Blue Water Cafe

4.8
4271 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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.
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 4271 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The seafood is a must-have. It felt like any seafood is good there. I’d say the sablefish is amazing! You can’t begin to fathom the awesomeness of the sablefish until you get a feel of the texture of the fish. It literally felt like heaven is here as I had my first bite of it. They have such a wide selection of oysters and the server was quite knowledgeable and made good recommendations depending on our requested taste. The ribs were also very tender and juicy and were a good portion to fill you up pretty well!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and delicious food. Not cheap, but great experience from start to finish.

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OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best seafood place and nicely complemented with sushi bar that in itself is exquisite. All fish dishes are done to perfection, service is always outstanding and every one is very friendly. We look forward to our monthly fine dining visits to this restaurant.

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RM
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always enjoyed going to this restaurant. It is lively and a bit noisy if you are there for a quiet dinner conversation. Food is absolutely fantastic! A bit pricey but well worth it in the end. Can't wait to come back.

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SM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent.

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p
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a treat and top of my list of restaurants to go to..

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KK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a dinner date to celebrate a milestone (neither of us had been to Blue Water before) and we had a fabulous night! Awesome service (can't believe how fast the drinks and oysters arrived) and the food and drinks where amazing!

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to Blue Water. Service was A++. Food was A++. We will make Blue Water Cafe a regular stop each time we visit Vancouver.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming for years, always a favorite for us when we visit Vancouver.

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s
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Restroom was dirty, dispenser out of soap

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KJ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Water Cafe was recommended to me by one of my colleagues so my brother and I decided to check it out on a Saturday around 5:30pm. The place was pretty empty but by 6:30pm it was packed. Our waiter, Roddy, was kind, attentive and knew the menu quite well. Every recommendation he made we took and it was well worth it. The ambiance is nice and the food was delicious. My brother got the oysters, which he loved. He also got a sushi roll and after eating two bites he went to the bar area where the chefs were preparing the food and gave him a standing ovation. It was weird but he said the food was that good! I got the sea bass with potatoes and broccolini. It was phenomenal! I would definitely suggest this restaurant!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great food, perfect ambience for date night.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food: amazing.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurant in Vancouver! Seafood is always super fresh and always the best service!

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DS
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening. Great food and service. Lovely ambience.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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s
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you Melissa for setting up the candle for me ..... Excellent service and friendly environment.
Never forget Rookie's (?) friendly smile.
Merry X 'mas to all staff in Blue Water.

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T
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Blue water never disappoints. We are from Washington State. Every trip we make to Vancouver we dine at Blue Water. Have always had great food, great service and love the atmosphere.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent! It was a busy Saturday though and it was very noisy making conversation difficult.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening celebrating our anniversary.

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Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. The food was outstanding. I recommend sablefish.

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B
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Blue Water!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an incredible dining experience!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely AMAZING!!!
And thank you for accommodating our special request. :)

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and overall experience. Stephan, the restaurant director and his team never disappoint!

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London
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Whereas the service was very pleasant, the food was average and the ‘ambience’ less than desirable. The sablefish was completely overcooked and the vegetables and sauce were without taste. The restaurant had a very strong smell of old frying oil, which combined with a cold draught did not make for a nice combination.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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h
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

常に混んでるので、予約は必須です。
タワーは、二人で頼む場合は、90ドルくらいののでちょうどいいです。160ドルののは、4人程度の人数が必要です。
ロブスター料理も80ドルくらいしますが、美味しかったです。

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S
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highlight of our weekend in Vancouver ! The sablefish was awesome as was the sea urchin and sashimi of halibut. Great wines as well and so was the service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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h
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Great service!

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DY
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ciera was our server tonight. A delightful and knowledgeable young lady. She is a delight.
What also was truly amazing was our server from last years occasion remembered us. She came over to the table to say hello.
Tara remembered our first and last names and some of our food likes.
The food was as magnificent as our service.

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent seafood experience. All is as advertised. Outstanding wine selections.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great place to start conversation about Vancouver and restaurants

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FL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impressed by the food and atmosphere.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from start to finish. My partner and I were celebrating our birthdays and it was immediately acknowledged by the staff. The Host at the door took our jackets and promptly seated us at a lovely table. Our Server, Tara, was extremely knowledgable, professional and charming. Cocktails were inspired and well-balanced. Our starter of halibut tataki was fresh and bright, delicate yet flavourful. I had the featured halibut enteee and my partner had the sable fish, both were absolutely delicious. Our accompaniment of seared scallops with citrus butter were cooked to perfection, and possibly some of the best I've ever had. This place has the experience recipe dialed. Can't wait to return!

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Muy muy rico. Sablefish excelente. Muy amables. Falta buena música.

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TD
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Generally very pleasant evening. The service was prompt and friendly. My service complaint is the server did not give any prices for the specials. Since we were taking out friends for a Birthday dinner we didn't want to appear cheap by asking prices however I ordered something that was very expensive because I didn't know the price - it wasn't worth it. Not all of us have limitless budgets and this was a special treat so the restaurant being sensitive to people's dining budget by full disclosure would be courteous and better customer service.

The food was excellent although my partner's halibut was overcooked.

My last complaint was that the room was cold. They sat us in the room next to the wine cellar and I had worn a short sleeved dress with a thin cardigan as I assumed the restaurant would be warm. I was wrong. I left the restaurant very chilled. The larger (main) room appeared to be better heated. I would recommend you don't sit here in the winter unless you are warmly dressed.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Das Ambiente war klasse , der Service hervorragend, das Essen einsame Spitze! Ich bin auch sehr gut zur Auswahl der Speisen und Getränke beraten worden. Alles in allem ein gelungener Abend. Einen Abstrich muss ich jedoch machen. Und das betrifft die Lautstärke. Es war eindeutig zu laut, da auch die Musik zu laut war. Aber das ist mir hier in Canada schon aufgefallen, dass es selbst in den Restaurants sehr laut ist.

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RL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The one draw back was the “music” that pounded away in the background. Surely a restaurant that produceces excellent food, has a well thought out wine list and a well trained staff can provide
better music that plays softly instead of tuneless music that plays with the base pounding.

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