Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.joefortes.ca/
  • Phone: 6046691940x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Wayne Sych
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: 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.
  • Private Party Contact: Norma Cisneros 6046854040x
  • Entertainment: Live Piano 7 days a week

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Robson
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available after 6:00 PM 7 nights per week.
    There is also ample street and parkade parking within easy walking distance.
A word from Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House reviews from OpenTable diners
320 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (185)fit for foodies (147)great for outdoor dining (122)good for groups (119)notable wine list (118)hot spot (114)great for lunch (99)romantic (80)great for brunch (76)neighborhood gem (76)vibrant bar scene (70)late-night find (41)kid-friendly (23)scenic view (20)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Thank you very much for the wonderful service and especially acknowleging my Dad's 80th birthday. It was also wonderful that when I booked online the restaurant was able to accomodate my request for a booth. We had a great time and can hardly wait to come back! Great to see Frenchie again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't Have Been Any Better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was mine and my boyfriend's first time at Joe's and honestly, we couldn't have had a better experience. Aside from the out dated decor, the service was top notch and the food was outstanding! We were blown away by the flavours we experienced. It was our first time trying raw, shucked oysters and let me tell you, it was life changing! Yes, you have to pay a pretty penny for what you get, but believe me when I say that it will 100% be worth it! Absolutely no negative feedback to give and we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The restaurant was extremely load and hard to carry on a conversation. The food was expensive and average at best. We waited to long for our main course though that didn't seem to be the norm as people around us were getting theirs. A great restaurant if all you want is to see and been seen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    Momof2
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Over priced food, smarmy waiter and shell in the crab cake, that the waiter dismissed as being par for the course if you eat crab - I don't think so! We were really looking forward to eating here after hearing so much about it (and we are from out of province), but the food was only "ok" certainly not all it was cracked up to be. I didn't finish eating the crab cake because I was getting shell in several bites, and the waiter acted as if I was being fussy - if they can't screen out pieces of shell, that's pretty poor. He reluctantly took it off the bill, but we will never go back there - better places to eat seafood in Vancouver I'm sure.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Time to upgrade bar furniture?
    localboy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Lunch with a couple of business associates was great at Joe's, as usual. They are so consistent!!! Only thing I can think of that might improve the experience would be to update the furniture in the bar, which is where we were sitting for lunch. While the furniture has served them well, those cheap old chairs are ready to collapse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meeting spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I met a friend that I hadn't sen for ages and we started with a bottle of wine and were not rushed to order. The waiter brought us some wonderful lobster oil infused with balsamic vinegar that is to die for. We had several dinner items we were interested in and our waiter guided us to a very worthwhile decision. Our food was served piping hot, was beautifully presented and most of all was delicious. Dessert pavlova with coffee finished us for the night and we definitely will return to try the other interesting entrees we didn't get to sample.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    CaliTravlerVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It was an hour between salads and entree, which is unacceptable when dining at 6:30. However my biggest complaint was how the manager responded to my inquiry: "this is not Applebee's and it takes longer to prepare fresh fish". Great restaurants know how to handle kitchen back ups, this is not one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 50th Birthday
    tlcx3
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The staff, food and space were excellent - no complaints at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Joe's, then Elton's
    JamesBond
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    When we want to indulge, we go to Joe's. We love the oysters, the drinks, the ambiance and the people. I especially love that beautiful painting/print of all the jazzy people in the 40's (I think).
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafood skillet - a hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I think this item is worth highlighting on your facebook page, as it's my new favourite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly Fabulous
    Margieville
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Was at the restaurant twice in a two week period. With a group of 12 for a birthday dinner (Saturday night) and then again for an after show dinner with a friend (Friday night). In both cases we were greated promptly, seated efficiently and pleasantly. The service in both occasions was phenomenal to the point where on both nights my dinner companions commented on how great the service was. Food is always fantastic, but then again I've come to expect that from Joe Fortes. It is one of the only places I've eaten in Vancouver where the food has been spot on each and every time with no exceptions. Perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. I would also really love to kiss their pastry chef. The pavlova is to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As usaual
    JohnM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food, excellent service. We have never been disappointed.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was good. The service was spectacular. This is a popular Vancouver spot and I recommend going at least once if you are visiting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The server (Peter) was great and very attentive. When the main meal took a little long we had soup on the house, that was really smart. But, the hostess was only okay, a little brusque in my opinion. The fish was nicely cooked and portions were fair but the prices are quite high for both food and the cocktails. The style of the menu looked a bit out of date and there were no vegetarian options which makes it seem a bit out of touch with Vancouver. Was glad to finally say I went and we did enjoy the rooftop and its atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit
    Fiah
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The seafood linguine was amazing! The staff were very friendly. The oysters that the waiter recommended were good. Will visit again :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond amazing service
    specialtimes
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Amazing service. Would recommend to anyone. The food was great, the service amazing on every level. The servers were up-beat & pleasant, so helpful and attentive, picking up on everything that was required at any given moment and attending to it without being intrusive. It just was beyond amazing. We were celebrating a 65th birthday and everything about the service and the food made us feel that we had made the absolute best choice in choosing Joe Fortes for our special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favourite brunch places
    travelbug72
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Brunch is always a pleasurable experience. We know the patio is first come, first served. Despite this, they were able to hold a table for our party of 13 for Sunday brunch. Our server was very attentive, efficient and friendly. For a party of our size, she automatically got us separate bills and advised us in advance of the 15% gratuity for larger parties. Our water glasses were always full, which we appreciated since the rooftop patio can get lots of sun. Try the lobster bennie or the fried chicken and waffles. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Great Place
    IvonnaHumpalott
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I never seen any restaurants like Joe Fortes that goes the extra step and send out thank you cards to their customers, I am very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very busy restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    even though had a reservation, still had to wait extra 15 minutes. stuck in the corner right next to the backside of another diner. the server was good enough to move us to another table. the food was great but took around 45 minutes to arrive. my last visit was just before last Christmas. everything was great. on time seating, food came to the table quickly and the restaurant was just as busy then as my recent visit. I actually had to go back outside and ask the hostess how much longer my wait was going to be, when no one came to inform me how much longer I had to wait. for a well respected restaurant I had better expectations. not sure if I would return but I will say the food was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was down.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've made this our special celebration spot and have had great food and service in the past. The food was still delicious but the service wasn't as great as in the past. The guy had difficulty understanding parents requests about not filling up the glass full of water and we had to ask for a small glass instead of wine glasses for the kids twice. It seemed to put him out! Also we did not appreciate all the emails and phone calls regarding our on-line reservation and will not reserve on-line again in the future. It's definitely been better before. Also if you order a plate for 2 it would make sense to give a equal amount of scallops don't you think? They also never returned and asked if I wanted another drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Seafood
    howerton48
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The best selection of oysters we have ever seen. Outstanding fresh fish. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. For seafood in Vancouver this is the only place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    OMG! Om nom nom! JF went out of their way to make our 31st wedding anniversary a night to remember. Right down to the personalized menu congratulating us. Our waiter Elvis's service was extra special. We had an end table on the roof overlooking the streets below. The food was fabulous, timely (but not rushed), and mouth watering. We enjoyed every bite. Definitely take in this spot if you're visiting or looking for a night out on the town!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went on recommendation
    Imcl
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went here after a recommendation from relatives. So glad we went,the food was fabulous and the serving staff lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and excellent service
    kpol1
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Very good food with fresh seafood, and excellent wine list. Our waiter really knew his wines and made excellent recommendations. Even though we didn't have the intention of having oysters, our waiter gently coaxed us into trying some, and they were quite delicious! Outdoor seating up stairs is very nice, quiet, intimate, and smoke-free!!!!! Major bonus points for that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    paulchung
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went there to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were seated on the outdoor patio. It was my first time on the patio. It was nice but I would prefer the tables were a bit further apart. However, the food was great and the service was really excellent, which is what draws us to this place over the years. We had oysters (both the happy hour specials and our regular malpeques) and mussels for appies, then tuna and Arctic char. The meal was great but the service was excellent. Our waiter was friendly, humorous and attentive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat at Joe Fortes
    MissPinz
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My boyfriend and I are here for our two year anniversary. We had the surf and turf platter which was very delicious!!! Quite pricey, but delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and service overall were quite good. The table itself was very small and crowded. All 4 of us had water and a drink and the bread on the table, when the appetizers arrived we had to shuffle things around to make it all fit. The restaurant in general had the same feeling. It was like they were trying to shove as many tables into the restaurant as they possible could, It detracted from the atmosphere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mouth watering fillet mignon!
    azeniv
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great service! Great food! Definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cousins for lunch
    Jazzedtobehere
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I brought my cousins from Australia to lunch. I wanted to give them an experience, and we weren't disappointed. The service here is fabulous, there is a buzz happening, it gets very busy, very fast. Frenchy, the Maître 'd is a great personality and made our lunch most enjoyable. I have come here for a few special occasions and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Our Favourite
    Gord
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've been to Joe Fortes several times, some of which have been for Happy Hour for Oysters and Manhattans, dinner and lunch. The latest on August 30, 2014. I had the Trio Seafood with a side of large Nova Scotia scallops and my wife had the Salmon Special. Both were perfectly cooked. As a side note, in my view, Joe Fortes makes the best Manhattan drink. While we like to try different restaurants, Joe Fortes is a perennial for dining. Service, as usual, is always impeccable whether at the bar or dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food, but overpriced
    ViJK
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went here on the recommendation of a trusted friend. Loved the luxurious look of the place, the upscale furnishings, the giant glass window on both sides of the entry way, and the live pianist. However, my overall takeaway was that it was a bit presumptuous of a place. The prices are extraordinary, and the food isn't. It is great food, don't get me wrong, but the high prices lead to high expectations. However, I can understand that the prices may reflect the expenses involved in training such knowledge staff, offering Ocean Wise selections, local and sustainably-sourced food, etc. Not really my type of place, though I was very impressed by the extensive variety of all menus (dinner, wine, cocktails, dessert, etc.).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • discerningdiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As always it was a pleasure to dine at Joe Forte's. The food and service were impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    FrequentVanVisitor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I go to Joe Fortes at least once every time I am in town. Great food, great service and comfortable atmosphere(casual to formal, all is welcome).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS A GEM
    MigsVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It has been 10 years since I've visited Vancouver last. I was a little concerned to Joe Fortes would have fallen out of favor by then.. My worries were ill founded !! Not only is Joe Fortes a great restaurant I had expected in years past it is even better today!! We dined in the upstairs patio which has a fabulous view of downtown Vancouver Our server: Sarah was magnificent! Joe Fortes is an absolute must stop in and visit to downtown Vancouver
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Joe Fortes
    limaman
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food and service (Steve was our waiter) were excellent, but the noise level was almost unmanageable. Moreover, the piano player was less than stellar. Danielle, a really lovely person, was more than accommodating, finding a seating that I preferred (but which I had to decline because my dinner mate couldn't manage the situation).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • casualdiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The restaurant did their best to find a quiet spot for us on the 2nd floor in the corner, but it was still too loud. The live piano was a nice touch, however it was also competing with the overall ambient noise, you knew it was playing, but not always sure what tune. Overall, too noisy for our group. Food and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice lunch
    Tong
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    great place for lunch but reservations are suggested if you want to avoid waiting. busy, energetic crowd during lunch. food is always good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Simon
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We go every time we are in town. Great food and ambiance. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome experience
    tgriffin
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had not been to Joe Fortes for years...still the same excellent service, food is outstanding and was pleasantly surprised to find the kids menu. We were were so happy that the server took initiative to help celebrate my husband birthday with a candle in creme brûlée and sing along to "Happy birthday". We had lost a wedding ring while we were there and it was found and return by the staff...Wow...The music was also so much fun and entertaining. thanks Joe
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    Ellebelle
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was our first time dining at Joe's..Too bad we couldn't get a quiet table for our anniversary... We were sat between three families that were very loud. Hard to enjoy the company of significant other when placed right in the centre of the room. I didn't think the ambiance was romantic at all. Wine was really yummy and we had some delicious oysters. The main course was quiet average. I expected amazing flavours for the price... Was let down by lack of seasoning... Service was exceptional, it was the waitress that made our experience excellent and not the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall