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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.6
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5172 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 5172 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ronv
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Over all the the meal and service were excellent. My only criticism would be the initial table were were seated at was situated by the main entrance and consequently quite drafty. We were moved to a second table that was facing the kitchen and seats could not be moved due to Covid restrictions, so we asked to be moved to another table.
The third table was fine and enjoyed our meal.
This was a reservation and it was surprising to be brought to the first two tables, which were definitely not the best seats in the house, in spite of a near empty restaurant.
I hope we were not given these tables because the hostess wanted to fill the inferior tables first.
That said, Joe Fortes is a great place to dine and if you are not happy they will happily accommodate your request.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing and we had a great time , thank you (:

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KenM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Service was excellent and the food was very good . Social distancing is very good

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Alib
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service by Roben and Michael. Thanks for the great food, super fresh and the great margarita's!! Will be back :)

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GordonH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

They say you can't go home, but they don't know about the calamari at Joe Forte's! Superb! And the marinated sable fish was elegant! Thanks!

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AnaB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, amazing food, great patio and good admosphere.

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DariaD
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a seafood platter and a bottle of wine. Service was impeccable!

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CarolyneS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent. Very good value during happy hour.
We had an early dinner and took advantage of happy hour appetizers.
I had the cioppino and it was great.
Our waiter was very professional and informative.
Will be going back soon I hope!

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kggen
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing food, great service. loved celebrating my parent's 25th anniversary in the restaurant.

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Wallace33
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience on Garden Patio. Eddie, our serveur, was THE best! Food, delicious.

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PaulaS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was very friendly, all staff wearing mask due to COVID, very clean, food was fresh, drinks were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

Our server was rude and was not wearing mask and not practicing social distancing. He made so many mistakes in the order and the bill while he kept telling us that it time to leave. We have going to joe fortes for ages and this particular server served us twice. Each time we had bad experiences. I didn’t say anything first but this time with whole story of not practicing social distancing (although we politely asked too) I feel that I had to mention it here

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Calvin
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The patio is beautiful. Good distance away from others and was able to have a good conversation without the need to raise our voices.
Happy hours food was delicious! Love the Tiger Prawns Cocktail, it was juicy and fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Staff should all be masked during a global pandemic. Also, masks should be fitted properly to cover nose and mouth not one or the other. Cost per dish given amount of food has really skyrocketed compared to pre-lockdown days. Still a beautiful restaurant and historic site.

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Foodie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we stepped in the service was fantastic. Our server was friendly and attentive. The birthday dessert was unexpected and a really nice touch. We were so happy with our meal and will most definitely return very soon!

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MichaelG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Top drawer dining experience. I miss the buzz of a crowded restaurant, but that is not fault of Joe's. The food was excellent and the service impeccable.

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FelipeD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was great and the food was good. It would’ve been a 5 star, but I couldn’t relax because our server were not wearing a mask and getting too close.

Most servers weren’t using masks so I don’t plan to go back while COVID persists.

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NoraK
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Only our second visit and we were not disappointed. Had fried oysters and calamari for a shared appetizer and they were both cooked to perfection. Never have had such tender calamari! Had halibut for our entree and went with our waiter's suggestion of having it with mashed potatoes instead of nugget potatoes and it was fabulous! Cooked perfectly on a creamy bed of mashed potatoes. Had no room for dessert but were very tempted. Staff went above and beyond with Covid-19 safety precautions even bringing hand sanitizer to the table when we used the debit machine.

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vipYaya
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb quality
The oysters are so fresh and delicious. Other seafood on platter are great too!

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ItsallaboutME
Vancouver
54 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great, salmon for me and sablefish for Mrs. loved the tomato watermelon salad. No complaints about the service. The wine could have been better, but it was our choice. The restaurant was too warm. The experience would have been even better if we fit the demographic that gets to sit on the rooftop patio.

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vipnoelleh
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to be back and we were thrilled to get a reservation on the patio. Wonderful night!
Noelle Halcrow Vancouver, BC

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TammeyG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for after-work drinks and happy hour snacks. The patio is one of the best in the city and the service is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal, ambiance and service...as usual. The outdoor garden patio is lovely and the tomato watermelon salad is perfect for the summer with a cocktail. Will be back several times over the summer...

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Tmaxman
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Always enjoy Joe Fortes and it was lovely to dine on the patio for my wife and my wedding anniversary. Food was delicious and service was very friendly...our only concern was why none of the servers were wearing masks?

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JuliaC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

No shadow/air on the patio
Which is not pleasant when having a drink under 30 degrees.

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Bearman
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Flashback to the eighties not in a good way. Tired decor, boring menu, and only average food at fine dining prices. Very annoying out of tune piano being played way too load.
Service was good, won’t return.

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rodb
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic oysters great service fantastic wine list

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
48 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic brunch. Great patio seat. Superb food.

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were all courteous. Observant of our need and accommodating. Great experienced overall :)

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SandyT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wish we were not capped at a dining time however the time was still wonderful.

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shante
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only disappointing piece of this experience was that I requested a terrace seat due to it being a milestone birthday on my original reservation which the hostess was unaware of, we then ended up having to wait about 90 minutes ( we left and came back) to get a spot on the terrace. After waiting all that time, we were seated right beside the bar at high tables even though there were clearly open tables in the more attractive side of the patio - even keeping in mind the spaces due to covid restrictions. I don't believe a guest should have to ask for the best available seat - it should just be offered.

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AMRITPALS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best brunch I’ve had in a long time! No complaints at all. Amazing service. Amazing people. Smiles all around.

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VivianL
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my Friend there for her 50th birthday and I reserved the patio. Beautiful patio. Bit noisy from the traffic below but it was worth it. Good was excellent. Waiter was nice enough to mention that half an order of the dotty salad would be good to share because we order full entrees as well. I had mentioned on the open table notes that it is for a 50 th birthday and to our surprise the waiter came out with a creme brûlée with happy birthday written on white chocolate piece and it was on the house. Great service. Highly recommend the patio. I had the sable fish and my friend had the halibut. Can’t go wrong with these!

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AlexM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing we’ll definitely be back, thank you

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KathleenE
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food taste good and big portion good value for your money

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my mom’s birthday birthday and had a wonderful time

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AriM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We both had stomach problems as a result of our dinner, probably caused by the oysters we ate. We didn't expect this of a restaurant with this reputation and prices charged. Otherwise the evening was great.

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MzDvine
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was great! Food came out quick

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Morgan
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food. Sablefish and halibut were amazing and the oysters as always were tasty.

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JuliaP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very much appreciate the professional service and management during your reopening. My guest greatly enjoyed the lovely patio on a beautiful day. Thank you all at Joe Fortes for the effort to reopen during this time. look forward to another wonderful lunch again soon.

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