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Best Local Ceviche in Bay Area? Will be there in a week!

Coming in from 1,500 miles away and looking forward to eating well!

Looking for suggestions for the best local ceviche offerings in the Bay Area. Nice and fresh with a balance of acidity.

Please add a sentence or two of what you like there. If you have a favorite dish, please be specific.

Very open minded. Will consider as far north of Sebastopol as well. Thanks in advance!

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  1. I like Mochica, which has the same chef-owner as Piqueo and La Costanera. My favorite is the halibut tiraditos, but they don't always have it.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Mochica is temporarily closed, so the OP would have to go to Piqueos or La Costanera (their food truck Sanguchon doesn't carry ceviche)

      http://www.tablehopper.com/chatterbox...

      1. re: hyperbowler

        But another former La Costanera cook owns food truck El Calamar which serves excellent Leche de Tigre ceviche. Often at SoMa Streat Food Park

      1. I haven't been in awhile but there is La Mar.

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        1. Destino usually has three, with the option of getting a sampler of all of them. Note that a Peruvian-style ceviche will be quite a bit more limey-acidic than a Mexican ceviche.

          1. I love Sazon, a Peruvian restaurant in Santa Rosa. They have 6 different ceviches on the menu. A Michelin Bib Gourmand choice.
            Located in a run down strip mall, but the restaurant itself is very nice.

            http://sazonsr.com/index.html

            1. I don't know about "best," but the cebiche mixto at Pucquio (in Oakland) was better than any I've had in recent memory.

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              1. re: abstractpoet

                I went to Pucquio a number of months ago. I loved the cebiche there. It's walking distance from the Rockridge BART, so it would be easy to get to from SF.

              2. "Best local ceviche in the Bay Area" may be a bit of a contradiction in terms. There are some restaurants (mainly Peruvian) with good ceviche, but it's hardly a local specialty. I wouldn't spend hours driving around for it. If you are staying in SF, La Mar has a decent selection and some very nice views (which you pay for, of course) but that's probably what I would do.

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                1. re: nocharge

                  +1 on Peruvian, Limon, Cholo Soy in SF. There's enough places to do a crawl.

                  Also while I'm not a general fan, the ceviche at Tacubaya in Berkeley was pretty good...but not worth a trip from SF.

                2. Comal's ceviche has been great every time I've ordered it except once it seemed like it hadn't marinated long enough yet.

                  1. I went to Piqueo tonight, La Mar last week, and Pucquio a couple times in the last couple of months.

                    Pucquio's was by far the best ceviche, with the most flavor. It's sort of fancified street food, but i've loved everything i've had there.

                    I found La Mar's ceviche bland, needing salt (i've never had ceviche that needed salt) and lacking in heat. the sauces they served on the side were also lacking in heat.
                    i would not go back.

                    Piqueo was decent - the ceviche de pescado was light, fresh with a little heat. the tuna tartare, however, was strange - compressed into a little block, it was sort of sweet. i did love their complimentary starter - small dish of cancha and fried garbanzos, with queso fresco. also, the papa a la huancayna was very good, though served hot, where i know the dish to be a cold one, like a salad. the anticucho (beef heart) was so tough i sent it back. (i know these last 3 items aren't ceviches but i thought i'd talk about them anyway since i was there.) i'd go back and try their other ceviches.

                    but for my money, Pucquio in Oakland is the best of the higher-end Peruvian I've had recently.

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                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      I've found the ceviche at La Mar "good enough" including the heat of their sauces. But that may be a matter of taste. Would I travel to Oakland for better ceviche? Not in chance in hell. I used to go to Limon almost on a weekly basis before the fire. But that was more for other dishes, like the tuna tartar. After the fire, Limon sucks and I'm no longer spending $20 on a cab ride in each direction to go there.

                      1. re: nocharge

                        Can you explain why there's "not a chance in hell" that you would take a 20-minute BART ride and a pleasant ten-minute walk for better ceviche?

                        1. re: nocharge

                          i guess i've just had waaaay too much great ceviche/peruvian food in my life to put up with "good enough". in fact, there are way too many amazing restaurants in San Francisco and Oakland to settle for "good enough" in general, in my opinion. i actually find Limon's ceviche better than La Mar's, and i don't think Limon is top notch, so i won't be giving La Mar another shot. I'm not one who often travels great distances just to eat, but as Ruth says, Bart is easy. And i have friends/family in the East Bay so i'm happy to try out the many great places there.

                        2. re: mariacarmen

                          I tried Pucquio last night. The mixto was great. The octopus seemed unbalanced until I figured out that you had to be sure to get some of the papaya in every bite. Halibut tiraditos was tasty but Mochica's somehow has a better texture.

                        3. If you are around on a Thursday, you'll find Shrimp & Love, an enterprise by Salvadoran siblings Orlando and Monica, serving several varieties of their tasty ceviches at the Mission Mercado. I particuarly like the Aguachile Shrimp version, which has a nice heat level.

                          http://missioncommunitymarket.org/shr...

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                          1. re: soupçon

                            i saw that stand but didn't stop to try - running home or something - will have to do that next time. that market is across the street from our building, so really no excuses for me.

                          2. Pear Street Bistro in Pinole, CA. This place is small in the heart of the Old Downtown Area. Their ceviche is fabulous. It's fresh and light and they offer generous portions for a good price. Great atmosphere too. This restaurant was featured on Check Please! on KQED. If I remember correctly, it was rated pretty high.