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Barb's is a quaint seaside seafood restaurant floating at the bustling Fisherman's Wharf in the inner harbor of Victoria, BC. Be prepared to be entertained by our energetic harbor environment while pleasantly satisfying your appetite.
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Seafood, Fast Food, Canadian
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here was fantastic! We got the 2 piece fish supper and it was a decent portion size - 2 good sized battered fish fillets and chips along with a side of coleslaw and 2 small pots of tartar sauce. The batter was crunchy...and light, the fish was fresh and delicious! We didn't have to wait long for our food once we ordered and there was plenty of seating available.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the fish and chips. Delicious. Good tarter sauce with loads of fries. Cole slaw was a bit bland but the fish (halibut) was flaky and cooked well.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed May 27, 2022 via mobile

Excellent fish and chips. If not the best I have ever had. I upgraded to the halibut. Even a single piece is a meal. If there is a line, it's worth the wait. A must do in Victoria.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 19, 2022

Barbs is by far the best fish and chips in town! The line up is worth the wait and you won’t be disappointed. While you wait, there are so many things to look at and do on the Wharf. The fish is always a great...size and the fry portions are always more then enough. The batter is not greasy and the fish is always fresh. This is my favourite spot to check out while in the area.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Chip_Barbs, General Manager at Barb's Fish and Chips, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2022

Hello Nicole, Thank you for your review, we are happy you had a good experience during your visit. Good observation, people can check out the Wharf while they wait for their food (we use pagers to call people when their food is ready). Regards

Reviewed May 16, 2022

Went to Barb’s as some reviews were good, but we were very disappointed. Ordered 2 piece Halibut and Chips with one fried oyster. There was a small, thin piece of halibut covered in a thick, greasy batter. Same for the oyster. Our fingers were coated...in oil and there was a small pool of oil in the bottom of the basket. Chips were ok, as was the coleslaw - but not much flavour.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Chip_Barbs, General Manager at Barb's Fish and Chips, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2022

Hello, sorry to hear you were disappointed with your food. Any of our fish portions are 4oz. The food is deep fried so some grease should be expected, however the amount you described sounds excessive. I will make sure the cooks are following our cooking...More

Reviewed May 15, 2022 via mobile

We ordered may 15th, fish and chips, coming with coleslaw. The salad was not fresh at all and smelled rotten and it’s slimy, yuck!

Date of visit: May 2022
Chip_Barbs, General Manager at Barb's Fish and Chips, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2022

Hello, terribly sorry to hear about your experience. I wish you told us right there so we could have done something about it. I will make sure our staff are following the quality check points to make sure this never happens. Regards

Reviewed May 5, 2022

I do not eat any fish or seafood, but I will eat fish and chips when close to the ocean and this was by far the best I have ever had! May even try and get there again before we return home!

Date of visit: May 2022
Chip_Barbs, Manager at Barb's Fish and Chips, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2022

Hello Barbara, thank you for your review! we are so happy you enjoyed our fish and chips.

Reviewed May 3, 2022

This was our second fish and chips of the day, we opted for barbs famous fish and chips at $14.99. Not sure what was so famous, the batter was great, the fish nice and tasty and the fries were good. Just not sure where the...famous bit was from? There were bigger options of halibut and cod for 4 bucks more and no mention of famous? Am i making to much of the famous bit, should i have asked perhaps? Not being negative at all its a great stop for your favourite fish for sure and decent seating and you can order online all very helpful. Go take a look and try for yourselves.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Chip_Barbs, Manager at Barb's Fish and Chips, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2022

Hello, thank you for your review! The Famous bit is a marketing strategy, that is our best selling fish by far and is cod (also is the most cost effective so people order this type of fish more). All our fish portions are 4oz (cod,...More

Reviewed April 28, 2022

So many choices of different restaurants to choose food from, I am a picky one, especially since the pandemic has hit the world, but something about barbs fish + chips grabbed me, even though I didn't feel for a lot, never the less I just...wanted to try something, get out off the ship and get some fresh air, wanted something to do, so this makes me a little indecisive because I was full, I just ate, even though I have traveled to so many different parts of the world. I made my order of Brewed coffee, small fries, and French bread, I was not used to this debit card machine, I normally swipe and confirmed and go not saying that it is a problem, I wasn't wearing my glasses makes it hard to read the instructions, I thought for a second without my glasses this is difficult to read, so I asked the cashier to show me so I didn't make any mistakes. I change my mind again and switch back to cash, but when I was told that I would receive my change in Canadian dollars I then switch back to the payment method of the debit card very politely, Standing there waiting on my meal I could hear the cashier laugh and talk about me, it was a horrible experience to hear someone making fun of you with her fellow team members smh. And you then ask if racism is still a thing. What that young lady did was unprofessional and unkind, why I don't know? maybe this helps her to feel better about herself are important, but it shows a lack of respect for herself and her job. I hope this is something management look into not asking for her to lose her job, but some professional training might just do it. Funny I have always seen people posting negative comments about their different experiences and I thought wow, but here I'm doing my first ever bad reviews, one thing I know for sure is I will never go back there. A copy of my recipe will be uploaded Thank you.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Chip_Barbs, Manager at Barb's Fish and Chips, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2022

Hello Kaycell, I am shocked to read this review, we are very sorry you experienced this kind of behavior from our staff, that is completely unacceptable. I will look into it, could you please email a copy of your receipt to eat@barbsfishandchips.com? That way I...More

Reviewed April 28, 2022

Hands down the best fish and chips we've eaten in a long time - and perhaps ever!! We ended up here on the recommendation of the front desk at the hotel we were staying at and it ended up being one of the best meals...of our entire holiday.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Chip_Barbs, Manager at Barb's Fish and Chips, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2022

Hello, Thank you for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed your fish and chips and that we were able to create memorable experiences during your holiday!

Reviewed April 24, 2022

Fish was delicious, good sized portions and in a perfect location. Would definitely go back when in Victoria again.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed October 18, 2021 via mobile

great fish and chips , the batter was the best ive had in western Canada , good price snd friendly staff . nice spot to visit the house boats too

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 28, 2021

a map showed the location of Barb's. it also had shrimp which was an option we needed. We ordered, shrimp, halibut and the two piece fish meal. All were very fresh and tasty. Also, they weren't greasy. This was a great find in the middle...of a tour.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 18, 2021

We went on a busy August night. Some items were not available. Nonetheless the staff did a fine job serving everyone in a timely manner. Tables may be a little hard to come by in Fisherman's Wharf with many other restaurants sharing the tables. The...fried fish was excellent; the grilled salmon was OK.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed September 7, 2021

A staple on the Wharf. The fish is delicious. BUT, the pricing has increased to where the question of value for $$$ enters in.

Date of visit: September 2021
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I don't think they do; but across from them is a good Mexican restaurant that I'm SURE can accommodate your request!
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Yes, Barb's Fish and Chips offers takeout services.

Barb's Fish and Chips is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4