Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.5
4038 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

*Happy Hour from 4:00pm-6:00pm daily
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Phone number
(604) 669-1940
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Wayne Sych
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Robson
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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.
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Public transit
Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station
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Entertainment
Live Piano 7 days a week
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4038 People Are Saying
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KE
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It was my sister's birthday. I indicated to the front desk upon entering that She needed extra special care, and that I wanted the mile high chocolate cake for dessert. What came was creme brulee...the second time this same mistake was made.
On a prior occasion I had ordered the chocolate cake for my mother's 80th birthday...from another staff member...not our waiter...and it never came.
Seeing the staff being snippy with each other was also not a good thing.
Maybe for the next special occasion we will go somewhere else....

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CL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great time here
Food and service was amazing as usual
The pianist makes for a great atmosphere as well

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RC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is great and the service was excellent; friendly, quick and attentive. But the food was at best ok. I had fish and chips and this is a real test - a fish restaurant should be able to do such a staple without any problem. My fish batter was overcooked and so were the chips. There was a slight burnt flavour to both and I suspect the oil had been used just a couple times too many. My wife's triple fish special was much the same - ok. We will probably go back just because the atmosphere was so good.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Despite spending a lot of time in restaurants I seldom leave reviews or comments but this time I felt I had to; I always enjoy watching people who have mastered their craft in action, no matter what is their profession and tonight our waiter (Kevin H?) was a true professional.

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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few places in Vancouver that is admired by tourists and locals. The portions and quality are fantastic and the service is second to none. Taku gave us an amazing experience and we look forward to our next meal here!

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PD
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cannot go wrong with this place for seafood. We were visiting from the states and this place came highly recommended. It did not disappoint

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DW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great in there with my family. Food was good and the service was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

25th anniversary

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AN
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My question to the evening manager, "are you running a restaurant or a daycare"? After we were seated, 6 adults sat next to us with two children. One about 2yrs old, one about 7yrs old. They were chasing each other around the table, not screaming but "screeching". They even entered into our space. The parents ignored them. This continued for at least 1 hr. We called the manager over and told him this behavior was unacceptable, that we should not have to hear this and he needed to tell the parents to get the children under control. He would not do this. He did not want them to contact his manager and complain that "they" were mistreated by the restaurant. Instead, his solution was to "comp" our meal to appease us. That was not what we wanted. It was not necessary. What was necessary was for him to confront the parents and have them keep the children under control. He was afraid of what might happen to him (manager), not what was happening to us. There was a table next to us with a newly married couple. They too were bothered by the children "screeching". They heard all that transpired between us and the manager and couldn't believe that he would not do anything.
What the manager should have done was confront the parents and told them for the safety of the children and other diners the children need to stay in their seats. If they continued to run and screech, then they should have been asked to leave. By the way, at this time it was 10:15 p.m. No children should be in a restaurant that late. I also said to the manager that the family should be at a McDonald's not a fine dining restaurant. Our dinner for two was over $400. Of course that was not as much as the tab for 6 adults so it was "cheaper" for the manager to "comp" our meal rather than loose the tab for the larger table of diners.
By this time, my blood pressure was through the roof and I was shaking from the disturbance. A was a very unpleasant experience.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bryan was a great shot and server, and made sure we always had what we needed and wanted. A fantastic experience!

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M
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great and fun. The steak, I hate to admit, was a bit of disappointment. I guess being tagged as the best steak in Vancouver comes with high expectations, and I was expecting to be blown away. Not quite.

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D
Indiana
74 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Mirela our server was extremely informative and her attention to detail greatly appreciated.
Thanks for a terrific evening!!

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OH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was even better. The waiter knew all about which eines gors best with which meal and there was so many options

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R
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of ingredients of the dishes are amazing! The price is on the high side but when we had first bite, the taste and freshness of ingredients told us why. Definately going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends visiting

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GW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and the ambiance was casual enough to have a toddler with us.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the fried local oysters and the daily special duo fish dish for lunch. Both were amazing choices. Very fresh seafood, sauces were creamy and delicious.
Our waitress was very prompt and attentive, filling our waters anytime it was less than half full without us even asking her. We brought our baby with us and they seated us in a small nook of the restaurant, away from the main section and all that noise, which was perfect.
It was a pricey lunch for us but well worth it for the food quality and service.

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MP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level makes conversation difficult but everything else was superb as alway! It’s nice that some things
haven’t changed over the last quarter century!!!
My young Brit guests loved it. Said it was like London!?

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch was great, even got a birthday desert treat :)

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TB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experiences I've ever had. The food and service are outstanding. Truly a remarkable dining experience. Bravo!

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SL
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food was outstanding and service impeccable

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J
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Such a great meal- wonderful dining experience ❤️
Love the piano on the stairs

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JD
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food and service were good, but not great. The interior was a bit worn. The prices were too expensive for what you got. The value was just not there.

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CS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lobster Eggs Benedict was excellent and the Cottage Fries were exceptional. Enjoyed the Chocolate Banana Bread and a Bellini as an appetizer:)). Would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting excellent quality food served in a beautiful setting.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Joe Fortes for a number of years, but it didn't disappoint! Our server, Chris, was very well informed and filled us in on the daily specials. Very interactive and funny, and also managed to keep our glasses full of wine.
Overall, it was a fantastic evening and I highly recommend using the open table reservation system if you have a special occasion to book!

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BS
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Loved the salmon and char. Great martini pours

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r
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always.
Colin, amazing service.
Keep up the great work!

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy to be on upper level, attentive service and great food options. Pricey but large portions.

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SV
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall the experience was very good. The food was amazing, however, our server was particularly slow. It made for an extremely long evening. A fantastic staple though for Vancouver!

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ME
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner with some girlfriends before a concert. Give yourself lots of time as it was a 2 hour dinner and we just made it to the concert. The food was delicious and the wine list was great - lots of BC's great wines.

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L
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered a clam bowl. I had to send it back because there were barely any clams in it, all shells.

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IC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

No need to say much expect a very pleasing experience

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F
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice, but not outstanding.
Very noisy; difficult to carry on with a conversation.

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JM
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food as always!

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c
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood! I had the halibut cheeks and they were fantastic. One of the best meals we had in Vancouver.

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TD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! The service was great, even though there was a large party next to us. The noise level was a bit high but everyone was apparently enjoying themselves. We definitely did!

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KK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again and again best food and pure amazing service. Top notch ! Thank you !

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Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding,Mac n cheese a must have, artic char cooked perfectly. Hostesses can be rude and unwelcoming.

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CS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for happy hour. It was my

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JD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked for a very special table as it was my wife’s birthday and we had a great table on the top floor. The service was amazing; our server Mirela has an excellent balance of ‘warm and friendly’ and ‘professional and knowledgeable’ making our experience very memorable - thank you. The food was awesome from the fried oysters, crab cakes and fish and chips. Everything was outstanding and many thanks for a superb dinning experience.

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