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Red Fish, Blue Fish

1006 Wharf Street
Victoria, BC V8W1T6
Tel: (250) 298-6877
Neighbourhood: Downtown Victoria
  • Cuisine: Fast food, Pacific northwest, Seafood
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Ocean Wise
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:30AM - 6PM
  • Fish and Chips with the environment in mind! At Red Fish, Blue Fish, we pride our business in offering sustainable 100% Ocean Wise* seafood and an Earth friendly Reuse and Recycle system.

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Great Seafood on Vic Harbour
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

Visiting from Vancouver we were looking for place similar to Go Fish to get fish and chips for a quick lunch. Red Fish Blue Fish surprised and was a great treat. The food was prepared fresh and came out hot and tasty. The Chowder was great with large chunks of fresh fish. The Fish and chips were perfect and not covered in oil as some fish and chips tend to be. Very good value as you get a large piece of fish with your order. I highly recommend visitors to Victoria check this place out.

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Great little spot for quick lunch
By Rayzach of West End, Vancouver (57 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

This place is located in a Red and Blue painted Shipping Container right on the pier at Victoria's Inner Harbor.

Eco friendly concept as they use fish caught using sustainable fishing methods and also use recycled paper, and wood utensils.

The food is pretty good. I have tried the fish and chips which are great and the Grilled Salmon sandwich is also tasty if you want to avoid the deep fried stuff.

Nice ambiance right on the water where you can watch boats dock at the harbor.

I would recommend it if you are looking for a fun, great tasting lunch experience.

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Well behave dog welcome here
By panda of Burnaby (56 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 12:49am [Dine in]

We spend the day in Victoria today and were looking for something different to eat for lunch, plus we had our dog with us and it was too hot for him to sit in the car. I read good review about this place, so we were on the hunt to find this shipping container. Luckily, it was a beautiful day. No problem finding this place. I thought it was pretty neat to have a fish and chips place build inside the container, don't have to worry about this place burning down.
I was pleasantly surprise to have the staff asking for my name before ordering, which was a plus for customer service, for which I gave it a 5 rating. I felt I was given a personal service with my order and to have my name called when my food was ready. Very friendly staff.
The food was incredible. I love their pacific rim chowder, its the only chowder that I've ever had that I don't have to take lactaid pills for. Its made from coconut milk instead of dairy. So, for those who are lactose intolerant, this chowder is highly recommended! My hubby and I shared the 2 pieces of halibut and chips and mushy edamame. Good size fish, thin batter, not oily. The mushy edamame is a must to try out. I like this better than mushy peas. Also, they have my favorite drink, italian orange pop.
I did not give high rating for the ambiance because there was no shelter. I wouldn't want to eat outside when its raining or cold. Luckily, today was sunny. Not a comfortable place to sit as there are no table. But who cares, we came for the food and enjoy the fresh air. My dog loved it here as he gets to sit with mum and dad outside.
Highly recommended if you're in town for the day.

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SHUSH don't tell anyone.
By mcjardine of whiterock (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 6:01pm [Take-out]

We accidentally found this Victoria hidden gem of a unique eatery .A long line up convinced us to try a chipotle shrimp tacone,salmon & chips,samon talcone and the seafood special of the day plus drinks. What a great meal on warm May afternoon.The line up was 25 people ,but wait of 20 mins.was will worth it. We were sitting down on small upside down buckets with galvanized tables within another 10 mins. Cost of the meal for 4 adults and 2 kids was $60.00.Will go every time we are in Victoria, SHUSH don't tell anyone.

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Avoid the deepfryer, go for the Tacones!
By dux23 of Victoria, BC (41 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I was excited to see Red Fish, Blue Fish reopen this month - as i just started a new job nearby and had been itching for fish and chips. Arriving on their second day of business after an unknown hiatus (I heard two months), I expected their deep fryer to deliver less of a heavy dose than previous experiences there. Not so. The chips looked and felt like they'd been sweated in lard for a few days. While the green onions brightened up the palette a bit, the curry sauce was like a blob of river otter scat plopped on top. This was my third bleh deepfryer experience at Red Fish, Blue Fish - and I vow it to be my last.

The Salmon Tacone, however, was still well up to snuff and Red Fish, Blue Fish deliver one of the best values for lunch in Victoria in this regard. Service was fast (within 5 minutes - although it is February, so no half-hour inner harbour tourist lineup) and the outdoor seating arrangement by the harbour the usual pleasure in the rare glimpse of sun this week.

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What great fun, and a full happy belly, too!
By plymouthrk of Buffalo, NY (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

We recently visited Victoria for the first time, and asked our server at our first meal for her recommendations for great meals at places tourists might not find. She explained that red fish blue fish is exactly the kind of place tourists would flock to, but that it was well worth the long lines and iffy seating for the food and the unusual ambiance. She was exactly right on all counts.
The kitchen is a converted steel shipping container, snugged up along a dock on the Inner Harbour. The line was long on a Sunday morning, several minutes before the 11:30 am opening. The window opened right on time, and a smiley, friendly, helpful woman was there to take our order. We sampled a little of everything, as did a number of the other tourists around us. We were fascinated by the "Cod Dog", a moist, 9-inch piece of deep-fried cod in a crunchy tempura batter on a wide, soft hot dog bun. The toppings included a dill-flavoured tartar sauce, pickled onions (fabulous!) and crispy pickles, which even my pickle-hating husband ate and enjoyed. I would encourage anyone to try this unique, flavourful offering. The chowder was well-seasoned, with a pinkish hue I always associate with the best-tasting chowders, and full of seafood and other assorted yumminess. Yes, a little pricey, but not at all disappointing.
The tacones were the true highlight, according to our server from our first night, and we reluctantly ordered only one of the several varieties offered. This decision was based solely on stomach capacity, as each variety sounded more delicious than the previous. We opted for the scallop tacone, and spent every moment alternately savouring, then attempting to divine the ingredients in order to prepare even the roughest equivalent at home. 3000+ miles is a bit too steep a commute for a tacone, even on a lazy Sunday.
The seating is sparse, strictly outdoors on the dock, consisting of a weathered wooden counter and small, hard stools. The other option is parking your butt on some stacked railroad ties (my mother's voice, circa 1972, crackled in my head, "You're gonna get the piles!") and using the rather, um, aged step-stool-like wooden blocks provided for a table. Hey! Step outside the box once in awhile! I promised you great food, not a box seat in the Royal Albert Hall!

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Not Worth the Hype
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

The food was alright... but took a long time and the fish had so much batter on it that it was quite greasy. I'm glad I had a coupon, because it was expensive - even for fish and chips. If I go back, I'd get their chowder because it looked pretty good, but I wouldn't go back for standard fish and chips. Just not worth it - especially with those horrible little wooden forks they give you.

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I Wanted to Love It...
By NikkiJ73 of Victoria (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I really did want to love Red Fish, Blue Fish because of their principles and their menu sounded great! However, with each passing day through life I find that the idea of many things often is better than the reality.

Now I can't say anything I had wasn't good, it's just that I've had better. I found the batter a little bit heavy and while they say they have a tempura batter, I have had lighter ones elsewhere in the city. The fries, oh my god, they were delicious...probably the best fries I've had in a very long time, but in the order, they weren't very plentiful. Here lies my complaint. For the price you pay for fish and chips, there was not much there. I don't mind paying the cost when there is lots and it is outstanding. My Mom and I went she ordered the meal and I ordered a piece of fish and a deep fried dill pickle. It came to $20 for what should've been about $12-15. I realize times have changed and the cost of good food has gone up, but with no real seating anywhere, we're not paying for a huge rent or table service and I think for the cost, we should've had more than about 2 dozen fries with an average size piece of fish.

As I said, the food was tasty, but I have had equal or better at other establishments.

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Real Wharf-side Fish 'n Chips!
By kattyc of Vancouver/Victoria (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

I ate here on the "Tourist in Your Own Hometown" weekend, and despite being rather busy, the service was still welcoming and friendly, and our food was done pretty quickly. If it wasn't for the coupon, it would've been a pretty expensive lunch, but in any case it was delicious. The fish was just crispy enough, the french fries were chunky but still crispy, and the tartar sauce tasted well homemade. Yum!

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Get the Tacones for sure.
By Diggler of Victoria, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 5:25pm [Take-out]

I went for the Tacones, a good choice, they were fantastic. I tried the deep fried pickles, they were ok! Probably wouldn't try them again. The line us was a bit long but moced fast, foid was hot
HOT.! The fries were good, classic. But the Tacones are incredible, get them into ya ASAP.

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My favorite place for fish & chips
By Class2009 of Victoria (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Thish little canadian place is one of my favorite restaurants to go to;
it serves very delicious fish & chips.
There is nothing bland about the fried fish menu, everything is full of flavor. They have very soft and crispy fish & chips and a little sweet salmon wrap.
My favorite dish is Halibut fish & chips.
It's a fantastic combination of crispy fried potato chip and salad.
There is also beverage options.
I would recommed it. Check it out.

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Great idea, great place!
By Jenna of Victoria (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

This place is so neat and everyone is quite friendly. The food is delicious and is freshly made right there and you can taste the difference!! I like that you can recycle everything afterwards and the price is very decent considering you get quite a bit of seafood in the tacos and stuff. If you haven't been there yet - go!!

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Great Idea!
By belonj of victoria (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

A take-out stand in a dug-out shipping container that used to transport Hummers. Now it provides eco-friendly local seafood that tastes great! The menu offers fish and chips, fish tacones, and sandwiches among other items. The coconut milk seafood chowder is a great new twist on an old favourite. I have heard the chai tea is the best in the city, and you have to try the tempura pickles. The price is a little higher than some other places, but you can sleep at night knowing that it is great quality and enviromentally very friendly.

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Great Food, Horrible Customer Experience
By edacious of Victoria BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

The star rating for this review is based on the customer experience I received. The food was excellent and the chef commands my respect.

This is the first time I have visited this place. I saw the special sign that said 1 for 5 for 2 for 9 for the daily special. I ordered 2 for 9. The price came to over 11 dollars and I commented to the employee at the cash register that something is wrong and the price should be lower.

The employee said that the special is 1 for 6 and 2 for 10 and that is what it should be and the add board is wrong. I told the employee that I do not know this, I have never been here before and that the price they have listed states the lower amount. The employee said that if I did not want to pay that, I could have something else of the menu that was cheaper.

I told her that it was not about paying the 2 for 10 price, but more to do with what the sign said. I also told her that legally, a business is entitled to honour the price, and should change it afterwards. She then told me that she could not change the price in the register. I told her do what you want, as I did not want to be a bother, however legally, you should honour the listed price. The employee charged me 2 for 10, the price that it should have been in their mind, not what was advertised on the board. After I finished eating my food, more than 20 min later, I saw that they price on their special board had not been change.

Therefore, I can only assume the employee rip me off. One would think that the employee would change the wrong price to the correct price right away so not to confuse other customers.

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