AWARDS

To us, the most important recognition that we can receive is from our customers, and nothing is more rewarding than seeing a first-time guest become a regular here at Joe’s. Of course, we also appreciate being recognized by our peers and industry experts, and here we share some of our proudest moments.

ZAGAT RATING
2014 – FOOD 24, DECOR 22, SERVICE 24

WHERE MAGAZINE
Birks Silver Service Award (Service & Hospitality), 2013
Honourable Mention Seafood, 2009
Best Seafood, 2002, 2006
Best Service, 2002
Most Memorable Meal, 1996, 2000, 2002-2003

DIRONA AWARD
Top 70 Restaurants in North America, 2014-2004

WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE
Best of Award of Excellence 2014-2006
Award of Excellence, 2005-1992

BC BUSINESS
Fifth Overall for Best Companies with over 100 employees 2012 & 2011
Top 5 Companies in Hospitality and Tourism
14th  Place Best Companies to Work for in BC 2007
16th Place, Best Companies to Work for in BC, 2006
4th Place, Best Companies to Work for in BC, 2005

VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
1st Place at Vintner’s Brunch 2014
Gold Wine List 2014, 2013
Silver Wine List 2012
Bronze Wine List 2011, 2009
Judges Choice & People’s Choice Best Appetizer – Fetzer Great Beginnings Appetizer Challenge 2009
Silver, Wine List Competition, 2008-2006
Bronze, Wine List Competition, 2005-2004
Bronze, Best Large Metropolitan Restaurant, 2001
Silver, Best American Wine Selection, 1996
Bronze, Best VQA Wine Selection, 1996
Silver, Large Metropolitan Restaurant, 1994
Bronze, Best Large Metropolitan Restaurant, 1993
Best Restaurant, 1990
Silver, Wine List Competition, 1990
Honorable Mention, Wine List Competition, 1987

WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE
Award of Ultimate Distinction, 2010-2008
Award of Unique Distinction, 2007-2005

VANCOUVER MAGAZINE
Best Steakhouse, 2011
Best Seafood, 2011
Premier Crew Award, Maitre ‘d, Frenchy Gagne, 2009
Bronze for Restaurant of the Year, Readers’ Choice, 2001
Silver for Best Seafood, Readers’ Choice, 2001
Silver for Best Bar, Readers’ Choice, 2001
Award of Excellence, Best Wine List, 1992
Gold, Critics’ Choice Best Seafood Restaurant, 1996
Silver, Readers’ Choice Best Seafood Restaurant, 1996

GEORGIA STRAIGHT GOLDEN PLATES 2009
Readers’ Choice: #2 Best BC Wine List, #2 Best Patio, #2 Best Place To Seal the Deal, #3 Best Fish/Shellfish

GEORGIA STRAIGHT
Golden Plate Awards: 1st Place – Best Restaurant to “Seal the Deal”, 1st Place- Best Fish / Shellfish, 2 Place – Best Seafood, 2nd Place – Best Restaurant Service, 3rd Place – Best Restaurant Patio. (2010), Best Restaurant Wine List for BC Wines (2012)

WESTENDER NEWSPAPER
Bronze Medal Winner, Best Seafood – West Ender’s 12th Annual Reader’s Choice Awards (2009).

GLOBE & MAIL
2nd Place, Top 25 Small Employers in Canada, 2008

ENROUTE MAGAZINE
Top 100 favorite Canadian restaurants (4th, 8th, 11th annual awards)

INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Best Booth Design, 1989

INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION
Gold Award, 1992

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT AND HOSPITALITY BUREAU
Platinum, Wine International Award of Excellence, 2001

OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Joe Fortes’ champion oyster shucking team features some of the best shuckers in North America. Annually, they compete in competitions in Toronto, PEI, Seattle and other shucking capitals, honing their skills against the highest-ranked shuckers in the world. The following is our track record to date:

CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND)
1st Place & 5th Place, Shucking 2008
Cleanest Place 2008
4th Place, Shucking, 2007, 2005
3rd Place, Flat Time, 2006

CATCH OYSTER SHUCKING CLASSIC
Grand Champion, 2003

ANTHONY’S OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP (SEATTLE)
4th Place, Overall Team, 2007
4th Place, Shucking, 2007
3rd Place, Shucking, 2006
5th Place, Shucking, 2004

JOE FORTES SLURP & SWIRL WESTERN CANADIAN CHAMPION
Grand Champion, Shucking, 2007, 2004-2003, 2001-2000
Best Flat Time, 2007-2004
Best Presentation, 2007-2006
2nd Place, Shucking, 2007-2004
4th Place, Shucking, 2005
3rd Place, Shucking, 2004

LIBERTY WINE & OYSTER FESTIVAL
Best Overall Shucker, 2006, 2004-2001

NORTH AMERICAN OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
5th Place, Shucking, 2004
7th Place, Shucking, 2004

ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER FEST
Champion, 2004