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“Great dinner”

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Ranked #12 of 574 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 9th
Description: A local institution since 1994, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is the first choice for fresh seafood in Boulder. Ranked top 25 Best Seafood Restaurants in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Our menus are crafted with sustainability in mind, using farm-fresh local ingredients and ocean-fresh seafood. Whether you join us for the first time or the 100th time, for dinner or happy hour at the raw bar, count on a vibrant and lively atmosphere. We bring the Coast to the Coastless.
Lafayette, Colorado
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great dinner”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We came on a Sunday evening at 7pm for our anniversary. They had a nice little card on our table for us so that was sweet. We had the calamari appetizer - so delicious! They were nice thick cut pieces cooked up just right, I almost thought we had mistakenly got fries they were that thick. Sauces were amazingly great as well...very impressed with their calamari as I've been disappointed by other places recently.

Husband ordered the special cioppini, which was chock full of seafood and had a nice robust flavor. I got the Kajiki, which is served medium rare like Ahi Tuna and it was excellent as well. The mushroom risotto cake it came with was also very flavorful. The vodka gimlet hubby ordered he said was just right and he was quite pleased.

The only thing we didn't really like was the Chocolate Flourless torte...it tasted and the exact consistency of a brownie, even down to the crumbly crust and texture! So, we took a couple bites but were a bit disappointed since it was nothing like a flourless torte! However, our waiter, Max, who was awesome, immediately offered a replacement and when we indicated that we were full, took it off our bill, no questions asked!

Definitely recommend going, though if you are looking for privacy, the restaurant's seating is quite intimate and you are close to your neighbor....but still great ambiance and a great place to have some delicious seafood!

  • Visited July 2013
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memphis, tn
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Good happy hour”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Try the homemade strawberry infused vodka lemonade with some oysters for happy hour! I would advise a reservation unless you go before 6.

Visited July 2013
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265 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Too busy on Saturdays”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We went tonight to Jax and as always the food was great - especially the happy hour oysters and small dishes. However, arriving at 4:45 PM, we found the small restaurant very full (we had a reservation which got us a nice table) and getting oysters took a very long time. The staff seemed to be running all the time so my advice is don't go on Saturdays and perhaps not on weekends. While it did not look any more crowded than on weekday nights when we've been there in the past, it seemed to take much longer to get our dishes. The service was less attentive due in part to what appeared to be too few staff during the time we were there.

  • Visited July 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good, but not as good as reviews suggested”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Better to wait to have seafood when near or at the coast....mussels in my cioppino tasted frozen.....very good oysters, but pricy.....very small pour for drinks...

Visited June 2013
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lakewood, co
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

best seafood in the Denver metro area. Service is stellar. Bar is fantastic. Call the restaurant directly for reservations if Open Table says that they are full.

Visited June 2013
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