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Joe Fortes Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Joe Fortes Vancouver

4.7
4.7
7097 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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 our Rooftop Garden. Executive Chef Ryan Green 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 30 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 300 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 on our Rooftop Garden.

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2 people

10:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 669-1940

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Green

  • Private party facilities

    Visit Joe Fortes and you are welcomed into an environment whose vibrant sights and sounds are as enticing as the menu is. With our name inspired by a local legend famous for his warm, welcoming nature, we naturally believe that hospitality is key in creating a memorable group dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Kelsey Sullivan: (604) 669-1940

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Cross street

    Robson

  • Parking details

    Valet service available at 4PM.

  • Public transit

    Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station.

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano 7 days a week

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,097 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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    Seafood

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  1. EP

    EddieP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good dinner overall. Excellent service from Stefanie who looked after us very well. A terrific piano player added to the ambiance. An enjoyable birthday dinner - we’ll be back.
  2. J

    Joyce

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Too crowded. The prawns was over cooked and a little bitter. Overpriced for the quality of food.
  3. RH

    RobertH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food and service was as expected, noise level was high till the piano player arrived. After that it was comfortable.
  4. i

    ilovefood

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    earlier seating felt like we where rushed. Great food and very attentive staff.
  5. JT

    JorgT

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joe Fortes is still and always will be on of the best restaurants in Vancouver! The service, food and staff are an absolute pleasure. My partner and I recently had their Arctic Char special and it was exceptionally good 😋 we are regulars.
  6. LB

    LarissaB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible seafood restaurant with live piano and great service .
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food! outstanding service!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there in a group of 5. Called the restaurant and they said they're fully booked for the night we wanted to visit. Came online to look for something else and saw open table gives us a table here. Disappointing on the restaurant's part but thank you open table. Other than that everything at the restaurant was amazing as usual. I love this place, the service is consistently great but what brings me back in is their amazing food. Large portions and high quality. I usually get the sablefish because well if you have it once you'll know why it's so hard to get anything else. It's sooo good. The ambiance is homey and welcoming. Came to $130-$160/person (including dinner, a few drinks, oysters, tip and tax)
  9. SL

    SusanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour on a Friday afternoon food and service was amazing.
  10. RH

    RickH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I went to Dine Out at Joe Fortes. We had wonderful service and great food. Would definitely recommend,
  11. LL

    LouiseL

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food and the service was amazing. The restaurant was very crowded but not too noisy. We enjoyed it very much although felt it was a bit overpriced.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    食物非常美味,服務員非常專業也非常友善,由於我們訂到的時間很晚,是晚上8:30,服務員看到我們帶了兩個小朋友,非常細心的問我們需不需要馬上先上餐前麵包讓小孩們先吃,在我們點完餐之後,也詢問了需不需要讓小孩的餐點先上,非常的貼心,用餐體驗非常好👍
  13. CK

    CalvinKWCheung

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An outstanding dinner experience! Wade was extremely helpful and caring to everyone! Excellently cooked and seasoned food in generous portions and quantities. The grilling of the steak was spot on, nicely charred grilled flavour with a hint of smoked wood. The lobster oil/balsamic vinegar/sugar mix for the toast was so good! They actually sell bottles of their lobster oil which is packed full of flavours! I’m very glad they are kind enough to sell these merchandise because they definitely could have kept this totally in secret (I thought that’s their secret recipe so I was reluctant to ask them in the beginning). But hey! That’s how generous they are! Overall excellent experience. Definitely will come back!
  14. ST

    SilkeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, good place for Dine Out 23. I loved the trout and the tiramisu.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Awesome service and food!
  16. EH

    ElaineH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and meal!! My favourite seafood restaurant in the City
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    gift for birthday boy, such a surprise♥️
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Todo muy bien.. sólo al Bisque de langosta le faltó sazón
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Felt slightly rushed by our server. Wanted a slower pace for the meal. I was wondering if the kitchen was about to close but then realized the restaurant was going to be open for 2.5 hours still. Food was great. Atmosphere was great. Oysters and cocktails were outstanding.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. I’ve been to expansive seafood and steak locations in LA, San Diego, Las Vegas and more. This place is hands down the best steak place and seafood entrees I’ve and my family have ever tried. 100% worth a visit. Highly recommend the seafood linguine and the bone-in ribeye.
  21. JL

    JLee

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We chose Joe Fortes as my anniversary dinner with my husband and my kids. Once we were seated, they asked if we need any drinks. It was a cold night at -2 C outside so we ordered hot water first. When the server asked what did I want for my 7-year-old daughter, I said no need coz she has her own water bottle with filtered warm water. Then she said outside drink are not allowed in the restaurant. Once we heard about it, my husband asked what the problem was for a 7-year-old kid with her own water bottle. She said I can ask my manager to come over if you want to talk about it. When the manager (Ryan) came over, he said the government law stated that outside drinks are not allowed. I asked if I can bring my own milk to feed my baby. He said breastmilk is allowed. Then I asked about formula milk. Does it consider an outside drink? He said, “ I’m not going to waste my time talking about it with you”. Wow, we were so surprised by his rude response. We just couldn’t understand it. Why are they so mean about a kid’s Thermos water bottle? They definitely ruined our dinner night out during DOV. Besides, the server didn’t serve the complimentary bread until we asked for it. The server said the table didn't have space to serve that. …..What a ridiculous response. The DOV steak was okay, and the appetizer mussels and dessert cream brûlée also tasted normal. We will not go there again and it is not a kid-friendly restaurant. It is such a disappointing experience. My bill was $255 with tax. We ordered 1 DOV set dinner and other items are paid at regular price. FYI: Server number: 230 ( I forgot to look for her name coz I was so mad all the time) BTW, I got my reply from the Coastal health dept, they said the incident that I described does not involve the food service regulations as overseen by Vancouver Coastal Health.
  22. SB

    ShamoiiB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food, Great Service and excellent staff. My mom enjoyed her birthday 🥳🎉.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Restaurant is usually spot on. Was off on the last visit. Inattentive service and sub par food quality. Have been coming here for over 10 years and quality and service is sliding from where it once was.
  24. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We adore Joe Forte’s! It is our most favorite place in the city!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I and a couple of friends had an amazing brunch on Sunday. The service from beginning to end was perfect. They took our coats and led us to our booth. The brighter day mimosa was a delightful start, followed by the coffee cake - shared between the 3 of us was perfect! I had a short rib hash bowl with Brussels sprouts, peppers, tomatoes and broccoli that was savoury and so delicious, my friends had the chicken and waffles and the eggs Benny - it is Benny Bonanza time at Joe Fortes! The service was was so great and the chefs always create the perfect meals.
  26. BC

    BennettC

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Really great service by Danielle! Dined there for the Benny Bonanaza weekend brunch special & when it came out, I received the wrong order - no big deal & server quickly went to get my eggs benny fixed. When the correct dish was brought out, the eggs were poached to a medium, so no runny/ oozy yolks. I asked about this & was told their eggs are done to a medium…I’m pretty sure no one wants medium non -oozy eggs. Everyone wants to see the yolk cover the benny dish, so I was disappointed in that. I let the server know but chose not to get this dish replaced. I feel that if you do cook eggs to a medium, you should let the customer know or ask how you’d like your eggs done. Every other brunch place either asks or cooks them soft so you get the best fish possible.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice. Waiter was very attentive. Food was excellent.
  28. TR

    TeresaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This never disappoints. Their dine out menu was fabulous. The only feedback is that their dine out dessert should have a fruity option.
  29. CH

    ChauH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We tried the Dine Out menu and everything was really tasty. Portion was relatively large compared to other restaurant at similar price range. Their steak has perfect char and was so fullfilling. Their cream bruilee was so creamy and had a slight sea salt flavor that balanced out the sweetness perfectly. 10/10 I would come back in the future and recommend for friends and family as well
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night, as always
  31. G

    Gabrielle

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service and atmosphere great! Overall a nice time but expected more with the meal for sure!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We went here for the dine out Vancouver menu - we had only heard great things about Joe Fortes. Overall we found the steak mediocre at best, but the mussels and crème brûlée were definite winners. I would come back for happy hour and a pot of mussels, but I do not believe that the value is there for the main dishes (in particular the steak).
  33. S

    Shelle

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've been a patron since 1988. The menu is awesome and food has been consistently excellent. They didn't serve us bread at happy hour and I forgot to ask as I love, love, love the housemade lobster oil. Happy hour menu is quite good and the pavlova is delicious. I had two saw mill oysters. We had the calamari (very small portion compared to the last two times), giant prawn tempura, prawn tacos x 2 (had to have more), happy hour seafood tower and finished with the bone in rib eye (which I sent back as I had asked for a Chicago char and their understanding of that is different then mine). So they put it under the broiler to give it a better crust. It was served on delicious squash puree, bacon mashed potatoes and diced zucchini. Wish I lived closer. Chef's kiss. Norm was an excellent and personable server and all the staff were incredibly responsive. Norm kindly brought me extra squash puree to go as it was just divine. I'll be back sooner then later. Happy hour was $250 for 2 so I'll need a second job.
  34. S

    Samanthamo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Service one the best restaurant in Vancity
  35. ML

    MoniqueL

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and the food was great! Server was very friendly and knowledgeable
  36. JH

    JoeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. Amazing food and great service. The environment is classy and welcoming.
  37. GA

    GiselleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic. Kevin recommended a fabulous BC wine that I fell in love with. The seafood linguine was amazing. I couldn’t believe the size of the shrimp not to mention all the clams and scallops. Well worth the cost.
  38. f

    fordrocks

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing dinner as always. The food and service is the best in Vancouver. I would order the lobster rolls every day if I could! Lol
  39. V

    Vancouverite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything our group ordered tasted sumptuous. Our hosts have great recommendations (i.e. calamari and Mediterranean appies to start and carrot cake and pavlova for dessert). We wouldn't have tasted how great the carrot cake was if it wasn't highly recommended. We're glad we tried it. It didn't disappoint. But our favourite was the pavlova. Our hosts also catered to the vegan restriction for one member of our group although no vegan dishes were on the menu. The vegan appy and dish prepared were just as sumptuous. We had a great lunch at Joe Fortes and are sure to come back. Thank you for making our experience memorable.
  40. ML

    MarioL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my girlfriend here for her birthday. She loved it. The food and the service were awesome. The live piano player was a nice touch. Thanks for a great evening. We'll definitely be back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Joe Fortes Vancouver offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 669-1940.

Joe Fortes Vancouver is rated 4.7 stars by 7097 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 139 times today
Google Map for Joe Fortes Vancouver

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Robson

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet service available at 4PM.

  • Public transit

    Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Green

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano 7 days a week

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 669-1940

  • Private party facilities

    Visit Joe Fortes and you are welcomed into an environment whose vibrant sights and sounds are as enticing as the menu is. With our name inspired by a local legend famous for his warm, welcoming nature, we naturally believe that hospitality is key in creating a memorable group dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Kelsey Sullivan: (604) 669-1940

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