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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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The whole dinner was rushed! We had the dineout menu. The server rushed us the whole time. The appetizer is not even done; the main course is already on the table. The whole meal from sitting down to paying the bill took 1 hr. The food itself was great. It would be better if we had more time to enjoy the meal.

FM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I don’t know if they have a different chef and manu for dinner out festival, but we were 6 friends, 3 considered good ( not very good considering price ) and 3 considered too bad. Soup was no salt and the main dish was very spicy.

L
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There service was impeccable and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The DOV menu was excellent and the oysters were fresh and delicious.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, waiter was very good. We had cocktails instead of wine - I am usually a red wine gal, but the cocktails the waiter recommended were excellent. I did find the noise level quite high and we were tucked into a little nook, so I thought it may be quieter, but it wasn’t.
Overall a lovely evening.

SS
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet was fantastic! Really enjoyed the atmosphere as we were dining before the hockey game. Great service.

JO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful locTion, great service, delicious food.

DM
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Went for lunch on Monday (snow day) and was surprised that the room was very cold. No real heating around the bar area and no effort to improve the situation. Excuse made about height of ceilings. People next to us kept their wool hats on! Hot pot was good, but perhaps too much cream.

NE
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing. Very pleasant to talk to and was full of energy thought our stay. Was a great first time experience. Would highly recommend to anyone especially for their crab cakes!

JA
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from both Lauren and Heather. These two provided such outstanding service! Best brunch ever! Thank you ladies!

NM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Every time I have been here I have been blown away by the food, each plate is carefully thought out and made with the best of ingredients and flavor combinations, you couldn't order anything bad off of the menu. My only complaint would be that each time I have been here, our waiter comes and takes our drink orders, leaves to punch in our drinks and let us look at the appies, comes back a little later for the appie order and then our food always ends up being up before our drinks. So far every time we have been to Joe Forte's our appies arrived before our drinks. I have never been able to have more than 2 drinks when I visit just because it takes so long to get the first one that by the time it arrives you already have your food and then your so busy enjoying the food that your not really enjoying your drink so it'd be nice if they either had an extra bartender on the weekend or something to help with that, not that I am looking to get drunk while I am there but we are usually there for atleast 2 hours and a 4 ounce beverage doesnt take that long to drink is all. Will still continue to be a returning customer and recommending this place, would just be nice to see something improve in that area.

C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. They even noticed it was my birthday and gave me an exquisite creme brûlée on the house. The only thing is that they forgot to bring the bread and lo lobster oil we requested. Thank you!

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, service and food was outstanding!!!
We had a fun evening celebrating my husbands birthday with friends.
Thank you for accommodating us with the request of a round table.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt our server was great very friendly the food was excellent as always! First time we came for brunch and we will come back again!

l
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Highly over priced dishes with uninspiring accompaniments. Expensive wine list and they didn't have the most reasonably priced wine in stock and the next bracket up was £30 more. Service was overly enthusiastic and felt like a tourist trap

NG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food drinks and service was amazing as expected! Only downside was the noisy table next to ours, very distracting and made it hard to hear my date.

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, live piano music. Highly recommend d - and definitely save room for the creme brulee!

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our lunch at Joe Fortes! Excellent value and very attentive service.

RF
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food or maybe lobster oil had us feeling sick the next day so that kind of made for a bad memory but we have had good meals previous so maybe just an off night

PE
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my first time to Joe Fortes. The experience was great after hearing about it for so long. I had a steak (perfectly cooked, delicious) accompanied by truffle fries (good, but not great) and seasonal vegetables (asparagus, roast beets, root veg puree of some sort, nicely cooked). The meal was good but I wouldn't usually go to a restaurant for a steak, the ambiance and experience of Joe's was definitely part of the draw.
The service was outstanding, especially of our main server.

MC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience. Service second to none and food done to perfection. Enough said!

BW
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jenn P was an amazing server. The perfect balance of professionalism with personal touch. Food was high quality, quick and as ordered. Atmosphere was enjoyable, fun yet relaxing. Great work to Rich and team.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Was there last night with my mum, and food was good, service was good, but the server accidentally knocked down my wine and spilled all over the table and my pants and coat, the chair was also wet, first time experiencing that, the server got me the towels fairly quickly and gave free dessert, the restaurant manager told me to send her my dry cleaning bill, don’t really know what to say about the whole thing, but don’t see myself going back there anymore.

TD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and great food. Wine list pushes the boundary of extremely overpriced. It feels very much like a rip off especially given the price you pay for the food.

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A "Must visit' restaurant whenever we are in Vancouver. Quite expensive, but great food and ambiance in a restaurant with a warm story.

OA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restorane in Vancouver. Exelent food, location and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing menu. Food was fantastic!

h
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very good restaurant. We ordered a seafood tower and fresh oysters. The oysters are highly recommended. Seafood tower is up to the person but I personally think just the oysters is good. Main courses were OK. The sable fish was very salty but they changed it for us for free, so that was a plus. All in all very authentic American steak house.

B
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little loud, and a little pricey but overall a great experience. Food tasted amazing, service was incredible and the atmosphere was very nice. Would definitely recommend to others. Will be back.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual date night here with my girl

GC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We regularly dine at joe fortes especially for Birthdays. We annually celebrate my birthday after Christmas at this restaurant only. However this year we felt our server was a little dismissive making us feel like we couldn’t afford appetizers with dinner. With the numerous options in downtown vancouver we felt the server was doing the restaurant a dis-service.

We booked the reservation for a birthday celebration but no acknowledgment or mention of my birthday.

LG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down our favourite restaurant... we love love love Joe Fortes and we would recommend it 1000%

ER
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, its a must when coming to Vancouver.

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are from Edmonton Alberta and always come here when we are in Vancouver usually twice a year. I tell all my friends about it too and always tag u guys on Instagram! Everything was great EXCEPT I asked for a larg e 4 person table or booth and we got one of the small half circle 2 person tables upstairs which I thought was rude because I booked my reservation 2 weeks out. And also the drinks were slow at the beginning I received my salad before my Pepsi. The waiter was very good and personable I forget his name he was young and worked upstairs.

m
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

simply delightful experience great vibe, dreamy staff, joyous spirit and expert culinary execution, this is a must stop on all future visits to vancouver

IG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service and Great place to dine!

SM
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food service and experience was great as usual. We living coming back here for our date night weekend getaways!!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was an awesome server! The food was amazing too.

KH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Vancouver we visiting family for Christmas, and it was also my husbands birthday. I booked a reservation to celebrate. From start to finish our experience was amazing. We felt cared about the entire time, from recommendations on the menu to getting to know us and why we were there. I’ve never been a fan of Oysters but after some convincing from my husband and a lesson from our server on what I might like best, we ordered and was not disappointed! Our main server Stefania was so pleasant and kind! I am already planning our trip back! Thank you!

KL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Melissa K. was more than awesome! Food was tasty as per ush. Really appreciated the restaurant acknowledging that the brunch was for a birthday. Hostess mentioned it when she confirmed our table, dessert was brought out at the very end of our meal, appy on house, etc. Overall, no complaints whatsoever! :)

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