Blue Water Cafe

4.7
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4534 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
*Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network and cannot respond to guest reviews.*

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
Bar
Daily 4:30 pm–12:00 am
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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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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Private Party Facilities
Blue Water Cafe offers a unique setting for any occasion. We are very flexible and will tailor-make each event to suit your individual requirements.
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Private Party Contact
Stephan Cachard: (604) 688-8078
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Neighbourhood
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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
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
5.0
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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Vancouver
1 review
Reviewed on November 9, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Incredible Seafood and great place for nice dinner date.

Regards Donald Balanecki

e
San Francisco
25 reviews
Reviewed on November 7, 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Its been several years, but when we dined there, the food was excellent. Our only issue would be that it is so popular, it gets a bit frenetic, and is always way too loud for casual conversation.

CD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Reviewed on November 3, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Stellar food and service at the sushi bar. Will definitely return to this Vancouver classic.

B
London
28 reviews
Reviewed on October 21, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Fantastic food, great location and great service. Would highly recommend it.

MS
Vancouver
20 reviews
Reviewed on October 19, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

It's not cheap but the food is worth it! We go here for all our special occasions that we want seafood! Great food, great vibe, great service!

BC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Reviewed on October 14, 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Great place. We really enjoyed our. Visit. Food was amazing.

F
Vancouver
4 reviews
Reviewed on October 5, 2019
Overall2FoodServiceAmbience

Good food, but really overpriced and somewhat pretentious.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Reviewed on September 24, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

great food, always have a wonderful experience here.
Love the sable fish, it is my favorite thing on their menu.

LL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Reviewed on September 3, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Still my favorite go to seafood restaurant in the city. Expecially nice when you can sit on the patio

M
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Reviewed on August 28, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Delicious and nice bar. Great for date or client dinner. Good location.

MS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Reviewed on August 26, 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Fantastic food.
I like to go here for the sushi if I am dinning with friends. If it is a special occasion, the lobster with beurre blanc is outstanding.

M
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As good as advertised!

C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Reviewed on August 17, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

My best seafood experience eating in a city that is full of amazing seafood restaurants. First class service, creative appetizers and delicious entrees. It is always packed so be sure to make a reservation.

KB
Vancouver
9 reviews
Reviewed on August 15, 2019
Overall4FoodServiceAmbience

Fun spot, great food and service. We had a team lunch there and it was perfect!

CN
Vancouver
8 reviews
Reviewed on August 9, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

They good staff and a welcoming environment.
They are always friendly

OT
Vancouver
24 reviews
Reviewed on August 8, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Every visit to Blue Water is a gastronomic oasis and a rest for the soul. The brigade focusses on ever dish, every side, and all of the elements have their own, curated taste and power. Over the years I have gone there sometimes right off the plane and been rejuvenated by the service, the food, and the TLC that the floor manager ensures flows to everyone.

f
Toronto
5 reviews
Reviewed on August 4, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Really nice :) Great service, delicious food. They know how to make everything taste good. I can't wait to go back again.

l
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

second vacation to Vancouver and both times visited Blue Water Café, this time with Irish cousins who were visiting from Belfast, we all loved the food, service and experience, many thanks to all who were involved in making the evening special

m
Vancouver
1 review
Reviewed on July 28, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

The best seafood restaurant I have experienced. Can't wait to go back. They have a very large and efficient staff, well trained and very attentive. I have been there once for a dinner and once for a 50th anniversary celebration and everything was superb both times. I highly recommend it.

RJ
Vancouver
4 reviews
Reviewed on July 23, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Love this place, have never been disappointed ever.
Food is always the yums!!!
Definitely would recommend to anyone of my friends.
Keep up the great work!

MQ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! Our server was outstanding. I just think a couple small plates were a tad overpriced but we were very happy with the experience. They have a great list of wines. I absolutely recommend!

WS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Reviewed on July 15, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

As always, we were delighted to introduce our guests to your South Surrey facility. We could hear in their voices that their experience echoed ours. We're consistently pleased and grateful for the kindness shown to us through your great service and outstanding food quality. Bravo S & L Restaurants and by extension, the Joseph Richard Group. ~ W. Shaw

MV
Vancouver
1 review
Reviewed on July 8, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Incredible knowledge of the menu, cheerful service that made this fine dining experience feel low-key. Wonderful spot. Upon making the reservation, it was implied that there were few spots available, and that we'd have to finish up in 1.5 hours - place was virtually empty on arrival. Not sure why that practice is in place, but Blue Water Cafe is a wonderful spot for out-of-towners and special occasions alike.

RA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so delicious; our server explained the oyster selection to us, and along with the La Frenz Chardonnay, they were magnificent. The main courses were equally wonderful, and dessert was the perfect finish. Such a great evening!

T
Munich
2 reviews
Reviewed on June 27, 2019
Overall2FoodServiceAmbience

I was not confinced from the food.
The Service was okay but not best and it was loud

S
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was for my Mothers Birthday, and the experience was excellent.

PM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Reviewed on June 22, 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

We were in Vancouver for a Pre-cruise visit and really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was fantastic. We had the fish tacos and they reminded me of many happy times spent in San Felipe, Baja California where I first became acquainted with fish tacos!! The drinks were also very good and the view was great. Would definitely dine here again. The service and the food was wonderful.

P
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was fabulous at all levels from food to service and ambiance

GD
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Zum Abschluss unserer Kanada Reise haben wir im Blue Water Café gegessen. Das Essen war ausgezeichnet. Das Dessert etwas einfach. Die Lautstärke war sehr hoch. Es war ein Erlebnis!

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F
Manchester
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent seafood and atmosphere. Second time there and we were not disappointed

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Considering the price of meals, the food was expected to be better. Service could also have been more thoughtful since we were foreign guests not user to the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Mit Sicherheit eines der besten seafood –Restaurants auf dem nordamerikanischen Kontinent. Sowohl Auswahl als auch Qualität der Speisen sind erste Klasse. Kein Chi-Chi, sondern beste, frischeste Zutaten gekonnt arrangiert und präsentiert.
Die Weinkarte ist ordentlich, bedarf aber der Abrundung nach oben. Dafür ist die Bestückung der Bar von geradezu unglaublicher Vielfalt; die Barkeeper haben alles drauf, was jemals einem Mixbecher entkommen ist.
Der Laden ist wahnsinnig beliebt und deswegen auch entsprechend laut, nein LAUT.
Habe extra meinen Flug um einen Tag verschoben, um einen Abend dort verleben zu können – und es hat sich gelohnt!

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L
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal as always - food was delicious and service was amazing. I dine at Blue Water frequently for business meals with clients. I brought a client from Toronto who had never been to Blue Water. After dinner, he told me it was the best meal he had ever had. Huge compliment considering he has eaten at many restaurants for business dinners!

SR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible from start to finish- beautifully created dishes (try the seafood platter for two), and attentive but not overbearing service. Can not recommend enough.

m
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dinner services we have had this year. Absolutely stunning in every way and we can’t wait to come back. Thank you for a beautiful evening!

HB
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal here, my husband got the scallops that we to die for( if we ever get to go back I’m getting them next), I had the halibut special which was tasty but wasn’t quite as hot as would have liked. Didn’t want to take the time to have them warm it up more and then have my husbands meal grow cold. We also had an excellent selection of oysters on the half shell recommend by our excellent waiter. Service was fantastic and friendly. 3 scoops of yummy sorbet for dessert.

WR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting
Vancouver from Florida and picked Blue Water due to it's high rating. We
were not let down. Very fresh seafood. Not over cooked. Our server was attentive and helpful.

C
Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place to eat and very accommodating. The only other place in the world where I’ve experienced this quality of dining is Attica in Melbourne, Australia. If you enjoy seafood like i do, it is the best choice in Vancouver IMO.
Great waiter, great wines, great dish presentation, awesome and fresh flavors. The works. I loved it.

N
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything you want in a Vancouver restaurant, including very attentive service.

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My father LOVED the lobster bisque feature and the lamb tbones were to die for!
As always, they go above and beyond with food and service! Can’t wait to go back!

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