Photo by: Melanie Pahl Highland Pacific's Ahi Poke
Denver is a landlocked city, so you would think getting fresh seafood in this town would be a challenge. Not so. Luckily the Highlands neighborhood has one of the best live oyster bars in town where several varieties are usually on hand. Couple that with a great seafood and steak menu, live music and their engaging staff, you have a place where you want to come and stay for a while.
Chef Edward Krammerer, Jr.opened Highland Pacific at 32nd/Perry in 2005, back when this neighborhood needed a good seafood joint, but not a stuffy and overpriced one. Somewhere to get a good meal, chat with friends, meet for some music or a place families could go with a casual atmosphere. That is exactly what we got. They even help to support local artists by rotating colorful artwork on their walls.
Photo by: Melanie Pahl Mussels and Frites
What about the food? There are several light appetizers offered to either start your meal or pair as a main dish. Ranging from $8-$13 choose from Lump Crab Cakes that contain big chunks of crab or the Ahi Poke served in a chilled martini glass with layers of top grade raw tuna, avocado and seaweed salad. Or go for a traditional Po Boy sandwich with Crawfish and olive tapenade. The main event here, however, is the raw bar. Every night select from the choices written on the chalkboard menu listing oysters in the half shell, crab legs or shrimp, depending on what was flown in fresh that week. To ensure that your shellfish taste as if you were eating on the coast, Highland Pacific flies their seafood in four times a week. If you prefer your seafood to be cooked, then try the big plate of Mussels and Frites or the battered Mahi Mahi Fish and Frites, which are some of the best in town. Most of the items on the dinner menu are offered as half or full portions, which is a nice option. Want some turf with your surf? There are four delicious steak cuts to choose from as well. It all adds up to some excellent possibilities.
The Oyster’s bar is a hoppin’ place most nights of the week as well. There are two happy hours, 5-7pm and again from 10-12am and live music Wednesday through Saturday. Almost any night of the week you will find this bar full of neighbors, regulars and music fans here to take part in the lively scene. Drop in!
Highland Pacific Oyster Bar: 3934 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO. 303-477-6644.
Hours: Tue-Sun 5pm to close
Dinner: Menu available from 5- 10pm
Oyster & Raw Bar available until 11pm