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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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (121)
Fit for Foodies (95)
Good for a Date (95)
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Creative Cuisine (82)
Local Ingredients (80)
Notable Wine List (80)
Good for Anniversaries (79)
Romantic (71)
Good for Birthdays (58)
Business Meals (54)
Hot Spot (46)
Authentic (43)
Good for Groups (42)
Worth the Drive (41)
Bar Seating (38)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Healthy (37)
Fun (32)
People Watching (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Casual (20)
Seasonal (20)
Cozy (19)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Tasting Menu (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Organic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Waterfront (4)
Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Loved the large scallops and fresh oysters. Creme Brulee was also very good. I'd love a return visit.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was incredible and the food fresh and delicious. We went for a special family occasion. It was one of the nicest dining experiences I have ever had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Over - rated: Seafood was fresh yet underwhelming. Ling cod with salsa over engineered. While oysters great, even appetizers (seafood sampler) we disappointing. Perhaps our expectations were too high - yet no matter how you look at the value/taste for the prices was not there.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Best meal in Vancouver - fantastic experience!!
We loved our service and food overall

Tags: Romantic
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had the best night here. We're from New Zealand where we also have fantastic seafood but never have I eaten fish that was so perfectly cooked. The whole meal was divine and Nastassia (sp?) our waitress was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Every time I come to Vancouver I come here. Never disappoints. Sat this time at the sushi bar and it's great to watch the art of the sushi chef. Excellent and knowledgable service.
Interesting wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Unforgettable cuisine experience accompanied by superb service. A must visit!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Fabulous food--a surprisingly tasty experience with pork cheeks in a fish restaurant--excellent quality in the fish--loved the dragon roll--excellent service

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The restaurant absolutely hit it out of the park for all courses. The super star not to be missed appetizer was the seafood sampler - each item was creative and well executed.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Amazing! Got the sablefish and scallops as well as the halibut tataki and some oysters. Everything was fantastic! Our waitress was very helpful and friendly as well. If I lived nearby I would definitely eat here often, but we were only visiting from the US. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Always amazing food. Arguably on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. Excellent!

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The best we had I Canada. Fantastic food, nice service in a good ambiance

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We were visiting Vancouver for our first time ever, read about Blue Water Cafe in a local magazine and decided to try it. Our server, Chris, was genuinely warm and welcoming and helped guide us to our selections with his expert knowledge of the menu. Our superb, unhurried dining experience featured the best local seafood and produce and was simply spectacular, particularly the sturgeon with the beets and cauliflower. My wife and I decided over dessert to return the following evening, and Chris made our reservations for us. We also asked him to create a tasting menu for us, and told him that we were placing the entire menu in his capable hands. The following evening was truly memorable! Chris had thought creatively about each course and had consulted the sommelier to ensure that the wine pairing was perfect. From the first few raw bar selections to the wonderful soup to the split entrees of sablefish and halibut to a perfect light dessert, the food and presentation were nothing short of spectacular! We savoured every bite, wanting to lick our plates clean. Chris's service was simply amazing: attentive, engaged, friendly and supremely knowledgeable. We could not have been happier, and we're grateful for all that he did to make our culinary journey in Vancouver so memorable. Thank you, Chris, and thank you Blue Water Cafe!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Simply the best. Everything was perfect!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Fabulous food, fantastic staff and all round great evening, would highly recommend to anyone looking for excellent dining in a cool atmosphere

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Seasonal, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Stellar seafooder in hip Yaletown area. Extensive and well curated wine list. Some of the best prepared fish I have ever had. Highly recommended!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 15, 2017

My daughter and I were visiting Vancouver for the first time and Blue Water Cafe was highly recommended by a friend. Everything about the evening was lovely! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was spectacular. I am looking forward to visiting Canada again in the future. I live in Alabama and my daughter lives in Tennessee.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Waiter was fantastic, recommended dishes based on likes and preferences that were spot on.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Wonderful meal-inventive seafood, great wine list and very helpful service! Highly recommend.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food was spectacular! Very fresh and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Food was very fresh. Nothing over seasoned. Kobe Short Rib was phenomenal. Scallop Ceviche was unique. Drinks are 1 ounce pours unless you get a double. Service was top notch too. It was a little pricy but I would definitely come back.

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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent restaurant top 5 ijn lower mainland................

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

It was a very gratifying experience: from the nice reception to the tasty dishes !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We were in Vancouver recently for three nights. Blue Water was our best dining experience by far. Our table was almost ready when we arrived so we sat at the bar for a few minutes and enjoyed talking to the bartender from Melbourne, Australia. For dinner we started with local oysters that were fabulous, followed by excellent sashimi. They have a wonderful wine list that goes well with seafood. The restaurant hummed like a well-oiled machine, but all the staff we came in contact with were knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. It was a memorable evening in every respect and one we will return to on our next visit to Vancouver.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Delicious fish restaurant with great service. One of the best!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, People Watching, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Consistently one of Vancouvers best.
We had parmasian scallops to start, it was very "Keg" ish however the mains of sable and sturgeon we're memorable.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing, fresh seafood options. Attentive and knowledgeable servers. Great ambiance, enjoyed the whole experience. The oysters and seafood tower are stand-outs.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Had the Oysters.
So fresh! The King crab roll, and mixed seafood ceviche! All excellent!
My hubby had the Kobe Short Ribs, undeniably the best piece of beef we've tried! So tasty!! Highly recommend this restaurant for people who love seafood or just foodies in general!! 5 stars! Wine was great too! Lots of selection and price points!

Liz

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was a perfect venue for our Anniversary dinner. Excellent food, service and ambience. What a wonderful setting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fabulous seafood. Not far from downtown. Everything is fresh and wonderful. Loved the menu and the service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always amazing. We had the oysters to start. Super fresh and yummy. Service is always excellent . Great wine list. We sat at the bar , great atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Oh my. Best seafood I've had. Inventive. Creative. Fresh. Divine. Yummmmm

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Food was really good and memorable. Service was excellent. Would go back and recommend.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 7, 2017

An awesome seafood meal!! Will definitely return!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Food was exceptional! Creative, but scrumptious! All four of us enjoyed every course. Harvey, our server, was attentive & provided excellent service. It's very noisy, but we could still converse without yelling. Would highly recommend & go again if ever back in Vancouver.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 7, 2017

This is mainly a seafood restaraunt serving the freshest catch of the Pacific NW & also has a sushi bar (although we did not avail ourselves of this option). We found the food to be fresh, as expected, well prepared & well served. My wife & I split a beet salad, crusty bread & a selection of BC oysters, truffle frites along with a conservative (cost-wise considering the choices available on the wine list) bottle of dry white wine & a Kir Royal aperitif -all delectable. My only criticism is, that in my opinion, the tab was excessive @ $145 Canadian before tip- a lot even accounting for the excellent quality & the Canadian/US exchange rate. Ambiance of restaraunt & even the bathrooms were very nice.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Dined here while vacationing in Vancouver. The raw seafood was spectacular and the freshest. However, the preparation and quality of the cooked entrees were top notch. Detail was given to each ingredient. Vegetables used exploded with flavor so there was no doubt they were sought out for their quality and freshness and were lovingly prepared to showcase them. Service staff was knowledgeable and attentive. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Food was great and to top it all a very hospitable staff who served us with a genuine smile.
Thank you for making our 25th Anniversary memorable!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Go several times a year and never disappointed. Amazing food and service.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience at Blue Water! We took many of the recommendations from our server and each course was great. We tried a selection of fresh oysters, the special sushi roll of the day, 4 different seafood entrees including the lobster, and a dessert. We also had cocktails and local wine. We were very impressed by the unique and delicious flavors of each dish. The atmosphere of the restaurant was comfortable and not too loud for conversation despite all tables being full. We were also impressed by the extremely nice restrooms! We would highly recommend Blue Water!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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