Reel in NoCo’s top seafood dishes.
Landlocked though we are, NoCo has an abundant haul of fresh fish options worthy of a destination dinner. Here are a few of our faves.
Chimney Park Restaurant & Bar
Chef and owner Jason Shaeffer racks up accolades (hello, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence) with this Windsor date-night favorite, serving up specialty American entrees and a treasure trove of ocean selections. Regulars rave about the charred Spanish octopus with broccolini and pancetta and the honey-lime cured hamachi with avocado mousse. Ask about the fish of the day or go for gold with the seared New England sea scallops—the truffle butter alone will trigger repeat visits.
406 Main St., Windsor
Fish was one of Fort Collins’ first higher-end seafood spots, leading the charge since 2001 with quality fresh-caught offerings and a supply that changes daily. Seasonal dinner specials span stuffed rainbow trout to poached wild sole, and the ahi tuna egg rolls are a consistent hit, spinning rare tuna, pickled ginger, cabbage and carrots in a crispy egg roll shell. Pick up hand-cut trout, salmon and more from the adjoining market. Tip: If you don’t see it on the menu, Fish can special order just about anything with a few days’ notice.
150 W. Oak St.
Dim lighting, dark wood and a welcoming staff complete the English pub theme at this legendary local haunt. Sip a Fort Collins craft beer (there are more than 30 taps to choose from) and cozy up in a corner booth with friends while the kitchen prepares heaping plates of fish and chips. The flaky, beer-battered fried cod is served piping hot with fries, coleslaw and fresh lemon. Give it a liberal splash of malt vinegar and enjoy.
2626 S. College Ave.
Blue Agave Grill
Old Town summer patio hangouts begin with Blue Agave’s house-infused tequilas—try the cucumber and toasted chili pepper margarita—and homemade sangria. Catch happy hour Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day Tuesday for deals on chili-lime shrimp street tacos and chipotle-dusted fried calamari. The contemporary Southwestern scratch kitchen is famous for its lemon-buttered lobster street tacos with lobster cream and corn salsa and tempura tilapia tacos dressed in sweet adobo slaw and kicky creamy horseradish.
201 S. College Ave
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
We could go on and on about the sustainably caught fish, the caviar, the po boys and all things delicious from the sea, but really—on a smoking hot summer night, a pile of briny, bright oysters on a bed of ice is what we dream of. Choose from 12 varieties nightly, from on the half shell to cornmeal fried to Rockefeller.
123 N. College Ave.