Jax Fish House - Boulder
Jax Fish House - Boulder

Jax Fish House - Boulder

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jaxfishhouse.com/boulder
  • Phone: 3034441811x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm
    Happy Hour: Everyday 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shelia Lucero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: The Jax Roving Raw Bar!
    We have unmatched access to the freshest, most responsibly sourced seafood on the planet. Our talented team of expert shuckers will recreate the magic and energy of the Jax Raw Bar experience anywhere you want it. Go to www.jaxboulder.com/party or call 303.444.1811 to book your event today!
  • Special Events: CRAB BOIL @ JAX!!
    Reserve your space on our patio (weather permitting) or in our dining room for our abundant ‘East meets South’ crab boil.

    Fresh Dungeness & Snow Crab
    Shrimp, Andouille, Seasonal Veg & Potatoes

    $39 per person for nearly 3lbs of grub!
    Add more crab for just $12.

    Available for groups of 4-16
    Reservations must book 24 hours in advance:
    call 303.444.1811

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are two parking garages within a two block radius of our location and street parking is also available.
A word from Jax Fish House - Boulder
Consistently voted to the “Best of” Awards of Boulder and Denver, for 17 years Jax has served up the finest and freshest the ocean has to offer to the masses that squeeze into the packed Pearl street hotspot. Prepare yourself for the welcoming, yet wild vibe that has set JAX apart from all the rest.
The famous Raw Bar offers up to a dozen different varieties of oysters nightly as well as clams, chilled crabs and lobsters, all flown in daily. Don’t miss the world famous, only at Jax - Emersum Oyster. Behind the scenes, Chef de Cuisine Alex Krill creates innovative entrees that capture the essence of fresh fish and local and organic produce.
The lively, upbeat bar run by Mixologist Devlin Kaplan is home to Boulder’s best martinis, an outstanding wine list and an often changing menu of local micro-brews
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Jax Fish House - Boulder reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)special occasion (59)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (51)vibrant bar scene (38)romantic (26)notable wine list (13)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fabulous oyster raw bar, nice meal, and outstanding service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Food
    NYtoBoulder
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This is one of the best in Boulder. Excellent fish and good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jax, great seafood
    HockeeVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Jax is one of our usual spots when we visit Boulder. The specials are usually fantastic! Being from Maine, I don't recommend the lobster roll. Everything else, you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks for a great 1st anniversary
    Brian
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Justin was a great server and everyone at Jax was great. The food was outstanding and we opted for a second helping of oysters instead of a dessert. Everyone we talked to on the staff was warm and inviting. Thanks for helping us celebrate a happy anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boulders Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Reservations needed. Justin was our server. He knows the menu , the wine list - all his suggestions were spot on. We dine here every chance we get. Location is perfect on the upper end of Pearl Street.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cramped but delicious
    MoreQthanA
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Yet another magnificent meal at probably the best fish / seafood place along the Front Range if not in Colorado. If anything we would say that the food was even better than our last visit and - as usual - the wine and drinks menu was very good and pretty comprehensive. The one thing you have to realize is that this is a small - "cozy" - place and can be somewhat claustrophobic and a little noisy. Not sufficiently unpleasant to spoil the experience but - at least this last Saturday - getting there. In addition the service can be stretched and patchy - it's a very busy restaurant and hums and bustles pretty much through the entire evening. All in all though: a wonderful evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food... Really loud
    Rocky1mountain1way
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent food and service, as always, but I'm wondering if they could add some acoustic noise control to the ceiling. My wife and I were shouting to each other to be heard. Some conversational buzz is a good thing, but too much is a buzz-kill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Boulder option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife, 2 adult children and I celebrated a special occasion at Jax and it was a wonderful experience. The seafood choices were a great variety, both on the entree menu and at the raw bar. We'd go there again
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They know seafood!
    PSmurfVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A lively, bustling seafood house. Was very busy, given the free oyster hour (we had four dozen), but the remarkable servers were more than equal to the task of keeping things moving, without rushing anybody, and always being friendly and helpful. Remarkable selection of great seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seaside in Boulder?
    Obbie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    National Oyster Day? I do not know this is real, but when JAX advised us that they had declared August 5 "Oyster Day" and offered 50 dozen FREE Oysters that may be served within 1-hour (happy, happy hour), well....it was time to celebrate. We invited our good friends, one of which wished to go to JAX for his Birthday dinner earlier this year....and we decided to Party UP and DOWN some oysters. Ha! It was great to get there 1/2 hour early to both anticipate the delectable eatables and to hear the crowd applaud when the first round of Oysters were served. The rest of the meal, and we ate very well was remarkable. Great Job! We could hear the waves roar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Jax made our anniversary dinner very special. The food and service were excellent. We would definitely come back and also recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jax is outstanding!
    Bouldersbestfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everytime I visit boulder I make sure to eat dinner with my daughter and friends at Jax! The food is always amazing, nice wine list and cocktails, and excellent service. Love the mussels, crab cakes and calamari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh
    Yumfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The portions are very small! I had shells in my food from the crab cake and lobster roll. The lobster was dry and didn't seem fresh
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • MassageGirl
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Based on web-site and entrée prices, I thought we were going to a nice restaurant. Too pricey to be eating on paper table cloths with crayons. Would not go back and sorry we stayed. Very noisy...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Foodie63VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The raw bar items are outstanding! Nothing like it in Boulder! We've been going for 16 years and are always pleased!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    First of all our server, Justin, was one of the finest servers we have ever had and we dine out at least 6 times a week. The food was presented beautifully and cooked to perfection. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend Jax as your dining destination.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great celebration
    Event
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were out celebrating a birthday. When making the reservation on Open Table, I noted that. Both our waitress and hostess made a special effort to wish our son a happy birthday and presented him with a BD card from the staff. The food was excellent. The wine was a type that decanting would improve the flavor, and that option was made readily available to us. There was even a follow up as to how we liked our wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent perfection!
    Queen
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Perfect place to eat delicious food, drink fine spirits, and laugh with friends- thanks for the incredible service!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BruGood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Outstanding. Wait staff prompt, not imposing, professional and very quick to attend. Shrimp to peel perfect, as well as Wedge and arugula salads, salmon tartar and crab cake. Perfect for HH or small plates, though not cheap. Good wine selection and reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Fish in Boulder
    Fishlover
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    You can always depend on JAX to have the freshest, best prepared, and delicious fish in the Boulder area and beyond. Always at least 6 varieties of fresh/cold oysters shucked to order, unique kinds of fresh fish, uniquely prepared and presented. Happy hour selections are great with good prices. Wines and beers to match your food choice. Wait staff is very professional- attentive, knowledgable, and appropriately friendly? Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positive Experience
    tl55
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a very good dining experience at Jax-Boulder. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. The food was very good, and fish was cooked perfectly. We would definitely return to this location. The only minor downside was the noise level--a little loud for conversation, but the atmosphere was positive and lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding and ever evolving
    ZiviomanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We are frequent and pleased customers of this wonderful restaurant. We always appreciate the knowledgable staff and the spectacular food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Frequentdiners
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Awesome food, really awesome! Went there to celebrate my wife's birthday and we loved it, great wine selection but the food is the showcase
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The "B' Team?
    bouldergrazer
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Like many high end restaurants Jax is serving big plates w. small portions. The Shrimp & Steamed PEI mussels appetizers were disappointing, gumbo & oysters were excellent. My 4 oz. meager portion of salmon looked great but had few veggies & lacked the typically delicious burst of flavor. My wife's Ahi was wonderful. Dessert: Key Lime Pie + a Snicker's Cake, both delicious. For 3 people we had 4 appetizers, 3 entrees, 2 desserts + drinks. Had we not ordered as many appetizers as we did, we probably would have left hungry. Jax should revisit their portion sizes. The service was slow. Usually every dish is consistently superb. The wait staff didn’t look familiar. We wondering if, because we went on a Monday evening, did we get the "B" team?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jenn7
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Outstanding service, fantastic fresh fish. Delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent.
    Beanie1213
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The ahi was great, but the special appetizer of fluke was sent back due to blandness (Jared handled it expertly, without missing a beat). The oysters were heaven. We had fun, but expected more finesse with the food due to the prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seating not great
    roma
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Man who sat us was not nice and when we asked if we could sit in a different spot where we where we where not looking right at the table next to us, (uncomfortable) he said no.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deserve its rating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    It has good review and it is well deserved. Great oyster choice, good shrimp. Blacken catfish was better than in the south.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great birthday dinner!
    Rocky1mountain1way
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I had the blackened catfish on sweet polenta, and my wife had a crab cake. Both were superb. I didn't try the raw oysters because they are just a bit too spendy for us, starting at around $3.50 each and working upwards. However, we did get the snickers cake dessert, which was quite tasty. My wife said she would go back for the dessert alone. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Upon informing them that it was my wife's birthday, they provided her with a birthday card that included a discount for her next meal there, and they took the dessert off our bill. It's small and noisy, and I strongly recommend reservations, but I give them a strong 4/5 stars for anyone who lines great food and excellent service, however cramped and noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Fresh Seafood
    tnstecke
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The oysters were amazing and the waitress knew so much about the raw bar menu as well as regular menu which helped with my gluten allergy. Creative food and cocktail menu, delicious desserts made there, and fun atmosphere. Great spot for a special occasion but make reservations, very small inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service!
    Karens328
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Despite being a half hour early for our reservation, we were seated promptly by a friendly hostess. Parking and a sudden downpour made getting there a challenge but it proved worthwhile! Our waitress recommended a great white wine and everyone enjoyed their entree. The calamari appetizer was outstanding as we're the crab legs and lobster roll. We split 3 desserts and agreed the portion of gelato was skimpy but the key lime pie and snickers "cake" more than made up for it. Loved Jax!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    23rdStudiosVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Not much to say, if you're looking for a place to get awesome food and the best Calamari you'll ever find anywhere then Jax's is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish in the Mountains
    RedinkVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is simply a great seafood restaurant, prices are on the high side, but we are in the mountains. The oysters were fresh and not slimy as they are in some places. There are some very good wines on the list and the choice of seafood is very nice. This would be a good seafood restaurant on the coasts, but it is here in Boulder. The one here is smaller than the one in denver, but just as good. If you like seafood, you must try Jax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    WhyDoINeedToHaveANickname
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I've been coming to Jax for almost 20 years and have never been disappointed. Not only was the food typically wonderful, the hostess was able to shift around a reservation so my party could have a special table. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artfully Prepared and Presented
    Sarafina
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We visited Jax on a whim, being tourists to Denver and knowing nothing about the restaurant. Our server was very warm and friendly and clearly was well versed on the menu and the ingredients. High points were the calamari appetizer, especially due to the unique sauces served as opposed to the typical marinara. I ordered the swordfish, which was cooked perfectly and the fingerling potatoes and creamed spinach were nice accompaniments. My sister ordered the salmon, which was beautifully presented in a tomato broth. While she liked the salmon, she isn't a tomato fan, so that probably wasn't the best choice for her. The star was the halibut, with citrus foam - a gorgeous dish and quite delicious. The portions aren't huge, but satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Montrachet
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My friend had never been to Jax and was thrilled with the service, the excellent meal, the fuss made over her for her birthday. A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Evening
    willrunforfood
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My husband and I ate at Jax for my birthday this year, and it was a fabulous evening. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly, and once they found out it was my birthday, they all came by to wish me a happy one. The food was truly outstanding, from the oysters to the snickers cake dessert. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Just about everthing about our dinner at Jax on Saturday night was exceptional! Excellent service by Jason and his back-up crew, and the food was so good it was hard to stop eating! The only drawback was that we were placed right at the kitchen door, which was a bit distracting. Next time I will request a different table when we make the reservation - AND there will be a next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite local restaurant
    bouldergrazer
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Consistently excellent dishes, delicious flavors, beautifully presented, with superb service and a fun atmosphere. This is our favorite way to treat ourselves. A meal at Jax helps remind you that Life is Good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, very good service!
    mz0623
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Little on the expensive side, but for what they are offering it really isn't too bad. Ahi tuna seared/raw with wassabi, bread with honey lavender butter, swordfish, drinks, and a side for $100. All fabric, presented gourmet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.