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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

1095 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B5T4
Tel: (604) 688-8078 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 688-8978
Neighbourhood: Central

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Amazing food for a special night out
By vancitygirl626 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

Went back to Blue Water recently. This was my 3rd or 4th time here and it is always a treat. The seafood is cooked perfectly and the flavours are balanced so well, it is a real pleasure eating here. The service is great no snotty waiters just well versed polite staff minus the pretentiousness you get at many of the similar places around town. We had the oysters and scallop ceviche to start, my main was the qualicum bay scallops in a citrus sauce, which came out with wild rice cakes , caramelized onions and wild rice cakes- delicious! The value is solid for the quality, ambiance and service you receive. Definitely worth it for a special night out- foodies be prepared to be blown away.

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Expensive
By dpro of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 11, 2010 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

Very expensive, very stuffy, but good food.
There are other restaurants in this price range that have slightly better food...and some restaurants that have as good food, but cost less.I liked their Oysters very much, it was outstanding.Service is ok, wasn't too attentive.
Good food, however, the prices are too high. But overall, a very nice meal.

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New Years Eve was Perfect!
By justrightt of Port Moody (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 2:26am [Dine in]

Been to Blue Water multiple times before and it is always sure to please. New Years Eve 2009 was great! Blue Water offered their full menu with an additional chef's feature sheet. It's hard to find a great restaurant offering a full menu on New Years. The King Crab rolls were excellent and fairly priced for the amount of crab. There was also a feature with scallops, prawns, an oyster and white sturgeon caviar which was excellent. Blue Water also offers Wagyu beef, expensive ($30-something an ounce), but impressive and a great live tank selection. The wine list is extensive and offers choice for all budgets. NYE offered a live DJ and was a subdued atmosphere, a great alternative to clubbing for All ages. I guess they could have offered a glass of champagne (inexpensive or not) to everyone who paid the $40 cover; however, no big deal. We couldn't belive how many staff were on and how attentive they all were. I'll definitely be back to Blue Water any night or for any occasion.

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smells better than it tastes
By tbone of Yaletown (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 9:36am [Dine in]

My husband and I frequently walk by this restaurant and there is a section of Helmcken St just when you pass by that always smells so enticing. Friends and colleagues have also always raved about the seafood at this place. So after months of taking in the smell of their cooking from the outside, we decided to treat ourselves to an evening out at this restaurant. What a let down. Granted, the restaurant provides solid food and service, but it is highly over-rated. We started off with a roll to share as an appetizer followed by the arctic char and lingcod for the main course. All tasted fine (albeit with an excessive amount of butter), but certainly did not 'wow' us, as all the hype (and kitchen smells) would have us expect. In addition, our waiter, although courteous and attentive, seemed more focused on selling us more product (bottled water, appetizers, desserts, alcohol) than providing quality, comfortable service. As such, we felt we were on the receiving end of a pushy sales strategy. I don't know if that reflects the general management strategy of the restaurant, or if it was just this particular waiter.

This food from this restaurant definitely smells better than it actually tastes. If you're looking to spend a lot of money for 'fine dining' in Vancouver, there are far better places to go. We certainly won't be coming back here.

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Best restaurant in Vancouver
By klotcheedawl of N Bby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 2:24am [Dine in]

I treated my husband to a birthday dinner here last year, and it was by far the best meal of his life. I had never seen him that grateful towards me before! =) The food is a bit overpriced (what do you expect in Yaletown?), which is why we will only come for special occasions. My husband was blown away by the extensive Scotch selection (the menu claimed it strives to have the best, largest selection in British Columbia), the quality and taste of the seafood item he ordered, and the overall elegant, simple, classy atmosphere. The sushi items were delicious but way overpriced. I ate ahi tuna and beef tataki, and both were equally fantastic. We will definitely be back for his next birthday!

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The wine list is great!
By ac2001 of downtown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

We really enjoyed the Blue Water Cafe. We were 6 people around a nice size round table; it was very convivial. The food was very good and the plates presentation were very nicely done. Also, they had very fresh half shell oysters. atmosphere was both warm and vibrant, as we could see from the dinning room all the cooks in action in the kitchen. They have a very nice, if not impressive, wine list. I was in the mood for great fish and I was totally satisfied with my salmon dish. The three-level plate of sushis and raw fish assortment that we ordered for the table as an appetizer was amazing

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Consistent
By cortani of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

we went to BlueWater for 4th time an they are consistent with their service and quality of food.

excellent "Seafood Tower " which consisted of FRESH seafood and sushi which is a favorite of ours.

Parkings a little problem in Yaletown but theres always Valet.

It was extremely busy so the server could of been alittle more attentive

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Poor service and decent food for Dine Out 2009
By fluffyyy of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I decided to go to Dine Out at Blue Water Cafe as there very good reviews on dinehere.ca about the restaurant. It was our first time there and we enjoyed the atmosphere as we were seated in the cozy wine-cellarish dining room. However, the service that we had expected at a high-class restaurant was severely lacking. It appeared that the staff simply wanted to get us in and out as the staff had not frequently checked up on us to ensure we were okay and they did not try to make small talk with us at all. I am not sure if the Dine Out courses are reflective of a regular meal at Blue Water Cafe, but the only dish that we found exceptional was the Tataki (appetizer). The rest of the dishes were decent.

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Delicious Modern Japanese Food and Very Nice Ambience
By qky of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

The place has a very nice decor and is definitely suited most for a romantic dinner for two, although it will be a very nice place to take your good friends too. Service was prompt and excellent. The food was very nice Japanese food with a bit of Modern touch. The tuna tataki was very delicious and not fishy at all; the sauce was also not as sour as the other tuna tataki's I've tried. The kurobuta pork entree was simply outstanding, although my date and I thought the desert was so-so. They also have a very nice selection of wines. Overall, I would definitely come back to taste the other food in there.

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I love the seafood here
By breitlingman of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

I've always loved coming to BWC, and whenever there is a special occasion, this is my restaurant of choice. I like raw fish and seafood, and in Vancouver there are very few that have the quality that Blue Water does.

I have not had their non-seafood dishes ever before, so I can't comment. Perhaps I will have the opportunity when we go to the DOV later this month.

The Tuna there is fantastic, with the Ahi Tuna carpacio one of the best raw tuna appy's I have ever had. A bit heavier on the sauce, but that is what makes it different and makes it something more than just standard ahi tuna. The Boulliabase is the best I have ever had, and is an outstanding value at under $30 for this kind of restaurant. My favourite appetizers here are the sashimi dishes, however. The Tuna Gomaee is AMAZING. I don't know what else to say about it besides that. It is such a great tasting dish, and the fish is fresh. The other Sashimi appy that is really good is the Scallop Sashimi. It is mixed in a sort of japanese mayo with flying fish roe spread throughout... and it is melt-in-your mouth good.

Every time I go here it does not disappoint! Great atmosphere too if you like something with a little more energy and on the casual side of fine dining.

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Phenominal meal, some nitpicks
By terutt of Point Grey, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

I'll keep it short and to the point, Blue Water has a well deserved reputation. The waiter was cordial and knowledgeable when asked questions, the busboys were near invisible, like it should be. The open kitchen allowed us to see the cooks at work, and they look like virtuosos indeed. The fruits de mer were artfully presented, and the oysters (you get an assortment) were very fresh. My mother's sturgeon was perfectly cooked, and my tenderloin was well seasoned, and juicy, also, the accompanying chanterelles were sweet as almonds, and the blue cheese macaroni gratin, was sharp and fragrant. Brilliant wine list too. I didn't go overboard with the wine selection, but the ones we got (suggested by the waiter) were beautiful.

And now for some nitpicks: The first thing I noticed was that the music was wrong. It was bassy, beaty hip hop. I'd get it if I was dining was Cactus Club, but not a place like Blue Water. It almost blew the ambiance for me, but the rest of the room was very well done, and the open kitchen had me sold, so not a huge thing. I was focusing on the food mostly anyway. Also, I ordered a Hendrick's Gin and Tonic, it's meant to be garnished with a cucumber, but it came with lime. I suppose if you stock the gin, you should know how to present it.

In conclusion, aside from a few hiccups, the night was sublime from start to finish.

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One of the worst dining experiences ever...
By Waldorf of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Without going into every gory detail of this unacceptable dining experience, I'll just say that:
1) We got thrown out of a list waiting for a table inside, while we were waiting on the outside patio.
2) Got an "apology" from the manager and were asked to stay, (my suspicion is that they just didn't want to throw out the food that we already ordered for the inside (and have repeatedly told them so).
3) To amend for mistake one person from the company was offered, and indeed got a free drink, but not the rest of the party. The manager must think she's really smooth.
4) Now, you would think that with such abysmal service we would at least get tolerable entrees. NO SUCH LUCK. The sushi were warm, and when asked for baked oysters, they even ambitiously attempted to cook Oysters Rockefeller! Or at least that's what they called them. I imagine that nasal discharge tastes better.
5) The ambiance inside was very nice indeed (music, lighting, washroom...). For outside, a place such as this should have sufficient number of heating lamps. They also need a new manager, and new hostesses.

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Great ... but you get what you pay for
By bitemebaby of Kitsilano (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

If you spend $80,000 you get a great car. If you spend $300 you get a great meal. Don't freak when you get the bill. It is expensive but the food is fantastic. The Tuna tartare for example is the best I have tasted. The sushi puts the beats on other high-end places like Tojo (which serves their sushi too cold). The entrees were all great. The service is excellent and holy smokes do they have a big scotch list. Very impressive. I live on an expense budget so I am fine with dropping $300 every now and again ... but once again ... don't be fooled by "cafe" in the name. This ain't no cafe ... its valet.

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Expectations Exceeded!
By krikihana of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

Unlike the other ratings we did not go for DOV. And each meal came to 4 times as much as the DOV price not including wine. But, it was worth every penny! This is what you expect when you go out to eat!

The food was absolutely amazing. We each had a 5 taster starter - RAVE reviews. Followed by oysters that we heavenly. Following, I had the tuna and my husband had the sable fish for our main course. Everything about the food was stellar!

Service - it was service I would expect from a mid-range restaurant. The waiter did not place my napkin and removal of the cutlery was distracting - at one point we were interrupted and a waitress asked me to pass her the refuse from my chopsticks! Unacceptable in my opinion.

The ambiance is nice. If I were to be picky I would say that it is a bit outdated and could use a revamp. But, that would be being VERY picky! It is nice - no complaints! Kind of coastal cute.

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DOV '08 - Elegant Dining
By feebs of Yaletown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

The Dineout menu looked very yummy so we decided to give it a try. And we always had a urge to try it when we walked by.

Food: We gave the oysters a try and it was quite interesting. I had a bad oyster experience previously elsewhere but this was much better than i expected. I had the Seafood trio, which was good. Presentation was good, but not that much taste. Next i had the Albacore char with rice. It was the best choice i think. The rice was soft, not like normal caucasian rice, which i was greatful for. Dessert was average... I've forgotten what i had. So i had to check. I had the Cheesecake, which was okay... but nothing i couldn't find frozen in the Superstore aisle.

Service: GREAT! I have to admit, to a previous poster, cassey, we went on the 22nd as well and our table was probably yours because we were running like 25 minutes late and stayed 20 minutes later than was allowed. Sorry! But the servers showed no sign of impatience, and the hostesses did not seem annoyed that we were late. It was pleasant all around.

Ambience: Not crowded at all, pretty bright, full view of the kitchen, and not loud!

I would definitely go there again, but maybe on a special occasion.

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This place is a MUST-visit!!!!
By dineoutvancouver of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

It was my first visit to the Blue Water Cafe, thanks to the DOV!

My boyfriend made a reservation at 7:30pm and they didn't make us wake when we got there. They had a very friendy and warm atmosphere, I percieved as soon as I sat down and lasted throughout the time I stayed! Kazuo Tuna for appetizer was delicately done with its just right sauce, while Seafood trio was somewhat less tasty than the tuna. The Roasted Beef Striploin entree was tender but kind of felt nothing so special about it, and the dessert was great. Also the timings between courses were just great--not too short that you have enough time to chat with your company or too long that you start wondering 'when will be the next dish served?'.

On the top of the food, the service was incredible provided by our server, Jeremy C, very friendly and listens to customers' need very carefully. And I have no doubts that any other server in the restaurant would do pretty much the same.

I think a great restaurant cannot only be defined by its quality of foods, but also the great services they provide. And this place is the whole pakage! I loved my first experience with the Blue Water Cafe!!!

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Excellent DOV 2008 Night
By casseybanks of Burnaby (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

went with the hubby to Blue Water for Dine Out 2008. We had a really good time. the place was busy, but we expected that. We had to wait for our table, only because the customers ahead of us had not left yet. No matter, we had a drink at the bar first. Our sever was very attentive and knowledgable. Even though it was busy we were not made to feel rushed, which was much appreciated.

Definately worth the visit. Will be back again.

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A classic that doesn't grow old
By Jhanson of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 9:53am [Dine in]

We have now enjoyed Blue Water Cafe for a few years and never had a bad experience.

We love the fact that you can have sushi but also great European food and both of the best grade.

Service is always attentive well trained and knowledgeable. A big difference with a few places who say they do fine dining.

Love the wine list one of the best in the city and the wine room show the fact they pay attention to the storage of it.

Keep the good work and we will be back

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Love the Sushi bar
By foodinvancouver of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 11:38am [Dine in]

Blue Water is one of my favourite restaurants when I visit Yaletown. I love to sit at the Sushi bar and watch the chefs at work. On my last visit we had a few Citrus Bomb martini's and a selection of sushi. I have to admit that I don't recall everything we had because the martini's definately got me "bombed". I love the decor in the room and the buzz. Looking forward to coming in for a dinner in the dining room.

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Unbelievably Expensive!
By DavidLee of Richmond, Vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2007 - 12:07am [Dine in]

So I took my SO to this highly touted seafood restaurant.

Here's the food review.
We ordered a lot of food. Not because it was THAT good, it was because it was THAT small, and very, very overpriced.

Beef Sashimi - It was yummy, a hint of smokey flavour, but $20 for 7 paper-thin slices? It was good but I could have easily got 3 orders of 'also pretty good' Beef sashimi at most Japanese restaurants for the same price, that's a lot more beef.

Wild Prawns - Wow they were the biggest prawns I've ever ate, very large and quite juicy, but was it sitting in salt water too long? It was a bit salty even though the oil/sauce they used for this plate wasn't salty. 4 pieces for $17, you be the judge.

Ahi Tuna - I felt that the toppings didn't mix very well with the tuna. The tuna itself was flattened so much I couldn't really taste it that well.

Swimming Scallops - Tasted pretty good. It had a little bit of bread crumbs(?) on top, good texture, quite a fine dish. Only qualm was, once again, so much for so little. $15?

Fresh Oysters - Can't really mess this up, very fresh 'n clean. It had a very refreshing sauce to go with it too, not sure what it was, some vinegrette and shallots?

Lobster - Quite juicy, this dish was very good albiet a bit rubbery but maybe I'm just overly picky since I eat out a lot.

Dessert was not very memorable, except for the fact that it was 10+ dollars.

The white that the waitress recommended to us was actually quite enjoyable. She was also fairly attentative to fill our glasses quiet promptly.

Ambiance was nothing spectacular. I like how they put up a TV at the bar showing what's really going on in the kitchen + sushi bar.

Overall the night was pleasant but holy what a dent in my wallet! The bill was over $300 for the 2 of us!
Don't get me wrong I am definitely not 'cheap' but it's just that I've ate at many places and I've had much better for much cheaper.

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