Blink and you might miss this tiny ceviche outpost from lawyer-turned-restaurateur Octavio Olivas who hails from Mexico City. But that also means that everyone in the small space is afforded a front row seat as Olivas chops up fresh seafood and garnishes it with everything from lime and cilantro to yuzu gelée, serrano oil, trout roe, seaweed, and borage flowers—with daily rotating specials. There are a few sidewalk tables for those who prefer an al fresco experience.
How to book: Walk-ins only.
Ceviche Project has everything you’re looking for in your favorite bar: good drinks, good music, and a cool interior to tie it all together. But the best part? This Silverlake spot serves incredible Mexican mariscos in an intimate setting, automatically making it much more exciting than that favorite bar of yours. You’ll find chef and owner Octavio Olivas behind his marble countertop in a slick white suit prepping a wide range of seafood dishes, like fresh oysters on the half shell topped with tangerine, pomegranate seeds, and spicy serrano chiles, and a Striped Sea Bass Ceviche with a xni-pec salsa. If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to balance out the chile heat, Olivas also makes one very good Michelada with a homemade mix you certainly won’t want to miss.
How to book: Walk-ins only. Order delivery or pickup online.
On a busy stretch of Hyperion Ave in Silver Lake is this tremendous Latin seafood spot, serving up all kinds of beautiful raw seafood, like scallop and uni shooters, shrimp aguachile, and oysters with spicy mignonette, in a cozy location with a sushi-style counter that gives you a front row seat to chef Octavio Olivas as he shucks and styles each plate.
The deal: $21 for six oysters
How to book: Walk-in only.