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The Oceanaire space seems made for classic martinis and adultery, particularly if you sit in the bar, which is staffed by a couple of the best bartenders in the city. The style is art deco luxe, and the vibe one of obvious but restrained class, like the private dining room of the coolest ocean liner ever. And the menu? Freshest fish you're going to find in Denver. Although what the kitchen does with seafood can be expensive, it's often pure, comforting genius. Don't forget a side of bacon!
The Downtown Aquarium's Nautilus ballroom was filled with all sorts of foodie-fun -- perfect, medium-rare steak; disgustingly good chocolate mousse layer cakes with edible pearl accents; mermaids and ... More »
When you're sitting on the patio outside Willie G's Seafood & Steaks, watching the uniquely Denver action along the 16th Street Mall and enjoying a happy-hour cocktail and a big slice of chocolate cak... More »
Our ship came in the day Oceanaire landed in Denver. The restaurant itself has the feel of a vintage ocean liner, with a comfortable, clubby bar; the service is formal but friendly. But what really floats our boat at Oceanaire is the seafood: fresh fish brought in six days a week from around the globe, then handled with care by a kitchen that knows how to handle these creatures, even in landlocked Denver. And chef Matt Mine keeps his menu as fresh as the fish that's its mainstay, changing up... More »
What does it take to run a great seafood restaurant a mile above sea level and a thousand miles from the nearest ocean? The kind of system that hums behind the scenes at Oceanaire -- a business structure that brings in fresh fish daily, six days a week, following supply lines that run back and forth across the globe, all terminating in a kitchen that actually knows what to do with a glut of great product. Under the command of chef Matt Mine, Oceanaire serves up the best sea critters... More »
Although Oceanaire is beloved for the chicken-fried oysters and delightful bacon steaks with which it's slowly murdering a certain restaurant critic, this restaurant is really a classic fish house that looks like a gilt ocean liner from the early twentieth century. Each day, the menu lists the fish that have been delivered fresh from distributors around the world: Loup de mer, mako shark, Arctic char and blowfish have all had their moment on this menu alongside the traditional cods and... More »
Begin with the massive plateau de fruits de mer -- that'll run you $79, shaved ice included. Then there's whatever fish is fresh that night, prepared in a way that could be plain, could be fancy, but is guaranteed to be stunning: real Dover sole wrapped around a stuffing of crab meat and sauced with a simple, elegant lemon beurre blanc; line-caught Colorado striped bass, fried and sauced with Asian flair; the exotic skate. You won't want to miss the sides, either, including corn on the... More »
Yes, Oceanaire is a seafood restaurant -- but our very favorite offering here is a plate of nothing but bacon steaks. No garnish, no vegetable, no starch, no health warning from the surgeon general about the dangers of eating a giant plate of pig at a single sitting. To create this miracle, chef Matt Mine, a former fish butcher who now runs the kitchen at Denver's Oceanaire, simply takes a rasher of bacon, cuts off slabs about an inch thick, fries them up in the pan, then serves them as... More »
Go here for a special occasion. Be sure when you call in your reservation mention the occasion (birthday/anniversary/etc) and they will personalize the menu for your table. Be sure to check out the bathroom. Known for great service.
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