Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.5
4190 reviews
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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.

Private Dining

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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NF
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very consistent dining experience.

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ET
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Can never go wrong with this steakhouse when in Vancouver.

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JA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply amazing

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

a lovely lunch and excellent service. Our server Ashley was exceptional. The standard and quality of service is always absolutely fabulous as is the food and ambiance. A favourite place to have a meal. I wanted to try the blue plate special and it did not disappoint. Both my husband and I loved it. Thanks so much! We will be back :-)

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C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service, ambiance and decor were excellent.
I had the Caesar salad, artichoke pasta and crepe brûlée. ( 3 course meal option on menu) and we ordered a bottle of wine
The pasta was drowning in the white sauce and the taste was bland. I would not order that again.
Service was excellent.

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TS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great atmosphere, great service! We'll be back.

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WS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. I found the wine to be crazy expensive.

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DE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food and service were very good to excellent. The noise level on Friday night was tinnitus inducing and it was difficult to hear the others at the table.

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IL
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We hoped for better! The Lobster Bisque is one of the best we have had on this continent. Then it went down the hill. We had a Seafood Platter (one tier) requested without oysters due to allergy and the best of that platter was the half lobster. The rest of it (Mussels, Clams, Ceviche, Tuna and Shrimp) did not either be cooked and/or fresh. One of us even did not feel that good during that dish.

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DW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Manager personally came by to say hello. Very personable and friendly yet professional. Our server was excellent as was the dinner. Large portion beautifully presented.

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S
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoy dining at Joe Fortes. Whenever we visit Vancouver, we always reserve a table. Fresh Oysters, a wedge of salad, and delicious ocean fish coupled with a glass of wine never disappoint. On our recent visit the Sable fish was candy sweet and the Pavlova was outstanding! Makes me wish there was a location in Calgary. This eatery is a neighborhood gem! We'll be back!

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JD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great but what really made this visit special was the excellent service. Our waiters were exceptional.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic in every way.

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HA
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went there for his birthday, thought we would try something new and exciting. We shared the seafood platter for two and was more than enough food for the both of us. It was expensive but so worth it. Everything was prepared perfectly. The only thing that would have been better if our food came out hot ( came out warm) and stayed warm till we were done. There's just so much food to get through and seafood cold isn't that appealing . Other than that our server Cole C was amazing, kept it classy but also knew we weren't the "high end" kind of people. She made little jokes here and there to liven up the mood and made our stay even more enjoyable. We definitely will be back! Thank you so much!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food , Amazing Ambiance ! Will be back soon

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P
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Wonderful! Perfect place to go for a special occasion. Seafood is so fresh!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great experience! Food and service was great!

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B
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great quality!!!!

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TB
Vancouver
47 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve been coming here for 30+ years for lunches and dinners. I’ve noticed though that dinner has become very VERY expensive. That being said the food and service is always excellent and the place is always packed (which also makes it very noisy). I think I will continue coming for lunch but will take a miss on dinner. Four oysters, an appetizer, a lamb shank, cioppino, one glass of wine and a virgin Caesar with the standard gratuity was $170. I really don’t think it’s worth it unless you’re entertaining corporately and have an expense account. But still a consistent and popular place after all these years. Reservations highly recommended.

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LA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, we really enjoyed our evening at Fortes! There is such a fun energy and great ambience. Add to that staff that for a large part, has been there for years, and it is one of our favourite spots for a celebration or date night type evening/brunch.
Thanks, once again!

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff very efficiently & knowledgeable regarding menu produce & options, meal fantastic , overall a great dining experience 👍

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IM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

server was very nice made my mom and I feel special

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service at Joe Fortes never disappoints. Joe Fortes has been our “go to” restaurant for many years and we always recommend them to friends.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great dinner. Service excellent attentive but not pushy. Very busy restaurant- is a bit noisy but great food as always. Our favourite.

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C
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I have dined here before. It was good. This trip was not acceptable. First after having reservations we were seated in the middle of the restaurant at a tiny table. The restaurant was empty and we were told the booths were only for reservations. We had one! Then we get moved upstairs we’re the music was terribly loud. The seats were all 30 years old and broken. Food was cold! Waited 10 minutes for Malt vinegar. No drink refills or even by to see if we wanted a different drink.

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D
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food and the service, disappointed that I made the reservation quite sometime ago, spent over $450 on dinner and we were stuffed in a corner with no view and very little room, not very comfortable looking at the walls. But the rest was excellent!!

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PC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great brunch. If you go there ask for MATT he was terrific. A good time was had by all !

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We made our reservation for 6P and the restaurant was not full at that point. The hostess walked us into the bar to a table for two. The ambiance was not the same as the restaurant which had white table clothes and a restaurant feel versus a pub with TVs and high tops. We asked to be relocated, and then they showed us a table for two near a coat rack in a passageway by the staircase. We objected again and they finally placed us at a table for 4 on the top floor next to a party of 10 on one side and a party of 8 on the other. The volume was so loud we could barely communicate with each other. Across from us was a table for two wedged into the passageway waiters used to serve the two large parties. (We were grateful they didn't try to seat us there as we watched two couples be seated there and both asked to be relocated. ) The other tables for two were next to the service station for the bus people. This is not a place to go for an intimate table for two and a romantic dinner. All the tables for two were in the WORST locations. If you go, request a booth and request a dining room table not in a walkway or passageway.

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SW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire experience was excellent, food, ambience and most of all the service. We especially appreciated being seated to accommodate one of our party with hearing difficulties. You really made our family Christmas celebration special. We are sure to return soon.

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o
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was perfect except one thing. We ordered seated at a very small window table for four. We decided to order two seafood platters ($169.00) each and I asked if they would fit on our table. It did, but only because they removed the bread, lobster oil, and a few other things. It was very tight. I would have thought, given what we were spending (including a very expensive bottle of wine and cocktails) that they would have moved us to a larger table. Other than that it was great.

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s
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

quite pricy and slow. food was average but all the staff were amazing.

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J
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Good service.
Tables and chairs are too close together that its hard to get in and out without bothering people beside us.
First 2 orders are not available.

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H
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and excellent service. Everything went perfectly from the reservation to the coat check to the food and service. A tad pricey for everyday dining, but a great choice for that special occasion.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and product knowledge from our server Kathrine

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JK
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was exceptionally professional. He had made our lunch experience an enjoyable one!

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KB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nice restaurant but way too noisy. Would be much more enjoyable at off peak time when Noise levels are lower and you can carry on a conversation across the table.

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AD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was wonderful, I forgot his name unfortunately. It was our anniversary dinner and they went above and beyond to make it special. Food was great, arrived in timely manner. Price was well worth the ambiance, food quality and service. Will be back soon.

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived early for our reservation and were escorted to two seats at the bar. I had a tasty cocktail off the menu that was while we waited a short while for our table. Our waiter, Richard, was awesome. I would specifically request him again. I had the Manhattan steak and it was cooked perfectly. My wife and I had a great experience here.

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ES
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food. As a frequent diner we never been disappointed. Always a great place to take out of town visitors...

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful place to dine whether casual or to celebrate, brunch, lunch or dinner - never disappointed. Love the Christmas Season at Fortes - always decorated beautifully.

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