Jax Fish House - Boulder
Jax Fish House - Boulder

Jax Fish House - Boulder

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jaxfishhouse.com/boulder
  • Phone: (303) 444-1811
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday 4pm-9pm, Monday - Thursday 4:00pm-10:pm,
    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 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 2-16
    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
105 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (46)hot spot (43)vibrant bar scene (40)romantic (23)notable wine list (11)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Mmmmmmm Jax!
    mmmmmmfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Jax is not typically a restaurant that you can just walk in and get a seat. It is ALWAYS busy! We were shocked to be able to get an early reservation! Our timing was PERFECT! The restaurant was very quiet during our meal and was just beginning to fill up as we left. The food at Jax is TERRIFIC! We both had the a couple of oysters, theWedge salad and the Coriander Tuna. We both considered licking our plate, but decided to remain on our best behavior. Be sure to check out Jax next time you are in Boulder
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jzand
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Jax is one of my favorite restuarants in Boulder! Super good and fresh seafood.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If only they had more room.....
    MoreQthanA
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant focused very much on excellent fish dishes and with a very lively ("vibrant") atmosphere. While their portion control leaves quite a it to be desired - and the *extremely* close proximity of the tables makes that (painfully) obvious to guests - the food is excellent. They sell out of the specials early (!), but I think that the main menu is pretty varied and inventive and the wine list is pricey but very well rounded. The service (for us) was pretty good and very helpful and friendly, but the noise level is very high indeed which limits conversation. I do not think this is a good place to bring large groups, but it is "ok" for dinner with a few friends - or a romantic date. Just not a first date!!! WHAT????
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service. Cheap fish
    Luvfish
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Terrible food. Waitress forgot about us for over 45 minutes. Disrespectful. Bad experience overall.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    ebothat
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Your staff is amazing and your food rocks! I would recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 28th Wedding Celebration!!
    Ricky
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    What a wonderful evening at Jax from the minute we walked in the front door. We were celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary, and the staff all went out of their way to make it a special evening for us. A special shout out to Ms. Candice, the attention to detail at our table, she made us feel like this was a big deal to be celebrating this many years together. This will be one of our new favorite restaurants in Boulder. Please try the Lobster Roll and the Swordfish...both dishes are out of this world! The final cup of pressed coffee, along with the Jax Key Lime Pie was outstanding! Ricky T and Laura Ann R-T/The Cookie Lady
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud but noisey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    crowded and tight fit between tables. we were unfortunately seated next to a group of eight that had to talk loudly to hear one one another. Part of the reason was that something was being played over the sound system that sounded like a base guitar solo with the amps turned up so all you heard was loud thumping. Though the food was very good, the fare was overpriced for the total experience. Won't be back. Please note we are an elderly couple that was celebrating my wife's birthday. A young couple may not overly affected by the experience we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Hank
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had sturgeon, wonderfully prepared. Excellent overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special place for special events
    finegueule
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We seldom dine out, but it was my wife's eighty-second birthday and she loves seafood above all things. We'd been to Jax decades ago and were put off by the deafening noise, but the seafood obsession won the day. We minded the noise less, and had a meal worthy of the special event. The variety of dishes was exhilarating, from down home to exotic sides and the full gamut of fish house dishes and then some. Our server was wonderful, tactful and patient with our naivete, informative about what needed to be defined. He made us feel not just like friends, but almost co-conspirators in designing a meal where we could satisfy our feeling that our palate and our pocketbook were being equally coddled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    KitayaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This restaurant is very lively. It is the place where you go out for a great dinner and not having to dress up. The service was fast and the food, for me and my husband, was top class! We enjoyed the oysters, Australian sea bass and arctic char greatly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Fav Spot
    DiningOutOften
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Tables are too tight to be private - but food is amazing for the seafood lover! I'd give it 5 stars if I didn't have to sit so close to the neighboring tables that our server couldn't fit between them...
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time to Jax.
    SeafoodConnoisseur
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is great, but seating is a little cozy and it is loud for private conversation. A bit of a bar atmosphere for the whole restaurant. The experience overall was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Dinning Experience
    Butch
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Always enjoy great meal here, this time was no different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely terrific
    Tapas4EvaVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I recently went there for our anniversary. We told them in advance that it was a special occasion and they treated us wonderfully. We even requested a lobster in advance and they got it and cooked it to perfection. Everything was perfect. Great atmosphere. Great food. Wonderful staff and management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always love this place!
    barbieinco
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    didn't disappoint- loved both the cocktails and the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place
    BGLTraveler
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Jax had great oysters and gumbo and that is why we chose to go there, and we were not disappointed. I would go there again, but since I was on vacation I wouldn't make a bee line to get there when I went back, just because while a very nice restaurant, it is a chain restaurant so I could visit it in other areas. So the food is very good, the staff is friendly, and our table location was ok. They were nice enough to hold our table as we were a few minutes late, so we were very appreciative of that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs Marco Jill
    Jillyskiing
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great table by front window. Great service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    jonlju
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Jax is one of my favorite restaurants in Boulder. It always deliver on food, wine and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful spot!
    dmck
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food was excellent, very busy fun place....service was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner at Jaxs
    Iwantmore
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great food and great service. The raw oysters were delicious and labeled by exact location and flavor in the menu. Mly fish in a curry sauce was magnificent. My wife's seared tuna very, very nice. Key lime pie for desert was just right and great flavor. If you like fresh fish, Jax is the place to go. I've got to try the bar at happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jax is the best of boulder
    Bouldersbestfoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Every time I visit my daughter in boulder we go to Jax! Whether it's a table for 2 or 10 the service is over the top and the food is impeccable. I have never had a bad meal at Jax. Love the mussels and calamari for appetizers, great salmon, cioappino, tuna- everything tastes wonderful. Service is always outstanding too! Great Malbec that we all enjoyed! I recommend Jax to everyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Chef0920
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was fantastic. Unfortunately the service was terrible. Would have been better if we weren't celebrating our wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food, Great Atmosphere
    Swooperz
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved the service, loved the food, and loved the ambiance. This was an anniversary celebration for my wife and myself, so we did find it a tad bit loud for having a quiet, romantic dinner, but had it been any other occasion - it would not have mattered at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the muscles!
    KAT4
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My husband and I came here for our anniversary. The food is out of this world; we had the muscles, buffalo oysters, tuna, and pollock. Everything was perfect. The cocktails were not great, but our server was quick to switch them out for wine. For those who have never been, be warned that the tables are very close together, but for us it adds to the ambiance. They even gave us a card for our special occasion, it was a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Jax's
    RES21VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great fresh food, outstanding service starting with Lee's management through Candice and Jess and all the bartenders and wait people. Alex's kitchen and Jax's just get it! A Boulder must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jax never disappoints
    Curlygirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Jax's business model seems to be, "Treat every customer like a rock star." We are greeted like good friends, are treated to attentive service and great food. All our friends want to go to Jax with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for Sea Food
    Akisan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Jax Fish House - Boulder overall was very good. Space was a little cramped and the noise level a bit high. The oysters and crap cakes were the best that can be found in Boulder, we will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great seafood.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What else is there to say? Every time we go it's excellent. Loud and tight quarters but we're there for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful seafood far from the sea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Superb, fresh seafood. The preparation simply could not be better. The service was as friendly, professional and caring as the food was a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Service, Ambience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have a wonderful evening celebrating my wife's 50th Birthday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bouillabaisses
    RarelyInBoulder
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Best Oysters on the half shell I've had in a long time. Delicious Caesar Salad. Bouillabaisses was not delicious. Broth was salty, not rich, lacking flavor. Prawns were small and difficult to peel. Embarassing to have to wrestle with them - and the unopened mussels - in front of my date and her guests. Several prawns were mushy. No fish at all. Some mussels barely opened. Not satisfying. other 3 main courses at the table were reportedly delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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