Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Seafood, Cocktail
$ $ $ $
1095 Hamilton St (at Helmcken St)
Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4
(604) 688-8078
4:30pm - 1:00am
4:30pm - 1:00am
4:30pm - 1:00am
4:30pm - 1:00am
4:30pm - 1:00am
4:30pm - 1:00am
4:30pm - 1:00am

With a city known for its seafood, it is quite an accomplishment to be the best seafood restaurant around. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar incorporates fresh, sustainable seafood into their fine dining. Executive chef Frank Pabst works with local suppliers, bringing guests quality fish and shellfish. Yoshiya Maruyama, the Raw Bar chef, takes inspiration from Japanese cuisine, emphasizing pure and unique flavors.

The eatery was named the “Best Seafood” restaurant for the seventh consecutive time by Vancouver Magazine. The kitchen has two live tanks filled with the daily catches, including Alaskan King crab, Dungeness crab, Atlantic lobster, spiny lobster, spot prawn, sea urchin, geoduck, and more.

The restaurant bakes their bread every morning and serves them with roasted red pepper or chickpea spread and seaweed butter. The “BC Tasting for Two” has an assortment of seafood, from scallop ceviche to smoked sockeye salmon terrine. The “Unsung Heroes,” which features underappreciated fish is a dish not to miss. Non-seafood-lovers have some options, such as the Kobe-style beef short ribs that are braised in coffee ancho chile sauce.

-- Vivian Mac


  • One word: Oysters!
  • Looking forward to the Red Carpet Soiree on May 12!
  • Blue Waters sustainable seafood epitomizes West Coast: sablefish in a miso sake glaze, white sturgeon with chioggia beets & a pumpernickel crust, local scallops in a candied ginger & citrus sauce.
  • With a joint team of executive chef Frank Pabst leading the way in the kitchen and Yoshiya Maruyama heading up the sushi bar; raw or cooked, the fish is the star. Pricey but worth it.[Eater 38 Member]
  • Try the West Coast Sablefish, and really any other seafood that you can get here. Excellent service as well!
  • If it's your first visit, start with the BC Tasting for Two. It's a delicious introduction to some creative flavors.
  • Lobster Sashimi!
  • La torre de mariscos muy completa. Los nigiri, d excelente calidad. Pero lo mejor, su carta d pescados. Y buena carta d vinos
  • I don't have the opportunity to eat a lot of oysters, so I asked my waitress what oysters I should try. Kusshi and Shigoku were her suggestions and I died and went to heaven. Delicious!
  • Order the Oyster and definitely get the Sablefish. You will forget about all your problems.
  • Seafood is dilish.the Bar you can try to go
  • Sit at the sushi bar and order the combo oyster plate.
  • Sit at the bar and have cocktail bartender extraordinaire Evelyn take you on an adventure. The flavours will blow you away. Don't be afraid to try something new. Also the UNI here is second to none.
  • asked for wine flight, but bartender didn't know what I was talking about - he improvised & I got three 4 oz pours of awesome whites w our BC oysters - they aim to please!
  • Close your eyes and point. You cannot go wrong here...
  • Blue Water's West Coast Sablefish is one of our favourite mains. And of course, we always order the oysters!
  • Do not order the seafood tower. The seafood itself is good but sushi was turned way too cold on top of ice. Should never serve rice on ice like that
  • Try the jellyfish ceviche - perfectly flavoured and delightfully crunchy. The crab is excellent.
  • Try the sushi.... better yet sit by the sushi bar. The sushi chefs are serious sushi artists! It's like a live show.
  • West Coast Sablefish... Resistance is futile!

Nearby places

1116 Mainland St (at Helmcken St)
800 Griffiths Way (at Abbott St)
322 Davie St. (at Hamilton St.)