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The Fish Store

Posted by Tim / Reviewed on May 21, 2007 / review policy

20070521_fishstoresalmon.jpgIf there's a perfect sandwich in Toronto, it just might be found at The Fish Store. Tucked away behind a pale blue facade just west of Grace on College Street, The Fish Store is exactly what it sounds like - a small neighbourhood fish store. The catch, pardon the pun, is that it also grills ridiculously fresh and tasty fish sandwiches.

20070521_fishstorescallops.jpgThe options to choose from are almost endless. There's tuna, shrimp, calamari, wild sockeye salmon, grouper, snapper, tilapia, scallops, halibut, black cod....the list goes on. For those trying to cut back on carbs, the husband and wife team (she's in the kitchen and he's the friendly salesman/server) also offer homemade soups like clam chowder and butternut squash ($3.99).

20070521_fishstorefish.jpgOn my most recent visit I opted for the salmon (pictured top). Three seasoned, chunky pieces were grilled fresh to order in only a matter of minutes. They were then wedged inside a soft portuguese bun and garnished with lettuce and tomato. With a bottle of Steaz (lemon dew green tea soda) to wash it down, it was basically the perfect lunch. And cheap too! Most sandwiches cost between $5.99 and $10.

20070521_fishstoretable.jpgFor seating options, inside are a couple of small tables, each good for a party of two. It's there they stock condiments like tabasco and hot chili sauce. Not that they're needed though. There's more than ample flavour grilled in. During warm weather, the patio offers more dining options, not to mention good people watching on College Street.




Timothy / March 19, 2008 at 05:17 pm
I get my fish there on a weekly basis and have never been disappointed! I really like the wild salmon on offer but for a real deal the whitefish selection is a guaranteed winner.
Dellet / April 16, 2008 at 03:37 pm
best sandwich shop in the city! i love this place!!!
Allen Greenwood / April 16, 2008 at 03:40 pm
unbelievable place! great food, owners, service, atmosphere!
Hanna / June 7, 2008 at 12:38 am
Delicious! It's out of my way, but I'm definitely going back to sample more of the menu. The owners are great too.
Joe from Brampton / December 12, 2008 at 05:14 pm
What else is good there besides the fish?

Is the shrimp sandwich good? calimari? lobster?

Any way to expand the pics?? I wanted to read the captions in the picture of the fish


nice review :)
Beverly / April 5, 2009 at 11:26 am
very pleased to see this little joint in the number one spot. by far the best sandwich in the city. unique!
Jeff / May 7, 2009 at 06:23 pm
Best place to get fish in the city. Cheap and fresh, cooked to perfection every time. To answer Joe, the shrimp sandwich is amazing. The owners couldn't be nicer too.
Pwok / May 19, 2009 at 03:03 pm
This place is tiny! I had their catfish sandwich. Tasty, but it was dripping in oil. I'm not sure if it was from the fish or too much oil being used in pan-frying. I also had the Manhattan chowder, which was poor. It was overpowered by tomatoes (tasted like maybe campbell's tomato soup) and had very little clams.

The place isn't bad, so I'll try them again.

BTW, what's with all the Korean owners (I think these owners are). They seem to be everywhere.
Rebecca / June 18, 2009 at 03:23 pm
The best place in the city for a fish sandwich- it's been consistently excellent every time we've been in the last six years since we first discovered it. I've NEVER been disappointed and we are fussy about our food. Not only is the fish perfectly seasoned and of course absolutely fresh and tasty, the bread in the sandwich is always fresh with a most pleasing texture and taste. Unfailingly gracious ultra polite and friendly service. Recommended as a sunny day place to drop in with out-of-towners for a fast, delicious and healthy lunch on the little italy patio.
Rich / August 19, 2009 at 02:14 pm
Best fish sandwich I've ever eaten, by far. Can you really compare it to a good steak sandwich? I don't think its a fair comparision, but if you like fish, get your ass to the fish store. I had the blackend cod. This sandwich is a game-breaker!
Sarah / January 25, 2010 at 11:15 am
Absolutely delicious!
Janice / May 29, 2010 at 09:37 am
The sandwiches are amazing! I've had 4 or 5 different kinds and each was equally delicious. It's gotten hard to decide which to get since they're all so good. Get a freshly made lemonade to go with it and it's a perfect lunch. The owners are incredibly nice and friendly.
Eva replying to a comment from evilsminnime / September 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm
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steph / September 21, 2010 at 01:17 pm
walked by this place last night and i got pulled in because of the wonderful smells coming from this tiny little store. we had the dinner meals and this is seriously some good stuff, cheap eats good portions and very friendly staff.

the fish itself was so flavourful and everything i had was delicious, the only thing i tried wasn't exactly great was the calm chowder, but i can live without that. i will for sure be back on a regular basis!! my only downside is during winter there won't be any spots to sit outside :(
sandy / December 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm
Ive been going to the fish store for years. Always amazing! Fresh and tasty. If you haven't tried there food. Go ASAP.

You will thank me, I promise.
sona / September 1, 2011 at 05:44 pm
where did the old one move to... he said he was going somewhere around the cityTV building???
moji / January 25, 2012 at 11:57 am
I love this place ... simple but fresh and delicious AND healthy at the same time :)
Rachel G / March 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm
I went to the fish store on a Friday afternoon during the lunch rush. The owner was friendly and patient while I took my time to order. I had the cod sandwich which was $14.41 which is expensive but the fish was fresh as the other ingredients. Fish was cooked perfectly served on a fresh sub bun with greens and tomato. Would go there as often as possible but go for the specials! Easier on the wallet!
James Slattery / May 9, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Definitely a healthier sandwich choice! Good eating.
SuzQ / June 12, 2015 at 10:51 am
The place is top notch. Very friendly service. Excellent fish selection. Great to have choice fish of brown rice or a salad.

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