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About Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar- Boulder
Jax Fish House in Boulder works tirelessly to bring fresh caught seafood and fine coastal food to the surrounding landlocked community. The dining experience at Jax Fish House focuses on sustainable seafood when choosing who to partner with to provide guests only the freshest seafood. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner with dining options that include bar seating, tables and a chef's counter.
The menu at Jax Fish House is dependent on market availability as all of the seafood used in house is flown in daily from one of the coasts. Guests favorites include hot oysters in three different flavors, green curry mussels and the sinker sampler platter with East Coast oysters, green lip mussels, peel n' eat shrimp, snow and king crab and lobster.
Boulder, CO 80302
Seafood, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Hours of Operation:
Open for Dinner Nightly at 4:00pm.
Happy Hour Daily from 4:00pm-6:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have unmatched access to the freshest seafood on the planet and the deepest bench of hospitalitarians, shuckers, bartenders and chefs, either side of anywhere. Let us come to your next event and throw-down with FRESH and delicious in a way that your guests will never forget. You supply the space and the guests and we will bring the delicious! All we need is your address and we’ll take care of the rest.
There are two parking garages within a two block radius of our location and street parking is also available.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar- Boulder Ratings and Reviews
Jax Fish House is our go-to restaurant when we desire seafood in Boulder. This time we reserved an early table (reservations are a must) before going to a Boulder Phil performance at Mackey. Jax never disappoints us. We started with bowls of pumpkin bisque (my wife) and the gumbo. Both were excellent. (No surprise!) My wife ordered the Arctic Char and I had White Sea Bass. Both were prepared and presented perfectly, and delivered timely by our attentive and friendly waitress. We washed the food down with a very good Laurent Sauvignon Blanc. Since we had time for desert, we shared a very tasty key lime pie, which isn't always easy to find in Boulder. It was the real deal. The manager checked in with us a couple times to ensure that everything was to our satisfaction, which it was.
The review item that requests checking all virtues that apply is misleading in several respects. One option is to check Local Ingredients, but if the restaurant is landlocked, thousands of miles from an ocean, and specializes in fish, most customers would prefer eating fresh food flown in on a regular basis. My wife and I are included in this class. Jax has splendid fresh seafood well prepared and served, a creative menu of many choices, and excellent service by servers with a healthy sense of humor. The elegant desert on the house was welcome as well. We are strong fans of Jax, anniversary dinner or not!
I visit Jax every time we are in Boulder, it’s a favorite. I finally had my husband with and so excited for him to try it. Our waiter was the worst it wasn’t even a very busy night and he was shockingly inattentive and basically unaware. One member of our party ordered a second drink and another said I’m out I think I will get and hesitated and he simply walked away. The food was not up to standards this night either. I will go back but this time it was lacking and a waste of money.
We always enjoy the happy hour oyster menu, it is possible to get both raw and fried for a slight increase in price, so ask. the fried are great! jaxs is very well run and serviced restaurant and staff is excellent and well trained. Happy hour food menu is a very good value. Enjoy!
My daughter and I went to "kick off" the holidays and we had a lovely dinner together. Happy hour menu is amazing - we ordered from dinner and happy hour menu and we were both very happy with our meal and service. The calamari was phenomenal! We can't wait to go back.
First time st Jax and it was a terrific experience. From the start, with our server, the warmth of the staff and the passion for their work was evident.
We were told it was a great place for seafood. Coming from the NE before moving to Colorado, we missed the availablility of good seafood. Jax fill this void.
Preparation was excellent, unique combinations of ingredients, beautiful presentation, and wonderful flavors.
We are already planning a return visit.
Jax is superb. When you think about it, Jax is Oyster Central in that the oysters are all traveling about the same distance and time to Jax but from all over the US and Canada.
Our special was a over peppered but was taken care of on the bill. All previous entrees were spot on. A serious treat all round.
Cramped, crowded seating in a small brick room covered with crayon graffiti. Other diners' butts in your face whenever getting up, sitting down. Older customers required physical assistance to get out of their tight seat. Reminiscent of an airplane. Could hear diner next to me better than my date. I would be afraid to order crab here for fear of spraying neighbors when cracking shells. 15 minutes to get waters. Slow food delivery, 15-25 minutes to get apps and small plates once ordered. A bit too much head on the draft beers. Waiter explaining their Korean "butterfish" dish mentioned it was escolar. Denied or did not know it is often used as a counterfeit tuna in cheap sushi. Wikipedia entry on escolar says it all. And this is a seafood house? Two beers, two cocktails, bread, half dozen oysters, 1/2 lb shrimp, one crabcake, calamari = $110. It is higher-quality seafood in Colorado, though. Just wish it wasn't like an overpriced city bus with slow service.
I would absolutely recommend Jax Fish House to anyone! I love this place. The service and food are both fabulous! On our last visit, our waiter gave my husband his cocktail on the house because it was his birthday - so wonderful! The only complaint I've ever had was the last time we were there. My son ordered the kids' fish and chips meal. It came with 2 very small pieces of fish. I mentioned this to my waiter and he kindly brought out a bit more fish for my son. Truly great service! Our family uses any excuse to head over to Jax. :)
The food and the service were excellent and the pricing was reasonable however it would seem that the kitchen might be under staffed as it took almost forever and a day to finally get food. Mostly that's not an issue for us bet we had actually made a fairly early reservation in order to be certain to make it to our concert in plenty of time and as it turned out we barely made it by the skin of our teeth.
We had been to the Jax Fish house in Denver. Which was very good. So we were thinking that the Jax in Boulder would have come close. Boy were we wrong. The drinks were very weak and very very small, my husbands and daughters fish dishes were overcooked. My son-in-law and I had the lobster sandwich. It was ok but not great. Overall we left very disappointed. For a pricey place I really would expect everything you order is perfect. I know we will not go back.
As coastal residents, we were a bit suspicious of a seafood restaurant in the mountains. (Sorry Jax, we're late to the party.) But....the great reviews and "being away from home all summer cravings" overrode the misgivings. Good decision! Every bite of every dish was scrumptious. We chose NS raw oysters from about 15 varieties offered, seared halibut with a tasty succotash of heirloom squash and corn, spicy braised collards and warm sourdough bread with honey butter. Perfection! And the service was topnotch - on a Friday evening with every table and bar seat full. There's a reason the line is out the door. It's so good.
Although it's pretty loud, Jax was a great experience. We had a fantastic meal and service. I had the scallops special, which included wasabi mashed potatoes and some scallops served tempura style. It was magnificent. We also had great house cocktails, and reasonable drink prices.
Excellent chowder! Over-priced oysters that were too rinsed. Bread should not be charged--especially a mediocre serving of such. Very loud establishment, but they do cram in too many tables and everyone is far too close to their neighbor for comfort. Nice decor. Fresh snow crab and it was delicious. The wine list is good but prices jacked up waaay to much. We will give this place more opportunities to shine, but will sit at the bar for some breathing room.
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