Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Denver has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Jax Fish House or at Sonoda's, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!
The Fresh Fish Co.
The Fresh Fish Company's bright, cheery decor is as pleasing as its delicious seafood selections. Start off with crab-stuffed mushrooms, and then try spicy Creole Barbecued Salmon or perhaps Cedar-Planked Arctic Char. Or, let the chef make the decision when you order a Mixed Grill (two kitchen-selected seafood items). Landlubbers can look to prime rib and filet mignon meals. Lobster, crab, and shellfish are available as well, and an excellent Sunday brunch features even more fresh fish. (303-740-9556)
Jax Fish House
A raucous, fun-loving sort of place, Jax draws hip crowds who feast on seafood and banter back and forth with the bartenders. Try a sampler platter for incredible variety, or delve into a plate of calamari that will have you squirming with delight. Oysters, crab, lobster, pork, and beef are also featured, and several nights a week, specials provide added value on shrimp, cioppino, and the like. Great wine list. (303-292-5767)
Landry's Seafood House
No matter how you like seafood, Landry's delivers, and their hearty portions make what is already a good experience even sweeter. Diners can order grouper, flounder, tuna, crab, shellfish, and other delicacies. Meals come with rice and a salad and are substantial – you may find yourself leaving with a to-go box. Landlubbers are pleased to find that the restaurant offers pasta, beef, and chicken dishes too. (303-792-0285)
Bayou Bob's Cajun and Southern specialties will make you feel as if you've got Louisiana roots yourself! Fried catfish, gumbo, crawfish and etouffee are specialties, and there's fried alligator if you're in the mood for something exotic. Other possibilities include red beans and rice, jambalaya, po' boy sandwiches, chicken-fried chicken, oysters and Cajun meatloaf. Come with time to spare, since lines often tend to get a bit long. (303-573-6828)
McCormick's Fish House & Bar
Those in the know consider this happening seafood restaurant one of Denver's best. Always packed for dinner, it also features a lounge that's recognized as one of the hottest bars in town. Seafood items include appetizers of oysters and caviar and main dishes of sturgeon, salmon, and lobster. Steaks, chicken, lamb, and duck appear on the menu to appease non-seafood-lovers. Menu items change nightly, and the wine list is very good. (303-825-1107, 888-344-6861)