Blue Water Cafe

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

Celebrating Our Ocean’s Harvest

An anchor in Vancouver’s culinary landscape, Blue Water Cafe is lauded as the City’s definitive destination for seafood.

Executive Chef Frank Pabst is known for his innovative and brilliantly executed West Coast plates, that showcase the freshest and most sustainable local fin and shellfish.

Enhanced by the intuitive service from Stephan Cachard’s dedicated team, the dynamic dining room provides action views of the opposing ‘East meets West’ kitchen and raw bar. The sweeping main bar leads out to the heated patio and the private wine room holds the extensive award-winning wine and bubble selection.

Housed in a handsome brick and beam heritage warehouse conversion, Blue Water Cafe is in the heart of historic Yaletown, the city’s vibrant and hip neighborhood.

Dinner  Tapas  Late Night Menu


4:30 pm - 12 am daily

Group sizes: please phone for details

Dining Style: Fine

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



Frank Pabst, Executive Chef

Masaaki Kudo, Sushi Chef

Jean-Pierre Sanchez, Pastry Chef

Stephan Cachard, Restaurant Director

Adrien Boutet, Restaurant Manager

Ben Macnamara, Bar Manager



Best Seafood, First

Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards, 2010-2016, 2018-2019


Best Restaurant in Yaletown

Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards, 2019


Best Seafood, First

WHERE Vancouver 'To Dine' Awards, 2011-2015, 2018-2019


Wine Program Excellence Award, Platinum

Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013-2019


Premier Crew - Stephan Cachard

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2019


Best Dessert, Bronze

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2019


Best Seafood, Honourable Mention

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2019


'Best of' Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator, 2001-2014, 2016-2019


Downtown Seafood, First

Vancouver Courier 'Stars of Vancouver' Award, 2018


Leadership Award, Frank Pabst

WHERE Magazine 'To Dine' Awards, 2018


Best Seafood, Silver

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2002-2007, 2018


Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants

Canada’s 100 Best, 2017-2018


Aspiring Sommelier, Ian Wharton

Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) BC, 2018


Best Restaurant Wine List (BC), First

Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards, 2017-2018


100 Best Restaurants in Canada

OpenTable, 2015-2017


100 Best Restaurants in Canada for a Big Night Out

OpenTable, 2017


Best Seafood, First

Best Wine List, First

Best Restaurant in Gastown/Downtown/Yaletown, Second Place

Best Restaurant, Third

Westender ‘Best of the City,’ 2017


Best Restaurant Wine List, First

Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver, 2017


Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor, 2017


Best Seafood, Gold

Best Yaletown, Gold, 2014

Best Formal Restaurant, Gold, 2011

Restaurant of the Year, Gold, 2010

Chef of the Year, Frank Pabst, 2010

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2008-2017


Best Seafood, First

Vancouver Courier ‘Stars of Vancouver’ Award, 2017


Best Seafood, Second

Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards, 2017


100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada

OpenTable, 2017


Best Seafood, Second

WHERE Magazine 'To Dine' Awards, 2016-2017


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


Regional Company of the Year

27th Annual Pinnacle Awards, 2015


Recognized for ‘Consistent Excellence’

Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2015


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

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2011


Four Diamond Award

AAA, 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 New Restaurant in 2000, Bronze

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2001

Dining & Nightlife
General (All)


  • Buy Out:
  • Largest Private Room Capacity: 120
  • Max Capacity Banquet: 240
  • Max Capacity Reception: 450
  • Meal Type:
    • Dinner
  • Patio:
  • Total Number of Private Rooms: 4
  • Total Restaurant/Nightclub Capacity: 450


  • Group Bookings:
  • Maximum Group Size: 450
  • Parking:
  • Seasons Of Operation:
    • All
  • Year Last Renovated: 2017
  • Year Opened: 2000
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

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