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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Blue Water Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
341 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (237)special occasion (236)notable wine list (162)romantic (133)hot spot (109)good for groups (97)neighborhood gem (96)great for outdoor dining (95)vibrant bar scene (65)late-night find (25)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Wonderful
    Riovlibero
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Sablefish was out of this world. Service was outstanding. Wine list is spectacular .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very trendy
    uklondon1
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very trendy place to see and be seen. Food variable from truly excellent oysters and sushi to average salmon main. Very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met my expectations
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I had heard great things about this restaurant and it definately met all of my expectations. The food was outstanding. I felt satisfied but not overstuffed. The wine was perfectly paired with the food. I didn't just eat dinner, I had a true dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stars for both food and ambience
    PDDoc2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The service was outstanding, the food excellent, and the ambience lovely. I highly recommend this restaurant for both seafood lovers and others
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    NYFoodies
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had three days in Vancouver and our anniversary fell right in the middle. We wanted to find a "special" place to celebrate and Blue Water Cafe was an incredible find. Coming from New York where we have many wonderful restaurants, this restaurant surpassed our expectations. From the moment we walked in, we knew we would have a memorable evening. From the cocktails and wine list to the explanations of every dish, the beautiful presentation, the thought and care in preparing every dish with unique and subtle flavors to the attentive wait staff, this was a truly incredible culinary experience! The oysters were incredible and the BC Tasting Appetizer for Two is a must! Thank you Blue Water Cafe for making the night so special!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Seafood Restaurant
    basilr
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This restaurant continues to please, from the ambience, professionalism of the service and quality of the menu. We will continue to go whenever we are in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • trueHUE
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Superb food and service. Dont miss the dragon roll and the chocolate cake for dessert. Highly recommended overall
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Ambience, food, wine and service...all was exceptional. Our server was what made the evening a wonderful evening. He was attentive but not "hovering", helpful but not overbearing. And the food...all we could ask for. All told, a wonderful evening. We will return. Frank and Toni
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A regular spot
    Regularspot
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We go here every trip for great sushi, oysters, and seafood. Special items like the chickpea spread and truffle fires are a treat.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Vancouver Must
    AustinTexans
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A fantastic seafood restaurant in the trendy Yale Town area of Vancouver. Our sablefish and halibut were outstanding. Our wine surprisingly modestly priced compared to other high end restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Always fabulous on every level, thanks Louise and Mike Lloyd
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going right back
    Eddie519VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Was it good? I'm making another reservation as soon as I hit the send button on this review. Enough said
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent 1st time experience
    Freshwave1971
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was the first time my wife and I have been at the restaurant and we were very impressed, on the recommendation from others we decided to make reservations and we were not disappointed, all aspects from dining experience to food and food quality were impeccable. We would highly recommend this establishment to others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We read a favorable review and were not disappointed. The seafood tower was fabulous with almost everything prepared to perfection. Service was friendly, accommodating, and efficient. A memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Water Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent! The reservation process was easy. Food and service superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent fish restaurant
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great fish restaurants are actually hard to find. This is one. It is a rare gem. We started with a dozen oysters and martinis. Then we had sashimi and sushi, which were astonishingly fresh and well prepared. Then we had the Mediterranean sea bass and Nova Scotia lobster, and finished with the warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The server, Jean, did a meticulous and courteous job of handling the entire dinner. Altogether, the dinner was very well done by the entire staff at Blue Water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed!
    Burklacher54VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We didn't find our time at BWC to be special, in fact, we were treated rudely by the hostess as well as a waiter who pushed us to the "proper" space in the bar. Food was fine...we had the seafood tower, sushi, etc. Wine from BC was great. Overall...eh, just okay.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back!!!
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was my first time to Blue Water Cafe. I can't believe what I have been missing. The staff were so amazing!! Very helpful and knowledgeable. We sat at the bar ....every cocktail and wine selection was perfect. The scallop ceviche and crab salad were our favourites. Very very busy and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Evening
    Jery
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The six of us had a lovely evening of seafood. Bryson, our waiter was flawless. One of the diners was a restaurant man was very impressed with the food and the service. Everyone cleaned his plate. Two of the women who usually only graze, ate everything on their plates. Thanks so much BWC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    LovemyGritsVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food, wine, and service were all spectacular! We ate here our second night (of 5) in Vancouver, after 4 days on vacation in Seattle. It stands out as one of our BEST meals. During our travel, we limited ourselves to local/provincial products. We started with 3 varieties of oysters, based on our server's recommendation. Delicious! New to the North, he had the Char. He found it to be fabulous: perfectly cooked, flaky texture: yummy! The halibut special was also perfectly cooked, sauced and accompanied. The BC wines have not disappointed. We plan to return, as soon as we return to Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We took some out of town visitors to Blue Water Cafe to showcase the best Vancouver has to offer. Our friends live in NYC and Boston, travel a lot and have high standards. The whole experience was phenomenal, exceptional food, service and ambiance. We had a selection of oysters, ceviche, toro sashimi and seared hamachi (tsunami). I particularly liked the sashimi. For mains: scallops, sablefish, halibut and tuna. I tried the scallops and halibut: the scallops were delicate, while the halibut (which was on special) was deliciously rich. Our friends raved about their dishes, and were very impressed with the whole night. We'll go again for a romantic dinner or for a special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood!
    jimpVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Seafood is fresh, variety amazing and preparation/presentation outstanding! Hope you don't get seated next to 4 loud guys who drank too much who belonged in a sports bar watching the world cup rather than in a fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great place to take your visiting mom for her birthday. We enjoyed the great ambiance and probably the most delicious tuna tartar that I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Jvs9932
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Everything we read about this restaurant was spot on. Impressive cocktails, creative and delicious food plus impeccable service makes for an outstanding night out. Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food great, service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food was great. But for such a good restaurant, I was expecting great service but because of our server, our meal was diminished. Didn't have the best experience which dampens the excellence of the food. Maybe one day well go back but not in any rush.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IMPRESSIVE OVERALL!
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    With my business, I entertain and dine out a lot - so needless to say - I am a bit picky and can be critical. So when it was time to take out some VIP clients, I wanted to make sure it was somewhere with a fun, positive ambience; fabulous quality food; superior wine list; and polished service. We were all so extremely impressed and had such a great time with Blue Water Cafe - everything was perfect - my hats off to you!! If I was forced to be critical - the ONLY thing that was disappointing - we were so full that we didn't have room to try out the awesome Sushi Bar as well! Thank you Blue Water Cafe for making this a most memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to it's reputation
    Seafooddiet
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This restaurant was highly recommended and we were not disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful. It was busy and lively on a Wednesday which made for a very festive atmosphere. Our waiter was excellent and did not rush us. The staff was very helpful in getting us a cab after dinner. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.......
    Drew
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Our server really knew the menu and wines. We received excellent service all evening. The food was outstanding.....from appitizers to dessert! My sablefish was cooked to perfection. They even created a tomato pasta with chicken for my daughter who said it was really tasty. The restaurant is slightly louder than I would like it to be but the atmosphere is very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, amazing service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Delicious oysters, great seafood tower, and amazing nigiri platter. Excellent service our waitress was so nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All round great experience
    Tinijaney
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We sat outside which was great as it was a lovely evening. Service was great and our waiter was very helpful with wine and food recommendations. I had heard a lot about the food prior to my visit and I was not disappointed it was fantastic. We had a seafood selection for two to start which was the highlight for me, lovely fish main and save room for dessert!
    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 LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very fresh!
    sbllivingwell
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was great. The portions are extremely small, but very expensive. We experienced this all over Vancouver. However, the quality of the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Scrumptious food and amazing service... There was nothing left to wish for at the end of the night... What a fabulous experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tara was an amazing server!
    sk8ter
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was outstanding, but even better was the server! She was knowledgeable about both food and wine, gave great recommendations, made us feel as if we were the only table she was looking after. The food was fabulous. Other reviewers mentioned it was pricey. For me it was great value - I'm from the largest city in Canada and meals like this are far more expensive at home. All around a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service: Fantastic service. Was told in the beginning that the restaurant was full and the hostesses could not accommodate my request for a four-top. However, because of a cancellation, we were quickly shown to a spacious booth. Server (Tara) was fantastic. Knew the menu, gave great recommendations, was engaging, and provided quality service. Food: Amazing seafood, never had better sablefish in my life. My BF and I ordered the Seafood Tasting for Two which was a great way for us to get to know all the appys in small portions - would strongly recommend this for all new-comers. The Dungeness Crab Salad was flavourful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dinner at Blue Water Cafe
    BetsyW
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We started with a dozen raw oysters - yummy! I had the sablefish and my husband had the artic char - both were delicious! Our waiter was very attentive and recommended a nice wine from British Columbia. This restaurant was such a treat - we highly recommend!
    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 LevelCannot Recall
  • Xavytodd
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was excellent worth every penny. The service is also top class. All in all a superb restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.