Fresh, Wild and Local: Where to find Vancouver’s best seafood

Emperor Scallop Burger w/ Lime Mayo & Crispy Onion Ring @ Go Fish

Every day during the summer months, downtown Vancouver’s Fishermen’s Wharf is crowded with boats unloading tuna, salmon, crabs, prawns and more: almost all of it caught locally.  So where does the catch of the day end up? 

Here’s a peek at some of Vancouver’s freshest seafood restaurants:

  • Go Fish: You know the fish is fresh at this tiny seafood shack just steps from the Fishermen’s Wharf and Granville Island.  Most afternoons, long lines of seafood lovers wait for Go Fish’s signature seafood tacos and salmon, cod and halibut fish-and-chips.  Service is slow but the food is worth it.
  • Monk McQueens: For fresh, local fish in a casual setting with an outstanding view, you can’t beat Monks, as locals call this seafood institution.  Grab a seat on the spacious waterfront patio and watch the boats cruise by in False Creek while the downtown skyline glitters in the distance.  Monks also has a large oyster bar serving a rotating selection of British Columbia oysters.
  • Bluewater Café + Raw Bar: Fresh seafood meets cutting-edge cooking at this fine dining establishment in the city’s trendy Yaletown warehouse district.  Sample elegantly prepared local fish like arctic char with braised leeks or West Coast sablefish with miso sake glaze.  An elegant sushi bar manned by one of the city’s premier sushi chefs complements the “East meets West” theme inside.

Prawn Salad

  • Coast: A relatively new player in the city’s seafood scene, Coast offers exceedingly fresh fish in a hip, high-energy atmosphere.  Pony up to the bar for exquisite seafood platters, with crab, shrimp and lobster piled high and served on ice.   Or grab a seat in the upstairs dining room to watch Vancouver’s A-listers schmooze below.

Do you have a favourite place for fresh seafood in Vancouver?  Please share your suggestions below.

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  2. doug hill

    Tony’s on Granville Island is fantastic.

  3. Minnie

    Hands down, without a doubt, Blue Canoe at Steveston! Best kept secret in Metro Vancouver!

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