November 15 2013
Gastown's Picks: Best Places for Seafood
Written by Gastown Admin
Al Porto Ristorante
321 Water Street
Al Porto offers fine dining and superb Italian food from their historic location near Waterfront. Al Porto is a great place for seafood lovers, specializing in seafood, traditional Italian dishes, and wood-fire pizza from their beautiful setting that is reminiscent of rustic Tuscany. For a mouthwatering pasta dish, try the Linguine Pescatore, made with prawns, mussels, clams, squid, scallops, salmon, halibut, and tomato sacuce. View Al Porto’s full menu.
99 Powell St
Tel: 604 428 0301
One of the newest additions on Powell Street, Bambudda is a stylish restaurant-meets-cocktail-bar offering modern fusion dim sum and amazing drinks. This is a perfect spot for those who enjoy an Asian approach to seafood; Bambudda offers dishes with fresh oysters, clams, scallops, and cod that are made with an Eastern twist. We recommend the Cod dish, with Zucchini blossom, fava beans, and seafood soy. View Bambudda’s food menu.
Cork & Fin
221 Carrall Street
Image courtesy of Scout Magazine
Cork & Fin is one of the best seafood restaurants in the city, with plenty of grilled fish, scallops, oysters, and clam steamers to choose from, as well as a great wine list. The candle lit setting is romantic with an exposed brick main dining room and semi- private mezzanine – perfect for a date or romantic seafood experience. Try their Roasted Sea Bream, with eggplant caponata, wilted greens, and grilled lemon. Also, check out Cork & Fin’s happy hour oysters specials, happening everyday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. View Cork & Fin’s Fall 2013 menu.
105 – 375 Water Street
Guu is easily one of the friendliest restaurants with lively energy, serving contemporary Izakaya fusion dishes that are meant for sharing. Every Wednesday, Guu features ‘fresh fish of the night’ directly from Japan. For those that love sashimi, our favourite is the Manguro Tutaki (pictured above), a dish with seared tuna sashimi on daikon with ponzu sauce topped with garlic chips and green onions. View Guu’s dinner menu.
12 Powel Street
One of the best restaurants for comfort food, Lily Mae’s is a prairie kitchen meets European bistro serving delicious ma’ and pa’ food that warm up the soul. Their menu is filled with hearty meals and a couple of delightful seafood dishes that are bound to hit the spot. Try out their Steam Mussels & Frites dish, the Chef’s daily creation with local mussels and served with frites (or fries). View Lily Mae’s menu.
238 Abbott Street
Revel Room is a perfect spot for a cheerful dining experience or a late-night hangout. Revel Room serves flavorful sharing plates and mains with Southern inspiration and amazing cocktails in a unique, intimate setting – a great spot for those who love a Southern kick in their seafood. Try their Wild Caught Blue Crab Cakes served with lemon basil aioli. If you like to rock out, Revel Room features top shelf live music nights from Sundays to Wedesndays. View Revel Room’s dinner menu.
Rodneys Oyster House
52 Powell Street
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Anyone that is a genuine seafood lover and oyster aficionado will know the name Rodney’s Oyster House. This restaurant offers Maritime hospitality, fresh seafood, and fine spirits, with an Oyster shucking counter by their bar for your viewing pleasure. Be prepared to use your fingers; Rodney’s serves strictly seafood served on a plate with their infamous sauces. View Rodney’s food menu.
The Flying Pig
102 Water St.
The Flying Pig combines an elegant dining experience and mom and pop comfort food in an open kitchen concept. This restaurant specializes in offering delicious nouveau Canadian bistro dishes, many of which are made with lobster, halibut, trout, and prawn.The ultimate seafood dish is the Wild Seafood Papparedelle (pictured above), made with mussels, clams, salmon, prawns, and spicy rose’. View The Flying Pig’s dinner menu.
Water Street Cafe
300 Water Street
Water Street Café is a Gastown classic. This restaurant offers elegant dining, beautiful view overlooking Water Street’s cobblestones, and classic seafood and pasta dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. Our favourite from the seafood section is the Miso Grilled Albacore Tuna, made with scallion, pickled ginger, and sesame soya dressing. View Water Street Café’s dinner menu.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our list next week. Happy dining!