Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Joe Fortes has been specializing in classic, American cuisine since 1985. The turn-of-the-century inspired dining room features 30-foot high ceilings and six unique dining venues that include brand new green roof top patio. Executive Chef Wayne Sych prepares each dish with a focus on natural flavours and features the finest ingredients from Pacific Northwest farmers, fishermen and other food artisans. Serving more than 50 kinds of fresh fish, premium oysters and thick chops daily, Joe’s signature dishes have become a favourite with locals, celebrities & tourists alike. Joe’s is known as the best oyster bar in Vancouver and is home to some of North America's best oyster shuckers. Our award winning wine list features over 400 selections from British Columbia, California, the Pacific Northwest and prominent wine regions throughout the world. Enjoy a delicious cocktail at our bar with live piano music nightly or at our Roof Garden Bar.

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Visit Joe Fortes and you are welcomed into an environment whose vibrant sights and sounds are as enticing as the menu is. With our name inspired by a local legend famous for his warm, welcoming nature, we naturally believe that hospitality is key in creating a memorable group dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Service and ambiance were amazing! This is definitely not a steakhouse. I would go back for appetizers and seafood. But streaks were very plain no flavor and undercooked.

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PA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For a variety of seasonal dishes, I'd recommend this place. The fish and seafood choices were fresh and properly prepared.

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LD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Staff was fantastic! Food was good. Prices are high but were worth it!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love coming here! Food and service is sublime.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After being seared on that it - thank you; Shannon moved us to an even greater table upon request and proceeded to make my love for Joes to remain unchanged.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I experienced very poor service this time and was extremely disappointed. To the point where we ended up just having appies and then going somewhere else for the meal. This was my birthday celebration and I was so saddened.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded 12 hours ago

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience dining with us. Please contact us at events@joefortes.ca to discuss your last visit further and to give us an opportunity to make things right. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Joe Fortes Management Team

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Il vino rosso aveva la temperatura ambiente di ca 28 gradi, inbevibile. Una carne servita quasi fredda e l’altra nonostante richiesta Medium rare era stracotta e dura. Se non altro hanno avuto l’onestà di non fatturarle!
Posto non consigliabile!!!

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PD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice dinner and excellent service! The lobster oil is the only skip, otherwise outstanding 😁

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our anniversary! James was as always a perfect servwr

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All good but was hoping for a little piece of birthday cake for my friend to celebrate her birthday!

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O
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Frankly, I consider this restaurant overrated - but it's clearly popular and locals obviously think it's one of the best in town. We had the full seafood platter, which looks impressive (as it should be for the price). Most of the items are hot (or warm) on arrival, but this gives the problem that they cool down quickly and items eaten later are therefore cold and somewhat greasy. Ambience is great - we sat on the patio upstairs - and the service is fine (but just the level one would expect, nothing spectacular).

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent staff and hospitality!

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PH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent waitress. Food and wine was good. Overall worth the visit.

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took relatives visiting from England out to dinner and they loved it. I have been to this restaurant off and on for many years and always enjoy it very much. Excellent service and food!

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JY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food in a long standing Vancouver restaurant. Wide selection of food for brunch and dinner. Try any of the seafood dishes and you won't be disappointed. Exceptional!

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R
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

The food used to be great but over the last year it seems to be going down hill still okay but not great anymore. We get our food extremely quickly after ordering but the food is never hot just warm. On our last brunch order the shrimp were over cooked and cold almost like the meal was made ahead of time and just assembled before serving.

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F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Rare lunch with both my daughters.

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service with a excellent price.
Service was outstanding.
Food was well presented.

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SA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Seating quickly. Great Service and food. Enjoyed the piano during brunch.

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R
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Joe Forces is a great place for a meal! The atmosphere is energetic, with a great live pianist. The food was excellent with good portion sizes. Two thumbs up!

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DB
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food quality and service is always consistent and good. I do find this to be a little pricey, however having consistent quality is well worth the additional dollars! We sat upstairs and I did find this area to be quite noisy not great for trying to discuss business.

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PB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We discovered the restaurant ten years ago and found it awesome. We went back and were still flabbergasted.

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TD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Seafood Platter for 2 tastes very good. Presentation average. Pass on the seafood chowder, poor to average in taste and presentation.

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue. Three different seating sections main restaurant, bar area over looking the street, and patio. It is a well managed concept and good food. In the other hand, it is on the pricey side and the host is not as friendly as she should be. Over all it is a must visit iconic restaurant.

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PM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vacation in Vancouver led my wife and I to this great spot. Fantastic and very relaxing service from Mike. Fresh seafood, including amazing oysters. Top notch cocktails and extensive wine list. Finished the evening with a unique take on Key Lime pie Great energy in the room. Piano player at 6 that evening. This place elevated the term ‘Saloon Gourmet’

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Toda la comida estuvo deliciosa. Siempre que vengo a Vancouver voy a comer a joe fortes y siempre es una sorpresa agradable. .... en esta ocasión el platillo que pedí tenía demasiado betabel... (descubrí que además del rojo hay blanco y amarillo) no me gusta, así que lo deje. Pero a mis invitados les encantó. Es un lugar agradable para cualquier ocasión..

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d
Vancouver
68 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Waiter was just a lovely man with a broad smile & a skip in his step: hold onto him. He was understanding of my gluten allergy & accommodated my request for half portions of my two favourites on the menu!! Sorry, I don’t know his name but kudos to him, thank for for making my birthday lunch special . Always love the live music also!!!

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b
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent, friendly and genuine. The food portions were very good. Eating on the patio was a great experience and then we moved over to the bar. Drinks were a little pricey. My wife ordered the gnocchi and found them much too doughy, garlicky and not authentic at all. Overall a very enjoyable experience except for the gnocchi. Would come back again

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RW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The selection was fabulous, the taste and temperature of the food was amazing. The noise level certainly got louder as the evening progressed. And the temperature of the room was a bit high.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

lived up to all high expectations. Worth its top billing.

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SE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Happy Hour in the city! Great Service. looking forward to our next Happy hour at Joe Fortes!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

graduation

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Graduation

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

The food was excellent and the server Jonas was super friendly and helpful. The only complaint I would have is in regards to the noise level. We we're situated in the main area on the ground floor and it was quite loud.

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LM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always an enjoyable experience. My son’s favourite restaurant.

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M
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best server and food in Vancouver! Lovely dining experience on the roof top patio with Mirela (fantastic server!). We had fried pickles (to die for) as an app, peppercorn ahi tuna and fish and chips- best in town! Well done by all and we will be back

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BL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great, food was not, mediocre for the price. Lobster was overcooked, dry and hard. Bone in rib eye steak was cooked to the order, but the quality of the beef itself was poor, too many tendon makes it very hard to chew and swallow. The kale that came with the miso sablefish was too salty and oily. Overall, for the price I could have get better value and quality from many other places. Disappointed.

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OT
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Brunch on the patio. Beautiful day. Great food and terrific service from Matt

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JK
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was great. The atmosphere was loud and busy, though it was a Friday night. We had a toddler with us. They were kid tolerant (they had high chairs and a kids menu) but I wouldn't say it was kid friendly (not a place to have an energetic toddler who needs to walk around).

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SH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am always looking for a new restaurant to take spoil my. I have enjoyed many of Vancouvers excellent restaurants but somehow always overlooked Joe Fortes. No longer. JF’s has gone to the top of my list of fav dining spots. Bohemian but classy, sophisticated but chill. Can’t wait to return and work my way through the food delicious menu and sample more of the wines .

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