Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
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Cuisine type

  • Canadian,
  • Steak & Seafood,


  • Seafood,
  • Fish,
  • Steak,


  • Restaurant With Bar,

Products and Services

  • Seafood,
  • Iconic Landmark,
  • Award-winning Patio,
  • Sustainable,
  • Lccal,
  • Wines,
    • Cocktails,
    • Steaks,
    • Great People Watching,
    • Celebrities,
  • more...
  • less...

Languages Spoken

  • English,
777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $26 To $60,

Methods of Payment:

  • GC’s
  • Direct Debit

Meet the owner

Joe Fortes was a larger-than-life kind of guy who became a legendary lifeguard credited with saving more than 100 lives. In 1985, a century after Joe came to Vancouver, a restaurant was named after him – Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House.

Since then, this multiple award-winning seafood restaurant has become just as famous as its moniker. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top 100 restaurants on TripAdvisor, this landmark restaurant serves some of the best seafood to go along with a heavy dose of atmosphere.

When former long-time owner and legendary restaurateur Bud Kanke founded Joe’s, his vision to combine an oyster house with a premier dining destination based around seafood and a very social environment was an instant success. The 15-seat, three-tiered oyster bar, complete with back-lit mirrors, takes centre-stage in the 70-seat dining room (the upstairs seats 170 inside).

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    I don't think you can go wrong with that place. I went there for my birthday, best service I had and how great to enjoy the melody of the piano in the background. The filet mignon was great and I can't wait to try the oysters and hopefully I get lucky enought to sit on the roof top patio during summer!

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    fish and more

    Unreal... First visit, we tried a LOT of the menu and weren't disappointed at all! Prawns are delicious, scallops are fantastic, crab cakes were good, halibut was delicious and the pan fried oysters were nothing short of legendary! To top it off we had cheesecake and banana cream Creme brûlée for dessert that were awesome too! We aren't from West End but will definitely be back here any time we are! One more thing: take dates if they are worth it. This place sticks in the mind.

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    Seafood central

    One of the best Vancouver restaurants that we've eaten at! Service was excellent, food was delicious, and the ambiance was superb! We would definitely recommend this Seafood restaurant to anyone in downtown Vancouver!

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