Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.6
4566 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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.

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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JC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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AS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I returned the clam chowder 2 of the 3 oysters we selected were only fair, waiter was slow

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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place for casual drinks and/or fine dinning in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The atmosphere is great with excellent service, great food and an extensive wine collection.
Joel Sida

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We were there for a special occasion. We enjoyed our meal but the service was terrible.

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HC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I do find it gets a little noisy so I always try to request near the front window not in the middle of the restauraunt, but other than that I love Joe Fortes

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TR
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Always such an amazing experience !

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NM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was outstanding (as always).
However, the noise in the restaurant is extreme, we were a party of 5 and it was hard to have a conversation. Don't think the live music is really necessary. But as said the food and the service is extra ordinary good and more than worth it!!!!

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LO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The staff are friendly, we were seated right away even though we arrived a bit early. It was very warm in the restaurant and a bit noisy. The food, as always, is excellent and our server was friendly, knowledgeable and present just enough. Overall a great dining experience.

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JV
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Service was not its usual exceptional level on this visit. The bread we asked for arriving after our mains. I guess a table of two women is not as important as a table of two men.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Recommending it because I remember back then the brunch was good.

Spectacular seafood - so simple yet so fresh and tastes amazing.

Steaks - not good

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KS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best brunches my husband and children and I have ever had. Very satisfied. Lots of fun.

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MP
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff were extremely courteous and helpful as we were dinning with out of town guests and their two children. The staff quickly provided children's menus and items for their entertainment. Definitely made our experience very positive and one of the reasons that we always dine at Joe Fortes when we are visiting Vancouver.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The waitstaff is knowledgeable about the menu items. Helpful and professional.

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OT
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Out on patio.terrific food and service.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Good atmosphere and attitudes by staff. Will be coming back in the future

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food!!

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E
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

This is a great spot to take your elderly relatives visiting from out of town. Lol. Very old school, hotel vibe. Patio is fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional time: great service, attentive staff, phenomenal pianist and fantastic food. The only bad part: it was raining so we could not experience the rooftop.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Service was long, servers had attitude. Not checking on us. Had to waive several time before we had someone come at our table. Food was ok the value was not there.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded on July 9, 2019

Good Morning, May I please request that you email Kelsey@joefortes.ca with your phone number and an appropriate time to discuss your experience further? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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SK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Overpriced and over cooked. Our server was a little too casual with us and our martinis were so salty (be careful if you order it dirty) they could barely be dipped not to mention the stale-tasting olives on the side. This place used to be good but now they’re just trading on their name.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded on July 9, 2019

Good Morning, May I please request that you email Kelsey@joefortes.ca with your phone number and an appropriate time to discuss your experience further? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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CJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great waiter and ambiance was fun. Live piano was a treat. Food was expensive and just okay.

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JB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome except took to long to get coffee because i got desert way before and had to wait. Always great oysters

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Never experienced worse customer service than I did last night at Joe Fortes. Loved this place till I was lied to repeatedly by a manager. Shame on you. Will not be back and will be letting my friends and family know about my experience

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JG
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Not one of the five of us liked our food unfortunately. Portions are overly huge which certainly does not make up for the lack of creativity in the food preparation and presentation. Menu needs a makeover to bring it into the 21st century. Surprisingly busy place so volume was overwhelming and made all inclusive conversation impossible at our table. Sadly a very disappointing lunch/brunch date with friends.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Responded on July 9, 2019

Good Morning, May I please request that you email Kelsey@joefortes.ca with your phone number and an appropriate time to speak with you regarding your experience? Kind Regards, Kelsey Wickett Assistant General Manager

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l
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding service and food! Wasn't sure since it seemed pricey and maybe touristy, but it was worth every penny! Service was wonderful. No detail was left out. They even brought a wonderful dessert for my birthday! A little noisy, but I think it's a function of the space.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

First time. Nothing special about the Seafood. Ling Cod portion was relatively small, and dry. My wife’s Ahi Tuna portion was also small and over cooked. If you are going to have small portions, at least the fish should be excellent. Both our potato sides where also dry. In fairness our friend both liked their Seafood Cioppino.

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KK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Old school done right. Great oyster, service and all dishes were good.

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s
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Recommended by our son and daughter-in-law when they visited Vancouver 18months ago. An excellent restaurant, very attentive service and food was first rate. Will come again next time in Vancouver!

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ML
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

EXCELLENT service and possibly the best fried calamari we've ever had! The cold seafood tier was fabulous! So much food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place if anyone has serious allergies. Accommodate Gluten free and peanut allergies very well.

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BG
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Our waiter made great suggestions.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great!

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Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great table on patio. Really good attentive service, fantastic food. Never a bad meal at this restaurant. Always good.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Server was not friendly, poor interactions

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Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience at Joe Fortes. One of the best rooftop patios

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good service

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Y
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service. Price of wine was not so reasonable.

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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding service from Stephania!!!

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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joe Fortes is our go to date restaurant for lunch and dinner. Very nice ambience without being overly pretentious and the food is always delicious. The waiters definitely shine at this restaurant, especially the main waiter who takes your orders and all. These individuals are professionals and know their job and how to provide the best service.

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