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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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One of the Best in Yaletown
By justright of Port Moody (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

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.

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Absolutely great food.
By foodie of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

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.

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All Round Good Experience
By foodcritic81 of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

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.

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One of our new faves
By foodhedonist of East Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

The Mr. & I dined here during Dine Out and we were both really impressed. Each course was very good to excellent. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We were seated in the wine room, a quiet and intimate retreat from the busy main dining room. The only thing we didn't care for was the roasted red pepper hummus which accompanied the bread rolls. This is one of our new favourite restaurants. Unfortunately, we can only afford to dine here during Dine Out :(

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blue water is wishy washy
By tender of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

Have been to this popular spot twice and disappointed both times. It's a lovely enough restaurant with it's big patio and spacious and warm interior...good looking menu albeit nothing terribly daring and wine list as thick as the yellow pages. Unfortunately, for the price, they gotta do a lot better.

Started off trying to find a sparkling wine in the categorized-by-country epic wine list...it was far too onerous a task so we tried to enlist the help of the waitress who i swear had over-medicated on her prozac. She knew nothing about wines so we asked if the sommellier could help, apparently he was MIA so we defaulted for a wine we knew. This first exercise took about an hour to complete thanks to our dazed server. What is it with the service in this city...either they wanna be your best friend or they're just OTL.

Food was generally well prepared but ruined with some hack sauces. If you're a purist like me, make sure you ask for straight soya sauce and wasabi with your sashimi or else you'll get some gloppy worcestershirish concoction. On the upside, the creme brulee trio was up to the standard i expected of this place.

Overall, this place reminded me of a cactus club minus the chirpy wait staff and priced way out of its league. I was so disappointed that i even emailed them (first time i'd ever complained to a restaurant) and instead of acknowledging my concerns, i got a too bad so sad response. Will definately not return to those murky waters.

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Yes one of the best
By FoodLoverYVR of Vancouver (downtown) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2012 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

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!!!

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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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seriously overrated
By ic_bu of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

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.

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OK, this is pretty good.
By omg of Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

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!!!)

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