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.
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!!!
I hope the management doesnt decide to add 20 more tables to the restaurant( add more, lesser the quality, not ALL the time)
The kitchen staff are all from one point or another from EARLS(Weird, theres a similarity to the "fine dining" restaurants) so the cooks are used to High volume restaurants.
Out of all the high volume restaurants, this one is probably the best.
Now if I can only find a romantic restaurant(40-120 seats) that gives this much effort to their food and customers.
By the way, the kitchen is clean(from what I saw at least)
Tip: Never eat in a restaurant that has a dirty kitchen, a microwave, or one that has no discipline!!!)
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.
A poor overall rating would be appropriate when compared with previous visits.
The food is not half-bad, unfortunately some is served in miniature portions, some is served well below foodsafe temperatures. This could be partly due to abominable service during the last visit, when the waiter could not get his priorities straight and left food to sit for a lengthy period before deigning to serve. The ambience has not really changed, but the noise level in the restaurant is on the verge of being intolerable. Near my table several tables were moved together to accomodate large groups of people, who would have fit in better at a pub or banquet hall. The Blue Water Cafe appears to place profit above the comfort of dining patrons. Overall the food served, the poor service, and the noisy ambience were not in keeping with previous standards, of what now seems to be just another overpriced hangout for would-be gourmet snobs.
I had great experiences at Blue Water Cafe. Their sashimi is incredible. Juicy, sweet prawns and scallops, every piece of fish has distinct flavour. Ahi tuna, sea bass and oysters are wonderful too. Service is attentive. Can't complain. Try as many items on the dessert manu if you get the chance, they're fantastic.
I really enjoy going to this restaurant. I love the food here, and look forward to always trying something new here since the seafood is always fresh. The service is impeccable, my water glass is never empty. The like the chic laid back ambiance which makes it a great place to enjoy a casual dinner. Like I said, this place always provides an all round good experience.
Absolutely amazed at the west coast theme. The food was amazing, the server our group had was so nice, friendly and accommodating. It was a Thursday night and busy but got great attention.
Parking is a bitch, but worth it.
The sea food dishes from the raw bar, Ahi Tuna Tataki and Tuna Goma-ae were to die for. The Sashimi I ordered was the Aka Maguro or Red Tuna and was mouth watering.
They deserve being called one of the best, I agree and will be back again!!!
We are a couple that LOVES sushi and tried almost every notable japanese restaurant in vancouver. We found this place on this site and decided to try it out. First of all, we had the lobster soup as a starter.. did I say lobster? Me and my gf's bowls had NO lobster at all. Apparently, they are "minced" into the soup.
Ok, on to the sushi. So you might expect something different if they are charging you $10+ for a roll. WRONG. We tried the dungeness crab roll which had almost no flavour to it, and the dynamite which was nothing special either. And the nigiris.. ok they were fresh, but they tasted just about the same as other decent japanese restaurants. The only good thing I remember was the sablefish, I mean sablefish is always good anyways.
Since we came here we decided to have dessert as well.. which were of course in the $10+ range. We had no drinks whatsoever and the bill came out to $130.
The food was decent as best. Was it worth the price? NO. At a top restaurant like this, you should feel full and delighted despite the price you pay. We had none of that feeling whatsoever. In fact, I felt like I was scammed.
Will not return ever.
The Blue Water Café was great. The service was amazing (maybe because we went so early), the food was nice and the desert was great. The Beef Tenderloin was a very nice cut and cooked to perfection, but it lacked the presentation that other entrees had. It was very tasty, but there was too much oily sauce sitting at the bottom. But oh well, I loved it anyways. The Sushi bar also created amazing concoctions. They were very tasty and well worth it. The desert was by far the best. The Crème Brule was amazing, which came with remarkable ice cream and the lava cake was the best I’ve ever had. Overall, the Blue Water Café has it all. A menu that suits everyone, a prime location and great people. I’d also recommend going here before a Canucks game; it is in perfect walking distance.