Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it's no wonder Victoria restaurants serve an abundance of fresh and delicious seafood. But it is impossible to crown just one restaurant with the title of best fish and chips in Victoria BC. Based on personal experience and feedback from other locals and visitors, here's our list of the top contenders in Victoria BC for the title of Best Fish and Chips. You simply can't go wrong with any of these.
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Located in a converted cargo container on the picturesque Inner Harbour, Red Fish Blue Fish is frequently at the top of any best fish and chips list and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
This waterfront eatery specializes in locally sourced, sustainable seafood, including their signature fish and chips made with wild Pacific cod. The fish is hand-battered and deep-fried to perfection, resulting in a crispy exterior and moist, flaky fish inside, served with a side of kennebec chips, coleslaw and tartar sauce.
With its stunning views and delicious food, Red Fish Blue Fish is a must-visit for any fish and chips lover in Victoria. The restaurant is open seasonally and can get quite busy, so be prepared to wait in line during peak times.
Address: 1006 Wharf Street
The Fish Store is another popular spot for fish and chips in Victoria. It is open seasonally at Fisherman's Wharf and prides itself on being North America's first 100% ocean wise seafood store and restaurant.
The Fish Store sources their fish from local suppliers and prepares it in-house, ensuring the freshest and most delicious fish and chips possible. Their cod is beer-battered and served with crispy fries, house-made tartar sauce, and a side of coleslaw. The halibut is prepared the same way and is my personal favourite. You can also try their other seafood dishes like oysters, salmon, clams and crab cakes.
Address: 1 Dallas Road at Fisherman's Wharf
Another popular spot for some of the best fish and chips is Barb's Fish and Chips, also located at the historic Fisherman's Wharf.
This family-owned and operated food stall has been serving up delicious fish and chips for over 30 years. They use only the freshest ingredients and cook their fish to order, ensuring that each dish is hot and crispy. Their traditional fish and chips dish features lightly battered cod served with fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce. Not fish, but I love to indulge in a deep-fried corn dog as a side dish when I visit Barb's.
Address: 1 Dallas Road at Fisherman's Wharf
Nautical Nellies is a popular seafood and steak restaurant in Victoria, that also serves traditional fish and chips. Their fish and chips are made with fresh Haida Gwaii halibut & hand cut fries, hand battered in gluten free corn flour and fried until golden brown. The dish is usually accompanied by a side of coleslaw and tartar sauce. Nautical Nellies is a great choice for an indoor dining experience, especially when guests prefer more diverse menu options. The restaurant is located in downtown Victoria, near the Inner Harbour and many other popular tourist attractions.
Address: 1001 Wharf Street
Finest at Sea is a seafood market with two locations in Victoria, and they also serve up some of the best fish and chips in town as well as other seafood options such as tuna, octopus and calamari. Finest at Sea prides itself on selling only 100% wild seafood products of known origin.
The fish is always fresh, as it's caught locally and brought to the market daily. The batter is light and crispy, and the chips are hand cut and cooked to order. The tartar sauce is homemade and adds the perfect amount of tang to the dish. If you're looking for a healthier option, the grilled fish and chips is a tasty alternative.
Address: 27 Erie Street (across from Fisherman's Wharf)
For an indoor dining experience directly on the waterfront, The Flying Otter Grill is a terrific option. Not only serving English style battered fish and chips (halibut and cod) with a side of slaw, they also serve up other seafood options such as Salmon Wellington and Seafood Paella and non-seafood items like ribs and burgers. The Flying Otter Grill is a good compromise for groups where not everyone is looking for traditional fish and chips.
Address: 950 Wharf Street (beside Harbour Air Seaplane Terminal)
Haultain Fish and Chips has been in business since 1924 - a Victoria institution known for their signature fried or grilled halibut and cod. The no-frills restaurant is located on Haultain Street, just a short drive from downtown. The fish and chips here are simple, but done right. The batter is light and crispy, and the fish is cooked just long enough to be flaky and tender. The chips are thick-cut and perfectly salted. It's a classic fish and chips experience that's hard to beat.
Address: 1127 Haultain Street
If you're in Victoria and craving some delicious fish and chips, you can't go wrong with any of these seven options. They all offer a unique take on the classic dish, but they all have one thing in common: they're serving up some of the best fish and chips in town! So grab your appetite and head on over to one of these spots for a meal you won't soon forget!
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