Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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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.
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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. When I arrived, they greeted me by my name. I had a table but chose to sit at the bar as I was dining alone. The bartender who waited on me recommended a sampler dish as I wanted crab and they had ran out of earlier in the evening. The recommended dish definitely went beyond my expectations! He also recommended a drink that was outstanding and I wish I had a recipe for! Cam was an outstanding Bartender / Server... very attentive to all customers.

Side note - There was a pianist playing beautifully when I got there and then later in the evening, great 90’s type music was played through the sound system. Very nice touch.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant but be sure to make reservations at least a day ahead of time.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, like an old established steak chop house should be. Happy hour prices were a good value. We loved everything especially the creme brulee. The only negative was the shrimp tempura because it was loaded in grease. The Seafood tower was popular and looked yummy. All in all I'd go back.

DS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious the service for food was slow. The waiter was excellent

HS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the cheery welcome through to the fond farewell, we could not fault the service and the food here. We were cosseted and cared for, advised and directed to our choices which were beautifully presented and tasted even better.
I wholeheartedly recommend Joe Fortes to anyone wanting good food in a really warm atmosphere and, if you get Paul playing on the piano, you’re in for a real treat

e
Mexico City
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good service, oysters and clams outstanding
Good wine selection
The terrace it’s good although stairs not easy specially for little kids

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it. But not for people who don’t like a noisey restaurant.

C
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great quality food, but service was off the mark this time.
Believe it was just a “one off”, does not change my high opinion of the restaurant and staff.

MD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a couple years since last time I was here. I’m happy to say that this place still holds a high standard of dining experience. Still remains my go to place for great seafood.

G
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe Forte never disappoints. Always the first restaurant I go to for special occasion and always superb food and service.

AM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing space, breathing atmosphere. Huge menu , difficult to decide what you want :)

LL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Would certainly recommend it to friends for the food and the ambience but not the service, which is ok but not great.

RW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Dee was an awesome server. Rooftop on a Friday night is great people watching spot.

J
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Meeting an old friend

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the whole experience. We had a booth and fabulous waiter David who had been at Joe Fortes for 16 years. The fish was delicious and we were made to feel so special. We had travelled from Australia celebrating anniversaries & were surprised with dessert. Highly recommend Joe Fortes.

JR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal with a friend the other evening. We shared a seafood platter. Everything was, fresh and well prepared. The only thing I didn’t love was the oyster Rockefeller, but I am not a big fan of oysters. I would have preferred it cooked. I would definitely recommend this Vancouver institution for the quality of food and the excellent service.

L
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a great menu to choose from it was hard to make a decision. We were fortunate to sit in Vincent’s section who was a fantastic server. Add Wade to the service combination and you have a recipe for a great evening. In addition to the exceptional service the food was great! No other words than “go make a reservation!”

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a friend visiting Vancouver from England. She said she would like to try our seafood here so I decided to bring her to one of my favorite seafood restaurant Joe Fortes.

She was really impressed with the quality of food especially the seafood tower that we ordered. The Sawmill Bay Oysters that our server Melissa recommended was really good and it was huge too!!

The clam chowder was really good too and the calamari is the best calamari that I had every had in a seafood restaurant in Vancouver.

Would definitely recommend them to anyone if you want some good quality seafood..! their service was really great too.


I had also tried their happy hour and I personally think they have the best food for the happy hour in Vancouver!

CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We waited over 40 minutes between the salad and the entree. Steak arrived warm, not hot. 3rd time here and think it’s time to find a new steakhouse in Vancouver.

KG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, superior customer service (Jennifer was fantastic), generous food portions and delicious. Love coming here!

j
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dad and I came to BC for a father-daughter trip and as big foodies, Joe Fortes was the highlight of the trip! I can’t even write in a review how amazing the trio special was, and my dad could say the same about his Halibut Cheeks. The overall ambience of the restaurant is amazing and everyone should go once if they’re ever in the city - just make sure to have a reservation!

FG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The seafood tray was good, except for the lobster which was dry and tough.

OT
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good - brunch on the patio. Other than a loud talker at the next table it was lovely.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding one of the best dinning experiences I have had. Best Rib steak I have been every served.

m
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vincent was an excellent host. Food selection and portions were great. A little noisy for an intimate dinner but overall a great experience

DI
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Loved the patio.

KM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and wine. Excellent service! Hard to get a table, but that is because it is a
Popular place.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Charged me for glass of wine I didn’t have. Made a big deal about voiding bill blah blah . They would have done it but I’m not going to waste time trying to get $15 bucks back ! Buy me a glass of wine next time :)

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!

MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great seafood. Great service. A bit loud where we are sitting so need to speak a bit louder in our table. Overall highly recommend if you crave oyster.

F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service was very good. Always consistent. Definitely recommend this to everyone, except the restaurant could really do with a Slight renovation.

G
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Waiter told us, after we pointed out the poor taste of the coleslaw that it was not the day for coleslaw, duh! He made no attempt to offer an alternative. Don’t go for oysters Rockefeller! Tough as old shoe leather with an inedible sauce. Mussels were good as was the seafood ravioli. Ground floor is not the level to sit as there are no table cloths provided and you drown from water condensation on your water glass. I’m not a picky eater but at this restaurant’s prices I expect the best, especially as that’s what I have always had before.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We never get disappointed at Joe Fortes. Love this place!

PM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As soon as we stepped in the restaurant door we were warmly greeted by the staff members, and whisked away to our table. The table setting was impeccable, as was the service. The food was exactly what we had ordered and was delicious. An enjoyable dining experience.

A
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe's was very accommodating as we arrived early for our reservation. We were able to be seated at the bar until we got a seat up on the rooftop patio. Staff was great, very personable and treated us well. They made us feel special on our Anniversary. The food was amazing and I would recommend them for any occasion. We will be returning.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything was great expect our server who wrote down an order wrong and insisted on showing us what she had written down even though we all had heard the correct order.

D
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service ,food & ambiance!
Worth the price for wonderful meal !

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bday.. nice place to go to celebrate special occasions

DN
London
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a review more about the app. Joe's Fortes was excellent however when we got there they said reservation was for Thu even though we made the reservation for Wed. I think there was a mistake in the app because the open table email said reservation for thu but when I clicked on the link it said Wednesday. Please address the issues on the app.

AP
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and service although for the price not stellar. Noisy in the upstairs seating. Overall good meal but not special.

TB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening, with great food, great drinks, and great service. I would recommend that anyone looking for a good meal in downtown Vancouver come to Joe Fortes. You won't be disappointed.

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