Jax Fish House - Denver
Jax Fish House - Denver

Jax Fish House - Denver

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jaxdenver.com/
  • Phone: 3032925767x
  • Hours of Operation:
    HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY 4-6pm

    DINNER
    Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 10pm, Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 11pm, Sunday 4pm - 9pm
    Reservations Recommended



  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sheila Lucero
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kelli Kudrick 3032925767x
  • 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, Crawfish, Andouille, Corn & Potatoes

    $45 per person for nearly 3lbs of grub!
    Add more crab for just $23.

    Available for groups of 4-16
    Reservations must book 48 hours in advance:
    call 303.292.5767.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th & Wazee
  • Public Transit: Union Station, Light Rail and Market St Bus Depot are all less than 2 blocks away! Plus a short 2 blocks from the infamous 16th street mall.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking Friday, and Saturday. Sunday through Thursday there is ample street parking and a lot behind our building located on 17th Street between Blake and Wazee.
A word from Jax Fish House - Denver
Named “One of the Best Seafood Restaurants in the US” by Travel & Leisure Magazine, Jax is the home of FRESH and delicious. Chef Eric Lee receives jet-fresh seafood every afternoon, using refined global techniques to transform simple proteins and farm fresh produce into an unforgettable dining experience.
Josh Ernst is the heart and soul of the Jax bar. The cocktails and small batch, house made sodas at Jax are the height of good taste and purposeful preparation.
Beginning January 2013, Jax is bigger, better, fresher and luncher. We’ve doubled the size of the world famous Oyster Bar and brought the kitchen into the dining room with made to order chowder, stews and steamers, prepared before your very eyes.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Jax Fish House - Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)fit for foodies (38)vibrant bar scene (37)hot spot (32)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (22)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (11)notable wine list (11)late-night find (9)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Short Wait
    1dkw
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a reservation but had to wait a half hour before being seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't shine during Restaurant week
    PrefersLocal
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was expecting much better food and didn't expect the bar to overwhelm the tables. We ordered from the August Restaurant Week menu. All 4 of us ordered the panko cod with 1 hour egg, vegetable chips and asparagus. The entree came in a bowl because there was some sort of watery liquid in the bottom. We were all puzzled by this presentation. When attempting to eat the egg, it disintegrated into the liquid and no spoon was available to save it. The cod, chips, and asparagus were okay. My husband and I ordered the squid salad; the squid was cooked correctly so it wasn't rubbery. The dessert of Palisade peach and chocolate ice cream was the star of the meal and bumped my food rating for this restaurant to 3 stars.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not what we experienced in the past
    jbird
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went to Jax for summer restaurant week, and we were definitely disappointed. We have been frequenting Jax since the college days in Boulder, and I have been to the downtown Denver location twice before, both of which were great. This time, however, the service was really slow and the food was completely average. Given that we paid $30 for 3 courses, we weren't too upset, but I certainly wouldn't pay full price for the food and service provided. Definitely hesitant to go back in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Very fun dining experience. Some recommended items were hit or miss but great food overall. Calamari is excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We stopped in for an early dinner before a show and loved the attentive service, relaxed atmosphere and superb seafood and cornbread. Jax is one of our favorite stops in Denver.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I was hoping for.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great atmosphere but very disappointed in the menu selection. How can a fresh fish restaurant not have Dungeness crab on the menu? King crab and snow you can get at Red Lobster. Nothing stood out for a return trip. Overpriced for quality and lack of fish/crab selection.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    JaxRocks
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The atmosphere, staff, and food were all excellent. The restaurant staff went out of their way to make sure every part of our dining experience was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was OK but pricey
    Foodish
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was OK, expected better. Fish was a little overcooked. Very pricey for what you get.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    When we got there the restaurant was very busy and they were able seat us within 1 minute of our reservation. That set the tone for the rest of the evening. Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions on the menu since he had tried all of the items on the menu. The fish we all had was wonderful with Ahi being way over the top. We would all go back again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall VERY impressed with Service
    LuvFineDining
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    First off, I must say my father and I were very impressed by how considerate the manager (Kelly) was at JAX. Although the entire staff was very likable. We had a reservation, and because they did not have our table ready in an appropriate time (approx 30 min delay),she offered to buy us a round of drinks and an appetizer. Upon finishing Kelly had not only paid for one round of drinks and an appetizer, she took care of two rounds of our wines and an appetizer. This really communicated to my father and I how JAX prioritizes happy guests with their overall experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Seafood
    Grey11A
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our visit to Jax's started with the Buttermilk Bread. It was crispy on the outside, almost the texture of a pretzel, and melted in our mouths. We couldn't get enough of the whipped honey butter it was served with. Next were the Emersum Oysters. We tried both kinds, charbroiled and fried. The fried one were crispy without being greasy and perfectly plated on a bed of sea salt. For the main course, we had Grilled Ahi and Pan Roasted Trout. The pickled hearts of palm with the Ahi were crunchy and had notes of ginger. The maple bacon and root vegetables with the Trout was outstanding- crunchy, complex flavors. Of course both pieces of fish were cooked perfectly. The tuna had a beautiful deep purple inside, while the trout had a crunch skin.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not quiet
    salt1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    asked for a quiet location and put in front of a speaker. Too noisy but good seafood. Halibut was wonderful
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience!
    Arealfoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I came here for our third anniversary and were very impressed. It is such a fun atmosphere with outstanding food. We showed up almost an hour early for our reservation and still had no issue being sat right away. Being land locked, good seafood can be very expensive, but Jax was still reasonably priced. We will be returning again in the future. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay...
    Jessica2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went to Jax with girlfriends. It was so hot in there, and eating seafood while in a stuffy hit room is never good. The service was great, and we were taken care of. I think the food was just okay. Pretty expensive. My girlfriend got oysters and it was over $4 per oyster! So expensive! And she said it wasn't that good. I had the lobster roll and the melon salad which was good. Also the bread with honey butter is worth the $3. When did restaurants start charging for bread though?! This restaurant is just a 3 star rating. Probably won't go back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Oysters!!
    mmwis3
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great food, and lot of hidden gems on the menu that are not seafood items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faorite!!!
    AngieJ
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our top pick for downtown restaurants! GREAT atmosphere and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood!
    Wildrose
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We visited Jax earlier in the week for happy hour. Tonight we dined there. We had wonderful oysters, shrimp boil, and the steamed crabs. Ahhhh--everything was so wonderful! Our waiter was wonderful and the other wait staff were great as they kept our glasses filled and fresh warm towels ready for us. We will definitely be back next time we are in Denver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a wonderful experience here. We sat at a little table right next to the aquarium. We were somewhat struck by the noise level at first, but it was a Friday night and the place was hoppin'! Jose was our server, and he was excellent: attentive but not hovering. We had the seared trout and ahi tuna, both to die for! Dessert was their newly added bourbon milk and cookies. Heavenly! In sum: great service, great ambiance, and amazing food. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • JonDenverVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is the second time in 3 weeks that I have been here. The Ahi was great as were the emersum oysters. Service was a bit slow but pleasant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a wonderful server named Jose who was very knowledgable of the menu. Had great recommendations and pairings for all of our menus. Thanks for making our experience very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Arborpd
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    When I dine out, I look for restaurants that have great good, good service and a nice atmosphere. Jax has all of these.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still The Best
    BrianPC
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Been frequenting Jax's for more than 20 years. Some of the best fish on the Front Range. Had a great seafood platter. Ahi Tuna and Halibut was fantastic. Awesome drinks as well. Music and bar adds a perfect vibe. As icing on the cake, providing my twins excellent desserts for their 16th birthday gratis.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters!
    Akimbo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Always a fun spot to be for an all around good time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always our favorite
    Char
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I have spent the evening at Jax countless times and always come away blown away by the food and service. Noah is the best server we've ever had and always makes the night special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anything but a Fish House.
    66Cruiser
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Jax Fish House is far from fine dining, and is really nothing more than a bar with overpriced bar food. I was very disappointed with the prices in contrast to the portion size--the muscles were about the size of a fingernail. The oysters were exceptional, but at $3.50 each, much overpriced. As for the interior, the long bar is the focal point with tables packed in against the walls as an afterthought. The bar was so packed at 5PM that people standing at the bar were pressing up against the tables. In short, the incredibly noisy environment coupled with people's posterior ends pressed up against you is very unappealing. Even when dining on overpriced bar food, I expect to do so at my own table without my personal space being invaded.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good oysters
    Ema76
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Oysters are fantastic. Wine list is good too. A little expensive but worth the money
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Fly4Fun
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We love coming here for the fresh oysters. We love this resturant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dulcie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Jax was a great choice for oysters. Outside dining in summer is especially fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was outstanding as always. Perfectly prepared ono, fried oysters, crab cakes. Great peel-and-eat shrimp appetizer. Waiter was a bit boorish and condescending; just a bit weird. But that's not been our experience in the past. One thing that is consistent: Jax is very loud. Would go more often if not for the loud 80's music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud
    oldfogy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was very good and creatively served. Small dining area; large bar; quite noisy with young bar crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheMacs
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Excellent food and fun service---chad headed up the team and his banter with husband was an added bonus. As we came relatively early on a Sunday not crowded and not too noisy. Picking up as we left. Definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to take out-of-towners
    Shivoosh
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I brought my uncle here while he was in town for a couple days. He is from Maine and was skeptical of a gosh place in Colorado. He was blown away! He got the steelhead trout dish and told me I should bring him here everytime he's in town. I got a non fish dish in order to keep prices low for the evening, but I wish I'd gotten a fish, even though my pasta was pretty alright (not amazing though). Great dining experience, great waiting staff and awesome wine! If you get there before six, you'll get some nice happy hour options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    James
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Took my wife and friends there for her birthday. She had never had oysters before, the waiter did a wonderful job suggesting a variety for us to try. We enjoyed them very much. Also, they have incredible bread with honey butter. The meals were well presented and cooked nicely. The only critique I have is I felt the entrees were a bit overpriced. It is downtown Denver though, so higher prices can be expected. I would still highly recommend! Seems like a wonderful night spot and a great place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent place for dinner. Great service, always great food!! Lots of action going on...
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love it.
    UPNORTHColorado
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Very friendly staff. Very good food. Not much more to say--we live far away and just love this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved jax fish house!!!
    kate
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We all had the best dinner at Jax. The clam chowder is amazing, the cornbread is so good, halibut and mahi mahi were out of this world. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VFM
    Vince
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Luckily there were just a bunch of friends getting together for dinner. Had I taken customers to this place, I would have been embarrassed. The menu was extremely limited, the food was not good, AND, in a seafood restaurant they bragged about there hamburgers. Absolutely not a place for anything other than a drink and "Cold Bar" seafood.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The restaurant is just a bit loud for us. But, I would return for the crab cake paired with the Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food over priced wine
    totheBlueMoon
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our server made the evening dinner a better experience then it would have been otherwise. I thought the food was good but certainly not top line. We had good wine selection but googled it later to find out a bottle would typically cost $16.99 we paid $17.00 per glass.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Everything we ordered was exceptionally good. And the service was terrific too. I would definitely recommend Jax to anyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic