Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

  • 1095 Hamilton Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4
  • Phone: 604.688.8078

We are committed to sourcing sustainable seafood — and crafting innovative and memorable West Coast dishes. Our Raw Bar exudes a true Japanese culinary aesthetic, consistently delivering pure, clean flavours and unique presentations.

The striking dining room provides active views of the “East meets West” kitchen and Raw Bar. The sweeping main bar leads out to the heated patio and the private dining rooms, which hold our deep and diverse wine collection.

Housed in a handsome brick and beam heritage warehouse conversion, Blue Water Cafe is in the heart of the historic and vibrant Yaletown neighbourhood.

Dinner: 5pm - 11pm
Late Menu: until Midnight
Bar: 4:30pm - 1am

Dining Style: Fine

Special Features: Patio, Bar or Lounge, Sommeliers, Wine Cellar, Private Parties, Valet Parking 7 nights per week


'Best of' Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2001-2014, 2016

Wine List Award, Platinum
Recognized for ‘Consistent Excellence’, 2015
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013-2016

Best Seafood
Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards, 2010-2016

Best Seafood, Gold
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2008-2016

Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada
OpenTable, 2015-2016

Les Clefs D'or Canada, Silver
WHERE Magazine 'To Dine' Award, 2016

Best Upscale Restaurant, Silver
Best Yaletown, Bronze
Best Japanese Upscale, Honourable Mention
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2015

Best Seafood 
WHERE Magazine 'To Dine' Awards, 2011-2015

Regional Company of the Year
27th Annual Pinnacle Awards, 2015

Best Yaletown, Gold
Best Upscale Restaurant, Bronze
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2014

Best Restaurant Wine List (BC), Bronze
Georgia Straight ‘Best of Vancouver’, 2014

Best Upscale Restaurant, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2013

Best Restaurant
BC Living's BC's Best People's Choice Awards, 2013

Certificate of Excellence
Trip Advisor, 2013

Achievement of Distinction in Dining
DiRoNA, 2013

Top 50, Canada's Best Restaurants
Maclean's Magazine, 2012

Best Seafood
Westender 'Best of the City', 2012

Best Formal Japanese, Honourable Mention
Best Formal Restaurant, Gold
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2011

Four Diamond Award
AAA, 2010

Restaurant of the Year, Gold
Chef of the Year, Frank Pabst
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2010

Restaurant of the Year, Silver
Best Formal Japanese, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2009

Restaurant of the Year, Bronze
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2007-2008

Best Japanese Fine Dining, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2005-2006

Best Seafood, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2002-2007

Best New Restaurant in 2000, Bronze
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2001

General (All)
Dining & Nightlife


  • Seasons Of Operation:
    • All
  • Maximum Group Size: 450
  • Group Bookings:
  • Parking:


  • Total Restaurant/Nightclub Capacity: 450
  • Total Number of Private Rooms: 4
  • Largest Private Room Capacity: 120
  • Max Capacity Banquet: 240
  • Max Capacity Reception: 450
  • Buy Out:
  • Meal Type:
    • Dinner
  • Patio:
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description Whether you are looking to host a private dinner for 12, or a reception for 450, Blue Water Cafe’s diversity offers unique settings for any occasion. From corporate dinners to wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, and launch parties, we will tailor-make each event to suit your individual requirements. The active wine cellar contains two multi-faceted private rooms that are easily combined to accommodate up to 80 seated guests or 120 standing. Complimentary state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, including satellite reception, provides first-rate amenities for boardroom presentations and entertaining.
  • Floorplan File Floorplan File
  • Largest Room 2410
  • Total Sq. Ft. 3950
  • Reception Capacity 450
  • Space Notes PRIVATE DINING ROOMS Arctic Room 24pp sit-down, 40pp reception semi-private Atlantic Room 46pp sit-down, 50pp reception private Oceans Room 60pp sit-down, 70pp reception private entrance, washrooms + kitchen Pacific Room (Atlantic + Arctic combined) 80pp sit-down, 120pp reception OTHER GROUP DINING AREAS Dining Room 170pp sit-down, 350pp reception exclusive of private dining areas and terrace Full Restaurant + Pacific Room 240pp sit-down, 450pp reception Terrace 60pp sit-down, 125pp reception covered and heated
  • Banquet Capacity 240
  • Number of Rooms 5

Arctic Room

  • Total Sq. Ft.: 288
  • Width: 16
  • Length: 18
  • Banquet Capacity: 24
  • Reception Capacity: 40

Oceans Room

  • Total Sq. Ft.: 700
  • Width: 18
  • Length: 38
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 70

Pacific Room

  • Total Sq. Ft.: 840
  • Width: 20
  • Length: 42
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 120

Atlantic Room

  • Total Sq. Ft.: 520
  • Width: 20
  • Length: 26
  • Banquet Capacity: 46
  • Reception Capacity: 50

Dining Room

  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2410
  • Banquet Capacity: 170
  • Reception Capacity: 350


  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 125

Full Restaurant + Pacific Room

  • Banquet Capacity: 240
  • Reception Capacity: 450