Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder

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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 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.
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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

30th wedding anniversary dinner! Best food we’ve had in Boulder and staff very attentive. Thanks for making our day special!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, friendly and attentive waitstaff. The green curry mussels are INCREDIBLE.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! We loved it!!! All of it!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood is very fresh, food are well seasoned, bartender is very knowledgeable and great service. We even bought the gift card for our friends to come here.

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JT
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I came to celebrate her birthday, which I had indicated at the time of our reservation. We were surprised and delighted to discover a birthday card hand-signed by the staff waiting for us at our table, which I'd never experienced before--Jax really pays attention to the smallest details! We split the large order of peel-and-eat shrimp, which came with a mild mustard sauce and a hotter combo of tomato and horseradish sauce which you could mix yourself to your liking, and the pear salad, which was a tasty and unusual combination of greens, bacon, and pear. The servings were just right for this over-60 pair. We also split the key lime pie, a perfect ending to our meal. Our waitress couldn't have been more helpful and friendly, and we left feeling well-fed and taken care of. Thank you, Jax!

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BS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

By far one of the best restaurants in Boulder. The oyster bar is stocked with amazingly fresh and delicious choices of both east and west coast oysters. The gumbo rivals anything I've tasted in New Orleans. The service is well timed and exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. The dining room is a bit small and usually full. Reservations are definitely helpful especially during the weekend. I would recommend Jax to anyone who loves great food, drinks, and a lively atmosphere.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When visiting Boulder we always make sure to have dinner here. Great food and service.

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SS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had lovely meal and a great experience - Butterfish and Halibut we both excellent.

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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food. A bit pricey but we don’t get to do this often so we were ok with it

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DW
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and it was as good as the first. Wonderfully creative dishes that taste as good as the presentation. Service is consistently friendly and excellent.

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New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

How lucky were we to get a fabulous window seat! We enjoyed great raw and fried spicy oysters. The Caesar salad was by far the best I’ve ever had!!!! They were able to accommodate a shrimp sensitivity with the jambalaya. It was absolutely delicious even without the shrimp. And finally, the bread pudding is to die for.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Oysters were, marginal, but, the rest was horrible

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BB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal! Oysters were so good!

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JN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative seafood meal with fun atmosphere and superb service

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our son’s first year of college at Jax and wen had amazing service and excellent food!! Definitely will go back to Jax in boulder!

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had the Halibut special and it was excellent. Our server was excellent.

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BR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite local places still ! Always great fresh fish & oysters. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable about menu, specials, drinks etc.

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MB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, creative dishes and outstanding service.

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PW
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service I have had in a long time. Thank you see you guys soon.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jax is just the best & Brad is the man. Thanks as always.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Love the feel and menu options. Two critiques: 1. The Lobster Roll was not made with Maine lobster (maybe with Pacific lobster?) and that meant it didn’t have the sweet lobster flavor I was craving. The woman at the table next to us was similarly disappointed—we agreed it seemed weird they didn’t indicate that the lobster wasn’t Maine lobster and that $25 for a lobster roll seemed like a lot if it’s not. 2. When my husband asked about the Calabrian chiles in his dish and their spice level, the waiter pretty rudely said that they were chiles and if he didn’t want spicy food he shouldn’t order food with chiles. (My husband likes spicy food but just didn’t want something super hot.)

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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Amazing food combinations on each plate.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome place but always over crowded...tables can be so close to others that you may as well eat dinner with the people sitting next to you. They need a bigger establishment for sure. My husband and I have been there several times because the food is wonderful. I wish they had king crab legs as they used to before, and it was on their physical menu and online. That needs to be updated! Biggest downfall was their side ceasar salad which was served on a large plate and had maybe 4 tiny lettuce leaves, 3 croutons, and honestly it looked like a few people ate most of the salad before it was served to us. No compliments to the chef! Stop being stingy with the salad!

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Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, well prepared food. Attentive service and very efficient. We enjoyed our visit very much.

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JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! I come every visit to Boulder. The server was great. He was polite and educated on the oysters as well as the individual dishes. The water glasses were never empty and the wine and beer selection was just right. Thank you for bringing back the tuna dish. Delicious!

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour all day monday

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LD
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought an out of town visitor and enjoyed tbe auintessetial Boulder experience dinner on the sidewalk, nice wine, music from Oscar Blues across the street.
Pear salad with butternut squash and other goodies was generous and delicious. Crab cake was awesome. Lobster roll was delicious and arrived with perfectly cooked fries. The small caesar that preceeded it seemed a bit skimpy but acceptable, but the dinner version (as a main course) was an embarassment to the restaurant. It was so small that we thought the waiter had brought the half size in error.
Flourless chocolate cake for me (it is still Passover) was heavenly and the creme brulee would have been equally so if it has not been spoiled by the addition of some very herbaceous tasting peppermint flavoring.
All in all, we would return and continue recommending Jax, but that salad should be triple in size if the price remains $10.
PS: Our waiter was awesome.

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AM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best meals I have ever had. Pricey but worth it

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service and food. The place is rather small so feels crowded and is noisy. A great place but would not recommend for a romantic date night.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. Only issue was high noise level. Food great as always!

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SF
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite spot! I was so happy to show new friends Jax and they loved it! We had a great server - Alex. She was attentive, honest, and thoughtful. Food was delicious and tasted fresh and our drinks were very much enjoyed!

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Denver
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great NoLo pop up event

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Denver
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jax is our favorite restaurant in Boulder. Consistently great food, service and always a fun night! Can’t wait to go again!

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DD
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, I would recommend Jax to all

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c
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places...always a great selection of seafood starting with oysters, good selections of wines both by glass or bottle. Had a fantastic mussel appetizer with unique Asian Thai broth instead of traditional tomatoes wine base....one of the best creme brûlée’s I have had in a while...great staff as usual....

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful oyster selection, great service and excellent dinner. Totally recommend this restaurant!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING !!!!!! OUTSTANDING... OUTSTANDING ..... OUTSTANDING

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jax is always consistently fantastic. Both food and service are top notch.

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