Nanaimo is home to some of Vancouver Island’s best fish & chips – after all, this is the Habour City, and fresh, local seafood is abundant. There is no shortage of choice when it comes to sourcing out the best of this cuisine in Nanaimo, so we’ve made your job a little easier with these top picks.

The Firehouse Grill 

Beer battered and fried golden brown – is your mouth watering yet? Best known for their deliciously diverse sushi menu, the Firehouse Grill’s fish & chips maintain the same high standard of cuisine. The batter coating is thin, crispy, and airy, complemented by a yummy chilli tartar sauce and ‘slaw. Couple this with one of their signature cocktails and a view of the city, you’ll be glad you did.

Trollers Fish & Chips

What’s in a name? Trollers Fish & Chips’ name says it all, and they promise only the best local and wild-caught seafood. This unique, floating waterfront restaurant was voted Nanaimo’s best fish & chips in 2015. They offer three choices: Halibut, Salmon, and Cod. Trollers’ batter is thicker, making for a big crunch. Served with creamy coleslaw on the side, it’s only appropriate to wash this fare down with a hot chocolate or ice cream on the waterfront.

Dinghy Dock Pub

Now this is a meal worth the trek.

From Nanaimo, hop on the  Protection Island Ferry to sample the Dinghy Dock Pub’s take on fish & chips. Here, at Canada’s only registered floating pub, cod is the choice fish. You can try your cod with a tempura batter or, to spice things up a bit, try the hand-breaded lemon pepper. Enjoy your meal with golden, crispy fries while you take in the coastal view on their outdoor patio.

Pirate Chips

Undoubtedly a local favourite, Pirate chips blends their award-winning food and quirky staff with the Harbour City pirate vibe.  Offering either beer battered or gluten-friendly batter on fresh Halibut or Cod, this meal is absolutely in the running for Nanaimo’s best fish & chips. This gem is also featured on the Nanaimo Bar Trail, serving up a to-die-for deep-fried Nanaimo Bar. Rumour is, during Bathtub Weekend, every customer gets a free Nanaimo Bar with ever purchase of fish & chips…. How could you go wrong?

Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge

Who says fish & chips aren’t fit for a fancy dinner out? Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge proves it the perfect pairing.

Located inside the Coast Bastion Hotel, this restaurant features beautiful harbour views in fine dining fashion, all in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. Their home-battered fish & chips is paired with cabbage slaw, Minnoz tartar and a choice of green salad, caesar salad, or fries. With a 1-piece fish & chip and beer special every Thursday, Minnoz definitely earns a spot as a contender for Nanaimo’s best.