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About Blue Water Cafe

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.

1095 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Sushi, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5pm–11pm
Bar: 4:30pm–12am

Cross Street:
Helmcken Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 688-8078

Website:
http://www.bluewatercafe.net/

Parking Details:
Valet is available nightly beginning at 5:00 pm. Metered street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Frank Pabst

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Blue Water Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Fit for Foodies (78)
Notable Wine List (68)
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Good for Anniversaries (67)
Good for a Date (66)
Local Ingredients (62)
Romantic (57)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Business Meals (42)
Hot Spot (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Good for Groups (33)
Authentic (29)
Fun (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (20)
Healthy (20)
Seasonal (17)
Casual (16)
People Watching (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Great for Lunch (8)
Tapas (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Organic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff went out of their way to make it feel special.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Took some great friends of ours from Calgary to Blue Water Cafe. We had been numerous times over many years, while they had never been. They, like us, love Blue Water Cafe!! The food and service and ambiance, perfect! Can't say enough!

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 4 days ago

First time in Vancouver / Canada, really tasty food and fantastic service. Miso Sablefish with broth, yum! A really big vine selection and expert advice to select 👍

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

We went there for a birthday celebration with my husband. Was a lovely evening - great food and service.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

Always Awesome the wait person was amazing and very knowledgeable

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Delightful in every way. Excellent creative cuisine in a lively atmosphere. Friendly & attentive service made it all quite perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious and fresh seafood. Inventivr and flavourful. Knowledgeable and helpful waitress.
Huge wine list.
Overall: Amazing!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 17, 2018

Went there for our special occasion, first time dining at Blue Water Cafe. The hostess was very welcoming and guided us to our table promptly. The waitress that helped us was incredibly helpful (even though she probably had injury on her wrist seeing her with supporters, but she still provided top notch service! ) and introduced us to the special of the day and various great options on the menu. We had the seafood tower, nigiri platter, and uni nigiri; all of the seafood tasted so fresh, my girlfriend said she hasn't tasted seafood so fresh!
Will recommend coming here, also recommend making reservations beforehand since it was very busy even on a Tuesday night. Will definitely be coming back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 15, 2018

A wonderful experience, great service, fantastic wine list, and the freshest Sashimi/sushi in Vancouver .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Two people in our group of four were
celebrating birthdays. This was know by the
server. He did not even put a candle in the desert I paid for.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. Huge wine list!!!! Amazing sushi. Best seafood. Not cheap, bit worth every dime.
I’m not good at writing the minimum 50 words so I’m just blithering now. OpenTable you should reduce from fifty to 5 words. There’s no need for people to have o blither on, you’ll only dissuade them from offering a review.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Healthy, Tapas, Great Beer, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Recently visited the Blue Water Cafe for a date night and was not disappointed. Overall had a very good experience. The service was outstanding and the restaurant had a very nice ambiance. The food was great, but for the price I payed, I was expecting more. No complaints, I just don't think it warrants 5 stars.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent as always!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fabulous meal and service!

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Dinner with friends

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very much enjoyed Blue Water Café. The food preparation and tastes were very, very good. As a seafood lover, it was a truly enjoyable dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant has always been amazing. This is why we keep coming back!!! The food the service and rapport that the server has with us is just awesome.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Had a birthday here for my Girlfriend and we had a great time. Great food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food is fresh and so so so good. But we did find it a bit too loud for us. Would love this food in a quieter place :).

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great foods. Excellent service, Tara W. , our waitress , made good recommendation on variety dishes for us to try out. We had a very enjoyable evening .

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fantastic fresh food and lovely atmosphere. We went for my husbands birthday and this restaurant was a great choice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great seafood, great ambiance, great service

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 2, 2018

For a party of 2 we were seated at a booth for 4. Cocktails were delivered by the sommelier promptly and customized as requested. The server was knowledgeable about the food menu and the specials. After telling us one of the menu dishes was not available, we were disappointed when we ordered and were told that a different item we were ordering was not available either. The server also disappointed when we sought help for wine ordering and tried to assist without offering sommelier assistance. We had to ask for the sommelier, and the experience with the sommelier was excellent - helped us find a delicious wine at our price point for the meal. The food was outstanding. We shared a main of the seared scallops to start. Fantastic. For the main, I had the rack of lamb and it was done to perfection with a slightly too-sweet sauce for me, and an excellent array of vegetables. My companion had beef tenderloin that came with a wonderful savory sauce (that I dipped my lamb in) and another excellent assortment of crisp but cooked vegetables. No room left for dessert. Would love to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great way to celebrate New Year’s Day dinner with the family! It was a leisurely special dinner with cocktails, oysters, appetizers, great wine, wonderful seafood,dinner, dessert and after dinner drinks. The staff was very professional and engaging. The evening was very classy.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A Great New Years Eve Dinner!

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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were told this is the most fancy and wonderful Restaurant in Vancouver but it had felt short of our expectations. Not only was the sturgeon watery and overcooked but the waiter service accidentally spilled icewine (pink) onto my Husband white jumper but we were not offered an apology or at least a complimentary drink on the house. Nevertheless we paid 20% tips as it was the new year festive spirit. Nevertheless the wagu beef and oysters were good.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were in town for a family Christmas get-together, and decided to finally try the Blue Water Cafe. I would say that my expectations were met and exceeded; in particular, the oysters and the sushi were absolutely fantastic and I would be happy to recommend this place to anyone passing through.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Its good. But I think they should enforce a dress code.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Came here with my girlfriend for a nice dinner on a Friday night. The servers were very attentive and knowledgeable about what we ordered. The food was delicious and every dish left exceeded our expectations.

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 (London)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Super fresh seafood, particular the fresh oysters. Exceptional sushi roll, especially the king crab special. Highly recommend!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was fantastic and the server was great to bring "custom" drinks from the bar. the private room was much quieter than the main restaurant and perfect for our group

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our waiter Roddy was very attentive, we were impressed he remembered us 3 years ago. The food is delicious as expected! Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service. Really appreciated that we were not being rushed through the dinner.

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 (México)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Realmente delicioso

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fabulous food, perfectly portioned, absolutely delicious, great and knowledgeable wait staff with just the right amount of chat.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fantastic meal! The flavorings of the dishes were innovative and fabulous, the quality of the seafood were excellent and the service was immaculate. Outstanding restaurant! I wished we had visited sooner, but will be sure to return!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

its really good seafood and service! enjoyed the dinner

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Blue Water has been my favourite restaurant for over 10+ years and it never disappoints! Just the best seafood, cocktails, outstanding service and ambiance. I have introduced this place to, I don’t know how many of my friends, family, clients, corporate staff and many more. Everyone loves it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for my parents' anniversary, just a few days before Christmas. Our server was very friendly and attentive and made the experience warm and inviting. Although the restaurant was packed, the noise level was low, and my parents who are a bit hard of hearing had no issues hearing throughout the evening. The booth we were in was cozy and the temperature was comfortable.

The food was so good! My mother and I got the lobster bisque to start which was perfectly seasoned. The scallops in the bisque were cooked perfectly - still tender, not rubbery. My father and my boyfriend got the seasonal greens which were also very good. My mother, father and I each got different fish dishes (the Char, Sablefish and the Yellowfin Tuna), all cooked perfectly, well seasoned and not too salty. My boyfriend got the shortribs, which were a fairly large portion and so tender they were falling off the bone. We got the chocolate lava cake to share for desert which was probably the best lava cake I've ever had. Hands down the best meal I've had since moving to Vancouver 1.5 years ago!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

As always, great food and service. Highly recommend

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Seasonal
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