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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:
Holiday Lunch: 12:00pm–2:30pm
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

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Hot Spot (39)
Worth the Drive (39)
Authentic (37)
Good for Groups (34)
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Bar Seating (30)
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Healthy (26)
People Watching (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Seasonal (20)
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Organic (6)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome food, great for groups! Loved it, would go again

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·Dined 5 days ago

We arrived early for our reservation and were seated right away. Our server offered advice on wine and starters. The salmon rolls were tasty and fresh. My husband had short ribs and I had sable fish. Both were very good. The service was was wonderful.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

For appy, we got the swordfish which was not on the menu but a special; very good!
We ordered the Sablefish; very good. We ordered the scallops; I don't recommend it at all; Citrus taste, bland scallops...

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Went for lunch as no evening reservations except extremely late were available. Lunch was a much preferable experience. The dining room was only about half full so it wasn't nearly as noisy and we could carry on a conversation. Service was efficient. Food was outstanding. It's a bit on the expensive side but this was a pre-Christmas treat for ourselves. Wine list is incredible with the range of selections, and price.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Seafood tower was delish! Never fails. Our sever was outstanding. Will definitely be back.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

so good we came back the next night for more! Fantastic service, over the top great food and a wine list that has something for everyone.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I love my crustacean seafood. Have experienced great seafood around the world. The lobster I had, was the best lobster ever. I would like to see seafood crustacean platter offered that were hot and not just on ice.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were visiting from Australia. Had a delicious meal

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

While the dinner service was attentive, it was very very slow. The waiter explained this was caused by having to service 2 large groups of 60 having Christmas parties in adjacent halls - this should not be my problem!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This was our second and will be our last time to dine here. Attitude from host and waiter who seemed to hate his job and mediocre, overpriced seafood. Scallops were of a low quality maybe because of the time of year... so take them off the menu. The rice cakes that were served with them were hard and unpleasant. The lingcod and sablefish were okay as was the carrot soup but nothing was worth the price. There must be better seafood in Vancouver.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Fabulous. I especially loved your Korean short rib.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went for our 2 year anniversary. Beautiful note on the table and chocolate script on the dessert plate. Appetizers and entrees were perfection. I don’t take the time to write reviews very often, but worth sharing how incredible this place is. 9.5/10 when we rarely give above an 8

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food , service and ambience .
Bustling busy restaurant but attention to detail excellent.
Wrote my partner a birthday card and decorated the desert also - nice touch ! Mainly a specialty fish restaurant but also good options for non fish lovers like myself .

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had attempted to eat here a few times before but had to cancel. As a surprise I booked it for my husband as he had just come in from France. The food was delicious, but for us it was just the atmosphere that was a surprise. It was SO loud! We were in front of the open kitchen and everyone was so frantic that it just was not relaxing and there seemed to be a lot of pretence and exaggerated gestures outside of the kitchen as well. Our bill was over $300 dollars (including our wine) and it just felt like we were in some kind of bar/chain restaurant. I was just expecting something a bit more classy, less raucous especially for the price point.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Vancouver - fantastic food and stellar service!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything was fine - good, but considering the hefty price tag, there wasn’t anything exceptional about the meal that I will remember.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Fabulous service, unbelievable food!!! I would recommend this place to all!!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

It was wonderful .. food was excellent and the service was great

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great atmosphere. One of the people in our group was a vegetarian and felt not too many options .

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Fabulous and thorough service, they even fold your napkin for you while you are away from the table, keeping up the impeccable decor and cleanliness of the place. AMAZING FOOD!!!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Service, food, always an impeccable experience. We go once a year and always look forward to it. Thank you for always making our evening special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was my daughter’s choice for her graduation dinner. And it did not disappoint. Service was impeccable. Lovely ambiance. Food was excellent. We shared the seafood tower appetizer, because we couldn’t decide which appetizer to have. My favourite was the tuna tartare followed by the scallop ceviche and house salmon terrine (a very close second). I had the sablefish. What a wonderful flakey fish in a delicate miso broth. Just yummy. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The scallops were delicious as was the tuna entree. We had the warm chocolate cake for dessert which was amazing. And the dolce de Leche bread pudding was excellent.
Highly recommended, can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

As always, we had a wonderful meal and friendly, very attentive service......highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Awesome service. We were celebrating two occasions and left a message during reservation and they actually got us a card. Great food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Julie was our waitress for the second time! Remembered us from a visit seven months ago. Everything about the meal was perfect: timing, taste, presentation. This has become our go to place for a special meal

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Service by Tara was excellent. Her knowledge of the menu and respect of Chef proved invaluable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Had a great first experience here! The menu had lots of great options and same with the wine list. Certain things were a great deal and other things weren't. Oddly we had two servers, the first one came off as very confident and ready for anything while the second may have been newer and seemed unsure. He made up for everything with his charm and thoughtfulness. I'd definitely go back with my husband, possibly for valentines Day. I also highly recommend this place if you enjoy seafood!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This place is truly mediocre! The food is not much better than you might expect from a high-end chain and when you figure in the exorbitant price it ends up being a TERRIBLE experience. Let me first preface this by explaining I planned a family trip to Vancouver to primarily eat and see as much Northwest Coast Native American art as possible. We live between both NYC (a good food town) and LA (fabulous food town) so we aren’t rubes. I won’t get into details about the rushed unpleasant and patronizing service or the silly Gaelic attitude they so proudly embrace. This attitude is of course uncharacteristic with the overall loveliness of the Vancouver locals. The real problem is the utterly flavorless and really, really dull food.

The waiter pushed inexplicably the worst of the 3 oysters we had. The wine we ordered ( can I take credit for this?) was the highlight of the meal. The sashimi was cut in too big slices,too thick and were served so cold one wondered whether the fish had just been frozen. My sons sashimi tuna sesame thing was truly one note, bland with too much sesame paste. I ordered a very dull appetizer crab salad which might have been better at a nice fish shack. The wife’s main corse was inexplicable a tasteless, sauce less dull, boring, snoozy Arctic char. Finally my poor son had a pork appetizer (it appeared dry with no sauce) and even this 10yr old knew it had no flavor as he reached again and again for the salt shaker. No dessert why waste the money. THIS IS A MUST TO AVOID!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Service was fantastic and the food was amazing. The wine list was extremely extensive

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Went to Blue Water Cafe on our weekend getaway to Vancouver and it was wonderful! The seafood was outstanding. I had fresh caught Halibut and my husband had a whole white fish, both were beautifully plated cooked to perfection!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable, was able to help us navigate the extensive menu, explained many dishes with enthusiasm and never resented our many questions.
The food was fantastic, every dish a unique and memorable experience.
The overall feel of the restaurant was wonderful. I would recommend that anyone visiting Vancouver make this a destination. You won't regret it

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Homer Street Cafe has always been a go-to for my fiancé and I. I knew I wanted to have my surprise, bridesmaid Proposal Brunch there so I reserved their private event room. The service was outstanding, no one had an empty water glass or went without a mimosa. They were really helpful with organizing the decor and cleanup of the room. I was so happy and impressed with absolutely everything. Homer Cafe continues to surpass expectations. Thank
You so much for make this important event in my life so, so special. Cheers! Angela

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Favourite spot in Van. Outstanding seafood. Food impeccable. Always return for anniversary and special occasions. Highest recommendation.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wonderful experience! Food is phenomenal!

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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