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Go Fish

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

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Good, but not the best.
By bubbie of North Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 5, 2006 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

Heard a lot about this place so had to try it. Nice setting by the dock. Staff could be friendlier I thought. I had fish and chips and my wife had oysters. Hers were so-so and she prefers C-Lovers for oysters. My fish and chips were good but I still like King's Fare a lot more!

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Do you have any Jacks?
By chairmankaga of vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - 2:55am [Dine in]

OK, so Go Fish is a little too "yuppie" for my liking - the food is good enough to bring me back. Everything's good, but the fish and chips are easily the best price. Not too much to say about it, good seafood, good scenery, good location.

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I really want to like this place.
By freaknob of Vancouver (downtown) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 1:15am [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
By pf1969 of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 4:08pm [Take-out]

I eaten at Go Fish now 4 times and every time the food just keeps getting better and better. Delicious halibut and delicious coleslaw. I have also tried the oyster burger which was also delicious. The staff are usually very busy so you may have to wait a bit but the food is worth it. A enjoyable take out experience as always and i will keep coming back.

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If Shrek and Kanye West had a love child, this would be the cashier lady
By senorceeb of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 12:19am [Take-out]

Although the fish and chips is decent at best, it in no way compensates for the rude service. I live in the neighbourhood, and I know full well how long it takes between ordering my food and eating my food at Go fish. I naively thought a walk-around to this problem would be to call in and order through the phone (as their sandwich board sign says). Instead of ordering my food, I was greeted with "GO-FISH-GIVE ME 2 MINUTES.....BEEP" those 2 minutes turned into 5 minutes...10 minutes.... by this point I wondered which would be faster- walking to the shop or her picking up again. In short, I got there before she put me off hold, the egotistic ogre of a cashier lady had the audacity to make me pay full price for my food even after I explained I was the guy that's been on hold for the past 25 minutes. If I had a choice between Mcdonalds and this place, I'd pick Mcdonalds- at least I get decent service and reasonably priced food there- nor do I have to wait 35 minutes AFTER ORDERING for my food.

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Nasty Lady Server at Front Counter
By LindySue of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 6:45pm [Take-out]

Wow, the middle-aged, loud-mouthed server at the front window scared me with her abusive attitude. She was so rude and irritable! It was my first time tasting spot pawns and I could barely eat the meager meal with the big piece of white bread as I was so tense from my interaction with the bully in the window.

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The Ultimate Fish and Chip Joint
By seabass of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 2:46pm [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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Not Worth the Wait (Agreed)
By Middle Mike of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 9, 2010 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

Like many of the other reviews I also felt this place was not worth the wait. I heard many good things and I was very excited to try it out. I was just met with disappointment and confusion to why it received so many great mentions on various media outlets.

Key points:
- The wait was too long - especially for fried food
- The service staff were rude; very unfriendly/snobby, frequently yelled at customers
- The food quality was nothing special, any pub could have served up the same quality. The fish pieces were too skinny for the thickness of the batter.

There are much better places around town for Fish-n-Chips. Do not waste your time at Go Fish.

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Definitely Not Worth the Wait
By beetee of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

Upon arriving at this little shack on the waterfront I was greeted with a slowly moving line-up 20 people deep. I heard good things about the food so I decided to wait it out. The conversations in the line-up indicated most the people waiting were tourists which I should have taken as a bad omen. After waiting close to 40 minutes to get to the order window I ordered a salmon taco and oyster taco, tacone on the menu, and informed they were out of the daily soup. Yes they were out of soup only 1 hour after opening. I should mention at this point I could have finished a meal at any other close by establishment and downed a few pints while sitting on the patio and enjoying the view. The total for the two tacos and pop was $12.50. The food came 20 minutes later which brings the total wait time to 60 minutes.

The salmon taco was dreadful. It's a measly portion of salmon drenched in a chipotle mayo tossed into a tortilla with some slaw. The beautiful wild sockeye salmon they brag about using gets murdered in this preparation as all you can taste are the raw red onions in the slaw and the mayo. The oyster taco was slightly better as the taste of oysters just peaked out of the filler it had been wrapped with. The coleslaw on the side lacked salt and any refreshing sour flavor.

This is one of the most disappointing meals I've had in my life and I can not believe I waited standing 60 minutes for this mediocre food. I feel bad for any tourist that gets sucked into visiting this shack. The food cooked here is a good example of how not to cook the wonderful seafood found on the west coast.

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Horrible service
By toronto_guy of Yaletown (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Absolutely horrible. I sidled up to the counter today and the lady goes "You know we open at 11:30 a.m. right?" It was 11:15 a.m. I'm a local and I didn't know... I must not have realized the door was supposed to be closed.

Last time I tried ordering tacones but didn't know how to pronounce it so I asked the lady taking the order. She looks at me, furrows her brows and goes, "tacos?" Riiiiight. Don't get me wrong, the food was good and worth the price, but worth the attitude? Uh uh.

Seems like such a hip spot but goodness... I hope other people have better experiences. From now on I'll just walk the extra two minutes into Granville Island.

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I'm from NS I love Go Fish! Best fish in town and they support local fisherman.
By MainStreetLady of Mount Pleasant Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 2:23am [Dine in]

I love Go Fish. I go there once a week including a couple of snowstorms last winter, they were still open and the service was great. The staff have an east coast vibe (extremely rare in Vancouver) and I don't mean Toronto I mean the real East Coast. I'm from NS and half of my family are from Nfld. I grew up with seafood lots of lobster, halibut and cod growing up from my relatives. I was so happy to discover Go Fish here in Vancouver. I don't know why some people are claiming that the staff are not friendly enough, I guess they're looking for that west coast artificial friendly smile and the mantra 'The customer is always right', maybe they should go to one of the many chain restaurants which will gladly serve you the cookie cutter insincere well rehearsed smile and service. I prefer to be served by real people who make excellent food and support our local economy. Go Fish has fresh food with fresh service.

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Great Fish & Chips
By shiitake of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

I love this place. I ussually only visit in the late spring, early fall as it is so busy in the heat of the summer. The Fish & Chips are great! Beautiful fish, outstanding cole slaw and the chips are tasty! The service is, what it is. You wait in line, you order your fish and you wait. I don't expect mush from a fish shack in terms of service, except a smile, my order correct and a garbage can that is not overflowing. This is my favorite fish & chips in the city!

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long wait
By suzukisue of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

Do not bother with this outside cafe if the line-up is long. The quality suffers.The fish was crunchy & tasteless & the fries were nothing special either.
We like the view but would not go back.
The prices were decent.
The soup was way too hot(spicy) which it should not have been.
All in all, we should have asked for our money back!!

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Cute place for fish and chips in summertime
By missamychan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 20, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I enjoy Go Fish for its simplicity - good food, decently priced, non pretentious fish and chips. Served in a simple chinese dim sum container, eating halibut with crisp fries and chipotle mayo on a bench as if on a picnic, brings back nostalgic moments of my childhood.

The set up is very small and thus, the wait time for your fish and chips can be rather long. Its a great stop to get energized with a snack while going on a bikeride around granville Island.

The fish and chips are a bit greasy and oily - but how else could you make deep fried battered fish? It comes with the package I guess.

Worth a try, at least for the experience.

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Go Fish, Whats Happened?
By PMM of East Side Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

21/02/08 - First sunny day in February, feels that it is time for some fish and chips outdoors, so it is off to Go Fish, one of our favourites for years.

Arrive about 12:45, long lines at the order window, but it is a really nice day so who cares. No salmon, so it is two orders of 2 piece Cod and chips with 1 coke. Cashier rings it up as $29,pay, seems pricey, check menu again, so unless a can of coke is $9, was overcharged. Pointed out error to cashier, who seems POed about being called on it, but admits wrong price and refunds difference.

Waited for 40 minutes, still no order, so check. Got the line "Oh sorry, must have slipped up" So stand and watch the goings on behind the counter, I must say, at least the staff seem to be enjoying themselves. Watch the cook, cutting up fish and doing the frying, neither her nor any of the staff bothered washing their hands after handling raw product and then handling the finished order. Another 15 minutes of waiting, or doesn't anyone running the place care about service anymore?

Hey the chips, used to be great here, but this time, the cook would do a couple of large batches, chuck them in a bowl, toss them by hand with salt (this is the guy 2 minutes before that was cutting raw fish). The chips cool off after some are served, and then then the cooked chips go back into the fryer and mixed with a new batch. After a couple of times of this, when they were served, some were like charcoal briquet's. The cod was good though. The sesame flavoured coleslaw was probably sitting around a little long, as the cabbage was starting to brown.

One other thought, the wooden serving bowls are a nice idea, but since only the paper inside is changed after each use, isn't this sort of like re-using plates in a restaurant without any cleaning? Picky I guess.

So Go Fish is off the list, and I guess it is out to Pajos if I want to sit in the sun and eat good fish and chips.

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Bring your lunch
By denkin of eastside (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

After all the hype, i was salivating to try this place. What a mistake. It was over-priced, greasy, and really poor quality. As a place that is supposed to show Vancouver's best this is a really poor excuse. If you want quality fish and chips with a view, go to pajo's

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A Fair-Weather Favourite
By sage of Downtown Van (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

Dock-side fish and chips as it is in my fantasies! A visit to this place has been the piece-de-resistance is several of my finest lazy summer days.

The food is so good and such a good value. These guys make an Oyster Po' boy with oysters that melt in your mouth and delicious toppings, golden Fish and Chips with nice tangy tartar sauce and enough fries that you'll be tempted to share with the gulls, scrumptious Fish Tacos and more, often accompanied by a delightful asian slaw. It's true, you can't order a beer, you're often hard-pressed to get a seat, and you can't show up too late, but when you can kick back on the dock or seawall with delicious food and an incredible view on a beautiful Vancouver day, what can you possibly complain about?

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Always so good!
By vancouvertasty of South Main, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 5:14pm [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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Meh
By bigfatcow of Kitsilano (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times now, and I've discovered a few things about this place:
1) If you get 2 pieces of fish, 1 piece tends to be undercooked. I practically scraped off all the batter today from my 2nd piece of fish.
2) The service isn't very friendly or appreciative - they know if I don't go back, they'll still get plenty of business. The staff takes their sweet time, chatting with each other, making their own meals, or just standing around.
3) There will always be considerable wait times. See 2) for reason.
Other than the service and half my order of fish, I still drop by this place every few months for a good soup, slaw, and decent fish & chips.

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Service sucks and hours suck
By kitsdiner of Kitsilano, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 12:47am [Dine in]

My main comment is that they say they close at 6pm, but I got there at 5:45 and they wouldn't serve me because the girl said that by the time I got to the front of the line it would be 6pm. Give me a break. Do stores that close on the hour not let you in before that because you wouldn't be done your shopping in time? Closed at 6pm means you serve all the customers that arrived before 6pm, you twits.

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