Jax Fish House - Fort Collins
Jax Fish House - Fort Collins

Jax Fish House - Fort Collins

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jaxfishhouse.com/fort-collins
  • Phone: 970-682-2275x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Sheila Lucero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We bring the coast to you...on Old Town Pearl! Jax's new and shiny seafood cart. With Old Town Pearl at your event, we guarantee that your event will be unforgettable. Our most popular catering option involves us bringing our famous 'East meets South' Crab Boil to your event. Bubbling cauldrons of spicy broth are chocked full of shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, snow and dungeness crab, potatoes, lemons, onion and when in season, the best colorado corn we can find. Get ready to get messy, because this feast needs not silverware. We hope to boil some crab for you soon!
  • 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, Crawfish, Andouille, Corn & Potatoes

    $45 per person for nearly 3lbs of grub!
    Add more crab for just $12.

    Available for groups of 4-16
    Reservations must book 48 hours in advance: We bring it in special just for you! call 970.682.2275 and let us know you are interested in doing the Crab Boil!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College & West Mountain
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is FREE! We are located in the Opera Galleria building which has an attached parking garage with access from LaPorte b/w College and Mason, and on Mason b/w Mountain and LaPorte. The first hour in the garage is free and we are HAPPY to validate your second hour, so you can PARK FOR FREE at Jax! Walk east from the structure through the Galleria to access our door on College. Street parking is also available and FREE for 2 hours, but it is far less plentiful than the parking structure.
A word from Jax Fish House - Fort Collins
Voted 'Best Restaurant' at the 2011 Taste of Fort Collins, Jax Fish House is one of Old Town's most popular destinations for unforgettable food and drink. At Jax, Exec Chef Sheila Lucero and Chef de Cuisine Ricky Myers have created an innovative menu filled with the best, locally sourced, sustainably harvested ingredients we can find. The menu is matched by a colorful, vibrant space. Exposed brick and modern flowlighting create a comfortable yet upscale mood. The famous Raw Bar at Jax greets you as you enter and features a variety of fresh oysters, clams, chilled crabs, all flown in daily. A lively crowd chatters away at the bar while slurping oysters over sips of fruit-infused martinis. Jax is the perfect place to grab happy hour after work or before a show. Buzzing atmosphere, eclectic local art, knowledgeable-friendly staff and the Best Seafood in Fort Collins make Jax worthy of its rave reviews.
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Jax Fish House - Fort Collins reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (66)fit for foodies (61)hot spot (35)neighborhood gem (29)vibrant bar scene (28)good for groups (17)romantic (16)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (12)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (5)Show More
  • Best seafood in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Jax is one of our favorite restaurants in Fort Collins. Our most recent visit was to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Our waiter looked at his ID to card us for drinks and realized it was his birthday and proceeded to bring us two glasses of champagne to toast. It was lovely! Wonderful happy hour menu of appetizers and drinks. The muscles are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • drovealongway
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The mahi mahi dish with tomato saffron broth is to die for. It is like art in a bowl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great taste at a price
    WesleyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Jax Fish House is a place I think of if I want to tickle my taste buds. The food quality, friendly staff and presentation are truly outstanding. However, be forewarned that such an experience can come with a fairly hefty bill at the end, especially since the portions (including the martini my wife had) are moderately sized. True, you can argue that, "you get what you pay for." However, there are other other seafood places in Fort Collins that come with friendlier prices that also serve terrific meals. It's not that Jax is off my list of "go to" places, but if the party is larger than just the two of us, I'll have to consider if the expense is warranted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    They were very accommodating with my specific dietary requirements; celiac disease.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey and nothing special
    JimGood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Prices high... limited menu.... tried surf and turf... beef over cooked and lobster very small in a mix of egg vegetables and spices... over cooked and not at all tasty. Tried desserts... again not much selection... cake and ice cream failed to meet test and cinnamon rolls were doughy... Certainly not a destination for desserts. Oysters were good, but again a bit pricey... Bar service good. Wait staff good, but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sea Food Recommendation
    BeanFan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    When our daughter (former chef, current foodie) heard that we were taking guests to another restaurant to satisfy their request for sea food cuisine, she decisively instructed me to make reservations at JAX instead based on her positive experiences there. After completing our dinner at JAX, our local friends and international guests (from Argentina and India) were very grateful for her good taste and recommendation. Our friend from India said that his entree was the best salmon preparation that he has ever experienced during his extensive traveling and dining throughout the United States during the last 20 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    darthkarl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Fantastic experience. My wife and I both had the awesome Sunday fish and chip special. One of the better meals we have had in months. Restruants is a tab noisy but otherwise wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food choices limited
    MickiVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fish is great, but all of the choices are pretty heavy - either fried or heavy cream. I know this has Cajun flavor profile - but all of the menu doesn't have to be heavy. I wish they'd offer some better choices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • canela
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Each plate is a work of art. Every element can stand alone, but is elevated by being combined with the others. Seafood was fresh and perfectly cooked, the drinks were delicious and the service was great. We went late and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Executive chef Ricky Myers is a genius, remember the name!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for Special Occasions
    GoodLover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I would go there every week for dinner, but that is price prohibitive… So I'm opting for the best place for special occasions! The food was fabulous! The atmosphere was the right blend of modern and rustic so that it was interesting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Flawless
    Mondragl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Jax is reliable in that the food/drinks are always excellent as well as the service. It remains a favorite for me. They didn't have a vegetarian entree on the menu but created something to preference for my veggie friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honeybun1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great server; very attention and good personalityl
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, good food
    hwy395south
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My salmon was very well prepared with a few unique twists - crispy chickpeas for example. Greens were fresh. The real highlight was our waiter Juan. He was very attentive, without hovering. At one point he arrived at our table and replaced a drink with the correct version, we did not know it was wrong, but the new one was definitely and improvement. We arrived early, about five, and even though there were people waiting for tables when we left, we never felt any pressure to hurry. A very enjoyable experience overall. The atmosphere is very energetic with closely spaced tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Jax is one of our favorite resrurants. We love the food and drinks. Sevice has always been fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You won't be disappointed!
    luvtodineinfoco
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Never disappointed when we eat at Jax!!! Amazing Food...Mahi-mahi dish was excellent and happy hour Malbec was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    Healthdriven
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our waitress was very nice however, service took quite some time as far as getting our drinks and what not. It was also very expensive for the amount of food that was given. My boyfriend got a surf and turf for 32. The waitress did tell us that it wasn't traditional which was fine but when he got his plate it was only like 2oz of flank steak and pieces of lobster tAil and really the highlight of the dish was the pineapple rice. All in all it probably isn't somewhere I would go back to due to the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • multiple visits
    Nohype
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Multiple visits in Fort Collins since they opened in an attempt to discover why people rate Jax so well, all to no avail. Consistently disappointed with the quality.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sam is the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had awesome service for our anniversary from Sam at Jax! Will definitely be back and request him! Thank you for making our one year wedding anniversary so special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Jax was recommended by two different couples that we met hiking in Colorado. The food and service= well above average. Good choice of local craft beers to compliment the meal. Salmon was A+on all levels. Surf and turf was brilliant, but potion size just a bit too small. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinefortcollins
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Have to say that I found the noise level at this restaurant to be a bit excessive. It was a bit difficult to relax and have our own conversation amid the the music and crowd noise. The food was good. The server was great and very attentive. The staff was friendly. Overall, I would rate our experience at Jax of Fort Collins a 4-star.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Informative bartender and waiter
    LoveMoscowMules
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Friendly and articulate female Bartender explained the ingredients of a cocktail called the Moscow Mule to us. She was very busy but found time to explain it to us. Our Waiter, Sam, was friendly and informative about the menu items. Excellent food and service for our party of 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    JoeDunagan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Not great. Best for booze and appetizers with a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a single disappointment
    TRHinFC
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Was an amazing dinner from start to finish. Service was friendly, prompt, and precise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    luvjax4oldtown
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our 41st wedding anniversary was last week and my husband was not feeling well that day, so I had to cancel our reservation an hour before we were to be there. However, Saturday night worked for us, and we came, totally enjoyed the ambience, food and great service....we will return. I've already expressed my pleasure to family and friends here in Ft Collins. The food was excellent, and the service outstanding...our server was so helpful and sweet. Thank you...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jax Restaurant dinner
    susanjp
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food and excellent service. The waiter was extremely helpful and kept a close eye on all his tables. We went as a special treat for a birthday and were happy to have chosen well. It is a small restaurant so always make a reservation to ensure you get to eat when you want.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!!
    HappyFoodSnob
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We sat on the patio for 3 hours! They checked in on us regularly, the service was amazing. I have a serious gluten allergy and they had plenty of options for me and were very accommodating. Very kind staff and amazing food. I will eat here every time I go out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great...Service just ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was excellent. Unfortunately we ordered a bottle of wine to start and it didn't come out until we finished our appetizers. I should have sent it back and just ordered a glass. The wine was a little warm for a white but certainly not undrinkable, but given that our main course came out a few minutes after opening the bottle, it seemed like we were trying to catch up on drinking it. The waiter didn't really seem to notice. We also had one of the waitresses come over to us just as we sat down to give us someone else's bill. A little strange, and after she asked me twice if I was the person on the card, a table near us finally motioned to her that they were the right party. Seems like this place could use a little more training.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On FoCo's short list for fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went on a busy Friday evening, but our open table reservation assured us prompt seating. Service was very good, and we got excellent recommendations on menu choices. We did have an issue with one of our entrees, but the management took care of that promptly and effectively.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded my expectations!
    KCgirl
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Such a creative menu and so beautifully presented. Our waitperson was delightful. The food was exquisite. Loved the truffle potatoes and the mahi-mahi dish. And...it's easy walking distance from our oldtown residence!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went out of their way for 40th bday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Celebrated my wife's 40th birthday at Jax's. I had roses delivered beforehand and the hostesses had them on our table before we were seated. Our waiter greeted us with free champagne and was very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was very good (esp. the oyster selection). All in all, a great experience both in terms of service and food. Some nice beers on tap, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Find
    CFoodLover
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    While on the pricey side, the seafood was great and a fun place for our special occasion. The Happy Hour food and beverages were a great fit for our large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best boiled shrim anywhere
    rocco
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    we go here frequently. the wait and bar staff have been there a long time, and service is consitently good. The 'peel and eat' shrimp here are outstanding. the spices they are boiled in and the sauce is like no other, and i'm pretty widely traveled. Happy Hour is great wiht low priced appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Steffani
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Weloved the different menu. The food and service was great but the noise level bordered on painful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Jax
    godzilla
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Cannot say enough good things about Jax Fish house. The staff is professional and fun, the atmosphere is lively, and the food is outstanding. I am always impressed by the creations from the kitchen. Your money is very well spent, and the price reflects the quality they assemble. Jax fish house is 5 star food, from a company you can feel about supporting. Always fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PatPat
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Bar scene energetic and VERY loud. By 6:30, when happy hour over, things quieted down a bit. The fish was excellent, the hamburger one member of the party ordered was overcooked, and accompanied by nothing but lettuce, two itsy slices of dill and a dish of ketchup. An onion, more cheese, a tomato would have helped. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    RedneckNeal
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Jax never disappoints. Went for our 8 year anniversary and love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always LOVE
    Jenn
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We always enjoy going here! The night we went in was their 3rd anniversary - so they had happy hour specials all night. Their specials are always great! We had such a fantastic meal, and then usually order dessert. We botched on this one and did not find the dessert pleasant. Our waiter realized we had clean plates the whole night, and asked us what we would like instead of the first dessert. When we ended up with the donuts, our mouths watered! Definitely a place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood. great beer, good eat
    krob686
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Raw oysters to fried oysters on a delicious burger. And every thing in between. We have been for happy hour before and just went for my 30th birthday great time and food.
    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.
  • Average
    PeteSheryl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was average at best, menu was also very average. Prices were extremely high for the quality of the food. In all honesty we would not recommend Jax to friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in Town
    NSizemore
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Whenever we get a chance to go out to dinner, 9 out of 10 times we choose to go to Jax. This last time we took our kids and they have a great kids menu. The food is always excellent and the service always friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate