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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.6
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5094 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 5094 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPatricia
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful late lunch at Joe Fortes! Started off with some yummy oysters and then a chilled ceasar salad with fish and chips. Finished off with a slice of mile-high chocolate cake. Our version of a happy meal!

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MadisonC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great. Went for my 21st birthday and did not disappoint! The guy serving us was lovely.

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sonjab
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always and as usual - Jo Fortes lived up to expectations!

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vipKeithW
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

First time back on the Fortes patio. Very nice experience. Well spaced, comfortable, and great ambiance as usual. The extended patio that covers the rest of the roof deck is really nice.

Thanks to Matt for great service.

Only complaint might be Poke bowl was a little boring and served with no chop sticks. Oysters and fish and chips were great.

Looking forward to being back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our 26th wedding anniversary, we reserved the patio. Kiki and Eddie provided outstanding service and made it personable. LOVED it, will be back.
Thank you

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MonteL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The roof top was beautiful as well as the inside piano player was fantastic and the food was outta this world i will definately return in the near future

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ShanJG
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and I went for a special dinner for her Grad 2020 photo shoot. Food was amazing.

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ECOM101
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Long-time customer (30 years) and former regular. My dad and we’re in for a get-away weekend and met my nephew and wife for dinner. Service was exceptional as usual. Drinks were on point. Seared scallops and Carpaccio perfect. Our disappointment was two of the group ordered the Fish and Chips and there were not that good. Fish batter was over cooked and dried out and small amount of fish. Fries were also over cooked.

I tried the fish for one of my scallops which proved not smart. My nephew had the gnocchi which was decent but wasn’t a big fan. We are Joe fans so it us tough being critical but thought if this helps as constructive, then that’s the point of the review.

Of course, we will be back.

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NOAHT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and attentive service, can't beat this!

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Jenjenparedes
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there for happy hour and the service and food was amazing!! Loved the oysters and the shrimp and lobster rolls. Will go back here again:)

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Mskai
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food as always was superb! Service was ok. We've had better though.

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vipSriBG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and absolutely friendly service. Awesome Happy Hour experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience! Nothing but excellent service and it was quieter then usual because of covid which made it even nicer! It was Father’s Day for my fiancé so we decided to celebrate and it was well worth the visit. Food came out really fast and was delicious

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ErinL
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. The wine is very pricey but it's worth it for the steak and oytsters and overall experience

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KiraK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always! Best oysters, great service and so glad to be back!

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Melaniesn88
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was A+
Piano music was excellent for vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They did a great job with the COVID protocols established.

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vipheatherm
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Three of us had dinner here, it was our first visit. Obviously we were intrigued by the history and reviews of this restaurant. The good - the service was very good throughout from everyone. The ambiance was fun, and cozy. The food, however, was disappointing. The seafood platter was not fresh and VERY expensive. We ordered one bone in rib eye to share between two of us. It was $69 and not worth that. The cut was very thin and not good quality. The beef tasted bland and the side dishes (Brussels sprouts, potatoes) were average, at best. Most troubling was that both my boyfriend and I were sick the next day, so something was clearly off. It was very expensive, the food was not great and I’m guessing there was a lot of corner cutting when it comes to the food. We definitely won’t be back.

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

Good Afternoon, Please accept my most sincere apology that you and your boyfriend fell ill after dining at Joe Fortes. May I please request that you email kelsey@joefortes.ca with your phone number and an appropriate time for a member of our chef team to call and speak with you? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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vipAnikaB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing, one of my favourite restaurants. Best happy hour in town if you love fresh seafood!

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Catherine
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Highly recommend their brunch. Food is delicious, service is excellent and if you can get a spot on the patio it’s a huge bonus!

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ChrisN
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

First meal back at Fortes since Pandemic. Staff was welcoming - especially Jenn P.
Felt safe and the kitchen didn't miss a beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happy hour is amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Post pandemic and the service remains exceptional notwithstanding the protections in place to ensure that COVID isn’t spread. Food was excellent. A wonderful night out.

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JamesBond
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a treat. Enjoyed the bigger patio
Missed fresh crab and lobster
Oysters were awesome.

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75wolverine
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I always make plans for a dinner at Joe Fortes every time we go to Vancouver. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The staff friendly and the food is always good

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YanaN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Even though there was less diners due to Covid, we found that the service was very slow. Our server lacked the quality of service we are used to at Joe Fortes.

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

Good Afternoon, 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 with your phone number and an appropriate time to speak on the phone? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
41 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic to go back to Fortes now it is open. Bit strange with new pandemic protocol but you do get used to it. Great service overall 5 stars.

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PashB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Crab cakes are a must. The sauce with it is incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to be back at Joe Fortes! Seafood was fresh and they continue to offer live music 🎶

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vipHaroldski8797
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very quiet as they are at 50% capacity but the food is every bit as good as before.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome dinner. First night out in 12 weeks and everything was amazing. Jennifer was the best waitress ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is just so nice to be out and socializing again and Joe Fortes didn’t disappoint. The food was fantastic, the service was impeccable and me and my party had a wonderful night out.

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vipMichaelS
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Covid measures in place but .... it was well done and felt great to be back

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Anne
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad you are open!! The expanded Patio is fabulous

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JeremyW
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Classic spot! Love the deck and service! Place is a must go!

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TheRussian
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great , drinks were great Sara the server knew her job and was very professional ! I would definitely go back ... well done in these times we live in....

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vipHeidi
Vancouver
51 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Limited table set up due to COVID-19, all in all in general is good. Just hoping restaurants can be back to normal soon so eating atmosphere is more like eating in a restaurant instead of too quiet ... to tell the truth, it’s kind of wired for the server only serve our table.

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