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The killer ceviche at Palapas Seafood Bar
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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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Taqueria Los Angeles

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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.

Lima Taverna

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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.

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Lalo's Fine Mexican Cuisine

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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

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.

Montlake Cut

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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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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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Cuzco Irving

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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.

La Calle Doce

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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

Taquero

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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.

Palapas Seafood Bar

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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.

Urban Taco

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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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Beto & Son

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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.

Ceviche Oyster Bar

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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.

Taqueria Los Angeles

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.

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.

Lima Taverna

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.

Lalo’s Fine Mexican Cuisine

Mesero

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.

Montlake Cut

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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Jose

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.

Melissa Hennings/EDFW

Cuzco Irving

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.

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.  

La Calle Doce

Taquero

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.

Palapas Seafood Bar

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.

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.

Urban Taco

Beto & Son

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.

Ceviche Oyster Bar

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.

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