Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Dining experience was great.Dining experience was great. We were a party of eight which they were easily able to accommodate. Foods was outstanding. The scallops are to die for.
Great food, great service, great wine. I'll definitely return soon enough.12/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely Dinner!Had a lovely time here. Took my Dad here for his 60th birthday dinner and he loved it. Everyone's food was delicious and we were pleasantly surprised at the portions ( how many times have you gone out for a nice expensive dinner and been disappointed with the price vs food disconnect). I should mention that our server Michael was great; professional, friendly and attentive. Thank you Joe Forte's in a city full of cookie cutter restaurants and gawdy establishments it's nice to see there is still a place with class, charm and an understanding of the meaning of service!12/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had exceptional serviceWe had exceptional service and the quality of the food is outstanding. Our favorite place to visit when we come to Vancouver. We're never disappointed and recommend it to all of our friends.12/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA Vancouver Culinary MustI am in Vancouver from Europe 3 times a year, and always try to visit Joe Forte's at least once (not always booking uner my name). A lot going on, what I call "instant party", very pleasant staff, and "Monsier Frenchie" does a great job at hosting his clients! The fresh halibut this time was outstanding. Terrace not open, but have been there and love it. ... and everyone loves and Oyster Bar. The atmosphere in Joe Forte's is cosmopolitan and at the same time European chic.9/4/2013 12:00:00 AMwhen we placed our reservations,when we placed our reservations, we left a note mentioning it was our daughter's 22nd birthday. Upon arrival, there were personalized menus created wishing her a Happy Birthday. After ordering they took the menus and rolled them and tied them with ribbon so that we could take them home!!8/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding service by dedicatedOutstanding service by dedicated servers who know all, noisy environment not a secluded romantic setting. Decor has not changed since the 1980s. Food is reliable but not on the cutting edge, tough to get a bloody steak but easy to get a tough one. That said the oysters and other seafood is excellent. So go - its a Vancouver tradition.8/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent evening and brunch mealsOur experience was so good on 2013/04/06 we came back for brunch the next am.
I have also booked my husbands b day dinner there on April 20 th as well.
Looking forward to it.
Natasha Bruce7/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWeekday Birthday DinnerOn a Monday night, my boyfriend and I were blown away by the bustling atmosphere on Joe Fortes. It was our first time to the restaurant and we will definitely be coming back and bringing others! Every staff member from the hostess to the bartenders at the roof top bar (where we sat) were the perfect level of friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Service was polished and smooth and even though the bar and surrounding tables were full, no one seemed rushed or overwhelmed by the amount of guests. The white sangria cocktail was delicious and our food was also fantastic - we had the cedar smoked salmon and the prawn/ravioli dinner deal - loved the salmon, only criticism was a little too much creamy sauce. Great Birthday dinner!6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner and an engagement!Thank you everyone for such a wonderful meal!
We ordered the seafood tower, which was delicious! Everything served on that platter was so fresh and perfectly prepared!
By the time the entres came, we were stuffed. Nonetheless, we thoroughly enjoyed our salmon and sable fish, with sides of scallops and truffle fries.
Our server (I believe his name is Peter?) was a funny and attentive fellow, bantering good jokes with my boyfriend all night.
And then my boyfriend decides to propose that evening, in between courses and without coordinating with the restaurant! Thank you staff for acting quickly in helping us take a picture to capture that silly moment! =)6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMJoe's ..Top Drawer Experience..My wife and I decided to visit Joe's for our wedding anniversary after mulling over our options, decided to go with a tried and true friend we've been visiting for close to 10 years now.. Although we have had varied experience with the service and cuisine, this most recent visit delivered everything a high end steak and seafood place should. The half order starter caesar salad was the perfect segue into the 12 ounce new York strip loin, perfectly cooked and tremendously juicy..my wife had the chef's special, an ethereal halibut with a sublime orange tarragon cream sauce she raved about. The chocolate lava cake brought by surprise was a sweet ending.. Joe's made us feel as though they valued our business and it showed! Thank you!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic first-time at Joe'sWe dined with friends from out of town (Michigan)and everyone agreed how fabulous the whole experience was. From the time we sat down the service and our meals were over the top. Joe's is a lively place and there's lots going on but it doesn't distract you from the excellent food selection: seafood, steaks, great selection of applies, etc. My cedar plank salmon was delicious as was the seared halibut. No room for dessert! Our server was attentive without being overbearing, was there when needed; great memory for details and funny, too. Will definitely go back to Joe Fortes!
I6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and wait staffMy husband and I had been here before before our wedding and I brought him on Friday night for his birthday. Upon arriving at the hostess booth there were three girls there which seemed either overwhelmed or very new, not welcoming, we waited a few minutes before they even asked us for our reservation.
The rest of the experience was great. As usual the wait staff were friendly, great for recommendations, a new wine selection was introduced to us and was very tasty. The food was great. Will be back again for sure.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMJoe FortesGreat food for lunch. Did not feel as rushed as the last time I was in for dinner. This time I could have a conversation with my friend whereas when I was there for dinner, we were told that we only had a certain amount of time left.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous eveningHad an amazing dining experience at Joe Fortes. The food was delicious and our server was very prompt and entertaining. I would recommend Joe Fortes to anyone looking for a great place to celebrate a special occasion or just an amazing dinner.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAccommodating for a BabyWe went for brunch with a 4 month old baby and they were super accommodating, allowing the stroller to sit at the table. The service was excellent and you cannot go wrong with oysters and their Signature Caesar! Eggs Benny of the Chef's creation was delightful that day and we felt well taken care of. The service is impeccable there!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMReservation for 3Our menu choices were all different, beautifully presented on warm pristine plates, with a generous but not outlandish portion size Ever item on the plate was prepared properly from cuts, trims, sears, sauces - simply delicious. Our wait staff were superb - old school proper service - professionals that take pride in their work and their skills. Our wine selection was from the recommendation section and paired very well with our meals. I like that there are symbols for which wines will pair well with which menu items. I can always truly relax at Joe's because every element of the dining experience has been totally taken care of - you know you are in good hands - so sit back let the professionals work their magic and have a super meal.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday/Anniversary perfect memorywe were celebrating wife's birthday and our anniversary with a trip to Vancouver. Living in the dessert, great, fresh seafood is high on our list when traveling.
We began with a prawn cocktail which we both agreed was the best we have ever eaten. I selected a trio of chef-selected entrees picked from the daily fresh offerings. This night, that included very large sea scallops, the best salmon I have ever had in my life (fresh Copper River sockeye) and cooked prawn. All were excellent along with my wife's cod entree.
Our waiter was perfect! Engaging conversation and every comment seemed natural and the perfect thing to say. He was attentive without intruding on our conversation.
A great pianist added to the ambiance. Great meal!5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMA "must do"Biased I know but my wife and I are from the cuisine capital of the world - Melbourne, Australia.
Joe Fortes was highly recommended as a "must do" while in Vancouver.
The place is really cool with a great vibe about it. After a refreshing drink at the bar, we were shown upstairs to our table.
The staff were knowledgeable and very nice. The food was fantastic - fresh and delicious.
When a large party came in from the balcony and were seated adjacent to us things became a bit noisy. The staff were understanding of our situation and, at our request, moved us to a quiet corner table downstairs.
Joe Fortes is a "must do" while in Vancouver!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOld School EnjoymentI like the Old school look and feel of this place. The kind of place you want to dress up for but you don't have to go overboard. The Shrimp Cocktail was exactly what I was hoping for Large shrimp a great cocktail sauce and nothing else to get in the way. The bread and lobster oil was fantastic! I will go again just for that. The servers were friendly and very helpful with suggestions when asked. All in all a wonderful visit and I will be back!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Dinner treat!We had a wonderful night for my boyfriend's birthday. It was such a treat and we were very impressed by the service and the attention to detail with the way everything was served.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe decided to celebrate ourWe decided to celebrate our anniversary at Joe Fortes. We had been there to celebrate our sons birthday and enjoyed the food but not the seating. Due to the size of our group, they had sat us next to the oyster bar and it was extremely loud. This time I requested a quieter table for two. Our reservation was at 8pm and we arrived with 5 minutes to spare. The hostess was polite and advised we would be seated shortly. Thankfully shortly was only a few minutes and we were escorted to our table upstairs. It was a corner table for 2 and it was perfect! Immediately I noticed that our menus had a personalized message wish us a happy anniversary, nice touch. Great start to our evening! Mario was our server. He was supberb!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the Vibe, not the server!Food was fresh. Raw oysters were good. Sablefish was excellent, but rice was boring and dry. Next time, get risotto or garlic mashed to accompany dish. Scallops were perfect - crispy on the outside and moist, tender and cooked inside.
While our server (Matteo) was good at timing, he came across as judging. He doesn't wear his facial expressions in a neutral manner. If he doesn't like the way his customers express themselves ( are loud, or syrupy in conversation etc.) he needs to save his eye rolling and sneering until he is away from the table. I caught him a couple of times making faces.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWaiters and waitresses hereWaiters and waitresses here are always fantastic. Very knowledgeable.
Excellent food needless to say.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed our dinner fromWe enjoyed our dinner from appetizers to dessert, we had a small table on the second floor overlooking the main floor with a view of the piano player. Service was prompt, attentive and knowledgeable. We had apps, entrees, one martini for me and a half carafe of wine for my husband and shared a half dessert. Plenty of food! The tab was approx $180.00 Canadian before tip, so not a bargain but food was superb.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMNo better seafood in townExcellent seafood! Can't go wrong with their oyster selection and awesome fish entrees.
The brunch menu is really good too if you want to try something different.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat serviceOur server for the evening (wish I got her name), was wonderful.. She took care of us in a natural way without seeming like she was trying too hard. She was doing her job and she did it very well. The food was excellent although the main took a little long. It was unfrotunate as we had to rush a bit so that we could make it to the Fleetwood mac concert. However, It appears that the whole restaurant was going to the concert so it is foregiveable that the kitchen felt slammed and delays were incurred. In any event, my wife and I both enjoyed the experience. In additon the live pianist made it a very energetic evening.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful ExperienceSuper service and the food was so delicious! Zack was the best server ever! Very knowledgeable, funny, personable and he made our special evening such a pleasurable time! Would recommend Joe Fortes to all my friends with no hesitation. Next time I am in Vancouver Joe Fortes is where I will come. Thanks for treating us like royalty!!!5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMfavorite restaurant does it again!loved this occasion, really enjoyed the food, and setting..the evening couldn't have been better.. absolutely incredible service! Kept us humoured and satisfied all night long. Thank you for the great evening!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first visit butThis was my first visit but not my last. Great food, good service and Joe's was a great place to entertain out of town clients.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMCheck it out!Don't miss this Vancouver treat. Great ambiance, food, service, and people watching. Try to get a seat on the patio!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMfreshest oysters, excellentfreshest oysters, excellent service, great rooftop patio on a warm sunny day5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMJoe Fortes is Great!Food and service were great. Fir Anyone who enjoys fresh seafood Joe Fortes is a must. Next time I'm in Vancouver I will head back,5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMEach time we come to VancouverEach time we come to Vancouver we make a reservation at Joe Fortes. The mussels are excellent. The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. The menu selections were terrific for a party of five with seafood and steak. Well Done.1/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome Restaurant !I took my family (there was 7 of us) out for lunch at Joe Fortes just to try it out. The food was awesome! I had an open face steak sandwich and quite frankly, in all the times that I have dined around Vancouver, that was the first time I saw a medium serloin steak properly done. I was pleasantly surprised when my steak also came with some unusual looking Onion rings. I thought they were doughnuts at first =) I tried them and they were Yummy ! My kids had the fish and chips Blue Meal and my wife had the pasta and they were equally awesome! Price is very reasonable considering the location and our server was outstanding !1/1/0001 4:00:00 PMWill go again for sure...The server that day (sorry can't remember his name) provided very good service.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM