Mariscos la Playa
537 W. Cordova Road, 982-2790 Lunch & dinner 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Beer, wine & agave-wine margaritas Takeout available Noise level: lively Handicapped-accessible Credit cards, no checks
The Short Order
Mariscos la Playa continues to be a popular, affordable destination for Santa Fe’s landlocked seafood lovers. Known for its kitschy décor, friendly and knowledgeable service, cold imported beer, generous ceviche/seafood cocktail
portions, and platters of whole fish (the staff will remove the head if you ask),
this family-owned Mexican-seafood restaurant has sister properties in Española and Albuquerque. Most entrees are good, but delicate shellfish flavors and textures
sometimes suffer from overcooking or heavy-handedness with dairy ingredients.
A couple of dishes could use some flavor enhancement. Recommended: Pescado Posteado (whole red snapper with chipotle sauce), Veracruz-style shrimp, la Gloria seafood cocktail, and chocolate flan cake.
Ratings range from 0 to 4 chiles, including half chiles. This reflects the reviewer’s experience with regard to food and drink, atmosphere, service, and value.