Joe Fortes

Joe Fortes is a well known steak and seafood restaurant on Thurlow and Robson. Their menu focuses on simple and fresh seafood, but there are plenty of menu options if fish isn’t your thing. The inside of the restaurant feels like an old school seafood restaurant and it has a nice, but casual atmosphere.

Despite the popularity of Joe Fortes, I’ve never had the opportunity to check it out until recently when I came for lunch. I had heard good things about their blue plate daily lunch special that is only $9.95, which is a steal if you see the prices of other items on the menu.

Before I got my main, I was brought some complementary bread with lobster oil and balsamic vinegar. Normally I try not to fill up on too much bread before my meal, but the lobster oil was so perfect that I had to ask for another basket of bread. It was like dipping your bread into buttery lobster drippings mixed with a bit of tang from the balsamic vinegar.

The blue plate special on Friday is fish cakes. These were coated in a crispy thin batter and were made up of large chunks of salmon and another white fish. I appreciated how meaty the fish cakes were because it is always disappointing when you order crab cakes that have more filler than seafood in them. The creamy herbed dip that was served with it was like a thinner version of a tartar sauce or ranch dip.

The cakes were on top of a bed of corn and asparagus. The corn was sweet and juicy and a good accompaniment to the fish. The asparagus was nicely cooked and seasoned and wasn’t overly tough.

I had a great lunch at Joe Fortes and it is somewhere that I would check out again. It’s nice that you can get a real meal at lunch time that won’t break the bank. Additionally, they have some killer happy hour specials that I would like to try.


Yes, for beautiful and affordable lunch specials.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House on Urbanspoon


Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Downtown, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vancouver


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One Comment on “Joe Fortes”

  1. luke
    November 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    looks good! i like to see their plate is purple color

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