Jax Fish House - Boulder
Jax Fish House - Boulder

Jax Fish House - Boulder

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jaxfishhouse.com/boulder
  • Phone: 3034441811x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm
    Happy Hour: Everyday 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shelia Lucero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: The Jax Roving Raw Bar!
    We have unmatched access to the freshest, most responsibly sourced seafood on the planet. Our talented team of expert shuckers will recreate the magic and energy of the Jax Raw Bar experience anywhere you want it. Go to www.jaxboulder.com/party or call 303.444.1811 to book your event today!
  • Special Events: CRAB BOIL @ JAX!!
    Reserve your space on our patio (weather permitting) or in our dining room for our abundant ‘East meets South’ crab boil.

    Fresh Dungeness & Snow Crab
    Shrimp, Andouille, Seasonal Veg & Potatoes

    $39 per person for nearly 3lbs of grub!
    Add more crab for just $12.

    Available for groups of 4-16
    Reservations must book 24 hours in advance:
    call 303.444.1811

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are two parking garages within a two block radius of our location and street parking is also available.
A word from Jax Fish House - Boulder
Consistently voted to the “Best of” Awards of Boulder and Denver, for 17 years Jax has served up the finest and freshest the ocean has to offer to the masses that squeeze into the packed Pearl street hotspot. Prepare yourself for the welcoming, yet wild vibe that has set JAX apart from all the rest.
The famous Raw Bar offers up to a dozen different varieties of oysters nightly as well as clams, chilled crabs and lobsters, all flown in daily. Don’t miss the world famous, only at Jax - Emersum Oyster. Behind the scenes, Chef de Cuisine Alex Krill creates innovative entrees that capture the essence of fresh fish and local and organic produce.
The lively, upbeat bar run by Mixologist Devlin Kaplan is home to Boulder’s best martinis, an outstanding wine list and an often changing menu of local micro-brews
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Jax Fish House - Boulder reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)special occasion (59)neighborhood gem (48)hot spot (41)vibrant bar scene (37)romantic (23)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (9)good for groups (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Great food, great service!
    Karens328
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Despite being a half hour early for our reservation, we were seated promptly by a friendly hostess. Parking and a sudden downpour made getting there a challenge but it proved worthwhile! Our waitress recommended a great white wine and everyone enjoyed their entree. The calamari appetizer was outstanding as we're the crab legs and lobster roll. We split 3 desserts and agreed the portion of gelato was skimpy but the key lime pie and snickers "cake" more than made up for it. Loved Jax!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    23rdStudiosVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Not much to say, if you're looking for a place to get awesome food and the best Calamari you'll ever find anywhere then Jax's is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish in the Mountains
    RedinkVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is simply a great seafood restaurant, prices are on the high side, but we are in the mountains. The oysters were fresh and not slimy as they are in some places. There are some very good wines on the list and the choice of seafood is very nice. This would be a good seafood restaurant on the coasts, but it is here in Boulder. The one here is smaller than the one in denver, but just as good. If you like seafood, you must try Jax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    WhyDoINeedToHaveANickname
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I've been coming to Jax for almost 20 years and have never been disappointed. Not only was the food typically wonderful, the hostess was able to shift around a reservation so my party could have a special table. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artfully Prepared and Presented
    Sarafina
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We visited Jax on a whim, being tourists to Denver and knowing nothing about the restaurant. Our server was very warm and friendly and clearly was well versed on the menu and the ingredients. High points were the calamari appetizer, especially due to the unique sauces served as opposed to the typical marinara. I ordered the swordfish, which was cooked perfectly and the fingerling potatoes and creamed spinach were nice accompaniments. My sister ordered the salmon, which was beautifully presented in a tomato broth. While she liked the salmon, she isn't a tomato fan, so that probably wasn't the best choice for her. The star was the halibut, with citrus foam - a gorgeous dish and quite delicious. The portions aren't huge, but satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Montrachet
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My friend had never been to Jax and was thrilled with the service, the excellent meal, the fuss made over her for her birthday. A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Evening
    willrunforfood
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My husband and I ate at Jax for my birthday this year, and it was a fabulous evening. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly, and once they found out it was my birthday, they all came by to wish me a happy one. The food was truly outstanding, from the oysters to the snickers cake dessert. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Just about everthing about our dinner at Jax on Saturday night was exceptional! Excellent service by Jason and his back-up crew, and the food was so good it was hard to stop eating! The only drawback was that we were placed right at the kitchen door, which was a bit distracting. Next time I will request a different table when we make the reservation - AND there will be a next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 598 reviews are from the Jax Fish House - Boulder reviews archive.
  • Favorite local restaurant
    bouldergrazer
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Consistently excellent dishes, delicious flavors, beautifully presented, with superb service and a fun atmosphere. This is our favorite way to treat ourselves. A meal at Jax helps remind you that Life is Good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, very good service!
    mz0623
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Little on the expensive side, but for what they are offering it really isn't too bad. Ahi tuna seared/raw with wassabi, bread with honey lavender butter, swordfish, drinks, and a side for $100. All fabric, presented gourmet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic seafood
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We tried Jax based on a review I read. It exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious and creative. Not your run of the mill seafood. The calamari and the mussels are to die for. The Ono is a must if available. The key lime pie can't be beat. All this and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced dishes, weak drinks
    ZachM
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Waited over 10mins to be even greeted by our server, not a good sign. Ordered the crab cake the start off with which was disappointingly portioned given the high price. For dinner, my wife had the lobster roll which consisted of a small amount of lobster surrounded by bread and chips. Cheap carbs and carbs. I had the blackened catfish with a spicy char served on top of house made sweet cornbread. The catfish was overshadowed by the monstrous slice of cornbread, so more cheap carbs here. For the taste and atmosphere, there are many other superior establishments in Boulder if you're looking for upscale, gourmet offerings. First and only time eating here; we will definitely not be back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service.
    13bites
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The good Food - excellent choices and experience all around Service - all were very kind friendly and attentive. Experience - environment was fun and enjoyable. The space is small but they squeeze in what they can so the atosphere is full of energy. The bad Environment - not real cozy or private if you are looking for a place to take a date. Happy hour - looks great but make sure you are early. It fills up! It's a good sign of a good happy hour though. I hope to catch it early next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Mother's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We go to Jax's a lot and this Mother's day did not disappoint. Best seafood east of Maryland (which is where we are from).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A celebration Meal
    Partyof3
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    After two decades living in Boulder and never getting, they opened reservation potential and Voila..What a great evening. Food, wine, service ambiance were terrific! Too many great menu items to choose from. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jax was GREAT
    KatieMVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We had a great dinner at Jax. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and full of great suggestions. One of the hosts/managers came over and shared his extensive knowledge on oysters, which was fun for the four college kids with us to learn about. Two guests had the lobster roll and one kept sighing happily as he ate noting,"This is the best meal I have ever had in my life." They ran out of two entrees we ordered, but there were so many other delicious choices, no one cared! Jax goes to the top of our list---we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Doesnt live up to the hype
    Lisa
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Jax was okay...service was spotty and food left a lot to be desired. Two people at our table ordered the lobster roll and there were only 3 small pieces of lobster in the sandwich, it was pretty much all lettuce and bread. I ordered the crab legs, which were good. The other person was a vegeterian and had planned to order two vegetable side dishes, but our waiter offered to alter one of the fish dishes and remove the fish and add more veggies - which sounded like a great idea until we got the bill and they charged the same amount just without the fish...just didnt seem like the "right" thing to do on the restaurants part. The location is cool and restaurant has a great feel, but I left very underwhelmed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best seafood in boulder
    Pickifoodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Fresh oysters are a must. We had a variety of small plates and everything was delicious. We had a Thai mussel curry and the mussels were the largest and tastiest that I have ever had. Apoarently they are wild caught off the coast of Maine and air expressed daily.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as alway
    23rdStudiosVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Don't know how many reviews we can leave of this place, it's pretty awesome.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood but a bit overpriced
    Cslikas
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The menue and service are great and very geared to fresh seafood. If you want a great selection of fish Jax is where to go but be sure to have a reservation, even for happy hour. Their house infused vodkas are great and IF you can snag one if two tables on the patio for happy hour be sure to try an infused vodka with lemonade and done oysters. ( hint- if you really want oysters but don't want to pay as much hit up Boulder Cafe at happy hour, they have their oysters delivered by the same company and are half the price and if you want Caviar try the Kitchen Upstairs for similar reasons) I would not recommend it for groups with small children because it is a small and tight resturant with limited space for high chairs ect.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    HossBoss
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and wanted to try some where new. The food was excellent, the staff very knowledgeable and attentive. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blu Nose
    MMJJ
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We went for blu nose Tuesday and it did not disappoint. Loved how they do it with the green curry coconut sauce. We were worried when they called it the new nose ( loved the old preparation ) but it was very similar and delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinowrangler
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great food. Service a but slow. Would definitely go back. Lobster roll was excellent
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    foodappreci8r
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We had a really good dinner. But, there is always a but. The portions were smallish. Our server told us our special was accompanied by a radish salad. The radish salad turned out to be maybe a radish with small bits of greens. The fish was excellent and fresh. However, we all thought the food, though good, was very expensive. Will we go back? Probably not.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud for pleasant dining
    jimtodine
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The noise level choice for too loud given is energetic. Sorry but it was not energetic, it was simply too loud and the low frequency boom, boom, boom does nothing for the quality of dining there. Are you afraid of giving your reviewers a choice called "too loud"? I suspect so otherwise you would have offered it. Jim Faller
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always love this place!
    barbieinco
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    food was excellent- had the baramundi special and my husband had the crab- delicious!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jax is great!
    cristiVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    LOVE Jax - requested a special table for our anniversary and staff not only accommodated, they took extra special care of us all night! Food is fab as usual.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just damn good
    2Awesomeness
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Jaxs is just a damn good. Consistent each and every time food is absolutely amazing, service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jax never disappoints - 5 stars!
    Ames
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Boulder. Went here recently to celebrate my husband's birthday and successful thesis defense. The ahi tuna was the best I've ever had (somehow I realized that I'd never ordered it here before). The service was amazing as was our server, who even remembered us from past dining experiences there (it's been a little while since we've been there too!). This place is always 5 stars and never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service, Great Food
    Jenny
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal w/excellent service on a very busy Sat nite. We arrived earlier than our reservation, but the friendly hostess was able to figure out how to seat us immediately. Atmosphere was lively,w/soft lighting,&exposed brick walls. Although we didn't try the oysters,I was impressed with the selection.Worth having is the calamari appetizer.Pieces were tender&had great flavor.Unfortunately the kitchen forgot to make a side dish, but again the restaurant excelled in service-both our savvy waiter&his partner were very apologetic, informing me immediately that the dish would be comp'd. Cauliflower arrived shortly&was worth waiting for.I would definitely recommend Jax.They sincerely care about the atmosphere, food&service they provide.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Food and Service
    FoodTravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Have eaten at JAX many times and it has never failed to deliver a wonderful experience. Do not think that because you are in Colorado that you cannot get fresh seafood. This is as good as it gets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Happy hour
    23rdStudiosVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Jaxs is one of our favorite places to eat. The food is always consistent and the oysters are always fresh. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick bit or a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hot spot for seafood
    SarahtoninVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We chose to eat at Jax Fish House during our recent trip to Boulder. It was very energetic and fun. Enjoyed the wine list. The main course dishes were received intensive preparation with a careful and pleasant presentation. Deserts were great. Portions were a little slim.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • now they charge for bread!
    boulderann
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We've loved Jax from Day 1. It's our go-to for birthday dinners, and they are very generous with birthday celebrants. Love the happy hour. All that said, i was surprised to note on this visit that they charge for bread. Just 2 bucks, but still...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boulder's Best Fish House
    boulderfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I had an early dinner at Jax before going to the Boulder Phil concert. We had mixed opinions about our food. My wife started with the seafood chowder (excellent) and swordfish (okay) and I had calamari (good) and monkfish w/ramen noodles (excellent). We had a bottle of sauvignon blanc that matched well with both of our meals. My wife felt the swordfish was a bit dry and the sauce it was in had a flavor she found off-putting. Jax is extremely busy, especially during happy hour and the noise level is fairly high. Still, it's the "happy" noise of people having a good time. Jax offers the best fish options in Boulder and anyone in the mood for seafood is well advised to go to Jax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hooray for Oyster Month
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    East Coast oysters were delicious, and a fantastic bargain. Steelhead tartare was exceptional, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very tasty and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was very tasty and the fish fresh (waitress said it had been flown in that day). Portions a bit small and they now charge for the bread before dinner. Other than that, it was a great experience and lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way overpriced
    averyDog
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This place is a bar. While there are a few tables scattered around the bar, which takes up half the entire area, the general atmosphere is of a bar. Do not expect the ambience of a restaurant and if you're looking for a romantic spot, this is definitely not that place. As far as the overpriced food goes, it struck me as rather ordinary. I recommend the crab, which they can boil with the best of them. Just make sure you specifically ask for a King Crab leg, as opposed to a claw or you could find yourself berated by your server. My wife said the swordfish was good. I tasted a bite and it seemed overcooked to me. My brother had the $25, six inch lobster roll, which he seemed to enjoy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Fat Tuesday
    DennaB
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Wonderful as always. We have made it a Fat Tuesday tradition. 5 years now, and it is always super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    EatDrinkandBeJerry
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Always has an innovated twist on the best seafood on pearl street
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic