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Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe

1511 Anderson St
Vancouver, BC V6H3R5
Tel: (604) 683-7127
Neighbourhood: Granville Island

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good fish
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Its been a year or more since my last visit to Tony's. The fish is different from what a remember, which is actually a good thing. I seem to recall they used to prepare their fish in long large strips with a fairly crunchy batter. Now its a lighter crisp batter, which I prefer.

Fries were golden, hot and crisp. Coleslaw was acceptable.

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Sometimes the best just isn't good enough
By EatsFats of Vancouver (314 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Went here on a bit of an impulse. Very small place and packed. Nothing special about the place, it's reasonably clean and that's all I can say about it. Not disappointed though, since I don't expect much more from a place like this.

I'll cut the service a bit of slack. Place was packed and the only waitress was friendly but very busy. As a result, she (or the kitchen) missed one dish and messed up the order on another. But oh well.

The food? Well, we ordered a daily special and a fish burger. Okay, the caesar salad was actually very decent. The clam chowder? Also quite good. The fries were just okay. Coleslow, not bad at all. The cod I had with the fish 'n chips was quite good, possibly the best in town, maybe even better than Go Fish nearby. Better than any I've had in Steveston too. Better maybe than Mr. Pickwick's.

So why am I only giving it 2 stars for possibly the best in town? Because (I'm so sorry), we had fish 'n chips and also various chowders in Nova Scotia. I apologize profusely again, but you've not had fish 'n chips until you head over to Murphy's in Nova Scotia. If I give this 3 or 4 stars, I'd have to give that one 8 stars. Maybe 9. That's how good it is. The chowder (and it's not just Murphy's, it's like that all over Nova Scotia) is at least twice as good, if not more.
Sorry, Vancouver, you're a global city, so you'd have to be marked on a global scale.

If I really had to have fish 'n chips in Vancouver, this is where I'd go. But I'd rather save the money and fly over to Nova Scotia. Honestly. It's that good. Put this on the list of things to do before you die.

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Decent place, could use a bigger place.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch, my first non-vegetarian meal in over two years so it was weird for me.

The location is great, though it doesn't look over the water and stuff, it is located by the entrance of Granville Island making it easy to find.

The menu is definitely limited to burgers, salads, soups, and fish and chips. Which is fine with me. The place is pretty crowded and definitely awkward when sitting next to someone else you don't know, cause you can hear everything they're talking about. They seem to have a lot of regulars too.

My friend ordered their lunch special which was the fish and chips with cod, cole slaw, fries, and clam chowder. I had the fish and chips with salmon, fries, and cole slaw. The special was 10.99 and mine was 8.99 (because of salmon, it's a dollar more). The clam chowder was just okay, nothing special. The cod was.. kind of tasteless? I found my salmon decent, maybe a little fatty.. or maybe it was the oil. The fries were okay, steak cut. The tartar sauce could have been better. The salad was just cole slaw salad, nothing special. Friend could not finish her meal, said the clam chowder to be very filling. And I was stuffed, most likely cause this is my first meal in awhile with meat content and because everything on my plate was deep fried.

I wouldn't especially recommend this place for somewhere like Granville Island, there are many other restaurants nearby to eat at. But then, I haven't had fish and chips for awhile.. so don't take my opinion on this restaurant too seriously.

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Best Fish & Chips Ever
By Sundown of North Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

This was our first visit here. It was packed but there were a couple of spots at the counter for us which we enjoyed. The service was very quick and very friendly.

We both ordered 1 piece cod fish and chips. Boring you might think for an Oyster Cafe but no...they were THE best fish and chips I have ever had. Nothing was greasy. The batter was very light. The chips were delicious. Excellent tartar sauce and the nice surprise is they came with coleslaw that was delicious.

When we left I told my DH that the next time we go to Granville Island we are definitely coming back here. I can't think of anything negative to say about this place and I can be brutally honest but this place is superb.

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Lovely Fish and Chips
By Gaycanuck of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

I had some of the best fish & chips her at Tony`s at Granville Island. It`s a small place but big on taste. The 2 piece cod was a bit pricey but excellent none the less. It was fried in a light batter with a heap of fresh cut fries. It rates right up there with Mr. Pickwicks for flavour. The waitress was sweet and attentive. I will be coming back next time I am at Granville Island.

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Service with a smile
By stevendrowe of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

We were meaning to go to this restaurant for some time, every time we had passed it seemed to be crowded. The night we went it was empty, probably due to the weather.

The service was great, lovely person who served and took or order.

We both had fish and chips, one of us had the cod and the other the salmon. Both were very good although I preferred the salmon. Not as authentic as getting cod and chips from a British Fish and Chip place but its probably wrong to make comparisons. The chips were of average size which is good for me as I am not a french fry fan.

Being on Granville Island I probably misread this place to be posh being in the location it was but it wasn't. It was like a typical cafe. It looked clean and nothing was falling apart so that was good.

So I would go to this place again but it wouldn't be a regular probably due to the location being a little out of our way.

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a good cafe in granville island
By matsu of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 15, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

I went to this place about a week ago, i tried their lunch special for $9.99, which includes one piece of ling cod, a cup of clam chouder and fries. The piece of ling cod was pretty huge considering granville island is a tourist attraction, so I was expecting much smaller food portion.
The fish was fresh and tender, isnt too oily.
The white clam chouder was tasty with lots of clams.
My friend ordered the mussles in tomato sauce, it was decent, not spectacular but at least fresh.
It is a nice small cafe, could be pretty crowded though.
Service is decent, i think there was only one server, but she was responsive.

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Terrible Fish n Chips!!
By bubbie of North Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

Just had lunch there and it wasn't busy. Why? Maybe the food has gotten worse? The fish was a bit greasy and the chips were dark meaning they were old and deep fried twice. They tasted stale. They were also overpriced,

The New England clam chowder was ok though.

Service was friendly and decor was decent enough.

Won't go back, that's for sure.

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Something has changed recently
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 10:46am [Dine in]

I used to eat lunch here about twice a month. I very much enjoyed the friendly service, the food was consistent and it was a nice break from a busy workday. I went here for lunch about two weeks ago and was surprised to find that all the staff were different from the last time I was here. I am not sure if the ownership has changed or what is going on as there has been no signage or news about this.

While the food still tasted the same the service was strange and trying to say the least. The "hostess" did not speak English at all and basically just shrugged, smiled and walked away. So, I sat at the only seat available at the counter. Eventually, about 15 minutes later the man who seemed to be the server and perhaps manager came over with a menu. I said I know what I want so no menu needed. He walked away? About 5 minutes later the non-English speaking hostess brings me a menu, which I again said - not needed can I please order now? She shrugged and walked away. About 10 minutes later, the man comes back and tries to give me a menu again-I said, I would like to order please, I know what I want. While ordering he interrupted me multiple time with odd questions so in order to ask for a very simple meal and a glass of wine it took six tries before he finally let me finish my order. The men sitting beside me were rolling their eyes and shaking their heads-they had had the same experience. The person who took my order then refused to bring me a glass of wine because he said it had only been in the cooler since the day before so in his opinion it wasn't cold enough. I said it was fine by me I would like to have it anyway. He walked away. Fifteen minutes later I asked again for the glass of wine-he gave me the same story and said he would not serve it because it would ruin the restaurants reputation. I said, no problem I will be fine with it. Ten minutes later he brings the wine and my food arrives across the counter; I had to ask for cutlery.

After finishing my meal (no one came by to ask if I wanted anything else during this time) I then had to stand in a line up for 10 minutes to pay my bill. Eek! Given the number of tourists I see in there lately I wonder what they are thinking. For me, unless I see the old staff back I won't go again.

Does anyone know what the story is? What happened to everyone?

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Decent value for good quality oysters
By peppe of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

This place is a little cramped so we would prefer to go on a weekday evening. If you happen to be there on the weekend you better be early or be prepared to wait. However, their oyster burger and fish and chips are worth the wait. The one server, yes usually just one and it's usually enough for that space, is generally attentive and the nice thing is they're licensed so you can enjoy the food with some beer or wine. Portions are generous especially the fries. If there are 4 or less people in your party and just looking for good oysters/fish and chips, rather than a place to hang, then this place may be right for you.

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Great place to have fish and chips on a sunny day at Granville Island
By coconutfan of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

I am always wary of fish and chip places because most of the time I get greasy and very salty chips. However, this place surprised me because the fish and chips were neither greasy nor salty! It seemed like a place that cooked the food more "heathily."

We had a halibut burger and 2 pieces of fish + chips. The amount came out to be about $22 for takeout. You can sit outside the cafe on a bench while you wait for takeout and they will bring the food to you. The price was okay given the premium one must pay for the location of this cafe.

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Best Fish and Chips in the Lower Mainland.
By yumyum06 of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

If you LOVE fish and chips, then this place is for you. The halibut and chips, nothing short of FANTASTIC!

I've been to many fish and chip places around White Rock Beach and Steveston Village, absolutely nothing compares. Like captaindave said, the fish is light and flakey, and the batter is perfectly crisp.

You should really check out this place if you enjoy fish and chips.

Service is great and ambiance is exactly what you'd expect from a fish and chip place.

Yes, this place does get busy, for obvious reasons, but it is well worth the wait.

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Mediocrity is the Theme, One time tourist visit is the plot...
By infinitime of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

After we ordered our food to go, we waiting outside the restaurant. Watched as numerous tourists are drawn to restaurant by the signage. Many go it.... certainly, the decor is interesting and very much a tourist magnet. When our food arrived, we found it to be over-battered, with small portions of fish... considerably smaller portion than the "other" place just five minutes away (see my other reviews if you are curious). We vowed not to go there again.

One interesting bit though, we met Tony as we were waiting for our food... seems like a nice enough guy, but that alone isn't enough to justify eating here.

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Great Fish and Chips
By patrick_bateman of downtown, vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

After smelling the aroma of fish and chips coming over to my place from Granville Island for the past few months I finally decided to get some of it. I originally went to Go Fish but it looked really busy and I don't stand in lines. I don't care how good the food is, I just feel it's a waste of time.

Anyways, I really wanted to try out Tony's since it looked so cozy and inviting.

It was busy too but we got our order taken for take-out in just a few minutes or arriving.

The food is great for what it is. The batter is great and not too oily or greasy. And the fish is quite good and a fair size for the price.

The Clam Chowder hit the spot. I love Clam Chowder and this one was nicely home-made and lots of Clams. Great flavour.

I was disappointed by the fries though... They were good, but the portions sucked. And I've had much better fries elsewhere.

And I paid extra for sweet potatoe fries, garbage portion for 6 dollars.

I will be back though because everything else was great.

I will come back though,

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Great!
By foodshark of Kitsilano (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for no nonsense fish and chips and chowder, this is a great place to go! They have a super thick batter (NOT breaded style) that's light and crispy. A good or bad tartar sauce can make or break a seafood restaurant for me. Theirs is great! They also have a creamy New England style chowder that hits the spot. I also recommend the oyster burger. It has a smoky undertone that I'm sure you'll love. I wish they had English style chips (you know...the kind that have a bit of the potato skin on the tips). Theirs are probably McCain frozen ones. That's my only suggestion for improvement.

At the entrance of Granville Island (an obvious tourist hot spot), Tony's doesn't jack up the prices. You get great value and will leave with a full stomach. Don't expect anything in terms of atmosphere, but it's a really cute place in an awesome location.

I'll be back for sure!

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Best spot on Granville Island
By Mely1978 of Montreal, Quebec (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

Not a big fan of fish and chips... except when I go to Tony's... I'm from Montreal and each time I'm in Vancouver, I HAVE to go there. Place is a bit small, but I dont think that would keep me away from it. The service sometimes is slow, but again nothing to keep me away from it... Overall, its a great place and the food is very good

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Just so-so
By brushstroke of airports (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

The food isn't anything special. It is just that where they are is very nice and scenic and so they probably don't feel like they need to try food-wise. Really, you do need good (above average compared to competitors) food. Also, at other restaurants like Sammy J, Socialhouse and Earls I can take in blonde eye candy with long hair. Why would I not go to those places? I say this as business advice to all restauranteurs because many chains do offer fish as well and oyster is not that rare either..

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Great food!
By PeArObEaRo of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I went there many times and food is alway fresh and delicious.
The portion and quality is well worth the price.
Their clam chowder is pretty good as well.
I love their seafood platter, i think this is a real deal if you want seafood but don't feel like fish and chip.
Their fish and chip come nice and crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside. Usually server with Coleslaw and tartare sauce, if you want extra tartare is $0.50.
Price range from $7 to $20

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Best Fish and Chips
By ark of St Albert (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 11:11am [Dine in]

A couple of us came from Alberta for holiday to BC. Stopped by at this restaurant on Granville Island for a quick dinner. I'd say, it was definitely the best fish meals we've ever had in a long time. We all had the clam chowder to start and we expected something that tasted out of the can but thank goodness, it was so good! The ingredients were fresh and the flavor was just perfect and base wasn't too creamy. We also ordered the fresh oysters which was very sweet and fresh. Two of us had the Fish and Chips; Cod and Halibut. Needless to say, it was fresh, juicy and tender. Most importantly, wasn't too oily at all. We also had the pan-fried salmon and halibut. The salmon was incredible and so was the halibut. The atmosphere was busy cause it's a tiny restaurant and seats less than 30 people. Suitable for casual diners like us. We will definitely come back for more when we visit there again.

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Worm in the oysters
By Doogster of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Ordered the six raw oysters in a half shell. Found a live worm in the oysters. The worm was still moving around. The restaurant refused to either take responsibility or assure us it wouldn't happen again. In fact, they repeatedly gave us the line "I didn't make the oysters." Yes, they did give us the oysters for free, but the above matters more.

Also ordered a seafood platter consisting of cooked oysters and crab. The cooked oysters had sand in them and the crab was overcooked.

Fish dishes are as excellent as the other reviews say. Other dishes turned out to be quite disappointing.

Be aware that Tony's consistently opens 20 minutes later than its posted opening time.

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