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.
My husband and I went for a walk in the park and decided to stop into the Fish House. The hostesses were very welcoming and gave the restaurant a great first impression. The server was very courteous and gave us just the right amount of service. Great ambiance and huge variety of seafood, definitely will go there again!
A group of us went on a Saturday night looking for something new (and somewhere we could finally make use of our Entertainment Book coupons). We arrived at 9 to a full house and a pleasant hostess and coat check guy.
I had the Butter Prawns: not the best, but a creative dish. My companions all had different fish, and each enjoyed theirs (chili sablefish was a hit). Like other reviewers, I think they might want to change up the sides, since each plate had the exact same veg (except mine, which had yam fries). The kale was tasty though, full of butter.
I had their cheesecake as well which was different (mascarpone with phylo) and delicious. Our waiter was slightly unusual, but attentive and always trying to crack jokes, even if they weren't all funny. A discussion point for the table, at least.
Wine selection was good, but found it weird that a 9oz glass is less than half the price of a half litre (16oz). I'm still puzzled.
All around a nice compromise between regular casual dining and more upscale fare. I would take out ot town guests here, especially in the summer for the patio and walk into the park.
This is a very relaxed reastaurant with windows that look out onto Stanley park greenery or a bowling green. The food is OK. It can be excellent, but some of the dishes can be disappointing. I had a wonderful salmon salad one time and a great dessert - of which I've forgotten the name but it's a southern US specialty. The service was excellent two or three years ago, but disappointing the last time we went. Overall, this restaurant is worth a visit just for the position near the sea.
The food is great. All around our party really enjoyed our dishes. My chili sablefish - cooked to perfection and surrounded by a delicious sweet chili sauce. Sampling the other food at our table gave me the same results.
The service on the other hand was not nearly as stellar. Our server used "polite English" when speaking with us, but seemed to not care or not think it was wrong to drip ice cold water on my back while refilling my glass. Nor seemed to care or apologize for hitting another person on the arm with a plate as she retrieved it carelessly from our table. I noticed one other server who looked like he was in a Chinese forced labour camp, moving like he was half dead, with an expression and demeanor to match.
So, kudos to the kitchen crew, but the serving staff needs to be whipped into shape or given the boot.
Went there for dine out. Had the shrimps (can't do much wrong with that), the salmon with mussels (ok) and a super heavy desert (pumpkin mousse). Delicious VQA- house wines! If you want to go there for the location and the inside, don't need to go for a whole meal. A couple of drinks will be more than enough.
Looking for something refined, skip it!
I recently had lunch at the fish house - for my birthday actually - on recommendation of friends. And i must say, even though i'm not a big fan of seafood at all, i mostly enjoyed my experience at the fish house. I had the maple glazed salmon and it was perfect: nice and flaky and the maple glaze was just right: not too sweet. Although the portion wasnt entirely large, it was enough and worth the price. My sister had the prawn penne pasta and she enjoyed it as well. However, what killed the experience for me was the service. The hostess was cold and unwelcoming; as well, her words seemed forced and scripted. Our server must've been the hostess's brother because he was just as cold and unwelcoming, although he was polite enough and did the standard meal-check. But the whole time i was there, there was no smiles in sight. it was as if i were eating at a funeral parlour. Even though the dining area is very cozy and warm, i'd rather have my next meal at mcdonalds than come here again. at least i'd feel welcome there.
I took my boyfriend out for his birthday dinner here in November 07... while the food and service was really good, the only thing I have a bone to pick with is the menu. They serve fish in like, 27 varieties and styles, but each "entree" comes with the exact same vegetables and starch. While I can see this may have been an executive decision to cut costs and may actually change from day to day, it leaves a little bit wanting for the rest of the meal. I realize that there are places like er... Earl's and Cactus Club that will do the same thing, but all of their entrees have at least *some* variety in their sides where you won't feel like a knob asking to make a change or substitution. I like if I'm ordering an entree that is different than my partner's, that I would be able to taste what he has to complement his meal as well. I felt slightly cheated in this, but, the sablefish and mahi mahi were both awesome so am still able to give the restaurant a solid rating.
Well a lunch for two with a waitress in training was not something I would expect. Fair enough the 'head waitress' told us a 'trainee' would serve us but we did not expect to pay full price to be waited by a 'student'. She recommendated two raw osyters and one was bad but it was too late for me to spit it out. I swallowed the damn thing and chased with water. No point to complain as it was not waiting staff's fault. The chef should have known better.
I've lived in Vancouver for a long time and never knew this place existed. A group of us went for Brunch and had an excellent time. The ambiance was superb, felt like I was on vacation. Service was good. Brunch was great! Unfortunately,
none of us had room to try out dessert. Not much else I can say except "we'll be back". Totally awesome!!
My husband & I went to the Fish House for the first time this past Friday evening. We had an early reservation and it was not busy yet... The service was prompt and friendly. The restaurant is (of course) in a beautiful setting and with a window seat we had a lovely view.
His order: Appie: Warmed Italian Seafood Cocktail -- delicious, fresh seafood
Entree: Baked Halibut with Chips -- delicious fresh fish, nice batter, good tartar (a bit oniony)
My order: Appie: Caesar salad -- not a creamy caesar and served in whole leaves ; I liked it but the "crouton" breadstick was weird
Entree: Daily special - Wild salmon & half lobster tail thermidor-style -- absolutely wonderful
The veggies served with were asparagus (properly done), squash puree (so good!!!), mashed potato (great!) and golden beet (not my cup of tea...)
For dessert: Shared the Lava chocolate cake. Sooo amazing. It did not take 15 minutes as the menu says... as they weren't busy.
I would highly recommend this restaurant. The only downside is that you must pay for parking...2.50 an hour.
In the oversaturated Vancouver restaurant scene it is easy to overlook some of its longstanding institutions.
My wife and I were reminded of the Fish House's existence through some of our friends who had recently dined there, so we decided to pop in one night. Even though we had made no reservation, and arrived at 7pm we were greeted by a very happy hostess and a very proffessional manager which checked our wet coats and seated us in front of a roaring fireplace. I was amazed!
Our server whom had the right balance of proffesionalism and personality made some fabulous food suggestions, got us little tasters of wine for any inquiry we made from their glass list, as well as entertained us with her own opinions about the upcoming olympics.
The food was simply presented and generously portioned for the prices, and could most accurately be described as upscale-soulnourishing-comfort food. The atmosphere in the restaurant was very condusive to a heritage building of this kind, but most importantly it was not pretentious or feel as though it was "the place to be". All staff memebers I encountered were all very upbeat and personable and gave me the feeling that they really cared about how I was enjoying myself.
When we paid the bill and were leaving the hostess and manager helped us with our coats and informed us of Karen Barnaby's cooking classes that they host at the restaurant. When we got in the car and headed home my wife and I recounted how many times we had dined out recently and felt like we were poorly handled and sometimes even made to feel as though we were inconveniencing some waiters.
The people of the Fish House truly are masters of their craft and made sure we had an unforgettable experience there. Considering their prices are on par with most other restaurants we wondered, why we waste so much money on all these other subpar experiences? Well we wont any longer, and we will most definetly be back! Thank You.
Very nice atmoshpere, but found the food just okay. We would have liked more emphasis on "fresh" food. When you are paying 18 dollars for fish and chips one should be able to expect fresh cut fries instead of the frozen variety we were served. We sent the fish back as it tasted old. One member of our party ordered a burger which was also a frozen patty. On a more positive note, the pumpkin cheesecake was excellent as was the squash bisque. Not a horrible experience, but we won't be rushing back to The Fish House as we expected better and fresher food for the price.
I have been a longstanding anonymous patron of this fine Vancouver dining Instsitution and was recently tipped off to this review site. I am shocked at some of the reviews I have read and would like to inform you, don't believe everything you read. Anyone that is looking for an incredible seafood dining experience look no further. The wait staff have always been friendly, prompt, courteous, and proffesional. The food has always been scrumptious, fresh and priced well in comparison to other restaurants of this stature. The ambience is always suited for whatever needs I have wanted, if I needed quiet, they would seat me somewhere where it was reasonably quiet. If I liked my guests to be in a place where they could feel some of that Vancouver energy, it was there for the absorbing. I have always felt that if you need a place to go that is like a home this is it. If I had known about this site earlier I probably would have posted many more times about many establishments. Now I will. But don't take my word for it. Go check it out for yourself, I'm sure you will enjoy your experience.
I have previously been to The Fish House and have found the service good and the food tasty. However, after a recent 'afternoon tea' experience at the restaurant, I have vowed never to return. We arrived for afternoon tea and after an obsequious greeting, were promptly forgotten for the rest of our stay. Call me old fashioned, but given that the purpose of afternoon tea is to, well, drink tea, the fact that our tea didn't arrive until we had almost finished our assortment of sweets (except the scones - see below) seemed a little odd. Rather more strange was the fact that it took at least 10 minutes after our tea arrived for the waiter to bring over cups to actually drink it - this despite at least 3 requests on our part for the cups. By the time the cups arrived the tea was lukewarm and oversteeped. A similar situation occurred with the food. We were given one tiny pot of strawberry jam and another similarly miniscule pot of cream for 4 people - a situation only remedied, once again, after repeated requests for the remaining items. We were also not given knives to actually spread the scones - and they arrived about the time of the cups.
The food itself was reasonable (bar the oversteeped tea), but the extraordinarily bad service topped with a $25 price tag soured the experience. Unfortunately, the wait staff did not seem the slightest bit concerned about their various memory and service lapses, which didn't improve our mood at the end of the meal.
I'm not sure whether the wait staff were just having an off day, but we won't be back to find out.
Went to the Fish House for the first time for a romantic dinner, and it certainly didn't disappoint. The waitress was excellent. Food was great too, we both had the Salmon Wellington which was fresh, huge portion (if not too large). The accompanying veggies and appetizer were excellent. Everything was cooked perfectly. We had a molten lava cake for dessert which was just okay. A bit pricey and small. The dining room was pretty loud, but there were a few Christmas parties so it wasn't a reflection on the restaurant. will definitely be back!
I went here for a special dinner with my boyfriend last night and had never been to the Fish House before, so I was hoping for a good experience. I was NOT disappointed. The food was amazing, I had the sablefish and everything was SO tasty. Saw the flaming prawns being lit at a few tables, will have to try those next time!
The service was amazing, very friendly and not overbearing at all. Our wine glasses were always full, we never had to touch the bottle, they were always there to fill our glasses with just the right timing.
Overall, a very nice dinner and I'd recommend this restaurant for sure.
I can be somewhat of a cynic when it comes to dining at local restaurants here in Vancouver. I went to The Fish House this past Saturday evening for my Mother's 70th Birthday. There was a group of 8 of us. Upon our arrival they had customized our menus for us which was to our surprise! How nice to have that personal touch. My mother, as well as I, was thoroughly impressed.
We had a selection of amazing appetizers while there. My favourite was the Prawn Spring Rolls. Served with a sweet & sour chili sauce..They were delicious!
Our dinner entrees were well presented and served in a perfect timing order after our appetizers. I had the Fish House Mixed Grill. It has a salmon filet,a prawn and scallop skewer with a side of baby potatoes and some tasty vegetables. It was amazing!
Our server was amazing with his knowledge and had such a warm personality. He gave us a great wine suggestion along side with our meals.
And of course I had to have a taste of the desserts as the dessert lover I am. I had the Chocolate Lava Cake. My review on this treat is a 5 star as well. The presentation was impressive as well as the taste. I also sampled a few otherdesserts around the table and found all of them to be just as good. They rate well with me in the dessert category! Good to note, the birhday dessert is free!
It was just genuinely nice to go to this beautiful victorian style restaurant in the park. Additionally nice to have received such great warm friendly service. I would have to disagree to some of the other reviews this restaurant has received and say that this may be one of Vancouver's best kept secrets!
I think the ratings of other 2 reviews prior to mine are not an accurate reflection.
I have dined there several times, and I saw plenty of young people. Besides, who cares what age the other diners are? The only thing I can fault is that the atmosphere slightly lacks a bit of "zing".
I highly recommend it.
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