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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.6
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5366 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 5366 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience with the staff working there. Very attentive and diligent.

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Amal
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good! This is a great place to dine, with great food and great customer service.

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ShirleyC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We wanted seafood and Joe Fortes delivered delicious mussels in spicy broth accompanied by focaccia and a seafood bowl seasoned delicately with fennel and other spices. Environment was safely divided for COVID and efficient staff wore masks.

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WilsonW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food quality, hope to come again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

October 19, 2020 Birthday lunch for my sister was completely delightful, as expected. Starting with an excellent martini, we enjoyed friendly, capable service and a very fine meal. Definitely going to make a habit of lunch at Joe Forte’s, one of a select group of Vancouver restaurants that has maintained a standard of excellence throughout their many years.

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Patricia
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Prompt service. We arrived there earlier than the booking time and were accommodated right away. Definitely a place to go back to.

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vipHeidi
Vancouver
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We’ve been Joe Fortes many times, we like the food here and atmosphere as well. Glad seeing their business is better this time during pandemic that we are all suffering. The only complaint in this visit was our coffee cup waited too long to fill up from our server, we end up had to stop the receptionist who just walked by our table fill up for us.

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Pookeybear
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service all around. Server was fabulous

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vipMonicaC
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we go to Joe Fortes we come out saying how satisfied we are. The service is second to none and the food is top notch. Thanks to out server Matt for making the afternoon great.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and service as always

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VanCity76
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

In the fine print after you get your reservation email there is a note about a 2 hour window to eat. I never saw it, as it does not stand out, nor did anyone mention this to us when we arrived and/or sat down. This was our anniversary dinner (which they knew when we arrived). The server vaguely mentioned a 9pm cut off at 8:30pm, but we thought this was a drink cut-off due to COVID. He then turned up at 8:50pm demanding we pay the bill right then with credit machine in hand. Then, 5 minutes later (while my wife was eating her dessert and coffee drinks), he then tells us we need to clear the table as he has 9pm reservations waiting. I became very annoyed and asked to speak to a manager.

To the owner: This policy to get more people through (due to COVID) is totally wrong for a high-priced restaurant. I found the behavior of the sever having to follow this policy very rude. No one should be rushed. It totally soured our night as I have never been told to leave a table. So, if management thinks this works, I would re-think this plan. You are not supporting those who support you by still coming out. Now I have no desire to ever return. These actions do not help support your business in the future as you just lost customers.

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CNAMC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very fresh seafood and overall meals were of a good standard

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vipSharid
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were at Joe’s for happy hour. Fabulous value! Servers were excellent- professional and attentive but not cloying.

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joed
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant as always. Very good COVID measures in place. Diners however are limited to a 2-hour dining window in which to finish their service.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Went there for a friend’s birthday and specified the occasion was for a friend’s birthday. Ambience was great, later in the evening and food was great. We started off with the Kuushi oysters and had the seafood linguine and the salmon Wellington.
4.5/5 - FOOD. Food was good, very well seasoned and was fresh.
2/5 - SERVICE. Our server set down the lobster oil and said the bread was coming. 10 mins after she took the lobster oil away and we were still waiting for our bread because the food took about 30 mins to come. Had to wave our server down for the bread and she just laughed about it.
There was no complimentary cake or anything for my friend’s birthday which was disappointing but we felt like a bother to our server for asking for our bread. Would expect better service for paying for a $350+ meal.

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vipJennifer
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service! Our server (asian man) was so accomodating. One of my friends did not like seafood and just came along with us and the server let us know non seafood options. He even brought out some butter for my friend for his bread because he did not like the lobster oil!

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MjK2
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A Vancouver go to for any occasion or a special occasion. Servers are knowledgeable regarding the food and drinks. Top shelf all the way.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Good service

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Mack
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dinner! Our waiter was fantastic! Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a birthday dessert from here!!! Such a surprised experience and so nice of you!!

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AlyssaT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was outstanding🙌🏽. Best food ive ever had in a restaurant

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Gary
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We sat on the patio for thanksgiving dinner and there were at least 5 mice running around.

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VeronicaW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner

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Talisa
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. Had a pleasant first experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing server Corina made the evening. Many thanks!

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Frankv
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and wine selection - We don't eat as large portions as we used to so it was very much appreciated when we were able to enjoy smaller portions of their wedge salad and chowder and before our entrees. We decided to have their salmon special for the evening and while many seafood restaurants tend to overcook it, Joe Fortes was spot on..medium rare and very moist. The portions were substantial but left us room for dessert. I had their carrot cake in the past and it is still one my favorites...though we did need a box to take some home afterwards. Definitely worth a repeat visit the next time we're in Vancouver as there were some many delightful looking items on the menu to try.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good selection of seafood dishes, well prepared and savory. Great attentive service by waiters and support staff. we all enjoyed the live piano background music suitable and tastefull to most. I would stronger recommend a dining experienc at Joe Fortes.

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KenC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We were early for our 6pm reservation on Oct 11 to celebrate our anniversary. I believe we sat at table 5. We started out with a waiter that didn't seem that interested in us. 30 minutes in he said another server would be looking after us and left, i assume his shift ended. Thankfully the person that picked us up did an outstanding job and turned what started out as a less than normal JF experience into a great evening. I think her name was Heather...well done!!

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EllaneS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Brighter bathroom, bathroom looks super spooky but other than that everything is great!

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KimE
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience.
Waitress Kellie was very knowledgeable

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, food and atmosphere was great!

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DenisA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening at Joe Fortes for my wife’s birthday. Thank you

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SaraMC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my mother in laws 25th anniversary at her company. We had Richard the AMAZING waiter. He was so nice and gave us amazing service. I would recommend coming here for any special dinner. Make sure to ask if you can sit in Richards section, as you will just have the best night.

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vipPavD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I ended up getting the Lobster Benny and it was phenomenal. The service was even better. Our waiter Ruben was above and beyond great!

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HenryA
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very welcoming ambiance. Very well portioned food and well priced. The server was very courteous and friendly.

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cynthiam
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Usually love it the menu seemed to have changed recently.
Just was not feeling the vibe or the food selection.
But has been one of my all-time favourites in the past and I will definitely go back in a little wile and check it out again,
It's a do not want to miss spot to check off the list

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KateM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best oysters in the city. The servers are amazing. Dessert selection is surprising and delicious.

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Coach
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious, however the coffee wasn’t hot. Both waiters very chatty and attentive.

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vipmhchan
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience as always. Followed proper protocols. Glad they are back.

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donnaw
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

from the drinks to the main (too full for dessert) everything was superb but what really made the night exceptional was the wait staff duo who worked so well together making the night all that more fun. Absolutely recommend this restaurant. Can't wait until they open in Whistler.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is rated 4.6 stars by 5366 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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