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Blue Water Cafe
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Ranked #6 of 3,914 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $39
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Yaletown & False Creek North
Cross street: Helmcken St.
Description: 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.
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Expect the very best local fish and seafood here. Frank Pabst's kitchen really delivers flavour and freshness, which somehow seems miraculous given the enormous size of this restaurant. $36.00 gave us one dozen local oysters to begin. One tuna carpaccio as an appetizer, followed by delicious Qualicum Bay scallops and locally farmed sturgeon, along with extra sides of perfect spinach and truffle fries made for a feast. Sommelier suggested excellent BC wines to match. We shared a plate of intensely flavoured house-made sorbets for dessert. Our bill, without gratuities, was $283.00 for the two of us. Expensive, yes. The food was worth the cost, however, the nosie level is almost unbearable. We could not carry on a conversation without raising our voices to almost shouting - even having a conversation with the wait staff was difficult. Service was frenzied and rushed, and considering the noise level, it was really only the food that won us over in the end.
This is not the best place for an intimate dinner; it is for a big night out with friends or business associates, where you can kick back in an upscale casual resto, and drop a bundle on wine and food.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Had been told that the Blue Water Cafe was the restaurant to experience while in Vancouver. A busy restaurant,had excellant service by the wait staff and great food. We did expect the meal to be on the pricey side - so was prepared for that - but wasn't prepared for how noisy the restaurant was. We were only a party of two but we couldn't hear each other across the table and I asked to move so that we were seated next to each other. That did help but still made it difficult at times to converse.

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Thank ShirleyV
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Had a fantastic meal here, a really busy place, looks like it will always be busy! , Staff were very helpful and friendly and loved the atmosphere !. Decor was fab and plenty of choice on the menu. Service was very quick, would recommend a visit for sure!

Thank 420holiday
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

To celebrate a family reunion, we were with a group of 11 and, after some effort, could book the "Arctic Room". Blue Water Cafe is a bustling place, and as a result quite noise. But the Arctic Room was a bit separated from the restaurant, and offered a wonderful view of the significant restaurant's wine collection. The emphasis of the cuisine is on (shell)fish, which was prepared in an excellent way. Service was impeccable, and the wine list impressive - haven't seen such an exhaustive listing of BC wines!

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Thank JWG_080353
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Great restaurant with superb service. An extensive wine list and delicious food. The atmosphere is beautiful but unforunately fairly noisy. It is difficult to carry a conversation which is an issue because the two reasons I would recommend it is as a nice date or a business dinner. Both which require conversation to be successful.

Recommend requesting a quieter corner or table along the wall opposite the entrance in the hopes you can hear each other.

It is worth the effort. The food is fresh and creative.

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Thank prs2007
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