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.
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.
Opening hours: Every day 12pm-2am
Watch out for: Fish tacos
Address & telephone number: Presidente Masaryk 393, Distrito Federal, Mexico, +52 55 5409 6367
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.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 1.30pm-11pm, Sun 1.30pm-6pm
Watch out for: The namesake mero dish
Address & telephone number: Calle Amsterdam 204, Hipódromo Condesa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, +52 55 5564 7799
La Morena Oyster Bar
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!
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, +52 55 2454 9635
El Jardín del Pulpo
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).
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
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, +52 55 5207 7543
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, +52 55 5514 9217