Denver's Best Seafood Restaurants

Great catches
August 5, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Denver's best bets for stellar seafood. 

Stoic & Genuine
Seafood · LoDo · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

An "impressive" oyster roster and other "creative" , "savory" seafood dishes make a splash at this "gourmet" sibling of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall in LoDo's Union Station, enhanced by "knowledgeable" service and cocktails from the "amazing" granita bar; while "beautiful" , the high-ceilinged yet narrow space can get "a little cramped" , and so can your budget (it's "terribly expensive" for "small" portions), but some opt to "sit out on the patio, people-watch and enjoy a good happy hour" for a real "treat."
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - LoDo
Seafood · LoDo · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

"Thanks to the wonders of air shipping" , these "perennial favorites" continue to reel in "convivial" crowds for "creative" , "delicious" fish dishes and "flawless raw bars" gleaming with "meaty oysters" (discounted during the "awesome happy hour" ); though some cite "fin-to-fin" seating and acoustics that require "earmuffs" , most agree the "energetic" vibe – aided by "smart" , "upbeat" service " – is always a " blast."
Lola Coastal Mexican
Mexican · LoHi · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

The "high-energy" dining room of this "hipsterrific" , "tequila-shootin' romp" in LoHi is "always packed" with "beautiful people" having a "fun-as-hell" time over "wonderful" , "highbrow" Mexican plates, from "custom-crafted" tableside guacamole to "great raw-bar" items; "expect to pay a bit more, but" "happy hour is a deal" , so an "after-work rendezvous" on the "rockin' patio" with a round of "imaginative drinks" is always an option – as is brunch, as "hopping" as ever.
Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood
Seafood · Cherry Creek · $$$

From the crew behind Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, this Cherry Creek dock-to-dish concept majors in simple preparations of ultra-fresh seafood, including a raw bar with proprietary oysters flown in from the East Coast. The sleek setting sports a sophisticated nautical theme complemented by an open kitchen and a centerpiece bar pouring global wines, house cocktails and unpretentious beers.