Go Fish is the newest member of the Bin family. It is a seafood shack at Fisherman's Wharf that serves up all that is from the sea.
I fell in love with their fish tacones. Some people might find it not having enough salt, but IMO, its better for you and it makes the fish shine in all it's glory. The ingredients were very fresh. My friend liked the fish tacos better, my little brother liked the scallops version better. Next time I'll order both.
Don't expect to have the order taker all lovey-dovey with you. The place is busy so make sure you decide what to order before you fall in line. Be straight to the point when you order so you can get out of the way to let other people place their order. We had to wait long but we're aware of this due to the place being busy. If you want to avoid the order line up, phone in your order but then you still might have to wait for them to prepare it.
Oh, and then there's that great view while eating.
I'm a little shocked by these other reviews. I've taken my family, discerning fish eaters all, to Go Fish several times and it's one of the only places in Vancouver I've taken my dad where he thinks he can get better fish than his favorite nostalgic spot from 20 years ago. It is not a sit down restaurant, so don't expect service as if it was, and it's not McDonalds, so your fish is not ready in five minutes (would you want it to be?). It is, however, a great place to stroll on a leisurely day to sit around and enjoy the view and the people watching, and to have some great food (and possibly the best coleslaw ever) in a beautiful spot. On a sunny day in Vancouver what more can you ask for?
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 .
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.
Id like to say I enjoyed the food but I never got any. The place was packed with a huge lineup. It was a sunny saturday so it is to be expected and the staff can only go so fast. But my complaint is that after waiting 45 minutes in line cheeky customers behind me started secretly calling in their orders then slyly moving out of line like nobody would noticed and sure enough they had their food in less than 10 minutes and they were off. The rest of us honorable chumps left waiting in line. Well I was peeved and left. So if you want fish and chips and don't want to wait like the rest of the idiots call ahead you'll get better service. I just wish I had the nerve to do the same.
If you can take a tourist one place in Vancouver, Go Fish may be that place. Its not the best food in the city (but its close), nor are the people working always the nicest (did they just come of the fishing boats too?), and when the heater's propane isn't refilled, its a tad chilly at times. However, forget all of that, and absored the experience that is this fish taco, fish and chips, soup, sandwich, fry, onion ring (when they have them) heaven. I've now had everything on the menu. Quick rundown
- Taco: Great zippy flavours (salsa, crema, coleslaw), and nice choice of fish..at two for $9, hell yea.
- Fried Fish: Salmon is unique, but the buttery halibut is my go to choice for texture and goes perfect with the tartar sauce
- Fries: Often outstanding, though once or twice I've had them lukewarm due to coming from a previous batch
- Sandwiches: Buns are so good, and they do a good job of recycling flavours in different combos so not everything seems the same
- Coleslaw: Nice smokey flavour, no mayo to be found (the way it should be)
- Soups: Some are quite nice, both curry-based ones I've had were really good.
The fresh food served at the wharf is such an experience, stop reading this and go. Oh, and please dont get all annoying when waiting for your food. These people serve hundreds of orders a day (over the summer especially) so they know what they are doing. Relax and enjoy life, the food will come and it will be worth it.
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.
We went for lunch with the expectation of great fish & chips, and that is what we get - tasty cod fish and albeit slightly greasy chips (what do you expect?) and outstanding Asian-flavored slaw. My husband, who normally doesn't eat slaw, liked it. Very reasonably priced, fun, great locale right on the waterfront.
After listening to my friend rave on and on about Go Fish's fish tacos, I finally broke down and tried them. At $5 for one and $9 for two, they are a great deal. The salmon taco had a generous portion of perfectly bbq'd salmon, covered in a spicy sauce and fixins, including fresh cilantro served with healthy slaw on the side. Tasty, tasty, tasty. I instantly knew I had found a new addiction, strong enough to perhaps even supplant chocolate. Go Fish may just be a little fish shack, but the water side location is perfect for people watching and catching a few rays on a sunny day. Super casual eating. A breath of fresh air.
Go Fish is always busy, for good reason. It's got a beautiful location right on False Creek and terrific food. Granville Island beer-battered fish and chips as well as other seafood sandwiches come with the best cole slaw I've ever had (gingery-peanutty instead of creamy mayo-based). The small sunny patio is crowded with people hanging around to order and pick up their food, so I always get food to go and find a grassy spot in one of the many nice park spaces along the seawall to eat. A great place for tourists and locals with most meals under $10. Closed Mondays, and only open until 6:30.
Go Fish is next to Granville Island on the wharf as you are walking towards Kits Beach. It is like a beachfront concession so you don't want to go on a rainy day unless you are planning take out. You can't beat the view on a sunny day though! you will feel very cool knowing about this hole in the wall location spot even though I have seen up to 10 people in line! You get your food in a plastic basket and keep an eye out for a seat on their small deck otherwise you are sitting on the wharf being sized up by the sea gulls. I have been here 4xs now and each time with a friend from the "Rock" so there in lies a true expert when it comes to seafood. I always have had the fish and chips but I have seen my friends have everything from Indian Fish Dishes to oystery poor boy burgers. No one has complained! They are not licensed but that hasn't stopped a few of my friends from bringing their own and just eating around the corner. Great place to take tourists/ a date/newbies or just hung over friends. They will all be impressed. Meals range from $8-$15. My 2 piece halibut with lots of chips was $10. Bring your hunger and you won't be disappointed. Only downfall? limited hours, I think they are only open 11-6pm.
We love the food at this place... In fact, we love it so much that we are prepared to put up with the inattentive, crass, and sometimes plainly rude servers. Needless to say, the food would have to pretty decent... I guess it is the same principle which kept the Seinfeld "Soup Nazi" in business. Now don't get me wrong, these are not Fish Nazis, but they certainly give you the impression that they are doing you a favour by serving you.
Your experience begins with a long wait of anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes (less on rainy days), you are given the privilege of reviewing stained, albeit laminated menus. Upon arriving at the counter, you are greeted by a stern looking woman, who remind me of a Polish customs officer. You solemnly place your order and leave your name. Then the waiting begins.
If you are lucky, you would be able to stake out a table or chair on their deck, if not, you join the masses standing in what is essentially a parking lot. You wait with baited breath as those before you are called... Pay attention! Should your order consists more than one type fish, you are left to your own devices in figuring out which item is under the mystery batter. One patron made the mistake of asking which is cod and which is halibut, but was quickly rebuffed... Again, it is the customer's fault for not paying closer attention.
Finally, when YOUR food arrives, you find yourself confronted with what may arguably be the best fish and chips in Vancouver. Any complaints you may have had about the service is quickly forgotten, as you savour the perfectly battered creations. I am told that the scalop sandwiches are divine, but my one exposure left me lusting for the fish instead... the coleslaw and chips are subpar, but again, it is about the fish.
As you finish your order, you genuinely contemplate waiting again in line to place another order of the fish. Then the thought of waiting another hour for your food puts you off the notion, but just barely.
We went here over the summer and waited in line for a good 20 mins. We ordered 1pc halibut n chips, and fish tacos (with a mixture of salmon, halibut, and cod). After ordering it took another 40-45 minutes to get our food, and at this point, I was getting a bit annoyed- swearing to myself damn this better be good. When the food finally came, I was so annoyed because the food WAS WORTH THE WAIT. It was the best fish and chips I've ever had. The batter was so light, and not super greasy (like in most other fish n chips joints), the fish was cooked perfectly and their coleslaw was delicious! (I prefer my coleslaw to be lightly dressed which is exactly what they have here). The ambiance was great- can it get any better than an ocean view? Although the tiny shack that is 'GO FISH' was pretty crowded and noisy- so my suggestion would be to find yourself a spot on the sea wall.
The service was mediocre at best. The ladies were loud and and brash - which is to be expected I suppose from such a busy understaffed establishment. (They really should expand!)
The value was solid-- a little pricey compared to other places, but the food makes up for it for the most part.
Overall, a really great place to stop by if you're in the neighbourhood.
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).
Agree with other reviews...tried the Fish & Chips finally but was not any better than other Fish & Chips. Big portion but the Chips were NOT good. Hard, cold, and not tasty.
However, have tried the Albacore Tuna Sandwhich, Fish Tacos and Oyster Sandwich...all very good. Too bad there's nowhere to sit.
As some others have mentioned, you'll probably receive better quality fish and chips if you come here at a slow time - say early afternoon during the week.
Fish is often poorly butchered scraps covered in soggy (and usually undercooked) batter. The chips have been harsh and frankly disgusting each time I've eaten here.
The service here is a disaster. Each times I have made an order for three or more people I have been overcharged/something has been mixed up. The 'American Apparel' attitude of the staff is better accustomed to working at a quiet coffee shop, not a busy food establishment.
With the equally popular (and even lesser quality) frozen fish and chips restaurant on Granville Island providing Go Fish! with its only competition, I think the state of this place comes down to a simple 'who cares?'. The crowds will still line up regardless of the quality.
Edmonton has great fish and chip shops with pride and quality - why not central Vancouver?
It was my first time to go to Go Fish today. I was intrigued by the long line up. It was a small shack with a few tables and chairs. It did have a gorgeous view of False Creek. Not only did we wait in line, we also waited for the food. I was hoping it was worth all this time.
When our food arrived, I forgot how bored I was waiting for our food. It was simply delicious! I ordered the halibut fish and chips, someone from our party ordered salmon and chips and a salmon sandwich. The fries and the fish were piping hot. The batter was not too thick and was perfectly crisp. The fish itself was so tender and moist that it melted in your mouth. it was not overly seasoned either so one can enjoy the fish flavour which was not over powered by the batter or too much seasoning. The tartar sauce was creamy and flavourful with just a hint of garlic. The coleslaw was a delicious change from the usual mayo drenched concoctions that other places have. The salmon sandwich tasted fresh. Another thing worth mentioning is that the fries remained crisp even after they got cold.
It's definitely the best fish and chips I've had in Vancouver and is worth waiting for. Can't wait to go back again to try more items on their menu.
Worth the wait and definitely worth recommending!
Food: Fish is perfect with light batter, freshly made, delicious. Love the homemade tartar sauce. Great coleslaw. Another highlight are the tacones (i.e. fish tacos). Easily worth the wait to get all of this food fresh. If you want pre-made food, go to McDonalds. Four stars.
Service: Well, it is what it is. Meaning, they are doing their job to the best of their ability given the constant flow of costumers. I've always found them to be efficient and professional, never rude. Be forewarned, you could wait for half an hour or longer: sit down, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors. Three stars.
Value: Again, this is Vancouver folks and you chose to live here. Stop complaining about high prices. Three stars.
Ambiance: It's the great outdoors. The ocean, the mountains, the marina, the fresh air. Anyone who gives ambiance a low rating perhaps doesn't understand what the word "ambiance" means. Five stars.
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.
Food: Like the title states, its nowhere near average relative to the other garden variety fish n chip shops dotted around the lower mainland. It manages to actually be creative with its ingredients. A definite surprise considering everyone else's recipe is just deep fry and serve with a side of tartar. Try the scallop burger, or the any of the daily catch items, they won't disappoint.
Service: You place an order, you get a table and they call out your order. If you've ever been to Starbucks you'll know what to do.
Ambiance: It's mostly outside so go on a nice day. The upside, funky plywood chairs and a view of fishing boats and sea gulls.
Overall: The best fried fish hut in town. Yes, its better than Pajo's ;-)
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