Pop open a bottle of white wine and suck back some fresh oysters at these Denver seafood spots.
Love it or hate it, seafood is a mainstay of global cuisine, prepared in a million different ways, and usually making an appearance on every menu. This month, October, the nation is paying an ode to seafood. To celebrate National Seafood Month, we’re highlighting 10 of the best seafood eateries in Denver ranging from Japanese to Southern, sustainably-sourced, elegant or cheap, and everything in between! We hope you enjoy and if there’s something on the menu you haven’t tried yet, now just might be the best month to do it.
Have you ever wondered whether or not you can get fresh fish in Denver? According to Fish N’ Beer, “Hell yes, you can get fresh seafood in Denver.” This spot specializes in fresh fish and delicious beer, serving dishes like their Southern Scallop Jambalaya, fresh East Coast and West Coast, or a plate of Scottish Salmon served with gnocchi and cremini mushrooms in a butter cream sauce. They’ve even got an amazing Happy Hour with oysters for only $2.50 and $1 all beer.
Where: 3510 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
You can check out this seafood restaurant over in LoDo and indulge in seafood, seafood, and more seafood. From smoked salmon dip to breaded calamari, chargrilled oysters and clams with spaghetti, Mississippi catfish and grilled Hawaiian yellowfin tuna steak. There’s a little something for everyone here in a variety of different styles, so it’s no wonder this is a really popular spot.
Where: 1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Izakaya is one of Denver’s most popular sushi spots, and for good reason. They’re experts in sushi, as well as global cuisine, with dishes such as fresh Alaskan halibut, diver scallops, and a full list of rolls, thick sashimi cuts, and more.
Where: 1487A S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
4. [trackLink link_url="http://www.stoicandgenuine.com/"]Stoic & Genuine
Stoic & Genuine is an elevated seafood restaurant here in Denver that focuses on sustainably sourced and creatively executed seafood dishes. They’ve got Surf n Turf Carpaccio, maine lobster, and even delicious, stacked seafood towers with maine lobster and snow crab legs. They’ve also got an Oyster Hour from 2-5pm every Monday through Friday where two chef-selected oysters cost $2 each and beer and drinks are discounted.
Where: 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
If you’re looking for a Creole-inspired restaurant, then you’ll definitely love Pappadeux. Blackened Catfish, parpadelle pasta with shrimp, lump crab, and scallops, stuffed crabs, fried catfish, and all on the menu, plus more elevated classics like alaskan king crab and live Maine lobster.
Where: 7520 E Progress Pl, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Chef Tyson Cole has made his mark among Denver and case-in-point, look no further than the beautifully designed Uchi Denver. An award winning sushi spot, Uchi has become a seafood favorite around the city. They have an entire menu of selections, from hot sushi to sashimi selections and omakase, which offers delicious chef choice selections that you’ll likely want to give a try.
Where: 2500 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205
7. Maine Shack
Maine Shack is Denver’s answer to the question, “Where can I find a good lobster role in the city?” Toasted brioche topped high with rich, buttery crab and lobster and plated with a side of crispy fries is Maine Shack’s claim to fame, but we’d also recommend the lobster-topped mac and cheese as well. Recently opened in 2019, this is the perfect cheap and fast seafood spot Denver’s been asking for.
Where: 1535 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
TK’s is Denver’s first Black-owned seafood spot creating delicious, gooey, greasy, Southern-style seafood classics with a twist. They’ve developed their own secret sauce that they’ve become known for and their plates are usually stacked high, perfect for food bloggers and Instagrammers looking for flashy food content.
Where: 10890 E Dartmouth Ave Unit 13, Denver, CO 80014
Blue Island is an upscale eatery that specializes in oysters, whether that be shucked and raw, flame-grilled, or oysters Español. If you’re not a big fan of the aphrodisiac, they’ve got plates of jumbo gulf shrimp, clams, Atlantic cod fish and chips, and fried fish sandwiches to satisfy just about any type of seafood lover.
Where: 2625 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
10. Guard & Grace
Last but not least, Guard & Grace might be a steakhouse, but they’ve also got a variety of delicious seafood specials on their menu. Their raw beer includes fresh oysters, Alaskan king crab legs, a half lobster, hamachi sushi, and even shrimp cocktail. Their hot food includes octopus, jumbo lump crab cake, and a few different varieties of expertly prepared fish.
Where: 1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202
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