Mariscos la Playa

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

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.

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