Blue Water Cafe

4.8
4444 reviews
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Seafood
We are committed to sourcing sustainable seafood — and crafting innovative and memorable West Coast dishes. Our Raw Bar exudes a true Japanese culinary aesthetic, consistently delivering pure, clean flavours and unique presentations.

The striking dining room provides active views of the “East meets West” kitchen and Raw Bar. The sweeping main bar leads out to the heated patio and the private dining rooms, which hold our deep and diverse wine collection.

Housed in a handsome brick and beam heritage warehouse conversion, Blue Water Cafe is in the heart of the historic and vibrant Yaletown neighbourhood.

Please note: online reservations are available for parties of up to 12 guests. For larger parties, please call. Reservations are not required for seats at our bar.
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AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere quick and friendly service, very delicious meal

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GS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is Vancouver’s best. Excellent west coast cuisine in a lively atmosphere that is elegant and unpretentious. Knowledgable waitstaff for food and wine recommendations.

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b
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The decor and atmosphere was not what we expected from a seafood restaurant, however it was warm and welcoming. The food was also not what we were expecting, having somewhat of two kitchens in a restaurant, one being the main kitchen and the other the sushi/raw/cold bar. Some of the sides on the dishes were unnecessary or too much, while we found some of the usually lighter foods very heavy. Unfortunately we never did receive some of our sides, and were not checked on after being served. Overall, go in with an open mind and you will be pleased with the food.

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S
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family in town for a visit, and we wanted to treat them to a special dinner. This experience exceeded expectations and we will definitely be back for more! All in all, our new favorite restaurant in Vancouver, and a "must do" if you're wanting to treat yourself and/or others when in town. Sablefish was to die for!!!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the fiod was great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant

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u
Calgary
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Too expensive
Shrimp cocktail was horrible
Scallops were undercooked
Portion size ok
Service good
Location excellent
Ambiance nice

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

great experience overall, only negative was their char fish had skin on it..had it peel off, not expected...

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D
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The room is warm, if a bit loud at times, because it is deservedly busy. Our server was warm, informative, and very responsive. The wine list is carefully curated, and very thoughtfully chosen to accommodate customers at most price points. The food, however, sets this place apart. While the oysters and the uni reflect careful sourcing ( and were superb), the main course of scallops, wild rice griddle cakes and sautéed endive let the skilled kitchen shine brightly. The scallops hit the grace note of hard sear and tender interior that required perfect timing. The parking is a nightmare, but really, nothing to be done but patiently wait for Uber or Lyft next year

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular restaurant, incredible food, great service and atmosphere. Great crowd... amazing chef...I never leave disappointed and always sad when the food stops coming.

If you come to Blue Water Cafe... come to eat and drink! What are my favorite restaurants throughout the whole world! I know a bold statement but I’ve traveled the world and this one never lets me down

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A
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time dining at Blue Water. Very nice room, excellent appetizers, a bit too much sauce on the Steelhead main course. Very nice dessert and service was great.

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HK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was absolutely amazing. My new husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals and loved the ambiance of the restaurant.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Muy recomendable y la atención y el servicio espectacular

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BL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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KJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was great. We were lucky enough to have Tara as our server.....outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average service. Food not special. High priced for little return

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FC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!! The food...the wine...the service
My only comment or suggestion would be for the Blue Water not let families with young children come in. We had a highly obnoxious family sitting beside us whose children would not behave or whose parents were unwilling to keep them under control.
When you are willing to pay a premium for this amazing dining experience...it should "not" include this type of behaviour + there’s no kids menu!!!

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r
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been in a few years . We thoroughly enjoyed the evening .will return

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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FO
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

used to be fantastic but now having rookies serving us makes it unenjoyable

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing day. We went to the fabulous Come From Away performance and topped it off with a delicious & delightful evening. The service, food, ambience and my Irish Coffee could not have been been. A perfect evening

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T
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was excellent!

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w
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it is well known to others but this was my first time to the Blue Water. It was excellent. Pretty well unparalleled quality and value in seafood. An extensive menu that it will take many visits to work through and that is a future that I relish.

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MZ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, great service. Everything was perfect. Everybody recommended us this restaurant as the best seafood restaurant in Vancouver, and I think they were right.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and our server, Tara, did a phenomenal job of attending to our dining needs! Highly recommend

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TH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal service from a super cool waitress, if you are going to eat here you must request Jennifer to serve you. From the moment we sat down she was on point. We developed a level of trust instantly, my date and I decided to let her order our entire meal for us. Cocktails, appetizers, salad, Maki rolls finally Sablefish entree, desert and coffee... Was an unbelievable meal, with amazing service.

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, well trained, knowledgeable waitstaff combined for a delightful evening. Come early and try something new from the 29 page bar menu

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FM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great spot in a hip part of town. Fantastic food. A little pricy but great for a corporate dinner or special night out. My only beef was the obnoxious, loud and pushy waiter we had. It didn't help that he spilled wine all over the table refilling my glass and that of my client. We weren't in a hurry but I guess he was.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tara was exceptional serving us.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toptable Group... I would recommend eating at any of their restaurants!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good ambience. Food was really good!

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous birthday celebration. Thank you for an amazing evening.
Food was fresh, and beautifully presented.
From the moment we arrived we felt very welcome. Wonderful experience

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Crowded, noisy restaurant with good food and good service which do not come cheap. The chairs need to be re-stuffed but they willingly provide a cushion to sit on.
The place is always pretty full and therefore loud (no carpet or fabric to absorb noise), so why do they insist on playing that monotonous, irritating 'music'?

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BC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my birthday.

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y
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, so many choices of caviar and other seafood! Same family as araxi @whistler

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much. Have been several times. Got a bad oyster this time and they were extremely apologetic and offered compensation. If you have the opportunity- sit at the sushi counter. The sushi chefs are true artists.

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RN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very attentive, food excellent. Noise was not noticeable. Definitely come again soon. Facilities were also excellent.

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l
Calgary
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks Stephane and Brent for another incredible evening at blue water.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

the food quality is excellent, its really about the ambiance and service at this price point. Both are moderate, the noise makes it very hard to have cross table conversation without yelling or speaking quite loudly. Table service was indifferent versus friendly.

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GB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered Blue water cafe which is a significant menu in the restaurant. It was awesome and fresh! We also had a chocolate cake which was fantastic.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was incredible but she continually had to tell us that our food was coming... 2 hours later, we were told there was a private party having a tasting menu meal. Not a good enough excuse to not deliver food within 2 hours. Regardless, the food was good and they did comp our main dishes.

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