Blue Water Cafe

4.7
4004 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Sushi, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 5pm–11pm
Bar: 4:30pm–12am
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Phone number
(604) 688-8078
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank Pabst
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Helmcken Street
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Parking details
Valet is available nightly beginning at 5:00 pm. Metered street parking is also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4004 People Are Saying
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4.7
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Vancouver
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

Great ambiance. Outstanding service. Food could have been better. The rice cakes served with the scallops were almost inedible.

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TD
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Many restaurants have difficulty maintaining top quality over several years. Blue Water Cafe has always been one of the very best restaurants we have been to. We had five dishes (Kushi oysters plus four dishes in a seafood sampler), and every one was outstanding. Service was excellent, and outdoor patio on a warm summer evening was most pleasant. If you're in Vancouver and like gourmet seafood, don't miss this restaurant. We are out-of towners with no connection to the restaurant other than eating there, so this review is not an inside puff piece. This place is the real deal.

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We loved the energy of this restaurant. We asked to be seated by the open kitchen so I could watch the dance of the chefs preparing the meals. It was truly enjoyable. We had two really delicious manhattans with a dozen oysters. The waiter heaped us pick out ones that were to our taste. They were fresh and delicious. We then had a small course of sushi with a very nice Sancerre that the somiliar helped us chose. The sushi was not great, the oysters were really not to our liking and the service was extremely slow.

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OT
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Excellent restaurant all the way around. Our meal was perfect. Service was perfect. Great cocktails too. Will be back

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Had a great night with an awesome meal and fantastic service. We're loving Vancouver!

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Vancouver
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Amazing amazing amazing!!!

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N
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

Was hoping for a quieter setting, since it's upscale and all, but people were chatting and lively so that's not bad either.

Good spacing between tables, enough room to not feel cramped in yaletown, big plus.

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Toronto
2.0
Dined 6 days ago

The evening started off poorly. We arrived early for our reservation and waiting over 20 minutes from our reservation time while people that arrived after us were seated before us. They ordered a bottle of wine while we waited, confused the order and over charged us, and would not remove the charge. Our waiter was great but when we spoke to the wine manager and the restaurant manager they were less than helpful. The food was very good but I was very disappointed overall. I was so looking forward for this dinner and am still upset about how the evening went.

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WM
Vancouver
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

This is a great place! A fine restaurant with traditional service. The food is excellent and creative. I had tuna carpaccio and a simply superb scallop dish. One person can eat a first and a main course. The tuna was delicate and the salad portion tasty and Mediterranean like. The main was truly a creative blend of tastes. A very nice selection of wines..maybe the glass could have had a bit more volume (I bought by the glass). The waiter was a real professional. The chef ran a very visible kitchen and the staff seemed energetic and in good spirits - an extra added attraction for the meal. The room is supported by massive but simple cedar columns and the overall ambience is energetic (you will be run down by a waiter or busperson if you stand still) but very pleasant. This restaurant deserves international recognition - very special for Vancouver.

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Las Vegas
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

La comida deliciosa pero un poco le tos en el servicio

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LK
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

One of the best meals we have ever had! Outrageous sushi and fresh halibut. Exceptional service and a must stop place in Vancouver!

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Vancouver
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant was beyond exceptional! We were visiting from V. Island and it was definitely worth the drive. Each one of the Top Table group of restaurants - West, Araxi (including Thierry) that we have visited have all been first class and Blue Water Cafe just reinforces this! We'll definitely be coming back. Thank you!

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London
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Brilliant sturgeon main and a shared tasting fish starter, totally recommend both. Can sit outside enjoying yaletown and brilliant service with constant top offs of bread between courses - you won't leave hungry

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DK
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

An awesome and exciting experience!!
Must to do Inn Vancouver!

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Vancouver
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

We sat on the patio for our anniversary dinner. The overall experience was great - service was impeccable. The only reason I give it a 4 is because we were closely seated to a large group who were quite loud and obnoxious and this took away from the overall “fine dining” experience that we were hoping to achieve for our first time visit at Blue Water Cafe.

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

We were there with friends from Sonoma who are pretty blaze about restaurants and they were delighted with the whole experience. They said it was one of the best restaurant experiences they had ever had. Pretty high standard. Thanks for the delightful evening.

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Salt Lake City
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Celebrating 60 years of life!

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Great food. Service and espwine service was excellent.

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M
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Staff was very kind, attentive and wonderful!
Especially the seafood tower and sushi roll he recommended was wonderful and enjoyed with friends.

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VN
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Very good seafood. Nice ambiance and a very big choice of wine. We loved it.

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w
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

We had fantastic service during our whole dinner. Good suggestions, prompt delivery, she had en eye on everything, great. The oysterlist contained 21 named different oysters with despriptions. Only six were available but that was good enough. We even hade one which was not on the list, Sunseeker från BC, small but incredibly full, mellow and tasty with medium saltiness. The other food was on par, delicious.

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London
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Wow food. Everything we ate was delicious. First time we’ve actually given up and been full on sushi, it was Devine. Table lovely and service excellent. Not cheap but worth every penny. An unforgettable dinner.

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RL
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Great service. Food prepared perfectly with great sauce. Sushi absolutely fresh and delicious.

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Vancouver
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

We had our usual table 35 and our regular server,Melissa.Everything was first class as the three of us all enjoyed our meals.We all had fish and it was prepared very well.I started with my carrot soup and it was delicious.We will see you again soon

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J
Vancouver
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Blue Water Cafe always has such outstanding services that it cannot be described by words. It is a pleasure to dine here.

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Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

The covered patio is vey nice as is the modern large dining room and full bar. The seafood and ambiance are amazing. We had the whole Sea Bass as well as the shrimp and crab salad. Our only drawback was that we found the portions to be a bit small. Recommended for fresh seafood, prawns and oysters.

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WS
4.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Seafood dishes were the highlights. Spotted prawn bisque was way too salty, was able to only stomach half of it.

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DR
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

A great find in Vancouver, especially for visitors looking for a top notch seafood restaurant.

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JJ
4.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Great food, atmosphere and service! The quality is wonderful.

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JH
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Jennifer was an enthusiastic server who appears to love her job. This is a rare thing. She was excited about the menu and her charisma and energy were infectious.

Short ribs had great flavour but a little heavy.

Sushi roll was great.

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AH
5.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

Food was excellent. However, the best part of our experience was our outstanding server, Tara. She was amazing. Knowledgeable, friendly, polite, fun. She made the birthday dinner extra special.

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Hawaii
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Everything was great!! Oysters ,crab roll sushi was outstanding!! Highly recommended! Servers are fantastic too!!

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Orlando
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Excellent as always. Great service and great food.

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CB
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

The menu was inventive and the food was great. It was served so hot that other restaurants should be ashamed. We thoroughly enjoyed our food and our waiter. I highly recommend Blue Water.

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JS
Manitoba
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

I ate at this restaurant last summer while on a business trip and it was incredible so when I was back in Vancouver with my family I insisted that we make a reservation. We were not disappointed! The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. My brother wanted a shrimp dish but there wasn't one on the menu and all we had to do was ask and our server immediately said they could turn it into a starter.

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Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

We dined at Blue Water Cafe during our visit to Vancouver in 2015. The dinner was so memorable that we booked a table right away once we had decided to visit Vancouver again over the Canada Day long weekend. This time we were bringing my seafood lover mom with us. We were quite disappointed to find that uni was no longer being served as it was the main reason we wanted to dine at Blue Water Cafe again. The uni we had last time was divine. One of the best we had ever tried! Nevertheless, we had a wonderful and satisfying dinner once again! My mom was first upset with me for not bringing her to a Chinese restaurant for fresh seafood. “Western restaurants cannot cook fish right. I am going to order shrimps,” She said. I told my mom to trust me and ordered her Blue Water Cafe’s featured dish - the Sablefish. My daughter had the Sablefish last time and we both were amazed by the taste and melt-in-the-mouth texture of the fish. My daughter and I tried the special menu of the day. My daughter ordered the halibut and I ordered the blackened kanpachi. We enjoyed our dishes but the spotlight of the night was still the sablefish. My mom was so impressed with her fish that she could not stop bragging about how fresh and delectable it was to her friends right after the meal on WhatsApp. Blue Water Cafe has definitely changed her view on western fine dining. We ordered 2 dozens of fresh oysters as appetizers. They were sweet and tender. We also ordered the dungeness crab egg roll. It was delicious and we could taste the sweetness of the crab meat lingering in our mouths. Service was friendly and meticulous! We are sure looking forward to another unforgettable dinner at Blue Water Cafe next time we visit Vancouver again. We used the Open Table dining cheque towards our bill with no issue.

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JB
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Delicious food. The surprise Happy Anniversary card and dessert was a lovely touch. Will visit again, and will recommend to friends and family for a special occasion meal.

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m
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

This was our first time at Blue Water Cafe, and it did not disappoint. The seafood was incredibly fresh and the service amazing. We will return.

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Average - one time was plenty

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PL
Vancouver
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Don't go here if you're on a tight budget, but having just been I have no regrets about visiting this place. Excellent food, friendly and extremely attentive service, and a great overall atmosphere.

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