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
323 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (186)fit for foodies (151)good for groups (124)great for outdoor dining (124)notable wine list (118)hot spot (117)great for lunch (101)romantic (82)neighborhood gem (82)vibrant bar scene (74)great for brunch (72)late-night find (38)kid-friendly (24)scenic view (20)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overpriced
    KandM
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our waiter was excellent - a real professional. The food was good. The bill, however, gave me indigestion. There was a jarring disconnect between our dining experience and the cost. I wish this restaurant all the best but next time I'm celebrating, I will go somewhere else where we can get more value for our dollars.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic quality
    foodfan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate here on a Saturday at prime dinner hour. Thankfully I had made a reservation as the place was packed and wait times for walk-ins was long. We ordered a variety of appetizers as well as oysters and everything was delicious. The table was a bit small and quickly got overpacked with plates but the staff did an amazing job of clearing and making space as soon as we had finished a dish. Also, love that they have 1/2 liters of wine - made it so easy for sharing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sea Food
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had Sea food platter for brunch. Wine selection help was great and great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joe does it again
    Steaklover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had dinner at Joe Fortes last night and it was everything I hoped for. Great food, food atmosphere and incredible service. If you want an old school stake and seafood experience, this is the place! Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best for seafood
    tammy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I ordered a steak and it wasn't that tender, I thought after this is a seafood restaurant. My husband had seafood linguini and it was excellent. Also I thought it was supposed to be topped with onion rings which I didn't get. It was so busy, waitress said 40 minute wait it was 50. Also we had the table upstairs by all the servers which wasn't the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tacos
    angie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Love the fish tacos at Joe Fortes. You can ask for them grilled rather than deep fried if you prefer. So fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    WorldRover
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food and service at Joes are always fantastic and If you are budget aware there are Joes lunch & dinner deals giving you a 3 course meal for a reasonable price. A must whether you live or are just visiting Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • feld
    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
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    • 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!
    Danicus
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
    hks555
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, Talented Pianist, Fair Service (Server looked really busy when we arrived, but was more attentative when the evening died down.), Great drinks, Table was awkward to sit in.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So hot couldn't enjoy
    MaryVIP
    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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.