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Vancouver's 100% Ocean Wise Restaurants

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We are so fortunate here in Vancouver to live on the edge of some of the most dazzling wild nature on earth. We've also got a deserved reputation of being a fantastic seafood city - and many of our chefs are working hard to protect the oceans for future generations by committing to an Ocean Wise menu.

Ocean Wise is the Vancouver Aquarium conservation program which partners with restaurants, markets and suppliers to ensure they're making fish-friendly decisions, such as keeping endangered species off their menus and letting consumers know which options are more sustainable. There are some 140 restaurants across Vancouver who are part of the programme who have Ocean Wise options on their menus. There is even an app so you can track em down when you're out and about in the city. But there are a handful of restaurants who have made a total commitment to offering 100% sustainable fish, 100% of the time. In no particular order, these are Vancouver's 100% Ocean Wise restaurants.


· All Previous Ocean Wise Coverage [EVAN]
· Ocean Wise [Official Site] Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tacofino Commissary

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2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 253-8226
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Whether you find their trucks in Vancouver, Tofino or Victoria or go to the restaurant on E Hastings you’ll be rewarded with zingingly fresh fish that’s 100% guilt-free. The baja fish tacos are especially good - and come recommended by ZZ Top.

2. The Fish Counter

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3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 876-3474
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No Ocean Wise map would be complete without including chef Robert Clark and Mike McDermid who were co-founders of the Ocean Wise programme and now run the Fish Counter on Main Street. Yes, it's a place to go to get 100% sustainable fish to take home and cook, but it's also a spot to enjoy some of the finest cooked-to-order fish and chips, oyster po'boys and fish tacos in town.

3. Trafalgar's Bistro

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2603 W. 16th Ave., Vancouver
BC V6K 3C2, Canada
(604) 739-0555
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Claiming to be Vancouver’s greenest restaurant is a bold claim - which possibly Forage might dispute - but what can’t be argued over is their prix-fixe menus which are great value at $35 and $45. Even better, desserts come from their sister- dessert restaurant, Sweet Obsession.

4. Aphrodite's Organic Café & Pie Shop

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3598 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6R 1N8, Canada
(604) 733-8308
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Aphrodite’s on W4th have been bringing local organic food to the city and cheerfully catering to those with dietary restrictions since 2003. Not the most budget option but oh man, those pies! Team with a wild salmon burger for 100% sustainable supper.

5. The August Jack

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2042 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1N3, Canada
(778) 898-3521
A tapas bar which focusses on pairing their dishes with craft beers? It’s a crazy idea but Nova Scotia-born chef Benjamin Curtis is making it work. Stick to the tapas menu as that has the most variety of seafood - and it’s also where you’ll find their popular truffle popcorn.

6. C Restaurant

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1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2L9, Canada
(604) 681-1164
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Boasting gorgeous waterside views and a fancy patio, C restaurant used to also boast chefs Robert Clark (Fish Counter) and Quang Dang (West), admittedly it’s not in the spotlight so much nowadays since chef Lee Humphries left for the Okanagan, but some old favourites are worth re-visiting and C’s recent Dine Out menu certainly impressed city critics. Importantly - the seafood is still 100% Ocean Wise.

7. The Noodle Box

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839 Homer Street, Vancouver
BC V6B 2W2, Canada
(604) 734-1316
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Cheap and cheerful, mix and match noodle dishes is the name of the game here, where you pick your spice-level and protein and then have it stir-fried for you as you wait. Sustainable seafood on a truly affordable level.

8. YEW seafood + bar

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791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada
(604) 692-4939
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Search social media and you’re likely to find endless shots of Yew’s chef Ned Bell either delightedly holding a fish, beaming on a boat or hugging the city’s resident rock-star fisherman, Organic Ocean’s Steve Johansen. Bell’s passion for seafood is clear to see and it shows on his innovative menus which let the quality of the ingredients sing.

9. Fairmont Pacific Rim

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1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada
(604) 695-5300
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Chef Darren Brown and team are to be applauded for pushing the Fairmont Pacific Rim above and beyond the cause to create the city’s very first 100% Ocean Wise sushi bar. Some seafoods have been switched around to make the menu work, for instance, substituting unago for house smoked sablefish, introducing Yellow Fin Tuna and Silva Prawn, as well as removing Tobiko and replacing it with Masago. Don't be put off by the fancy venue: stop by for lunch - the bento boxes are surprisingly good value.

10. MARKET by Jean-Georges

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1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6E 0A8, Canada
(604) 695-1115
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Chef Monty Lau’s deft touch with Asian-inspired flavours lets the west coast seafood shine in Market’s surprisingly dimly-lit room. The fish is the star on the plate here with excellent quality ingredients in the hands of a talented chef.

11. forage

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120-1300 Robson, Vancouver
BC V6E 1C5, Canada
(604) 661-1400
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Chef Chris Whittaker’s commitment to all things sustainable goes from growing his own vegetables, making his own preserves, composting all of his food waste and keeping mason bees to pollinate his plants, so yeah, the fish is as sustainable as possible too. Try the award-winning chowder which won people’s choice two years running at the Vancouver Aquarium Chowder Challenge.

12. Raincity Grill

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1193 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2N1, Canada
(604) 685-7337
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The grandaddy of farm-to-table and 100 mile cuisine in Vancouver with one of the most lovely views across English Bay, RCG have been focused on local and sustainable food for the past 20 years. In summer, grabbing fish and chips from their window on Denman Street to scoff on the beach is a Vancouver tradition.

13. The Fish House in Stanley Park

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8901 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver
BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
(604) 681-7275
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One of the city’s go-to spots for special occasion celebrations, their west coast seafood menu is one of the most comprehensive in Vancouver; you’ll always find a wide choice of line-caught, sustainable local seafood.

1. Tacofino Commissary

2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Whether you find their trucks in Vancouver, Tofino or Victoria or go to the restaurant on E Hastings you’ll be rewarded with zingingly fresh fish that’s 100% guilt-free. The baja fish tacos are especially good - and come recommended by ZZ Top.
2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

2. The Fish Counter

3825 Main St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
No Ocean Wise map would be complete without including chef Robert Clark and Mike McDermid who were co-founders of the Ocean Wise programme and now run the Fish Counter on Main Street. Yes, it's a place to go to get 100% sustainable fish to take home and cook, but it's also a spot to enjoy some of the finest cooked-to-order fish and chips, oyster po'boys and fish tacos in town.
3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

3. Trafalgar's Bistro

2603 W. 16th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 3C2, Canada
Claiming to be Vancouver’s greenest restaurant is a bold claim - which possibly Forage might dispute - but what can’t be argued over is their prix-fixe menus which are great value at $35 and $45. Even better, desserts come from their sister- dessert restaurant, Sweet Obsession.
2603 W. 16th Ave., Vancouver
BC V6K 3C2, Canada

4. Aphrodite's Organic Café & Pie Shop

3598 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 1N8, Canada
Aphrodite’s on W4th have been bringing local organic food to the city and cheerfully catering to those with dietary restrictions since 2003. Not the most budget option but oh man, those pies! Team with a wild salmon burger for 100% sustainable supper.
3598 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6R 1N8, Canada

5. The August Jack

2042 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3, Canada
A tapas bar which focusses on pairing their dishes with craft beers? It’s a crazy idea but Nova Scotia-born chef Benjamin Curtis is making it work. Stick to the tapas menu as that has the most variety of seafood - and it’s also where you’ll find their popular truffle popcorn.
2042 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1N3, Canada

6. C Restaurant

1600 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L9, Canada
Boasting gorgeous waterside views and a fancy patio, C restaurant used to also boast chefs Robert Clark (Fish Counter) and Quang Dang (West), admittedly it’s not in the spotlight so much nowadays since chef Lee Humphries left for the Okanagan, but some old favourites are worth re-visiting and C’s recent Dine Out menu certainly impressed city critics. Importantly - the seafood is still 100% Ocean Wise.
1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2L9, Canada

7. The Noodle Box

839 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W2, Canada
Cheap and cheerful, mix and match noodle dishes is the name of the game here, where you pick your spice-level and protein and then have it stir-fried for you as you wait. Sustainable seafood on a truly affordable level.
839 Homer Street, Vancouver
BC V6B 2W2, Canada

8. YEW seafood + bar

791 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
Search social media and you’re likely to find endless shots of Yew’s chef Ned Bell either delightedly holding a fish, beaming on a boat or hugging the city’s resident rock-star fisherman, Organic Ocean’s Steve Johansen. Bell’s passion for seafood is clear to see and it shows on his innovative menus which let the quality of the ingredients sing.
791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada

9. Fairmont Pacific Rim

1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Chef Darren Brown and team are to be applauded for pushing the Fairmont Pacific Rim above and beyond the cause to create the city’s very first 100% Ocean Wise sushi bar. Some seafoods have been switched around to make the menu work, for instance, substituting unago for house smoked sablefish, introducing Yellow Fin Tuna and Silva Prawn, as well as removing Tobiko and replacing it with Masago. Don't be put off by the fancy venue: stop by for lunch - the bento boxes are surprisingly good value.
1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada

10. MARKET by Jean-Georges

1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6E 0A8, Canada
Chef Monty Lau’s deft touch with Asian-inspired flavours lets the west coast seafood shine in Market’s surprisingly dimly-lit room. The fish is the star on the plate here with excellent quality ingredients in the hands of a talented chef.
1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6E 0A8, Canada

11. forage

120-1300 Robson, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, Canada
Chef Chris Whittaker’s commitment to all things sustainable goes from growing his own vegetables, making his own preserves, composting all of his food waste and keeping mason bees to pollinate his plants, so yeah, the fish is as sustainable as possible too. Try the award-winning chowder which won people’s choice two years running at the Vancouver Aquarium Chowder Challenge.
120-1300 Robson, Vancouver
BC V6E 1C5, Canada

12. Raincity Grill

1193 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2N1, Canada
The grandaddy of farm-to-table and 100 mile cuisine in Vancouver with one of the most lovely views across English Bay, RCG have been focused on local and sustainable food for the past 20 years. In summer, grabbing fish and chips from their window on Denman Street to scoff on the beach is a Vancouver tradition.
1193 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2N1, Canada

13. The Fish House in Stanley Park

8901 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
One of the city’s go-to spots for special occasion celebrations, their west coast seafood menu is one of the most comprehensive in Vancouver; you’ll always find a wide choice of line-caught, sustainable local seafood.
8901 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver
BC V6G 1Z4, Canada