2500 W. Alameda Ave, Denver, CO, 80219-4102 
Full service

Business Hours:
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM (Midnight)
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Midnight)
Restaurant Location
Major city
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Restaurant Type
Full service

Ratings 1 people have voted

Awards and Honors

For the Top 100 Restaurants
Top 100 Specialty  (2010)


Reviewed by: Nathan B. on: 2/23/2013 12:17:00 AM
be careful last time I ate here I got a reallllly bad case of food poisoning. I even know what it was it was the shrimp eggrolls. They were over fried and even had a spungie texture. I didint even get half way through one. I was sick for 3 days. I told the waitress they were bad and she didnt even want to take them off the bill. I finally got her to after going back and forth with her. They also had pork in them which was not listed. The two people I was with were muslum so Im glad I tried them first. But not glad I ate them!! This place is nothing special at best
Reviewed by: Robin M. on: 1/22/2013 5:04:00 PM
Two-for-one lobster ($19.99 total for two lobsters) is a steal -- and it was the best lobster I ever ate. Some of the credit has to go to the wonderful preparation with ginger and scallions. There are other ways to order the lobster which all sound good. You must get both lobsters prepared the same way. At this bargain price, it makes sense.We added Shanghai noodles and thought the contrast was outstanding. There is actual curry flavor to the noodles here, not just a yellow tinge. So delicious -- it's become one of our new favorites.Note, the late-night pricing kicks in at 9:30 p.m. If you are a night owl, this is a wonderful option. You can get the $19.99 lobsters any time, however!
Reviewed by: Maria M. on: 1/4/2013 6:07:00 AM
Fantastic authentic chinese food. I'm deducting one star for their inability to do easy substitutions and over charging for a simple side of fried tofu ($8.95!!!)
Reviewed by: Robert M. on: 1/2/2013 1:41:00 AM
What can I write that can best describe this amazing place to you?Firstly, this is one of my most favorite places to eat not just in Denver, but all the U.S.A. During the 90's my job was to travel this nation and I had a $20,000.00 per year budget for food on the road. I loved finding the special, truly ethic hole-in-the-walls that my nose would lead me to in every city. I've also been to Vietnam for five weeks to check out their food.The trick is trying to find those places that don't necessarily cater to the "honkies" (yes, I'm a honkie) but are true to their own ethic ways and it is where you also find those ethic people eating. JJ's is much more than a "Chinese" restaurant as this is a true "Hong Kong" style restaurant. This is NOT your typical gross American-Chinese place that most honkies seek out, so be aware!This is a place that attracts all the various Chinese people, Vietnamese, Korean and Hispanics as well. It is a rare type of Asian food that can do that and as such JJ's is a true "foodie's" jewel in Denver.JJ's offers several different menus, depending on the time of the day. Opening at 11 AM daily, they start with a special Dim Sum and Lunch menu. This might not be Denver's best place for Dim Sum, but it is very good and very reasonably priced.Known for their live seafood, much is kept at the entrance of the restaurant and is the first thing you will see. Usually they will have at least three types of live fish, eel, Dungeness crab, lobsters on hand. On some occasions they will also have live shrimp, scallops, clams, frogs and more! And then they also serve a lot of seafood that has been frozen, but there's nothing wrong with that, if it is done right. They do it right here!During their lunch hours 11 AM to 4 PM and then again during their late night menu being served from 9:30 PM to Midnight daily, you can get the BEST FRIED FISH DEAL in all of Denver!!! One whole deep fried flounder for only $6.95! Yes, that's correct! This is a perfectly fried fish, with a wonderfully light batter that bubbles up around the fish. The tail, fins and bones crispy and tasty enough to eat! Perfect white, steamy flaky fish that is served laying in a small pool of flavored soy sauce and thinly sliced scallions. (Now just take some of their chili garlic sauce and a little soy sauce, mix together and eat with the flounder.)During the lunch and late dinner hours, some of Denver's best food deals are to had right here. Between all their menus, there is probably more than 300 items! So it is difficult to tell you about all the wonderful things they serve here. They also include a house soup and dessert with your meal. (Not with just Dim Sum though.)I love their fried whole shrimp in a very tasty "salt and spice" coating that is more crispy garlic than anything else. They can use the same style for their squid, soft shell crabs, eggplant & shrimp, the live crabs or lobster. It is a must try!Though most of the times I go here I am by myself, this is really the place to bring a few friends and then share some wonderful dishes. Stay away from the non-Asian things that honkies order like Sesame Chicken, Sweet & Sour anything and the like and you will have a great meal!JJ's is primarily a seafood place, but they do have all things you would expect at an Asian place. Chicken, duck, beef, pork and lamb. If you like cumin, like basil and you like lamb, you have to try their cumin, basil lamb! Thinly sliced lamb perfectly sauteed in an amazing basil heavy cumin sauce with green onions! Wow!They serve the large family style soups where you boil your own meal at your table. This is very popular there. All and all JJ's is a very enjoyable experience for both seafood lovers and lovers of Asian/Hong Kong style foods. Whether by yourself, with a friend or a group, you will have a great meal here.In the last year they won a very prestigious award of being one of the Top 100 Chinese restaurants in the US!
Reviewed by: Jon W. on: 12/29/2012 2:26:00 PM
I first dined here while working on an election in 2010. Ever since on my few trips back to Denver I have spent at least one meal here. Why do I always come back? Two reasons: good food and affordable prices.Let's start with the Dim Sum. For the most part, the Dim Sum is fairly well made. The pork spareribs had just enough spice from the jalapenos and flavor from the black bean paste. Shui Mai were on par to many places I've had in California. Even the congee has a good flavor and nice consistancy between the rice and the broth. The one thing I was disappointed at was the turnip cake, which could have been fried a little bit longer for some outside crunch. And at $2.18 for any small, medium, or large (but NOT deluxe) Dim Sum, it's very affordable and almost rivals places around Los Angeles for value (and beats Super Star, hands down)The Wonton Noodle Soup I also tried on one occasion was pretty good too. The broth was not too salty and there were a ton of veggies along with my wontons and noodles (a big plus). For $5.95 it was definitely affordably priced and filling.I have also tried some of their stir-fried chinese broccoli and pea sprouts, both of which were done very well. They were both cooked with lots of flavor without overcooking or undercooking the veggies.The bonus? It's a family run restaurant with a very nice manager (and possibly, owner?). When I requested Portuguese Egg Tarts, she dutifully informed me that they were not ready but that I could come back in 15 minutes with them freshly made and in a to-go box for me. They apologized as well. After a brief walk to the supermarket I came back 15 minutes later with it all packed up for me and thanking me for my patronage.Now that I live in Denver, I'll definitely come here more after. Good food and affordable prices that rival many Chinese restaurants in my home town of San Diego. What more could I ask for?
Reviewed by: Robert L. on: 12/21/2012 2:01:00 AM
Ordered Beef satay, it was very very oily, veggies were tough and rice was just ok. But fish tanks were fun and the wait was short.
Reviewed by: Amanda M. on: 11/27/2012 2:38:00 AM
I guess I'm not an authentic Chinese person.First off, the fish tanks scared me. There was one half-dead orange fish with HUGE eyes staring at me as we were waiting for a table. I had nightmares about it. We also shouldn't have had to look at that thing for 10 minutes while waiting since the place wasn't full. They just told us to wait, for no reason.To be honest, I wanted American-Chinese food, so I wasn't all that enthused about going here, but I did want to try somewhere new, and this is what my husband suggested.We ordered the pork buns, vegetable lo mein, garlic chicken, and short ribs in black pepper sauce.Pork Buns=Good and sticky.Lo Mein- Not what I was expecting. They use thin noodles, not crispy-but dry as if they were stale. The noodles also had a slightly fermented taste about them. I don't know if that's how their lo mein is supposed to be, but we each took a bite and regretted ordering them.Garlic Chicken- I wanted a light garlic sauce. Instead it was a thick sweet orangish sauce that tasted nothing like garlic. More like sugar and bamboo shoots. It's all I could taste.Short Ribs- These were actually quite tasty, but they are sliced thin with the bone left in, so it's hard to rip the meat off with your teeth while using chopsticks. A knife was definitely in order. My husband got so frustrated trying to eat these, he gave up.So over $40 later and 3 dishes only partially eaten (the lo mein virtually untouched) we will not be returning.
Reviewed by: Michelle K. on: 11/23/2012 7:16:00 AM
There's not much in the way of decor or service in a place like this, but you're not really here for either of the above. It's just Chinese food, as real or as watered down as you feel like. The nice thing about this restaurant is that you can order freshly picked shrimp from one of the fishtanks and have them sauteed in garlic and served on top of glass noodles. That was the highlight of our recent visit to JJ's, although they do have decent shumai and the bean curd with shiitake mushrooms and black bean sauce was also pretty good. I'd definitely come back for more of the fresh garlic shrimp.
Reviewed by: Lily S. on: 10/19/2012 1:26:00 PM
Dim sum used to be better before they changed chef. Last time I visited a lot of the items on the menu were out...If you have the time (usually 40 min), get the Frog Legs Clay Pot Rice, it's well worth the wait as they make it right as you order it. Can't get more authentic than that!I'd rate JJ's 3.5 stars.
Reviewed by: Scott D. on: 7/2/2012 1:36:00 PM
I had the house special lo mein which had lots of seafood and amazing barbecued pork!! I also had steamed dumplings that were hand rolled and amazing. I am a Chinese food snob because it seems that the places back east are superior. But, this place makes me feel like Im back in china town in Boston. Lot's of fresh seafood!! The prices are very reasonable also with a late night menu too!
Reviewed by: David C. on: 4/28/2012 11:08:00 AM
I am a little reticent to review JJ's because I want to keep it on the down low, but they really do deserve the recognition and praise.The chef in the kitchen must be from Hong Kong, or at least the San Gabriel Valley, because he knows how to make a down home meal. The lunch special is such a great deal. Not infrequently do I cave to a sudden craving for peking spareribs and honey walnut shrimp; at half price for full portions it's not hard. The fried whole fish is also a really great deal and a really great dish.They also have a "xiao ye" menu, which is basically the meal at midnight in the street market. The prices on the menu are awesome, but haven't made it out yet to take advantage. If anything like their lunch special menu, though, I'm sure it's great.Dim sum I've only tried once. It was okay. Not our top dim sum place in Denver, but pretty decent, especially if you don't want to battle crowds. They had pig feet marinated in black vinegar on the dim sum menu, which you don't often see. It was good too! Oh, their "bao's" as in clay pot dishes are good too, sort of half stew half dry dish cooked in basically a Dutch oven.They also had a $20 for 2 lobsters cooked one way (a few bucks extra if you wanted them prepared differently). We usually got them in ginger onion sauce. The other choices are like salt and pepper or black bean, I think. It was (is?) an awesome deal, got us through a period of random lobster cravings without too much damage.In short, JJ's is really solid. The prices on their special menus are also really good. I'm kind of surprised that there's such a good main dish sort of place here in Denver, but I was surprised at the good dim sum too, so there you go. We refugees of the coasts can survive quite well here thanks to Federal Ave.So Yelpers, don't go rampaging in your epicurean hordes on my favorite Chinese restaurant in Denver, like you have to Lao Wang's and Star Kitchen. Just enjoy in moderation! (Fat chance :)
Reviewed by: Ellen C. on: 3/7/2012 11:19:00 AM
It's been like 5yrs since I visited this spot. I got a gift certificate for $25 thru http://Restaurant.com so I thought I would give it a try. The ladies were so NICE! They don't have ladies pushing carts of food to you, rather they take orders of the Dim Sum or any other items on the menu. We totally went overboard and will probably have left overs for 2days, but I'm glad bc the food was really delicious. We ordered the following.- Shang Hai Dumplings- Scallop dumplings- Shrimp Egg Roll- 2 orders of House Baked BBQ Pork Buns- 3 large orders of Shrimp Rice Noodle rolls- 1 Shrimp dubmpling things- Jelly Fish- Snail w/ Basil and Black Bean SauceOur favs were the Snails, all of the dumplings and the Rice noodles. Even my 6yr old picky eater was digging the Snails.We will definitely return here. Great customer service.
Reviewed by: julie n. on: 1/26/2012 2:58:00 AM
Service was great...staff refilled water and switched out plates promptly despite being very busy on new years weekend.Lobsters were buy 1 get 1 at $22.99 eachSalt and pepper lobsters...very good!lobsters in XO sauce...it was ok, dry salt and pepper rub was betterMom was very disappointed in the hot pot. The vegetable broth and the spicy broth are both very bland.And had snails...a bit salty but pretty good!
Reviewed by: Jen W. on: 1/18/2012 11:03:00 AM
I almost never go out for chinese food. Being chinese, I guess I have a hard time believing that there is any really truly good non-Americanized chinese food anywhere in Denver.A friend had suggested this place, and after not being able to decide where to go for dinner, the SO and I settled on this restaurant.We were early (for once) for dinner -- showed up around 6pm on Broncos playoff day. There were only 3 other tables of people there at the time. We got a pile of restaurant menus - lots of stuff to pick from! The first thing I noticed was all of the "weird' stuff they had...preserved egg, chicken feet, jelly fish, etc...the first sign of a "real" chinese restaurant! LOL. And they had PEA SHOOTS!We ordered a clam hot pot, the house special crab fried rice, pea shoots, and turnip cakes. It was all good, and we had leftovers that were still good the next day. Service was actually really good too.The missing star is for the obviously-very-large-and-very-dead fish in one of the tanks that we saw on the way out. I would tell you which fish you SHOULDN'T order, but I don't know what it was. I'm going back with my parents in a week for Chinese New Year's...if they've cleaned out the tank and gotten rid fo the dead fish (let's hope so!) by then, maybe I'll give them the last star.
Reviewed by: Berlusconi on: 2010-12-26
Hot pot If you're looking for an authentic Chinese restaurant in the area with hot pot, I'd recommend this restaurant. The food is good for their relatively cheap prices. Seafood seemed to be fresh, and definitely get their lobster special if available
Reviewed by: Mike  on: 2010-12-26
The best Chinese seafood restaurant in the Denver Metro‎‎ Fresh seafood prepared Chinese style. Authentic and delicous. It's nothing like that overly sugared stir fried "Panda Express" food. This is where the local Asians go for some good food.