Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.5
3995 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

*Happy Hour from 4:00pm-6:00pm daily
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Phone number
(604) 669-1940
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Wayne Sych
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Robson
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Parking Details
Valet parking is available Monday to Friday from 11:00am - 11:00pm and starting at 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. There is also ample street and parkade parking within easy walking distance.
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Public Transit
Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station
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Entertainment
Live Piano 7 days a week
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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4.6
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4.4
Ambience
4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I asked for a very special table as it was my wife’s birthday and we had a great table on the top floor. The service was amazing; our server Mirela has an excellent balance of ‘warm and friendly’ and ‘professional and knowledgeable’ making our experience very memorable - thank you. The food was awesome from the fried oysters, crab cakes and fish and chips. Everything was outstanding and many thanks for a superb dinning experience.

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Y
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As great as always. A long standing favourite. Sustainable fresh seafood and great wine. My only criticism was the really loud noise level - it made it extremely difficult to have conversation with our group. Our server was even having trouble hearing what we were asking for.

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LL
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good !
Service was fantastic, and food was great!
We had west coast Seafood Platter for 2 and paired with rib eye bone in, tasty

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ER
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. The wine list was quite nice and not overly expensive,although there were quite a few high end bottles. The piano player was a very nice plus. The portions were quite filling and even though the bill was substantial, it was worth it. We would go again. The fgish dished my wife and I ordered were terrific.

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O
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

The only good part of out dinning experience was the seafood tower. The rest, way below average. Our server Alan is not friendly at all. Seemed like he was not happy working there. The hot plates were all bland. The steak tasted like The chef forgot to season the meat and no trace of salt could be tasted in the clam chowder. For a place with such reputation, this was inacceptable.

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ME
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Haven't been to Joe Fortes since I moved away in the late 80's - walked in and felt like it was yesterday! What a treat!

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AA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joe Fortes is, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Vancouver.

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AP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always a pleasureable experience at Joe Fortes! The service is always excellent! The seafood (reason why we come) is always fresh and on point! We definitely recomend to all our friends and family.

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LD
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lived in Vancouver since 1987... never been... Had out of town friends visiting, and thought it was time I tried it. Food was outstanding, service from our wait staff Stephanie was amazing... ambiance great..... we wanted to catch up after not seeing each other for awhile, it was the Friday lunch crowd and very loud with the high ceilings but once it thinned out it was great... I would request an upper floor next time, just the sound is carried on the main floor due to the open ceilings. Overall, highly recommend.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really delicious seafood at this place. Friendly and attentive staff. Very busy restaurant st peak times, must make reservation if you want to eat at specific time. Quite a noisy place so may not be the best option for heavy conversation. Very expensive too but portions were decent and the food was fresh and innovative. Definitely recommend a visit for a special occasion.

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PS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and amazing food. Easily handled our larger party which was great. Food is incredible and the staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable. Will be back without a doubt.

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M
Surrey
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, great service, attractive venue. Overall a good experience.

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Z
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A friend and I went there to celebrate our 60th birthdays. The food was EXCELLENT as was our server, Chris. We spent almost 4 hours at the restaurant and never felt pressured to leave. Everyone was attentive, but not overly. Chris was always there to fill our wine glasses and ask if we wanted anything else. I would definitely return and highly recommend to others. Well done Joe Fortes!!

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H
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Joe Fortes is always my favorite restaurant, I like turkey club house sandwich, it was delicious, however, this time roast potatoes were dry and coffee wasn’t hot, it was only like warm. Hope this will improve next time I visit.

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EV
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We make it our business to eat at Joe’s every visit to Vancouver. The food is excellent and choices are good. Excellent wine list. We were doing a cruise of the west coast of the USA and brought along my cousin and her husband who were cirst time cruisers and firat time eaters at Joe’s. They thought both the servi e amd food was great. Only complaint was the Noise level. It was happy hour so I’m sure that contributed to the nosie, but normally the level is a little high off hours as well. This was our fifth visit to Joe’s and will definitely come back.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great dinner with friends and family. The staff were great and the food was delicious!

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vacation dinner. Service was excellent. Great seafood & excellent steaks. Service is attentive but in rushed. We’ll definitely be back!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Salmon Wellington was incredible

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I went to Joe Fortes for Brunch for part of our anniversary. Staff is next level dining, even for brunch ! The food is more expensive than your average restaurant but wait until you taste it. The serving sizes are very large as well which is a big bonus for me 😊

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

our waiter Colin O was great!!!! this is the second time I have made reservations and asked for a booth and didn't get it. When shown to our table it was close and between 2 other couples. I had to ask again for a booth of which there was one available. The first time they got our reservation time wrong and we didn't get a booth. It is too noisy to sit out on the floor and so close to everyone that you can hear their conversations and not be able to have one ourselves.

The food is superb as was the service from Colin.

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TH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Vancouver restaurant. I have been dinning there for many years. Very consistent food, service and wine menu. Highly recommend!

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C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service as usual , Johnny is the best !!

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Nice meal the service was extremely good, place was busy tables was to close together.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was nice, our server was friendly and patient with us since my parents took a while with the menu.

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my son’s 50th birthday there. Food was absolutely delicious and our server, John and his assistant, treated us very well. Kudos to all.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Our waiter Wade was super

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OT
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Dinner with a niece and her husband. An excellent place to have a conversation and a fine meal. The patio enhanced our enjoyment.

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LC
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A favorite lunch and early dinner spot for us overtime we visit Vancouver. We start with cocktails at the indoor bar and admire TJ working his magic as a mixologist and then outdoor dinning with long time server, Eddie. The service, food, and experience is always exceptional. Thank you for making our evening out with friends one of our favorite vacation memories. Cheers!

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S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Our food was good but not spectacular and certainly overpriced. The whole restaurant is extremely noisy so it's hard to have a conversation.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

A bit slow to get our Mimosas and food. First sitting so we understand the rush that the kitchen gets. Always a great meal.

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JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch! The Lobster Benedict and chicken and waffles were awesome! Melissa, our server, was very friendly, efficient, and wonderful. Highly recommend!

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SX
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Today’s service gay not good ,he didn’t recommend for us,and service to quality every time.

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SN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food was very mediocre for the price. My son’s steak came blue/raw to the table when he ordered it medium rare. My fish was overdone and the turnip/sauce as the bedding for the food was very unappetizing. The service was impeccable but I paid $250 for 4 of us and that only included 1 glass of wine. There are much better restaurants in Vancouver.

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TM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came in from Florida, was celebrating my Birthday, our waitress, Jennifer was amazing! Made amazing wine recommendations and was super attentive!

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E
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you very much for the great experience. The hospitality here is excellent just like we have at home in Las Vegas. 👍🏽👏🏾

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c
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There are awesome Meals and services .
I and my parents was fully satisfied!

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were excited about our upcoming second visit - as we had enjoyed our first dinner here several years ago while in Vancouver following a cruise. This visit was a disappointment unfortunately. While the atmosphere and service was great, our food was only average. I had the "chef's trio" of seafood and all three tastings were very bland. No seasoning whatsoever on prawns, salmon, and lingcod -- and all three were plated on top of a very bland puree of some type of vegetable. My husband had the halibut cheeks as suggested by our server. He felt the dish was good, but nothing special and would not order again. Next time in Vancouver we will look for another dining option.

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DF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience! I have a dairy allergy and they were wonderful in making sure I had a dairy feee supper which was still awesome!! We’ll be back again!!

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DJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food was excellent, as was service. However, our enjoyment was dimmed by overly loud music, which interfered with conversation. Maybe good for young people who like loud music, but not for us oldies. staff did turn down the volume (twice), but eventually we gave up and left. Oysters were very pricey, (about 10 X more from what i remember the last time, so not really within the average person's budget

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