Finest At Sea Seafood Boutique

Products and Services

  • Seafood,
  • Local Products,
  • Sustainable,
  • Ocean Wise,
  • Delicatessen,
  • Fish And Chips,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
4675 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 4A3
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Meet the owner

While most of his peers spent their time playing sports or hanging out with their friends, 11-year-old Bob Fraumeni was already a budding entrepreneur. “I grew up in a series of foster homes and it fuelled a desire in me to become self-sufficient very early on,” says Bob. “I was bound and determined to make a success of myself, and to be happy.”

Bob was happiest when he was at sea. From his earliest memories, he was mesmerized by the ocean and what lived below it. He spent all of his spare time hanging out with the fishermen on Victoria’s harbour docks. At just 11 years old, he purchased his own fishing boat for $100. “I saved all of my money from doing odd jobs. It wasn’t much of a boat but it was mine,” he recalls.

Now a seasoned fisherman, Bob understood early on that there was a need to fish sustainably if the industry was to survive. In the 1980s, Bob founded Frozen at Sea, selling most of his catches to the Asian markets. “One day it dawned to me...why is the best fish going to Japan and Asia?” he asked himself. “I decided to keep the best fish for locals.”

In 2004, he partnered with Bruno Born and Paul Chaddock, and together they opened Finest at Sea, a seafood boutique and eatery selling fresh catches from Bob's fleet of 12 fishing boats.

Today, there are two locations, one in Victoria and Vancouver, as well as a processing plant on Granville Island that also includes a small retail shop. Finest at Sea also has a “roving" cart, which is perfect for bringing fresh seafood to local festivals and private events.

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Finest at Sea is the leading provider of fresh seafood on the West Coast. So, naturally, all of the products at their flagship shop in Kitsilano are caught by their own fisherman, and prepared on-site. Available from the shop’s tiny takeout counter, seasonal fish sandwiches may contain anything from B.C. sockeye salmon to halibut to fresh oysters and shrimp.

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Seafood may not be top of mind on a Saturday morning, but perhaps a steaming bowl of clam chowder and fresh bread, or battered halibut with piping hot chips, are just what weekend warriors need to start the afternoon right. Most don’t know that the fish shop doubles as an intimate cafe, where locals enjoy fresh seafood prepared in a variety of ways by talented cooks. Sitting opposite Prince of Wales Park, you can combine your meal with a nature walk – the perfect cure for a raucous night out.

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