Top Seafood Places in Mexico City You Have To Try

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Lauren Cocking

Nestled within the heart of Mexico’s vibrant capital, Mexico City, the lure of fresh seafood beckons despite its inland location. While coastal hotspots boast abundant marine offerings, the city’s culinary scene has risen to the challenge, offering seafood enthusiasts a delightful array of options. Join us as we embark on a flavorful journey through the top six seafood destinations in Mexico City, where dining feels akin to a coastal feast. From oceanic treasures to coastal-inspired creations, this guide unveils where to indulge in the bounty of the sea, all while immersing yourself in the vibrant energy of the country’s sprawling capital.

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An inland taste of Baja California Watch out for award-winning chef Jair Tellez, direct from famed Baja California restaurant Laja, in this superb seafood hotspot that plays host to excellent surf and turf. Offering divine Baja California-inspired cuisine, MeroToro has an expansive menu full of culinary delights to suit any diner. Located in the upscale Condesa district, this restaurant has embraced the interior design movement of the moment – all exposed wood and beams – and draws an upmarket crowd to match. Dress to impress but prepare to enjoy a surprisingly laidback atmosphere. Price: Fine-dining Opening hours: Mon-Sat 1.30pm-11pm, Sun 1.30pm-6pm Watch out for: The namesake mero dish.

El Jardín del Pulpo

Octopus is a firm favourite in Maltese cuisine and, depending on the dish, is commonly served with sweet tomatoes and garlic

Streetside seafood

El Jardín del Pulpo can be found in the Mercado de Coyoacán, making it the perfect place to indulge before or after a visit to the house of Frida Kahlo, located in the same neighborhood. Don’t come expecting fine dining, as this is plastic-table-and-chairs food all the way, but don’t be put off by appearances either. Other restaurants here also specialize in mariscos, but its corner location makes Jardín del Pulpo the best-known and most popular, not least because of its delicious seafood-stuffed chilies, whole fried fish, and namesake pulpo (octopus).

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: Every day 11am-6pm

Watch out for: Simple seafood soup

Rokai Izakaya Bistro

Authentic sushi in the Mexican capital Coming in at number 15 on a list of the top 100 restaurants in Mexico, Rokai serves exquisitely prepared Japanese food from a typically Japanese serving bar. Arrive early for a chance at front row seats. If you’ve tired of the typical Mexican-style seafood dishes, this is the perfect place for your seafood fix. Much of the fish comes imported directly from the Japanese coast, meaning you are getting a truly authentic dining experience even in the heart of Mexico. Our top tip is to order the catch of the day and leave the preparation in the chef’s capable hands. Price: Fine dining Opening hours: Mon-Sat 1.30pm-5pm, 7pm-11pm


Leave room for dessert at Contramar Coming from the same owners of MeroToro, Contramar was established in Mexico City a few years prior and quickly made a name for itself in the capital. Famed for providing super fresh seafood dishes, a reservation is essential for this ever- busy Roma restaurant. The trendy, youthful vibe at Contramar is well-known and ensures that the place is always atmospheric, but not one for a romantic date. Try to get a table on the patio, and definitely do not miss the tuna tostadas and the house favorite, huachinango (red snapper). Price: Fine dining Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12.30pm-6.30pm, Fri-Sat 12.30pm-8pm Watch out for: Absolutely whichever of the desserts takes your fancy

La Docena

Seafood pasta

Nestled in the heart of Mexico City, La Docena stands as a culinary oasis for seafood enthusiasts seeking a luxurious and memorable dining experience. Translated as “The Dozen,” this upscale seafood and oyster bar captivates diners with its commitment to quality, presentation, and a deep appreciation for coastal flavors. La Docena’s menu is a delightful ode to the ocean’s bounty, offering a diverse selection of seafood dishes crafted with the finest ingredients. While oysters take center stage, the menu also features an array of seafood delights, including ceviches, crudos, and grilled specialties. Each dish is a work of art, masterfully prepared to showcase the natural flavors of the sea.
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