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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow Street (at Robson), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
604-669-1940
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Ranked #21 of 2,807 restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Robson
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Somerset
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A very well known eatery in downtown Vancouver, it is not easy to get a booking. Unfortunately the roof garden was closed even though the weather was reasonable. There were about eight of us and it was very busy and very noisy. We were warned of a 45 minute wait for the main course. We had a couple of plates... More

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Decatur, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Although there was not jazz music, the restaurant reminded me of that era. They did have a piano player and the atmosphere was very lively. The menu selections were plenty but not so overwhelming that you didn't know what to choose. However, they all sounded so good it was hard to choose. The food was excellent with nice size portion.... More

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Surrey, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were recently here entertaining out of town friends. One of Vancouver's top restaurants, with excellent food and a very high level of service. Of course, with this comes higher prices! The menu is varied but the many varieties of fresh oysters, are at the top of the list...if you are so inclined. I still prefer a good piece of... More

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Regina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Our experience at Joe Forte's was to celebrate my mother's birthday. Not being from Vancouver I didn't realize how close to central downtown the restaurant was going to be. Not surprisingly, parking in this area was very challenging. I ended up parking 6 blocks away and had a fair hike to make it on time for our reservation. Interestingly, our... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had been avoiding this place for a few years because of its noisy busy indoors. We always thought the food was decent, it was just that the indoors space was cramped and not ideal for families and talking. Recently we gave it another chance when we could get a table on their outdoor patio for a Sunday Brunch. Food... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

This place is the bomb. Great food service and atmosphere. I had the halibut and scallops. Busy place. I got in quick because i was alone. I think they take reservations. Based on crowd i would try at least. If not relax and have a drink.

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New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I had a great dinner at Joe Fortes. I had seafood and he had steak. Great drinks, Great Service and Excellent Food. Do not miss this experience. It is pricey so come prepared but it is well worth it.

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Alliston, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went to Joe Fortes on the recommendation of the hotel and were very impressed. Our group of 4 all ordered different fish meals and everyone's was very tasty and cooked beautifully. Staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and the different fishes so this was very helpful to choose a local fish to try. It's a busy place, a... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Amazing selection of oysters...fresh, flavorful, absolutely delicious!! Well worth the expense. And, if you can, get a table served by Wade. He knows his stuff. The only waiter I know who'll write the customer a thank you note. Now that's service above service.

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Fairfield oh
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Had one day in Vancouver before an Alaska cruise, and was told to eat at Joe Fortes. Good advice, the Sunday brunch was one of the better meals I've ever had. My wife had Chicken and Waffles and I had Joe' Signature Benedict. Waffles we awesome, just enough sweet, my eggs were perfectly done, in short an excellent meal. Yes... More

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