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Seafood in Santa Fe?

Where is the best restaurant for good seafood? TIA

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  1. Seafood is tricky here; for obvious reasons the fish is not always fresh. The better restaurants such as Geronimo's and Old House have seafood dishes and they're usually good. For lunch, Bumblebee's Baja Grill is a very casual but excellent place and their fish tacos are very tasty and always fresh. Coyote Cantina also has some very good seafood dishes.

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    1. re: ChelseaGirl

      This is not a seafood restaurant, but if you duck into the bar at Santacafe and order the fried calamari and a cocktail/glass of wine you will not be disappointed.
      It is some of the best I've tried ever and anywhere!

      Also there is Mariscos la Playa (Cordova Rd and one on Cerrillos which I never go to) that serves very good mexican seafood and excellent gulf oysters when they can get them.

      1. re: iwannaeat

        Just a quick note about Marisco's La Playa. There has been a split in the family that owns and operates these restaurants The one on Cordova is now a separate business from the one on Cerillos. The one time that I ate at the Cerillos location (now called Mariscos Costa Azul) I found the food less appetizing than the food at the Cordova one. The Cordova branch now has satellite locations in Espanola and Albuquerque as well. Good call, though, they are definitely the best seafood in town.

        1. re: IHateKiddo

          "... they are definitely the best seafood in town."

          Which is a little like saying, the best Mexican food in South Dakota. We haven't been in awhile, but it was determinedly mediocre then. Cordova location.

          Others seem to like it, though. Mybe they've never been to the beach. Or Mexico.

          Caveat emptor, Pete Tillman

          1. re: Tillman

            Having been to beaches on both coasts of America and to much of coastal Mexico, I must say that the seafood served at the Cordova location has always been very fresh and very authentic Mexican style seafood. I have eaten Mexican seafood in Mexico and all over California and Texas. I have also enjoyed the bounty of the sea in Europe, Africa and Asia and am consistently pleased by both the quality of the fish & shellfish themselves and the expert and simple preparations. Simply top notch and never even remotely mediocre. Buyers may proceed without caution or hesitation.

            1. re: IHateKiddo

              Ditto. The owners are Mexican and understandably very proud of their native specialties and make every effort to bring that "across the border" so to speak to New Mexico. All it takes is FedEx.

              1. re: iwannaeat

                Huh. Maybe we should try it again. What do you all particularly like?

                I'd love to be proved wrong, as there isn't much good, inexpensive ethnic food in S. Fe....

                Hopefully, Pete Tillman

                1. re: Tillman

                  avocado dip (complimentary)
                  coctel de camarones
                  ceviche de camarones
                  Gulf oysters on the half shell with pico de gallo
                  huachinanga veracruz
                  sopa de vuelve la vida
                  ceviche tostadas
                  filete a la plancha......
                  All washed down with cold Pacificos or a bucket of Coronitas!

                  1. re: Tillman

                    My favorites are the come-alive soup, a rich and hearty mix of fish and shellfish in a thin tomato broth, the Mako shark fajitas, the stuffed trout (fillet or whole - it's stuffed with shellfish and cheeses) and the mixed grill, an awesome smorgasbord of the sea, featuring scallops, oysters, clams, squid and octopus all sauteed in butter. Their oysters are also always fresh, plump and absolutely delicious with the horseradish and cocktail sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime. Try 'em again!

      2. Callies Cajun is a blue trailer parked on the side of the road on Old Pecos Trail just off I-25. They have really good crab bisque and shrimp etouffee.

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        1. re: scottso

          Second to that. I like their gumbo and red beans & rice too. They're in the phone book. Takeout only.

          Cheers -- Pete Tillman