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The Dish That Started It All: The Whole Bass at Fish N’ Beer
A wood-fired whole bass at Fish N Beer
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The Guide to Denver's Top Seafood Restaurants

From toppling towers to crispy fried filets

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A wood-fired whole bass at Fish N Beer
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Even living a mile above sea level, Coloradans are among the greatest consumers of seafood in the country. Today, conscientious fish eaters can support restaurants that participate in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program or the James Beard Foundation Smart Catch.

For their bargain-priced, happy-hour oysters and saucy grilled filet entrees alike, many of the restaurants on this map fly in fresh products weekly or daily. Some of the venues are casual hangouts, while others are swankier, more worthy of a splurge dinner.

Note: For a guide to Denver’s top sushi spots, head this way.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Wild Standard

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1043 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
[720] 638-4800
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Chef Bradford Heap switched gears from his two other restaurants, Colterra and Salt, and focused on sustainable seafood at this popular place on Boulder's Pearl Street.

2. Fish N Beer

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3510 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 248-3497
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The wood-fired whole Colorado bass is served with farro, roasted butternut squash, pesto, blistered tomatoes, and devil butter. See also oyster platters and an addictive chowder.

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3. Ohana Island Kitchen

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2563 15th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 718-6580
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Poke has spread like wildfire in Denver, even in restaurants that aren't fish houses. But Hawaiian-owned Ohana Island Kitchen (which started as a walk-up window) on 15th Street offers ultra fresh tuna and salmon poke.

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4. Maine Shack

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1535 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

Though Maine Shack won’t open until the spring of 2019, lobster rolls and whole belly clams will be at pop-ups around town until then. Check the Facebook page for dates and information.

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5. Wewatta Point Seafood

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1607 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-6779
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This year-old addition to the Union Station neighborhood sells jumbo lump crab cakes and Thai snapper alongside fresh-squeezed juice cocktails in a breezy California setting.

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6. Albina by the Sea

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1800 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202

Milk Market’s seafood counter offers fresh fish to take home but also serves up a menu of prepared dishes like fish and chips, steamed clams, crab cakes, mussels, calamari, and blackend fish sandwiches.

7. Stoic & Genuine

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1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 640-3474
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In the lively Union Station is an upscale seafood spot known for its raw bar and open kitchen. Diners can choose from a menu of sardines, peel-n-eat shell fish, a seafood tower, a whole roasted haddock, surf and turf, and more.

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8. Jax Fish House Denver

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1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-5767
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Denver's original seafood house, Jax, has multiple locations and is known for its great oysters, but also chowders, gumbos, clam bakes, and steamed mussels made-to-order. Check out sister restaurant Lola for a great fish selection as well.

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9. Ocean Prime

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1465 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3663
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This Larimer Square restaurant’s upper floor is the best perch for people watching. Entrees here include lobster tail, crab cakes, and a showstopping “smoking” tower of raw bar items. Denver will be the first city to have two Ocean Prime locations when the Tech Center outpost opens in late November.

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10. Guard and Grace

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1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-8500
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This restaurant caters to corporate lunch-goers, happy-hour regulars, and special-occasion celebrators. Though red meat may seem prevalent on the downtown menu, it's offset by a beautiful raw bar and impressive selection of fresh fish entrees.

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11. Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

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1700 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 813-1700
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For lunch and dinner, this Uptown, market-centric fish spot delights with trout, tuna, crab, and more in varied preparations, from clam chowder to steamed mussels.

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12. The Shanty Supper Club

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1033 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 830-6637
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This Wisconsin-inspired supper club in Uptown features a pan-seared salmon served with rice and pineapple salsa, a fried walleye special with coleslaw, and a Friday fish fry, among other midwestern favorites.

13. Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood

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2625 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-2462
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This fish and oyster house has it all from oysters to clam chowder and crab cakes. It has partnered with Blue Island Shellfish Farms in Long Island to bring the freshest shellfish available to Cherry Creek.

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14. Mario's Ocean Club

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560 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-3474
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Mario’s Ocean Club took over the former Chowder Room space on an easy-to-miss stretch of South Broadway, but it’s worth seeking out for $1 happy-hour oysters, ultra-fresh jumbo shrimp with their own special cocktail sauce, lobster rolls, and more.

1. Wild Standard

1043 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Chef Bradford Heap switched gears from his two other restaurants, Colterra and Salt, and focused on sustainable seafood at this popular place on Boulder's Pearl Street.

1043 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Fish N Beer

3510 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Rachel Greiman

The wood-fired whole Colorado bass is served with farro, roasted butternut squash, pesto, blistered tomatoes, and devil butter. See also oyster platters and an addictive chowder.

3510 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

3. Ohana Island Kitchen

2563 15th St, Denver, CO 80211
Adam Larkey

Poke has spread like wildfire in Denver, even in restaurants that aren't fish houses. But Hawaiian-owned Ohana Island Kitchen (which started as a walk-up window) on 15th Street offers ultra fresh tuna and salmon poke.

2563 15th St
Denver, CO 80211

4. Maine Shack

1535 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
Maine Shack/Casey Giltner

Though Maine Shack won’t open until the spring of 2019, lobster rolls and whole belly clams will be at pop-ups around town until then. Check the Facebook page for dates and information.

1535 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Wewatta Point Seafood

1607 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202
Adam Larkey/Eater

This year-old addition to the Union Station neighborhood sells jumbo lump crab cakes and Thai snapper alongside fresh-squeezed juice cocktails in a breezy California setting.

1607 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202

6. Albina by the Sea

1800 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202

Milk Market’s seafood counter offers fresh fish to take home but also serves up a menu of prepared dishes like fish and chips, steamed clams, crab cakes, mussels, calamari, and blackend fish sandwiches.

1800 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Stoic & Genuine

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook

In the lively Union Station is an upscale seafood spot known for its raw bar and open kitchen. Diners can choose from a menu of sardines, peel-n-eat shell fish, a seafood tower, a whole roasted haddock, surf and turf, and more.

1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Jax Fish House Denver

1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Jax Facebook

Denver's original seafood house, Jax, has multiple locations and is known for its great oysters, but also chowders, gumbos, clam bakes, and steamed mussels made-to-order. Check out sister restaurant Lola for a great fish selection as well.

1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

9. Ocean Prime

1465 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook

This Larimer Square restaurant’s upper floor is the best perch for people watching. Entrees here include lobster tail, crab cakes, and a showstopping “smoking” tower of raw bar items. Denver will be the first city to have two Ocean Prime locations when the Tech Center outpost opens in late November.

1465 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

10. Guard and Grace

1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202
Guard & Grace facebook

This restaurant caters to corporate lunch-goers, happy-hour regulars, and special-occasion celebrators. Though red meat may seem prevalent on the downtown menu, it's offset by a beautiful raw bar and impressive selection of fresh fish entrees.

1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202

11. Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

1700 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80218
Facebook

For lunch and dinner, this Uptown, market-centric fish spot delights with trout, tuna, crab, and more in varied preparations, from clam chowder to steamed mussels.

1700 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218

12. The Shanty Supper Club

1033 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

This Wisconsin-inspired supper club in Uptown features a pan-seared salmon served with rice and pineapple salsa, a fried walleye special with coleslaw, and a Friday fish fry, among other midwestern favorites.

1033 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

13. Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood

2625 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Blue Island Oyster Bar Website

This fish and oyster house has it all from oysters to clam chowder and crab cakes. It has partnered with Blue Island Shellfish Farms in Long Island to bring the freshest shellfish available to Cherry Creek.

2625 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

14. Mario's Ocean Club

560 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Mario’s Ocean Club took over the former Chowder Room space on an easy-to-miss stretch of South Broadway, but it’s worth seeking out for $1 happy-hour oysters, ultra-fresh jumbo shrimp with their own special cocktail sauce, lobster rolls, and more.

560 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

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