Blue Island Oyster Bar - Denver

4.7
1806 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 1806 people are saying
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NinaK
Denver
24 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Great evening! Great food, drinks and service!
We’ll be back!

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liv4wine
Denver
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met friends to celebrate the contract on their house. Enjoyed the happy hour menu immensely! Outstanding oysters. Wonderful salmon sliders, fried clams, skinny fries and blood orange olive cake for dessert! The blood orange margarita is to die for!

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trixie
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a yummy dinner to celebrate a birthday. Although we have been here before, it was surprising how empty the place was. Server was awesome and fish was excellent.

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MilaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and drinks! It was a special occasion so we didn't mind the price tag but wouldn't be able to do it often. Service could have been more attentive but the food was amazing enough that we all walked away very happy.

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vipDocMom
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Appreciated the extra effort by our server to provide a comfortable outdoor patio experience.

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vipMichael
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Monday night dollar oysters, yum. Service was quite slow considering nothing we ordered required cooking.

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NewmanM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ate outside and were plenty warm because of the heat lamps. It was a really enjoyable evening. The $0.99 oysters were a plus for the Monday night special. I had a lobster roll and it was very good. My husband had two dozen oysters that he enjoyed. I recommend the clam chowder.

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vipLuv2golf
Denver
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I dine here at least monthly, & often order the Elderflower Basil Martini. I asked to have it extra cold. When it arrived it was barely cold & the smallest portion I’ve ever received. When I pointed out to our waiter, noting other martinis being served,he shrugged & said he ordered it cold. I asked if they could address, & when it came back it was cold & watered down. Ultimately the food was good, I ordered wine & he took off the bill. I appreciated this courtesy but the waiters attitude was disappointing. I’ll return & hope the staff gets a bit more training.

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ArchCross
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely lovely evening made all the better with Katherine as our server! Starting with a dozen of your oysters, we enjoyed the sword fish and salmon Oscar - perfect!

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RobertC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James Bushart is amazing, we really appreciated the personal attention

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RR60
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. We got a variety of surf-turf and all was delicious. Service fast and friendly.

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BabS
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour menu and service were absolutely great. Thanks to our server Paul.

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SamanthaC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my partner’s birthday and our server made the meal feel so special for us! She treated us to a dessert on the house and helped me pull off a surprise at the end of the meal. The manager also checked in on us and even offered to take our picture. I couldn’t have asked for better service and hospitality :)

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vipLindaG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the food and service superb. The mussels are fresh and tasty. I had the Chilean Bass and it was done to perfection. We can't wait to go back.

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retiredprofessor
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service excellent as always. So noisy had to shout to hear each other. Too many high tables now. Lower ones the most comfortable by far. We were lucky to get the last one.

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BrendaR
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great raw seafood bar!!

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TylerK
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food was excellent, drinks were good., service was timely.. Roasted oysters were very fresh and was very impressed with their sea bass entree. The bill got expensive but all expectations were exceeded so I'm happy to spend double compared to red lobster or other inferior sea food restaurants. This place is definitely worth the price!

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Janeesi
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here to celebrate our wedding/elopement on the day of (wedding dress and all) because it's our favorite restaurant. They made our experience so special! We were welcomed with excellent service and excellent food and drinks-- Best. Seafood. Ever! Coming from a pair of Southern Californians, these are the tastiest fish tacos we've ever had. We love the ambience here and the staff is so friendly, helpful, and personable. Thank you for kicking our marriage off to a great start!

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GioiaC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

These people really know fish and how to prepare it. Best seafood I've had in all the many many years I've lived in Denver.

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was wonderful.
Made us fell welcome from the moment we stepped in.

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Debi
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was fully occupied, very busy, yet service was terrific and the food was served, still hot and delicious. Plus the hostess gave those of us whose tables were very close more room by turning four small tables into one larger for four, giving the other two tables more distance. Bravo Friday evening team---all were working together.

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BBQ2455
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening with a friend! The service was great, the waitress gave us great recommendations for wine! Enjoyable Happy Hour, food was awesome!

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Blue Island was great! Our waitress was very helpful and polite assisting my party, who had never tried oysters before, with recommendations. The food was superb, with very fresh oysters and seafood, and the wine that was recommended paired excellently. It was more than a bit noisy, which made conversing at the table hard, but absolutely worth it. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lauren was a phenomenal server and made our dining experience so amazing! 10/10 recommend this place!

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vipVimc
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We have been to Blue Island many times and always enjoy it. My husband almost always gets the paella, as he did this time. Even though the server was very excited that the paella included swordfish, it was disappointing and not as flavorful as it has been in the past. We'll try it again, but still disappointing. Always love the clam chowder.

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Reinelle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Our server was attentive, friendly, and recommended some great drinks. Food was delicious, but a bit overpriced. The manager came around to make sure we were happy with our orders. Can't wait to check out their happy hour.

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vipKerryF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner at Blue Island on Veterans Day. Brooke took care of us. Brooke was outstanding. Prompt, knowledgeable and pleasant. She made our evening! We started withe the Thai Calamari. It was delicious, with just the right amount of heat. The oysters, as usual, were great. We should have gotten a second dozen. I had the Lobster Roll. It's a classic. I asked for a little slaw and a little of the fries. I think they gave me a full order of each. Yes, please!. My wife had the taco plate which was also tasty. All around, we had a great dinner.

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GeorgeA
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Everything was excellent accept for the noise level was off the charts it was so loud you could not hear each other speak you could bearly hear the waiter

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating Veterans Day and the restaurant gave my husband a free entree! Amazing food and service. Will definitely be back!

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vipcookie7
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little disappointed, advertised stone crab and even gave a $10 coupon to make a reservation. Drove all the way from Boulder, because we love stone crab only to be told when we arrived there all out and having troubling getting it. I understand with all the shortage of deliveries, but they shouldn't send out emails to get people to come and don't have the product their advertising. Still love the place just dissapointed

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vipHughbeedoobee
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Great staff. Awesome oysters and other offerings. Cocktails are yummy but pricey.

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vipNiecy
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hope was such an amazing server! Great attitude and service!

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vipLarryF
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted by friendly host. Great service and fantastic lunch. What a pleasant place to dine. Can’t say enough good things about them.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Oysters were great. Food was good. Shrimp was a little over cooked but scallops were perfect. Service was just really slow. Waitress just wasn’t as attentive as we liked. Even after place emptied out it took awhile to get our check.

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vipOysterFix
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attentiveness of staff. We ordered numerous items from the happy hour menu and everything was delicious.

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vipSandraG
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Awesome food. I did call before arriving asking availability of stone crab. Was told yes. But when we ordered it was not available. Still every thing we ordered was excellent.

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JamesO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! Service was great. We had three types of oysters and they were great.

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vipImasnob
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Upon entering, Smell of fresh fish in the air was reassuring. Restaruant on a Thursday at 12:30 was 1/3 full. Hostess was very friendly and accommodating. Our server come right over. I indicated I had a coupon up front. He seemed a bit annoyed and then left it on the table for the whole meal. (If you don’t want to deal with customers redeeming coupons, don’t mail them out).

We placed cocktail orders which took way too long. The waiter came to take our food order before delivering our drinks. He said the bartender is “in the weeds”. Our drinks finally arrived and they were delicious.

Next my 6 oysters arrived. We waited 5 more minutes for my wife’s clam chowder to arrive. Both delicious. I looked over and saw the bartender was also shucking oysters. That explains the delay on drinks.

Our sandwiches and fries showed up on time and they were also yummy. Asked for the check.

Anyway, we like the food and cocktails here. We will likely go back. I just hope they can find more help.

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vipMolly
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Food: it's tough bc the oystersbwere great but we ordered the octopus for the octopus but it's so over powered by chorizo and potatoes. Plated ddly and a mirror recipe of Humboldt who's had this dish for much longer.
Service: amazing
Drinks: good wine- over priced by $3-4 a glass so for regulars the hh of 40% off is not impressive..BF wasn't impressed by the beer selection.
All in all I like Blue Island. Interested to see how the soon to be lobster bar competes

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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 1806 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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