The 5 best seafood spots in Vancouver

1) Hook Seabar

Hook delivers on two things: great seafood and great scenery. This smart but laidback restaurant has a stunning West End water view but not stunning prices. The menu is approachable and tasty with classic items like fish and chips, tacos to surf and turf. A great spot for happy hour, the patio always has a busy buzz!

wall art of a whale at Hook Seabar restaurant in Vancouver

2) Blue Water Cafe

It’s impossible to talk about seafood in Vancouver without mentioning this restaurant. Considered the king of seafood, Executive Chef Frank Pabst and his team are consistently voted ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ in town. This fine dining experience includes a raw bar, on-ice selections and unprecedented service.

red dining room for large groups at the Blue Water Cafe in Vancouver

3) Fanny Bay Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market

When it comes to eating raw oysters, freshness is not just nice, it’s critical. Owned by Fanny Bay Oysters, a B.C. shellfish farming and exporting company, this is the only tide-to-table oyster bar in the city. Undoubtedly the freshest oysters around, get here for happy hour from 3 pm to 6 pm.

oysters on a blue ceramic plate from Fanny Bay Oyster bar

4) The Fish Counter

Co-owned by chef Robert Clark and marine biologist Mike McDermid, this seafood spot serves only local and sustainable seafood. A former Vancouver Aquarium employee, McDermid helped to spearhead the Ocean Wise program. The upbeat restaurant is half retail space, half eatery. The menu varies depending on what’s available but bouillabaisse and dairy-free clam chowder are standouts.

chef preparing fish at the Fish Counter

5) Go Fish

While located incredibly close to Granville Island, this charming seaside shack is technically a 5-minute stroll along Island Park Walk towards Fisherman’s Wharf. The vibrant blue hut caters to local fishermen and has a small patio and selection of outdoor seating. More importantly, they have good seafood grub (read: fish and chips) and a great view.

Blue shack of the Go Fish seafood bar
Syed Nafees Ahmed

1505 West 1st Avenue

+1 604 730 5040

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