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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Good for a Date (67)
Good for Birthdays (65)
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Good for Anniversaries (62)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Notable Wine List (51)
Fun (48)
Worth the Drive (48)
Business Meals (47)
Romantic (47)
Happy Hour (46)
Good for Groups (40)
Great for Lunch (40)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Bar Seating (37)
Hot Spot (35)
Live Music (33)
Authentic (32)
Great for Brunch (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (31)
Casual (30)
Cozy (30)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Local Ingredients (29)
People Watching (28)
Comfort Food (24)
Seasonal (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Late-night Find (16)
Tasting Menu (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Healthy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tapas (2)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined a day ago

One of the best restaurants in Vancouver!

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·Dined 2 days ago

In August of 2017 we had a large party of people for a friends birthday. Several thousand dollars were dropped for our party. The service was terrible, we felt completely ignored and were at the bottom of the priority list for service and attention because they made us have a set menu and set cost with tip already calculated. We complained to the manager on duty that night, who was extremely rude and confrontational regarding our complaint. We were shocked to say the least with the whole experience. We paid our bill in full, and left extremely unsatisfied with how we were treated. The following day, we contacted the regional manager who was far more understanding and concerned regarding our complaints. He then offered us a substantial amount of gift cards. We returned there last night and had a fantastic experience. Our server was attentive and accommodating to our requests and orders. We got the service we expected for such an esteemed dining facility. REDEMPTION!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Prawn cocktail was amazing, our server Melissa was very professional and great with my picky family, got our orders exactly the way we wanted them. The gnocchi was good but I will not order it again, a little on the spicy side for me.
Thank you for another great meal!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

too crowd and too noisy. So squeezy for 5 people to seat a 4 people table. Too noisy for gathering and celebration

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was cold and it took over an hour to get our food once ordered!

Plus the value for what was provided is terrible. High cost poor quality.

Don't bother going.....

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Always amazing service and delicious healthy well presented food! A great place for fish and you have to have their clam chowder because it is the best I've tasted!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Food is very good, although expensive. Seats are old and uncomfortable.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Check out the blue plate lunch specials - good portions, good value, excellent taste. Ask to sit in Rita's section - she's AWESOME!

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 7 days ago

This was poor food, poor value and not good service. It is trading on its old reputation and sadly does not live up to that tradition. In short do not go there.

I booked well in advance. We waited 20 minutes to be seated, the table was for 8 people but squeezed onto two tables which could only seat 6. We were fortunate as 2 did not show.

The rare tuna was over cooked, the steak was inedible. As host I asked all afterwards about the experience. All had complaints about the food.

The service was poor and included pouring wine into the water glass, long waits between courses, upselling, one server comment was “well that’s what you ordered”.

As a group we get on very well. This saved the day not the restaurant. I should have complained at the time but wanted to speak to my guests before forming an opinion.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was my 20th birthday! Right when we were seated, a waitress came over and ask if we were having brunch for any special occasion and I told her it was my birthday. The food was amazing! I had the seafood pave and it was to die for; the shrimp was pan fried to perfection!! After they cleared our plates she brought out crème brûlée with a candle!!! It was so thoughtful and unexpected!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely meal and ambience of the restaurant but we did not have the best experience with our server. He was ok BUT we have never had an ok experience with service at your restaurant. I always feel a server can make or break the event and ours certainly didn't make it. We look forward to another positive meal in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Server’s knowledge of food was good. Could have been quicker on offering more wines.
Left a sentimental scarf on the chair. Could give that little bit more service by contacting me by phone (my number is on Open Table) to let me know how I can eventually retrieve it.
3rd time visit. Improving but not quite 5-star.

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

A Vancouver standard with both locals and tourists, this is and has been my favorite downtown restaurant for many years!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Delicious! Couldn’t finish all the seafood on the tower for two...next time I’ll bring a friend maybe?

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

As you can probably tell by all those stars, we had a fantastic night at Joe Fortes. A great welcome, service was consistently outstanding and the food was just excellent. Really energetic vibe without ever getting noisy. Highly recommended!!

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything is above what we expected! Top of my fav!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server ( Johnny D) was very rude and did not follow up with us once. He started the night by just standing at our table and just staring at myself and my date. After about 30 seconds We told him we'd like to order drinks and he said "good" and Took our order down. Almost every single sever in my lifetime has told us their specials or something they'd recommend or ANYTHING besides staring blankly at us. Throughout our meal he did not come to us once to ask how everything was or anything. We had to wave down the porter to ask to get the servers attention. We ordered a lot of food ( two appys and the seafood platter for 2 , which is very large) so when it came time for dessert we politely declined as we were full and said just the bill please. This guy rolled his eyes and stared at me and walked away. What kind of server does that. I'm paying $250 for a meal and you rolls your eyes when we are full and don't feel like dessert? When he brought the bill he didn't place it on the table and walk away, he placed it on the table , looked at myself and my date in our eyes, and slide it in front of me, smirked, and walked away.

Our anniversary dinner was spoiled that server and ruined our evening. The food was good , nothing amazing , carrots were basically raw , but other then that it was fine food wise.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a great dinner! The swordfish, salmon and Fresh crab were all delicious and beautifully prepared. We had a wonderful evening with great service from Richard.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was outstanding. The service was the same. I'd go there every night for dinner if I could. A must go to place in Vancouver

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Found the restaurant friendly an the service was great .... food was good .... We had a variety of dishes which were great ... the lobster was disappointing for the cost we paid .... and dessert had frozen fruit which could have been after New Years but the item was taken off the bill not by our request so are server had good insight ... overall was pleased with our time there.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The best restaurant in the city. Recommend to everyone I know.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Live Music, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We with a total of nine people dined here for our organization’s New Year luncheon. Our server, Brian, went above and beyond our expectation. He did a great job explaining each signature dishes. The dishes were delicious. I definitely recommend this restaurant if you are really into seafood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Nice food and ambiance. However space between table too close and not comfort for two.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic restaurant with a great wait staff

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

See below under private review for the restaurant.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came to Vcr to avoid cold snap in northern Alberta

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Superb service. Great vibrant atmosphere

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was on-point as usual, service was good not great. We felt a little crowded in the room in the back left of the lower floor. Prices were reasonable but we were expecting better service as that is what we were accustomed to in previous visits.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Been here many times - this times was unusual - our meal took too long to get to us - they gave us an appetizer on the house - no explanation as to the long wait for our food - many patrons were seated, ordered, ate and paid before our food arrived - Kevin gave no indication why our order took so long - when the food arrived it was good however not too hot - I had the crab dinner which was just warm - just an off night we guessed. It'll be a while before we're back and will then ask for Wade to be our server as he always manages our table well, with each course just coming one after the other with just enough time between each one to enjoy each others company and our food. Too bad, so sad, our evening was not quite what we expected. Perhaps next time . . .

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Horrible food and service. If I wanted a semi-commited restaurant I'd go to Joey's....

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Both food and service was impeccable. Would have preferred a table on the main upper dining floor with the white tablecloths for our annual family Christmas brunch. Was asked to switch tables, was told by hostess all tables already reserved. We were seated on the more casual tables in the bar area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Although the food was just alright today, I would still come back to try Joe Fortes again. This because my first experience here during happy hour was quite pleasant.

The ambiance and service were on par as always, but today we ordered two of Joe's 'classics' and both the ingredients and the taste was subpar to what a restaurant of this class (as determined by the restaurant's ambiance/service/price point) should have served. That being said, I would return to give it another go and would definitely recommend their happy hour for a quick get together with friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Disappointed in appetizer. Oyster Rockefeller which was insipid. Waiter said they would get fresh ones, took too long and our main meal arrived before the appetizer. Waiter told us they were on the house so despite arriving after our main course we didn’t send them back. The replacements were awful too. Worse though was they did charge us. Manager said basically they didn’t charge us for replacement oysters. Whoa something wrong here. Didn’t charge us for bad food delivered too late. Joe Fortes is no longer a classy place. Sneaky cheap Manager should be running some third rate joint not a restaurant that had class until recently. Wasn’t the cost of the oysters. Our bill was over 200.00 for two people and the half order of oysters was 11.00. It was the sneaky way they charged us and tried to tell us we were lucky as the replacement oysters were free. Whoa. Oysters were insipid, made up way ahead of time, delivered too late and we should be thankful they didn’t charge us. Joe Fortes going downhill very quickly.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very good services and excellent Christmas mood!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The best steak and sea food in Vancouver’. If you came to Vancouver and don’t visit Joe fortes, you don’t know Vancouver.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Although an expensive place, it really is worth the cost. The food was all delicious and good portions for a high end restaurant. Service was fast and friendly. My only complaint would be that where we were seated happened to be right by a door... other patrons at nearby tables were too hot and constantly opened the door causing our table to be hit directly with an ice cold draft (it was late december and almost snowing)... not too pleasant to say the least. Otherwise, I will be back again, especially for happy hour

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Ordered wine, waited forever to be told they didn’t have it. Ordered another bottle, waited forever and finally told they didn’t have it. Finally settled on a bottle that we didn’t particularly like but we were tired of waiting.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful holiday date restaurant!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very friendly staff in a spectacular building. Although this is a pretty high end restaurant, it’s not pretentious at all.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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