Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
4745 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Seafood
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.
What 4745 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
AC
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding and food was mediocre at best. Cannot understand why restaurant is rating so high. Clearly Vancouver has excellent dining - save yourself money.

LH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood and service we get when we travel to Vancouver!

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

Excelente! De vacaciones con mi Esposo e Hijo. La pasamos muy bien

Report
GD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A-ma-zing!!!!! The best meal we have had in a long time. The service was exceptional, a big shout out to Dan who really contributed to a great experience.

F
Cleveland
135 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnny was our server. Been there for 30 years he said. Excellent. Helped us choose some great seafood.

j
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started in the bar. Jamie and Glenn were amazing. They guided us to some local BC wines and were very friendly and helpful
Then we had dinner in the restaurant and Donna was our server. She is beyond a server, I have never seen a server more knowledgeable than she was. She knew everything about the menu items and pairing the wines.
ALL of the food and service was far beyond 5 stars!!
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and would return.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and beautiful place with extraordinary food.
A little bit expensive but worth it.
Great environment and wonderful music with good pianist.
Absolutely outstanding!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and the portions were huge which I didn’t expect

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Brunch :

Friendly service, really fun atmosphere at this popular spot. We enjoyed cocktails and a few appetizers, all delicious.

C
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I tried the pork belly Benedict. The benedict was decent instead the potato was great!

I
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

I would still recommend JF to friends, but not during their Benny Bonanza. We have always enjoyed the food and service there, but our last visit was really disappointing. The special benny (pork belly) we wanted to order ran out which is fine, it's 'while quantities last'; however, it is not acceptable to wait 1.5 hours for our orders to arrive. Our group was larger (9) but it shouldn't have taken that long. If possible, wait until their promotion is over to visit.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We have come to the conclusion that you go to Joe Fortes for the ambience, and not particularly for the food. The food is ok, nothing to complain about. But when you add the above average prices to the average food quality, it causes you to ponder the overall experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my wife’s birthday with 4 of our closest friends. First time at Joe Forte’s, the food was excellent, the waiter was great, and we really enjoyed the live pianist. Will definitely be back!

WH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. One sign of a good restaurant is when you just ask for a standard cocktail, in my case a Manhattan, which isn’t on the card, but which every bartender should have in their repertoire- Joe Forte’s didn’t miss a beat - came straight back with “Which bourbon or rye would you prefer sir?”. My wife’s steak was cooked exactly as she asked, and my rare ahi tuna was delicious. We’ve been several times now, and we will be back.

f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service.

OT
Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious!! Had Salmon and it was wonderful!
The meringue dessert is so awesome I went back to the restaurant the next night and sat at the bar and just ordered the same dessert again!!

MM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came once before and our second visit reaffirmed that this is one of the best seafood restaurants ever! Oysters as recommended by our wait person, Stacey, were awesome. Fish mains delicious. We hope to make athird visit someday! Loved the Lobster Oil and Balsamic dip for the bread.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

NO!!! I explicitly asked for decaf -- had a conversation about it -- and I got regular coffee and a sleepless night. That is not acceptable.

NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

There is definitely an old world experience that must be had. We ordered the West Coast platter for two and felt the amount of food was not worth the high price tag. The service was excellent and the hostess was wonderful and attentive. Just don't expect to walk away full, no matter how much you spend.

KW
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you to Heather and Matt for another incredible Sunday brunch. Great food, fantastic service.

T
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Truly amazing once again as always it was incredibly busy but are serving staff was on the ball and our food was amazing I was skeptical at first because it was so busy but they truly surprised me with how professional they are serving staff is I highly recommend Joe fortes they have never let us down

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friends were visiting Vancouver from South Korea and I would like to provide great experience and foods. It is the reason why I chose Joe Forte! We really enjoyed our dinner and atmosphere as well. If we have a chance, we definitely come back to have more fresh oysters.

p
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely brunch and were very impressed with the level of attention and frequency of attention we received from our server. Our drinks were never empty. Service was delivered with a smile. Food was outstanding and of good value.

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

Outstanding food and service. My wife and I’s favorite restaurant hands down

CP
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was recommended to us by a local in a bar, would definitely return. We both had the seafood linguine, it was outstanding.

WH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was very good. Overall the food was very good. I was warned about the tuna only being seared but it was a little under-cooked for me. The service was excellent.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday, I go every year. Xo

NZ
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waitress was very good. The food was good, presentation was attractive and appetizing, the waitress addressed allergies, service was prompt. My only complaint was the serving staff served my meal over top of our guest twice, I would have expected more. They could have accessed my seat easily to serve me from the left.

DS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Best trout I have ever had.

JB
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

It was ok food not as good as it use to be. Felt like staff was stressed to impressed. I miss the way it use to be

JW
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from the time you are greeted to the completion of your meal. Not a poor thing to say. Very attentive to your needs and goes above and beyond to respond. Will always treat Joe Fortes as my favourite spot to wine and dine. Recommend this remarkable restaurant to everyone. John Wayne MacMullin

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night. Started with drinks at the bar. Nice conversations with bartender. Moved to table with no issues. Great meal and service. Would definitely visit again..believe the reviews.

OT
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We go to Fortes quite a lot. This time got a terrible table upstairs. Service was great food was good just lacked the usual excellent experience that restaurant gives. Didnt meet their standard. Good but not outstanding

TG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I am a long time Joe Fortes customer it is my favourite restaurant but this past Saturday I was disappointed in the service we had to flag the server over 3 times for drinks and other items. Not up to the usual service standard but the food was excellent.

R
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe's is our 'go to' for seafood dining in Downtown Vancouver. The food is always prepared to perfection, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere fun and comfortable.

L
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girls treated me to a birthday brunch and couldn’t have picked a better place. Our service team was so attentive and surprised us with a birthday creme brûlée’s Spectacular!!

MM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Pleasant ambiance, very friendly and attentive staff. The first 30 minutes of piano music was
overly energetic ( sorry to say - painfully loud) making for frustrating attempts at conversation.
However, this was followed by much more pleasant choice of music, appropriate for the lunch hour .

As far as food was concerned, my two friends were well pleased with their choices. I had the seafood pave, and unfortunately found the potatoes not only lacking seasoning, but actually being too hard though not hot and almost bitter tasting, as if not fully cooked.

EA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a Vancouver destination. We got a booth opposite the raw bar; easily one of the best situated table in the joint! Professional service- old school style attention to every detail. Classic pick for toasting your anniversary or promotion.

CN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks for the lovely dessert. We had a great anniversary meal

T
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food took over 1 hour to get the Sable Fish and it was just ok. Was not worth all the hype we won’t go back for dinner. We were upstairs on the patio which is really nice ambiance maybe just for drinks.

1
2
3
119

Tweets by Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House