This is the kind of place to really appreciate in an era of dwindling seafood. Fish Cafe serves seafood at prices you can laugh off if you hug the low end of the menu. Fish Cafe doesn't expect to survive on low prices alone. The fish is of good quality and that's what makes all the difference. Portions are generous and everything, and everything, except perhaps the ketchup and fishburger buns, is made in-house. This is home-style cooking, nothing fancy, no flights of fancy. There are salmon, halibut, mahi mahi and prawn entrees daily, and there's rice or a big batch of home-style fries, plus a choice of sauces to go with the fish. Fish Cafe has a limited wine list and draft and bottled beers.
Two friends and I stopped by for an early supper before Bard on the Beach. Only one other table seated when we arrived, but it quickly filled up!
The two friends had never been there before, and puzzled a bit over the blackboard menu. The server seemed a little distracted, and did not offer any help. We ordered grilled salmon, blackened swordfish and grilled scallops, all with rice. We split a house salad with vinaigrette dressing between three of us, and it was plenty - even some left over.
I ordered a pale ale, the two others split a 1/2 litre of chardonnay. It took a while to get our drinks, as the phone kept ringing and the only server seemed to get "sidetracked" by people he knew. Main items in the food choices were excellent in all cases. The house salad looks like packaged fresh baby greens, but nicely augmented with extra tomatoes, cuke, onions, corn kernels... Nice vinaigrette dressing. The rice was good, but just barely warm. The seafood, however, shone. Good sized servings, perfectly done. The scallops came on two skewers, perhaps 10 large scallops in total. We all ordered the lemon caper sauce. Two liked it, one didn't.
The server remained at the bar chatting with friends as much as he could. We had to wave him over to get the bill, and we weren't in a huge hurry.... I would say he is competent enough, but not a multi-tasker!
It was pronounced a great new place to try (for my friends) and a satisfactory return visit for me. Recommended, but don't expect pampering...
The food at the Fish Cafe is honest and non-pretentious and is an ode to Seafood alla Canadiana style. It apparent that there is a focus focus on fresh fish judging from their chalkboard menu.
I had the Fish and Chips for 8.99 and it was probably one of the best fish and chips I've ever had...the batter was light and just right, never intrusive on the delicate flavor of the fish. The crab cakes were also good and had the distinct texture of crabmeat.
The space is tight, and the set up is simple - however, this translates into relatively cheap but quality plates of food. I honestly can't wait to go back to try their other fish dishes.
I give the place a rating of 3 (Solid) for the food, but give the overall rating a 4 (Outstanding) for outstanding value.
Good seafood place. They made good scallops and also awesome fish and chips. They have lotsa other fish options and you can also have a healthy grilled fish. Love the decor and totally enjoyed my experience there, cannot wait to return. A good find in Kerrisdale.
I'm kind of torn about Fish Cafe. On the one hand, I'm not overly impressed with it, on the other hand, there's something about it that keeps me coming back. It might be the utilitarian, working-class feel of the place. It feels like a very honest seafood shop, even though I think the prices seem steeper than how they portray themselves.
So I don't think it's cheap, $15 for 2 large pieces of fish and and a big serving of rice. My friend ordered the scallops expecting giant scallops, but they were average-to-small size. The crab cakes are made fresh, came on a pre-packaged looking but nice enough salad. I was expecting to be wow-ed by the flavors, but when it came out I thought it was ok, nothing special.
But there's something appealing and relaxing about the place. I don't think the food is fantastic, but I love seafood, so it's enjoyable. I don't think price wise that it's a great deal, but for some reason I really like eating there.
In Kerrisdale, there's little to say for eating there...it's sterile or mundane or uninteresting, unless you like burgers. Fish Cafe is a simple place, a little cool to the eye but simple, excellent seafood options served right and priced right.
Mahi Mahi and snapper dishes are very good and the sauces add a nice twist to the tastes of a small menu. The calamari is especially a delight...delicious, never chewy and pan fried with what are the best fries in the city, with the possible exception of Chambar. The service is always friendly, efficient and washed down with a $5 pint of R&B on tap, is as close to a haven as there is. It's worth going there to avoid the crowds and noise if you're interested in a pleasant, unrushed environment.
when it comes to eating out, i like good food and a feeling of going home for dinner. i don't particularly like performing food servers fussing over me and intruding in my dining-out experience with others. this place balances good food, friendly service and good value. it's hard to find good fish or a good restaurant, esecially in the middle of a city. it feels like i've wandered into some casual place on a wharf and i know the owner. i like the taste of fish rather than hiding the taste poor quality fish. this guy knows that and presents fish for those who know what fish should taste like. he makes me feel at home and lets me enjoy my evening with my friends, and i leave like i've had a well cooked meal. that feeling of going to family for dinner. repeat customer.
This place is the best kept secret in Vancouver! The food is fresh, delicious and affordable. If you like seafood I would highly recommend checking this place out. I have dined here five times in the past couple of months and they have all been exceptional. The ambiance could use a little work but the food just speaks for itself. I usually like getting the sharing platter. It is a good deal and you get a variety of things to try including 2 types of fish, shrimp, calamari and muscles plus rice and fries. My husband really enjoys the scallops and gets them every time. By now I have tried most things on the menu and they all are good. This place even outdoes some of the other high-end seafood restaurants with a much smaller price tag.
A regular customer at my business gave me chef Marcus Stiller's card and suggested I drop in for lunch.
2 pieces of cod, in light batter that tasted nicely of beer, with huge homemade chips and homemade tartar, served in an attractive metal skillet. A bargain at $8.95; the best fish & chips I've eaten in Vancouver.
Great food, and relaxed, courteous service from the waitress and chef, who dropped by just to see if everything was OK.
Definitely recommended; I'll be back.
We went to Fish Cafe for dinner tonight. The server (bigger girl) tonight is really rude! Apparently she is the server for our table but she took forever to come to take our order even though we kept waving at her.
Then we ordered clam chowder, grilled calamari and snapper with rice. When the food came, the snapper actually came with fries instead of rice. We told the server but she doesn't seem she cares. Then fine, we just took the fries. Clam chowder is not bad. But both calamari and the fish are very salty. Will not return to the restaurant again!
My cousins from the prairies were looking for a good seafood dinner, the Fish Cafe in Kits had been amazing, so I thought lets try the Kerrisdale cafe out. Well, the first warning was a cloud of dark smoke hovering in the room. My cousin enjoyed the caesar salad, my house salad was ok, but the dressing tasted like it came out of a bottle, ie not a "house" special.The server asked us if we wanted our fish grilled or fried, a waste of time, as the cook seemed to know only one technique, burnt black and crisp with lots of grease.Why pay for something that has had its nutritious value and primary essence removed? To be fair the calimari was good, however there was no sauce served with it, unless that was the ketchup to be shared with the fries. The odd prawn and scallops had a fishy after taste. The sauces seemed to be mayo based and further added to the grease. I mentioned that the chefs were not the ones that had been at the Kits cafe. My cousins politely suggested this might be his day off. As we were finishing what we could someone dropped a vinegar bottle on the floor. It shattered. Both it and the smell remained near me for quite a while. We went home to wash the grease out of our hair.
Dinner last night was a toss up. Where to go? Tired of our usual Kits outings.
We found Fish Cafe in Kerrisdale.
Small place, very busy. Friendly greeting and a table by the fireplace. Good start. Menu was a chalkboard on the wall which was different. I like how you can see right into the kitchen, clean. We order drinks, myself a glass of wine and my guy had lager on tap. I asked what was good and the waitress suggested grilled calamari. Ok. Fish and chips for my fellow.
OMG, the food was so yummy. I had fish soup to start, delicious! My calamari was tender and spicey and came with garlic butter which was yummy (duh) and I enjoyed the rice as well. BF said the fish and chips was the best he has had! He said he couldn't get enough of the tartar sauce and needed more. Blonde waitress was super friendly and brought us drink and tartar refills fast. I felt the prices were fair too. So, we will be back. For sure. Yum. Yum. Yum.
We ordered fish and chips and blackend trout with salad. We shared so I tried both. Everything was slightly over my expectations and I'm picky about fish and chips. The trout was also really good but next time I won't get blackend, they had some other options for seasoning I can't remember what they were. The food had a homemade and fresh appearnace and taste. The server was a casual nice guy and had good timing.
My wife and I live a block from the Fish Cafe and go through phases - we won't go for months and then will go every week for weeks. What is great is that the quality is very consistent. The fish is always very well prepared and is fairly priced. Markus - owner - is not there as often as once was, but there has been no slipage. The atmosphere is as the name suggests - a cafe, but it is colorful and comfortable in a warm way (especially in the winter near the fire place), and you can count of a good meal. This is one of the best places in Kerrisdale.
I absolutely LOVE the Fish Cafe. I've never had a bad experience. The restaurant can get a little crowded and the service is not always as quick as it could be (although ALWAYS super friendly with attentive servers), but the atmosphere is relaxed, unpretentious, and I feel comfortable going there for a casual lunch OR nice dinner. It's somewhere I'd feel comfortable hanging out with friends, having a business lunch, or taking my parents.
The food is amazing - I absolutely LOVE their blackened salmon with garlic butter and saffron rice. I like it so much that I haven't tried much else! Their Greek salad is excellent and their grilled calamari is better than anywhere else I've tried. Awesome.
This is NOT a fish & chip establishment. Although there is fish & chips, they also have their assortment of grilled or deep fried salmon, halibut, cod, swordfish, snapper, or whatever their daily specials are. They also have a solid crab cake, which does not look the prettiest but has the right taste.
Personally, I like the grilled snapper with lemon-butter. Moist, flavourful meat with a simple aromatic dressing. It's the way fish should be prepared.
The room is small, but very comfy and cozy. There is enough service to go about in this small place. Prices are very attractive too, ranging from $7 for cod & chips to $15 for swordfish.
If fish is in your diet, the price alone should be able to lure you in. You might be in for a pleasant surprise.
the fish actually tasted so fresh and was tender and flaky. but the problem is that it didn't have much flavour. the flavour seems to come merely from pepper you sprinkle on it and from the dipping sauce. i'm wondering if they cooked it purely without spice or flavouring at all because they want to let us taste the freshness of the fish. for me i just don't really like it. the portion is huge though. the price is $15 on average, but it definitely will satisfy your hunger. i gave them 3 stars for the value because i'm not quite sure about the standard price for fish n chip dishes, but for me it's still quite expensive. ambiance is good. it's simple but clean.
Had my first experience at the Fish Cafe! Don't know how I missed out on this little gem!
It was busy, cozy, warm and inviting.
I ordered the blackened snapper which was delicious.. The fish was moist, beautifully seasoned and a fairly good size piece. The fries were perfect and the sauce served with the fish, the lemon caper sauce was good enough to ask for more.
I loved the ambiance and the additional of a toasty fireplace in the middle of the room.
I am definitely recommend this place and am definately coming back for the calamari, as they were sold out already and I was told it is something I have to try.
But I also want to come back and try some of the other options as the plates arriving at other tables looked just as amazing!
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