McGrath's Fish House - Vancouver

4.1
61 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

McGrath's Fish House is a staple family restaurant in Vancouver Washington. It serves fried and grilled fish options, and offers a raw bar. Known for the saying, "Pacific Northwest Fresh," McGrath's Fish House prides itself on serving amazing entrees made with only fresh seafood caught locally as often as possible. The chain has been thriving since the early 1980s and aims to serve well prepared food at affordable prices.

The vast McGrath's Fish House menu is part of what makes the restaurant so appealing to the public. It includes appetizers, share sized meals, and a different menu for fried and wood fired fare. Popular dishes include hazelnut sole and halibut parmesan. McGrath's Fish House also offers a dessert menu full of classic dishes such as cream puffs and New York style cheesecake. For those who don't enjoy seafood, burgers are also available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 61 people are saying
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JohnS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food had been pre-cooked and refrigerated, or frozen, and then re-heated. So it wasn't that good. If it's not made fresh by a chef for you, it just isn't as good. And the prices are high at this place, so they should hire cooks to do it fresh. The waitress tried to rush us out, clearly toward the end of her shift, before we could get a chance to order dessert. Also she mixed up some of our order.

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kbppwcj
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food good service and very reasonable prices. Get the Fisherman’s Platter.

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vipPaddyCake
Portland
98 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I ordered my usual halibut fish and chips. My salad was very good. When the fish and fries were served I was very disappointed. The breading was very thick which caused the fish not to be completely cooked inside. I alerted the waitress and she offered to bring me another order (I had ordered three pieces) to take home as I didn't eat the raw fish on my plate. When I opened the sack with the "to go" order there was a bunch of french fries and only lonely piece of halibut. I left the bag and told her that I expected a replacement order, not one measly piece of fish. It will be a long time before we return. Unfortunate as we are regulars.

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vipMikeM
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here many times. Always excellent and ALWAYS start with the crab stuffed mushroom appetizer! This time for entrees went with the Cajun pan fried oysters which where creamy and smooth as silk and Rockfish New Orleans - killer! Perfect dishes to share. We've never had anything but great food here.

We feel McGrath's is far superior to Red Lobster or any other fish house in Vancouver, except for Red Lobster cheese biscuits lol. Though we haven't gone in years and make them at home now...

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best meal out we've had in recent history. Fish and shrimp cooked to perfection. Veggies, too. Hope the one closer to home is as good as the on in Vancouver!

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kbppwcj
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was great and very reasonably priced. Service was a bit slow on a seemingly quiet evening. Waiter forgot to bring a second beverage that was ordered, or it would have been 5 stars overall. I miss the location that was in Milwaukie!

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Steve
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My wife and I love McGrath's Fish House, having eaten here many times over the many years we have lived in Vancouver. However, this visit sadly disappointed us, not good tasting food, not properly prepared or even served. As they say, three strikes and your out. It will be a long time until we return to this restaurant. Hopefully they will be able to return to their former selves, a much, much better restaurant.

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Pohlcat
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our experience there was wonderful. The only issue we had was that our appetizer came after we were served our salad and soup. We also went early and yet they had already run out of their special dessert.

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JoeF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was delicious and tasted fresh. The service was outstanding, and the cost was well within our budget. We will definitely return.

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DonJ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great place to eat. They have very good food.

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JackB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This was a birthday dinner celebration for my husband’s turning 76. I made a reservation letting them know it was his birthday. The waitress made a mistake on his order (he dislikes snow crab). When his dinner was served he told the server it was not what he ordered. When the waitress came to check on us he told her that it wasn’t the dinner he wanted. He was offered to also received the dinner he ordered along with what was served. He felt this was wasteful. He did not want me to let the manager know as he just wanted a non stressful dinner.
I just wish SOMEONE would have taken ownership for the wrong meal and that the manager stop by our table.
Already let family and friends know how disappointed we were! Definitely not the birthday dinner I wanted for my husband!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going there.. Most definitely going back

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vipMaxP
Portland
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I've eaten a few times here, and the food has been pretty good, as well as the service. Last time for a party of six, the wait between dishes has been excruciatingly slow, even though there were very few other diners. The server was nice and friendly, and apologized for the delays due to some training (?) going on in the kitchen along with limited staffing. I definitely want to come back, but maybe wait a few months until staffing issues have been resolved.

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vipRover
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our dinner experience was excellent. our server was cordial and efficient and the food was delicious

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BillS
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had outstanding service from our waiter and supporting help. The food was awesome and a great value for the money.

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vipRrrr
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Attentive waiter. Nice outdoor seating. Good chowder and salad. Entrees & vegetables overcooked and blah. Wine selection lousy!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my husband’s granddaughter’s out for a nice dinner it was a blast!! Food was good and the service was even better!!

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RicN
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service, food and ambience was very good. Like so many dining establishments in the U.S., the portions are much too large leading to a shameful waste of food and obesity! When dining out with my wife or a friend, I frequently split an order and find that more than adequate. Understanding that splitting is not the norm, offering a smaller amount for 15% less cost would suit many patrons, be less wasteful and encourage moderation rather than volume.

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vipRover
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great and delicious food

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vandyscamp
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to dine at McGraths! This was our first time back since the pandemic started, and I was so happy to see that everything was as I remembered. The atmosphere is soothing and comfortable, without the loud voice levels that seem to dominate some newer restaurants these days. The menu had many great choices, and every element was delicious. Good value, pleasant and attentive staff. Just what I want when I dine out. Thank you, McGraths and here's to many more great meals!

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TeriL
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A diverse menu with some interesting preparations of fish dishes. A great selection of sides, like Brussels sprouts and grilled zucchini. I am so tired of fries and coleslaw! Nice environment. We were happy we could get in with last minute reservations, we didn't realize you couldn't eat anywhere in Portland without a reservation.

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brillo8235
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were professional, food and ambience outstanding.

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IWILLWRITEUNTILIREACH24C
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked for a quiet place since I was meeting long-time friends. We had a very quiet place with a lovely, considerate but never intrusive waitress. Food was delicious and very happy to have shown off the Vancouver location.

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vipPaddyCake
Portland
98 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We go to McGraff's fairly often but last night was so disappointing. Service was very slow. We sat for quite some time with no service, not even a glass of water. When we finally got our dinner the french fries were stone cold. No apology, just took them away. New fries came much later. Dinner served in courses spoiled it for us.

No reduction in our bill, no apology, no visit from the manager, etc. Very disappointing. We won't return for a while hoping that they improve their food and service.

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vipsnowboarddoc
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food as always excellent. Our waitress tried really hard to do the job of two or three people. Guess with the unemployment benefits being to high, restaurants can't find any employees.

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vipVanUSAdiner
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great except they were out of wedge salads

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IMC21
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of my favorites..........I've never been disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, in fact it seems to have improved lately. Seating was handled well. The waitress Madison was very helpful and attentive.

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LindaM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at McGrath's and we were not disappointed. Seafood nicely cook, wait staff attentive, as delicious as the first time we went.

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vipNana
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Great food

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vipGirlieGal
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The Dungeness crab legs were why we went to this restaurant, but they're very obviously previously frozen and that was a huge disappointment in taste. I had the Seafood Astoria and it was a strange piece of white fish that was previously breaded, but then topped with this mash of supposedly fresh Dungeness crab and mushrooms in a cream sauce. The fish breading was rubbery. We met a relative here visiting from out of state, who wanted PNW seafood, so we looked up places serving Dungeness crab legs and ended up here. If we would have looked at the reviews of this location, we would have realized they weren't that great. When we left, their huge green dumpsters had been moved to the middle of the parking lot, almost directly behind two other cars, and they completely blocked the entrance that we came in. We were able to drive out the other entrance/exit, but it was just strange that they were completely blocking the parking lot entry, and it was 9pm, so not exactly garbage pickup time.

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JeremyB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We really love this place. Good food good price. Only hiccup we had was our server kinda messed up the bill but she took care of it.

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BobbieR
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Staff was outstanding and very attentive. We stayed to visit and it was not an issue with staff for the length of time we were there. I service was prompt and cheerful. I have eaten there several times and will continue to do so.

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Dory
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dining experience all the way around. The food and service is always really good. The social distancing was good also.

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vipTravelerswife
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The crab cakes were all bread no crab!!!! even tough the waitress said they have changed their recipe to include more crab. What I got was a bread crumb patty with 2 tiny shrimp in two cakes:(.

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LoriJ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was excellent. It was a little cold in the restaurant.

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LizW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips with chowder was very good. We were the only ones outside which we enjoyed.

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MMHH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The clam shower was outstanding, and a huge portion for the price! Husband had the captain's platter, and it was huge, half a Dungeness crab, 3 pieces of fried halibut, clam strips, scallops and fries with a delicious salad! Well worth the hour drive for seafood!!!

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KevinL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The service was ok and there food was ok. I ordered the steak and lobster and was disappointed. The steak was small and so was the lobster tail.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner experience and the food was fantastic

FAQs

McGrath's Fish House - Vancouver offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (360) 514-9555.

McGrath's Fish House - Vancouver is rated 4.1 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.