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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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West Vancouver, Canada
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had heard about their prime rib dinner so wanted to try it for ourselves. Two of us had the prime rib dinner, which was wonderful, according to my friend "one of the best ever", and I had calamari with tzatziki, and a spinach salad, also very good. The staff were prompt, attentive, and professional, and the food was excellent;... More 

Thank Mowser
Calgary, Canada
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132 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd heard so much about this restaurant that we made the drive from Nanaimo up to Qualicum Beach to try it. This was the night before our early morning flight home, and we drove up because we wanted to see if the hype is justified. IT IS!!!! I can't say enough about this place!! The building looks like a quaint... More 

Thank Gent47
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been through Qualicum Beach many times but this was our first time at Fish Tales Cafe. If I could give it 6 stars I would. It surpassed all expectations. The decor of the restaurant was excellent. Clean, well maintained, cozy English pub atmosphere, everything you would want for a comfortable dinner out. The service was absolutely fantastic. The... More 

Thank Liz D
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service here us exemplary. We were seated promptly by the hostess who recommended an excellent wine for the evening. Our waiter was a gentleman named Deryk who was attentive, witty and personable. We had calamari and premium cod with seriously good chips. The mesclun salad (includes fresh pears walnuts and bleu cheese) with added seafood is a great choice... More 

Thank Connie M
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was average and reasonably priced, however the carpet is so old it made the place feel dirty - not to mention the washrooms which are quite disgusting. we won't be back as we can get 'average fish and chips' in a much cleaner environment.

1 Thank Ron C
FTmanager, Owner at Fish Tales Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You could not have eaten here as our carpets have been completely renovated and modernized a year ago. As for our bathrooms they were gutted to the studs and remodelled this past year in the spring. Please refer to our Facebook page for pictures. Regards, Management. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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155 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us visited; our first time but a return visit for the other couple. Scones were considered excellent as was the lingcod. My halibut was terrible; lacked flavor and the texture was not like good fish. My fries were bland; only ate a few. All four of us visited for the chowder; the bowls were small for the price,... More 

2 Thank Dave1xyz
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Love the quiet quaint atmosphere off the beach but nicely located and great food at reasonable prices plus friendly staff and super seafood everything good here.We take all our visitors here and they always want to go back . It's on the north end of the beach so easy to miss which you will regret if missed. Clean comfortable and... More 

Thank Tom D
Parksville, Canada
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Stopped in without reservation on a Wednesday. They were short staffed but service remained very good. Food was once again excellent, Especially the seafood chowder. The wife's cannelloni seemed a little light on the seafood. But overall very good = as usual.

Thank Peter E
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Whenever we want to go out in the summer and autumn with our dogs,we like to stop here because we can take them to the garden area where we can sit peacefully at a shaded table and enjoy the great fish and chips.

Thank Gandttimes
Manitoba, Canada
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815 reviews
527 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Finally had the chance to check out Fish Tales. We went for a mid-week lunch. It was quite quiet. Restaurant is really cute, a British Pub decor. Staff was friendly and helpful with menu. Decided on the grilled halibut meal and a salad with chicken. Both were very good. The best was the homemade herbal scone that came with the... More 

Thank Lynda D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, British, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?