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13 Octopus Dishes to Try Now in Denver and Boulder

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In a land-locked state like Colorado, octopus probably isn't the first protein you think of when perusing a menu. But since the Seattle Fish Company, a seafood supplier to numerous restaurants around town, added octopus to its offerings, the eight-legged sea creature has become a trend throughout town. The preparations are various—hot, cold, starters and entrees—but they're all successful in their own right. Here are 13 octopus dishes to try now in Denver and Boulder.


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1. Spuntino

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2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-0949
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The polpo small-plate dish at this LoHi spot incorporates fingerling potatoes, chorizo, house peperoncini and chimichurri.

2. LOLA

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1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686
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A recent addition to the menu, Lola’s Spanish octopus is a starter that includes mango, green papaya, smoked paprika aioli and pickled mustard seeds.

3. Corner House

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2240 Clay St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 287-1895
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Since Corner House underwent front- and back-of-house changes, the menu is skewing toward seafood. Find octopus confit in ceviche form with Castelvetrano olives, almonds, artichoke and gazpacho broth.

4. The Squeaky Bean

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1500 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-2665
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The Squeaky Bean is in on the octopus action with an appetizer that serves it accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes, black garlic, basil and greens.

5. Jax Fish House

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1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-5767
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Listed on the dinner menu under cold and crudo plates from the counter, Jax’s dish showcases braised octopus in salad form, with borage, Colorado anasazi beans, heirloom tomatoes and sherry shallot vinaigrette.   

6. Lower48 Kitchen

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2020 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 942-0262
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Though the menu here has gone through some format changes since opening in December, diners can look forward to a shared plate of charred octopus with stewed sweet peppers, charred eggplant, chickpea fry, baby fennel and aged balsamic.

7. Los Chingones

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2461 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-0686
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This trendy taqueria has had the cephalopod on the menu since Day 1 in the octopus taco, topped with cabbage, orange, crispy parsnip and pasilla chile. Wash it down with an Urban Legend cocktail—tequila with Mexican Coke and Pop Rocks.

8. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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This restaurant at the Source in RiNo serves octopus in a pasta dish made up of house-made squid ink tagliarini, with the octopus braised in olive oil and mixed with calamari and sweet peppers.

9. Bistro Barbès

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5021 E 28th Ave
Denver, CO 80207
(720) 398-8085
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This new addition from Mizuna alum Jon Robbins serves a grilled octopus appetizer with roasted salsify, pea tendrils, watermelon radish and harissa sabayon.

10. Bones

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701 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 860-2929
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Though chef John DePierro experiments with the menu frequently, octopus is typically featured. The current iteration is created with house-made squid ink noodles, sea beans, lobster brodo and trout roe.

11. Fruition Restaurant

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1313 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-1962
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The grilled Spanish octopus with smoked pork sausage, San Marzano tomato and white bean stew, and Marcona almond tapenade gained praise as one of 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda Faison’s favorite dishes of the year.

12. Pizzeria Locale

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1730 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-3003
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Enjoy octopus in two different salads at the original Locale in Boulder: the polpo caldo features kale, garlic, chili, white beans and red onion; the frutti di mare includes it along with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, artichoke, shallot, potatoes and capers.

13. SALT

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1047 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-7258
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Try the harissa-marinated grilled octopus small plate on the dinner menu. It’s served with kimchi, pickled carrots and cucumbers, white bean puree and arugula.

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1. Spuntino

2639 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
The polpo small-plate dish at this LoHi spot incorporates fingerling potatoes, chorizo, house peperoncini and chimichurri.
2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

2. LOLA

1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211
A recent addition to the menu, Lola’s Spanish octopus is a starter that includes mango, green papaya, smoked paprika aioli and pickled mustard seeds.
1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211

3. Corner House

2240 Clay St, Denver, CO 80211
Since Corner House underwent front- and back-of-house changes, the menu is skewing toward seafood. Find octopus confit in ceviche form with Castelvetrano olives, almonds, artichoke and gazpacho broth.
2240 Clay St
Denver, CO 80211

4. The Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
The Squeaky Bean is in on the octopus action with an appetizer that serves it accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes, black garlic, basil and greens.
1500 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Jax Fish House

1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Listed on the dinner menu under cold and crudo plates from the counter, Jax’s dish showcases braised octopus in salad form, with borage, Colorado anasazi beans, heirloom tomatoes and sherry shallot vinaigrette.   
1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

6. Lower48 Kitchen

2020 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205
Though the menu here has gone through some format changes since opening in December, diners can look forward to a shared plate of charred octopus with stewed sweet peppers, charred eggplant, chickpea fry, baby fennel and aged balsamic.
2020 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205

7. Los Chingones

2461 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
This trendy taqueria has had the cephalopod on the menu since Day 1 in the octopus taco, topped with cabbage, orange, crispy parsnip and pasilla chile. Wash it down with an Urban Legend cocktail—tequila with Mexican Coke and Pop Rocks.
2461 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

8. Acorn

3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO 80216
This restaurant at the Source in RiNo serves octopus in a pasta dish made up of house-made squid ink tagliarini, with the octopus braised in olive oil and mixed with calamari and sweet peppers.
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216

9. Bistro Barbès

5021 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80207
This new addition from Mizuna alum Jon Robbins serves a grilled octopus appetizer with roasted salsify, pea tendrils, watermelon radish and harissa sabayon.
5021 E 28th Ave
Denver, CO 80207

10. Bones

701 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
Though chef John DePierro experiments with the menu frequently, octopus is typically featured. The current iteration is created with house-made squid ink noodles, sea beans, lobster brodo and trout roe.
701 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203

11. Fruition Restaurant

1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
The grilled Spanish octopus with smoked pork sausage, San Marzano tomato and white bean stew, and Marcona almond tapenade gained praise as one of 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda Faison’s favorite dishes of the year.
1313 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

12. Pizzeria Locale

1730 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Enjoy octopus in two different salads at the original Locale in Boulder: the polpo caldo features kale, garlic, chili, white beans and red onion; the frutti di mare includes it along with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, artichoke, shallot, potatoes and capers.
1730 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

13. SALT

1047 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Try the harissa-marinated grilled octopus small plate on the dinner menu. It’s served with kimchi, pickled carrots and cucumbers, white bean puree and arugula.
1047 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

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