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.

La Calle Doce
415 W. 12th

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