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Moby Dick Restaurant

15479 Marine Drive
White Rock, BC V4B1C9
Tel: (604) 536-2424
  • Cuisine: British, Seafood
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:30AM - 8PM
  • A fish-and-chips restaurant in White Rock since 1975. Licensed heated outdoor nautical patio. Serving fish and chips, seafood platters, large burgers, chicken breast entrees, salads and more.

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Worst Fish and Chips in B.C.
By mcjardine of whiterock (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 1:41pm [Take-out]

Expensive,over rated,chip oil hasn't been changed in a long time, they just keep adding oil. Soggy chips. Fish just OK. Why would anyone enjoy this sub standard fare. Wake up people and look three doors down at any one of the much better Fish and Chippy. LAST TIME, thank goodness I didn't pay so didn't complain.

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The best fish and chips in BC!
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Fish and chips is all about the batter. The batter here is light. You do need their house made tartar sauce to kick that fish up a notch and don`t forget their sea salt. Their fries is good but not really spectacular but what I enjoy in the last 10 times I`ve driven from Vancouver to White Rock just to eat here is the fish, it is light, and you don`t really have the guilt of eating something deep fried, well maybe a little but still. Our platter also came with deep fried scallops which was good, deep fried mushrooms which I can do without, the oysters were good. We kinda ignored the salad as I didn`t want to take up stomach space.

Service was quick and you pay at the counter when you are done. If you are a fan of fish and chips and have never been here, you simply have to!

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Now THIS is fish and chips!
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

Mmmm... what's better than sipping on an ice cold Coke and eating fresh and chips straight out of the fryer on a sunny day?
I tried Moby Dick's today and wasn't disappointed. The fish was fresh and flaky, came in big pieces (plus 1 more than what you order). It was so hot out of the fryer that I had to blow on it before eating it. Chips were so - so but not bad at all. Atmosphere was clean and service was quick and very friendly.

Totally Recommended.

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A Little Greasy But Good
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Have been to the fish & chip restaurant next door & I think the fish & chips are slightly better than Moby Dicks however Moby's is a nicer restaurant but both could do with rennovations. You order two pieces of fish & you get three. I thought the fish was excellent but the fries weren't at all crispy and both of us found them greasy. It is a small diner but they have lots of servers so the food came quickly & we had a nice view of the ocean so it made for a nice lunch

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Fish and Chips the way it should be
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

I'm always suspicious of people who give bad reviews then recomend another place, (sounds like the one bad review on here is from someone who might work at another fish and chips place.) Anyways i owe everyone on dinehere.com who reviewed this place a big thank you because the second i tried the fish and chips at this place I was hooked. Reading all the great reviews on here i primed myself for some fish then drove all the way to white rock from vancouver just to try this place. It really is the best fish and chips!! I dont know how anyone could say that their fish came soggy since they bring it right out from the fryer for you. Mine was still sizzling when i bit into it. The portions were just HUGE! I ordered a one piece thinking i was going to get two tiny pieces (one plus the free one they throw in for every order) and i got two huge sized cod fillets that I couldnt even finish and i came in hungry! Ambience is great since its by the beach and the inside is so tacky its charming. The coleslaw is fantastic and i havnt had such great clam chowder since I was just a kid, they got it right! Service was friendly we were seated next to some pretty difficult customers and the waitress was just incredibly cheery and helpful. Our waitress was the same. Value is great me and my boyfriend felt bad because we'd orderd the one piece fish and chips (which is actually a two piece) and had to leave most of it because the portions were huge (And i hate wasting food.) What i loved the most though... the tarter sauce! home made delicious tartar sauce that compliments the nice fluffy batter. I was also pleased they had a wide array of condiments at our table (I loved that they had malt vinegar for my fries and sea salt) Anyways i'll definitly come back with friends and family because i really enjoyed this place. Value was just over the moon. This may just be the best fish and chips place in the lower mainland and you can tell the locals know it, all the other places look emptyish compared to the always busy moby dick.

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This is the best fish 'n chips place in BC.
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 11:05am [Dine in]

Without a doubt, this place has the tastiest fish 'n chips and great service! Big portions (when your order any fish entre, you alwasy get an extra piece of fish)
The place is a little small and it gets busy around lunch time so try to get there around 11:30 or earlier if you can.

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Yep ! Still UP THERE !
By TheDuke of White Rock (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Four of us were served immediatley upon entering the small but decorative restaurant.... we ordered THE BARREL of Fish N Chips.
$47.50 --and it FILLED us four big eaters !

We were given the Barrel, four ice waters, and a stack of napkins and headed the few paces across the street to a bench on the beach.

Possibly the BEST White Rock eating experience of the year (so far).

Service was super fast-- and the excellent food was ready in SEVEN MINUTES.

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Soaking in grease
By homechef of white rock (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Completely agree with CoastalCook. My husband and I have been eating here for years, however that will no longer be the case. On the last 3 occasions , the fish was so greasy and dried out that it was completely inedible. The fries that sat beneath were disgusting, greasy and limp. The first time the owner apologized with no retribution offered, the second time we were told that" no one had complained before and we change our oil once a week?", and the last time no apology or reason was offered at all. That's the extent of our supporting a local restaurant. Save your time, your money and your health by going elsewhere.

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One of the best, if not the best fish-and-chip restaurants in the Lower Mainland
By Azusa of Burnaby (38 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

During the weekend, a friend asked if I would drive all the way down to White Rock for fish-and-chips. At first, I hesitated. Driving from Vancouver to White Rock just for fish-and-chips? My friend managed to convince me when other two friends said would join us. So, we hopped to the car and drove there...

We arrived just before 7:00 p.m. and the place was packed! This was a good indicator, as every single restaurant on that street had fish-and-chip signs; but they weren't full as Moby Dick. So, we asked for a table for four and were seated after a couple of minutes.

We ordered some onion rings as appetizer and each one of us ordered the two piece fish-and-chips. The onion rings were on our table 5 minutes after we ordered them. Unlike other restaurants, they let the onion rings rest before serving them. We were able to taste every piece without having to worry for the onion to "squeezing" it out of the batter.

Almost when we were done with the onion rings, the fish-and-chips arrived with a large serving of tartar sauce and lemon wedges. To my surprise, on each plate, there were three pieces of fish! I asked if there was a mistake, and was told there wasn't any: you get what you order plus an additional piece!

At first, the fish was slightly under-seasoned. But I think I found out why: to not overpower the tartar sauce, which was one of the best tartar sauce I ever tried. Yummm! Unfortunately, the fries were a bit of a let down. I felt it was slightly undercooked (my friends thought it was OK, tough).
Service was fast and courteous. No complain here. The ambiance, on the other hand, was odd, as it had a kitsch feeling (glasses, for example, were plastic mugs).

The only “major” complain I can think was the fact there was no pop refill. But, putting that aside, the trip was all worth it. Next time I want fish-and-chips, I will definitely come back here.

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What Has Happened To Moby Dick's?
By CoastalCook of White Rock (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

Jut want to say, as resident of the Semiahmoo Peninsula it is a sad thing to proclaim but the Moby Dick restaurant has had it's day. Although being a healthy eater most times, we all have a craving for fish and chips. Well, we have eaten here every six months for the past twenty years. The best fried fish around, hands down. We normally would eat out on the patio, enjoy the surroundings. Well, last week my DH and I head off for a midweek lunch...yes, it is November. The parking is free. Okay...well when we arrive there is a table with a small couple and a baby. The outside patio is closed due to poor weather. This inside of this place REEKS like urine and we should have left, but the DH claims it was just the malt vinegar (I'm thinking full diaper at the table next to us or backing up sewer in the loo). The tables are sticky and the menus are the same. We ordered two brew and a three piece of fish and chips (their signature is they always add an extra piece to the order). Well, the brew was fine, the fish was nice enough, but the enormous pile of fries under the four thin slices of fried fish were disgusting. Talk about dead, limp, etc. i mentioned to the server, she apologized, removed them then very shortlv brought the same plate of oil soaked luke warm fries back to the table. Ugh - how disgusting. These people seriously needed to change the fry oil. A couple of middle aged men sat next to us after we sat down and ordered F & C also - I noted upon the pickup of their plates their fries were barely touched. At the counter paying our bill on the way out the server casually apologized for the fries - hoping for a tip it is sure. Normally I would not be concerned about the fries with an order but this is 50% of the equation for Fish and Chips - not to be Fish and Sh***. For those of us who enjoy good 'chips' on a rare opportunity, please provide the best you have to offer.

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Average Fish and Chips-Nothing Special
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 9:06am [Dine in]

Nothing wrong wrong with the fish and chips, just very ordinary. Service was quick and efficient. It is certainly better than Dock's fish and chips (also in White Rock). For me the best fish and chips in the Vancouver area are Montgomery's fish and chips at the Lonsdale Quay, and Go Fish near Granville Island.

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The Best? How can that be said without trying the rest?
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 10:56am [Dine in]

Wow, so many good reviews here. Makes me wonder if people have tried anywhere else. I'll give this restaurant its props, very friendly, quick service, and neat, if somewhat cluttered decor. But the food? No thanks, there's better to be had. Soggy limp chips swimming in oil. I would say that the oil wasn't nearly hot enough when the fries were put in. The oil could also have been drained from the fish. Taking the batter off the fish and there is absolutely no seasoning at all, very bland. Guess this is why people require so much tartar sauce, lemon, vinegar and salt. Next time I'm on the strip I'll try someplace else thanks.

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Soggy chips, even soggier fish
By sunlovers of BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

We were in White Rock for the afternoon with a family visiting with us from WInnipeg. We'd heard that the Moby Dick is the place to go for fish and chips in White Rock. When we arrived, at noon on a sunny Sunday it seemed that it was definitely the choice of every one on the strip. I've never seen so many "Fish and Chip" restaurants in a couple of short blocks, but they were all pretty much abandoned except for the Moby Dick, which was packed inside and out. Even the picnic tables on the shoreline causeway were all taken by the Moby Dick takeout customers. Their popularity is enormous.

Enormous popularity doesn't ensure good food. We ordered the popular "barrel" of fish and chips for our large group. What a disappointment! The fish was limp, and sodden with grease. The chips were worse, becoming a solid greasy mass as the bottom of the barrel was approached. The bottom of the barrel indeed.

To make matters worse, one of our friends from WInnipeg decided that he's like to have some fresh oysters, since he was on the coast. He ordered the "Eight deep-fried oysters with home-made fries and garden salad" $17.90 !!!!! I was embarrassed to see what he was served. The oysters were barely the size of martini olives, and had been deep fried for far too long. Needless to say, he was disappointed. The price he paid for that horrible dish was outrageous.

Needless to say, we won't be darkening Moby Dick's door again. If you're going to White Rock, and have Fish and Chips on your mind,think about giving one of the other joints a shot. You couldn't do any worse.

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A taste of old White Rock
By rstfgh of white rock (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I'm not quite sure why I like this restaurant. There are many reasons to not like it - the fish and chips are just so-so, the restaurant is dated and looks like it needs a good scrubbing and the line-up on a hot summer day is crazy! That said, there's something about this place that keeps me coming back. Maybe it's because this is one of the last vestiges of what White Rock used to be like before the developers moved in. Its a homey, friendly welcoming place where they give you 3 pieces of fish when you order 2 and they make their own tartar sauce. Your kids are welcome and they'll have fun looking at all the whale stuff and reading the funny signs posted on the walls while waiting for dinner to arrive. Afterwards, you get to pick your own sucker out of the dish by the cash register (the red ones always go first). The fish is just "fish", no claims of cod or halibut, it's some sort of white mystery fish, but it's good!

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Best Fish and Chips
By surfer_53 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Now I'm sure as a responsible person I'm supposed to state information that if you're not already aware of - oh well, more for me. Eating deep fried food of any kind is probably not going to keep you around into your 90s, but if you're coming here every single day, first let me restate MORE FOR ME, and God bless you - at least you'll leave us with a great taste in your mouth. I hope I spoke slowly enough for the people who have inevitably become addicted to this place.

Also, is it really ethical to give someone 3 pieces of fried fish when they order 2? Sorry, I must have gotten distracted with all the beer in my stomach and the fish I've managed to cram into my mouth. Oh yah, and the hot waitresses. They're going to kill all of their customers, just saying. Or at least there will be a lot of really symmetrical people out there. There probably should be a city bylaw that treats the products at Moby Dick like other illicit drugs, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's a little somethin-somethin in the batter besides beer, know'm sayin'?

Fresh food, great service, the owner is really personable and if you can't read the menu too well, he makes you feel like you're not getting ripped off. This is what White Rock was all about for me growing up.

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Been going there for years!
By FamilyOfSix of Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:12am [Dine in]

MMMMMMMMM!!!! Love Mobys fish and chips! We make special trips down to white rock beach in the summer time just to go to Mobys and grab some fish and chips and sit on the beach and eat! The fish is awesome, you always get an extra piece, fries are always delicious and the tartar sauce is one of the best I've had! Have been going there for years and will continue to do so!

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Horrible
By kristi_wbc of Surrey, BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

I dont know if the chef was having a bad day or what as I noticed that moby dick is always rated the best fish and chips but the day I had it it was like the fish wasn't even cooked. It was all soggy and the batter was all mush underneath the outer layer. That was the first time I have ever thrown out fish because I was grossed out and I love my fish and chips. We used to have them there when I was younger but my parents switched to coney island instead. I will never go back to moby dick again. Not sure if they have new owners or not now but the last time i went was a couple years ago.

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The Best Fish
By sinbad of Delta (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 1:03am [Dine in]

I've been going to Moby Dicks for years, and fish is excellent,I was a little sceptical when it changed owners but they never messed with the recipes and I recommend it for fish an chip lovers, the batter is always crisp not soggy ,the decore is unique lots on the wall to look at with a bunch of mismatched chairs and tables and pictures some may consider a little on the cheesy side but it goes with the theme and you always have the option to eat outside on the beach ,but if you want great food this is one of White Rocks hidden treasures,fish seems to taste so much better when your beside the ocean.

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Very Pleased
By Jester of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

We went here on a Saturday, about 45 minutes before closing. The lady that greeted us (owner) was very friendly and made us feel welcomed.

We don't eat plates full of deep fried goodness very often, but we were craving it this night. I will say the fish and the tartar sauce were very tasty (and they really do give you an extra piece!). Neither of us were impressed with the fries. A bit soggy and a lot of 'nubbin' pieces (the little left over bits of fries). Perhaps it was because we came later in the evening? But the fish was good, not loaded with tons of batter.

We both ordered beers to start, one of us got a Canadian instead of the import as requested...but no big deal.

We will return, and recommend just for the ambiance, value and the friendly service.

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There is a reason why they have been in business for so long
By luv2eat of Surrey , BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

This place gets it right everytime. We have been going there for years and they definately stick to the saying of do one thing and do it well. They always give you an extra piece of fish when you order for free which I think they have done for years. The interior looks exactly how it should and it is reasonable clean. Its smiles all around when you walk thru the door which always makes you feel good. If you want the best fish and chips in White Rock this is the place to go.

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