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Joe Fortes Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Joe Fortes Vancouver

4.6
4.6
6923 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

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today
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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 6,923 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Seafood

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. O

    Oleg

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from Wade. Knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Wade deserves to be recognized and rewarded. Maybe a free dinner at Joe Forte in Whistler would be appreciated by Wade
  2. TO

    TONYB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as usual !! Service -A+, Food even better !
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food
  4. LK

    LouisK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots in town to go out and celebrate.
  5. KC

    KerryC

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delicious seafood dinner. The sablefish and seafood linguine are my favs.
  6. VF

    VanFun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    great ambience, energetic and busy. Great service. Food overall was good, but the Braised short rib Entree was way too salty. The entree's from the "fresh sheet" of the day were great!
  7. KI

    KenjiI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Services were good and quality of food is good. Will be back to Joe Forte again
  8. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, superb service, great cocktails. A tad pricey, but that's what high-end dining is, right?
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fabulous experience.
  10. D

    Drew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good customer experience. Food is excellent. I will definitely come back next time
  11. B

    Beechristine

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome service by Brian! He was a great sport, food was delicious and the restaurant is fully holiday cheer
  12. DB

    DavidB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike was outstanding in providing the most efficient and personable service last night. The food was fresh and SO DELICIOUS. Can't ever go wrong with Joe Forte's. Simply can't be matched.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is what always brings me back!
  14. LG

    LindaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Got a nice booth so noise level was moderate. Server was friendly but service didn’t match. Asked for lemon with the water but it never arrived. Had to ask for a water refill. Food was tepid and server didn’t come by for 20 minutes after it was served to check on it at which point most of us were nearing completion. Server poured our first glass of wine but neglected to refill. Gave us a dessert menu but didn’t come back to see if we wanted any. On the up side the food was tasty enough and the dinner portions were generous. Wine prices are a bit high. I would probably still recommend this restaurant and I’d be willing to give it a second chance and hopefully get a more attentive server.
  15. DM

    DylanM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    - Very basic service, minimal passion - Had to ask what kind of oysters if not they would be "you wanna get some oysters" - Lobster and shrimp rolls are 90% shrimp - Seafood in Chowder is tough and dry like over cooked ground beef - Prawn cocktail is only two tails and is just half the amount of the regular size discounted and just on a saucer plate - Oysters just came with one accompaniment (cocktail sauce) no Minoette/hot sauce unless requested. - All the lemons had an abundance of seeds in them - Cocktails are very sweet - 50/50 cocktail had black floaties in it, along with the remake By the end our original server had disappeared and was taken over by someone else, with no introduction or care. Over all it is just happy hour but won't be returning, felt more like going to the 'Pantry' or ABC restaurant when I was a kid .
  16. MK

    MaggieK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    There were 3 of us gals eating - we got 1 cheap btl of prosecco and the bill was $450. None of us walked away super full or anything so it just seems VERY overpriced.
  17. SC

    SusanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a wonderful evening with my friends. As always, the food was spectacular and the service a cut above. My one and only minor dislike was that was wonderful as the piano music was, it was sometimes difficult to hear one another. Having a break from the live music over the course of the evening would have been nice. With that said, the experience at Joe Fortes was and is always outstanding.
  18. ER

    EduardoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flawless food, waiter’s very polite , we tried the happy hour menu
  19. G

    Georgy

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Five-star service and the seafood was prepared to the perfect level of doneness. The ambiance was really nice too. They also showered us with complementary food for our anniversary. I’d go back again and certainly recommend to others.
  20. WG

    WinkleG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the most amazing dining experience at Joe Fortes. We were greeted very pleasantly and seated quickly. Our server was amazing and friendly. We knew we were going to order the Surf and Turf platter so we were hesitant to order a starter but had heard tantalizing things about their lobster bisque, our server suggested we split the bisque which we did and it was heavenly. The surf and turf platter was deliciously decadent and cooked to perfection. We followed the platter with the trio of desserts and they were absolutely devine. Thank you for making this an extra special date.
  21. JR

    JanelleR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding! We haven't been able to make our annual trip since pre-pandemic, so it was so wonderful to experience the excellent food and service again.
  22. LJ

    LJul

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Ordered lobster and shrimp roll $32 dish. No lobster at all, not even able to taste any lobster. only shrimp. It should be called ‘shrimp roll’. Definitely, it was not worth for $32.
  23. CF

    ChrisF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steaks were perfectly done, the service was impeccable, and we loved the live piano. Great place, amazing food, awesome experience.
  24. P

    Psycho09

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our waiter Matt was professional but funny and gave great recommendations. The food tasted outstanding. It was our anniversary and they gave a special menu with “happy anniversary” on it. Seating is a bit close together but still enjoyable.
  25. JW

    JayW

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I was here for happy hour. The oysters were the smallest I’ve seen, and they seem to have cut the portion sizes. Sadly, a sign of the times …. And perhaps a regular meal would be better. On the plus side, Good service- friendly and attentive, and a high energy atmosphere.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a stellar night at Joe Fortes. Perfect food, service, and environment.
  27. TH

    TimH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were first time visiting here for celebrate our dad's 70th birthday. All foods and mood were good but specially, we were so impressive our waiter. He serve with so kind and quite, gentle, check table needed, joke. Our family still talking about how professional.
  28. BC

    BobC

    Manitoba

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredibly loud room.. pricey but fabulous food.
  29. P

    Peter

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    realy gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
  30. D

    Dave

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Vancouver’s finest dining establishments - feels like time travelling to a sophisticated past. Impeccable service, warm and classy ambience.
  31. a

    andreso

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very good and the guidance from the host brilliant…
  32. A

    Adamw

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here a few times and it's always one the best options in town. Worth the money!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Graduation lunch
  34. S

    Smidjenn

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The Sablefish was the best I have ever eaten (although NOBODY likes that much kale, seriously!!) Our server was Wade and he was hilarious, efficient and anticipated our every whim. The restaurant was packed and noisy - great for business, bad for ambiance. It was my first time going; would definitely go back - Sablefish worth the drive for sure 😀
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The holiday decorations are amazing. It definitely made our reunion special and Christmassy. We enjoyed the food and the servers were attentive and cheerful. There were so many. There was a live pianist that played Christmas carols and one Happy Birthday for someone. That was a nice personal touch. While we didn’t have the best seat, at least they accommodated our extra person that showed up last minute. This was our fault. I suggest plan ahead or tell others to not invite extra people. The restaurant was fully booked. Thanks to the staff of Joe Fortes for figuring it out. I enjoyed my mussels but not so much my lobster bisque. I could taste the flour thickener. It was not as delicious as some I’ve had in the past. My friend’s Salmon Wellington looked really good. She said she liked it. And another had the Braised Beef Ribs. The meat was falling off the bone. I’m getting that next time. I highly recommend this place for your special dinners. And it was suggested they do a great brunch too.
  36. MF

    MarisaF

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Cioppino was good but I had it a few years back and it’s not the same.
  37. F

    Foodie

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friend’s birthday celebration. Loved the food, service and overall experience.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall experience! Delicious food, awesome happy hour
  39. LB

    LucyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent quality, service was professional and friendly. Great value during happy hour. Will definitely be back!
  40. SH

    SHJB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cannot go to Vancouver without a meal at Joe's. Never disappointed. 1❤️

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 4.6 stars by 6923 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 76 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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