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, Happy Hour, 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
  • Public Transit: Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • 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.
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
323 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (187)fit for foodies (157)good for groups (128)notable wine list (117)hot spot (117)great for outdoor dining (110)great for lunch (98)neighborhood gem (84)romantic (82)vibrant bar scene (74)great for brunch (67)late-night find (39)kid-friendly (25)scenic view (16)Show More
  • Cold Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I had made my reservation 4 days in advance and still our table was upstairs in the back corner right in front of the server station. We were constantly bumped and interrupted by servers cutting bread and grabbing cutlery. The oysters, beer and wine and drinks were delicious aside from the very over priced "signature ceaser" wich was just a mediocre ceaser with a prawn for a garnish. After our appetizers we waited about 45 minutes for our mains to arrive. The flat iron steak and tiger prawns Im told were delicious, however my Cioppino arrived look warm and was overly garnished with a messy julienne of green onions and carrots. Over all the meal started out great but quickly spiraled into a low grade way overpriced seafood dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really nice night
    Moruglas
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Food and service were great. Loved the deal they had that included appie, main and dessert. They even brought our dessert with birthday candles as we were celebrating both our birthdays. Such a sweet touch. Want to go back to try happy hour!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a lunch
    Duchess25
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Brian was a fantastic waiter. We had already had dinner here a few nights before, but it was our last day in Vancouver so went back for lunch. Hubby thinks that Joe Fortes do the best ever prawn cocktail and enjoyed it so much he had one for a starter and another for dessert! The scallops was succulent and perfectly cooked. Great wine recommendation from Brian and Granville Island honey lager for hubby rounded off a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch
    Mike
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We were 5 people for lunch including 2 clients and 1 visitor from Germany. The service and food were top notch. Our server Jennifer obviously knew the menu well and made very helpful suggestions. Overall a very enjoyable visit. We will be back and I look forward to having dinner at Joe Forte's with my wife and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gee005
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We love it here. The food, the ambience and service. I have been coming for almost 10 years, at least 3 times a year. I always have the sable fish, fresh oysters, the clam chowder and fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could use a couple more starters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The appetizer options are limited if you are not big fan of oysters or other seafood. Would be nice to see a couple of other options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great meal
    Wilberforce
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've been here many times...Joe Fortes never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kurt
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    While the food is always excellent (and they have a great selection of oysters) the menu hasn't been updated in at least 2 years. I find myself getting a bit bored with the selections...I've been here about 3 or 4 times in the last 2 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Husband and I were in town visiting family and dined at Joe Fortes in the past. Other family members had also been before so we all agreed best place for a gourmet dinner. I made our online reservation well in advance. Our table was in a very busy & noisy spot, however were promptly moved to a more quiet booth, which made for a more enjoyable time. Waiter was very attentive, knew the menu well & chatted with us, when he had a moment. Four of us ordered the three course special and one ordered off the menu. Steaks cooked perfectly, ravioli so flavourful & seafood linguine scrumptious. All our meals were delicious, beautifully presented & generous portions. Well done! We will be back & will absolutely recommend to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just awesome
    Grassman69
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Took some old and new friends out while I was in town. Food was awesome ! We arrived at 6 and closed the place. Excellent wait staff took great care of us and we wanted for nothing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy as always
    TravelBugVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Been coming here since the mid 80s and it never changes. Great food and service and terrific atmosphere. Some menu items are a bit pricey for what you get but for a special occasion a few times a year it's worth it.
    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 LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding!
    passingthru
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I brought my mother in for dinner while on vacation in Vancouver. From the doorman opening the door for us to Frenchy coming out to say good night the while evening was wonderful. Johnny was very knowledgeable not only about the menu and the wine, but he also was able to guide through the oyster selections with ease. Thank you, Joe's, for an evening my mom won't soon forget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy
    Noisy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was the fourth time that I have dined here. Will not be back. Too LOUD - one cannot hold a business conversation without shouting. People are just packed in. Then on top of that they have a piano player pounding the keyboard. I would not even take my wife there on our own. We asked for the most quiet spot and had a table that every waiter went in and out of the kitchen. There are better places in Vancouver area to dine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 25 wedding anniversary treat
    Duchess25
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is our 8th visit to Vancouver in the past decade. We discovered Joe Fortes on our first visit and always come back. My husband believes their shrimp cocktail is the best he has had anywhere in the world and we've travelled extenively. Great steak and superb seafood - our perfect combination. Service was excellent and Donna was a great server. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and a trip to Vancouver to celebrate wouldn't have been the same without dinner at Joe Fortes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything we had was amazing. Couldn't recommend this restaurant more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not special
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Joe Fortes is a long standing favorite but you sometimes feel it just pumps too many people through and you loose that personal touch. It was hit and miss when the waiter showed up. Food was served and the little things like offering pepper or even checking if all was right with the order was missed. At end of night waiter went off shift and never said anything only to have a waiter show up. Overall dinner was fine but just felt missing the attention to details!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crumpet
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dining at Joe Fortes is always a memorable experience. Everything continues to be "outstanding" so there is not much more one can say. If you have not yet tried it, you should; if you have not been there for a while, you should return soon. You won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh seafood
    breathelife
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We all had fish items which were so fresh and amazingly delicious. Cooked with unique herbs making them outstanding! Also the Keylime pie was a perfect grande finale!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We are two friends that meet in town every couple of months. We always have lunch at Joe's. It's a convenient location as we are both from out of town and come in by public transport. We love the atmosphere, and the staff are always attentive. The lunch menu offers a wide variety ....we like the blue plate specials, and also that some dishes can be ordered as half portions. Joe's makes our rare day in town a treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncaring, Extremely Unprofessional
    Lovinitgirl
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was for the bride & groom getting married this coming Saturday and we're in the bridal party. It was to be a time to remember. We also wanted to go over details. The groom is from Japan and we wanted to show him a beautiful experience. Not only had we reserved for 5 people through Open Table for an 8 pm on Sunday eve, they called us to confirm. At no time were we informed it would have to be for dinner only. We had eaten but wanted dessert & appies, just like we had THE WEEK BEFORE. We were shown the bar which would be impossible for 5 of us to chat. I mentioned the week before we reserved and had desserts, appies & coffee. The attitude we received was uncaring, unprofessional and shocking. Could not believe it. We left.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good2eat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The oysters were outstanding (to use a much overused word) and the lobster too was very good but the whole meal including the service and choice of wines by the glass together with the nice airy atmosphere were up the standard I expect of a good restaurant and Joe Fortes continues to meet my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Amazing
    LKCanada
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We recently had brunch on the last weekend before the upper outside deck closed. The service was top notch, the ambience of the outside patio lovely and the food wonderful. You can always count on Joe Fortes for a consistently good meal. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A major disappointment!
    Neveragain
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always wanted to go to this restaurant because of the quality of the food! We're we ever surprised! Crab cakes for both of us sitting on a bland cole slaw loaded with mayonnaise. Totally tasteless! Thank God we were smart enough to share the New York cut steak. It was rather tasteless and tough. Half a carrot a couple of spoonful of zucchini and a mountain of french fries. Who could eat that? Why not buy steaks at COSTCO the Wagyu beef is better than what you served us. It was a total disappointment and rather expensive for what we got. You can be certain we will not return and will not recommend you restaurant! Although there was a long line up of young people who obviously have no idea of gourmet food and probably can't cook!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always happy
    chrisVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always a good experience - excellent service and great food! one comment is that the tables are too close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Ambience and energy was great but food was cold and steak knife was dull. When you pay $45 for a steak and $100 for a bottle of wine you expect it to be awesome. After 45 minutes it was verging on cold and you'd have a hard time buttering toast with the dull steak knife. If it weren't for having to wait another 45 minutes I would have sent it back. It was a Tuesday night and very busy, like always. My wife's sockeye salmon was delicious however. We went to Cordero's for a nightcap...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can always count on it.
    Jude
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We have dined at Joe's many times and in different areas of the restaurant. This particular evening we had a business dinner for 8, four of them from Chicago. We were all impressed with the evening of drinks, dinner and the vibrant setting. Our table was tucked beside the staircase downstairs,which wasn't my favourite, but we made it work. Next time I will definitely request a different area, knowing that every server is a professional and the food is notably good in every section.
    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, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    luv5stars
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food was not very good - like prepared in a conveyor line. Exceedingly noisy. A small odd shaped table; which at this price point is not appropriate. However, the waiter was great. This seems to be a restaurant for cruise ships and large meetings. However, we do like the outdoor bar on the roof.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • richibi
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    the service, Michael especially, was outstanding, always eager to be of help, attentive without being obtrusive - the food was superb, and ample, too much, indeed, to eat - the not inexpensive tally worth every single penny of it - cheers, Richard
    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 LevelEnergetic
  • juno49
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great food. Great service. My friend from Toronto enjoyed the mussels and lobster. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Dissappoints!!
    JaniceP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Each time I come into Vancouver I make a point of spending time at Joe Fortes. The food and the staff are exceptional. I have introduced many friends to Joe Fortes and they have become immediate fans of the resturant. Thank you for a spectacular dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • would not recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The evening was a bust The food was less than average as was the service. Very pricey would not go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    lovetodineout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Joe Fortes deserves an outstanding rating. The food is fresh and prepared perfectly. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good atmosphere
    Hilda
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We odered the seafood tower it was great that we can tired several seafood with a great deal. We also odered two kinds of oysters and they all tasted very fresh and juicy. Plus, We love the bread dipping the lobster oil with balsamic vinegar and wondering where to get both products. However, we had a good time and will come back sometimes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular and noisy
    finetush
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Good food, excellent service a bit too noisy for my liking. Why have televisions on the walls on the rooftop terrace? Are they really necessary in a fine dining establishment?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brilliant
    KiwiMeg
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The best atmosphere and fantastic food, I love this place and always go when I am visiting Vancouver from abroad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Edith
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We enjoyed the Food and Service. It was my Birthday and so we went to have a nice Dinner, but it. was very noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster heaven
    Chinaloha
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    If you want great oysters while in Vancouver BC, you need search no further than Joe Fortes. We came on the recommendation of friends and it did not disappoint. We ate 3 different varieties of oysters - BC, WA state and East coast. Each one was great in its own way--super fresh. We also ate fried oysters (yum--great breading, but not too much breading) and the most succulent of halibut cheeks. And, we had to buy the lobster oil to take home with us. Heavenly! When we come to Vancouver again, we will definitely make this a stop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Seafood
    MMJR
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Tried peppercorn Ahi Tuna, excellent. .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing, not recommend
    RoseCityFoodie1
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We went to Joe Fortes expecting a fabulous experience. Instead the $90 (!!) Alaskan king crab legs had been steamed so much they were completely water logged. I sent them back and ordered the crab cake instead. It was probably the worst crab cake I've ever had. Almost no crab, and quite tasteless. The clam chowder was also terrible. It didn't taste like clams and had very few clams but a lot of potatoes which were pasty tasting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent halibut and salmon
    Helen
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Although we messed up on the booking (we came a day early) we were still shown to an excellent table on the ground floor. The waiter was attentive but not overly so. The seasonal halibut and sockeye salmon were mouth-wateringly delicious. The only downside is that we don't live in Vancouver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.