Face it – we’re in the middle of nowhere as far as seafood goes – so you’re not likely to find many deals on fish, fresh or otherwise. Here are a few to work with.

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1400 Arapahoe
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 991-2277
Price: $$$

Higher end, very worth it restaurant right downtown. Easy access to Denver Center, Symphony, Ballet and Opera. Great dining experience. Reputation for very fresh fish, every day.

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1659 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-1107
Price: $$$

I love the atmosphere at the downtown location and find it a particularly good spot for lunch. Haven’t been to the southeast location. The question with fish is always quality of the piece and portion size. I’ve never had any problem with either at McCormick’s. Serving staff is also very versed in the day’s menu. Use their expertise to expand your dining experience.

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Landry’s Seafood House

7209 South Clinton Street
Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 792-0285

Downtown Aquarium

(303) 561-4450
700 Water Street
Denver, Colo. 80211
Price: $$/$$$

Chain seafood restaurant. Bought up the Denver Aquarium about 7 years ago. So, you can visit the aquarium and then dine on fish. Quality is not bad, yet, not to die for. It’s just sort of there if you’re craving seafood and one of their doors gets in your way. Price can add up very quickly. Hence the: $$/$$$

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Jax Fish House

1539 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-5767
Price: $$/$$$

I like Jax, simply because of its laid back atmosphere, especially around the oyster bar. Plan accordingly. It’s often tough to find a table. Good selection of wine, beer, spirits.

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Capital Grille

1450 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 539-2500
Price: $$$$

Hoo hah! High end, special occasion place. Does a great job with fish, but also with everything else. Wide ranging menu, great sotto voce atmosphere. Great for business meetings, special occasions with that special someone – a special someone you don’t mind dropping a goodly amount of money on.

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Fresh Fish Company

7800 East Hampden Avenue # 54
Denver, CO 80231
(303) 740-9556
Price: $$/$$$

A Denver tradition, especially around Mother’s Day, but, I guess, every other day as well. Solid quality, nice, if somewhat cramped atmosphere. Always busy. Solid, basic, food, service and style. Which is, I suspect, why it has lasted so long in the Denver area. You can always count on it.

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Bayou Bob’s

1635 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 573-6828
Price: $$

Fun place. The house of everything fried.

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Red Lobster

Various locations
Price: $$/$$$

Solid, unexciting, chain restaurant that, somehow, always delivers. The biscuits are always a hit, and no one ever walks away from the table hungry. Be careful, however. Without noticing it, this can wind up costing more than you expected. I’ve had sticker shock any number of times. Much of the fare is swimming in butter – which may not be good for you, but tastes great.

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7520 East Progress Place
Greenwood Vilage, CO 80111
(303) 740-9449

9145 Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80031
(303) 657-2800
Price: $$/$$$

Once again, a solid seafood restaurant that can easily get away from you price-wise by the end of the evening. Wide selection of fish, cooking styles and prices. Take your time wandering the menu. There’s a lot here to see and enjoy and fit into your budget.

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Joe’s Crab Shack

Various Locations
Price: $$/$$$

Another chain. Another sense of sticker shock at the end. But – for some reason, I’ve always walked away from Joe’s with that attitude of “Eh – okay.” But – on the plus side – though pricey — their buckets and steam pots are outrageous in terms of what you get.

– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News at 4 and 6 p.m. are featured on the CBSDenver.com Entertainment section.

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