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“Birthday Dinner for 4 at Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
777 Thurlow Street (at Robson), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
+1 604-669-1940
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Ranked #23 of 3,035 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $41
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Robson
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.
Vancouver
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51 restaurant reviews
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“Birthday Dinner for 4 at Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Had reservations at 6 pm on a Thursday evening to celebrate a friend’s birthday. With the TED Talks Conference in town, the restaurant was very busy but the service and food were still very good. I’ve eaten here at least 6 times in the past 5 years and was never disappointed.

We started with a dozen Kusshi oysters which came with 3 types of condiments. Next, we shared two salads (Dotty’s Chopped Salad and Joe’s Classic Caesar Salad). The salads were quite large and Dotty’s Chopped Salad could almost be eaten as an entrée.

For the entrees, we had three of the daily special “Trio of Seafood” and one of the other daily seafood special. The “Trio of Seafood” had 2 tiger prawns, 2 scallops, and a piece of steelhead trout. All were quite tasty and cooked just right.

We split two desserts between the four of us (Key Lime Pie and a ½ order of Sorbet) which made a fitting end to our dinner.

For drinks, we had a ½ Litre of Sumac Ridge Merlot, 2 Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and a cranberry juice. Total cost of dinner for the four of us was $312 before tip.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Fish in Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had calimari, steelhead, and fish tacos. The calimari was the best we have ever had and so was the steelhead. Fish tacos were pretty good too, but the other items were on another level. We found it by walking by and searching tripadvisor. If I goto Vancouver again I would be sure to eat here. Staff was nice too. The only slightly negative thing was the tables were very close together, like europe.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great place for people watching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We have been going there for years, great bar for people watching and the restaurant is very good despite one of our team getting a bad oyster a couple of years ago. A bit overpriced but interesting enough to make it worthwhile.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“The Best Customer Service I have ever encountered!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

We visited Joe Forte's during a 3 day trip to Vancouver enroute to whistler. The food was fantastic but the staff were second to none, Scott, Chad and last but not least Frenchy, were wonderful, we had been recommended to try Joe Forte's and we were not disappointed, canada is known for exceptional and friendly customer service and this restaurant just goes that extra mile. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience and if we come back to Vancouver you will be first on our list.

Visited March 2014
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I've been meaning to write my review for Joe Fortes for a while now. We went there at the end of last year and it was fabulous! The hostesses at the front seemed quite unorganised but it is a very busy restaurant. Once we were seated we met our waiter Richard who was amazing. So friendly and knowlegable with the menu, you could tell he really enjoys his job which made the experience even better. The steaks were amazing, the scallops we ordered on the side were so sweet and tender. I can't recommend this place enough!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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