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“not bad, dont get the hype”

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
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Ranked #29 of 3,706 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $37
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Canadian, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Robson Street
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 30 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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110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“not bad, dont get the hype”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

6 of us went for dinner as a group last week. The service was attentive, the food selection was good on the menu but a bit overpriced for what was offered. THe ambience was not bad, a bit noisy and frenetic for a higher end restaurant. Food was mixed, some good some bad, wife's selection was excellent, my ling cod and chips was merely average, had better at chip shops and food trucks for much less. As with most Vancouver restaraunts, the wine is shockingly overpriced. Glad in went, but won't be rushing back soon.

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Dublin, Ireland
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63 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Food, wonderful evening!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

It was a choice between Italian and Seafood - Im not sure why we chose Joe Fortes but four of us were unanomous at the end of the evening that we had made the right choice. The restaurant is not inexpensive but it ticks all the boxes.

First let me say that we were four colleagues in Vancouver for the first time to promote Ireland as a great vacation destination. We were looking for a memorable dinner experience and we found it.

The restaurant was buzzing on a Friday night - we had a booking - our table was ready by the time we had cocktails. The service was attentive and friendly without being 'in your face' as it often is in American restaurants! I would say that this was a more European style of service with all that is good about North America; the food was excellent and we had the full gambit - starters, main courses and dessert with wine and port to finish. We were colleagues when we went into Joe Fortes and we were friends when we departed.

Great restaurant; wonderful food; excellent wine and service that was warm, friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. It gets my vote for a return visit.

Visited October 2012
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Ladysmith, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Steak”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

Food was excellent. The place is alive with atmosphere. The food, drink and service were great. Excellent job on the decor. It was busy so we sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with the vibe around us. All ages can enjoy this place and feel comfortable.

Visited November 2012
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Toronto, ontario
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113 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Always a sure thing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Had to travel out of town and for a special dinner spent it at Joe Forte's had the local oysters for $1 each and they were just delicious, Ahi tuna justed melted in your mouth.
Great atmosphere, good service, another nice dinner.

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank lemorley
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Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

heard all the rave reviews...went to check it out...it was hot...I was annoyed, and my friends Steak was not cooked to what he wanted....should have been for the price we paid!

Visited June 2012
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