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Lime-cured red snapper ceviche from Caracol.
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11 Super-Fresh Ceviches to Try This Spring

Bright citrus and top-notch fish make ceviche the perfect warm weather dish

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Lime-cured red snapper ceviche from Caracol.
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Thanks to Houston’s typically sweltering spring and summer seasons, chowing down on cool plates of ceviche as a precursor to dinner is practically a must. Seafood dishes made hearty with shellfish and fruit are satisfying in more ways than one, offering solace from the heat and plenty of flavor in each bite.

Looking for chilled Gulf Coast gems to enjoy in the comfort of your home or for spicy ceviche to cool down with on your patio? Hunting for a new, adventurous seafood dish with exotic flavor? Use this map as a guide to the best raw bar dishes and warm weather seafood staples available around town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Caracol Restaurant

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2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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Since international travel is still (largely) off the table, find the flavors of regional Mexican cuisine at this beloved Houston restaurant. Mexico City-style campechana is thick with shrimp, crab, octopus, tomato and serrano, while raw tuna tostadas are sweet and spicy with sour orange mayonnaise and guava. Feeling adventurous? Try the Ceviche de Caracol, a festive mix of raw conch, pineapple, papaya, ginger and red jalapeno. Call 713-722-6899 for curbside pick-up and find Caracol on Grubhub.

2. Jonathan's The Rub at Memorial Green

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12505 Memorial Dr #140
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 808-9291
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Bountiful, chilled ceviche is vibrant and bright at Jonathan’s the Rub. Choose from proteins like whitefish, shrimp, salmon and tuna, then jazz up the base with poblano, red jalapeno, ginger and mango. Want a loaded bowl with all four proteins? It’s worth the extra $12.

3. Uchi

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904 Westheimer Rd Suite A
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-4808
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Chill out with items from Uchi’s cool tastings menu, available for curbside pick-up. Refreshing crudo plates like scallop with aguachile and gooseberries and amberjack with cherry tomato are bold in color and flavor and serve as promising precursors to a larger meal. Visit uchihouston.com or call 713-522-4808 to order.

4. Hugo's

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1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7744
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Hugo’s ceviche verde offers a fresh take on ceviche every single time. Catch-of-the-day fish is paired with avocado, cucumber, cactus, tomatillo, olive, cilantro, and lime juice, perfect for scooping with crispy chips.

5. Maison Pucha Bistro

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1001 Studewood St #A
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 637-4976
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There are three distinct ceviches on the menu at Maison Pucha — Ecuadorian shrimp with plantain chips, Mediterranean branzino with leche de tigre and waffle potato chips and Spanish octopus with blue corn chips. Too difficult to choose just one? Spring for the ceviche trio for a cool $47.

octopus ceviche in a glass with a blue corn tortilla chip garnish and an tentacle sticking up
Octopus ceviche from Maison Pucha Bistro
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6. Ouzo Bay

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4444 Westheimer Rd Suite G130
Houston, TX 77027
(832) 430-6610
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River Oaks hotspot Ouzo Bay offers no shortage of vibrant seafood plates, including chilled crudo to kick off a meal. The kampachi ceviche pairs delicate pieces of yellowtail with peppery bites of jalapeño and aji amarillo.

7. Rosie Cannonball

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1620 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 380-2471
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Rosie Cannonball showcases the ripe flavors of spring in its Rockfish crudo, an artfully plated portion of fish basking in tomato honey vinegar and olive oil with bright pops of sungold tomatoes and apricot.

a bowl of rockfish ceviche
Rockfish Crudo from Rosie Cannonball
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8. Kata Robata

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3600 Kirby Dr suite h
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-8858
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Kata Robata satisfies the biggest of seafood cravings with its fresh catch mixed ceviche, a harmonious plate of white fish, octopus and shrimp with leche de tigre, pickled cucumber, peanuts and orange puree. Garnished with taro chips, scooping up all of the citrusy goodness is a must.

9. Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

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1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 807-8883
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With a hefty focus on Gulf Coast standouts like snapper, soft shell crab and wild caught salmon, it’s simple to satisfy seafood cravings of all sizes at Eugene’s. The campechana starter combines shrimp and crab claws with avocado for a saucy Mexican-style cocktail, served with house-made tortilla chips. Big fan of crab? Add jumbo lump crab meat for $6 more.

10. OSTIA

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2050 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 324-9288
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Traditional mussels are given the Ostia treatment via chef Travis McShane’s new mussels escabeche, a seasonal addition to his ever-evolving menu. Spiked with shallots, celery and Calabrian chili, the dish boasts lots of savory sauce for pairing with toasted bread.

11. El Meson

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2425 University Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 522-9306
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Among the long list of tapas like baby squid and pan-seared scallops on offer at El Meson, the refreshing red snapper ceviche packs a punch with the addition of serrano pepper, red onion and cilantro.

1. Caracol Restaurant

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160, Houston, TX 77056

Since international travel is still (largely) off the table, find the flavors of regional Mexican cuisine at this beloved Houston restaurant. Mexico City-style campechana is thick with shrimp, crab, octopus, tomato and serrano, while raw tuna tostadas are sweet and spicy with sour orange mayonnaise and guava. Feeling adventurous? Try the Ceviche de Caracol, a festive mix of raw conch, pineapple, papaya, ginger and red jalapeno. Call 713-722-6899 for curbside pick-up and find Caracol on Grubhub.

2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
Houston, TX 77056

2. Jonathan's The Rub at Memorial Green

12505 Memorial Dr #140, Houston, TX 77024

Bountiful, chilled ceviche is vibrant and bright at Jonathan’s the Rub. Choose from proteins like whitefish, shrimp, salmon and tuna, then jazz up the base with poblano, red jalapeno, ginger and mango. Want a loaded bowl with all four proteins? It’s worth the extra $12.

12505 Memorial Dr #140
Houston, TX 77024

3. Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd Suite A, Houston, TX 77006

Chill out with items from Uchi’s cool tastings menu, available for curbside pick-up. Refreshing crudo plates like scallop with aguachile and gooseberries and amberjack with cherry tomato are bold in color and flavor and serve as promising precursors to a larger meal. Visit uchihouston.com or call 713-522-4808 to order.

904 Westheimer Rd Suite A
Houston, TX 77006

4. Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Hugo’s ceviche verde offers a fresh take on ceviche every single time. Catch-of-the-day fish is paired with avocado, cucumber, cactus, tomatillo, olive, cilantro, and lime juice, perfect for scooping with crispy chips.

1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

5. Maison Pucha Bistro

1001 Studewood St #A, Houston, TX 77008
octopus ceviche in a glass with a blue corn tortilla chip garnish and an tentacle sticking up
Octopus ceviche from Maison Pucha Bistro
Maison Pucha Bistro/Facebook

There are three distinct ceviches on the menu at Maison Pucha — Ecuadorian shrimp with plantain chips, Mediterranean branzino with leche de tigre and waffle potato chips and Spanish octopus with blue corn chips. Too difficult to choose just one? Spring for the ceviche trio for a cool $47.

1001 Studewood St #A
Houston, TX 77008

6. Ouzo Bay

4444 Westheimer Rd Suite G130, Houston, TX 77027

River Oaks hotspot Ouzo Bay offers no shortage of vibrant seafood plates, including chilled crudo to kick off a meal. The kampachi ceviche pairs delicate pieces of yellowtail with peppery bites of jalapeño and aji amarillo.

4444 Westheimer Rd Suite G130
Houston, TX 77027

7. Rosie Cannonball

1620 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
a bowl of rockfish ceviche
Rockfish Crudo from Rosie Cannonball
Rosie Cannonball

Rosie Cannonball showcases the ripe flavors of spring in its Rockfish crudo, an artfully plated portion of fish basking in tomato honey vinegar and olive oil with bright pops of sungold tomatoes and apricot.

1620 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

8. Kata Robata

3600 Kirby Dr suite h, Houston, TX 77098

Kata Robata satisfies the biggest of seafood cravings with its fresh catch mixed ceviche, a harmonious plate of white fish, octopus and shrimp with leche de tigre, pickled cucumber, peanuts and orange puree. Garnished with taro chips, scooping up all of the citrusy goodness is a must.

3600 Kirby Dr suite h
Houston, TX 77098

9. Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

1985 Welch St, Houston, TX 77019

With a hefty focus on Gulf Coast standouts like snapper, soft shell crab and wild caught salmon, it’s simple to satisfy seafood cravings of all sizes at Eugene’s. The campechana starter combines shrimp and crab claws with avocado for a saucy Mexican-style cocktail, served with house-made tortilla chips. Big fan of crab? Add jumbo lump crab meat for $6 more.

1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019

10. OSTIA

2050 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006

Traditional mussels are given the Ostia treatment via chef Travis McShane’s new mussels escabeche, a seasonal addition to his ever-evolving menu. Spiked with shallots, celery and Calabrian chili, the dish boasts lots of savory sauce for pairing with toasted bread.

2050 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006

11. El Meson

2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Among the long list of tapas like baby squid and pan-seared scallops on offer at El Meson, the refreshing red snapper ceviche packs a punch with the addition of serrano pepper, red onion and cilantro.

2425 University Blvd
Houston, TX 77005

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