Denver's five best seafood restaurants

Categories: Best of Denver

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Lori Midson

Cafe Brazil
, 4408 Lowell Boulevard

Cafe Brazil moves to its own island rhythm, and it's given Denver residents a chance to experience a culinary journey through coastal South America for nearly two decades. The best dishes here are seafood stews. Our two favorites: the Cazuela Colombiana, which mixes fat prawns and chicken or sea scallops in a dende oil-infused broth made with coconut milk and tomatoes, and the Peixe de Angola, which adds more fish to a base sweet with coconut milk and tart with lime, then punches up the final mix with malagueta chiles.

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Mark Manger
Land of Sushi, 2412 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial
Land of Sushi, a restaurant tucked into a strip mall in the southern suburbs, is obsessed with freshness. To wit, the restaurant frequently serves up a live-scallop special, disemboweling the mollusk when you order, but not a moment before. It's hard to get much fresher than that. What the owners can't purchase live they have shipped in daily, creating a menu of the usual sushi suspects -- like yellowtail, salmon and prawn -- as well as more inventive fare, plus a list of daily specials that, in addition to that live scallop, often features the best sea urchin we've had in town. Land of Sushi also scored our Best Sushi Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2012.

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Cassandra Kotnik
1. Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street
Jax is famous for its oysters, hawked from its raw bar and sold -- during happy hour, at least -- for $1.25 a pop. But fish fanatics craving more than just a sea-perfumed mollusk will find plenty to love on the rest of the menu, too: peel-and-eat shrimp to dab in cocktail sauce, crab cakes and calamari, steamed lobster tail or a lobster BLT, grilled whole trout, fresh crab and even caviar. Expertly prepared and as fresh-tasting as it would be on the coasts, it's one of the best arguments in the city that good seafood does exist inland. And that's what landed Jax our Best Seafood Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2012.

Honorable mentions go to The Kitchen Denver, which has an incredible raw bar, and Twelve, where seafood is just a small fraction of the menu but always near perfect.

Have another favorite? Tell us about it below.

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Location Info

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TAG|Raw Bar

1430 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Charcoal

43 W. 9th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Cafe Brazil

4408 Lowell Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Land of Sushi

2412 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO

Category: Restaurant

Jax Fish House

1539 17th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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22 comments
Guest
Guest

Of the five, Cafe Brazil appears (to me) to be the most interesting and most likely one I'll try first.

"prawns and chicken or sea scallops in a dende oil-infused broth made with coconut milk and tomatoes?"yup

Rome541
Rome541

I've had some of the best seafood dishes at Cherry Crest that place is hard to beat

GFTW
GFTW

Jenn told me Joe's Crab Shack is teh best!

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mike
mike

New England Style Seafood is much needed. I really really miss Fried Clams Strips and great Clam Chowder. Please make it happen someone!

Uncledave8
Uncledave8

I can totally back this list.  Refreshing change from most Denver diners' choices like The Fresh Fish Company, Pappadeaux, Oceanaire and Ocean Prime.

Guest
Guest

I had the absoute worst seafood poisoning from Jax.  Never again.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Seems like a well-thought-out list. I guess there's no real shame in not having a wider variety of good seafood, when you consider how far away we are from any coastal waters. Still, it would be awesome to have a real east-coast style raw bar in this city and a place with excellent clam chowder. I'll just have to shelve those cravings until I can get back to Boston or thereabouts.

NewEnglandisPretty
NewEnglandisPretty

@GFTW  Joe's Crab Shack?!  I don't mean this personally, but, puh-lease! I foolishly tried JCS once and the seafood was horrendous.  For your own sake, visit Boston or Portsmouth NH or Portland Maine and you'll then know what fresh seafood and proper cooking are all about.  I do like this blog because it's great to get tips about good seafood restaurants in the Denver area.  I'm sure there are good ones locally.  But ... not JCS!

Newschaser
Newschaser

Fried clam "strips" are not real New England seafood ... you'd want full belly clams and steamers with necks ... strips are garbage deep-water shellfish cut up and breaded commercially, not real clams plucked out of the sand. Think Essex clams. And a can of Moxie. 

Stan Ubeki
Stan Ubeki

Fresh Fish Company, yurk, yick yuck

Mantonat
Mantonat

Slamming 27 oyster shooters and then losing it on the bus ride home doesn't count as seafood poisoning.

Laura Shunk
Laura Shunk

Excellent clam chowder would be an awesome addition.

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