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 WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Jax Fish House - Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)special occasion (45)vibrant bar scene (40)hot spot (36)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (21)notable wine list (13)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (10)good for groups (10)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was delicious and creative. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Event Dining
    smalltownfoodie009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were celebrating my daughters birthday. The service and extra attention was greatly appreciated. It was a busy Saturday Night after a play and the food for excellent, server recommended an exceptional wine and chocolate desert was a great finisher
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Terrible service
    Murph
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was good but service for dinner for a party of 7 was terrible. Ordered drinks and appetizers which came relatively soon after ordering but waited over 1 hour for dinner to be served. Other tables that came after us got their food before us with no explanation. I will never go there again
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LarryVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Way way too loud with the music system but the food and service was quite good. Great Oysters!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome evening
    Delightful21
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    1st time to jax's and I will be back. From the host to the server , very enjoyable evening, the food was outstanding even tried oysters for the first and I LOVED them.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable!
    Todd
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Everything at Jax is top notch! I wanted to start with how great the service was from John, but then I remembered the awesome food we had, great wine list and yes, fantastic service! I can't think of one being better than the other, but all came together like a great symphony to make a fantastic dining experience for me and my friends. We brought some friends from N.J. that were in town and none of us could be more delighted with our experience in Jax Denver. We live in Boulder and spend a good amount of time at Jax there and really enjoy it. We figured since we were downtown with our friends we'd try this location and couldn't have been happier. We enjoyed appetizers, the awesome clam chowder and then an an awesome dinner! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lofton80VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love Jax! Make this a must stop every time I come to the Mile High City
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    JS2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was great! Try the gumbo fries as an appetizer. The service was pretty good although it is a pretty busy place, even early in the evening so it is a bit loud and crowded, but the food more than makes up for it. I would absolutely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    jenzo89
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not only was the food amazing, but the wait staff was phenomenal. Our waiter was so knowledgeable and patient with us. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible and Very Over Priced
    DJ58VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I read this is an outstanding restaurant; it was horrible on every level. The music was so loud that the server asked to turn it down so he could talk to us. Our reservations were for 7:30PM but we arrived at 7:00pm and they had many open tables; this should have been our first clue as other restaurants in the area were full. Two drinks were $10.00 a piece...vodka rocks and gin rocks and the bartender measured EXACTLY 1 ounce pour and no more...the raw oysters were $25.00 for 6 that were very small. We had 6 fried oysters and they were pathetic; not even warm. Our bill was $77.00. We left and walked one block over to The Kitchen; no tables but we sat at the bar and it was outstanding!!! Do not waste your money and time at Jax!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Crab
    bellylaughs58
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My daughter and I dined here for dinner. We both ordered the crab duo and it was outstanding! The crab legs were meaty and delicious and even though the menu said 1 lb for the snow crab and 4 oz for the king crab, it seemed like way more. Service was impeccible. The sides, salad,cocktails were also wonderful. Definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service and seating
    5280diner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Seating area after the remodel is horrible. My chair backed up to the path used by food runners and smelled like the kitchen (because I was right next to it with no partition). Our server was even worse. He took 15 minutes to even show up to the table, and as soon as he found out we were doing the Denver Restaurant Week deal, he basically shut down, acted like we were inconveniencing him by eating there. I will never go to Jax again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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!
    MountainGirlFoodieVIP
    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
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    • 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.