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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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (71)
Fit for Foodies (65)
Good for a Date (60)
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Good for Anniversaries (58)
Notable Wine List (53)
Romantic (53)
Local Ingredients (53)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Business Meals (35)
Worth the Drive (33)
Hot Spot (28)
Good for Groups (26)
Fun (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Authentic (21)
Healthy (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Casual (14)
People Watching (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Tapas (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

This place was outstanding! By far one of the best meals I have ever had. The service was amazing, the food was incredible. Had the Sashimi platter and Seafood tower. The presentation was fantastic and the food was like butter!
As for the service, every one from the bartender, the server and the hostess were perfect. And to top it off the ‘maitre d’ ran out in the slushy rain at 11pm to hail us a cab! This restaurant is simply perfect!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a good meal

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

food was very good

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Classic Vancouver seafood. The Unsung Heroes menu in February is one of the best dining experiences in the city. Extremely good wine selections and the cocktails are some of the best in the city.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience. Just be careful if you order a martini. Twice the price for martini 2 oz as advertised on the menu. Bit of a surprise to find a $34 drink charge

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

What an amazing dinning experience, top notch everything!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always a great time there staff is top notch and so is the food

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The restaurant was a "must experience" on our list of dining options during our visit to Vancouver and we were not disappointed. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. I look forward to dining at this restaurant again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Service was excellent with great recommendations for wine pairings from the wait staff. Chefs special “unsung heroes” were unique and provided great unexpected tastes.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Sea food, service, kichten/employees organization were perfect and even washrooms were of great quality (worth the mention)! Not too overpriced for the excellent quality of food. I would totally recommend this place, for a relaxed ambiance or a well dressed occasion, and would surely come back! Loved it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Blue Water was fantastic last night!!
The ‘unsung hero’s menu’ was excellent!!
We will be going back in February to try some more dishes.
The hostess staff were super helpful.
Adam and Luke, at the bar ..... the best.
I love the way management and staff take special care of everyone!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent server and the food was top notch. Favorite as always was the oysters.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Lovely restaurant with outstanding food and excellent service. Everything we tried was delicious. Great bar. Highly recommend.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This was the first time my wife and I have attended this restaurant. We were impressed by the friendly service, from the hostesses to the servers. Being a seafood restaurant, we were expecting a chowder type soup, but happily accepted the delicious carrot soup. There was good selection of beers. Having the birthday greeting on my dessert dish was greatly appreciated. We will happily return in the future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great food and great service. It was a excellent way to end a great stay in Vancouver and Canada.

We were particularly taken with the large range of oysters and with help from the knowledgeable wait staff found a couple that we will definitely have again.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Blue Water was one of our bucket list restaurants and we jumped at the chance to go there for dinner for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. We really appreciated all the thoughtful touches the restaurant made to help make our celebration even more special. We cant wait to go back.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was probably one of the best experiences I have had. The food was absolutely amazing. The service was above and beyond. The atmosphere was great. There is nothing bad I can say. If I lived I. Vancouver I would go here as often as I could. It is worth the price. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!! I can’t recommend this restaurant enough!!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My boyfriend and I chose Blue Water for a date night as we were both wanting seafood and to try somewhere new. Blue Water is a very beautiful restaurant, and the ambience definitely makes you feel fancy. We shared a bottle of wine, 12 oysters, sashimi platter, side of pomme frites, sturgeon entree and lingcod entree. We let the chef choose the oyster,and they were absolutely delicious. Each one had their own unique taste and characteristics. The sashimi platter was very good, but not the best sashimi I have had. The pomme frites were DELICIOUS, best fries we've ever had. The sturgeon and lingcod were both cooked perfectly and moist. The entire night was amazing, and we ended up spotting Neil Patrick Harris by the sushi bar! This place is expensive but worth the experience. Can't wait to go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Sooo delicious! We would love to eat here more often if we were able to! The seafood tasting for two was the highlight - the tuna tartare was so good we ordered another!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Lovely dining and opera evening.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and service = a perfect dining experience! We are already talking about coming back. Our server Brent was attentive, knowledgeable and enhanced our dinner experience.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was up to what I expected

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

we went with another couple for our wedding anniversary, absolutely loved it, the service and food was outstanding, would highly recommend

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2018

サーバーのホスピタリティが素晴らしい

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Most of the food was outstanding, but ridiculously pricey. The spinach dish was no more than 25 leaves of spinach lightly steamed for over $10....very disappointing. I certainly expected more. However, the sablefish was beyond superb. Excellent service. Décor was very noisy...some soft music would lower the level of conversation. This restaurant needs to get the respect it deserves and blaring music just makes it necessary to speak louder.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Blue water cafe is the best. The food the drinks the restaurant service are all the best.

My only complaint is the valet service. The charge is $13 to park; I had to find the valet in the restaurant after waiting outside in the rain, my car was actually parked just across the street, I gave him a 20 dollar bill, he took it and awkwardly stood there.....I didn't walk away, then finally he said "oh do you want change?"

What a joke, I may have tipped 7 dollars for great service, but come on! I was there the evening of the 24th of January.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent service! Absolutely delicious food. The best sablefish I have ever had.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great staff, food and surroundings.
Frequent sports celebrities dinning as well

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food and service was amazing as always! Blue water is always one of my top picks for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 19, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 16, 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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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Voyage de vacance avec ma famille

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 14, 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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