Blue Island Serving Some of the U.S.’s Best Seafood—And They're Nowhere Near the Coast

Not even hundreds of miles between them and the shore can keep these restaurants from cooking with the freshest catch. Thanks to crazy-fast shipping, a dedication to seasonality, and an astounding array of coastal culinary influences, these hot spots are putting exceptional seafood on the map, no matter their location.


Denver, Colorado
New England roots come to landlocked Colorado by way of Blue Island Oyster Bar, the western outpost of the renowned Long Island shellfish farm of the same name. Spot the farm on the antique-style map of the Great South Bay lining the wall to see the home of the Blue Island No. 9 and Navy Point oysters sitting just over at the shucking station. To honor his New England upbringing, owner Sean Huggard serves the same bacon-heavy clam chowder he’s made for 20 years, and “hires as many Patriots fans” as he can. The recently added Chokehold cocktail—an amalgam of English gin, ruby red grapefruit juice, and Italian liquor made from artichokes— boasts a delicately vegetal flavor just right for slurping East Coast oysters.

Ultimate Guide to Dining in Cherry Creek

There's a bit of a dining renaissance going on in this posh neighborhood. 

For a while, the posh area set between University and Colorado boulevards and 1st and 6th avenues, seemed to be in a dining rut with chains joining the scene at a fast pace. The last year, however, brought great changes to the scene and new restaurants that are showing that Cherry Creek is still a top-notch neighborhood for restaurants. The posh neighborhood added a lot of new places with MatsuhisaDeparture, and Quality Italian, being among them. Chef Mary Nguyen added a second (larger) location of Olive & Finch in the 'hood and the team behind the Kitchen restaurant group just launched the stunning Hedge Row.

The neighborhood does not seem to be slowing down. The team from 801 Chophouse group announced that plans to open 801 Fish on the ground floor of the Civica building at 250 Fillmore St. in Cherry Creek North, as BusinessDen first reported.

Blue Island Oyster Bar

This oyster house and seafood emporium is set in a cool modern space that invites lingering at lunch or dinner. Whatever you do, don't miss the chowder.

by Andra Zeppelin  Aug 2, 2017, 10:25am MDT

The Westword Watch List: Lobster This Week

Blue Island is on a roll — a lobster roll. The Cherry Creek oyster bar and fish house just rolled out four different versions of the New England favorite to go with its classic original made with lemon mayonnaise and celery. There's a slightly austere model made with garlic-herb butter; a Tokyo roll amped up with ginger-lime mayo, sesame, togarashi and cucumber; a Mile High roll with chipotle aioli, avocado, bacon, Bibb lettuce and tomato; and the New Yorker, loaded with with celery, tomato, lemon mayo and bread-and-butter pickles. Even better is the price: At an attractive $15, you won't find a better lobster deal in town. But don't go for dinner; the deal is only good for weekday lunch and weekend brunch.

by Mark Antonation


11 Inspiring Restaurant Interiors We're Bookmarking, Stat

Great food speaks for itself, true, but the space of a restaurant wields serious power in making or breaking the dining experience. Especially now that we are in an age of shrinking interiors and decreasing levels of comfort (cramped stools, hard surfaces), the restaurants that have taken the time to express their identities through decor truly stand out. These are the establishments that don’t rest on their Edison light bulb-hanging laurels. They couple their thoughtful menus with thoughtful ambiences.

So unique are these design-minded restaurants that they hold some real inspiration for decorating our own kitchens and dining rooms. Remember how serene you felt savoring a salad in a café done all in white wood with tons of greenery? Or how invigorating a bar was, thanks to its brightly hued walls and metallic accents? Seeing a certain aesthetic in action at a restaurant is the easiest way to try it on. Once you know you love it, it’s time to use it to refresh your own space. Below are 12 spots across the U.S. that have set themselves apart with their design, and how those individual styles can be translated at home.

Ocean-Airy: Blue Island Oyster Bar in Denver, CO

When done right, a maritime-leaning motif can be an ideal match for your kitchen. That means less on-the-nose decor like ships and knots and more calming blues in different tones. Just look to Blue Island Oyster Bar, which has managed to make a Denver restaurant feel like an oasis on the coast of Maine. Work light, neutral tones against blues, add hints of pattern, and nod a bit more subtly to the nautical atmosphere with framed antique maps for a room that will relax and inspire.

 by Courtney Iseman • July 19, 2017

Oyster and Stout Festival

It’s BACK!!!!

Denver Beer Co’s Oyster and Stout Festival!

We have teamed up with our friends at Seattle Fish Company and Blue Island Oyster Bar to brew a delicious Oyster Stout. Blue Island Oyster Stout was brewed with live Blue Island No. 9 Oysters from Picnic Bay New York. On Saturday, April 29th from 12-5pm we will be pairing this briny brew with Oysters from both coasts at our Platte St Taproom.

$30 for 2 beers and a dozen oysters.

$20 for an additional dozen oysters.

Yes, you can celebrate National Clam Chowder Day in Landlocked Denver

By Allyson Reedy February 23, 2017

Hungover from National Margarita Day yesterday? Clam chowder is a great cure — of course we wouldn’t know from personal experience or anything — and Blue Island Oyster Bar is spooning out cups of chowder for a buck (with entrée purchase) on Thursday, Feb. 23 in honor of National Clam Chowder Day on Saturday, Feb. 25. (Glad to see we’re not the only hungover ones.)

Plus, it’s finally winter again, so go grab some creamy, clammy goodness.

Blue Island Oyster Bar – 2625 E. 2nd St., Denver, 303-333-2462,, Thursday hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Valentine's Day at Blue Island

Love is in the air here at Blue Island, so join us this Valentine’s Day for
Denver’s freshest fish specials & signature dishes curated by our chefs!

Champagne & Wine Specials

“Love Potion No. 9” Cocktail

NY Steak Au Poive

Pan Seared Florida Grouper

& Don’t Miss Our Oyster Bar with Kumamoto, Naked Cowboys & our
very own Blue Island No. 9 Oysters.