Top 6 Seafood Places in Mexico City You Have To Try

Photo of Lauren Cocking
9 February 2017

Inland capital Mexico City can sometimes struggle for the fresh seafood that graces the coastal hotspots of this beautiful country, but follow our guide to the top six seafood places in Mexico’s capital and find out where to dine like you’re on the coast.

Fish tacos | © jeffreyw/Flickr

Costeñito Market

Bar, Market, Restaurant, Beer, Seafood, Mexican, $$$
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MeroToro | courtesy of MeroToro
Enjoy fish tacos in this restaurant-bar Offering fresh seafood daily, Costeñito Market is the place to be in Mexico City, located on swanky Presidente Masaryk. The perfect spot for lunch or dinner, this restaurant is also a bar, meaning you don’t have to splash out on an entire meal to get a taste for the seafood here. Settle down with a Victoria beer and enjoy some fish tacos, or the tostada sampler if you want more variation. Relaxed dining at its best, Costeñito Market is the perfect place to start your Mexican seafood adventure. Price: Mid-range Opening hours: Every day 12pm-2am Watch out for: Fish tacos Address & telephone number: Presidente Masaryk 393, Distrito Federal, Mexico

La Morena Oyster Bar

Bar, Seafood
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Much more than oysters Located in the bohemian haven of La Condesa, the atmosphere of La Morena Oyster Bar works as an excellent complement to the neighborhood’s own feel and offers the perfect spot for people-watching. Also a bar, La Morena allows you to accompany your meal with a classic, well-sized margarita and enjoy the range of seafood dishes on offer. From clam chowder to Peruvian-style ceviche, there is something for everyone at La Morena. Don’t be put off by the name, La Morena Oyster Bar is much more than oysters! Price: Mid-range Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1.30pm-1am, Sat-Sun 10am-1am Watch out for: Peruvian-style ceviche Address & telephone number: Calle Atlixco 94, Condesa, Distrito Federal, Mexico

El Jardín del Pulpo

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

Address & telephone number: Mercado de Coyoacán, Ignacio Allende S/n, Coyoacán, Distrito Federal, Mexico, +52 55 5339 5708

Rokai Izakaya Bistro

Bar, Bistro, Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
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Pescado a la Talla
Pescado a la Talla | courtesy of Contramar
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 Watch out for: Niguiris Address & telephone number: Rio Ebro 87, Cuauhtemoc, Distrito Federal, Mexico


Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Contramar's dining room
Contramar's dining room | Courtesy of Contramar
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 Address & telephone number: Durango 200, Roma, Distrito Federal, Mexico,

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