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Oysters In Denver: Ten Restaurants Making It Happen

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Among the biggest trends of this year are oyster bars. While oysters aren't exactly top of mind when it comes to Denver delicacies, unless we're cracking wise about the Rocky Mountain variety, the Mile High City gets some of the best ones around. These are ten restaurants bringing oysters to 5280 feet above sea level. Let the shucking begin.

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1. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 595-4255
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LoDo’s modern industrial gastropub serves up shucked oysters by the half dozen, served neat with Jorel’s hot sauce and lemon. Simplicity’s not your thing? Make them Bloody Mary shooters for an extra five bucks.

2. Oceanaire Seafood Room

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1400 Arapahoe St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 991-2277
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Located in the theater district and dedicated to seafood, this elegant eatery offers ice-cold oysters straight up or as part of a grand shellfish platter. Order the latter, and a tower of raw bar delights arrive stacked on a mountain of shaved ice, with mignonette, mustard mayonnaise, sesame soy and cocktail sauce with fresh horseradish.

3. Ocean Prime

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1465 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3663
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Larimer Square’s surf-’n-turf temple offers "Half Off the Half Shell Oyster Thursday," when $9 nets four fried Goosepoint oysters from Washington or a fresh half-dozen (normally $18), and four Goosepoint oysters Rockefeller can be had for $10.

4. Guard and Grace

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1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-8500
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Downtown’s contemporary steakhouse is the source for those looking to get their oyster fix at lunch or dinner. The restaurant flies in the mollusks daily from both coasts, so it’s safe to say the iced raw bar here has what you need.

5. Corner House

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2240 Clay St, Ste 1
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 287-1895
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One of the partners at this Jefferson Park neighborhood joint is the president of local distributor Seattle Fish Co., so it makes good sense that seafood preparations now represent more than half the selections on the recently revamped menu. Among the new dishes are raw oysters with roasted-mushroom salsa

6. Jax Fish House Denver

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1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-5767
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Visit any of the restaurant’s four outposts at happy hour, and east coast oysters are just $1.25 a pop. The perennial seafood favorite also exclusively serves the sustainable Emersum oyster, six of which plus a stout is just $10 at happy hour.

7. The Kitchen Denver

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1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-3127
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Among the iced delicacies on display in the LoDo restaurant’s raw bar are six varieties of oysters from across North America. Currently, these are Kusshi and Fanny Bay from British Columbia, Bagaduce from Maine, Hammersley from Washington, Wianno from Massachusetts and Bluepoint from Connecticut.

8. Angelo's Taverna

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620 E. 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 744-3366
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This 6th Avenue pizza and oyster bar shucks from the west and east cost. During happy hour, oysters on the half shell are a buck each, while $2 grilled varieties are available with Breckenridge bourbon chipotle butter as well as bacon and Gorgonzola.

9. Humboldt

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1700 Humbolt Street
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 813-1700
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This Uptown restaurant emphasizes sustainability and reinterpreted classics, so appropriately enough oysters come fresh shucked or crispy fried, with Peppadew pepper relish and Old Bay aioli on the latter. An oyster farm on Cape Cod specifically cultivates briny petite Washburns for the restaurant as well.

10. Highland Pacific Restaurant And Oyster Bar

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3934 West 32nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-6644
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North American varieties are available on the half shell at market price, but during happy hour the Highland eatery’s oysters are $10 for a half dozen. On Sunday, happy hour kicks off at 5 p.m., with oysters $1.25 a piece all night long.

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1. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
LoDo’s modern industrial gastropub serves up shucked oysters by the half dozen, served neat with Jorel’s hot sauce and lemon. Simplicity’s not your thing? Make them Bloody Mary shooters for an extra five bucks.
1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

2. Oceanaire Seafood Room

1400 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202
Located in the theater district and dedicated to seafood, this elegant eatery offers ice-cold oysters straight up or as part of a grand shellfish platter. Order the latter, and a tower of raw bar delights arrive stacked on a mountain of shaved ice, with mignonette, mustard mayonnaise, sesame soy and cocktail sauce with fresh horseradish.
1400 Arapahoe St
Denver, CO 80202

3. Ocean Prime

1465 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
Larimer Square’s surf-’n-turf temple offers "Half Off the Half Shell Oyster Thursday," when $9 nets four fried Goosepoint oysters from Washington or a fresh half-dozen (normally $18), and four Goosepoint oysters Rockefeller can be had for $10.
1465 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

4. Guard and Grace

1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202
Downtown’s contemporary steakhouse is the source for those looking to get their oyster fix at lunch or dinner. The restaurant flies in the mollusks daily from both coasts, so it’s safe to say the iced raw bar here has what you need.
1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Corner House

2240 Clay St, Ste 1, Denver, CO 80211
One of the partners at this Jefferson Park neighborhood joint is the president of local distributor Seattle Fish Co., so it makes good sense that seafood preparations now represent more than half the selections on the recently revamped menu. Among the new dishes are raw oysters with roasted-mushroom salsa
2240 Clay St, Ste 1
Denver, CO 80211

6. Jax Fish House Denver

1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Visit any of the restaurant’s four outposts at happy hour, and east coast oysters are just $1.25 a pop. The perennial seafood favorite also exclusively serves the sustainable Emersum oyster, six of which plus a stout is just $10 at happy hour.
1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

7. The Kitchen Denver

1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Among the iced delicacies on display in the LoDo restaurant’s raw bar are six varieties of oysters from across North America. Currently, these are Kusshi and Fanny Bay from British Columbia, Bagaduce from Maine, Hammersley from Washington, Wianno from Massachusetts and Bluepoint from Connecticut.
1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Angelo's Taverna

620 E. 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
This 6th Avenue pizza and oyster bar shucks from the west and east cost. During happy hour, oysters on the half shell are a buck each, while $2 grilled varieties are available with Breckenridge bourbon chipotle butter as well as bacon and Gorgonzola.
620 E. 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

9. Humboldt

1700 Humbolt Street, Denver, CO 80218
This Uptown restaurant emphasizes sustainability and reinterpreted classics, so appropriately enough oysters come fresh shucked or crispy fried, with Peppadew pepper relish and Old Bay aioli on the latter. An oyster farm on Cape Cod specifically cultivates briny petite Washburns for the restaurant as well.
1700 Humbolt Street
Denver, CO 80218

10. Highland Pacific Restaurant And Oyster Bar

3934 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80212
North American varieties are available on the half shell at market price, but during happy hour the Highland eatery’s oysters are $10 for a half dozen. On Sunday, happy hour kicks off at 5 p.m., with oysters $1.25 a piece all night long.
3934 West 32nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80212

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