HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >



Anyone know of a place that makes some great, authentic ceviche otherwise known as a citrus (raw) seafood appetizer? Been to a couple of places in the area, but somewhat disappointed.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Ceiba has a great Ceviche sampler with 4 different types of ceviche. I think I make the best ceviche. just use very fresh fish such as Rockfish, croker, spot or you can also use Talapia, dice along with red onion, tomato, cilantro, fine dice of jalepeno, add some salt and pepper and squeeze fresh lemon juice over it, cover and refrigerate for about an hour. The acetic acid in the lemon juice denatures the fish proteins and thus cold cooks the fish. the fish will go from translucent to white when done. after an hour, drain the lemon juice and serve with tortilla chips, soft tortillas or crackers and everyone will think you are a great chef!

    1. Blue Sea Grill has a wonderfully fresh ceviche. FoiGras

      1 Reply
      1. Oyamel has several ceviche choices on the menu. I remember enjoying the red snapper ceviche.

        Willow in Arlington has a good ceviche. They replace cilantro with thai basil.

        1 Reply
        1. re: georgetownronin

          Ceiba (DC) has it---I did not order so I cannot speak to how good it was....

        2. I love the version at El Chalan, a Peruvian restaurant near the World Bank downtown.

          El Chalan Restaurant
          1924 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

          2 Replies
          1. re: DanielK

            gotta agree with DanielK, had the ceviche mixta last night at El Chalan expecting the usual martini glass size and received an almost entree size portion of some of the freshest seafood I've had in a long time with just the right balance of citrus, cilantro and chilies (ok could have been lighter with the onion, but still).

            1. re: DanielK

              I agree w/ DanielK's recommendation of El Chalan too. Also Inti (I think that's the one mselectra might be thinking of) and La Limena have very good ceviche too.

            2. I haven't been, but there's a Peruvian restaurant on 18th St in Adams Morgan that I believe has a lot of variations (I think they spell it seviche, in case that helps you search). Where have you tried already?

              1. hanks oyster bar makes a decent one.

                1. Try the El Paso Cafe at Glebe and Pershing in Arlington.

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: GeezerGourmet

                    maybe at el paso, you can get some other critter ceviche, too -- if that bug that climbed up behind me on my last visit happens to fall into the marinade.

                    i love the ceviche at banana café on 8th street -- it has a bit of fresh ginger. also, in arlington, rio grande café has good ceviche. someone has told me that guajillo in clarendon has good ceviche, iirc.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      We're eaten at El Paso Cafe every couple months for twenty years. No bugs.

                      1. re: GeezerGourmet

                        well, i guess i was just lucky, then, to find the only roach to ever cross el paso's doorstep.

                  2. La Limena on Rockville Pike in the Ritchie Center has been highly praised for its ceviche. The other Peruvian dishes are pretty darn good too! Wash it all down with their homemade Chicha Morada.


                    1. Has anyone tried Ceviche House in Derwood, MD (not far from Shady Grove Metro)?

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: pgreen

                        Yes, although it's been a few years. The ceviche was excellent - the acid didn't overpower the fish as so often is the case. I don't remember what else I ate, but I remember loving the ceviche.

                        I have a restaurant.com gift certificate for them, so I'll try again soon and report back.

                      2. Alot of hispanic restaurants serve ceviche as a weekend special and some can do quite a good job at it. I've had it recently at a little place called Orale on Richmond Highway, was much better than I expected.

                        1 Reply
                        1. re: justaddwater

                          Oh my god, I loved orale back when i lived in fairfax. My boyfriend had work occaisonally at the air force base out there, and we'd go there for lunch, dinner, any meal we could! He is from san diego and said they were the best burritos he's had since he was home. Did not have the ceviche though... Is Orale still as good as i remember?