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
116 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)neighborhood gem (54)special occasion (53)hot spot (42)vibrant bar scene (40)romantic (22)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Great Boulder Seafood Happy Hour
    southpas4
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    During happy hour, great prices on quality seafood in an upscale yet casual and fun setting. Regular menu features quality seafood at moderate+ prices. Great atmosphere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service
    Pedz
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    If you want seafood, you can't go wrong with Jax Fish House. There was also a very good selection of fresh oysters to choose from the menu. The wait staff was very professional and knowledgable of the the menu. Very good overall experience. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit of an off night for food
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Jax is ALWAYS a favorite for us, and remains so. This time around though, I ordered the Swordfish and it was "just OK." We've grown accustomed to everything from Jax being "a cut above", so we'd have to chalk this up to an off night. We'll be back again and again, anyway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great food and service. It's a small place, the tables are close together and close to the bar. It was very busy and noisy, but we had a great time. Max is probably not the right spot for a quiet dinner or large group, but it's an energetic atmosphere and fun. I'll go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small, energetic, restaurant--domin
    RichVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    small, energetic, restaurant--dominated by a raw bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a real treat
    loulou
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    wonderful for special occasions - but we really want to visit more often - the fried oysters were a special treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A boulder gem
    Oceanblue
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We love Jax and it's been a favorite for years. We took family there for a special birthday dinner and specifically for the Sunday special. For anyone who is gluten free, dairy free you can feel safe at Jax. They were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service - great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Our server was on point. The peel and eat shrimp were amazing. My husband loved his crab trio. I enjoyed my meal as well and the pino Gris on tap!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it...
    Musthaveshrimp
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our experience started out great when we sat at the bar to wait for our table.We should have stayed there. The bar staff was great and very welcoming. Not even close to how our server made us feel. After we were sat, we waited 7 minutes before he came by and told us he'd be right with us. Three minutes later he came back to ask if we were ready to order. He did not ask if we'd been there before nor did offer any insight to the menu. We ordered the shrimp and steak options from the preset menu. And while the food was good, the portion size wouldn't have been enough to satisfy a small child. It's a shame because I heard some great things about Jax. Unfortunately they didn't reign true, we left unhappy and hungry.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • UM
    someone
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The cost on Valentine's day was simply just not worth the food. The food was disappointing. We were placed so close to other people that it was like we were on a date with two other couples when there were other tables we could've been seated at. ETC. Just not a good experience, and if you're going to charge $55 per person, than it should be one heck of a meal! It was cold, and basic. Nothing extraordinary. We will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Sorry to say I thought the food was overpriced and the ambience was Nonexistent the tables were very close together and do not allow for any privacy
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    wellspolyproVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Dined at Jax 3-4 times, consistently great food with the exception of their fried calamari this last time. The fried calamari was not up their standards. That said, the oysters were wonderful and the Spanish Mackerel was exceptional. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Been going to Jax since they opened. Never disappointed, great service, reasonably fresh sea foods (for Colorado), excellent presentation. Good happy hour, always a busy place. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a wonderful time- service
    debltVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had a wonderful time- service and food were all excellent- so nice to have fresh seafood in Colorado.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ah-mazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food was superb. The service was excellent, and the price was perfect. Will DEFINITELY be coming back, and bringing as many people with me as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem
    Walls87
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Wow. I really special seafood restaurant with both exceptional cocktails and wine to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    LaurenB
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I took my boyfriend to Jax Boulder to celebrate his birthday, and love of seafood, and knew they would not disappoint. Everything we ordered was amazing (Handsome Mark's breads & spreads, fried calamari, oysters, clam chowder, Jax crab trio, Maine lobster roll and Jax keylime pie). Yes I know...that's a lot of food for two people. But we loved every bite of it! Chef Krill is always doing cool, innovative and delicious stuff on the menu and we'll be back time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fixed menu was too unusual
    Mary
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    When we booked this table on Open Table, there was no mention that there was only the pre-set menu available with a table reservation & when the restaurant called to confirm our reservation, this was not mentioned. We have eaten here once before & it garners very good reviews, but we found the pre-set menu to have much too exotic of combinations for our taste. The best thing was the dessert & the "Garden" salad. The monkfish special had such a small portion of the fish! It was a very expensive meal that we did not enjoy to the fullest.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Bad, Could Be Better
    Nenachan
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The last several times we've gone to Jax our experience has been less than stellar. 2 outings, including the NYE dinner, were special occasions and the food and service were just okay. The portion size of the salmon was from the set meal was laughable, not even enough to feed a small child. Even for a multi-course meal, it was very small. A previous lobster dinner special also turned out to be tiny portions compared to the amount of money spent. NYE was of course very chaotic and busy and service was not what it could have been, however, for the money spent, we expected much more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday NIght
    JimT
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    From the very beginning, Jax once again did not disappoint. We were greeted enthusiastically by the hostess, and seated promptly, Our waitress, Candace, was polite, engaged and helpful throughout the entire night, and always there when we needed her without hovering. We enjoyed our conversations with her immensely. The food was outstanding, as usual. The steelhead was perfectly cooked, and the lentils were outstanding--one of the best side dishes I have eaten. Our friend's ahi was perfected seared to a medium rare doneness, and I think he would have licked the plate if allowed. Once again, JAX proved itself to be the finest fish house in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still a fun spot to eat really well
    Anon
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Whenever I am in Boulder, I plan in a Jax evening. Love the food and atmosphere. Creative menu, creative-swank bistro decor, and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    boulderexplorer
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Jax Fish House is always outstanding. Food is fresh, delicious and creative. Service always attentive and professional. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    laurie
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We love Jax and go every time my parents come to town. Dishes are creatively put together and taste delicious, especially the fish/shellfish dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Go Back
    boulderfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    My wife and I, and another couple, dined at Jax in Boulder on a recent Friday night. My wife and I had eaten there only once before - about five years ago - and were not all that impressed. However, this time was different. My wife had trout and I had swordfish. Both were excellent and we agree that we've been missing something by not frequenting Jax more often. The wine list might not be called "notable," but it was quite adequate and matched our entrées perfectly. Jax is noisy on Friday nights, especially in the bar area. It's a "happy" noise, but it does make it difficult to carry on a conversation if you are seated near by. There probably isn't much that can be done about this as it simply shows Jax's popularity with locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Engagements
    TitoClan
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My group was celebrating a pair of engagements. We had a reservation and were sat promptly after arriving. Our waiter seemed pretty busy so we didn't seem him too much, but, he was polite and helpful when ordering. The food and drink came out fairly quickly and was quite good. The chocolate cake was very good as well. Overall, we had a nice experience celebrating at Jax Fish House. A word of warning, the menu pricing is on the higher end for Boulder. That said, the quality and presentation of the various dishes did give the feeling that the money spent was mostly worth it. While the experience was good, this is a place we'll probably save for special occasions or happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.