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13 Solid Spots to Cool Off With Super-Fresh Ceviche in Dallas

Where to find a lunch that’s packed with flavor and just light enough for the summer

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The killer ceviche at Palapas Seafood Bar
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The oppressive heat of summer is in full swing, which means that Dallasites will begrudgingly trade in their typical diet of burgers, barbecue, and Tex-Mex for something a little lighter. Not because we’re all trying to get healthy, but because it’s about to be too damn hot to eat anything too heavy.

During the summer in Dallas, there’s no better light and fresh dish than ceviche. The classic Latin American mix of fish (or shellfish) “cooked” in citrus juice and an assortment of accoutrements is chilly, and perfect for enjoying on patio alongside plenty of margaritas.

Check out this guide to Dallas’ 13 best spots for ceviche, ranging from Mexican versions to classic Peruvian preparations and more modern iterations of this iconic summer favorite.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taqueria Los Angeles

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1424 Jupiter Rd #203
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 423-2303
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Served in massive cups perfect for lunch, the seafood cocktail at this Plano taqueria is packed with shrimp, octopus, pico de gallo, and avocado. There’s also fish ceviche tostadas, and a classic shrimp cocktail that won’t disappoint.

2. Lima Taverna

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621 W Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX 75075

Lima Taverna is all about Peruvian cuisine, as its name might imply. Three different ceviches are on offer, and they’re all equally great. The ceviche mixto (whitefish, shrimp, and calamari with traditional fixings) is a great option for starters, but the leche de tigre is really where it’s at. Freshly caught fish is marinated in leche de tigre (a mix of lime juice and chiles) and served with sweet potatoes, Peruvian-style corn, and shaved onions.

Lima Taverna

3. Lalo's Fine Mexican Cuisine

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18484 Preston Rd #118
Dallas, TX
(469) 298-3017
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This oft-overlooked North Dallas eatery serves up some of the city’s best Mexican fare, and the ceviche at Lalo’s is not to be missed. The preparation is simple, the ingredients are fresh, and it pairs perfectly with a few (or several) margaritas on the restaurant’s patio.

Lalo’s Fine Mexican Cuisine

4. Mesero

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5505 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX
(972) 788-8180

This local chain only offers up one version of ceviche, but it’s always fresh and perfectly balanced. A mix of citrus-marinated tiger shrimp, jalapeno pepper, tiny grape tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro, it’s the perfect pairing for an equally-chilly margarita.

5. Montlake Cut

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8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX
(214) 739-8220

Ceviche doesn’t exactly hail from the Pacific Northwest, but this upscale spot knows its way around all kinds of seafood dishes. Order the market fish ceviche, served with avocado and orange in a mezcal-citrus vinaigrette.

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6. Jose

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4931 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 891-5673
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Eater Dallas 2018 Chef of the Year Anastacia Quinones is serving up the city’s most interesting aguachiles and stellar ceviches at this Lovers Lane eatery. Order the coconut ceviche, packed with Texas redfish, avocado, pepitas, and mango, or the always-changing seasonal crudo.

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7. Cuzco Irving

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1910 N Story Rd
Irving, TX 75061
(469) 276-7267
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This Peruvian restaurant serves up a totally traditional take on ceviche. The fish is marinated in fresh lime juice and spiked with Peruvian rocoto chiles. On the side, classic accompaniments like sweet potato, onion, lettuce, and corn round out this bright and fresh appetizer.

8. La Calle Doce

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1925 Skillman St
Dallas, TX
(214) 824-9900
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This Latin-inspired eatery in Lakewood has a solid reputation among the neighborhood’s most discerning diners. Here, you can order the classic Acapulco take on ceviche atop a tostada, which adds saltiness and plenty of crunch. Ask for a little extra lime juice and cilantro to gild the lily.  

La Calle Doce

9. Taquero

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5434 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 372-6049

In addition to the excellent tacos at this Ross Avenue favorite, don’t sleep on the ceviche fino. Packed with red snapper, roma tomato, and avocado, it’s dressed in a creamy mayo sauce that’s made in-house. There’s also an excellent tiradito, made with baby scallops and tossed in a fiery habanero sauce.

10. Palapas Seafood Bar

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1418 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX

The menu at this Mexican seafood eatery is packed with well-executed seafood dishes, but the ceviches are an absolute must. A wide range of ceviche dishes are on the menu, including a Mazatlan-style ceviche with shrimp “cooked” in freshly-squeezed lime juice and topped with avocado, and jumbo raw scallops in key lime, red onion, and cucumber.

11. Urban Taco

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3411 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 922-7080
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Keep it simple at this Dallas taco favorite, where two different ceviche options await. Order the ceviche tower, a stack of avocado, red snapper, shrimp, pineapple, and mango-jicama slaw, or keep it simple with a citrusy red snapper preparation.

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12. Beto & Son

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3011 Gulden Ln #108
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 249-8590
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The ceviche at this Trinity Groves restaurant is served tower-style, piled high with Gulf shrimp, crunchy slaw, avocado, pico de gallo, avocado, and Mexican cocktail sauce.

13. Ceviche Oyster Bar

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451 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 291-7180
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Seafood of all sorts is on the menu at this Bishop Arts newcomer, but the ceviche is not to be missed. Go for the classic ceviche mixto, a heaping portion of fish and shrimp marinated in a citrusy tomato sauce.

1. Taqueria Los Angeles

1424 Jupiter Rd #203, Plano, TX 75074

Served in massive cups perfect for lunch, the seafood cocktail at this Plano taqueria is packed with shrimp, octopus, pico de gallo, and avocado. There’s also fish ceviche tostadas, and a classic shrimp cocktail that won’t disappoint.

1424 Jupiter Rd #203
Plano, TX 75074

2. Lima Taverna

621 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075
Lima Taverna

Lima Taverna is all about Peruvian cuisine, as its name might imply. Three different ceviches are on offer, and they’re all equally great. The ceviche mixto (whitefish, shrimp, and calamari with traditional fixings) is a great option for starters, but the leche de tigre is really where it’s at. Freshly caught fish is marinated in leche de tigre (a mix of lime juice and chiles) and served with sweet potatoes, Peruvian-style corn, and shaved onions.

621 W Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX 75075

3. Lalo's Fine Mexican Cuisine

18484 Preston Rd #118, Dallas, TX
Lalo’s Fine Mexican Cuisine

This oft-overlooked North Dallas eatery serves up some of the city’s best Mexican fare, and the ceviche at Lalo’s is not to be missed. The preparation is simple, the ingredients are fresh, and it pairs perfectly with a few (or several) margaritas on the restaurant’s patio.

18484 Preston Rd #118
Dallas, TX

4. Mesero

5505 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX

This local chain only offers up one version of ceviche, but it’s always fresh and perfectly balanced. A mix of citrus-marinated tiger shrimp, jalapeno pepper, tiny grape tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro, it’s the perfect pairing for an equally-chilly margarita.

5505 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX

5. Montlake Cut

8220 Westchester Dr, Dallas, TX
Montlake Cut/Facebook

Ceviche doesn’t exactly hail from the Pacific Northwest, but this upscale spot knows its way around all kinds of seafood dishes. Order the market fish ceviche, served with avocado and orange in a mezcal-citrus vinaigrette.

8220 Westchester Dr
Dallas, TX

6. Jose

4931 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
Melissa Hennings/EDFW

Eater Dallas 2018 Chef of the Year Anastacia Quinones is serving up the city’s most interesting aguachiles and stellar ceviches at this Lovers Lane eatery. Order the coconut ceviche, packed with Texas redfish, avocado, pepitas, and mango, or the always-changing seasonal crudo.

4931 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

7. Cuzco Irving

1910 N Story Rd, Irving, TX 75061

This Peruvian restaurant serves up a totally traditional take on ceviche. The fish is marinated in fresh lime juice and spiked with Peruvian rocoto chiles. On the side, classic accompaniments like sweet potato, onion, lettuce, and corn round out this bright and fresh appetizer.

1910 N Story Rd
Irving, TX 75061

8. La Calle Doce

1925 Skillman St, Dallas, TX
La Calle Doce

This Latin-inspired eatery in Lakewood has a solid reputation among the neighborhood’s most discerning diners. Here, you can order the classic Acapulco take on ceviche atop a tostada, which adds saltiness and plenty of crunch. Ask for a little extra lime juice and cilantro to gild the lily.  

1925 Skillman St
Dallas, TX

9. Taquero

5434 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

In addition to the excellent tacos at this Ross Avenue favorite, don’t sleep on the ceviche fino. Packed with red snapper, roma tomato, and avocado, it’s dressed in a creamy mayo sauce that’s made in-house. There’s also an excellent tiradito, made with baby scallops and tossed in a fiery habanero sauce.

5434 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Palapas Seafood Bar

1418 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX

The menu at this Mexican seafood eatery is packed with well-executed seafood dishes, but the ceviches are an absolute must. A wide range of ceviche dishes are on the menu, including a Mazatlan-style ceviche with shrimp “cooked” in freshly-squeezed lime juice and topped with avocado, and jumbo raw scallops in key lime, red onion, and cucumber.

1418 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX

11. Urban Taco

3411 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX
Urban Taco

Keep it simple at this Dallas taco favorite, where two different ceviche options await. Order the ceviche tower, a stack of avocado, red snapper, shrimp, pineapple, and mango-jicama slaw, or keep it simple with a citrusy red snapper preparation.

3411 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX

12. Beto & Son

3011 Gulden Ln #108, Dallas, TX 75212

The ceviche at this Trinity Groves restaurant is served tower-style, piled high with Gulf shrimp, crunchy slaw, avocado, pico de gallo, avocado, and Mexican cocktail sauce.

3011 Gulden Ln #108
Dallas, TX 75212

13. Ceviche Oyster Bar

451 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Seafood of all sorts is on the menu at this Bishop Arts newcomer, but the ceviche is not to be missed. Go for the classic ceviche mixto, a heaping portion of fish and shrimp marinated in a citrusy tomato sauce.

451 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

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