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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–1am

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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (121)
Good for a Date (96)
Fit for Foodies (95)
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Creative Cuisine (82)
Notable Wine List (81)
Good for Anniversaries (80)
Local Ingredients (80)
Romantic (70)
Good for Birthdays (58)
Business Meals (54)
Hot Spot (46)
Authentic (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
Good for Groups (41)
Bar Seating (39)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Healthy (37)
People Watching (33)
Fun (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Casual (20)
Cozy (20)
Seasonal (20)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Tasting Menu (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Organic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Waterfront (4)
Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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Vegan (2)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful experience! Food is phenomenal!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Three of us very much enjoyed our dinner and drinks. Service was great and food was outstanding. It was a bit too noisy with lots of people celebrating lots of things around us. People were just having fun but it chipped into our ability to hear each other in conversation and nothing absorbs the sound in this open hard-edged place. But a fine dinner out

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food presentation, taste and service was excellent. Thank you for a nice table as well :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Very pleasant place to conduct business. Service was excellent and the food exceeded expectations.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Best meal we had in the week we were in Vancouver. Will definitely go again next time we’re in the city.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

Food quality was excellent, but service was not impressive at all.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 5 days ago

This is then best seafood restaurant I have ever been to! The seafood tasting for 2 was unbelievable- would definitely recommend it for a starter.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service, great food and wide variety of wines. The specials added to the menu nicely and all of the fish was fresh.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined 6 days ago

Waiter was fast and efficient, but almost too fast. Felt rushed. Hostesses were rude. When we were 20 minutes late. Prices are a little high. I’ve never spent $400 on dinner for two before.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Had my anniversary at Blue Water Cafe and everything was amazing! The atmosphere, food and service was beyond expectation! We’ll definitely be back again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Enjoyed an excellent dinner at sushi bar. Food was fresh and simple. Service was attentive. Only suggestion would be to lower the music volume a little as it did make business conversation a little difficult.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent quality seafood deliciously prepared. Service was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Blue Water Café was perfect. I drove up from Seattle and wanted to experience a staple restaurant in the heart of Vancouver- this was the best. It combined fresh ingredients and seafood from the Northwest, including sablefish- so hard to find. You could taste how fresh and good quality everything was. I will definitely recommend to others.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

A fantastic meal with great service as we celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. Amazing seafood. Will definitely return.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love Blue Water Cafe and will probably go there every time we visit Vancouver. Keep up the good work!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Groups, Fun, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food, polite, and informative service.
But just way too big and noisy / boisterous for us.
Too many diners who were more interested in being loud, getting up, posing, flash photography etc.

Just lots of bad form by many diners seemed to be the norm , and went unchecked by staff.

But the place was packed, so I guess it's operating as designed.

Just not for people interested in great food and service as opposed to being seen and partying.
We wont be back.
FWIW, We ate at Forage the next night, total opposite.

Even better service and food and the vibe/ noise/ ambiance was what a top notch restaurant should be.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

The menus choices are limited; the place is hard to find.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great service. Servers were very knowledgable and quick to respond to any requests. Great wine list. Beautifully prepared and presented plates. Delicious. Expensive but definitely worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place is so amazing and it made my first date with a girl I love so special I would recommend this place to everyone lol the food was out of this world good and I've never seen food made so beautiful and unique I'm so happy to have made this my choice to bring the girl I love for a wonderful evening dinner date and I for sure will be back and I'm from a very small town of burns lake BC lol was such a great to watch the cooks work there magic right infront of my eyes and will be something I will never forget so till next time stay hungry stay foolish take care and god bless and keep up the good work 😊🤙

Cheers

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fun, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 27, 2017

After reading reviews I knew I had to dine here, and I am SO thankful I did! Best meal I have had in awhile and for sure top 5 in my life. The whole experience was amazing. The food and service was out of this world. Kris our server suggested the best cocktails and food and was exceptional. Wish I could eat there everyday!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Absolutely brilliant, the food and specially the service. Our wait staff was excellent, made us feel so welcome.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

There are two dining rooms. The main room has a lot of city buzz. We were seated in the smaller dining room which also serves as the wine storage room. It was the opposite of buzz. On top of that our server took forever to help warm things up, and the whole fish we ordered was overdone. Would try it again to see if it would live up to its reputation.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was okay but looks fancy. I feel this place is over hyped.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wow!! BWC was outstanding. The fish was well done and flavorful. The service was impeccable and attentive (Thanks Ian!). A return visit is a must. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The Cortes Island oysters were the best I've ever had. The fresh seafood ensemble of 4 taste dishes finished the pre-Cirque du Soleil meal perfectly.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food was phenomenal. I thought I was impressed with the set menu for our wedding night but the anniversary was a level above. The oyster selection was spectacular. Waygu beef was out of this world. The seafood was nothing short on perfection. The environment was also very welcoming. It is worth every nickel.

Tags: Organic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was my friend's birthday, and she suggested Blue Water.
It was my first time here, and it was a outstanding dining experience.
My friend and I had the halibut dish, and it was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This place has become our favorite restaurant in Vancouver! First dinner after landing! Yes, pricey as it is but to know you are getting a premium product that makes a big difference.

Must try the jellyfish! Sablefish was super buttery...like a Chilean sea bass. I wanted a little rice with my raw fish so ordered a sablefish Pressed roll.....so yummy and already seasoned with soy - the perfect amount!

Sashimi platter is a good deal - they give you good types of fish and very generous cuts!!!

Kris was good with wine recommendations ....my hubby selected two and Kris blessed one of them - and it was a great choice! Joie - En Famille!

Kris topped off our evening by offering us an anniversary dessert. Thank goodness it was the financier....anything bigger we would have had to pass. It was the perfect ending.

We will be back in Vancouver tomorrow night...made res at Tojo’s ....not sure if we should switch gears???!!! Blue Water was awesome as always!

Lastly, we arrived 5 mins after our Res time but we were still whisked away to our table...thank goodness cuz the place was sooooo busy - throughout the whole night!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Came here for birthday celebration. Service is very thoughtful and attentive. Food portions were bigger than expected. Definitely would come again & recommend to friends!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Blue Water never disappoints!
Take your wallet but prepare to enjoy fabulous food ( the sushi roll and the sable fish are outstanding!) and great service!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food, ambience and service is top notch. Highly recommended.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent meal - we had the halibut from the special daily menu and it was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. Excellent service.
I found the room quite bright and very noisy but all in all, a very pleasant evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Warm ambiance, with open sushi bar, wood panels and comfy seating. Service was great. Sushi was fresh and delicious, with a good assortment of interesting fish combinations.

Main course: we had the Char and Sablefish. The sable fish was soft and melted in your mouth. Char had a stronger flavor and was well paired with Dungeness crab.

The panna cotta dessert was outstanding.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great food, awesome wait staff, very accommodating! Loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

If you are looking for wonderful food that is prepared as lovely as it tastes, this is your place. Incredible Sushi, wonderful dishes from local cuisine with fish right from the sea. This is the only place for special occasions. Always a must when I travel to Vancouver.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Enjoyed everything. Very nice atmosphere and beautifully decorated. Food was very good and service was excellent. I would definitely go back. I had the halibut and my friend had the char. Both were fantastic, but I would highly recommend the halibut. Of the six restaurants we went to while in Vancouver, this was one of the best meals we had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I have been to this restaurant on a number of occasions (as have my colleagues), and have always had an exemplary experience in all respects, but we felt somewhat underwhelmed/let down this time. The main thing that fell short this time was the service. Although our waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable enough about the menu, etc. it was very hard to find him when needed / not as attentive (didn't seem present?) as required for our large business dinner. Perhaps his section was overloaded? In terms of the food, most of it was faultless and to the very high standard that this restaurant usually presents, with the fresh & raw seafood offerings being fantastic/top class as usual (you cannot find better sashimi anywhere in this city). However, a couple in our party found the halibut special to be overcooked (usually never an issue here), and the accompanying roasted broccolini/carrots far too charred & salty, which made for an unpleasant flavor. Desserts were so good-always order the molten chocolate cake. Nevertheless, the ambiance and food here are usually wonderful and we will hope that our next visit will be back to the excellent standard typical of Blue Water.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The service and food were really excellent. We had a wonderful evening!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The sable fish was amazing. Best fish dish I have ever had. Service was impeccable. Would absolutely go back if ever in Vancouver again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wen there for your 10 year anniversary dinner, was excellent service and excellent food as well as value. Oysters were fresh, we had the char and sablefish and both were cooked perfectly. The flavors of each were different, subtle for the char and savory for the sablefish and both excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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