Photo by John Sherlock
Blue Water Cafe
Routinely crowned the city's "Best Seafood Restaurant," this Yaletown classic also stands among the continent's best. Executive Chef Frank Pabst honed his chops at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, before marrying those exquisite skills with sustainable local ingredients. In fact, Blue Water Cafe was a founding member of the Ocean Wise program). Belly up to the bar—which has over 200 whiskeys and 1,000 wine labels—or reserve a table in this elegant brick-and-beam eatery tucked inside a heritage warehouse. But come summertime, it's all about sushi and premium saké on the patio! Fancy a splurge? Go for the seafood tower, showcasing the bounty of BC.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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Sushi on the Patio in Yaletown
Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge but it’s likely some of the best seafood you’ll eat in North America. I love the seafood towers, especially when they showcase the incredible bounty of all-BC seafood. Chef Frank Pabst is one of the city's sustainable seafood champions and each February Blue Water run an 'Unsung Heroes' menu which throws a spotlight on those lesser-known seafoods such as jellyfish or periwinkles. But in summer, for me, it's all about sushi on their patio from their superb raw bar to people-watch in Yaletown. They also have a killer drinks selection, from great cocktails, a superb wine and beer menu, and one of the city’s finest whisk(e)y lists. Check out some of the local sockeye salmon here, and see what else they’ve got in when you visit, that’s been fished straight from the pristine waters around BC.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4, Canada
Sun - Sat 4:30pm - 1am