Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dine-out Menu was great value for the quality/quantity of food my friend and I received. The bread and lobster oil / balsamic vinegar for the table was a really nice touch and tasted amazing. I got the Prawn Linguini, and my friend got the NY Strip. His was definitely a better choice, but nevertheless were both great considering we got a full size starter, entree, and dessert for a smidge more money than a typical entree. Well worth it and wish I could go back again!

p
Vancouver
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Oysters always good,
Prawn cocktail so-so, as usual,
Steelhead trout delicious,
Tiramisu a must.
Big thank you to our server - Richard L., makes our dinner more enjoyable.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Dine out 2020 was good

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and exceptional food. Their wasn’t a single negative experienced at this establishment. Highly recommend.

EG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. Service was outstanding and our server Phyllis was engaging, helpful, and friendly. I highly recommend Joe Fortes to anyone who is a foodie.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration

A
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

excellent lunch with my daughter. We both had the Thursday special - pork loin in a miso sauce and it was outstanding. Service was also outstanding as usual.

KC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always try to eat here when I am in Vancouver. The food is always really good as is the service. Nothing is too much trouble. Love the Jazz piano too. Its always busy so you are much better to book. In particular I love the oysters and the fish of the day is usually a very creative dish.

BB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We have a wonderful dinner - the service was FANTASTIC - server was engaged, witty and attentive with being intrusive

The good was great but could have used a little more seasoning

It is a favourite when in Vancouver

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It was nice

F
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

The last time I dined here was about 10 years ago and it was good. I decided to take a colleague from New York this week and we were both disappointed. The clam chowder was tasteless and contained hardly any seafood. We both had seafood off the menu and when we got our meals you could tell they had been sitting under a heat lamp resulting in over cooked seafood and vegetables. Service was awesome and the gentleman playing the piano was a really nice touch but there is better seafood restaurants in Vancouver to try. Do not recommend.

UN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We will NEVER recommend Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House due to the many following reasons.
1. I asked our server if wine is included on the Dine-Out Festival menu for $45, and our server said YES. When the bill came, they were charging us wine. When we refused to pay for the wine, the manager told us not to come back anymore. EXTREMELY WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!
2. The STEAK was so HARD, and CREME BRUHLE was VERY SWEET.
3. Regular food and beverage menu was OVERPRICED.
4. Our server was RUSHING US TO EAT!!!
5. Ambience was VERY NOISY-- VERY LOUD PIANO accompanied with LOUD SPORTS PROGRAM ON TV!
6. Washroom is upstairs. We have to climb up 2 sets of BIG STAIRS with 8 steps each set. NO ELEVATOR!
7. Dining place is SO CROWDED! Not enough room space!
8. Valet Parking $16!!!

WE DID NOT ENJOY OUR DINNER. WE WILL FOREVER NEVER GO BACK TO THIS JOE FORTES SEAFOOD & CHOP HOUSE (THURLOW ST, VANCOUVER, BC) AS IT HAS WASTED OUR MONEY and TIME, AND IT RUINED OUR NIGHT!!! VERY VERY RUDE MANAGER!

SJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very decent place

WS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always love going there, my favorite stop. Need to do something about the cab parking stalls out front.

A
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The whole dinner was rushed! We had the dineout menu. The server rushed us the whole time. The appetizer is not even done; the main course is already on the table. The whole meal from sitting down to paying the bill took 1 hr. The food itself was great. It would be better if we had more time to enjoy the meal.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded on January 20, 2020

Good Morning, Please accept my most sincere apology that your dining experience fell short this weekend. May I please request that you email me at Kelsey@joefortes.ca to discuss further details of your evening? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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JB
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Joe's is awesome. We always go to Joe's for any special occasion because the service and food are always excellent. Worth the money. We are always delighted and thankful. Can't wait to go back.

DL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We both had fish & chips which was tasty and well cooked, although I would rather not have the fake newspaper on the plate. Our server was helpful and friendly. Food was served in good time and was hot, which I was happy with. My only negative is the table we were at was a bit too close to the area where dirty dishes and the trash was kept. Overall we had a pleasant dining experience and will definitely be back

A
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful evening , has become the special place to go for us. The bar area is fun with great beves and people watching to start as always , next time we will try the wine room as it has a special appeal we did not see until we sat up top for the eve.

Well done !!

DU
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Excellent quality of food. Only issue is felt way to rushed to eat , not enough time between each course to relax and enjoy.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner
Good food and service as usual.
Love the lobster oil.

P
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

the mussels were exceptional, lobster bisque a little bland. prawns were great and the service perfect. enjoy.

FM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

I don’t know if they have a different chef and manu for dinner out festival, but we were 6 friends, 3 considered good ( not very good considering price ) and 3 considered too bad. Soup was no salt and the main dish was very spicy.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded on January 20, 2020

Good Morning, Please accept my most sincere apology that your dine out experience fell so far below your expectations, and our usually very high standards. May I please request that you email Kelsey@joefortes.ca to further discuss details? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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LY
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was delicious but the seats were uncomfortable. The service was good but hardly talk due to noisy environments plus tables are too close.

L
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There service was impeccable and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The DOV menu was excellent and the oysters were fresh and delicious.

MW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were 3 for a business dinner. We were seated promptly and never lacked for attention from the wait staff. Our waiter was very friendly and answered all of our questions regarding the menu and had recommendations regarding the best items from both the menu and the daily catch. We had the calamari for an appetizer and it lived up to its reputation as an excellent choice. We were allowed the time to enjoy the appetizer without any rush and the main course arrived soon after the dishes were cleared. Two of us had a selection from the daily catch (Swordfish) and the third had an item from the regular menu. We all enjoyed our selections immensely. Portions were just right because we all had enough "room left" for dessert. Carrot cake and Key-lime Pie were outstanding and a welcome end to an excellent meal. Everyone agreed that we would be very pleased to return for another meal in the future.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Overall we were very impressed with the food and service. The servings are very full and large. You will not go away hungry.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent, waiter was very good. We had cocktails instead of wine - I am usually a red wine gal, but the cocktails the waiter recommended were excellent. I did find the noise level quite high and we were tucked into a little nook, so I thought it may be quieter, but it wasn’t.
Overall a lovely evening.

SS
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The filet was fantastic! Really enjoyed the atmosphere as we were dining before the hockey game. Great service.

JO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful locTion, great service, delicious food.

DM
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Went for lunch on Monday (snow day) and was surprised that the room was very cold. No real heating around the bar area and no effort to improve the situation. Excuse made about height of ceilings. People next to us kept their wool hats on! Hot pot was good, but perhaps too much cream.

NE
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was amazing. Very pleasant to talk to and was full of energy thought our stay. Was a great first time experience. Would highly recommend to anyone especially for their crab cakes!

JA
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service from both Lauren and Heather. These two provided such outstanding service! Best brunch ever! Thank you ladies!

NM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Every time I have been here I have been blown away by the food, each plate is carefully thought out and made with the best of ingredients and flavor combinations, you couldn't order anything bad off of the menu. My only complaint would be that each time I have been here, our waiter comes and takes our drink orders, leaves to punch in our drinks and let us look at the appies, comes back a little later for the appie order and then our food always ends up being up before our drinks. So far every time we have been to Joe Forte's our appies arrived before our drinks. I have never been able to have more than 2 drinks when I visit just because it takes so long to get the first one that by the time it arrives you already have your food and then your so busy enjoying the food that your not really enjoying your drink so it'd be nice if they either had an extra bartender on the weekend or something to help with that, not that I am looking to get drunk while I am there but we are usually there for atleast 2 hours and a 4 ounce beverage doesnt take that long to drink is all. Will still continue to be a returning customer and recommending this place, would just be nice to see something improve in that area.

C
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. They even noticed it was my birthday and gave me an exquisite creme brûlée on the house. The only thing is that they forgot to bring the bread and lo lobster oil we requested. Thank you!

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, service and food was outstanding!!!
We had a fun evening celebrating my husbands birthday with friends.
Thank you for accommodating us with the request of a round table.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Matt our server was great very friendly the food was excellent as always! First time we came for brunch and we will come back again!

l
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Highly over priced dishes with uninspiring accompaniments. Expensive wine list and they didn't have the most reasonably priced wine in stock and the next bracket up was £30 more. Service was overly enthusiastic and felt like a tourist trap

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded on January 20, 2020

Good Morning, Please accept my most sincere apology that your dining experience fell so far below your expectations, and our usually very high standards. May I please request that you email Kelsey@joefortes.ca to discuss details? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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NG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food drinks and service was amazing as expected! Only downside was the noisy table next to ours, very distracting and made it hard to hear my date.

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was lovely

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service, live piano music. Highly recommend d - and definitely save room for the creme brulee!

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