Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House: Happy Hour (Daily from 4-6pm)

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC

Happy Hour at Joe Fortes is offered every day of the week between 4-6pm. The Happy Hour menu is only served in the bar area of the restaurant. It gets pretty busy and they don’t take reservations for Happy Hour, so I would recommend getting to the restaurant right at 4:00pm. (I actually got there at 3:50pm and they seated me right away but wouldn’t take my order until right at 4:00pm.)

The Happy Hour menu prices are significantly cheaper than the regular prices. Everything that I had ordered was good, nothing blew my mind but I would definitely come back for Happy Hour! I think most of the prices and portion sizes were appropriate, and that being said, I would not pay full price for the Happy Hour items.

I think the best thing about Happy Hour are the Buck A Shuck Oysters (it’s not listed on the actual menu!) The next time I come, I want to try the Oysters Rockefeller and the Calamari.

Food Rating: 8/10
Value Rating: 7/10
Wait Time: I was seated immediately, was served water, but was not allowed to order until 4:00pm
Would I Return? Yes

The menu, and their Happy Hour $5 glass of wine. They serve Peller Estates Merlot, and I believe their $5 white wine is a Peller Estates Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mini Lobster & Shrimp Rolls, $8.95. This comes with three rolls. Decent sized pieces of lobster and shrimp, and I liked the texture of the rolls.

Jumbo Tempura Prawns, $10.95. Well battered (Fish & Chips style, not like Japanese Prawn Tempura), well seasoned and the prawn itself is quite large. I liked the Togarashi Mayo dipping sauce it came with.

Truffle Parmesan Fries, $4.95. You can’t go wrong with truffle fries! Wish there was a bit more truffle on the fries but the flavour is definitely there.

Buck a Shuck Oysters, $1 per oyster! I absolutely love raw oysters, and they’re always fresh here. This is one of my favourite places for oysters because not only do they offer buck a shuck every day, the oysters they serve are a good size!


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