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Go Fish

1504 West 1st Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6J1E8
Tel: (604) 730-5040
Neighbourhood: South Granville

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Mmmmm Fish Tacones
By thecritic of Vancouver (374 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 21, 2010 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

After many unsuccessful attempts at enjoying the legendary seafood delights at Go Fish including being closed on Mondays and absolutely ridiculous line-ups, I finally was able to try this place today. I waited in line for about 15 minutes and another 20 minutes or so before the food was ready, however.

I ordered two tacones, one spicy fish and one salmon. The spicy fish was not spicy, but very tasty nonetheless, In fact both were probably some of the best fish tacos I have ever enjoyed in Vancouver. I just wish there was a way to enjoy a beer with my fish tacos; that would make it pretty much the perfect lunch for me.

It was a little chilly sitting outside especially when the wind picked up so I would definitely recommend you have a jacket if you go down before summer has fully arrived. The view can't really be beat overlooking Fisherman's Wharf nestled between Burrard St. Bridge and Granville Island.

Definitely recommended and I will be back to try the fish and chips. Hopefully I don't have to wait in line for as long but I guess thats the price for fantastic seafood.

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Great fish from a shack
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Just came back from our Sunday ritual of grabbing lunch from Go Fish before stopping by Oyama's Sausage for incredible pate. Hands down, Go Fish offers the best fish in its price point in Vancouver. I only say "fish" because its chippies are sometimes overdone or underdone. Tacones and fish soup are also our favourites. Service is as good as it gets for a busy concession stand set-up and the ambiance..well, thank god we have awesome view of false creek. Otherwise, you're facing a parking lot and sitting on a patio.

Recommended

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superb fish & chips
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Go Fish is a curiosity. It's a fish & chip stand, in a parking lot, next to a marina. But it does it really well, it in a upscale fashion.

The fish is fresh, and cooked in a light crisp batter, served with crisp fries and a small side of coleslaw. The coleslaw has a hint of sesame oil, giving it an asian accent.

We also ordered the oyster po-boy sandwich was served on a soft toasted bun, with carmelized onions, lettuce and tomatoes.

The service and ambiance? Well it's a take out stand. You stand in line for 15 minutes and place your order. And there is seating on benches around the establishement.

But the fish is hard to beat!

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Thoroughly enjoyable
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (112 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice. The first time, I had the salmon chowder. It was unlike any other salmon chowder or fish chowder I had had. It had an exotic taste, with some spiciness in it, but it was very good. The second time, my kids had two types of fish and chips, and they were outstanding, as was the cole slaw that came with them. If you think fish and chips is fish and chips, try theirs here and it will make you think twice.

Given the very pleasantly waterfront setting, fresh air, and very affordable prices, this place is highly recommended.

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I really want to like this place.
By freaknob of Vancouver (downtown) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 12:15am [Dine in]

I work nearby and every few months I drop down to try it out but man it's tough to like this place. The last time I waited 30 minutes for a tuna sandwich that (unlike the ones I saw go out while waiting) was sadly well done. Not feeling much love from the staff either. Too bad... could be such a great little joint.

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great food all around
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

This place does great business, it’s in a beautiful location, although a bit out of the way to get for me. Heard about the famous fishnchips and decided to make the effort and give it a try. Friends raved about it, thought it was in competition as one of the best fishnchips they’d ever eaten. Me…not so much, maybe I just don't like fishnchips, I loved the fish tacones though. Don’t know about authenticity, didn’t taste the same as the amazing ones in Mexico. These had their own west coast twist, really simple fresh flavours, basic seasonings with some cole slaw minus the mayo wrapped in a white flour tortilla. The simple flavours really stood out. Not authentic, but incredibly enjoyable.

The service was efficient, I guess. I didn't think they were particularly friendly which was fine, it's basically an excellent fast food shack. But I found they get kind of surprised and irritated if the customer isn't the typically west coast friendly and polite towards them, but rather, just matches their slightly stand-off-ish manner. They like to make remarks to each other about customers not getting out of the way, not knowing how to order properly, etc., but when I made a remark back to my friend that no one told me it would take over half an hour just to get a couple of tacos to go, they seemed sort of surprised that I said anything at all, and then two of them started saying to each other that they make good food, not fast food which I assumed was said for my benefit…and on it went back and forth. So I would say, they seem efficient but not really all that polite, but then they expect the customers to be polite to them! So the fact that they were so sensitive given their rather cold, snobby personalities was a bit of a surprise to me...I mean, you don't have to be friendly, but at least be professional. Still, it’s just a take out place and at most maybe 30 words are exchanged, so I'm really not all that concerned about service.

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Fish yes, chips no
By Norman of Vancouver East (71 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I finally went after hearing so much. It was COLD being right on the water. The lineup wasn't too long, but it still took a while to get to the counter. The prices are quite high, especially considering they have almost no overhead (it's basically a kind of shack with some deep fryers). The fish was excellent, cooked perfectly and a good-sized portion. The chips, opn the other hand, were overcooked and small. There were lots of them, but that doesn't make up for being overcooked.

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A vancouver gem
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

I discovered this place while on a walk, and thank god. This place is a gem.

Their ceviche is a great for something out of a styrofoam bole; their fish and chips are fresh and crunchy; their tuna tacones will blow your mind, and their soup will not disappoint. Bring a jacket and shove you face here and you will have a golden time.

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Expensive Deep Fried Fish..
By djkorben of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 6, 2011 - 3:01pm [Take-out]

People have been telling me to go to this place since I moved here 2 years ago, so i finally made it. I was surprised at how busy the place was, it was pouring rain and still had about 20 people huddled under the awning. normally if a place is that busy, there's a reason.

i got the halibut and chips and wanted to try one of their fish tacos so i ordered that as well. for $25 that is one hell of an expensive lunch, just for 2 small pieces of fish, some greasy potato sticks and a small fish burrito. the fish was awesome, don't get me wrong, but it tasted like any other deep fried halibut available in the city. fries were regular fries and the fish taco was pretty average

lots of people complain about the service here but i thought the girls working there were very friendly even though it was such a dreary day. what, do you want them to ask you how your day's been going? that's like complaining the mcdonalds window girls don't pay you enough attention

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Great View, Tasty Fish Tacos
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

After our party was denied a Dineout menu at Nu during the lunch time hour, we headed across the way to Go Fish for some take-out. There was a huge line-up, but the wait was worth it. The order-taker was friendly and efficient, and I was sure glad they accepted credit card as I had none on me! The fish and chips were served in giant bamboo steamers and they seemed to be very popular with the crowd - but my friends and I decided to go for the grilled salmon fish tacones and they were fresh and tasty, for $9. They had patio seating with heat lamps, but since it was a sunny day we opted to sit on the seawall and take in the view while we dined!

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It is what it is
By Stinkoid of West Point Grey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2011 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

The food is great, but don't go if you are looking for a bargain and get cranky to the point of acting out after a wait in a long line and a potentially longer wait for your food after ordering. The staff can give as good as they get, but I haven't had a problem with them and I can pick a fight with almost anybody. It's not a fine dining experience- doesn't try to be- it's a shack with a grill and a fryer and too few seats, located in a parking lot.

Beware: many of the negative reviews here may be a malevolent line-shortening tactic. If so, it isn't evidently working.

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Slow service and nasty staff
By alex604 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 3:10pm [Take-out]

I work on Granville Island and have heard about Go Fish for a long time. Today it was sunny out so we walked over and got in line at Go Fish. We waited 10 mins in line, then it was our turn to order. The cashier said sorry ladies it'll be a few minutes. She left the cashier (with a huge line up behind me) and disappeared for 5 mins. While she was gone, staff milled around, they ate from the grill, picked at hot dogs off the counter and chatted. The cashier finally came back then continued to restock the refrigerator. No one was paying any attention to the line up of customers! Finally she took our order and told us "30 mins".After 30 mins we returned and waited another 30 mins for our food. We waited 1 hour for our small takeout order of tacos and 1 order of fries. Each time we checked on the order the staff was SO rude and dismissive. They even made fun of me after I received my food and started to walk away. I hear them say "wow - people are grumpy today, we should close early" The food was good, but I will NOT go back. Awful staff!

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Do not go to this place if you dont want to be treated disrespectfully and very rudely
By flowerdealer of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 6, 2011 - 7:07am [Dine in]

I don't know about you, but there is no food in the world that will make me put up with the kind of attitude that the servers here have. None at all. The food is ok, but again, not worth the wait or the attitude, there are better places to get fish and chips in Vancouver.

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The Ultimate Fish and Chip Joint
By seabass of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

This was not my first time at Go Fish nor will it be my last! As an avid seafood lover it's hard to find amazing fish and chips but look no further; Go Fish is your spot. I went today as it was sunny and an absolutely gorgeous day in Vancouver. The line was short when I arrived but less than 20 minutes later the place was packed! I was lucky enough to find a table in the sun and waited for my lunch patiently. I will say that the wait was long but completely worth it!

I got my lunch about 25 minutes after I ordered. I had the 1 piece halibut and chips which was crispy, light and FRESH! My lunch was delicious and cost around $18 for food and a Limonata. It's more expensive than most fish and chip joints but the quality of product is evident at Go Fish. It's worth it!!

The service today was okay. The girls were friendly but I will say that they opened late today, which is to me, highly dissapointing and unprofessional. Don't expect much in terms of service here...expect amazing, fresh seafood and a gorgeous view of the city!!!

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lousy service, fish only ok
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

I made the mistake of taking out of town guest to this fish shack on BC Day.
The order taker tells everyone their order is ready in 20 minutes - which is not true, we waited 45 minutes and got yelled at by another server for being on the deck.

Lets just say the fish was not worth the wait and being yelled at left a bad impression on my guests who said that this is a place for a Chef Ramsey makeover (kitchen nightmare). I think that server should really get another job.

The fish/chips are okay, not the best I have had, and the oyster poor boy is not what we expected. Kind of small portions for what we paid.

Guess I won't be going back to this shack for a long time - poor sevice and so so food .

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It looks like a shack but they have good food!
By coconutfan of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I ventured to Go FIsh on Sunday afternoon last week to try out the fish tacones. I tried the salmon tacone and the tuna tacone. The salmon tacone was by far my favorite! However, the tuna tacone was good given the exceptional combination of various flavours and ingredients. There could be a bit of a line-up. I had to wait 12 minutes for my tacones. The tacones were $9 each. It might be a good idea to call ahead to get take-out instead of waiting in line.

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Great for lunch!
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 9:55am [Dine in]

I work in the area and like coming here for lunch in the winter as opposed to the summer, when it's very crowded and it takes an hour to get your food. Usually order the salmon tacone, which comes with a nice light cup of coleslaw, and the soup of the day, which is always delicious. It's a hot, filling lunch for under $10.

They encourage calling ahead to order. Do that--it will save you time. The folks working there are as nice as they can be, even when it's super busy. There is no real ambiance to the place, other than it being a shack on Fisherman's Wharf in the middle of beautiful False Creek.

It's charming nonetheless, and very much recommended.

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Fabulous Lunch!
By King_of_Kitsilano of My Beautiful Kitsilano (47 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Had a fabulous lunch @ Go Fish today-just what a person needs @ this most awful time of year.

Crunchy Cod Tacos w/Salsa and Coleslaw and a half order of the new and Oh-So-Tasty Yam Fries hit the spot quite unlike anything else.

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Always so good!
By vancouvertasty of South Main, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

We've been gong to Go Fish since they opened on sunny days.
Favourites include:
Salmon tacones - amazing grilled salmon in a fresh tortilla, great slaw and delish slaw.
The daily special tacone: never had a bad one, always really great combination.
Gazpacho: when they have the gazpacho as the daily soup, get it! they put pumpkin seeds in it and wow, so delish.
Battered Fried Fish - I never order it, I've enjoyed a couple bites, just not my cup of tea.
The Fries - so so good, I've never had them that they weren't crispy and in abundance, but maybe it depends on the day (after reading reviews below)?
BBQ salmon sandwich: Great chunk of salmon grilled on a portugese bun, I love it.

We always bring out of towners there on sunny days, never once had a complaint, everyone loves it.

To skip the line, call ahead and place your order by phone!

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Best fish 'n' chips in Vancouver (if you don't get the cod)
By americangraffiti of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I longed for tasty fish 'n' chips for ages after moving to Vancouver from Toronto where I frequented Chippy's. I finally discovered yummy fish 'n' chips at Go Fish! The halibut and salmon are always reliably good, especially when I only order one piece and don't feel bad about the unhealthiness of the meal afterwards. At other fish 'n' chip joints I avoid coleslaw like the plague, but I always want to order more of it at Go Fish. I used to order cod from time to time (because it's cheaper) but started to find that it was quite unreliable and sometimes the rubbery texture of it would be very unpleasant. Stick to halibut or salmon and you won't be disappointed.

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