Blue Water Cafe

4.7
3994 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 3994 People Are Saying
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OT
5.0Dined 13 hours ago

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

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l
5.0Dined a day ago

Amazing amazing amazing!!!

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OT
2.0Dined 2 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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OT
5.0Dined 2 days ago

La comida deliciosa pero un poco le tos en el servicio

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l
5.0Dined 3 days ago

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
5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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CA
5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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P
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Celebrating 60 years of life!

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CC
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food. Service and espwine service was excellent.

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M
5.0Dined 7 days ago

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
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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RL
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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

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M
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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OT
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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

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JJ
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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

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JH
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Excellent as always. Great service and great food.

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CB
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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c
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Average - one time was plenty

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PL
5.0Dined 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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CB
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Absolutely first class seafood. Our server was great, very efficient.

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GE
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Delicious fresh seafood, creative Sushi. Outstanding

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

One word, Amazing !!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We love everything about Blue Water! The food is amazing, the service is attentive, but not intrusive, and the ambiance is modern and vibrant. Love the open kitchen; chefs are serious, focused, and never frazzled. We had the King Crab roll to start. I had the Halibut and my wife had the scallops; awesome! Dessert was Creme Brûlée and Mago/Pineapple cheesecake which were both decadent. For my money, hands-down the best seafood restaurant in Vancouver! You will not be disappointed!

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j
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Outstanding meal provided by excellent friendly service.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Spectacular service, excellent food, and a wine selection that can't be beat.
Went here for our honeymoon dinner. Let me start by saying, my wife and I are not wealthy people. We've splurged at some fine establishments in LA, Toronto, and Montreal, but looking over the wine menu here caused a bit of sticker shock at first.
The food was generally reasonably priced for fine dinning, especially considering portion size and quality. Being a seafood restuarant, you might not expect them to also have spectaular steak. We asked about the waygu and were surprised to learn they had A5 grade direct from Japan. We ended up order a 6 oz portion and the sablefish for main courses to split. To start we ordered the pork shoulder, and the crab and pron salad. Everything was fantastic!
As the night got later and about chilly, our server even brought out a pashmina for my wife to use to take the chill off.
At the end of the meal we were very satisfied.
If price is no object, why not? That being said, I think you could have a world class meal here even on a budget if you forgo the wine.
Apps were in the $20 and mains were mostly 30-50.
The only reason I can't give 5 stars is because I did feel a bit of pressure by our server to spend more than I wanted to, particularly when it came to the wine, and there were really no reasonably priced wines on the menu.

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j
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great dinner! I loved our server Jennifer who was super enthusiastic and attentive. The food was delicious and well presented .

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S
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

While vacationing in Vancouver we selected Blue Water and were very pleased. We had oysters that were served beautifully and icy cold . I ordered halibut which was served with fiddlehead ferns . Dessert was fantastic , chocolate panna cotta and raspberry sorbet.

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M
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Perfect Diner, very good Food, exzellent sercice....

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l
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Yaletown's best restaurant!!
Done ...what more can I say.
Best bar
Best bar service (Adam and Luke)!!!
Hostess's..... best in the city!
Oh about the food...try it all....they never miss!! 10 out of 10
Stefan .....magic ....he can be everywhere at once!
Cheers see you soon again.

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