Seafood may not be Denver’s specialty, but with a lively Cajun and Creole scene, shellfish and po’boys have become popular. Other seafood restaurants serve gourmet lobster and salmon meals, if blue crab and crawfish aren’t your favorite. Either way, foodies will find great options in Denver; we list some of the best.
Chowder Room has some of the best clam chowder this side of the Mississippi. You can choose from New England, Manhattan, and the Chowder-of-the-day style. Definitely order your chowder in a bread bowl, the sourdough crust becomes sopping wet with the chowder, and is a delicious way to end the meal. If you aren’t a soup or seafood lover there are plenty of other options on the menu, as well as a long cocktail list.
Chowder Room,560 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (303) 777-3474
Restaurant, Seafood, Steakhouse, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Ocean Prime is a luxury chain with several footholds in American cities, and luckily for Denver they have a prime location on Larimer Square. Ocean Prime is an upscale seafood and steakhouse restaurant with a long list of seafood appetizers and sushi rolls, as well as a healthy selection of steaks and fish for entrees. We recommend you treat yourself with the Surf and Turf appetizer: slow braised short ribs and sea scallops.
Ocean Prime, 1465 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 825-3663
The Yabby Hut
The Yabby Hut is a load of messy fun; the waiters pour your crawfish and blue crab on to the table, give you a bib, and stand back. Our recommendation is to order a platter of seafood, so you can try a bit of everything, and since Yabby Hut is family style, it’s an easy choice to make. Don’t forget the sides: Yabby Hut makes amazing potatoes, corn on the cob, and fried rice.
The Yabby Hut, 3355 S Yarrow St #131, Lakewood, CO 80227 (303) 985-0231
At the Crawling Crab the waitstaff are not concerned about the cleanliness of the table. You’ll receive gloves so that your hands don’t get sticky with the variety of sauces Crawling Crab offers. The food comes in plastic bags, and you eat it right on the paper covered table. Kids will love smashing their crab apart and breaking all of the usual table rules.
Crawling Crab,781 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219 (303) 936-0123
With all of the Cajun food in Denver , you’d think that a whole section of Louisiana was transplanted here. Unlike others that focus on big crawfish and crab cooks, Bayou Bob’s serves up specialty New Orleans dishes like Shrimp Gumbo and Crawfish Étouffée. Bayou Bob’s has one wild menu item that is worth a shot; Alligator Tail.
Bayou Bob’s, 1635 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 573-6828