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Joe Fortes Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Joe Fortes Vancouver

4.5
4.5
6728 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Joe Fortes has been specializing in classic, American cuisine since 1985. The turn-of-the-century inspired dining room features 30-foot high ceilings and six unique dining venues that include our Rooftop Garden. Executive Chef Ryan Green prepares each dish with a focus on natural flavours and features the finest ingredients from Pacific Northwest farmers, fishermen, and other food artisans. Serving more than 30 kinds of fresh fish, premium oysters and thick chops daily, Joe’s signature dishes have become a favourite with locals, celebrities & tourists alike. Joe’s is known as the best oyster bar in Vancouver and is home to some of North America's best oyster shuckers. Our award winning wine list features over 300 selections from British Columbia, California, the Pacific Northwest and prominent wine regions throughout the world. Enjoy a delicious cocktail at our bar with live piano music nightly or on our Rooftop Garden.

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2 people

19:00


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 669-1940

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ryan Green

  • Private party facilities

    Visit Joe Fortes and you are welcomed into an environment whose vibrant sights and sounds are as enticing as the menu is. With our name inspired by a local legend famous for his warm, welcoming nature, we naturally believe that hospitality is key in creating a memorable group dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Kelsey Sullivan: (604) 669-1940

  • Area

    West End

  • Cross Street

    Robson

  • Parking Details

    Valet service available at 4PM.

  • Public Transit

    Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station.

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano 7 days a week

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 6,728 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Seafood

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Most Booked

  • Vancouver

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Chris

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food was delicious
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best service, best food and great energy !!
  3. J

    Jkarias88

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Biased because I also worked here for many summers during college, however -my party of 5 went to 7 then to 10, having to do 2-3 table changes to accommodate during peak lunch rush was very much appreciated. JF is a staple/iconic Vancouver spot and always will be. -jka
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best if not the best fish taco meals I have had. Makes a difference when you put together the ingredients together. Fresh and hot fried perfectly. Cilantro and all sauces a greet combo. Kushi oysters as always delicious and no random pieces of small shells inside.
  5. ZK

    ZoeK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I didn’t like it that you can’t reserve the table in the patio for happy hour. You are there for happy hour but paying lunch price if you sit at the table on the patio.
  6. BG

    BrettG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience and will definitely be coming back. I forget our server’s name, but he was great!
  7. GR

    GregR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time having Norm as our server, he’s a pro! On the ball, humorous, knowledgeable and efficient!
  8. ES

    EdSa

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great service and location but unfortunately the food was subpar for the cost. I ordered the sirloin steak and it was tough and chewy despite it being cooked medium rare. I ordered a 1/2 lobster and it was the most anemic lobster I’ve ever seen. It’s too bad because you can tell that this restaurant has lost its focus on food quality and now is just about the name and reputation.
  9. LW

    LisaW

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were out for a dinner with friends on a Monday evening. We started with oysters, which were excellent. The Caesar salad was pretty standard so it felt a little over priced. For our main, we had the striploin with peppercorn sauce. The flavor was delicious and it was perfectly cooked. Unfortunately, the meat itself was very tough. I had a hard time cutting it with the steak knife provided. We sent it back without an issue and had the halibut instead. That was also perfectly cooked and it was delicious. Overall, the service and ambience was excellent. It was very busy - quite warm and noisy, but not unpleasant. We have been to Joe Forte’s several times in the past and we will return. Probably will not have the striploin again though !
  10. JS

    JonS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    An absolutely horrible piano player hammering the piano and making a terrible noise (hardly music). Because of this all guests were talking super-loud in order to make dinner conversation. The result is that the restaurant sounded like a bird-cliff. We were going to have a full meal (appetizer, main course and desert). Because of the terrible piano hammering and noise, we only had a main course and went to another neighboring restaurant for a desert. Retire the piano player and get rid of the piano!
  11. ST

    SusanT

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor deck was much quieter than inside, living wall, lanterns. So lovely. Good was extraordinary!
  12. S

    Samprano

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Need an ear plug to dine there in any given days. The atmosphere is loud and some may translate it to energenic. The piano musicans didn't help much. Food is average at best and services are slow
  13. RP

    RobP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great Seafood and great service, we had a great night.
  14. GF

    GregF

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was pretty good. Waiter did not have much patience or time for us nor did he even bother to say thanks after taking $400 off us. Pretty poor.
  15. DH

    DaleH

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply wonderful.
  16. KM

    KathyM

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best jumbo prawns ever and fresh oysters on the half shell were spectacular
  17. KM

    KenricM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening spent on the roof top of Joe Fortes.
  18. J

    Joey

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice happy hour menu and environment, but need to make reservation in advance.
  19. GS

    GailS

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and decor with live piano music attentive staff who are friendly
  20. CS

    ClientSS

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Joe’s. The food was great, the service as well.
  21. J

    J88luv

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration… the waiter had awesome suggestions for drinks and diner options….too bad I don’t remember his name… lovely ambiance… wld definitely dine again… thank you… 😋👍🏾☺️😉
  22. d

    daniellep

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The bar was set low by some of the reviews. We entered and it was magical. The piano playing, the mahogany wood, it felt like a piece of Vancouver history. Now lets talk about our server Matt. What an amazing personality. He connected with us immediately and made it known that it was important to him we had a great experience. Which we did. I am from San Francisco and love Seafood but wanted to try it all-Lobster, scallops, oysters and shrimp. He helped me customize the perfect dish and got us exactly what we wanted. We chatted wine, shoes, Calfornia and everything in between. He made our experience which was already awesome, just that much better. Would definitely come back when visiting!
  23. LT

    LindaT

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, love the vibe. Be sure to make reservations
  24. J

    Jeff

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent special family dinner. Range of food from fish to pork chop was very good. Service was tremendous.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rooftop patio seating is stunning in the sunset. Great service and the food was outstanding.
  26. KH

    KarlaH

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall experience from the fantastic food to the friendly experienced staff.
  27. HT

    HelenT

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a recommendation, what a rooftop venue and what a beautiful Meal ! Husband and I from Australia love our fine dining and Joe Fortes does not disappoint. An honour to have a sumptuous lunch in this spectacular building. Top shelf service matches everything else. Thank you.
  28. SK

    SueK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere always. Live piano and a happening vibe. Appreciate the whole team service model. Food was spot on; refreshing oysters, perfectly done NY strips, ample Chinook salmon portion and brussel-sprouts I’d feed my Thanksgiving guests. It really is a perfect West Coast slice.
  29. HS

    HelenS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Had catch of the day way overcooked n dry seasonal vegetables were tiny cubed zucchini Fir $58 it was a big disappointment
  30. KB

    KathyB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner and excellent service! Valet parking is the way to go. Can hardly wait to have a Sunday brunch there.
  31. KN

    KelleyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Food was superb, service was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. Can’t wait to return.
  32. AM

    AlexM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mike is the best !!! Mike is the best !!! Mike is the best !!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and the Blackened Salmon was a real standout. It’s a big, loud and busy restaurant, but always a treat to dine at Joe Fortes.
  34. F

    Food4ever

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went here for a business dinner and there were four of us...we were seated in the lounge area in a booth. The level of noise is substantial but luckily where we were seated we could still have a conversation. We had a fabulous waiter, David, who made our dining experience very enjoyable. The food was great! We shared a bunch of items from the menu such as the Seafood Tower, Carpaccio, Calamari & New York Striploin. Then we each ordered our own desserts. Mine was the Pavlova which was just divine! Oh and don't forget to order a cocktail...can't go wrong with the Beaches and Peaches!
  35. JB

    JerryB

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambience and service. We loved the steelehead trout and fish/shellfish bowl. Great wrap up/goodbye to our Vancouver vacation.
  36. VL

    VanhelleL

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing service and amazing food. The place is gorgerous. Not every wine on the menu were available. But its the perfect place to celebrate.
  37. SP

    StephenP

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend, our server Ken was exceptional as was the food. Do us a favour and open in Sydney
  38. VP

    VeroniqueP

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gordon our waiter was incredible. The food was delicious. Only negative comment I have is that they don't have air conditioning (a minus thing overall).
  39. HW

    HeatherW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience at Joe Forte’s. Food was fantastic, drinks were delicious and the service was outstanding. Really enjoyed our evening out.
  40. LC

    LauraC

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service & food were both amazing & outstanding! The piano player was too loud. You felt as if you were at a concert rather than dinner with background music, was not conducive for good conversation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Joe Fortes Vancouver offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 669-1940.

Joe Fortes Vancouver is rated 4.5 stars by 6728 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for Joe Fortes Vancouver

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Robson

  • Area

    West End

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet service available at 4PM.

  • Public Transit

    Five minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station and Vancouver City Centre Station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ryan Green

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano 7 days a week

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (604) 669-1940

  • Private party facilities

    Visit Joe Fortes and you are welcomed into an environment whose vibrant sights and sounds are as enticing as the menu is. With our name inspired by a local legend famous for his warm, welcoming nature, we naturally believe that hospitality is key in creating a memorable group dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Kelsey Sullivan: (604) 669-1940

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