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 Dungeness & 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:
    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
118 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (64)fit for foodies (62)vibrant bar scene (36)hot spot (34)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (17)great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (15)notable wine list (12)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Marvelous . . . BUT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We love JAX! We love your food! Your employees who are either serving or seating us always do a fantastic job! Here is my BUT . . . we consistently make reservations and then CONSISTENTLY disappointed by your inability to honor our reservation time! We don't expect to make a reservation and then get seated 45 minutes AFTER our reservation time. YTIKES! If we give you the courtesy of reserving a table - we expect the same courtesy back. :) It's just plain rude for others to NOT reserve a table and expect to stay indefinitely! And, SHAME ON YOU for rewarding this behavior. :( Maybe you could consider a reservation "policy" and give your hostesses the autonomy to ask customers to leave who are just chatting after they pay?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food and quality is always amazing! I love how the menu changes with the season too! We've always had a great experience and superb service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jax always delivers
    TBonMtnAve
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Took advantage of the Taste of Fort Collins crowds pulling people away from the restaurants. Got the open table reservation 20 minutes before arriving. They were ready for us with Great service and food. Special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    diddy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I'm not a huge fan of seafood, but my lady wanted to go there for her birthday. The service was excellent. The GM, Kristi, took time to attend to us personally, and made the best recommendations! We didn't event look at the menu. We just ordered what she recommended and it was phenomenal! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well worth the price
    Wolfbrun
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had a very attentive waiter who explained the menu to great detail. The drinks were delicious and the food was wonderful. This restaurant is on the higher end price wise but was well worth it! We enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for larger parties
    FTClocal
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Its really good food and drinks, but that being said it was annoying that we had a reservation and still had to wait about twenty minutes for our table because the previous guests weren't done eating. Which I totally get, because they don't have many options for tables over 4, but no one was really apologetic and even the waitress could have been more attentive after we were finally sat to get us back up to speed of the original reservation. We waited around to order drinks and food - she was really nice and personable, but it was slightly irritating. I will go back for Happy Hour, but doubt I will do another full meal there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    au2gold
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Jax with excellent service. They offered to let us order off the happy hour menu despite the fact it had technically finished 15 minutes before we sat down. We were given a couple extra plates of food to try including the peel and eat shrimp (where were deliciously messy) and the dynamite seafood happy hour special. Overall, it was our favorite dining experience we had while in Ft. Collins. We highly recommend for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected Adventure
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We've lived in CO for 15 years, mostly near Boulder, and always intended to visit Jax. Never got around to it. We assumed it would be a typical fish restaurant, catch of the day, a couple of preps, etc. But what a surprise! All of the food was great, from the iceberg lettuce salad to the lime pana cotta. But the catfish prep was just great. It's a sort of interesting take on "chicken and waffles", but with catfish. In fact the only weak spot was the chardonnay special which seemed like it might have been a bit oxidized. At $10 a glass, that was a bit disappointing. But it didn't spoil this great meal. It definitely won't be 15 more years to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    JakeVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food is always fresh and they do a great job with greens as well as the fish. What also helps makes Jax so good are the servers. We always get good service. Servers like Carly and Juan are always a pleasure to dine with and make it such a pleasant experience. We always look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Jax
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was very good; service pleasant but slow on a crowded night. Noise level very HIGH . Get an acoustic firm to correct this .
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic