Don’t just take our word for it. We think it’s best you hear it from Joe Fortes’ guests who take the time to let us know what they enjoy most about their dining experience.

“I couldn’t resist a meal at Joe Fortes in Vancouver, a leading seafood restaurant with an excellent selection of British Columbian wines.” – Eric Asimov, New York NY (New York Times)

“The oysters were like liquor from the Gods!” – Nancy Tribble, Atlanta, GA

“Overall excellent, especially the oysters and the service.” – Jessica

“This is our new favourite restaurant. We’re from Seattle and we will make it a priority to dine here every time we come up.”
– Rick and Michelle McAninch, Kenmore, WA

“Still the best restaurant in the city.” – Daniel Cripps, Vancouver, Canada

“This was a fantastic evening! Every detail was perfect… especially the service from the moment we walked in.”
– Andrea Cook & Lloyd Leitch, Seattle, WA

“This is one of our ‘must go’ places whenever we’re in town–it never disappoints us.” – Mr. & Mrs. Bart Mixon, Burbank, CA

“Coming from Paris for the second time and we hope for a third, fourth…etc.” – Patrick de Bruyn, St-Maurice, France

“Pianist a genius! Great entertainment! Great Ambiance!” – David Jener, California


Just as our legendary namesake was known for his dedication to community service as both a special constable and Vancouver’s first official lifeguard over a century ago, we strive to carry on Joe’s tradition by showing our appreciation to the community that has supported us since 1985. To date we have lent our support in time, money and services to help raise $2,000,000 for charitable organizations. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House aims to raise $50,000 annually for local causes and currently supports the following charities:


Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society feels that no child should go hungry at school. With this in mind, the VFCS is partnering with the Vancouver School Board (VSB) to develop a school snack program. These snacks will go to those children who are not having their nutritional needs met at home or by  other support services. The snacks are distributed discreetly through an accessible distribution system that allows the recipient to participate anonymously without fear of humiliation or being judged by peers.  Click here for more info and to learn how you can help.


The Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,700 professional fire fighters in BC dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public’s knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs. Click here for more info.


Pacific Salmon Foundation continues to raise funds and direct funding to grassroots, volunteer and community-driven projects focused on the conservation and recovery of Pacific salmon. PSF supports research and science, then integrates this knowledge into program plans at the community and watershed level. PSF works with First Nations, private companies, educational institutions, non-profit groups, all levels of government, and commercial and recreational anglers to bring salmon back to our streams. Click here for more information.


Dining Out for Life supports two charities – A Loving Spoonful and Friends For life. A Loving Spoonful provides free, nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver and the surrounding areas. In the last year alone, A Loving Spoonful has provided over 100,000 meals to those who need it most. Meals are delivered weekly by a team of dedicated volunteers. Friends For Life supports people living with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, their families and their caregivers. This leading wellness centre was formed with the belief that no-one should face a serious illness alone, and offers a broad range of complementary and integrative therapies aimed at shifting the focus from illness to wellness. Programs include massage/body work, yoga, Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a nutrition/meals program and care for individuals confined to their homes.