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Blue Water Cafe

4.7
3834 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Sushi, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 5pm–11pm
Bar: 4:30pm–12am
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Phone number
(604) 688-8078
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank Pabst
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Helmcken Street
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Parking details
Valet is available nightly beginning at 5:00 pm. Metered street parking is also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3834 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Wait staff was hurried, difficult to connect and talk foodie.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The oysters stole the show. The grilled lobster was absolutely perfect.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as always. I usually make a reservation at Blue Water when I have business guests in town and it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

First time visiting the restaurant with my husband! Service was quick, food was fresh! Had a sushi dish as an app and it just melted in your mouth! Will come again! Thumbs up

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Spectacular restaurant!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Melissa did a fabulous job!! We enjoyed the experience very much.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner here for my daughter's 30th birthday. Waiter was helpful with menu suggestions, oyster selection, and drinks.
Wonderful food.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Best seafood ever!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service! We were a group of 7 and we let our waiter choose appetizers for us to share - they were great.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great meal. Great service.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, nice selection on the menu, bar service was great, meal great.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

My wife and I went there for our 30th anniversary. Seafood is excellent! They went out of their way as well to make our occasion special, giving us a secluded booth, a card, and a special desert. We really had a great time that night.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing and delicious food! So glad we went- we will definitely be back. Great seafood selection and quality

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Outstanding food
Good service
Had to wait a while for my food but it was definitely busy

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything overall was great however scallops where a bit bitter due to veggies with them
Waiter was a bit pushy as we took our time and wanted us to move along as I imagine there was another reservation coming

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Wonderful evening - service was excellent and food fantastic. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Fabulous food and service by waitstaff. My only complaint was with the noise level. It was difficult to carry on a conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food was gd and service excellent. Recommend

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service was great, atmosphere excellent and we enjoyed our food but my tendorlaoin was burnt on the bottom side. You could see that one side was cooked well done, and the other medium as I requested. My husband loved his scalliops and dessert was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

exceptional service and food!
I took my husband for his 70th birthday and we were wowed!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great customer service and meal was super good

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent evening. Stunning food, great service, and some very good wines. Unfortunately, also very busy, loud, and filled with business folks who dominate the room. Still a great evening.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Servicio un poco lento y la terrina de salmon ahumado incomible. Las mesas muy juntas y la pareja de al lado muy ruidosa. Definitivamente no cumplio con los estándares de otras ocasiones.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Amazing food. Great service. They have many different oyster types that you should definitely have to try.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food, superb wine list, friendly and professional waiter. High end dining but 100% worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We really enjoyed our evening. The food was very very good and we had outstanding service. More times than not at high end restaurants you leave hungry. The portion sizes were just right. Try the Wagyu Beef, you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was my second time visiting the Blue Water while on business in Vancouver. Excellent food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The ceviche on the tasting for two was a bit on the sour side, other than that, the food and wine were great. Chris, our server, was most kind and helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Loved it! Great all round

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Trying daily specials involves no risk.
Great experience yet again

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Exceptional service from the minute you walk in the door. They noted it was my birthday and 3 different team members expressed wishes and they handed me hand written card. Nice touch. Extensive wine & spirits list. Devin our server made spot on recommendations for wine and the seafood. We had oysters, sushi, the sablefish and scallops. Everything was so fresh and flavours were amazing. Even though we rarely have dessert another recommendation from Devin and again very delicious. All team members (cause they work in a team) are friendly and seem to enjoy working here. Beautiful restaurant well worth a visit!

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food was fantastic as always! Always one of our favourite restaurants in Vancouver. The only issue I had on this particular occasion was that we were seated in an obvious overflow/private seating area which was completely separate from the main restaurant and it absolutely did not have the same atmosphere. We felt a little like we had been just pushed to the side. It would have been nice if staff would have advised us before we were seated and maybe offer an option for us to wait for another table if available.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Outstanding food and service! Oysters were tremendous.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Excellent in all ways. Come to Vancouver every few years for conferences and try to get to the blue water cafe at least twice in a week. There are very few such excellent fish restaurants in the world

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Excellent bar menu, super servers, food was creative but substantially oversalted and overpriced.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Went here for the first time to celebrate a birthday. Service was excellent and the food was very good. Didn’t have the sushi although we hear it’s the best. Will try that when we return.
Overall very good.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We have been coming to this restaurant for many years. The food, the wine, the servers, the sommelier are all excellent. Really one of the best in Vancouver.

Just don't order coctails. My wife and myself made the mistake to order two (different) coctails. When they arriver, they had not even the slightest hint of alcohol. Tasted just sour water. (And if I wanted sour water, I could get it free in our hotel lobby.)
We were seated close to the bar and did not even hear the usual coctail shaker sound. We saw that the bartender experimented some kind of "stirred, not shaken" technique. (Too much 007 movies?) He stirrep (for long) in a large glass ice and what seemed water (but could be alcohol in it). I am not saying that originally our drinks did not have alcohol - just that after his striing technique it was watered dow too much and was imperceptible.

Again, we love this place and will definitely return - just no coctails next time. Go and have a great dinner at Blue Water and if you don't ask for coctail, you will have a wonderful evening.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is probably one of the worst service I received from the restaurant. I have visit the restaurant on average once a month since October during different occasions.

My waiter Gerry first set up sharing plates for us and he did not ask me to put away my phone to make space, instead he put my phone on my plate. Which I find it extremely unsanitary.

At the end of the dinner, we ordered a few orders of fries and he asked if we want to put away before dessert and one of us told him that we would like to keep it since we are still enjoying it. And soon after we said that to him, he took away the fries.

When we get the bill, he hand written on the receipt for 18% gratuity which the restaurant did not inform me that for the size of our party that we need to pay 18% gratuity. Which we normally will have no problem paying that amount if we receive good service. But he definitely did not deserve to get tip at 18%.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

If looking for a quieter spot, ask to be seated in the cellar room as the main seating area can be rather loud. Our table of 5 agreed that the main dishes were all superb but the desserts (we tried the chestnut cheesecake and bread pudding) were disappointing. We especially enjoyed the sablefish. Very attentive service. Overall a very nice evening.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Every minute was outstanding. The food, service and presentation. Everyone was friendly and helpful and the service was perfect in that we never felt like the the waitstaff wasn't there enough or too much. The music was at a nice volume too, not too loud but loud enough that you didn't feel awkward having a conversation without having the next table listen in. Will definitely head back. A special occasion is a good excuse, but so it a Tuesday night. :D

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