; and efficient and friendly service. Want fish when in Vancouver? Look no further. Bonus: if you are a single malt lover, Blue Water Cafe likely has your drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Delight
    SFsteve
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Dined last year at the Blue Water and again this year. Returning on this trip for a 2nd time this evening. Consistent overall - well run operation. Do not think you will be disappointed by this restaurant. My only complaint and applies to many Vancouver restaurants is the outrageous prices for wines. The blame lies with the government's taxation policies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh so close to great
    airmilesguyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Dined here on the 6th Sept 2014. The food was excellent and totally lived up to the expectation. The two things which stop me giving it 5 stars are the Wine list and our over worked waiter. The waiter was excellent, knowledgeable and helpful, just over worked. I can never get over a place that isn't on top of getting you a drink or a refill, always seems just like money left on the table aside from anything else. The wine list was OK, but given how good the food is, the wine list should be much more extensive and much better. I know wine is stupidly expensive in Canada, but even so, the list should be filled out better. Poor selection of fizz, by the glass is an example. However overall, I would recommend it and will be sure to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of the best run restaurants in the world. Food and service simply the best. Kudos to the management.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our party of four enjoyed a most relaxing, intimate dinner at Blue Water. The options for seafood were terrific and the creativity in preparing the seafood was wonderful. the service was also beyond reproach as our waiter was knowledgeable, having been there for 6 years. If it is fresh wonderfully prepared seafood you are looking for, The Blue Water Café is the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great evening out
    motconVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Wife and I stopped in for Birthday dinner and we were not disappointed. Fantastic food designed with great imagination. A blending of seafood, the likes of which we've never experienced before.. even here in Dan Diego. Thanks for a memorable meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kmhs
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Love this restaurant; have been several times. The seafood dishes are amazing and the staff are great. Thanks!! Blue Water is definitely one of the best seafood restaurants in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    jeev
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great Food, Great Night... perfect for our 1 yr anniversary! Sushi was as Fresh as could be, and Steak was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely evening on the patio. Surprisingly it wasn't noisy and even seemed a bit intimate while being 'out' on the street so to speak... it was quiet enough that we could enjoy a quiet conversation over our meal. The service was 'spot on' and the food was wonderfully prepared and delicious. The husband loved his oysters to start, and said they were the best he'd had in a long time because they were so fresh. My sablefish melted in my mouth... light yet savory. The husband ordered the halibut special which was meatier than my sablefish yet light and flaky. Everything was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal
    DesignGeekSF
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We celebrated my husband's 50th here. It was terrific. The was amazingly fresh and of the highest quality. Service was attentive and non-intrusive - just what you expect of a high-end place. The toro sashimi was possibly the best we've ever had. The sablefish was subtle and nourishing. We came away very happy (and not over stuffed.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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.
  • Cant wait to go back
    DonB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Blue water cafe has a great location and fabulous food. The service was very pleasant and knowledgeable. The menu offers many selections with the dishes put together exceptionally. The food arrives to the table with great presentation and description provided. Great drink selection that has an almost endless wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    Rose
    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
    Sisterluke
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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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 $170 with tip. The value could be in question. Maybe a happy hour? Pull people in with the cheap drinks
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood
    sunnydee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    have dined here several times over the past 7 years. The food has always been great although the portions are becoming smaller and smaller each time. 3 scallops as an entree just doesn't seem like enough for the price of around 35$
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    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.
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    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