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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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Inconsistency detracts from quality
By mottel of Prince George (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

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.

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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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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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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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Very Disappointing
By cmor35 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

I don't mind dropping some dollars on dinner but when I do, I expect good food. Entrees on this dinner menu are extremely overpriced and the food was disappointing.
The lobster ceviche appetizer is just killed with spicy chili mayonnaise. Served with a garnish of deep fried garbanzo beans that disintigrate when you bite into them and taste like whatever was in the fryer just before them. What a let down.
The quail appetizer gave us hope for the rest of the meal and did indeed turn out to be the best part.
The tenderloin was certainly tender. A nice steak and a tasty jus. No complaints there but the stilton mac and cheese au gratin was severely disappointing! Browned panko crumb on top of mushy pasta sautee...does not a gratin make. That side dish could be fantastic, but wow, you really missed the boat on that one.
For the inflated price of that entree plus the additional charge for a side of vegetables, it should've been fantastic!
If it wasn't for a lovely dessert, especially the Mont Blanc, some good wine and aperitifs and a charming server, the whole evening would've been a waste.

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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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