About 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.

777 Thurlow St
Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Robson

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 669-1940

Website:
http://www.joefortes.ca/

Entertainment:
Live Piano 7 days a week

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.

Public Transit:
Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station

Executive Chef:
Wayne Sych

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (82)
Good for Birthdays (61)
Good for a Date (56)
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Fit for Foodies (54)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Fun (48)
Business Meals (44)
Hot Spot (43)
Notable Wine List (43)
Great for Lunch (37)
Vibrant Bar Scene (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Bar Seating (36)
Good for Groups (35)
Happy Hour (34)
Authentic (33)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Romantic (32)
Live Music (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
People Watching (30)
Comfort Food (29)
Great for Brunch (28)
Local Ingredients (28)
Casual (27)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Cozy (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Seasonal (14)
Late-night Find (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Healthy (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Scenic View (6)
Great Beer (4)
Waterfront (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

Have a wonderful birthday brunch with our family! Food and service was amazing! Only downside was that we ended up at the table closest to the kitchen doorway, so there was constant traffic going by our heads throughout the meal. Very tight, they could have given up a little room for more comfort. Will be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome food
Great server... thanks for the experience 😊

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

The best servers in Vancouver, especially Jamie!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I picked this place for lunch as my final stop for my visit to the city. I had oysters, followed by clam chowder and tuna tartare. Food was excellent. Oysters were very fresh but not many options were available. They do offer lunch sets as more economic options. The restaurant has high ceilings and natural light in, which gave it a romantic ambiance.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

I booked a table to celebrate my 70 th birthday on my own as part of a week of dining with friends. I was pleased that my table request was honoured so I had a prime seat to people watch as well as drink in the ambience of rich brass, oak, and Christmas garlands and lights. The service and food were impeccable and the meal finished with a lovely surprise- a creme brule complete with candle. Thank you to everyone who made this a memorable evening. Cheers!

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Food and service were excellent....as expected! Thank you as it was father’s 80 Birthday dinner. The noise level made conversation difficult for half deaf folks but overall- very enjoyable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We enjoyed the Blue Plate Specials. Good value! The bread was not as warm as the last visit (in October, for my birthday). Great place to meet friends!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We came in for our Anniversary dinner, overall experience was good. Food took an extremely long time to come out. Waitress was friendly and helpful. Meal was not what I expected so was a little disappointed. Great wine menu. Probably will not return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great service

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food was good but a bit pricey. The scallops were to die for! They made our Ceasars wrong, they made them with Tomato juice instead of Clamato juice. They remade them and they were good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Vancouver. Miso marinated saba is a must!

Pros:
- nice selection of fresh oyster
- decent wine menu
- very fresh seafood
- service is beyond awesome
- great atmosphere if you do not like too quiet

Cons:
- Well, it is a fine dining place after all. Cost can add up very quickly
- Not a quiet dinning place. Be alerted for the "noise" level.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

There are two key ingredients that make for a fantastic restaurant/bar; fantastic food and fabulous service. Joe Forte's brings both to the table for an incredible dining experience.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. The seafood is always fresh, the steaks are always of a proper cut and cooked exactly as ordered, and the staff is always courteous and aiming to make each dining experience that little bit better than the previous.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food and service was amazing. The place does not disappoint!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Never fails.. Food, service and ambiance are always top notch!!
Love this place !!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service from Jamie! Thanks

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service from our server. Food was excellent.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Two for $100. Good food, enjoyable environment, thoughtful service. We had lobster soup and today's fish duo and fish tacos. The soup and fish tacos are of great value, yet the today's fish duo is not recommended. The cocktails are also not bad, plenty of choices.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Outstanding service; great food as always! We take the train from Seattle and always make Joe Forte's our dinner stop.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fun, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Except the ambient noise level a bit high for an old deaf guy, everything was super!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The prices were very expensive and the food was absolutely not worth it! Everything was not seasoned properly, if at all. My husbands rice and roasted carrots were still hard in the middle. I would not recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fantastic experience. Our server, Jake, was probably one of the best servers we've ever had - attentive, funny and knowledgeable.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was disappointed with the quality of the food at brunch. For $16 I got a large plate of dried out bacon, dried out toast, dried out sausage, dried out potatoes and rubbery scrambled eggs. The service was generally pretty bad. They did keep the coffee and coming around, so that was good. However, I expect much more out of a restaurant that has such a good reputation in Vancouver.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best service I ever had. Attentive but not too much.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Restaurant was very nice, came early but was not allow to order off the happy hour menu, even though we had a reservation. The freshness of the Oysters was fantastic, the local varieties of fresh fish was also excellent. We also shared a large Rib Steak family style and it was perfectly prepared. Would not hesitate to go back, but being unable to try items on the Happy Hour menu, when we were ready to spend a business dinner there did bother me a bit.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food and service! The oysters were awesome! The lobster bisque and the trio of fresh fish were very delicious. I'll be back the next time I'm in Vancouver.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Top notch seafood. Fantastic service. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Nice place but noisy, not the best if you want to talk

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Loved the atmosphere and enjoyed the staff. We would definitely return.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Awesome table. Great hosts. Excellent service. Decadent food. Wine selection was good and priced affordably. Menu has plenty of steak options but we decided to share a generous seafood platter that included crab legs, a full lobster and plenty of other goodies. Plenty of sides to choose from.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

I chose this place for me and my partner's anniversary, and we really enjoyed the night here. Our server recommended us a big hot sea food plate for two and that was right amount. We had lobsters, salmon, scallops, mussels, crabs, everything was so delicious. Our server offered to take a photo of us which was sweet.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Joe’s is a Vancouver institution. Great service, great food, always an outstanding experience. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our first time here. The ambience was great for being with friends. The menu, especially for seafood, was amazing. Our server knew his stuff. And the food was divine.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

First time I'd been to this restaurant, and I must say I was very impressed with the menu, service, and food. Our waiter, Roben, was absolutely awesome! Highly recommended, and will return for future special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food; Wonderful service. Thank you, Tim F.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

we were sitting at the worse table ; half moon shape 6 on one side and a walk away on the other. hard for conversation, very noisy spot . the service was extremely slow , waited a long time for our meal. nevertheless, the waiter was very nice and courteous and the food was delicious. next time if coming with a large group will specially ask not to be at that table , if i would have known i would have not gone that night !

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were celebrating our friends 50th Anniversary. I mentioned it when I booked and the server acknowledged our friends and really set a friendly tone for our evening.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a date night on the town. Our waiter, Jamie was very attentive and went beyond our expectations. When my husband realized that he had forgotten to bring out Cirque du Soleil tickets, Jamie was able to get the email address of the restaurant manager and have our tickets printed for us. Everything we ordered tasted exactly or better than we were expecting and we were even treated to slice of cheese cake for dessert. Knowing that we had plans after, Jamie made sure to have us out of there in a timely manner without making us feel rushed. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and look forward to next time.

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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My wife’s pasta meal very good, i ordered my steak medium, it came rare so I sent it back they heated my plated brought it back and still rare. They ended up cooking me another and still rare. Didn’t eat my meal but they compt it. I would give it a second chance.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Always awesome Experirence dinning here

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