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4 stars 186 reviews

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow Street
Vancouver, BC  V6E 3V5

(604) 669-1940

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November 06, 2013

Joe Fortes is where locals and visitors alike have been coming for 27 years to enjoy the freshest seafood and chops in town, complemented by an award-winning wine list that boasts over 400 wines

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March 08, 2013


For 27 years, Joe Fortes has consistently earned and maintained its reputation as an award-winning Vancouver Restaurant and "Vancouver's Best Oyster Bar". Guests from the world over have come to expect a dynamic culinary experience in this San Francisco styled seafood grill that always delivers more - more hospitality, more variety, and more buzz. This iconic Vancouver restaurant... more

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February 22, 2013

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 Scott Pratico prepares each dish with a focus on natural flavours and features the finest ingredients from Pacific Northwest farmers, fishermen and other food... more

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4 star rating
ChetGunderson February 06, 2012
Great food, better seafood!

I love this place, good service, great wine, but a little busy! Be sure to try the oysters!!!

Editorial Reviews from the web
January 13, 2014

"Divine" seafood dishes displaying an "exceptional use of local ingredients" plus "darn tasty" steaks delivered by "skilled", "attentive" servers leave surveyors saying "wow" at this "remarkably consistent" West End "tradition" that fans proclaim an "excellent value" given the "dependable quality"; "trendsetters" sit at the "spectacular" horseshoe oyster bar, while others "linger" on the... more

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4 star rating
December 14, 2011

Named after the burly Caribbean seaman who became English Bay's first lifeguard, Joe Fortes is great if you're hankering for fresh seafood served the "old-fashioned" way, without a lot of modern culinary intrusions. The downstairs dining room evokes a kind of turn-of-the-20th-century saloon elegance, but if the weather's fine, try for a table on the rooftop patio. Stick with the seafood because... more

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October 28, 2011

Even a century after arriving in Canada, Seraphim “Joe” Fortes inspired so much love in his adopted hometown (and the West End beach where the volunteer lifeguard taught generations to swim), they named the quintessential Vancouver restaurant after him. Over thirty years later, the warmth of the Barbadian-born namesake shines through in a soul-cuddling welcome - led by Frenchy, the undisputed... more

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4 star rating
November 29, 2015

We mostly came here b/c it was the only place we could find street parking and we were starving. They were having happy hour and it was warm, so why not?

We ordered a smorgesborg. Truffle fries, lobster/crab roll, oysters, etc. It was all pretty typical, basic happy hour food. The place wasn't remarkable. It reminded me of many large restaurants I've been to in NYC, Dallas, etc. It did the... more

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4 star rating
November 28, 2015

We were very disappointed with their bait and switch tactics. We confirmed reservations, however when we arrived they pulled a bait and switch. They moved us to another floor in a dark corner. When we complained to the manager he was cold and very rude.

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4 star rating
November 25, 2015

I only really come here for the Happy Hour so I can't give a full detailed review but the happy hour itself is fantastic.

The pricing is ridiculously good, the oysters are delicious and the service is great. A couple things to note:

They are really stingy with the condiments for the oysters (shallot vinaigrette, horseradish)
Recently they implemented half dozen oysters per person per order... more

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4 star rating
August 18, 2003

Joe Fortes looks like it was built in the 30s where we got "All that Jazz" As the name applied Joe's got seafood. The fish (lots of varieties) is well treated without that dirty ocean smell. Professional and friendly server and $10~20 for lunch is not a bad deal in downtown.

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4 star rating
December 28, 2002

The decor and ambiance makes you feel like you are somewhere special. Great place to host a important dinner. The Seafood Ciopino was exceptional.

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4 star rating
September 28, 2002

Just the best!

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Business Description from the Web
September 14, 2014

Vibrant, booth-lined dining room for seafood & steak, with a popular oyster bar & rooftop patio.

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June 01, 2014

San Francisco-style restaurant features an oyster bar. Daily chef’s creations, plus 50 kinds of fresh fish and premium oysters and over 300 wines on the award-winning wine list. Heated Rooftop Sports Garden, open in summer. Live entertainment daily. Reservations suggested. Valet parking evenings and weekdays. $$$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su).

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June 25, 2013

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House offers these services: banquets, salles, réception, restaurant.

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