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Yaletown & False Creek North
1.1 km from Vancouver Downtown
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Blue Water Cafe is Vancouver's definitive destination for seafood, widely known for its excellence in celebrating the extraordinary flavours of BC. Consistently awarded "Best Seafood Restaurant" in Vancouver and recognized for its unparalleled service, an evening at Blue Water Cafe is truly an unforgettable experience.
PRICE RANGE
US$31 - US$58
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood, Sushi, Canadian
FEATURES
Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Our 54 anniversary dinner was only so so. We did receive a card placed on our table acknowledging we were celebrating a anniversary but that was the extent of the service. Don't get me wrong the service was antiquate but nothing above what you would...expect from a restaurant with their reputation. The food for the most part was fine, we tried several items spread out over the menu. My main was a small steak requested rare, it came on the cool side of medium rare, okay but the sear tasted burnt and affected the taste of the meat, I don't know what the use for heat but it tasted like what an electric unit would leave. On a scale of 1-10 only a 5 at best. The presentation on all food delivered was nice. On the drink side my Old Fashion was an 8 and my wife's Apreol Spritz was an 9. The waiter did an above average job but no acknowledgement after dessert and paying the bill of thank you for spending your special day with us.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Return trip after several years. Always very popular so make reservations in advance. Large variety of excellent seafood dishes and high quality meats. Wine choices are huge with some very expensive bottles.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were at the raw bar and it was an incredible joy to watch the sushi masters prepare the insanely fresh fish. The sushi tasted just perfect, as did the Seafood Tasting for Two platter. If you are looking for the best seafood place in...Vancouver you have to come here. It is the best. We have never had such delicious sushi. We really liked the atmosphere and ambiance, even though it was crazy crowded and a bit noisy. If we are in Vancouver again we will definitely come back. The Blue Water Cafe alone is a reason to travel from Germany to Vancouver again. With the quality that is offered here, the price-performance ratio is absolutely fine.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Vancouver literally means seafood (ok, maybe not...you got me), so since we last visited pre-COVID we had to try VC’s best. We were not disappointed. We went all in, with tasty cocktails, solid apps like the tartar, and one of the better sablefish I’ve ever...had. The room is busy but well appointed. Our server was a pro. Yes, this place is not cheap. And no, it is probably not the best value we’ve ever had in a high-end fish place. I would return, but not in any big rush. There is so much good food in Vancouver a quick return is not likely. But our meal was good and there were no disappointments.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our second visit (we live in Dallas) to Vancouver and this restaurant. A few days ago, we dined at their sister restaurant in Whistler, Araxi. Both outstanding in food and service. We had a very knowledgeable and attentive server. My husband wanted to...come back for "the best scallops I've ever had". I had the shellfish plateau. The seafood was so fresh and sweet. Loved the sauces and the jellyfish was well-seasoned and crunchy!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Now that Michelin has started to explore restaurants in Toronto, they should expand to the wonderful city of Vancouver as well. We are New Yorkers with a lot of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants, and rarely have we had a seafood dinner as amazing as the...one we had here tonight. The restaurant is stylish without being formal, the waiters friendly and efficient. A dynamite sushi roll was well named: dynamite. The seafood sampler for two comprised four superlative stacked dishes: a scallop and shrimp seviche, a Dungeness crab and shrimp salad, tuna tartare, and smoked salmon with a creamy horseradish sauce. Unbelievably fresh ingredients, elegantly presented and prepared with no mean skill. Then wonderful sablefish and seared tuna entrees. This is a great place.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

My tomato, avocado and albacore salad was nearly perfect. The avocados were not quite ripe yet.Delish either way.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 4, 2022 via mobile

This one has been on my list for a while. Me and my daughter went to celebrate a birthday. My daughter is vegeterian and although this restaurant doesnt really cater to vegeterian needs they were able to adjust a little and remove a couple of...items from the dishes so she could eat them. She had Burrata to start and Polenta to follow and said they were both excellent. I had Tuna Tartare two ways to start and Sablefish to follow. Both were exquisit to a point it almost brought tears to my eyes. The waiter was very professional and paired each of my dishes with a great wine choice and also chose a splendid cocktail for me to try. For dessert we had Mango mousse and Creme Brulé. Super nice and tasty.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022

The title of this restaurant really doesn’t do it justice; cafe it certainly is not. We had read about the restaurant and lots of people told us how good it was and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The food, venue and atmosphere all make for for...a great dinner. Staff were really switched on with the menu. Our waitress, Canadian Terra was a star! Make sure you book, it’s worth the wait.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022

First of all, I want to say Spencer was as helpful as he could be as my waiter. Great suggestions! My food was fantastic. The sablefish and my oysters were fantastic but the length of time it took to get the food was absolutely too...long. The restaurant was busy but not that busy at 7:30 pm. Just a little disappointing.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2022 via mobile

We made reservation a week ago for 5:30 pm, restuarant had few tables occupied. Check in and escorted to our table. I ask if we can have a booth. Our hostess said she will ask the other Asian hostess. She came back and said the...booth were reserved. Did we not have a reservation as well? I told the hostess that I can't sit in those chairs in the center of the restaurant because I have back issues. I explained to her I have sit the the booth many times in the past, besides it was early, restaurant was nearly empty, and told her it will be an hour and quarter tops for supper. I didn't want to lose my temper dealing with rigid, inflexible front facing hostesses. I too said NO, and off we go thru those door. I won't be returning to this restaurant ever again.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022 via mobile

Best food ever, no really it was. If you’re looking for 80$ sushi I highly recommend it. Also, shwabba dabba ding dong. Anyway you can go get a life now. Goodbye!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022

We came for dinner and sat on the patio for Father’s Day. After several minutes a server walked up to us and stared down at us, saying nothing. It was so awkward that I said “Hi, how are you.” He rudely nodded and didn’t even...respond. He set 2 glasses on the table and said “Still or sparkling.” We said still. He walked away, and then watched for over fifteen minutes as he waited on every table around us, and never even came back to get a drink order. We finally got up And asked the hostess to seat us in a different section, which she immediately did. I was in service for many years and I understand things can get rough when you’re busy as a server, but this guy was just a jerk to us and intentionally ignored us. Once we were seated in another section, the service was wonderful and so was the food. Hopefully they get rid of this jerk, a restaurant this nice has no room for intentionally poor service.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022

Had dinner before “Hamilton” at the QE Theatre this week…Blue Water never disappoints but Tara served us and was extraordinary…a top-notch experience markedly enhanced by her professionalism, knowledge and high energy…she is the bomb!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 16, 2022 via mobile

The food was delicious. We had seafood. It was fresh. The service is beyond exceptional and the atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable. Pricy but worth it if you want to get fancy.

Date of visit: June 2022
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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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Blue Water Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5