Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.8
5761 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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 our Rooftop Garden. Executive Chef Ryan Green 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 30 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 300 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 on our Rooftop Garden.
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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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 5761 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great knowledgeable service

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JimmyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff and the food both equally amazing! Best restaurant experience I’ve had in a long time, great atmosphere and ambience. Best seafood I’ve ever had!

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MonicaS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was absolutely and utterly fantastic.

My review would have been 5* across the board if it wasn't for the fail on the jumbo shrimp cocktail. Presentation was sub par. 3 shrimp just laying on a plate. Ho Hum.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food and the customer service is amazing! Definitely will be back again. Thank you!

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Bdaycelibration
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wade was our waiter, the guy was a 20+ year artist at his craft. We felt very well taken care of and made the experience special.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Delicious food

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Rani
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience for my first visit. Clean restaurant with Covid-19 safety measures in place. Servers were very friendly. Great tasting food

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Nancy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As soon as we entered, we felt totally comfortable. There was lots of space around our table as well as effective plexiglass barriers. The food was delicious, as we have come to expect, but the service was beyond outstanding. I felt like all the people looking after us were doing it out of pleasure, not just for a tip or because it was their job.

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HappyDiner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table was ready when we arrived, service and server was very friendly. Our courses of food came at a steady pace and was delicious. Staff were attentive took care of all our needs. No disappointments here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was unreal as usual 😍😍😍 service was amazing as usual too .
Can’t wait to go back

JP
JennP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sons graduation

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Service and food were both amazing! I had a great time. It was my first visit and I will for sure be back. The oysters are to die for. The only little complaint I have it that it was supper hot in the restaurant! The rest was really great though!

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KristiM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience4

During payment, I presented our server with a prepaid Visa gift card. Right away her response was, “those don’t work here”. It was abrupt and she was unwilling to help. We inquired why that would be, and she said “I don’t know why but those cards never work here so you will not be able to use it”. I requested management and she came over and confirmed once again “those cards do not work here, we don’t know why but they just don’t”. I then had to ask my guest to pay which was extremely embarrassing. I then asked again to have the manager find out what the issue is. She did go on to phone higher management and was told that you can indeed use prepaid Visa Cards with no issue- it just has to be the card amount minus 20% for gratuity. She ran the card through for the lower amount finally, and then did not understand how to properly refund my guests purchase. After roughly 40 minutes and my guest needing to explain the amount she should be refunding and recharging etc, the payment was finally done and we left. This was such an unprofessional experience that I’ve never had at Joe Fortes before.

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vipVinododo
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our servers were exemplary and ever gracious. We always come back!

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ERING
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1Food5Service2Ambience5

The food was excellent, but it was such a turn off when you go for lunch, expecting to pay $200-250 on oysters and drinks and then told that “it’s only 1.5hour dining time... and then you need to leave! It makes you feel like your 13 years old and going to a Resteraunt to have a pop and fries and stay all night to hang out with friends.... and then it felt like my husband and I were rushed out of our table? We had reservations? We are never treated that way at Hawksworth or Le Crocodile? So we ended up going down the street for dessert and coffee after we ate lunch instead.... plus this was at 11:00am, and there was no one at the restaurant yet? We left at 11:40, we drove all the way out from Tsawwassen on a Wednesday.... to eat at Joe Fortes, I’m sad to say next time, we will probably skip coming back, even though Joe’s was our favourite Resteraunt, and the food is amazing!! Customer service is everything when your paying top dollar! And when your having a nice date with your husband, away from the kids... disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was even better! Thank you Wade for such a memorable meal! Can’t wait to come back.

JA
vipJasonA
32 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another amazing experience!

AM
AnkanaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great quality of food and service! Enjoyed our experience here.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I went to Joe fortes and had a blast! Roben was our server and he was amazing! You can tell that he has been a server for years but still has the fresh and amazing attitude! Very funny,personable and checked on us at the perfect times! Thank you for making it a fun lunch!!!

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great old timey ambiance, with excellent wait staff and food

SB
vipSherryB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Joe Fortes never disappoints. The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing wines, food and service. Kevin was extremely knowledgeable and make great recommendations.
Thanks for the great service, Kevin!

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Ginger
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I might give them another try, because in the past Joe Fortes has been great, but this last visit was not up to par. Young lady that seated us was a sweetheart. Server seemed off his game was vocal about the effort of having to walk up and downs stairs to get our requests. (perhaps he should serve on main floor only) He was slow returning with drinks, and told me that the salad I wanted was to big and would serve all 6 of us. When I ordered a half portion, at his unsolicited advice, I was disappointed. My husband's beer was served warm, and my steak tough. The table buns seemed old and dry, with no butter on the side. Our server didn't seem to know about cocktail options, told both my guests that "maybe" the bar could figure it out. My guests felt like they were imposing by asking for what they wanted. My Sangria tasted bad, had to ask for simple syrup, which I don't think our server wanted to deal with. Main meals did not all come out at the same time. I know JF can do better, and hope they do. JF is iconic, I'm counting on a better experience in the future. Loved the piano!

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded on June 2, 2021

Hello, We are terribly sorry to hear about your latest visit at Joe Fortes. We can assure you that this is not the typical Joe Fortes experience and if possible, we'd like to discuss your visit further. Please kindly email your contact information to info@joefortes.ca and a member of our senior management team will be in touch. Kind regards, Joe Fortes team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

was delicious and servers were on point

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vipLauraSB
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Great service
Salmon meal was amazing

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vipIshleenG
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FABULOUS! We’ll be back soon!

EB
ErikaB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The patio is beautiful, but unfortunately we got sat at probably the worst table on it. Just our luck. My steak was overcooked as well, which is surprising for such an upper scale restaurant. Otherwise, everything was great.

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nicnuowt
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every meal I have ever had here is 10/10!!!!!! I have tried different types of seafood for the first time from here and absolutely LOVED it!

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vipRhondaH
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our sons birthday and it was absolutely wonderful loved that outside patio loved the lights loved the atmosphere. Our server was attentive friendly available at all times food was absolutely delicious explain the oysters in better detail as we are beginners had the crab and corn fritters hot and delicious also had the blackened lingcod the dailies for special which is halibut and also steak and lobster with whipped mashed potatoes and vegetables done perfectly crisp and deliciousTo end a delicious meal oh forgot to mention the buns with lobster oil can’t miss that!
To end the evening crème brûlée which was crisp creamy and delicious!
Also like to mention from how we were greeted to being brought to our table and ending our evening was friendly courteous and it was so pleasant especially through these dark times at the moment with Covid. Every thing was follow through with safety concerns and precautions felt completely safe and secure.Would highly recommend Joe fortes and their team!!

KB
KimB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

thank you for a wonderful time out especially with whats going on!

RL
RonL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our time on the rooftop. I would definitely go again and highly recommend it.

KG
KellyG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome! Fabulous food, and service. As always, meets our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was really good ! :)
The patio is an excellent place to hang out under the sun.

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Lululemon
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Heidi and Johnny our servers were great! Heidi was attentive and pleasant
I took my sister there for her 50th birthday as it’s one of her fave places for oysters!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You will never go wrong with this restaurant

I’ve been dining here since 1996

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VHKelowna
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and service. Fun place, excellent piano player but that made it somewhat noisy .

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our first year of wedding anniversary. Food was delicious and server was great!

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PeterC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very Covid friendly and the food came out fast even thought the restaurant was at full capacity.

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Curious
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server was the highlight of our visit. Excellent service and we always enjoy the lovely piano. Food was good although my tiny side of orange juice I requested to add to my drink was $12, that felt a big “gouging” on a principle note. We do love Fortes though!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No complaints whatsoever about our experience. We are regular customers and always enjoy the food and atmosphere at Joe Fortes. The one area I feel should be considered is the price of a glass of kids orange and apple juice. My daughter had a glass of orange juice and my son had apple juice - we felt $6.50 for a small glass of orange juice for kids is a little excessive.

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Nancy
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Melissa was amazing, pleasant, funny and sweet! Kudos to her 100%! And the food and ambiance is top notch!

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 669-1940.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is rated 4.8 stars by 5761 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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