Amongst the spectacular gardens and forests of Stanley Park sits the historic Fish House. Relax while we tantalize you with delicious fresh fish and seafood from the Pacific Northwest. Or sit back at the oyster bar with a micro-brewed beer, glass of wine, or a seasonal martini!
For a private event we offer three distinctive rooms, two of which feature patios opening onto the scenic natural beauty of Stanley Park. Whether holding a corporate event, a cocktail reception, family-style dinner or boutique wedding, we will create a memorable experience for you and your guests.
Over the years The Fish House has pleased me like no other restaurant.
The veranda gallery was set with comfortable chairs and well spaced tables.
We sat under the canopy facing the ocean on this pleasant afternoon.
I have enjoyed many fine meals here.
We were serviced with gusto by an attentive staff.
The libations were made with care and the selections of wine were noteworthy.
My wife and I ordered a selection of starters, Prawn Spring Rolls, Coconut Cream Mussels,
Crab Louies Salad and a bowl of made to order Clam Chowder with fresh manila clams.
Each presentation was generous and tasty.
The Lobster Balsamic dipping sauce for bread made a most perfect flavour hit!
The greens were fresh and crisp and the sauces well formed.
The Spring rolls were bursting with good flavours and the chilli nut dip was right on.
The mussels and the chowder made our flavour buds come alive with layers of flavour.
Even though Chef Karen was absent the food and service was perfectly executed and she should be proud of her co workers that they were well rehearsed and performed well.
When most chain restaurants charge large for mediocre fare and drinks with little satisfaction.
The Fish House has and still is one great restaurant to entertain your taste buds and make you feel like you just received some good old fashioned service with pride.
I frequent the Fish House because I love their sablefish. Granted it's not a large portion, but I guess it's enough for me to come back again and again.
The ambiance is very quaint and the servers are always attentive. The wine list is extensive and they have my favourite bottle of wine, which is usually sold out in speciality liquor stores by the time I get there. So try the Cedar Creek Ehrenfelser.
I love fish and the Fish House does not disappoint. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar beforehand. Our table was towards the back of the restaurant and nicely placed so that you could talk quietly but were still in the hub of the restaurant. My first course mussels were excellent, some of the best that I have every had - and I've eaten fish and seafood all around the world. My husband went for the prawn cocktail and was not disappointed. He opted for the special of the day which was three types of salmon which was excellent. My seafood bowl was superb. A refreshing sorbet and wonderful latte completed the evening. The service was excellent and discreet. I can't stand waiter who spend the evening hovering. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to have excellent food with outstanding service in a fantastic location
This is a great place for tourists. In the summer it's just a wonderfull place to visit and eat at. Everything is very high end - but the prices are just horribly high :(
The fish quality is very fresh, but again is more designed for Tourists who are not familiar with BC Fish.
I have been visiting the Fish House for the last 10 years or so, introducing friends and others to the experience. Sorry to say, the last few times were sorely disappointing as the the quality and/or preparation of the food was surprisingly poor. As noted by others, my fish (salmon) was significantly overcooked; salmon is simply not a difficult fish to prepare. Perhaps my expectations have been somewhat raised by the rather large price increases in the last few years. The atmosphere and service still impress, but hey, there are a lot of alternatives and minus the park and setting, I believe that the Fish House would be extinct by now.
Went here for lunch today and had the Prime Rib burger with bacon and avocado (see photo at top of page). This was the best burger I've had in a long time.
My wife had the warm salmon salad and she said its her 2nd favourite salad ever.
The last time I was here, I had the fish and chips, which were the best I've had.
I'm never disappointed here !
The server (Holly) was very nice and attentive.
Can't wait until my next time.
Overall it was an ok experience, the service took a while, we sat there at 11:45AM and the food was not served till 12:30PM.
Mussels - $13, not that great. the chili sauce was good and very flavorful but the quality of the mussels were subpar. They were tiny and a bit chewy.
OYSTER MOTOYAKI - $13, delicious, juicy and fresh. There were 3, so the portions were relatively small
PACIFIC SWORDFISH | GRILLED - $24 ok, it was a bit over cooked. The simplicity of the dish was great, many other restaurants butter and sauce it up so much that it really overpowers the fish.
SMOKED ALASKAN BLACK COD | STEAMED - my friend though this was really well done, perfectly cooked and very simple flavours. the quality of the cod was great.
Seafood Pasta - alright, nothing special.
All in all the experience was alright, better than some casual restaurants but, it can be a bit pricey for lunch
We went here a while back and I hope we go again soon!
Food: We ordered King Crab Legs, yam fries and mussels for appies, -The Crab was AMAZING. I wish the portions were a bit larger,( 3 legs). The mussels were plentiful and in a fantastic tomato broth. The yam fries were good, not too salty. My sister ordered the chicken strips and fries, (huge portion) I got the salad with bocconcini, the tomatoes, and spinach, the dressing was nice, the tomatoes not to my liking, the bocconcini and spinach was allright, the portion was tiny. My parens both ordered some kind of fish plate with veggies and potatoes each, which included beautiful salmon, halibut, mahi mahi, tiger praws, and scallops. Needless to say, I had to share some of that.
Service: Good. Attentive waitress and speedy food.
Value: good. Not cheap, it's seafood, but not going to kill your wallet.
Ambiance: Beautiful heritage house, good lighting. The tables are adjacent to a little patio, perfect for fresh air. :)
i did not enjoy the food but the ambiance was incredible. the service was good and the value rating was solid. the food was not so good. i had the salmon wellington. it was not as creamy as i expected. maybe it was just what i ordered because my friends seemed to enjoy there meal. maybe next time i go there i will order something else...
On July 8th, I took my wife, 2 year old daughter, and four of my wife's family members from Japan to The Fish House. The setting is great (how can it not be in Stanley Park?) and the restaurant itself is a lovely heritage home. We enjoyed very good service...our waitress even gave my daughter a complimentary cup of juice when she started fussing. The food itself was a bit of a letdown for me, although everyone else seemed quite impressed. The portions were a little small and the prices were steep. Most fish dishes are close to $30. The main dish side items were uninspired; they consisted of two undercooked sprigs of asparagus, one small potato, and mashed squash. That said, all the seafood items were fresh and well-presented. The maple salmon was a little bland, though. Karen Barnaby was not cooking that night and perhaps that could explain the rather lacklustre attention to the other items on the main dish plates.
So, if you want a nice restaurant to entertain out of town guests with West Coast seafood, I'd give The Fish House three stars out of five overall. Just bring a fat wallet.
The first time we ate here was March of 2007 - came back for the dine-out menu on Feb 2, 2008 and it didn't disappoint. Apart from a rather surprising leak in the women's washroom ceiling (which kicked the "ambience factor" from a 4 to a 3) it was just what we had expected - great food, good service, and an excellent evening out. The salmon wellington was great - even with the "substitute sauce" as the girlfriend doesn't eat meat (which the waitress caught from a random question, and came back to check on after we had ordered - definite bonus points go out to her for that). Pork loin was also good, the potato, roasted garlic, and cheddar soup a nice starter, as was the baby spinach salad with dates, tamarind and pappadoms. Desert was good, but overshadowed by the previous experience at Salt a couple weeks previous. We'll be back again for excellent food, and stellar service - the Fish house has yet to disappoint!
This location is catered to visiting tourists but the food does not stand on it's own merit. IMO, this place relies upon it's great local to draw it's clientele rather than compete with other quality seafood restaurants in the city. The decor and ambiance are great but food not so much.
The menu selection is nothing extraordinary although it offered a unique marketing gimmick: Vancouver Aquarium recommended dishes as "Ocean Friendly". Again this politically correct gesture seems to miss the mark... would you consult the BC Veterinary Association, Calgary Stampede Foundation or PETA to recommend your next meat dish? Why would you eat seafood if you objected to sealife preservation?
Some of my group had high tea which was best described as “okay”. I had the Prime Rib burger at $15 which was a disappointment (no better than pub quality food) while another colleague had the smoked trout hash which was good. Oysters were good as was the wine selection.
My recommendation is have a few fresh oysters, soak up the sights and go to another seafood restaurant for your meal. Their sister restaurant The Cannery has the seafood formula right. Also check out Joe Fortes.
We were eager to try this Vancouver landmark. However our evening was not what we thought it would be. The food is mediocre although very highly priced. Not only was it mediocre but cold as well. Our server was grumpy and not inclined to help us. Not a memorable evening out thats for sure!
Dined here for the Vancouver dine out on Saturday evening with friends. The food and service were above the average from the playfull staff. The place was packed and or waiter Corwin made us feel like we were the most important table there. I ate off the fixed dinner menu and the value and quality was some of the best if not the best I have had in Vancouver. (well done to the chefs) The others chose from the regular menu and all of us were really impressed. Thank you to dine out founders! without you I would have never discovered this place. Well done to the manager that night as well ( Ron? ). The host could not find our booking for some reason and he imediately took control to find us a table. During such a busy time as this night we had a table ( nice one as well) within 5 minutes and even made me laugh about the situation.
The Fish House will now be a top spot on my list of places to dine! Thank you from my group to the team there that truly know how to welcome a guest into your home and show us a good time!! Hard to find in places these days, Keep up the fantastic work!
Admittingly, I came here as a result of a coupon offer for what was about $12 off (imagine that, for an establishment as popular as the Fish House) and it did not disappoint. The food was up to the standard for its billing and the ambiance of this restaurant has few comparable peers in Vancouver. We were seated at the edge of the comfortable, heated patio, facing full moonlight and a well-lit garden. The value for this restaurant is surprisingly good even without the coupon, as we expected to pay a lot more for the amazing views that were offered. It truly is a perfect dining spot for a midsummer night, and people recognize that - hence, reservations are strongly recommended especially on weekends.
There was a minor hiccup in the service as they had forgotten to ask us whether we wanted bread (which we don't mind, but to do so for the table next to us prompted us to ask them instead), and that they delivered the wrong plate to us on a couple of occasions. That was mitigated by extremely welcoming staff and accommodating service.
Here is how you ruin a potato----put it in the deep fryer. Here is how you ruin brunch-----put six deep fried potatoes on a plate. We now live very close to The Fish House in Stanley Park and it had been several years since we had been there, so this morning we thought we would try brunch. I ordered the croque-monsieur and my husband the west coast benedict. Both dishes were very bland. Okay, I know there are very few restaurants that make an amazing benedict so it's not unusual to be disappointed with a benedict but mine could have been a lot better. Basically I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich with some deli meat thrown in on stale white bread. All that for $16! $16! Are you kidding me? I felt like a chump paying that much for a grilled cheese. Also a note to all current and all hopeful restauranteurs ------- a big pile of deep fried potatoes a good brunch does not make. Nothing disappoints me more than deep fried potatoes. Potatoes are so easy to make tasty! I don't want a deep fried potato that tastes of everything else that's been in that deep fryer in the last week on my plate for brunch. The coffee was very good though and so was the service. The room is beautiful so I would recommend a coffee or beer on the patio in the afternoon. With tip we paid $46 for brunch. Waaaaayyyy too much. If you want good brunch in the west end go to Rain City Grill. They know how to do brunch!
We (couple + toddler) were here for a late sat lunch (~2pm)... ordered one afternoon tea, a 4oz smoked black cod (entree) and a clam chowder (from kids menu) for my son. First, the chowder is watery (kids menu version perhaps!)... Ok then... afternoon tea is disappointing! The tea (earl grey) was given without any cream or sugar (Do we have to ask for it?!), tea is not even might-leaf level (probably like starbucks). NOTHING special enough to mention about the sandwich, scone is good but no way it should come with a tiny can of jam! devon cream is also thick and too sweet! Dessert so-so as well. Not worth it! On the entree, the black cod is very good! We, however discover there's a tiny cooked worm on the spinach lettuce. As we show that to the waiter, he didnt seem too apologizing. Instead, we were given 2 tiny truffle, probably thinking this will not be posted. 2 months ago at Cactus, they take care of the dish when the same thing happen to a NY steak we had + dessert/drink offered. Anyway... enough said about the Fish House and it has definitely been degraded compared to the last time we were here (1+ yr ago).
great seafood in this restaurant. the seafood platter is good. fresh and warm. service is very good. we are late due to the traffic but the host is still saving us a window seat. this place is pricey, but comparible to other good seafood restaurant in vancouver. overall, solid upscale restaurant.
I went with my boyfriend on Saturday, April 18 and had a very enjoyable meal. We started with the mussels which were very good - not the best I have had, but we didn't have an issue with graininess that someone else commented on. The flavour was very good and we were soaking the sauce up with our bread.
I ordered the chili sablefish dish and found it to be perfectly cooked. Sablefish is one of my favourite and Fish House did not disappoint - flaky, soft, melt in your mouth texture. Yes, there were some small bones, but not too hard to pick out and didn't take away from the experience for me. My boyfriend ordered the halibut and enjoyed it very much as well. For dessert, we shared a creme brule which was very good as well. The service was friendly, attentive and prompt. The location is perfect if you want to stroll after dinner. I would definitely come back again.
We had dinner at the Fish House on a Saturday night. The service was average, asking us if we wanted to see a desert menue before we even got our entre. We ordered the mussles for an appetizer, the broth was tasty but it was overshadowed by the gritty and dirty mussles. I guess the forgot to clean the mussles. I had the the sticky sweeet chilly sablefish with a lemon risotto cake. Sablefish is one of my favorite fish, this one was the worst sablefish I have ever had. The sablefish came with bones and did not taste anything like "sticky sweet chilly" and the Lemon Risotto Cake was greasy, bland, overly al dente and didn't taste anything like lemon.
I would not recommend this Restaurant to anyone.
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