Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.19mi
  4. Distance: 0.19mi
  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.19mi
  4. Distance: 0.19mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.19mi
  4. Distance: 0.19mi
  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.19mi
  4. Distance: 0.19mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

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 (120)
Good for a Date (96)
Fit for Foodies (95)
See All
Creative Cuisine (82)
Notable Wine List (81)
Good for Anniversaries (80)
Local Ingredients (78)
Romantic (72)
Good for Birthdays (59)
Business Meals (55)
Hot Spot (46)
Good for Groups (43)
Authentic (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
Bar Seating (39)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Healthy (37)
Fun (33)
People Watching (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Seasonal (21)
Casual (20)
Cozy (20)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Organic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Waterfront (4)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Sort by
S
3645 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service1
value1

 
·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (San Joaquin)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Paleo Friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wonderful experience! Food is phenomenal!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great service, food, and atmosphere as always.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent quality of food, excellent service and would highly recommend to anyone.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service4
value2

 
·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

Tags: Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value2

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

 
·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

vip
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (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!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.