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Many of Vancouver’s best restaurants prepare excellent dishes with West Coast fish, but several seafood-centric spots stand out.
C Restaurant. One of Vancouver’s earliest champions of sustainable regional seafood, this sleek contemporary restaurant has an enviable location overlooking the False Creek waterfront. Look for creative fish dishes like Hawkshaw salmon paired with steamed manila clams, kohlrabi, and green papaya salsa; roasted halibut with smoked octopus, asparagus, and oyster mushrooms; or a “Seafood Tower” piled high with local sea creatures. Dine mid-day or before sunset for the best water views.
Blue Water Café. A stylish dining room in a renovated Yaletown warehouse, Blue Water is another destination for innovative fish-focused food. Executive Chef Frank Pabst frequently features what he calls “Unsung Heroes,” seafood that’s lesser-known or uncommonly found on restaurant menus. The raw bar has one of Vancouver’s largest selections of West Coast oysters.
Coast. If you enjoy some sparkle with your shellfish, head for this chic downtown seafood palace, where the space swims with both sightseers and scenesters. The simplest dishes are the best here, so opt for grilled fish or seafood on ice.
YEW. At this Four-Star restaurant in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, the menu changes seasonally but always features fish from local waters. Ask for the day’s fresh catch or sample the crab tacos, west-coast paella, or anything with BC spot prawns.
Go Fish. Sometimes, you want your seafood simple. That’s the time to visit this waterfront fish shack a short stroll from Granville Island. Specialties include fish ‘n’ chips, salmon tacos, and an oyster “po boy” sandwich. Crowds pack the few seats whenever the sun shines, so plan to perch on the nearby wharf, or take your meal to go.