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.

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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Seafood pot pie was bland and the fish wasn’t fresh. It was fishy smelling. The grilled oysters were dry, if that’s at all possible with oysters.

ML
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Have been coming since 1986! I like the fact it really has not changed a lot, love the menu but would love a little more added!! Found the food lacked a bit of flavor and was beautiful but extremely noisy!! Still love the pianist though ❤️

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was very good and the food first class

SD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Love the food and service was awesome! We definitely be going back soon!

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, great service. Why do I need to write more than 50 characters for a review. That’s is not necessary for Joe Fortes. Get to the point.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Joe Fortes never disappoints! Always great food and the service is top notch!

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We wanted to celebrate my sister’s milestone birthday (25th anniversary of her 25th birthday) during our vacation in Vancouver. We chose Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House since it is near our hotel and received great reviews.

I anticipated delicious food and great ambiance, but the attention to service just surprised and impressed us so much! Our dishes were delicious! Our fish dishes were very fresh and the sauces perfectly complimented the fish...we’re from Hawaii, so we love fresh fish served simply. All the staff were friendly, courteous, and attentive. They all made us feel welcomed and comfortable. We loved their professionalism and kindness.

My sister loved all the attention and greatly enjoyed her birthday dinner experience. It was the best and most memorable part of our Vancouver vacation.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great, lively atmosphere. I've been here before and found the food to be very good. But this time I had clam chowder and the clams were tough. My entree was swordfish, which was quite dry. Excellent swordfish is moist! I'll be back, maybe it was just on off-night.

JH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food, love this place. Almost always order the Sablefish, its the best in town!

RS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything at Joe Fortes is great; the only unfortunate is that we had difficulty hearing one another.

d
Vancouver
70 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friend in from Washington & we shared a booth which was perfect for getting caught up with one of my best friends. Food was great & gluten free for me! You always look after me! Iceberg wedge salad & mussels: my favourite ! 🙏🏻

DD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An atmosphere and charm that stands second to none

H
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks again, always tremendous food and service. We'll be back.

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was exemplary. Efficient, polite and expedient. The facility was clean and well decorated. The live piano was lovely. The food was mostly excellent. The chowder left a little something to be desired and the calamari, although crispy and cooked perfectly, was slightly bland. The steak and dessert were excellent.

JA
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another amazing dinning experience at one of Vancouver’s premier stops! An outstanding vibe for a Sunday night! Service and food could not have been any better! Big thank to Heather for making sure everything was perfect!

NT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Joe's is a favourite of mine. I am fairly regular and typically take clients. I have alays been impressed by the food quality and service. I do recommend Joes for a higher end experience and would go again

H
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was far beyond other places at the same price level. Food was good but not so surprising.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food service and atmosphere

VW
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great value for the quality of food.

T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have to say the Joe Fortes has one of the best brunches in town .. The food is more than one can eat and the services and aviance amazing..

PD
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

First time visit for the two of us. The service was outstanding. Especially the valet! This gentleman was one of a kind. We requested a taxi and he literally ran after it when he saw one available, on a dark and rainy night.
We had always wanted to try Joe Fortes but never had be able to get a table. We are glad we did, but the food was underwhelming. Would we visit again, maybe, maybe not.

LT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was very knowledgeable in suggesting the wine pairing etc. The service was excellent. I only gave 4 stars for the good because my salmon was a bit underdone.

GM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Birthday Brunch! Everything was top drawer and a memorable experience. Will definitely be back:)

YU
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I came from Japan and celebrated my boyfriend's birthday. I was worried because my English was not so good, but I was happy with staff smile.
Everyone on the staff was able to share what I told them.
Also, the performance was nice and the staff was clean.
I'm glad I chose this shop for my boyfriend's birthday.♡
Thank you very much. ありがとう。

W
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This here is a classic and all - guests and staff - know it and act accordingly. You know what to order and you know what you will get and that there will be no surprises, unpleasant or otherwise.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, amazing food, a real treat.

SO
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

Food was so so, service was good and very on time. However at the end of the night a mouse was observed running against the wall under few tables, when I told the waitress she said she understood but was not the first time !! I advised them hire a pest control company and placed some traps she said she agreed and will do it.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

In Vancouver from Winnipeg for my daughter’s dance competition.

OT
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dinner. The usual at Joe Fortes. It was quite noisy upstairs. Lovely time

SW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very enjoyable meal once again. I would highly recommend this restaurant for the freshest seafood and best service as well as an elegant and lively setting in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

PH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was very nice. Wait staff too attentive, I didn't need him to read the menu to me or fill my water glass every time I took a sip. Apart from that he was great

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

With friends from out of town

M
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great place with excellent food and service. Drinks were great too. We always get the seafood platter and share a bunch of appies.

D
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service with good food. We went for a late lunch and I really wanted the cioppino off their dinner menu and our server made it happen. It really helped make the experience wonderful.

d
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the special prices and the food more.
Our server was excellent. Friendly & pleasant.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Eddie our server was the star of the show. A genuine pleasure and a bundle of joy. He truly made our dining experience memorable!

NL
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always enjoy coming to Joe Fortes. great food great service . there blue plate special are a truly great value . i can’t wait to go again . a great placff ed for special occasions

CM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food were absolutely amazing. We spoke to the waiters and found them knowledgeable and engaging wonderful people. Everyone seated around us were having fun and enjoying their food and drink. We highly recommend this restaurant.

P
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our first time at this restaurant, despite being long term Vancouver residents. The decor is great, especially now with the Christmas theme.
The evening was spoiled by the exuberant (and I think that’s charitable) loud piano playing. It improved later in the evening, when the pianist settled down and played quieter and more reflectively. The portions were huge. The fish was by and large beautifully cooked. The clam chowder was creamy and full of potatoes, but failed to taste of clams.
Hands down the best part of the evening was the genuinely professional and outstanding service provided by our server Wade. In fact all the staff were excellent. If I could change anything it would be the noise level.

TW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

lobster was a bit soggy on the 2 platters we ordered

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