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Joe Fortes Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Joe Fortes Vancouver

4.7
4.7
8152 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. Director of Culinary, Wayne Sych, and Executive Chef, Ryan Green, prepare 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 200 selections from prominent wine regions throughout the world. Enjoy a delicious cocktail at our bar with live piano music nightly or on our seasonal Rooftop Garden (reservable only by calling the restaurant directly).

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7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,152 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Seafood

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Most Booked

  • Vancouver

    Seafood

  • Vancouver

    Most Booked

8,152 Reviews
  1. SylviaR

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really fantastic food and the service is always top notch.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was amazing! The restaurant even accommodated us when we were late to our 8pm reservation. I hope to come back to Vancouver and try this place out again!

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  3. neeshhhy

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was amazing! Service was a bit lacking but they seemed very overwhelmed at the time. Maybe too many tables booked and not enough staff. Our server did her best though!

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  4. Caroline

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently hosted my husband's 40th birthday dinner here and we had the best time! From the set menu planning with Melissa, to outstanding service by Kevin and the team, everyone had so much fun and the food was, as always, delicious and plentiful! If you're visiting Vancouver, be sure to add this spot to your itinerary—roof top deck is a fun option for warmer months—and if you're a local, well, iykyk! A classic that never disappoints.

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  5. WennaD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service!! Lovely staff. The 2 person tables upstairs are a bit cramped but overall would still come again for the service, food, and ambiance

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  6. Nate

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The food and service were impeccable as always. My partner and I have never stayed in the dining room so late (approx11pm ish). Unfortunately toward the end of the evening once all the other tables cleared out, a swarm of mice (at least 8) invaded the space and ruined the overall experience.

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  7. dcgif

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful experience- out server Matt did a phenomenal job in serving us and just making it a fun experience! The food was wonderful too! My husband really enjoyed the seafood linguine. The atmosphere was perfect! Thank you ☺️

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  8. SeanM

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If possible, ask for a table with Johnny. One of the original employees at Joe Fortes and he always remembers his regular clients.

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  9. KerryC

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joe fortes is consistently amazing. Delicious food with impeccable service.

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  10. ShelvinP

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much to our wonderful server Heidi who did an exceptional job and set the bar high with her service delivery. My friends and I went during happy hour and also ordered food items from the main menu including steaks which takes time to cook. Heidi was on point with everything. Her suggestions were excellent and so was her demeanour. Thank you Heidi.

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  11. Emily

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tempura prawns were nicely done and delicious served with a tasty dipping sauce. French fries were very good, home made style.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never a dull moment at Joe Fortes, food is always top notch and the service is always above and beyond. Defiantly will see me back there.

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  13. David

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We requested an upper - outside table as per OpenTable option. When we arrived they advised that the outside deck had been closed for some time. They tried to “jamb us in” to a small table which we declined and decided that we would take the high top seating as they said they were fully booked. We were there for 1.5 hours and they were never fully booked. We have been to Joe’s likely 30 times and rarely get good seating for a party of two.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    there are mice at the restaurant, I think you guys need to call pest control or something

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going to Joe’s a long time now and once again they never disappoint!! Consistently an amazing experience!!

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  16. SharleneA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing and the service is even better.

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  17. AndreA

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    had a great time there with my daughter for her going away party took advantage of the happy hour

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  18. AnneC

    Sydney

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our second visit to the restaurant as we went there last time we were in Vancouver. Food and service great. Tables too close, we couldn’t hear each other over the men on the next table!

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  19. RJohnH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, extremely comfortable, food taste was over the top

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent service at Fortes and the food amazing. Really enjoying spending our special occasions at this great restaurant.

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  21. TimM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just the best seafood in Vancouver! The oysters are so good. I could sit and eat them all day! My sirloin steak was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth!

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  22. AlvinC

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were excellent. The noise level was louder than expected.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great meal. Really enjoyed our server and the incredible brunch menu. The coffee cake was delicious. Can’t wait till the next visit.

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  24. Emmanuella

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening! The food was fantastic ! Definitely would recommend!

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  25. LoriS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing and food was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Fun night out thank you!

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  26. MikeL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food, a bit too noisy to hear the live piano, but made my mother’s birthday fantastic.

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  27. YvonneH

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m pleased we booked a 11.30am table for lunch as this is very popular restaurant, it was full by 12.30pm. Great selection of food available at reasonable prices considering the location and ambiance. Service as usual was excellent. I had the open steak sandwich and my friend had the hot chicken sandwich, both were cooked as we had requested and presented with delicious side dishes.

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  28. OlivierB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to Joe Forte's for an informal meeting on a Friday lunch. We loved the bar service and our table service was really excellent, with efficient & effective attention to detail and quick & flawless execution. The food was very good. It was classics well done, but in a city like Vancouver, in this day in age, it would be great, at these prices (and I realize inflation is everywhere) to have the classics slightly revisited. Very good food and portions, really fair value, and the dishes we ordered were maybe the kind of classics the restaurant decided to just execute flawlessly (which they were) with no reinvention or twist, so given the high quality, I'm curious to return and order a bit more adventurously for dinner perhaps and get a better sense of Joe Forte's full capabilities. Also will be back for Oysters, can't wait!

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  29. ElizabethL

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious but the noise was way too loud. We did not expect it to be so loud.

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  30. MichaelM

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual excellent food, great waiter and we will be back!

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  31. ParMah

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Food price a bit steep.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time and our server was attentive and lovely. Our daughter had a very special birthday!! Always a good time. Thank you

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  33. EuiK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a good time. Service was good. It was worth to visit during the happy hours. Will visit again. Thanks.

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  34. DeanM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a really great experience as usual. GREAT service, beautiful food presentation,

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  35. VancouverBeach52

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a wonderful dinner with a great group of friends! Always perfect atmosphere and fantastic food at Joe Fortes!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is ALWAYS AMAZING and service was EXCELLENT!!

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  37. CortneyR

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great dinner everything was delicious and the restaurant is beautiful. I wish I knew our servers name because she was an expert (she had bright red lipstick on, slay)and made it an extra special birthday! Might’ve been the last ones out of the restaurant.

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  38. Aaron

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Arrived about 10 min early and were still promptly seated. Server was prompt to bring us water, tea, and coffee upon being seated. Ordered the chicken and waffles which were delicious, but I was disappointed to learn that the size of the waffle serving had been dramatically reduced from when I last tried the dish over a year ago. That said, it was still delicious We did order a side of cornbread that never arrived however I suspect it was never punched in.. Overall, great food and good service!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to go for brunch, food is on point with service to match.

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  40. LTurgeon

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server! Went for Brunch and was disappointed with the deep fried potatoes - pan fried would have been much better. I chose a special Benny, the chorizo was ground meat and it had a few tiny shrimps. Eggs cooked perfectly. Going to the bathrooms noticed how old the carpet is and it definitely needs a refresh. Seafood is always good.

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FAQs

Joe Fortes Vancouver is rated 4.7 stars by 8152 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 119 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
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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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