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 WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House reviews from OpenTable diners
285 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (157)fit for foodies (121)hot spot (106)good for groups (101)great for outdoor dining (100)notable wine list (94)great for lunch (93)great for brunch (75)romantic (69)neighborhood gem (67)vibrant bar scene (57)late-night find (34)kid-friendly (22)scenic view (18)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a very good time celebrating my wife's birthday. We especially admired the friendly, efficient service. Our steaks were very good, done exactly as we'd asked for. The creme brule was to die for.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time at Joes
    Adrian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Arrived 20 minutes early, but seated straight away. Restaurant ultra busy, but service was excellent. Went with the recommended BC Pinot Gris and ordered the crab cakes followed by fish and chips. Was treated to a wasabi tuna taster in bertween courses. Food was first rate. Great experience, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I came here for dinner for our 15th Anniversary and we had a fantastic dinner (as always), with fantastic service. My wife's a huge fan of the Miso Crusted Sablefish, and I tried the Beef Short Rib (Chef's Creation). Both of us found the food to be fantastic, including the "2-of-each" of all the East Coast Oysters (I prefer them more than the West Coast oysters lately). I also placed a quick note in the reservation that it was our anniversary, and I noticed our menus included a congratulatory note on our Anniversary right on the menu! Service was also excellent, and the atmosphere is very energetic - a definite hot spot that provides on atmosphere, service, food, drink and people.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Epic dinner and great experience
    Adrienne81
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Came with two friends from Australia. The service was too notch. The appetizers to dinner the wine oh my goodness I have never eaten so well. The sauces that came with our food was delicious. Everything was amazing. We talked about the food the whole next day Highly highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow, slow, slow
    westerngardener
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been to Joe Fortes several times. The food was awesome, but while the service was attentive, the kitchen (i.e. time from ordering to plates on the table was abysmal) was incredibly slow. Took over 2 hours for our entree to be served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was good but not great. Extremely noisy restaurant, hard to carryon a conversation, which was acerbated by an extremely loud piano player that did nothing to enhance the ambiance. However, the service was by far the worst I have ever experienced, in Vancouver or anywhere else. We had to wait for almost a hour between our appetizer being finished and the main course being served. They tried to placate us with a complimentary cup of chowder and then apologize for the poor service by giving a free dessert.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Keeper!
    lovetocookandeat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Staff dealt quickly and efficiently with our request for a quieter table. Impressed with how they followed up to make sure we were satisfied with the new table. Servers were friendly, warm, and professional. Food was delicious. We asked the server how the veggies were prepared, they were so perfect, melt-in-your mouth, and she promptly went to ask the chef and reported back to us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Ryder
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Just all around great. Great food. Great service. You get what what you pay for, and Joe Fortes definitely fit the bill. Next time, I want to try a seat on their rooftop patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Calamari!!
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Not our first time, we come back because the food is great! We loved the calamari - best ever and the pan fried oysters delicious. Fish & Chips amazing! Was too full for dessert but will certainly go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MissyM
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I find it a bit too pretentious for my taste, but great for client meetings. The place to be seen, for sure. Also, the hostess service is one of the worst I've ever seen (and I've visited the restaurant twice).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    food
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    enjoyed dinner at Joe Fortes; excellent service and excellent food. It was quite noisy; one little girl was actually covering her ears!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forte's is formidable!
    Darkwing
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is the 5th time I have visited Joe Fortes. I have not been disappointed. The service, food quality and restaurant are always great. I highly recommend this restaurant. I have dined for business, for fun and for romance at Joe Forte's and my experience for each occasion was excellent. I will come back to Joe Forte's, and I will recommend it to anyone. Joe Forte's has a very broad menu, I particularily am impressed with the selections from their oyster bar and the fresh fish on the menu. Please do yourself a favour...go to Joe Forte's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fresh Seafood
    jimmyluv10
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, excellent service, highly recommend Joe's if your in the mood for fresh seafood and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    SillyRabbit
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I booked with OpenTable, but we still had to wait for our table to be ready.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So hot couldn't enjoy
    Mary
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Need to get some air or fix what you have. Miserable evening with sweat running down our backs. Food pretty good. Service good. Overcrowded with too many tables. Couldn't move our chairs without hitting another. Horrible experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but way to crowded
    YVRTimVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was good (fried pickles were excellent!), and really good selection of oysters. Service was attentive and knowledgeable, however the restaurant was so overcrowded and loud that we had a hard time hearing our waiter. The surrounding tables were so close that my chair back was touching the chair back of the table behind me. Would avoid this restaurant in the future due to how overcrowded and loud it was.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice dinner
    alty88
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were a party of 8. The service was great and friendly. The appetizers were very good but they are not mean for sharing. (Crab cake, calamari and ceviche). The food was delicious! The only thing was that the dining room was hot, it's summer and I don't know if their A/C was working properly, but I will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    Elisabeth
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We enjoyed the food, was great. Up on the terrace was a nice ambiance. The waiters so friendly. We personally don't appreciate when a TV screen is in front of us - we are not able to talk together anymore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary
    Kelly123
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Enjoyed our 30th anniversary here. Food, wine and service were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service!
    Chefsdaughter
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Trusted and tasty menu, gorgeous deck and great service make this an easy choice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous!
    BREM
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Came here for my birthday dinner and loved it! Atmosphere great and servers were so friendly and knowledgeable. Would go again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed!
    notagain2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I on July 26th went for a special occasion dinner. I ashed to substitute fries instead of the horseradish potatoes as I`m allergic. They arrived and someone other than our waiter `plunked the plates down not even looking at us. The horseradish potatoes were there. We eventually got the waiters attention as he was not coming over to ask us about the meal. He took my plate away and returned sometime after my wife had finished her meal. I told him to take the meal back as we are going to pay the cheque and leave. Surely this could have been problem solved better than this. He said it was "miss communication with the chef."
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    zipgracie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Expected our usual wonderful experience-didn't happen. Food was greasy, lukewarm and waiter abrasive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great.
    ronnyfromtoronny
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Seafood was great. Steak average. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always delicious! I have yet to be disappointed. I stop by this restaurant every time I am in Vancouver. This time I brought my family and they we very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty crab cakes!
    DineOut2Often
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Had crab cakes and crispy french fries... very tasty and a highly recommended combination! Will definitely have them again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely Busy Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were a table of seven, and we all enjoyed excellent seafood. Our waiter was attentive and personable. When booking, I believed that three hours seemed an ample amount of time to enjoy a complete meal together. However, we were seated at 6:30 pm and by 9:30 pm we were just being handed our dessert menu. This is not because we did not order soon enough; it was a consequence of a kitchen that could not keep up with demand.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent local oysters!
    Kotaro
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We, 10 people group including some children, have enjoyed BC's local oysters of summer season. BC's local oysters and crab cake, you must have! Very nice! The atmosphere of this restaurant is a little classic and very friendly. Live piano is also excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, took too long though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food and wait staff were fantastic! Our meals took too long to arrive given the busyness of the restaurant, and the fact that it was brunch food. This is not necessarily something that would be keep me away from Joe Fortes in the future, but is something I would be keeping my eye on the next time I choose to dine there
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my faves!
    GreatEats
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Joe Forte's continues to be one of my top 3 spots to dine at in Vancouver.... Whether it's for a romantic dinner, night out with the friends or a casual dinner, Joe Forte's food is always delicious (the sablefish is out of this world), the service is always outstanding and they have a fantastic wine list to top it off! Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful lunch
    Michelle
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We sat outside and enjoyed the summer day, the people watching and of course the excellent food . We had the lobster rolls and they were fantastic. Service unparalleled. A memorable afternoon. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    sweetcookie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I am soo pleased to say that Joe Fortes under Executive Chef Wayne Sych, has returned to its perfection of the past, excellent food that matches the never fading service of front of house. It is with great pleasure that the high expectations of guests are surpassed. From the extensive wine list, the knowledge, expertise and passion the serving staff exude. The only hard part was choosing what to have and I have Celiac ( no wheat, barley or rye) and saying no to a specialty coffee because we were too full. Treat yourself to a little history of Vancouver and food that is very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food bad service
    stevendrowe
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The ambience was the best feature in this restaurant, design was great, piano player, multi-layer made the place quite interesting. Some of the items were a little over-priced, I suspect we were paying for the ambience through the food. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient. However, we almost left as it took 45 minutes to get our food, which was pretty outrageous since we didn't order anything special. Other guests were also waiting a long time. Based on the food wait time I doubt if we would return to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Restaurant
    VeraH
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Delicious food, wonderful selection and great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Thank you for a great annual family dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The seafood was prepared and cooked to perfection. Service was great. Thanks for the complimentary appetizers and birthday deserts. Only complaint would be how hot restaurant was. Perhaps the restaurant should invent some stand alone fans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Superb dining experience
    bossyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Sat on the roof deck for a sunday brunch. The seafood tower was fantastic. Lobster eggs benny was quite good too. Most notable was the great service we received. Kevin was amazing. This is why this place is my favourite Vancouver restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rose maldonado
    lvpatio
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We arrived early to wait for padio the take no reservation for patio the hostess seem stressed & didn't seem to happy she wouldn't put u on wait list even thought we had booked reservation. She said she could not give us any estamate time of how long we had to wait and could not leave with the table buzzer. It was hot very loud and stuffy in the bar area where it looked like some people waiting for tables walkins. We left to get some air came back about 20 min asked again if there was any chance at the patio she said had no idea how long people linger up there. The manager so happen to over hear the conversation spoke with my husband looked on the seating list and said come with me up to patio! What a great guy he really made our night :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing Food & Indifference
    AndexFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Steak was not seasoned well + too rare (asked for medium rare and turns out to be blue rare) and lobster was over cooked. Raw oyster and the lobster oil was really good! Sablefish was cooked very well, but feels like a normal Chinese dish. Service was great, but floor was left wet near the bar and my wife slipped and fell. This area is a wet hazardous area. as it seems it's always wet. Relatively to other restaurant, there are better alternatives for all the food we ordered, except for the lobster oil for bread. The best reason to go there is for unique ambiance. Overall, there's nothing special about and indifference Joe Forte.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • YUMMY!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were seated promptly. The service and food were unbelievably outstanding. The trout was amazing. The veggies were done to perfection. A great venue for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Joes4us
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Some of the finest Sea Food you will find in Vancouver. Impeccable presentation, flavour, and perfectly portioned entrees. The fresh Oysters are of the finest quality. That accompanied by the attentive non rushed service makes for a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.