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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Downtown
American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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777 Thurlow Street (at Robson), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Robson)
+1 604-669-1940
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: In keeping with the reputation of the man whose name we adopted, Joe...
In keeping with the reputation of the man whose name we adopted, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House has achieved legendary status in Vancouver. For 29 years, Joe Fortes has consistently earned and maintained its reputation as an award-winning Vancouver restaurant. 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 is conveniently located just off of bustling Robson Street. Joe Fortes is where locals and visitors alike come to enjoy the food in town, complemented by an award-winning wine list that boasts over 300 wines, and a uniquely personal level of service and hospitality. Quality, service and reputation - that's the stuff that we are made of. And that's what you can look forward to experiencing on each and every visit to Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House. We look forward to serving you.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 129
    Average
  • 57
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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and service, but too noisy to have a conversation

This is a classy seafood restaurant. Besides being expensive, that means it's a lovely restaurant, with excellent service, and an extensive menu with thoughtfully prepared food in a traditional continental style. We loved the dishes we all had, and came away stuffed from the three courses. Our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
sfp58
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Coquitlam, Canada
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Coquitlam, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This is a classy seafood restaurant. Besides being expensive, that means it's a lovely restaurant, with excellent service, and an extensive menu with thoughtfully prepared food in a traditional continental style. We loved the dishes we all had, and came away stuffed from the three courses. Our waiter was classy, friendly without being intrusive. Tip: the valet parking is cheaper... More 

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Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The food is excellent especially the seafood pasta dish. They have so many people there after 6pm and then they add a piano player that plays way too loud. You can't hear the person next to you. Too bad.

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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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143 reviews 143 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We went with our visiting friends from Australia for a great seafood meal. We were lucky that we were able to walk in without a reservation, however, the restaurant was packed full and it was only 5:30. We were able to be seated as long as we left by 7:00 which was when the next reservation was arriving. This worked... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Just to say a special thanks to the chef's and staff at joe fortes especially to brian who made our last night in vancouver while visiting our daughter Cheryl & partner jack a fantastic experience and would recommend joe's to any one who visits vancouver to try this place out as you won't be disappointed at the quality of the... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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206 reviews 206 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Seeing that this place is in the top 20 for Vancouver, it is already amply reviewed. The plusses that we experienced were: i) patio on the roof ii) great food iii) immediate seating (almost) iv) pleasant staff. The minuses are: i) too busy to have any choice on where to sit and we had no view once on the patio... More 

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Irvine, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Another Visitor Center pick! Could not have gone better. The hostess was not friendly as she thought we were there for the fried carb loaded happy hour - so no! After speaking to another hostess we were promptly sat. The cranky hostess told us that we needed to leave the table in two hous as they had another reservation for... More 

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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

I have used Joe Fortes as a place to host a business lunch or dinner many times over the years. The menu is heavy on meat and seafood as the name suggests. The service can be hit and miss. My last experience was more of the miss variety where, after dinner was done and cleared, we spent some 35 minutes... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I really appreciate great seafood done well and specifically raw shellfish, most of all "Oysters". Joe Fortes does most items on their menu very well, but my favorite menu experience has been consistently with their oyster bar and oyster selection, it is outstanding. I have to add that the wine and champagne list is so well suited to seafood here... More 

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Top Contributor
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59 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

One of the best brunch in the city, very good mood, great salads, adequate wine list, service is efficient and sympathetic.

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El Paso, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Even though this is a huge, sprawling restaurant with several levels and areas, it is run incredibly efficiently with great, friendly service. This was the second time I went while in Vancouver for business, and even though I was by myself I wasn't made to feel awkward or out-of-place (Hint: Ask for a seat at the oyster-shucking bar if you're... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 777 Thurlow Street (at Robson), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    (Robson)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-669-1940

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 41
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

In keeping with the reputation of the man whose name we adopted, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House has achieved legendary status in Vancouver. For 29 years, Joe Fortes has consistently earned and maintained its reputation as an award-winning Vancouver restaurant. 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 is conveniently located just off of bustling Robson Street. Joe Fortes is where locals and visitors alike come to enjoy the food in town, complemented by an award-winning wine list that boasts over 300 wines, and a uniquely personal level of service and hospitality. Quality, service and reputation - that's the stuff that we are made of. And that's what you can look forward to experiencing on each and every visit to Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House. We look forward to serving you.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?