The seven mares cocktail is filled with octopus, oysters, scallops and shrimp. Photo by Lori Bandi

If someone asks, “Where can I get great Mexican seafood in Dallas?”, the answer is almost always La Calle Doce. The Sanchez family opened the restaurant more than 30 years ago in a renovated Oak Cliff home on Twelfth Street, and the accolades have been piling up ever since. There’s something adventurous about the seven mares, a spicy cocktail filled with octopus, oysters, scallops and shrimp; or the ahi tuna mixteca, fresh raw tuna combined with onions, capers and jalapeños. For the less adventurous, there are simple dishes such as the shrimp kabob with grilled veggies.

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La Calle Doce
415 W. 12th
214.941.4304

Ambiance: Casual, homey
Price range: $11-$30 per entrée
Tip: La Calle Doce recently remodeled its bar.

More Mexican seafood

1 Veracruz Café
As its name suggests, this Mexican food restaurant draws inspiration from the coastal region of Veracruz. Try the almond-crusted oysters or the grilled shrimp with chipotle sauce. 408 N. Bishop, Suite 10, 214.948.4746

2 Mariscos la Reyna
It’s the lesser-known spot that specializes in Mexican seafood with scores of platters featuring white fish, catfish, shrimp, red snapper and more. 909 W. Davis, 214.941.1704

3 Gloria’s
It has become an essential for Salva-Tex cuisine (Salvadorian and Tex-Mex). Try seafood dishes such as the ceviche or sope siete mares (soup of seven seas), which is a healthy mix of shrimp, scallops, halibut, perch and veggies. 600 N. Bishop, 214.942.1831