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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

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1095 Hamilton St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5T4, Canada (Helmcken St.)
+1 604-688-8078
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 659
    Excellent
  • 225
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place, surely worth a detour

There is no lack of good restaurants in Vancouver, this one is a true gem. I loved the vodka shot with the oysters, very nice touch. Excellent service, not oppressive as is so often the case in California / the US, menu and wine list. I had only specials, my only regret is that the sturgeon was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Teodor S
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Palo Alto, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Palo Alto, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

There is no lack of good restaurants in Vancouver, this one is a true gem. I loved the vodka shot with the oysters, very nice touch. Excellent service, not oppressive as is so often the case in California / the US, menu and wine list. I had only specials, my only regret is that the sturgeon was slightly overcooked, too... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I've been here twice, the first time was a disaster with horrible service but this time around was awesome. Our server, Ian, was extremely friendly and his timing was always perfect. Our meal was fantastic and ambience was great. Will definitely be back.

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Kelowna, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I can only say I had the best meal and service ever at Blue water. Our waiter who was from Marseille in France spoke with the most wonderful accent, and was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave perfect recommendations.Our food was delicious and although took some time as the restaurant was very busy the atmosphere made up for it.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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63 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Had a wedding reception here and service and food was just great. My wife and I took the servers advise and ordered the Sable Fish. Glad we did as it was cooked and presented perfectly. Will definitely go back to the Blue Water next time we are in Vancouver

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St. John, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Called to change time of reservation and was told they were too busy. Got there early to have a drink in the bar and there were lots of tables so we were seated immediately. Server was good but given took my tables to be attentive. Food arrives too quickly and we were done in no time. Food was fab. Fun... More 

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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

we had a really good meal here. I had excellent oysters and my wife's dynamite prawns were fabulous. My main of sablefish was sublime. My wife had ling cod and it was good rather than excellent. Dessert of brioche was excellent. Service was good but the waitress was too busy and she struggled to deliver a service to match the... More 

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very good restaurant, the best we tried in Vancouver. Very nice place, really good ambiance, professional service, very fresh seafood, good wine list. To return.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Thanks to the hotel concierge we managed to get a table in this very busy restaurant. We had a booth at the back which was a great spot to get the full ambience of the venue without it being too noisy to speak. The menu was extensive but I settled on the tuna carpaccio to start. What a dish! very... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This restaurant is always slammed. Very tough ticket to get. We were lucky to get in and had a lovely meal. Billed as the best seafood in Vancouver but there is really a lot of competition for that title. We found the food well above average, the service solid and unpretentious but the room was too big for us. At... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I had the most fabulous sea food tower with friends. The service and food were as good as I could ask for and the ambiance divine. Unique neighbourhood to sight see in as well. Seems to have a great night life for the younger crowd.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1095 Hamilton St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5T4, Canada
    (Helmcken St.)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-688-8078

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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