10 Great Places to Eat Ceviche in Orange County

10 Great Places to Eat Ceviche in Orange County
Photo by Ernesto Andrade

Serious ceviche-makers and eaters know that great ceviche is about quality, not quality. The dish is a celebration of simplicity--after all, it only has a few ingredients: raw fish, citrus juices, salt, pepper, and sometimes diced onions and cilantro. This calls attention to the smallest of details like the thickness of the fish's cut, how long the fish marinates in the citrus juice, and finding the right balance between salt and juice.

Such attention, luckily, is found in various restaurants across Orange County where chefs have taken the classic dish, mastered it, and added their own touch.

10. Pueblo (Costa Mesa)

10 Great Places to Eat Ceviche in Orange County
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We once called Pueblo "the newest and perhaps greatest hope for Spanish cuisine in these parts" and though many of its dishes are to blame, we particularly like the ceviche. The ceviche de camarones--shrimp, red onion, seasonal citrus, and cilantro--is balanced and light with a mouthfeel that's cold and not too acidic. A touch of it to the throat feels like the throat-version of a face mask, which we all need every so often.

3321 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, (714) 340-5775; pueblotapas.com; Twitter: @pueblotapas

9. Clemente Seafood Restaurant (Santa Ana)

10 Great Places to Eat Ceviche in Orange County
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Tucked an unassuming plaza off MacArthur and Main, is Clemente Seafood Restaurant, a Mexican seafood restaurant that's particularly known for their ceviche (and large portions of it, at that). They don't skimp out on anything here--lime, cilantro, cucumber, jalapenos, onion, avocado--which means you should eat it with everything--the provided saltine crackers and also house-made chips.

124 W MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, (714) 556-2815; facebook.com/pages/Clemente-Seafood-Restaurant/117725338246529



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