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Fish Tales Cafe

$$ - $$$
Seafood, British, Canadian
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3336 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2B3, Canada
+1 250-752-6053
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
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Edmonton, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A friend of mine discovered this gem a few years ago and so thankful she did. I now eat here every time I'm in the area. Have gone several times over several years and have always had great service and more importantly GREAT food. This is to date the best fish and chips I have had and crave it when... More 

Thank NoBerly
Burlington, Canada
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150 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three of us stopped in for lunch and each of us had the halibut and chips with coleslaw. Fish was very good. Fries average. I didnt care for the cole slaw but the other 2 guests enjoyed it. I just found it bland. Nice setting. Pleasant surroundings. The cod and chips were all you could eat. The people next to... More 

Thank Mitzy570
Parksville, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hadn't been there in a few years. Glad we decided to give them another try. There were 4 of us and we all ordered something different. Everything from appies to desert were great. Our waitress 'Cherie' was fantastic. She gave us great service and we all had so much fun with her. Best dinner out in a long time.... More 

Thank Foxjbf
Grande Prairie, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We ordered takeout. Please phone to ask about pricing. Their online menu is old, has spelling errors and is not formatted for mobile phones...it should really be deleted or updated! We ordered 2 pc Cod chips takeout. Comes wrapped in an abundant amount of paper, so if its wrapped too long it will get soft and lose its crunch! Eat... More 

Thank Sentafam
Level Contributor
36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A group of 6 for a birthday dinner. One of the group had been before but all of us were tourists in Qualicum. The menu looked great so we made a reservation for 6:30 PM on Easter Sunday. Drinks were ordered and mine was a Kilkenny. The server came with the tray and told me they didn't have it but... More 

3 Thank corriegal
Qualicum Beach, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2017

The meat was perfect and nice creamy mash! fish and chips are definitely a go-to!!!! Really nice service and a very cute and cozy atmosphere :)

1 Thank taragooding
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We stopped here after a cold and wet day of birding. It was very quiet and we were the only table but the food was excellent. We both had the ling cod fish and chips and I also had the chowder. Both were fresh and the portions are big! Service was great - no complaints at all. Very happy to... More 

Thank TravellerBC229
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 March 2017

It was a very bad experience. My wife and I went out for her birthday lunch. We were in Qualicum Beach for the first time and hoped that it would be good. Unfortunately, it turned mediocre very fast. The scallops were microscopic, overcooked and bland. I had the oyster burger and it was super fishy, the batter was greasy, the... More 

1 Thank Patrice S
FTmanager, Owner at Fish Tales Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Patrice and Alison, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your opinion and experience. Sadly you were actually served by the owner that day and I remember you very well and your dishes, so allow me to actually leave an honest response to your inaccurate review. The oysters are fresh each week out of Fanny Bay as... More 

Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Pleasantly suprised by Fish Tales. The food was good, great service and the garden is breathtakingly beautiful. Recommend

Thank JanSeacombe
Courtenay, British Columbia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Out for a drive and had noticed this restaurant a few times as we drove by so decided to stop in for lunch. It is quite a pleasant restaurant with an English flair. My wife had fish and chips - good size order, but the fish was rather tasteless. I had a beef pie which was pretty good. Good size... More 

1 Thank allhth

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, British, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3336 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 2B3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Qualicum Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 250-752-6053
Why not treat treat yourself to a traditional English favorite:Fish & Chips, we pride ourselves on offering the best Fish'n chips on the Island as well as an extensive selection of seafood, steaks, chicken, salads, homemade soups & daily specials. Enjoy the ambience of an old English country garden setting, just steps away from the beach.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?