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Yaletown & False Creek North
1.1 km from Vancouver Downtown
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A revisit to one of our favourite restaurants from last trip did not disappoint. We were seated on the patio in an out of the way corner which suited us just fine. Our server was personable and fun. He gaged "the room" (us lol) and...went with the flow to make the evening as fun as the food was delicious. The menu specials were not as spectacular as last visit however the food was delicious and the evening was wonderful. The seafood is fresh, oysters were excellent-nothing but mignonette needed and an excellent simple mignonette it was! The Halibut was cooked perfectly and was excellent. Our dinner was so great my partner hosted a business dinner here a couple of nights later-it was that good!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 17, 2021

Desperate for an evening out and a good time after what seems like centuries in Covid-jail, we went to this seafood restaurant looking for just some good food. What a treat! Everything - everything! - was not just good but great. The restaurant itself is...physically beautiful, and while it was lively we had no trouble hearing each other, an anomaly these days. The hosts are lovely and helpful. Our waiter gave us the best service we have had in years. A true professional who greatly enhanced our experience and made us feel truly special. The cocktails are innovative and the wine selection is delightful. And the food....aahhhh! We had the seafood tower appetizer, an exquisite selection of artfully prepared seafood. No overcooked frozen prawns here. The baked scallop appetizer is to die for - truly stellar. The tuna main was a generous portion of beautifully seared tuna with grilled vegetables. We finished with several desserts, all delicious but the cheesecake was a real standout. Want to feel truly appreciated and satisfied? Dine at the Blue Water.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed February 28, 2021

Our favorite restaurant in Vancouver when we visit The food and service are always first class! Among all the options they have on the menu, we always go for the seafood tower. Fresh seafood, crab cooked at the minute, you can not expect any better...Their wine list is impressive and they carry a cab sae from Oregon only produced by the owner Aqualini. Cant find ithat wine anywhere else. Dam it.... A great cabernet at a good value. IMy husband and I love the restaurant atmosphere and the traditional style. It was a fabulous meal for a special occasion.. Will be back soon.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 26, 2021

This place is absolutely unreal. The sushi from the raw bar is so good and the steaks are amazing too. Highly recommend checking this place out, the staff are amazing. I can't wait to come back again!

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 21, 2021

At this point, I didn't really think my addition of a review would really be needed as Blue Water Cafe is already clearly an established Vancouver institution in the restaurant scene. That said, I re-visited again recently and read some of the other recent reviews...and felt the need to submit a few comments. First: while some folks may have faced some unfortunate wait times, this is also a large restaurant where many people often do multiple courses. You should not expect to be in and out of this restaurant in an hour. Second: people love to comment on prices here. Yes, it's on the more expensive range but it's not exorbitant. Markups have clearly gone up a bit with COVID. But you're paying some standard restaurant mark-up on premium fresh product plus perhaps a little bit more to make up for COVID losses. I can list many nice restaurants in Vancouver where I feel ripped off by the higher menu prices - this is not one of them. Third: you are not getting frozen fish here, as someone else suggested. There is a massive difference in quality when you are served frozen vs. fresh fish. For my own review: I attended with a small group recently and our server handled our table excellently. We were clearly not coordinating and prepared for our ordering on multiple occasions and we were still met with care and patience. Everyone was very happy with their food. For my main, I personally opted for the Sabelfish which is one of their staple dishes. It's a light dish but it's very flavourful, the miso glaze is not too powerful against the other flavours in the dish, and the sablefish was very well cooked and simply flaked apart within the glaze and bok choy and edamame. Toptable restaurants are known for charging a bit of a high premium on cocktails but they also have an extensive wine list here with many options that are quite affordable. Continues to be a top restaurant in Vancouver.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2021 via mobile

Were here for girlfriends birthday slow service , frozen fish wasnt fresh and bored looking disinterested waiter. No interest in returning here.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 3, 2021

We are both new to Vancouver and we were a bit skeptical about going to Blue Water cafe to have dinner in celebration of our anniversary. It was a random decision as we were walking down yaletown deciding where to dine and luckily we made...the perfect choice by walking into Blue water cafe. They have taken all the safety precautions to ensure a pleasant, safe experience for all the customers. Our bartender was amazing and suggested the house specials. The cocktails were amazing and the sashimi's / sushi platters were impeccable. We had the most amazing night and we cant wait to go back. Keep up the good work!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2021

Excellent all star service from the staff. Pork Cheeks were very good, scallops entree was dope, and I got sablefish entree. All good. Oysters and dessert. I'm my honest opinion, the only reason we went to eat there on a Thursday night was that we...had a giftcard. Normally that place is way out of our price range, comfort zone, scene, etc. All of the prices of the dishes are $8-$10 more expensive than they were worth. For example, sablefish was quite big and very tender/juicy, etc. but it came with a few edamame beans, bok choy veggies, and carrots and mushrooms. So for $43, I got serve beans and veggies that I could have gotten from T&T. It they weren't 'cooked to perfection' or anything, these side dishes were just cooked and placed there in the bowl. Fish on top. Nothing to write home about. I rarely say this but, unless I get invited, I won't be going back. Rent must be high to be so expensive to the average joe.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed January 3, 2021

This is an amazing restaurant in Yaletown known for its ocean wise offerings. Beautiful ambience and well kept room. Little awkward the way servers conducted themselves, might be the covid protocols are slowing them down. Loved the crab and my sable fish and the accompaniments....Good selection of drinks and wine.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 30, 2020 via mobile

We had an amazing experience visiting with our friends at The Blue Water Cafe in Vancouver BC. We ordered from their 4 course meal selection. All the courses were delicious and nicely plated . We were able to get a wonderful table for 2 couples...in their wine room It was so private and we felt very comfortable and safe in this restaurant Our waitress was amazing 👏 She was very attentive to our needs and very knowledgeable about courses being served . We cannot wait to go back again in the near future . I cannot rave enough about how good the meals were and all staff and manager so accommodating . Doreen and Doug ( Allanah 's friends)More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Response from jknow2000 | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual, i’ve Even seen lots of jeans. Just don’t look like a slob.
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Its a restaurant you can dress up for but also casual dressy would be appropriate
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Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but no. The menu items (and their pricing) is not geared towards children. It is a more sophisticated, adult dining venue. The distillery/brewery half a block down the road has menu items more suited (chicken bites... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5