Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

4.6
5818 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 5818 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JamesB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, the food was delicious, the waiters nice and funny.

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Barbzie
Vancouver
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Yesterday evening, my partner and I went to Joe’s for our anniversary. This restaurant has always been one of our favourites so the decision to go on the special occasion wasn’t a difficult one.
Once we were seated, our server came to the table for our water and drink order. He was pleasant enough and chatty.
We ordered a dozen oysters to start, which were delicious!! Caesar salad was next. A bit too dressed which made the salad a bit limp. And why are the croutons so large and dense that you can’t cut or chew them ?!
Our mains were salmon Wellington and the halibut. Both great choices!!
Our server was always like he was in a big hurry when taking the plates away; if we asked a question the answer was quick. Yet, he DID seem to stand and chat with some people he knew.
Joe Fortes has lost some of its appeal, it’s shine and I’m sure it’s due to Covid. Everybody is doing their best, I know. Not everyone working was wearing a mask so it must be discretionary.
We will probably go back but it won’t be until we have a handle on Covid. Fingers crossed that will happen soon!

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SDddd
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very hot when sitting indoors

Daniel is an awesome server!

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livT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's a great experience for us to celebrate our anniversary! Stunning food quality with the amazing price, we'll definitely go have fun again.

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vipkevinl
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is always good but the hosting position needs some work. When asking for a patio table I am often greeted with "reservations are required for the rooftop". Well, I always make reservations through OpenTable so their statement never makes sense. Upon observation it appears they reserve special seats for regulars and often make others feel like second class citizens.

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GUIHWANK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Fresh seafood.
I would definately reccomend for people who are looking for special dinner outing

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Ktykt
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was great. Noticed that they no longer offer their daily specials (pre Covid). Food quality was very good as before. Cleaning protocols in place.

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PaulO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to have dinner with family or for a nice night with your partner/friends. This is a must try place

JL
JenniferL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Happy hour is so good

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Emily
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - the steaks and potatoes were the highlight for us.
Great service, lovely atmosphere with a live pianist

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nameless
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hi, we had our 35 year anniversary at Joe Fortes, the food and service was outstanding for sure. The only thing was we were told that it was business casual dress code, we found ourselves over dressed, most people were in shorts and tee's. Next time we will try the patio, and dress more casual. Thanks

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RayB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating raw oysters and it was a great first experience. Sean and Roben were awesome walking me through it. We were there celebrating my wife's birthday and it's was a perfect celebration.

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vipLeanneR
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Chicken and Waffles - YES PLEASE! Calamari - For sure! The only down fall was we were seated in a small alcove off the back of the stairs. Perfect spot really until the piano player starts - then it is far to loud to hold a conversation with the people who are with you. Otherwise, always a great place to go for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously amazing service and food!

AJ
vipAmandaJay
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour in the city! Come with a few friends and order one of everything.

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smiley
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location, just off Robson St. Lovely ambience. The food was really good but not outstanding, Oysters fresh and amazing but Chef's special a tad overcooked. The calamari was soft but the batter was not special. Service was fantastic.

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Canadian
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Disappointed no wesr coast oysters. Good food

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience I’ve ever had! Worth the visit

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vacances et souper de couple

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EllaK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED it here! I highly recommend their happy hour-great deals in high quality food and drink. All the food was great but I would recommend the prawn tacos and the oysters

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Winn
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dan our server was wonderful. The food was super delicious and our group had a really fun time ☺️

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was looking for a special place to celebrate my boyfriend’s new job and Joe Fortes did not disappoint! The surf and turf platter was perfect for us to share and get a taste of all the best steak and seafood. Oysters were very fresh, drinks were delicious, and service was impeccable. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a nice dinner , food was great wish we could have gotten a better table possibly outside as it was our 23 year anniversary but enjoyed the food and service

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Kait
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! The quality was outstanding and good service. Our server was knowledgeable and knew what to recommend and was on top of everything. One guest had a dairy allergy and they were extremely accommodating and made special modifications to dishes to ensure that we were able to share our meals. It was our anniversary and they made personalized printed menus wishing us a happy anniversary which was just the cherry on top of a fabulous dinner.

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CateB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. We were greeted immediately by all the friendly staff and all of them congratulated us on our anniversary. The server we had, Matt, was great. He gave us suggestions on which cocktails and oysters to try, and they were all very tasty. We even received a little cake to celebrate. We will definitely be back as overall, we had a fantastic time and the food is absolutely delicious. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great oysters

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The staff were super friendly and helpful. But the food was very disappointing. I ordered the lobster Benny; the lobster was over cooked and tasted like rubber. The hashed potatoes were also over cooked and were cut so big. The presentation of the food itself wasn’t appetizing. It looked like it just dumped everything in one plate. And for the price, I thought it was overkill.

I was looking forward to enjoy my birthday brunch but came out disappointed. That was my first time going there and I don’t think I’ll be going back nor recommend the place.

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ChanelW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was fantastic! The reviews were right. Everything is very fresh. Go for the happy hour, it’s incredible. Seafood tower was very fresh and tasty! 10/10

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KTownGal
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A classic is ever and so happy the crab and corn fritters are back!

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EstherW
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and love the patio! One of my favorite places to go.

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RichardC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Unfortunately our guests arrived 30 minutes late and the table had a second reservation for 8:30 so that put the staff and us on a time constraint. The service was excellent. The food was disappointing from the outset. I like to go to Joe Fortes for fresh oysters and when it came time to order, the supply of different varieties was very limited. I enjoyed my meal, but my wife's filet mignon was very overdone with limited veggies included with the meal. One guest said that his cod was also overdone while the other guest said her's was fine. Due to being late there was insufficient time for desert (our fault), but the waiter knew it was our anniversary and was nice to bring a creme brule with extra spoons for the table. I have eaten at Joe Fortes many times over the years but this was not a memorable one.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Joe Fortes needs an update and refresh. Unless you are dining on the patio I find the entire restaurant very outdated. The service was not the usual Joe Fortes gold star. I will not go back unless on the patio. That is hard to coordinate.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Will be back!

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Dinefun
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was busy and a feel of excitement to be back in business. We had wonderful service. The food was great and tasty. The watermelon salad and fish and chips. Then a surprise of desert of Creme Brûlée, this was our anniversary. Thank you so much.

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vipJudiLoops
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch after playing tourists in our hometown. We had a terrific waiter, very professional and knew menu and wine list extensively.
Attentive but not monopolizing our time and space. Just what we always expect of this wonderful establishment.

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vipajay
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

thank you great waiter too

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Denise
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic Vancouver favourite restaurant! Get there a few mins before the lunch rush and enjoy terrific food and great service.

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Scottd
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

haven't been in years but still an excellent option off Robson Street. Got a wonderful street-level window table which we really appreciated. Started with BC oysters...very fresh. Had the seafood platter for the table (3A with 1 child). Filled us up, great flavours, but cam with only three (3!) shrimp. A 1.5lb lobster, good size striploin, lots of Scallops, several snow crab legs....but only three (3!) shrimp? That must have been some kind of oversight...it was the least expensive item on the platter.

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ValerieR
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it. They paid attention to the extra comments I wrote when I made my reservation. They even seated us where I had asked for. Service, food, ambiance were beyond expectations. Will be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent booth, lovely air conditioning on a very hot day!
The service was friendly, and efficient- my coffee and water were never empty.
The eggs Benny and special eggs Benny with pork and coleslaw was fantastic with eggs perfectly poached, fresh fruit and scrumptious well-seasoned potatoes.
Joe Fortes has always been a perfect choice for brunch, lunch and dinner and I am already looking forward to my next visit!

FAQs

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

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is rated 4.6 stars by 5818 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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