If you’re visiting Vancouver from out of town, you might just find yourself exploring one of the city’s popular destinations, Granville Island. For a dining recommendation in the area, I would suggest Go Fish Ocean Emporium: a charming outdoor seafood shack serving fish and chips, sandwiches, grilled seafood, sides, and more to eat outside or take away.
Outside Granville Island
Go Fish is not located on Granville Island per se, but just outside the area. You will need to take a five-minute walk along the seawall from the Granville Island entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf. Look for the vibrant blue-coloured shack.
The restaurant has no indoor seating but they do have a patio as well as a communal table nearby. During the summer months, it’s a great place to enjoy seafood while enjoying stunning waterfront views of False Creek. In the winter, their patio is heated and covered. Pro tip: beware of watchful seagulls who are ready to swoop in and take your meal if you’re not looking!
Go Fish Menu
This restaurant supports local fishermen and all Pacific fish and shellfish are responsibly harvested. They also source their ingredients from the Granville Island Market. On the menu are seafood sandwiches, fish & chips, char-grilled seafood, tacones and more. Be sure to check the chalkboard for the Daily features.
The orders are taken place at the walk-up window on the side of the shack.
What I Tried
As I had mentioned in my old post circa 2014, tacones are what I order regularly. Tacones are essentially Go Fish’s version of seafood tacos with a twist featuring cilantro-spiked salsa, chipotle crema, their version of coleslaw and all rolled into a white-flour tortilla cone. Tacones are $5.50 each or two for $10. You can mix amd match as well.
This time around, I had ahi tuna and salmon tacones which were delicious as usual. I love ahi tuna in general and its firm texture and mild flavour so the tuna tacone really appealed to me. The ahi tuna was perfectly seared on the outside. Go Fish’s version of coleslaw has some Asian flavours being a bit sweet and sauce. I love how crunchy the coleslaw is to give every bite a bit of more texture.
I highly recommend Go Fish for tourists and locals alike who want to enjoy some fresh, tasty, and sustainable seafood while enjoying views of Downtown Vancouver and False Creek.
Go Fish Ocean Emporium
Address: 1505 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC