Blue Island Oyster Bar - Denver

4.7
1887 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We’re more than oysters - we’re Denver's best seafood restaurant! Our approach is to create honest food and drinks, served in a comfortable, casual environment. The restaurant’s culture is inspired by memories of growing up in coastal towns with families of oyster farmers and fishermen. Like them, we strive to bring you superb hospitality and delicious food with a commitment to the freshest seafood at reasonable prices. To ensure this commitment of quality, we’ve partnered with Chris Quartuccio of Blue Island Shellfish Farms in Long Island, NY to bring you nearly daily shipments of seasonal oysters and seafood, offering favorites such as Steamed Mussels, Lobster Rolls, Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes, and fish like halibut, Icelandic cod, and salmon, to name a few. Our food items are complemented by a well-rounded bar menu with craft cocktails, a great wine list, and a thoughtful beer selection.

Offers

  • Shuck Mondays with 99¢ Oysters

    Multiple dates available

    Mon 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tue - Fri 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM

    Enjoy fresh, premium oysters for 99¢ - all day, every Monday!
  • Half-Priced Bottles of Wine

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Fri 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM

    Enjoy our full list of wines by the bottle at 50% Off every Tuesday from open to close. Dine-in only.
  • Voted Cherry Creek's Best Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Fri 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM

    Join us daily 2-6pm for oysters, clams, mussels, tacos, sliders, small plates starting at $1.49. Mules, Cocktails and Martinis for $6.99, and Half of Wine by the Glass!
  • Sunday Funday Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 11:30 AM - 3:45 PM

    Enjoy fresh oysters, clams, mussels, tacos, sliders, and small plates from $1.49. $6.99 Mules, Cocktails and Martinis, and 40% Off All Wines by the Glass!
  • Collect 500 bonus points

    Tue - Thu 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 1:15 PM - 1:15 PM, 7:45 PM - 8:30 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1887 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love their food. The service is always great.

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CharlieT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Swordfish Paella-- awesome dish, high quality mussels and swordfish

Surf and turf salad-- tender skirt steak and shrimp make for a great salad.

Love the Good Thyme cocktail-- have it everytime!!

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vipJanel
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Fabulous cocktails. You could taste the love they put in their food & drinks!

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vipSteveP
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters, clam chowder and lobster roll excellent!

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vipGwenG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

These guys know what they are doing. Amazing food, great drinks and a stellar service.

BM
BobM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I dined with my family and everyone said their dish was excellent.

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liv4wine
Denver
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is outstanding and the happy hour is well worth getting dinner on the early side. The oysters are as fresh as I have ever eaten and my guest said the shrimp cocktail was outstanding. My husband had the blood orange olive oil cake for dessert and said it was divine. As with all restaurants, they are short on servers, so it took longer than in the past to place orders, get drinks and the tab, but they were hustling! It would have been nice to be at a booth to get some quieting effects, but overall outstanding!

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Katie
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and Food excellent. Unfortunately, the noise level of conversation at the booth next to us was so loud and profane that we had trouble hearing ourselves talk. It negatively affected our experience. Next time we go, we will request a different area in which to sit.

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MoniqueR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was wonderful! We were celebrating two birthdays and they made it very special.

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vipSeekingExcellence
Denver
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious and reliably fresh. Tuesday half-price wine bottles are a wonderful delight. Service is impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious and we love $1 oyster day! Such a good deal.

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Phresh
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great from the moment we walked in. It was later on a Sunday night so pretty quiet. We sat in a booth in the bar area. A female bartender took care of us. (I wish I could remember her name!) she was knowledgeable and friendly.
Our food was super fresh and delicious. Love the curry mussels. My companion got the lobster roll and really enjoyed it. I usually prefer chocolate but that key lime pie was amazing!

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Awesomeness
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequent Blue Island & it has always been an amazing experience!

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vipJankoss
Denver
256 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food was fantastic. The service was excellent. We’re huge foodies and it exceeded our expectations!!

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Meghan
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best seafood especially in Colorado but better than even some places on the coast. We've been a couple of times and it never disappoints.

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vipjudym
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Dinner before the symphony. Fabulous food. Fresh and great quick service. It was a little crowded and subsequently noisy

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vipMBennett
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time & we will definitely be back! The service was outstanding & the food was some of the best we’ve had in Denver! We will be back very soon with everyone we know!

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Catherine
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious drinks, oysters, entrees, and dessert. Service was amazing, and everyone working we encountered was friendly and professional. Will definitely go back!

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vipBerryM
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Blue Island continues to have the freshest, firmest oysters in town. They have a wide range of East coast offerings, that offers a variety of choices. Service can be inconsistent, however, always friendly. They offer daily specials to the already extensive menu. A Cherry Creek North favorite.

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Happydiner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is always excellent and servers and bartenders are efficient and friendly. Highly recommend the curry mussels--unique and delicious! If you're looking for good seafood (or just good food in general), you should definitely go here! Great happy hour deals and cocktails as well.

DH
DaniH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little spendy, but worth it!! The food is delicious! Perfect place for a date night! But they have an amazing happy hour! Try the Thai calamari.

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JamesA
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ashleigh was fabulous in service and personality! We will be back!

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vipCeleste
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the oysters!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy this experience.

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Grides
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Fries with fish and chips were cold/ Chilean Sea with Thai noodles not worthy of $45 price tag. However they have great happy hour prices on wine. Our service was very good, we liked the vibe ... not sure we will be back.

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RobertD
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and loved their oyster selection. The Sea Bass was tops and delicious.

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vipFlaca
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! One of my favorite restaurants!

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ElenaP
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Island Oyster Bar is our favorite restaurant. Consistently great food and service, great drinks and fabulous happy hour. Wait staff is exceptional. Always a great experience here and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lobster portions on the $36 lobster roll were anemic. Ordered their surf and turf salad and skirt steak we requested medium rare and was overcooked. Was an ok meal but not a great value.

JM
JaytonM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great but the music was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk being less than 2 feet away from each other.

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vipKdines
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We booked a table for a birthday here. but they don't seem to notice that this is the guest's birthday. they arranged for us 1 last dining table, right next to the kitchen, traveling a lot, very inconvenient. I think they should at least have a table that can take some nice pictures for us. The food is normal, nothing special, the service is too busy, so it seems that the service is not very enthusiastic. I asked them to take pictures for my family but one of the staff said they were busy and didn't help. In general, if I want to come back here and recommend it to others, I won't.

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MichaelB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall it was pretty good. The oysters were a little on the small side, but it is a land-locked state. I think we timed our visit pretty well, as an hour later it got pretty crowded.

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Scottstew
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely some of the best food (and best happy hour) in Denver. Love this place!

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DonN
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! We had 2 Happiest Hour martinis - Elderberry and a Gin martini w a twist of lemon. Along with the martinis we had 12 oysters @ 99cents/oyster / Ahi Tuna Taco / Fried Fish Slider / Clam plate off the regular menu. Everything was delicious, but the tuna in the Ahi Tuna Taco and all else in it was lost in the being over sauced. The sauce tasted great - but that's not why one gets an Ahi Tuna Taco.

I think Blue Island Oyster need to rethink that taco for a more balanced flavor profile.

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vipFrequentFlyer
Denver
149 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Colorado for Fresh Seafood! We love the selection of fresh oysters. We ordered ​the "Shucker's Choice" oysters at happy hour. They were delicious! We also enjoyed the fried shrimp plate. The plump, large shrimp were perfectly fried, accompanied by crispy french fries and tasty coleslaw.
We also ordered the favorite crispy fish slider with coleslaw.
Brooke delivered our perfectly made drinks -- an Old Fashioned, and a glass of white Bordeaux as soon as we were seated.
We 're regulars because of the wonderful variety of fresh seafood, the efficient and friendly staff, and the fun ambiance! From the minute you are greeted warmly at the door, it just gets better!

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Gary or DianeP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner. The oysters were exceptionally delish!!!

CG
vipCharlieG
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were truly phenomenal. The appetizers and entrees weee amazing and the Cherry Creek Mule was great. A wonderful evening.

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Kimchi
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The food was good and the service was very good. The restaurant was too loud for my tastes. I'd go back but not on a night where I want a peaceful dinner. It was also odd to me that on Christmas Eve they were out of several types of wine.

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You can order delivery directly from Blue Island Oyster Bar - Denver using the Order Online button. Blue Island Oyster Bar - Denver also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 333-2462.

Blue Island Oyster Bar - Denver is rated 4.7 stars by 1887 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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