Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.5
3935 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

*Happy Hour from 4:00pm-6:00pm daily
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Phone number
(604) 669-1940
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Wayne Sych
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Robson
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Parking Details
Valet parking is available Monday to Friday from 11:00am - 11:00pm and starting at 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. There is also ample street and parkade parking within easy walking distance.
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Public Transit
Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station
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Entertainment
Live Piano 7 days a week
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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What 3935 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Had a very nice lunch today. The attentive, professional service was refreshing, and the excellent pianist made for a special experience. So glad to see crab and corn fritters back on menu!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Impeccable service and outstanding cuisine in an awesome atmosphere

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

When I made the reservation I specified that it’s for our 6th wedding anniversary. Despite that, upon arrival, the service was poor. Our waiter was not friendly and interrupted us a lot. Immediately asked if we wanted sparkling or regular water before we even sat down properly. Acted in a curt and rush manner. The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived. There was no congratulations or mention of our special occasion. I work close by and frequented joe fortes on an almost weekly basis. Usually we have very good service when I visited with my white male manager. Perhaps that was what made the difference. Such a very disappointing visit. Make other restaurant choices if you want to celebrate a special occasion without being interrupted rudely and presented with the bill promptly after dining.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Food was good, very busy loud ambiance, very social. Great bartenders (Thanks Elvis!) and very nice cocktails that are better than average.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Good service but food was kind of cold

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The service was outstanding - they anticipate every need. Our server was friendly and fun - so nice to interact with him. The staff makes everything enjoyable. The food is fresh and tasty.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

A birthday, a 30th and a 48 Wedding Anniversary

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Major frustration was noise level only made worse by the piano player - eaten here several times when overly busy the kitchen is overwhelmed - some dishes perfect others not the norm for this restaurant.
I believe this is a popular restaurant for cruise ship passengers - maybe better come Fall

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Great food and very good service. A little noisy but it is fine. You will get the best service at Joe Fortes. Our server Michael was very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The food, for the price, didn't "wow" any of the four of us. Service was great.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Seafood lingiuni was fantastic but the trio of fish was unremarkable. Appies were good except the truffle Parmesan fries had no truffle oil on them so we had to send them back. Deep fried pickles were fried to a crisp so you didn’t really get the “pickle” flavour. Trio of fish was dry and just seemed to lack flavour. The salmon was definitely over cooked. Service was great and the cocktails hit the spot. Would I go back? Probably not, the quality of the food at that price point was not acceptable with how many other options are out there.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Over priced and bad service. Spend your money else where

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The whole experience was outstanding .Kevin and a very nice young lady were our servers and they made our anniversary celebration very special.We will definitely be back for another family celebration .Thanks again for everything. Jim and Sandy

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We booked a table 2weeks in advance asking for rooftop seating. When we arrived the only outdoor table available was unprotected from the sun. We were very disappointed our reservation seemed to be disregarded. Next, the hostess tried to seat us in a dark, cutoff area inside despite there being several empty tables in better locations. When we said we wanted a brighter table she went away to confer with someone. When she returned we were offered a nice table by the window.
The seating disappointment was the only negative. Our waiter was great.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The host Tiana was so welcoming and kind! And of the staff was great :)

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Fabulous food and unparalleled service. Without a doubt one of Vancouver’s best restaurants.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Good service, fresh oysters,yummy calamari , delicious cioppino!!!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

My favorite place to go and enjoy the place every visit but must plan ahead to get a reservation.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great all around but special guest from Europe and waitress talked very fast ...it was hard for he and some of us to understand her. Otherwise she was excellent! Great service! Good to note as there are many tourists who are in the area checking out Vancouver!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Amazing food & service!! Great choices for whole family!

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1.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Lobster and snow crab dry and over cooked . Side vegetables terrible . No flavor . No salt added on anything. Some dishes were good at least . But it was very hot and uncomfortable! So disappointed! We always fly in from Mexico just for this meal and without Alaska King Crab and all the other issues we will not be back

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Noise level was loud. Food was ok, expensively prices for what it is. Took much longer than expected for the food to come out - I’m assuming the kitchen messed up one of our orders and had to remake it.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Stunning decor and a live piano player....best Cobb Salad on the planet but the New England clam chowder fell short of delicious (needs butter , cream + salt). Also, the fountain Pepsi was so watery after two attempts that I had to change to lemonade. My girlfriend loved her "two fish" entree with small potatoes + green beans, but it was overpriced at $30. Large servings. She had just graduated from Langara, so it was a special occasion. We sat in a wonderful corner near the "wine wall", which had a fabulous wooden ladder attached. Gorgeous painting right beside us. Not a cheap place, but several entrees at $18-$20. Worth it for the ambiance alone.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Service was excellent. However, my wife's fish was overdone, as well as the vegetables. Certainly not worth what you pay.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We had a delightful lunch here to celebrate my recent birthday and truly enjoyed the experience. The gnocchi with shrimp and scallops in wine/cream sauce was so delicious and my hubby’s fish tacos were delicious with a generous amount of fish and other fixings. What a good value! We shall return.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Very good experience , top notch restaurant and staff. Would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

I have been To Joes Fortes many times, the food and service has always been great, unfortunately it was so hot in the restaurant that we were all very uncomfortable.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food was mediocre, the service team seemed to have a communication/language barrier. It took over 20 minutes to get another beverage (lemonade $7.00 per glass...WOW!) I was expecting amazing flavors and stellar seasonings but like I said before it was just "mediocre".

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

the restaurant overall was good..i had booked a table on patio for birthday lunch..when we got there we were told there was an hour wait and although we booked the patio it was at the restaurants discretion whether they could accommodate us..My friend was disappointed as she was looking forward to being on the patio and I don't understand what that meant at their discretion..so if I booked through open table they could choose not to accommodate us..I have never had that problem with a restaurant booking before through open table. It did put a damper on my friends birthday but everything else was great..Probably won't go back though..as I feel if they couldn't accommodate us they should have let us know prior then we could have went somewhere else for that occasion

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Lunch was delicious. Best Cobb salad in town. Consistently good food and good service.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Seafood tower is amazing

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Our server, Jake, was phenomenal! He was very attentive. The food was great!

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Excellent facility, food and service great. Very noisy

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Joe Fortes outdid themselves, service was great, food was great, was made to feel welcome. Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We never felt rushed, but always well looked after. Would highly recommend Joe Fortes.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Delicious meal, friendly service. Nice for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We had such a great experience at Joe Forte's the other night. Although we are Vancouver locals we hadn't dined here in a while - we will definitely be returning soon. We had our 2 toddlers with us and they were being difficult but staff was SO accomodating and kind. The service was outstanding and food was delicious. They had a vegan option for one guest and a kids menu. I much appreciated the whole experience.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Muy buen ejemplo de cocina canadiense. Los pescados eran sabrosísimos. Muy buen servicio.
Es un poco ruidoso pero más que nada por los comensales.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We ate at Joe Fortes a year ago when we were visiting and enjoyed our dinner very much! This year was good but the Ribeye Steak was not as flavorful as those we’ve had where we live in the Seattle area. The jumbo prawns were divine! The steak was good but not as tasty as we expected, however the Bernaise sauce added a nice touch and made it more enjoyable! Donna gave us excellent service and was an absolute delight!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Pre-Theatre family event. 5 Diners. All were raving about the food. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Been here for may special occasions and always a memorable experience. Keep up the good work.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

My boyfriend and I came there for my 21st birthday. Food was delicious and the server was fantastic. Went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience

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