Most landlocked areas aren't known for their seafood, though that's partially just because little boys in the Midwest are raised with manners enough to chew with their mouths closed. Making Denver the exception to the rule -- having good ocean fare, that is, not childish dinner table jokes -- Wild Catch.
Opening from Masterpiece Deli's masterful chef, Wild Catch serves up creative and fresh seafood (plus some meatier selections) inside a 74-seat, brick-walled, minimalist Uptown date spot that's highlighted by a bartop reclaimed from the building's old flooring, thereby foiling party girls' attempts to dance on the bar, as technically, they'll still be on the floor. Suckers! Kick things off with small plates like a fish charcuterie platter (including tuna loin “cured like prosciutto and air-dried” and salmon pastrami), a grilled lobster tail with fried green tomatoes, and a platter of bacon-accompanied deep-fried oysters, but not Rocky Mountain ones, as they clearly don't have the balls. Mainland mains include a smoked, tender belly pork chop (with porky baked beans/ apple fennel corn slaw), while ocean eats run from pan-seared scallops with tomato salad/ pistachio vinaigrette, to their signature pan-roasted Gulf grouper in a watercress leek emulsion, which they describe as “big, beautiful, and bright green”, aka Aretha Franklin dressed up for St. Patrick's Day!! But also, somehow made beautiful.
And if you want to feel like you're on the rolling seas, they've got three beers on tap (Upslope, Boulevard Brewing, Duvel), 25 mostly CO-made high-end bottles, a full cocktail program, and a tap pouring wine from Infinite Monkey, aka what you call any 35yr-old who asks if you like seafood.