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“Amazing meal, superb service!”

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
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Ranked #37 of 3,845 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $41
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We ate at Joe Fortes one night during our honeymoon and were certainly not disappointed - in fact we went back for lunch on our final day!
The restaurant itself is very attractive and welcoming - it almost has an old fashioned American "Cheers" style to it, with a great central bar, sweeping staircase and a great patio upstairs.
Our waiter was impeccable, friendly and knew both the food and drinks menus inside out. He made several recommendations based on our likes and dislikes.
The food was delicious, very well prepared and presented. I highly recommend their lobster oil, had we not been restricted by flight baggage allowances then we would have purchased a bottle or two!
If you like seafood then this is an absolute must if you find yourself in downtown Vancouver.
Other reviewers have mentioned that the restaurant experience is a little rushed but we felt the exact opposite of this - the restaurant was busy and we were lucky to get a table without pre-booking, but at no point did we feel rushed through our meal. Gaps left in between courses were just long enough to allow your food to digest and service in between to top up drinks and bread was faultless.
If you're looking for a lighter bite, Joe Fortes also serves drinks and appies (appetisers) on their patio over brunch/lunch. The daytime was bustling with business meetings, friend and family get togethers and was a good mix of full lunches and light bites.

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Thank Kathryn H
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This place was packed. I think I heard the hostess mention that someone could sit at the oyster bar because the restaurant was fully booked for the evening. I had a nice seared ahi tuna and my friend had the halibut. The service was really nice and the food was good. They were very accommodating to dietary needs. I had hoped for dessert but they had pear and cranberry sorbet. ( I am non-dairy and they had a lot of dairy desserts) To their credit these are very different sorbet flavors but they didn't sound appealing to me.

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Thank CATHY A
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Neat, but noisy environment. Service was exceedingly efficient...this restaurant has it down: they get you in; ordered up; served; then....OUT, all in a rush. Having said this, the food was superb; it's just not relaxing.

1  Thank David G
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We went there for our anniversary dinner. The concierge at out hotel recommended it. The food was amazing! Our server, Cole, went over and above to making sure our meals were done to our satisfaction. We can hardly wait to go again!

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Thank loversWhiteRock
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We were planning on having something light.
Lobster bisque
Clam chowder
4 large deep fried oysters and coleslaw
I large crab cake and coleslaw .
1 bottle of New Zealand Whitehaven white wine
We should have stopped there however there was a never ending basket of bread with lobster oils and balsamic vinegar .
And the desserts we could not resist some come in half serves.
Pumpkin pie is enormous make sure you share it.
Creme brûlée is the best we have ever had
All that for $140
Thank god we had a long walk home.
There has always been a live pianist on our visits it is a multi level restaurant with a roof garden in summer and a proper oyster bar.
Service is fast and friendly .

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1  Thank Kester O
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