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Go Fish

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

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Worst po'boy ever.......sorry to say
By 99north of Squamish (30 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

Went to buy some spot prawns and thought why not, let's get a po'boy to split!
Now if you've ever had a Real Po'boy from the south you will be so disappointed with this place
Pan seared oysters on a burger bun, sloppy, wet, and completely awful.

The only po'boy that justifies reality is deep fried oysters on a nice soft white bun, lettuce onions and
Nice tarter sauce

This was as far from a po'boy as possible, I would never order this from this place again
Should have had the fish and chips, looked yummy, but we really wanted oysters ,,,,,,,,big disappointment!

Aside from waiting 25 min, I wish they could have made a REAL po'boy. Emeril would have been disgusted!

Values for money? Awful $10.50 for 3 steamed oysters on a total sogged out bun, anyway, they should try MY po'boy, it'll make you drool!

Never be back!

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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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Thoroughly enjoyable
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 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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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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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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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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Fish yes, chips no
By Norman of Vancouver East (73 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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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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If I were a tourist...
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

I would like it.. i've been twice now.. chips are small and not potatoey (think shards of dark brown bits).. the fish is skimpy, but the colesalw is good. The oyster sandwich is not bad, but personally, I rather go to Tony's where its cheaper and comes with decent fries... if I were a tourist, I wouldn't mind this place but since I've had better in Vancouver/Richmond/WestV , no, I wouldn't go back.

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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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Go FIsh somewhere else for good food
By melly of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

I have been here twise and both visits have been disappointing. I decided to give this place anohter chance after the first visit, but unfortunately the second visit has re-affirmed my initial instinct of never giving this place another try.

During my last visit, I had the cod and chips, and my husband had the halibut and chips. The fish seemed dry and the fries were greasy and soggy. I guess grease is not a surprise considering it is fried, but soggy fries are gross. We also tried the fish tacos. While the fish tacos were good, it is not enough to make me want to go back to this place.

The service was extremely poor. This was evident when my husband and I were seated on the side while eating andthere was a line of about 10 people. The couple at the very end of the line were told by one of the worker that they were cutting off the line just right infront of them. It was not like as if the couple had just arrived at the end of the line, nor was there a sign indicating that they were no longer letting people line up. The couple asked why that was, the worker told them that they do it everynight. I looked at my watch and it was only 6:15, and this place is suppose to be open until 6:30. The couple who was turned away was definitely irate, and rightfully so. Who does that to paying customers????? If you are going to cut the line off 15 minutes prior to your advertised closing time, then maybe you should advertise your closing time accordingly. That is just poor business practice.

If you are on Granville Island, Tony's Fish and Oyster Cafe is less than a 5 minute walk fron Go Fish. They have better food and definitely better service. Also, Pajo's (various locations) is definitely worth a visit as well (Fish and chips served on a newspaper cone).

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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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Best Fish & Chips and Tacones in Town
By homercdn of vancouver east (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

My better half and I strolled over to Granville Island today. Weather was fantastic - almost summer-like - so we took advantage of the reviews we heard about this place.
We strolled over to this shack after parking by the Keg at Granville Island.
It's only a 5 minute walk to this fish shack. We got their early - about 1130 - before the lunch crowd and placed our order with a very nice gal.
We ordered a 2 piece halibut and chips and a couple of tacones - one salmon and one oyster. We were lucky to find a table to sit at and enjoy the sun rays coming down. We had to wait for our order - about 15 minutes - as they had many telephone call-in orders placed before we had arrived. I guess many workers in the neighborhood order from them - a good sign.
Well, our lunch was wellworth the wait. The halibut and chips was 'two thumbs up'!~ we actually got 3 nice size pieces. We overheard the gal telling another customer that they are cut to size by weight and if one piece happens to be under weight, you just get another piece to make it up - BONUS!
The tacones were fantastic! - The salmon was perfect and its seasoning and condiments in the tacones were right on! The oyster tacone was just as good! No complaints from us.

Also, it's nice to know that they dont serve any 'farmed fish crap' ~ only fresh fish from the local fisherman! :)

We'll be back!
Highly recommended and highly recommended to get their early OR order in advance before you head down.

Good going guys.

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Everything but the fish!
By sunder of Coquitlam (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 12:10am [Dine in]

We came here for lunch (4 of us) and ordered two orders of the fish tacones (think wraps), two orders of the scallop burger and one order of fries. It was a bit of a cold day and it started to rain when we got there, but we still found a table under the patio. The place was busy as usual.

The food *is* good, to state a fact. Granted, we didn't order the staple fish & chips and decided to be a little more adventurous, we were rewarded. The fish in the tacones were nicely grilled and the sauce in the scallop burgers really made it tasty. Even the coleslaw they serve with the entrees tasted better than your standard coleslaw (no mayo). The fries were, well, fries. Shred a potato and deep fry. Add ketchup.

The food was a bit messy to eat however -- the tacones especially. The sauce just drips right out and it's not like there's a clean and convenient bathroom nearby. If you order the tacones, definitely go with the salmon. It's more flavourful than the tuna.

Note that the food is pricey. This is near Granville Island, after all. $13 for 5 scallops slapped in between two pieces of bread may not seem worth it at first, but it *does* taste pretty damn good.

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Fresh wild fish to go!
By Florentine of Yaletown, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Came here on a sunny but brisky November afternoon. I was 3rd in line. The service is decent - it's efficient and fast-paced, not chummy/friendly, which is fine. This is a takeout stand!

I ordered the wild Pacific salmon burger. I waited about 10 minutes for the food to arrive. I found a spot at the patio overlooking the fishing boats and savoured what is now my favourite salmon burger.

The bun was like a Portuguese bun - light but very fresh with a dusting of flour that gets all over your face. Inside there were cucumbers that had been marinating in a sweet rice vinegar - very refreshing. The wasabi mayo was subtle but added tang. The salmon, of course, was definitely the highlight. This is as fresh as it gets. It wasn't sitting in some kitchen cold storage unit or prepared by a food supplier. This chunk of fish was carved by the kitchen staff themselves, off the fish that they purchase from the local fishermen. It doesn't get better than that!

Ambiance rating gets an "outstanding" with a clause - the view is glorious on a sunny/clear day, but would lose its charm in the rain and grey.

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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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Inconsistent
By foodie1 of kitsilano (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Catch me (no pun intended ha ha) when I have had a good meal here and I would give this place a higher rating for their food....unfortunatly this place has been a hit and a miss for me. Sometimes the fish and chips are outstanding and sometimes they are below average. Greasy...undercooked...The coleslaw is always good. The oyster po' boy is not a traditional one and it disappoints. The crowds here can be insane...even on a rainy day. It's a good thing the scenery is so great because you can always expect a very long wait for your food.

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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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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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